RUSH: This is John in Milwaukee. Thank you for calling, sir, you’re on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Rush, give me 60 seconds, and I think I can raise at least a million dollars for the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement fund.
RUSH: Really? That’s pretty ambitious.
CALLER: Start the clock.
RUSH: Well, hang on just a second. Let me get the clock here. Put my glasses on. I got a little timer here. We’ve taken the tick-tock out of it because I use this when I record commercials and stuff, so it doesn’t make any noise. Stupid thing, the battery is gone. I can’t do any commercials this afternoon because the battery isn’t working.
CALLER: Well, I’ll go off the clock, then.
RUSH: Go ahead. I’ll watch the sweep hand on the broadcast format clock. Go.
CALLER: Okay. I am a federal employee, specifically a letter carrier and a proud member of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
RUSH: They love me.
CALLER: As a federal employee, I am involved right now in something called the combined federal campaign. It’s the federal government’s, shall we say, united fund campaign. It’s to use federal employee payroll deduction contributions to charitable organizations. Guess what organization is in the combined federal campaign pamphlet?
RUSH: The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation is an eligible charity for you federal workers?
CALLER: That’s correct. And federal workers include Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and every military active duty and inactive duty member of the services, as well as all postal workers. And we know from your program you have a lot of letter carriers listening. I’m shouting out to you guys that are running bumps, running splits, doing pivots out there, get your CFC pamphlet, turn to page 41, donate to 10507. I’m putting $20 a paycheck in. That’s 500 bucks a year. If we can get 20,000 people to do that, you got a million bucks.
RUSH: That’s amazing, and 10507 is the code number for MC-LEF in your pamphlet?
RUSH: Now, look, I have to ask you a question.
RUSH: Are you redirecting $20 that you already have deducted going somewhere else or is this a new $20 that you’re deducting?
CALLER: This would be a charitable contribution. In the past I contributed to other groups, but I’ve kind of taken a scattershot look at the book, picked things that I liked. Another thing about MC-LEF is the administrative costs are 0.8%. So 99.2% of the pennies of your dollar go to MC-LEF. They don’t go to administrative costs to run the program. So it’s a good, solid charity. And, listen, letter carriers, this guy I’m talking to on the phone is the biggest proponent of our military service. I’m a veteran. I appreciate them, and I know everyone out there appreciates them. Get behind your servicemen, get behind this guy on the radio, and show your support. With 20 bucks a week, I challenge you.
RUSH: Wow, you’re going to make me tear up here, John. I’m just curious, I need to ask you a question here because I’m trying to figure out the mechanics of this.
CALLER: Of course.
RUSH: You were going to tell whoever to deduct $20 per paycheck, which will add up to 500 bucks a year —
RUSH: — to go to MC-LEF. And you’ve asked others to do it, which is wonderful. But is that $20 that you’re going to direct to MC-LEF, is it $20 you’re already directing to another charity or are you taking a new, brand-new $500 out of your pocket this year to do this?
CALLER: Well, personally I’m redirecting it.
CALLER: Because in the past I’ve given $10 a paycheck to a variety of organizations. I usually pick four or five out of the book. You can split your charitable donation to however many charities you want. In fact, you can just give it all to CFC and they’ll spread it equally amongst the thousands of charities that they have, or you can pick five, or you can pick one. I’ve chosen one because I’m a hundred percent behind what you’re doing, and I want to show solidarity with our troops. It’s a terrific way to do it.
RUSH: It is. It’s a win-win.
CALLER: And it doesn’t hurt to do it. Twenty bucks off a paycheck is nothing, man.
RUSH: Well, for some people it is something. Social Security are not federal employees, but 20 bucks is their monthly raise.
CALLER: If they give a dollar, that’s $25 a year.
RUSH: I’m not trying to talk you out of it. I’m sitting here in stunned appreciation and amazement, and it is a brilliant idea, especially when you point out that Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have the same opportunity as federal employees.
RUSH: And there are millions of federal employees.
CALLER: Yes, there are.
RUSH: You know, beyond the letter carriers that you’re —
CALLER: There’s almost a million postal workers alone.
RUSH: If we just got a buck from every one of them.
RUSH: Two bucks , it would grow exponentially. John, that’s great, I really appreciate it.
CALLER: Did I meet my goal?
RUSH: You went over 60 seconds, but that’s okay. I kind of steered you there by asking questions and interrupting. I think if we would edit me out of the conversation, you probably only bumped it by 30 seconds or so.
CALLER: Rush, you’re great. I love you.
RUSH: I love you, too, John. Thanks very much.
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