RUSH: We’re going to start in Stratford, Vermont. Suzanne, nice to have you on the EIB Network.
CALLER: It’s my pleasure, Rush. Thanks for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: What you’re talking about today, I live every single day in Vermont. We have a property tax system here that is socialist, and basically how Vermont does it is they separate us into gold towns which are the rich towns, and non-gold towns, and if you live in a gold town, which I do, your tax rate basically is double than everybody else because they feel bad because the towns that aren’t gold towns their schools, maybe, are not as good so my property taxes have tripled in the last three years because of this gold town. And it’s the same socialist principles that, all right, well, let’s take from the rich towns to give to the poor towns because their schools maybe are not doing as well. Now, I gotta tell you, there is a negative growth in Vermont. People are leaving the state in droves. We are right behind them. We can’t wait to get out of this state. There are no jobs here because the jobs are saying, ‘We’re not doing, we’re not paying these kinds of taxes, we’re not going to be a party to this,’ so there is no job creation, and they don’t want jobs here. I’ve actually had it out with some of my local legislators, and I’ve asked them, ‘What are you guys doing to get jobs in this state?’ And they’re like, ‘Nothing, we don’t want industry here.’ So that’s socialism. There you go.
RUSH: Wait, they don’t want who there? They don’t want industry in Vermont?
CALLER: They don’t want industry; they don’t want businesses, so how are we supposed to pay these property taxes? And he’s like, well, you know, I mean — figure it out.
RUSH: I can’t believe they would admit this. I mean they gotta have somebody producing the wealth before they can take it.
CALLER: Ski areas, it’s tourists, it’s a lot of the recreation, that type of stuff. We just had a big fire in one of the plants here in Vermont, and the employer said, ‘We’re not rebuilding, it’s not worth it to us.’ But like I said, my property taxes have tripled, and I have friends of mine whose property taxes have tripled and quadrupled because they love in Stowe, Vermont, which is a ski area and they’re a gold town.
RUSH: Are you saying gold, g-o-l-d?
CALLER: Yes, g-o-l-d. So they’re a gold town, so they’re a rich town.
RUSH: Ah, you know, we have that in Florida, too, they just don’t tell us that we live in them.
CALLER: No, they tell us we live in a gold town.
RUSH: (laughing) Well, no, but if I told you what happened to the property taxes I pay and where it went — I live in Palm Beach. I’d have to look to be certain about this, but the vast majority of the property taxes I pay leave my community.
RUSH: They don’t even stay here. They go to all kinds of different places, it’s a mess. Florida is trying to do something about this in a number — go ahead, Brian, go ahead and say it, go ahead and say it, these guys, any time I start talking about myself, Suzanne — See, Suzanne, here I am trying to relate to you and say that I can understand what you’re talking about, and my insolent staff, whose contribution to this program is way overrated, now asking me, ‘Well, who cares how much money leaves your community? Your community is so small, what all do you need it for?’
CALLER: Well, why should it leave your community and go to somebody else’s community? That’s my whole point.
RUSH: Why should it leave where I live? Why should it go to somebody else’s community, Brian? Why should it do that? You know, we need cops, we need fire departments, we need firemen, we need landscapers.
CALLER: I mean if you wanted to live in Gainesville, then you would live in Gainesville, right?
RUSH: I know. I know. Somebody has to come polish the gold that they paint on the curbs here.
CALLER: You know, we have a socialist Senator, Bernie Sanders, and he has had a big impact on this state, and this state is socialist, and that’s what we’re seeing, and if you look at the demographics in Vermont, there is a negative growth here, people are leaving, and like I said, I can’t wait to get out of this state.
RUSH: Where do you want to go? Where do you want to move?
CALLER: I want to go to the Carolinas, or I want to go to Kentucky or Tennessee, because the cost of living is half. Looking for a job transfer.
RUSH: Carolinas, Kentucky or Tennessee because the cost of living is half.
RUSH: You’ve already looked at that?
CALLER: Compared to Vermont, yeah.
CALLER: Compared to New England in general.
RUSH: Yeah, I know, the same thing is happening in Long Island, Massachusetts people are moving to New Hampshire.
CALLER: And we’re a mainly Democratic country up here, too. There are about five of us in my hometown that are Republicans and my husband and I are two of the five, so —
RUSH: Well, hang in there. Seriously, if you want to get out of there, if you get to this point, do it, do it. There are places in the country you can go, but remember, now, if Obama wins, wherever you go, they are going to find you. If they can use government computers to go after Joe the Plumber, they can find you. Do you know this anchor babe in Orlando who embarrassed Biden? They’re going after her husband now on websites. They’re going after this woman’s husband.