RUSH: Now, a week or two ago, one of the things that I shared with you was the problem in Russia. The average age in Russia, the average male life expectancy, 57 years. Their big problems are alcoholism, because what else you going to do there in the wintertime? Drink vodka. They drink it at work, plus AIDS via needles. Putin is worried about this. They’re all worried about this. In fact, their population in Russia right now is 141 million. In 20 or 30, maybe it’s 40 years, it’s going to be a hundred million. They have a low birth rate replacement level, and of course they’re not living very long. So, the Russian government has decided to give citizens a day off so that they can procreate. A day off to go out there and get it on, and they’re even going to give them prizes. They found a novel way to fight their birth rate crisis. September 12th, the Day of Conception, they’re calling it, and for the third year running, giving couples time off from work to procreate. Let me see, what are the prizes here? The 2007 grand prize went to Irina and Andrei Kartuzov, who received a UAZ-Patriot, a sport utility vehicle, so they can continue to cause global warming. So how do you win this? Let me read the whole thing. I got caught up here in the headline because I was talking about this two or three weeks ago. The Day of Conception, September 12th, well, it is pro-life, there’s no question it’s pro-life. But I want to find out what you have to do to win the prize.
RUSH: All right. Here’s apparently how this works. The Day of Conception is September 12th throughout Russia. The hope is that nine months later there will be a whole bunch of babies born. June 12th is Russia’s national day. ‘Couples who ‘give birth to a patriot’ during the June 12 festivities win money, cars, refrigerators and other prizes.’ So that’s it. It’s not how many you have, it’s just that you do it, and then they pay you off. Refrigerators, cars, money, and other prizes. In fact, we have a guy on the phone here who has a question about this from Culpeper, Virginia. Hey, Paul, I’m glad you called, and welcome to the EIB Network.
CALLER: Yeah, hi, Rush. Mega dittos from the Blue Ridge Mountains.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: Rush, I was just wondering, how do you think the National Organization for Women would take it if we had a conception day?
RUSH: (Laughing.) A procreation day in America, a Day of Conception, oh, the NAGs would flip. Oh, that’s a great thought. (Laughing.) A pro-life day, conception day. Anyway, the great thing about the United States is that we don’t have to have a procreation day. Everybody’s getting it on in the lunch hour anyway. We do this without having to be told. Anyway, that would be fun, just to tweak ’em. That could be hilarious.
RUSH: To the phones, we go to Detroit, this is Mike. Thank you for calling, sir. Great to have you here.
CALLER: Hey there, Rush. Let me get this straight. Russia is now more pro-life than the United States, they have a lower income tax rate than we do, and they’ve retired their entire national debt. I don’t understand this picture. I thought we were supposed to be the greatest economic engine, model, in the world.
RUSH: You have got to be kidding. What is your point here? (Laughing.)
CALLER: Well, they’re wanting us to go out and make babies, which is pro-life, which is a beautiful thing. Their income tax rate I think tops out at —
RUSH: No, no, no, no. They don’t want us to go make babies; they want them to go make babies.
CALLER: Well, I understand. I think maybe some American politicians on the left should be looking at some of the models of Russia.
RUSH: I see what you’re saying. The problem is that this is not the old Soviet Union. They’re not the communists that they used to be. Putin, I think is asserting the kind of tyrannical control that there used to be, but he’s got much bigger problems than that right now, and the problem is his population is dying off. They’re struggling. They got alcoholism, and they do not have a roaring economy, plus, you know, Putin’s starting to militarize up again. He’s starting to arm up. He’s flying all these military sorties that the Soviets used to fly, playing little cat and mouse games, some of our ships. Somebody caught a picture of one of the Bear bombers. We haven’t seen a Bear bomber in the air since 1994, whatever it was. It’s a propeller, jet prop bomber. It looks kind of like a B-52 but with huge props instead of jet engines. It’s called the Bear, and he’s been flying that thing around. Putin has an inferiority complex. He’s a short, little guy. Nobody takes his country seriously anymore, at least not as the big threat that they used to be, and so that’s why he’s running around flexing his muscles and acting like he’s going to do deals with the Iranians and cozying up to maybe Venezuela and so forth. This is just to get everybody’s attention.
He’s former KGB. There is no such thing, actually, as former KGB. Once you are KGB, you are KGB. If you become former KGB, then you become what they did to that guy Litvinenko in Great Britain. They poison you with polonium B-212, whatever it is. He’s trying to command a whole bunch more international respect, but he needs a population, and he needs a functioning, working, productive population, and it’s going the wrong way. So they’ve got huge, huge problems. They’re the exact opposite of the Chinese. The ChiComs, their big problem is finding enough jobs for all their people. They wouldn’t mind losing a half billion of them in a war. There would be a lot less problems for them. The biggest threat that Hu Jintao, the president has, is keeping those countryside people living in the countryside. If they flood the city, they got big problems controlling them. Anyway, I don’t think that I get your point. I don’t think today’s Democrats are looking to the current Russia as a model. Now, if it ever goes communist officially, then they will again, and they’ll be hoping and praying for better results next time around.