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RUSH: Wayne in Prescott, Michigan, I’m glad you waited, sir. Welcome to the EIB Network.

CALLER: Well, mega dittos, Rush. I’m soon to be a 19-year-listener of you.

RUSH: Yeah, that will be August 1st, 19th anniversary coming up.

CALLER: Yes, sir. Anyway, you were speaking yesterday about the FDA taking over control of the tobacco industry, as far as the dosages go. I’m just wondering, there’s no best secondhand — pointed out to secondhand smoke causing any deaths. But alcohol, they’ll allow alcohol to be served in the public, a guy can go and get blitzed and he can go out and kill somebody. I just don’t understand why they’re picking on tobacco so much.

RUSH: Well, as I puff on my soon to be $10 taxed cigar, there is no political aim here in attacking big booze. Big Booze has somehow remained immune.

CALLER: Well, is it because smokers are a minority and alcohol users are probably not a minority?

RUSH: No, I think it’s because a lot of liberals drink. A lot of liberals consume adult beverages, but they don’t smoke. And so they’re not going to go after something that they use. Not going to go after something that they do.

CALLER: That’s it exactly, and that’s my point, it’s that they want to go after firearms — alcohol, tobacco, firearms — and they’ll go after tobacco and firearms, but not something that kills a lot of innocent people.

RUSH: Well, there’s another thing, too, you got a remember, the Kennedy family, I don’t know if this is still accurate, but the Kennedy trust at one time — you know, old Joe got started as a bootlegger.


RUSH: They at one time received the import duty on every bottle of scotch that came into the United States of America. I don’t know if they still do. This is some years ago. But the Kennedy family has interests in the import and sale of adult beverages. I don’t think anybody’s going to target it. I mean, there are regulations. Can’t be advertised as extensively —


RUSH: Distilled spirits can’t. But they probably have a much better lobbying operation than Big Tobacco does. And, of course, alcohol can kill quicker than tobacco can. There’s all kinds of hypocritical inconsistencies with this, which is what you, a soon-to-be 19-year-listener, are cleverly and astutely pointing out.

CALLER: Yes, sir. Yes, sir. I just can’t understand it.

RUSH: When you find these things that you can’t understand, the rule of thumb works almost every time it’s tried, is go to liberalism and liberals and examine what they do and what they don’t do and how they think and don’t think and feel and so forth, you’ll get close to these answers.

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