RUSH: Carol in Cary, North Carolina. Great to have you on the program. Thank you for calling.
CALLER: Thank you. It’s an honor to speak to you, Rush.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: I’ve been a fan since the beginning of your show and I told all my friends and family, ‘You would not believe this guy on the radio, he agrees with me, I can’t believe it.’
RUSH: That’s exactly the way to tell ’em, too.
CALLER: And my dad became absolutely your biggest fan. I have no doubt that he was a bigger fan than your own mother. He planned his day around your show and started buying Snapple by the case —
RUSH: Good man.
CALLER: And even took my mom to Ruth Chris for her birthday.
RUSH: Good man, good man.
CALLER: He died in 1995 and when I went to get his things from the medical examiner, it was completely unexpected, the first thing that fell out of the envelope was his driver’s license, and the tears just started coursing down my cheeks. All the staff people came running over to comfort me, and then I started chuckling, and they looked at me as if I was some sort of weirdo or freak or psychotic or plain a little touched in the head. And they asked me what I was laughing at, and I said, ‘This picture was taken between 9:06 and noon.’ Dad lived in California, and they said, ‘How do you know that?’ And I said, ‘The wire that you see going from his pocket to his ear is a transistor radio in his pocket, and earphone in his ear, he had taken his final driver’s license test and had his picture made all while listening to the Rush Limbaugh Show.’
RUSH: Well, you know, I’m glad you have such fond memories of your dad being associated with listening to this program.
CALLER: Oh, you became an honorary member of the family. Mom and I grieved with you when you lost your hearing, rejoiced with you with your cochlear implant and prayed with you through rehab.
RUSH: Thank you. Thank you.
CALLER: Anyway. What I was calling about is, as I watched President Obama micromanage all of these companies, because they’ve taken TARP money and saying it’s to protect the taxpayers’ money, I think about government funded health care, not even government run health care, but even government funded health care, what’s going to stop him from micromanaging everything in our lives? Because everything we do arguably affects our health: how much we sleep, where we eat, where we work, how many kids we have —
CALLER: — everything.
RUSH: That’s the objective. You’re right. Grab audio sound bite number 20. This is Jan Schakowsky, this from April. This was around Friday. I didn’t get to it Friday, but this is Illinois Congressperson Jan Schakowsky.
SCHAKOWSKY: And next to me was a guy from the insurance company who then argued against the public health insurance option, saying it wouldn’t let private insurance compete, that a public option will put the private insurance industry out of business and — (cheers and applause) My single pickup was, he was right. The man was right. I — I — here’s what I told him. I said, ‘Excuse me, sir, the goal of health care reform is not to protect the private health insurance industry.’ (cheers and applause) And I am so confident in the superiority of a public health care option that I think he has every reason to be frightened.
RUSH: Here is a congresswoman from Illinois, Jan Schakowsky, basically saying we are going to get rid of private insurance and the private health care industry in toto, we’re going to do it. So yeah, you wait till they start micromanaging how much your doctor can get charged and what illnesses you’re going to get treated for, what’s covered. It’s not going to be pretty.