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RUSH: Mary in Bristol, Connecticut, thank you for waiting, and I’m glad you called. Hello.

CALLER: Well, hello, Rush. Thank you for taking my call.

RUSH: Yes, ma’am.

CALLER: Just a couple things. I know you get embarrassed with all the praise people give you but I have to tell you that I really feel like I might not mentally make it through the election without you and others like you.

RUSH: Who else is like me?

CALLER: Oh, we have a couple here in Connecticut.

RUSH: Just kidding.

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: You know, I’m just in a lighthearted, lighthearted mood.

CALLER: Okay, okay. You know, I have to tell you, I don’t have cable. So all I’m left with is you, the Drive-By Media, so I don’t watch the news. What I get from you is what I need to hear and know. And I could spend, oh, probably an hour and a half on the phone because I sort of cover the gamut of topics. I work for a small business, as a bookkeeper. And for me, that $3,000, I don’t know, tax cut, is that what he’s calling it?

RUSH: It’s a tax credit to hire a full-time worker.

CALLER: It’s an insult. (laughs) It’s an insult. It’s like giving a nickel to a homeless person and taking them to a five-star restaurant and saying, ‘Here, go buy yourself a meal.’ That’s what it amounts to.

RUSH: Yeah, but, you know, the purpose of it. He knows people aren’t going to go for it.

CALLER: Absolutely.

RUSH: This just sounds good on the campaign. ‘Obama cares about business. Obama cares about tax cuts. Obama wants you to get hired,’ and then when the businesses don’t take this up, guess who he gets to blame?

CALLER: Absolutely. Yes. The people —

RUSH: He goes populist. He blames the business. He gets himself more on the side of the so-called little guy who’s getting the shaft.

CALLER: What I want to know is why nobody realizes that this $250,000 number he’s giving for who now gets to be the rich person he’s going to tax more is d/b/a’s, LLC, partnerships, and small S-Corps. They might gross receipt anywhere between a half and a million dollars a year, and if he taxes them on gross receipts before they take out their cost of doing business, even before they pay vendors…

RUSH: That’s what we don’t know.

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: That’s what we don’t know, Mary, and nobody is asking him about it because the people that are responsible for finding this out and telling us don’t care what he means by it.

CALLER: Oh, it’s so incredibly… Oh, and I live in Dodd-land. We cannot rid ourselves of that criminal no matter what we do. If this state were any bluer we could change its name to Smurfica, you know?

RUSH: (laughing)

CALLER: It is hard to be a conservative in Connecticut, my friend, let me tell you that.

RUSH: I know that because I’ve got a couple conservative friends in Connecticut.


RUSH: Go off to see ’em sometimes in the summer to play golf, and they take me out to dinner with their friends and I can’t handle more than an hour of it and I have to get out of there.

CALLER: I’m telling you. Ugh!

RUSH: I never hear such whining and moaning, all they read is the New York Times, and what the hell? You people need to join America. You ain’t it. This is not the way most Americans look at their day.

CALLER: I am telling you, the New York Times… I call it ‘The Treason Times,’ thank you, Ann Coulter. Where is she? We need to hear from her.

RUSH: She’s busy sequestered writing her next book. You know how these authors are.

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: They’ll stay up ’til four in the morning writing, and the shades are drawn and there’s only one light on at the computer. They go to bed about midnight — or noon, rather, whatever it is. She’s book crunching, from what I’ve been told.

CALLER: That — that —

RUSH: I saw her Friday night.

CALLER: Did you? She is absolutely one of the single most intelligent women I have ever read. I cannot believe —

RUSH: Well, she listens to this program. She may not be listening to it now because she’s book crunching, but if she’s listening to it, she’s agreeing with you.

CALLER: Well, Annie, girl, you go ahead and write another book because I’ll be the first one in line to buy it, let me tell you. (laughing) I just really appreciate what you do, and it helps me when I’m talking to those in Connecticut who are daily sipping the Kool-Aid of the Obama campaign to just stop them. You know, they’re all about, ‘Well, what about the oil companies?’ And I cannot believe that people do not understand that the oil companies create a product that is sold on the market, and they are entitled to their profits, you nut ball!

RUSH: I’ll give you one of my favorite pieces of advice, Mary, and that’s, ‘Don’t get in an argument with fools, because after awhile nobody will be able to tell who’s the fool, you or the fool. I know the desire is to inform ’em, and the desire is to educate them and to change their mind on things, and there’s a way to do it, but debate will not do it. You know, ridiculing them, asking them provocative questions and so forth to which the answers are obvious, but even then it’s going to be very tough because you’re not talking about people who have arrived at an opinion after an intellectual process. You know how hard it is to argue with emotion. Okay, you say you love country music. I say, ‘I’m not a big fan of it,’ and then I say, ‘You’re wrong.’ How can anybody be ‘wrong’ liking a kind of music? You can’t be. Your tastes can be questioned, but you can’t be said to be wrong in those kinds of likes, and that’s what we’re talking about with people liking Democrats. They like Democrats because Democrats put down who they think are the enemy, and if they ever did take a moment to think about it or educate themselves they’d realize how wrong they are. But then we get to the problem they don’t want to know that they’re wrong because that’s crushing. You have to understand, there are a lot of people out there who don’t want to be right. They don’t care about being right or wrong. They want to feel good, and anything you do that gets in the way of that makes you the enemy.

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