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RUSH: Here’s Mary in Sunset Hills, Missouri. Mary, it’s great you called. Nice to have you with us.

CALLER: Oh, thank you, Rush. I love your brilliant mind.

RUSH: Well, thank you.

CALLER: I love your brilliant mind.

RUSH: Thank you very much.

CALLER: You’re welcome. Thank you so much for pointing out the other day — I don’t know why I didn’t think of this — what business do our politicians have criticizing the Iraqi politicians? Who cares what they say? And I have taken that mind-set a step further, and I feel the exact same way about the obesity experts. We’re not going to die. You know? What they’re saying is speculation. I’m sure there are people out there who have health risks, but I really appreciate you pointing out how —

RUSH: All it means is that the diet industry is the business to get into because every fat person loses and regains weight ten or 12 times in their lives. The diet business is where to go, if you want to believe these experts. But see, it’s more hideous than that. All of this stuff lays the groundwork for a big government to come in and start telling you what you can and can’t feed your kids —

CALLER: I know.

RUSH: — what restaurants can and can’t serve, what kind of oil they can and can’t use. It’s all hideous, and it’s all disguised as, ‘Oh, my gosh! We care about you and your kids, and they’re going to be little tubs, and we want to help you.’ Look, I think all this stuff is hideous. I don’t think that… The ‘good intentions’ are a smokescreen, let’s put this that way.

CALLER: Right. Well, I appreciate you questioning it, because of the good intentions, we want to believe them. You know, of course, we want to believe, ‘Hey, they’re going to protect us. They’re going to take care of us.’ I’m no longer paying attention to what the senators are saying about Iraq, and I’m really starting to question what I hear all these ‘health experts’ say as well.

RUSH: Well, that’s great.

CALLER: So I wanted to thank you for pointing that out, and I don’t know how you sustain the energy that you have every day to do what you do. I really do not know how you do it. How do you stay so enthusiastic?

RUSH: I love what I do, and I don’t like being in bad moods.

CALLER: Oh, I see. Yeah.

RUSH: So…

CALLER: I can never tell when you’re in a bad mood, and that’s what I don’t understand. I know you have to have them sometimes but I can’t ever tell.

RUSH: I’m in sort of one now. Everybody has them. I don’t know. When I get here and show starts, the microphone goes on, what really takes over is, the audience, I know, has expectations. This is the most listened to show; it’s not an accident why, and the audience has expectations. You know, if I phone it in one day, you’ll know it, and that’s not good. I don’t want that to happen. I abhor bad radio. I abhor boring radio. I just despise it.

CALLER: I know. But I make it so easy —

RUSH: Well, the great make what they do look easy.

CALLER: I know. Yeah. Yeah, and the speed with which you can communicate and articulate your thoughts, I just marvel. You do it so quickly. I mean, it would take me three hours to articulate what you can articulate in 30 seconds. So anyway…

RUSH: Well, remember, this is my career. That’s my job. I’ve been doing it for a whole bunch of years. I didn’t used to be as good at this as I am now. I’d have to go back 40 years when I wasn’t this good, but I was a beginner at one time. No, I’m joshing with you. You’re very kind. I very much appreciate what you said. I really do. That’s very nice.

CALLER: Well, I did not call to fawn over you, and I’m embarrassed that I’m doing that, but we can’t help it, Rush! (giggles) We can’t help it. You just bring it out of us. So have a good day, thank you.

RUSH: Thank you, you do the same. By the way, on this expert business, Mary? Here’s another thing to remember. All these experts the media gets, we’ve been chronicling this. Every month the government releases economic figures, from unemployment to economic growth. Those are quarterly numbers, and every month, the headline or somewhere in the story refers to the experts being shocked, or the experts being surprised, or the experts seeing the unexpected and so forth, and you get to ask yourself at some point, ‘Why do they keep using these idiots? They’re not experts.’ If they can’t see what’s going to happen, then they’ve got a built-in bias. So when you know that the experts that they use for their economic analysis are always surprised, you should logically question every other ‘expert’ they produce, be it in health or military matters, or what have you.

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