RUSH: We’ll start in Columbia, South Carolina, with Rick. It’s great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Rush, it’s an honor to talk to you, sir.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: I just wanted tell you, I’m one of those people that’s within weeks of being foreclosed on, and I want to tell you something.
RUSH: Hang on just a second, though, hang on just a second. You have a subprime mortgage?
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: You do?
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: Okay, so you have a subprime mortgage. Were you given a loan that you really weren’t qualified for?
CALLER: No. No. It was one of those adjustable rate mortgages, and I knew what I was signing when I signed it. But what I want to tell you is, I’m out there every day trying to scrape up enough money to get enough money to catch up this mortgage and pay the house. I’m not sitting around whining, blaming everybody else, and if Barack Obama himself was standing at my doorstep with a check to pay off my mortgage, I’d tell him to go pack sand. I don’t want what these guys are shoveling, and I’m tired of listening to the liberal media tainting people like me like we’re all standing in a soup line waiting for Obama bin Biden to swoop down and save us, ’cause we’re not all that way. All you can do is go out there, if it’s a house — and, you know, I’m a single dad. I could qualify for all kinds of stuff that the government wants to give away, and I don’t want any of it. I’m just tired of being tainted by these elitists as somebody standing in a soup line waiting for them to come down and save us, because that’s not the way it is.
RUSH: Now, this is pretty gutsy. This is pretty courageous. You have government assistance that would alleviate your situation; you don’t want it, and you’re offended at how you are being portrayed by the Obama people as near homeless and incompetent and just a waif waiting to be bailed out.
CALLER: Well, you hear it all the time. You know, all they do is they talk about how stupid we are. We were taken advantage of, or there was some kind of predatory lending going on out there, and that’s just wrong. Maybe not in every case, but I think in most cases. You know, all you can do is go out and give it your best shot, pick up the pieces, and if the worst happens, you pick up what you got and you move on.
RUSH: Okay, now, Nancy —
CALLER: All I want them to do is get outta my way and stop trying to save me.
RUSH: Nancy Pelosi says — or Obama says, some Democrat said — they want a three-month moratorium on foreclosures. I don’t know for what reason, but they do. Does that not intrigue you?
CALLER: No, it doesn’t, and I’ll tell you why. Because where does that solve the problem? They put a three-month moratorium, ‘Okay, you can’t foreclose on my house for 90 days,’ big flying whoop. Maybe during that time I can scrape up enough money to catch the mortgage up, but it doesn’t solve the problem. Government isn’t in the business to solve this problem. The way that they can solve it is to get out and let us do our thing. Get out of the mortgage business, stop trying to… Them trying to save people like me to begin with is what got us into this mess, and I didn’t necessarily need it at the time. I’m sure you can hear my frustration. I’m just tired of being painted as some kind of a pauper who has to depend on the government to do this. I’ll sink or swim on my own.
RUSH: If you’re foreclosed on, where do you go?
CALLER: I’ve got a brother who’s told me that me and my son can move in with him.
RUSH: Are you without a job right now? You have no income at all?
CALLER: I’ve been looking for months.
RUSH: What do you like to do?
CALLER: (laughing) Well, my background is in real estate and sales for the most part, but I don’t have to go into what’s happened in the real estate industry, so… But it just frustrates me to hear this, and when I heard you on the radio talking about it — and every place I listen to I hear about, you know, the poor people that are getting foreclosed on and, you know, and with our hands out. It’s just not a true picture, not of your basic, everyday people. You know, I am Joe Six-Pack, and I don’t want what these guys are shoveling.
RUSH: That’s amazing. We are proud of you.
CALLER: (laughs) Well…
RUSH: No, seriously. Somebody in your situation, most people in your situation, I would… Well, it would be nice if a lot of them did, but I don’t think most of them do have your attitude about this. Because you’re in dire financial states here. I mean, if you’re unemployed, have been for a while and your field of expertise is financial and real estate sales. By the way, that’s going to be back when we come back at some point. It always does, and there are going to be… Have you seen home sales figures in California up 65%?
RUSH: And half of the home sales that are occurring on resold foreclosures.
CALLER: Well, that’s typical of real estate. If these bozos would just leave it alone, it will come back on its own. Business doesn’t need the ‘help’ of these people; and if they really had everybody’s best interests at heart, that’s what they would do is get out. Just leave us alone. But they’re just lining their own pockets and using people like me to further their own political agenda —
RUSH: That’s exactly right.
CALLER: — and line their own pockets and get themselves elected. They don’t care, and that’s the height of hypocrisy, because they’re trying to steal this election on the fact that they do care. And if they did really care, they would leave us alone and just get out of the way.
RUSH: I cannot argue with that. Look, Rick, all the best to you.
CALLER: Thank you, sir, and I appreciate that you let me speak.
RUSH: Thanks for the call.