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RUSH: Open Line Friday on Wednesday. Alex, in Charlotte, North Carolina, hello, sir.

CALLER: Rush.

RUSH: Yes.

CALLER: Good afternoon. Mega dittos.

RUSH: Thank you, sir.

CALLER: First-time caller and longtime listener. I didn’t think I was going to get on. When I called, talked to Snerdley, I didn’t think I was able to get a cogent question or issue out and he summarized it in like a minute, then I got put on hold and I thought I was kind of like in the file. But here’s my question. I’d like to get your thoughts about Obama’s experience.

RUSH: Yes.

CALLER: And let me give you some background kind of like, if I can, on the nature of my question. I reluctantly voted for McCain, gave Obama a real good hard look but eventually went to McCain. Over lunch was talking with some colleagues and we were talking about the recent events and we said okay, well, maybe Obama just may have the experience, okay, the lack of experience, but experience nevertheless to maybe bumble into the right solution. And the thinking over lunch, was like, well, if you look at his history, he was able to manipulate the situation in Chicago, as a community organizer. He was able to overcome his environment and lead and prevail. He got elected to the Senate. He overcame that environment. Led, prevailed —

RUSH: Wait, wait a minute. Overcame that environment? He got elected to the state senate and the United States senate by making sure his opponents were thrown off the ballot.

CALLER: But still that’s a win, do you not think?

RUSH: Yes, I guess that’s change. Run unopposed so you have no choice but than to win. Look, I have to take a break here, Alex. Can you hang on? We’ll continue this after this bottom of the hour time-out.

CALLER: I sure can.

RUSH: All right, wonderful.

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RUSH: Back now to our captivating conversation with Alex in Charlotte, North Carolina. Okay, resume, sir.

CALLER: Rush, what I was saying is, about Obama’s experience — and I guess the point I’m trying to make is that — and I know he doesn’t have any, so I’m not going to go there with you. But Obama does what Obama needs to do to look good. And I don’t think his ideology is going to filter that. And if the premise is saving the economy is going to make him look real good, do you not think that he’s smart enough to understand what really would be good enough for the economy, like tax cuts, not raising taxes —

RUSH: I’m glad you asked this because this, to me, is fascinating, and it points one of the real problems we have in this country. By virtue of your question, you have just said to me that you see things entirely differently than I do. There’s nothing good or bad, right or wrong about this, except, how do we come together at some point, because you are willing to set aside everything you heard Obama say and continues to say about what he’s going to do and instead are investing in something you have no idea can be true? The hope that he’s not going to do what he says he’s going to do. You didn’t vote for him, which is a positive sign, but now you’re getting sucked in, because you think common sense should rule the day. That… Okay. We got a bad economy and his future hinges on it. He’s got to fix it. Well, there’s so many ways to answer this. I don’t expect him to put aside what he said he’s going to do. I expect him to, as soon as he can, to raise taxes and kill off a recovery.

CALLER: But if he would do that, I mean given everything that’s happened these past two years, and everything he said for two years —

RUSH: Why? Why do you want to do that? Why do you want ignore it? Why do you want to get rid of it?

CALLER: No, I don’t.

RUSH: Oh, you said, ‘Given everything…’

CALLER: Yeah, given everything he said, and I’m specifically focused on the taxes. He said a lot of things that, you know, when I voted for McCain, I had to take a really good, hard look at Obama. And maybe I’m vacillating on… You know, maybe I’m not a real conservative. Maybe I need to see the doctor. Maybe I need some medicine.

RUSH: No, no, no. You know it doesn’t have anything to do with that. Well, it does in the sense that if you’re not conservative by definition you will become moderate or liberal. Conservatism is a constant learning and intellectual application. Liberalism is easy: just feel, like what you’re doing now. You’re hopin’. You’re hoping he does the right thing — despite what he says, despite what he has said, given that he said it, and this is where you and I see the world different, hope to me is an excuse for not doing anything. I’m not talking about biblical hope. Please do not ream me on this. Sitting around and hoping for something is an excuse for doing nothing. You can hope all you want, but if you don’t take some action at some point, whatever you want to happen has no chance of happening, unless it’s just by, you know, blind luck draw. I’m waiting, too, to see what Obama actually does, but I’m not hoping.

I just played a sound bite today illustrating exactly what he’s going to do. He wants to grow this government like it’s never been grown. He wants the government in charge of as much as possible. This is who he is, and he does have experience in telling us this. His alliances, his friends, his books that he wrote, the things that he has said since he was elected that he wants to do — it’s all out there. People did not want to pay attention to that because they were captivated by the personality, by the charisma, the fact that he sounds confident and in charge. So people can forget about it now. They elected him and they can go away because they feel confident he’s going to do the right thing. Well, people like me think he’s not, and somebody has to try and stop it if they take it off the rails, and we stop it by informing as many Americans as possible. I’ll tell you this, if he ends up doing the right things, I’m going to be the first to applaud. If he starts cutting people’s taxes and if he takes actions that actually grow in economy, put money in people’s pockets that they earn and that they are keeping ’cause taxes are cut — not because he’s throwing money at them; if he starts doing that — I’m going to be the biggest champion this guy’s ever had.

I’m into truth! We know what works and we know what doesn’t work. I’m not going to make myself try to feel good that he believes in things that don’t work but he might change his mind. I’ve looked at his cabinet, and I see people who raise taxes all over the place in his cabinet. I hear him today say his job is to provide the vision. The vision? And his various groups are going to be the ones implementing what he sees? Well, we can’t relive the campaign, but we know who his alliances are. We know who he is. We just do. His chief of staff, Alex, is talking about what a great ‘opportunity’ this crisis is. They’re talking about the opportunity for themselves to implement their agenda, not the opportunity to make things better for you. They think things will get better for you the more you depend on them.

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