RUSH: Here is Sue Ann in Pozo, California. It’s nice to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Oh, Maha Rushie, I’m very nervous. I choose not to participate in any of this that’s going on, and I think other people should choose the same.
RUSH: What do you mean by that?
CALLER: Anybody who can live on as little as possible or is smart enough to learn how to live on as little as possible can choose not to participate. It sounds horrible, but if we (laughs) bring it on faster.
RUSH: Oh, I got it. Your definition of not participating in the recession is spending the bare minimum occasion —
RUSH: — and letting businesses that you used to patronize suffer so that the economic crash speeds up. To what end?
CALLER: I’m not quite sure. I think once there is a catastrophe, people get smarter. We have saved the weak and the stupid for so long that everybody’s weak and stupid.
RUSH: Yeah. You know, normally we kind of blanch at that kind of direct language, but we have… What did you say? ‘We’ve saved the weak and stupid for so long that everybody’s weak and stupid.’
RUSH: It’s not the case that everybody’s weak and stupid yet, Sue Ann.
CALLER: I’m pretty… We haven’t reached that point yet. We do have a frightening number of slackers. I mean, there’s no question. The candidacy of Barack Obama has, no doubt, brought the slackers to the forefront. I don’t know if it actually created new ones. I’m afraid that it did.
CALLER: Yes, I’m sure it did. I’m the wife of an achiever, and I see all of these underachieving and no-achieving-people.
RUSH: I just want to take moment to applaud you.
CALLER: Thank you.
RUSH: You had the courage and the guts to call a national radio program and admit that your husband is an achiever thereby making your husband and you a target.
RUSH: It’s a very courageous move that you’ve just made here.
CALLER: Well, thank you.
CALLER: A little scary. A lot scary. I’m scared a lot.
RUSH: Where’s Pozo, California, by the way?
CALLER: It’s a little farming community in central California.
RUSH: Oh, Central Valley?
CALLER: No. We’re closer to the coast than that.
CALLER: But, yeah, they’re trying to run the farmers and the ranchers out of California now, too.
RUSH: Oh, yeah. In fact, not just there, in Tennessee or Kentucky, there’s $30 million in the stimulus plan for some little mouse.
CALLER: Yes, I heard that yesterday.
RUSH: You see that? I can’t… I’m looking for the story even now as we speak. I put it here at the start.
CALLER: I have to say that I will have no respect for an environmentalist until I see them sitting on the side of the road eating grass.
RUSH: You know, I like you, Sue Ann.
RUSH: I really do. I’m glad you called. It’s refreshing to hear. I like hearing from you. You don’t care who you offend, do you?
RUSH: You’re not afraid. You’ll just say whatever you want to say.
CALLER: That’s right, and my husband.
RUSH: I’ll tell you, you and the Cessna guy today, you made my day.
CALLER: (laughing) Thank you.
RUSH: We need more of you. Thank you, Sue Ann. Wayne in New Brunswick, New Jersey, welcome to the EIB.
CALLER: Hey, how you doing!
RUSH: Oh, fine, how are you?
CALLER: Okay. Listen…
RUSH: Wait a second. Wit a second. Wait a second. What kind of phone are you on?
CALLER: Hold on. Let’s fix that. Is this better?
RUSH: No! What was better is the previous. I want to know what kind it is.
CALLER: Oh, hold on. I’ll go back to that.
CALLER: How’s that?
RUSH: Great! What kind of phone is it?
CALLER: Actually it’s a regular old AT&T phone. Remember that company?
RUSH: Yeah, and you probably bought it at a Kmart or a Walmart or something, right?
CALLER: I don’t know where we got it, we’ve had it for so long.
RUSH: I’ll tell you what, that’s great.
CALLER: But it’s a Plantronics headset plugged into it. I’m not talking to you the regular one.
RUSH: Oh, I see. So you’re using a microphone right up there next to your oral cavity.
CALLER: Actually, you know, it’s got two earpieces and the little thing that comes out in front of your mouth.
RUSH: Yeah. That’s called a microphone.
CALLER: Oh, it’s great.
CALLER: Anyway, you want me to get to the point?
RUSH: Yeah, yeah. Yeah, I’m sorry I delayed your point.
CALLER: No, that’s fine. Listen, you know, I’m unemployed, and I sit here and I listen to these senators and congressmen telling me there’s no pork in this thing. There’s $20 million in it for a mouse, all right? Does that have to be? I think that’s what we need to do right now. We gotta break down what we would like to have and what we absolutely need to survive, and half of the stuff in this package isn’t what we need. It’s what we’d like to have. I mean there’s a picture of Obama today —
RUSH: Wait a second.
CALLER: Yeah, yeah.
RUSH: You disappoint me?
RUSH: I’ve looked at this. I don’t see too much in it I want.
CALLER: Me neither!
RUSH: Certainly not half of it.
RUSH: There’s nothing in this thing I’d like to… Do you realize that there is absolutely no evidence that any stimulus package in the last 80 years has ever goosed economic activity?
CALLER: I didn’t get to that point yet. (laughing) Yes, I agree with you.
RUSH: Well, let me back out of your way, then, and you go ahead with your two earpieces and a microphone.
CALLER: Well, it’s just embarrassing to the United States that these people would stand up before the world and insist that this is a stimulus package when all it is is blatant spending. I mean, do you know anything about building a small bridge? Most of it isn’t even built on site. It’s all built in modular. Just to get the EPA approval to build the bridge takes five to eight years. Obama’s talking, ‘We’re going to build bridges. We’re going to build roads.’ He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. And you can go into this. His entire speeches and spiels and just pick everything apart, where the man is just talking. I truly felt bad for those people that were building those motor homes, because here’s the president of the United States sitting there —
RUSH: Who killed the industry? He and his party killed the RV industry, and he shows up in Elkhart, Indiana, saying it’s a shame what Bush did to you, but I’m here to fix it.
CALLER: Yeah, and then to add insult to injury, he said wouldn’t you guys like an over and underpass out there on the highway to bring these people right down Main Street so they can do business? Well, you people are going to build it. Rush, let me ask you a question.
CALLER: You don’t know me. Would you hire me to help you run your radio show? No. You need somebody who understands the business.
RUSH: Well, I don’t know.
CALLER: Well that’s the same as…
RUSH: Wait a second. You certainly know how to use a microphone and headphones, and that’s a key element of broadcasting. So don’t leave yourself out.