RUSH: Oh, Jayne in Tulsa. You’re still without power?
CALLER: No. I got my power back on Monday, thank God.
RUSH: Oh, you were without it for just a week. Okay. I misread the line.
CALLER: Yeah, I was without it for eight days, and let me tell you, it was miserable. It was miserable on everyone I know, and I still have family that is without power.
RUSH: Before this happened, what was your…? This is not a trick question, and if you don’t want to answer it, you don’t have to. I’m not trying to set you up. I’m actually setting myself up here for possible disaster. What was your attitude about global warming before this happened?
CALLER: Personally, my opinion of global warming is that it is a complete fraud. I think it’s political.
CALLER: It’s all politically motivated, and you’ve been a great educator on that point, and the attitude of most of the people I know here in Oklahoma is, you know: ‘Hug all the trees you want to in California, but just leave us alone.’
RUSH: (laughs) You know, I’m up here in New York this week, and I got here Sunday, and it was snow and slush and stuff on the ground, and it was very windy Sunday. I mean, it was like a mother-in-law convention.
RUSH: It was icy, and it was cold to boot, and the same thing on Monday. The apartment building I live in, the heat is an odd thing. It’s got a boiler, and it’s pipes and so forth, and you either have to have it on or off. There’s no thermostat. So it’s either on or off. If you leave it on all the time, you roast, and if the temperature happens to hit a little warm spell in January and it hits 60 degrees, you can’t turn the air-conditioning off ’til they turn the chiller on, which doesn’t happen ’til May. So I was getting so hot Sunday night, I had to get up and turn it off, and by about four o’clock in the morning, I was freezing in there! So I had to get back up and turn it on, and I got to thinking, ‘What must have this been like for people in Oklahoma who have been without power for weeks now and have no opportunity to go turn the heat on because there was no power?’
CALLER: Well, I can say that, you know, when Hurricane Katrina happened before, the overwhelming attitude in Oklahoma is that we saw people begging for government help down in New Orleans, and we said, ‘That will never happen to us. We are going to do for ourselves.’
CALLER: And I can really see that’s what’s happened. We all know enough not to depend on our local government here. We have a very liberal local government. But neighbors were helping neighbors; all the churches were opening up. I know my family, personally, we have an all-electric mobile home. My husband’s office building opened up all their empty office space for the families of the employees. So that’s where we stayed. It was a wonderful thing. It was wonderful not to have to depend on the government, be able to help each other.
RUSH: Right, a bonding experience, as it were. You know, the same thing could be said about the people out in Southern California and fires. To this day, by the way, the Drive-By Media is not in Washington pointing fingers at FEMA and saying, ‘Where are you? They don’t have any power in Oklahoma. Where’s FEMA? Where’s FEMA?’ See, the whole thing about New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina, is it just fit the narrative. You had a minority-dominated population. You had poor, very poor neighborhoods. You had an inept local government that couldn’t get everybody evacuated. You had an opportunity to trash the Bush administration. I don’t think it was so much the people of New Orleans. Some of them were with their hands out, but that’s how they’ve been raised. That place as it existed at the time was a microcosm of what the whole country would be, if liberals had unchecked power.