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RUSH: Andy in Niles, Michigan. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello, sir.

CALLER: Hello, Rush. It’s an honor to speak with you today.

RUSH: Thank you, sir.

CALLER: I just watched some of the debate last night and, boy, Obama seems to be able to say anything he wants and get away with it, and I would expect that McCain would have wanted to take him up on things. One thing I heard him say last night was when the question was asked about using the military for human rights violations and how would you do that, and he said that, hey, I would send him in there, and that’s a huge important thing. And, you know, they’ve been arguing for months now. But in the debate last night, too, about the fact that we should never be in Iraq, we shouldn’t be in Iraq for any reason. That was the wrong thing to do.

RUSH: Right, and that’s a great point. We shouldn’t be in Iraq, but we should be everywhere else in the world that has human rights violations.

CALLER: Exactly! (laughing) So I mean McCain should have just stopped and right there said, ‘So you’re saying that we shouldn’t be in Iraq for any reason including these human rights reasons that you would have sent troops there for?’

RUSH: That’s very well perceived, very shrewd of you, and of course both answers are a lie. He’s not going to send the US military around the world every time there’s a human rights violations someplace, and the whole business about Iraq, he’s just got to continue to play to his left-wing fringe base on that. Iraq has become something it isn’t. It’s a symbol for Bush hatred, and he has to do it. He’s just triggering Bush hatred with the word Iraq, but I think it’s just amazing the things that he’ll say that he will do. He’s the one saying we’re spread too thin now in two theaters. So we gotta pull out of Iraq to be able to win in Afghanistan; but every time there’s a human rights violation somewhere, we’re going to send in the troops? Ha. By the way, somebody told me that he made mention of everybody having to join the Peace Corps, not voluntary? Did you hear that or see that? Sometimes I get hieroglyphics messages from people and I have trouble translating. They always assume I know everything they’re writing about and if I don’t, I’m clueless. Harlan in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, it’s nice to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Yes. Good to be with you.

RUSH: Well!

CALLER: Rush —

RUSH: I gotta ask you a question.

CALLER: Sure.

RUSH: What kind of phone are you on? It’s the best phone I’ve heard in months.

CALLER: Just a General Electric phone.

RUSH: Where did you buy it?

CALLER: Oh, gosh. One of those discount joints. (laughing). Whether it was Wal-Mart or Kmart, I don’t remember.

RUSH: I knew it. I knew it. It wasn’t some of these high-tech things, these high-tech stores, a basic GE phone! I didn’t even know GE made phones.

CALLER: Yeah. It’s got some fancy things on it, like some memory. What is it, 12 memory spots for phone numbers and redial and all that stuff —

RUSH: I don’t need that.

CALLER: — otherwise I’d have never made it through to you. (laughing)

RUSH: I don’t call 12 people, and I never call anybody back. So I don’t need redial. I don’t need 12 storage numbers.

CALLER: (chuckling)

RUSH: Does it have voice mail capability?

CALLER: Oh, nooooo.

RUSH: Even better!

CALLER: It is real simple when it comes to that stuff.

RUSH: Even better, so nobody can clog up your phone with wasteful, worthless, bugging messages, either.

CALLER: (chuckling)

RUSH: I’ve got to go look into one of these. I’ve got this Panasonic system with three lines on it, all these buttons to call every part of the house, and I never use it because I don’t like it.

CALLER: Yeah. Rush, the reason I was calling is I’m a retired examiner for the Treasury department.

RUSH: No wonder you’re using a GE phone. Okay.

CALLER: Yeah. I’ve reviewed packages of loans, and the mortgage-backed securities and all of that stuff. And the reason I was calling was, everybody’s heard Obama saying, ‘Oooh, I’m going to put all my emphasis into the student loans now.’ I want to remind everybody, anybody that paid any attention to student loans that knows we’ve already had to bail out Sallie Mae because of all the delinquent loans that were there. It’s just a mini-version of the current thing that’s going on now. Now he’s going to go on and go a huge advance on that and they’ll pull the same dumb garbage that they pulled before. ‘Oh, no, bank! We won’t let you put in the contract that if you take this government loan, that 1% or 2% or 3% or 5% or 10% of your take-home paycheck gets automatically sent to pay your loan. Oh, no! That’s just too cruel. We won’t allow any of the judges that when you get into court to set up a solution when the thing ends up in a workout, that they can impose that kind of thing. Oh, no, that’s too cruel!’ I mean, that’s the kind of lunacy that the Democrats have been pulling on us. I sat there when I was doing the exams, when Bill Clinton took over and CRA clobbered us.

RUSH: It’s just so unfair. It’s just so unfair to enforce these rigorous standards that other people are forced to obey.

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RUSH: Louise in Indianapolis. Obama was there today. Were you there?

CALLER: I sure am. Mega, mega, mega dittos, Rush. We love you here in Indianapolis. I’m calling because I think this Obama, quote, tax rebate is the biggest scam going. He’s going to let the Bush tax cuts expire, which is going to jack up everybody’s taxes, including those making over $250. He’s going to slap another tax on top of that, and then he’s going to give us a measly indeterminate amount percentage for one year back.

RUSH: Yeah, big whoop.

CALLER: But it’s fake, because he’s going to raise the taxes when he lets the tax cuts expire.

RUSH: I know. That is a tax increase. But I’ll tell you something else. This business that he’s going to cut taxes on 95% of the American people, barely 70% are paying taxes, and by the time Obama gets through the number paying taxes will be 43%. Forty-three percent will be paying taxes, and the balance will not be, by the time he gets through with this. That would be so easy to swat out of the park, 95% are going to get a tax cut. The dirty little secret is that Obama’s secret new voting bloc is the 30% of people that don’t pay taxes now. They’re the ones that want everybody else’s taxes raised so they can live off of it from the government. Yeah, we’re doing paeans to these people that don’t pay taxes. Oh, the poor middle class, oh, we gotta cut their taxes. They’ve had their taxes cut. Now, they’re paying payroll taxes, but when it comes to income taxes, they’re not paying it. Thirty percent of American taxpayers don’t pay income tax, not 30% of the population, 30% of taxpayers don’t pay federal income tax, and he runs around and says 95% of the American people going to get a tax cut. It doesn’t work out, the numbers don’t work out. Thank you, Louise.

Carrie in Frisco, Texas. Hello.

CALLER: Yes. It’s Carrie, C-a-r-r-i-e, Carrie.

RUSH: What did I say?

CALLER: I thought you said Perry.

RUSH: No, no, I said Carrie. What kind of phone do you have?

CALLER: I’ve got a Panasonic like you do, I think.

RUSH: Yeah, that’s the problem.

CALLER: (laughing) Anyway, Rush, I’m calling to tell you, I’m 68-and-a-half years old, and I am fit to be tied over this election, totally fit to be tied. I’m either going to get a divorce or have a stroke or a heart attack before it’s over because I’m driving my husband crazy with all this stuff, but anyway, what I’m really calling you about today is about the debate last night.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: Is it just me, or it appeared to me that these people that were there, that supposedly they were their questions, they couldn’t even read the questions.

RUSH: Yeah, I just was going through the sound bites here. There was one question from a Teresa Finch, ‘How can we trust either of you with our money when both parties got us into this global economic –‘ now, I guarantee you, there is not an average citizen that talks that way, and furthermore, both —

CALLER: They just were not intelligent enough to write those kinds of questions. They couldn’t even read ’em!

RUSH: Yeah. Well, you’re making a good point. Brokaw made sure that Obama was protected.

CALLER: Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah.

RUSH: The reason McCain likes these town halls is because he likes interacting with the people, not some guy they dragged out of Jurassic Park in a mausoleum.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: And they had these questions, and they made sure that abortion didn’t come up, immigration didn’t come up, gun control didn’t come up —

CALLER: Oh, yeah.

RUSH: — all of these issues that are crucially important to people in a presidential race —

CALLER: It was just the same old stuff we’ve heard over and over again, just the generic stuff, you know?

RUSH: Yep, yep, yep, yep.

CALLER: I don’t think for one minute those people wrote those questions. I’ll never believe it.

RUSH: Well, you never know. They’re a bunch of moderates in there. There had to be a bunch of moderate undecideds.

CALLER: But do you think they wrote ’em?

RUSH: I don’t know.

CALLER: They couldn’t even read ’em. It was their question; they couldn’t even read it?

RUSH: I’m telling you, it’s sort of like, have you ever watched a golf tournament on the Golf Channel?

CALLER: Yeah.

RUSH: They’ve got a couple people at Golf Channel, like a guy will sink a par putt and the announcer babe will say, ‘And he authors a par.’ Nobody authors a par on a golf course, you make a par. I’m going to play golf this afternoon. If I make a par, I’m not going to turn to my buddy and say, ‘Look at me, I just authored a par.’ By the same token, you’re not going to have somebody say, ‘The global economic crisis.’

CALLER: Yeah, right.

RUSH: The average citizen is going to say, ‘What the hell is happening to my IRA, and what the hell are you going to do about it?’

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