RUSH: Here’s Kathy in Potomac, Maryland. Thank you so much for waiting. Great to have you here.
CALLER: Professor Limbaugh, it’s an honor to be in your classroom. My hand has been up for a long time, so I thank you for calling on me.
RUSH: Thank you. Thank you very much. I understand. I appreciate your patience.
CALLER: I have two experiences I want to share with you, and I’ll be brief. First is, I’d like to tell you about the experience I had when I called my representative last Friday to urge that he vote against the carbon tax bill.
RUSH: Who was it?
CALLER: Representative Chris Van Hollen.
RUSH: Oh, yeah. He’s the Democrat campaign committee in the House.
CALLER: Yes. In the leadership.
RUSH: Yeah, exactly right.
CALLER: And I asked to speak with his staff member responsible for the issue and had a rather testy exchange. The bottom line is that this gentleman insisted that the cost per family would be minimal, according to the Congressional Budget Office report. Well, I disagreed with his analysis and he asked where I got my information, and I told him the Heritage Foundation, and he laughed at me. I then said, ‘I would appreciate you not laughing, because Heritage is actually a premiere research organization.’ So this man then asked that I go to the CBO report and read it for myself and he gave me the online link. So I did that, I read it — and then I also reread the Heritage report, which explained in detail why the CBO report was flawed. So I was undeterred, Rush, and I called the staffer back and I explained why the CBO report was flawed and gave him the Heritage link — and then I gave him three Wall Street Journal articles that were particularly relevant — and I asked him, ‘Do you read the Wall Street Journal?’ And he said, ‘Uh, well, not on a regular basis.’
RUSH: Probably had to fight back laughter on that one, too.
CALLER: Right, right. So we’re dealing with economic illiterates, which is why it’s so frustrating.
RUSH: No, you’re not. No, you’re not. I mean that may be true. You’re dealing with authoritarian statists, quasi-Marxists.
RUSH: You’re dealing with… In reality that CBO number, that’s just a technique to help them lie and sell this. They don’t care what the CBO says. They know the CBO number is wrong. They know how destructive this is. This is about advancing a concept of growth of government. More and more power over people in the private sector, in their homes. This is about the destruction of the US capitalist system as it exists. Because these people think it’s immoral. They think it’s unjust. They think it’s unfair. Now, this Democratic House of Representatives is the farthest fringe radical left that this country has ever seen, particularly the majority. There have always been some of these type of radicals in the House, but they’ve never run the thing. Now they are. And one of them is in the White House as well. This guy is no more interested in the truth… This staffer you spoke to, he’s no more interested in the truth… He’ll talk to you make you think he’s concerned about the truth. He doesn’t care. Van Hollen was going to vote yes on this no matter what. You coulda told Van Hollen that this vote will set off a nuclear detonation somewhere around the world and he’d still vote for it.
CALLER: (chuckles) Rush, can I tell you one more story related to this?
RUSH: Yeah, sure.
CALLER: Back in April I went to the tea party in Washington across from the White House and I happened to strike up a conversation with a gentleman standing near me. It turns out he’s with the EPA, and I said to him, ‘Well, tell me what you think about carbon credits.’ He rolled his eyes and said he learned a long time ago to be skeptical of his own agency’s modeling. And I asked him, ‘Well, why don’t you be a whistle-blower?’ He said, ‘You know, I’ve seen what happens to people so I’m just going to lay low and try to keep people honest.’ I just wanted to share that with you.
RUSH: Yeah, well, and there has been a guy that submitted a report, what was his name, Carlin I think, it was. I have a mental block. I have the story. He’s been on television. He’s talking about this. I’ll have to find it during the break. But he did. I wouldn’t call him really a whistle-blower. He said inside the agency he said, ‘Hey, you know, the science here is not settled.’
‘Shut up! And don’t send your e-mail to anybody else, and stop talking about it.’
Look, what you ran into with Van Hollen’s staff person, it’s the same thing in the EPA on cap and trade. This is going to happen. It doesn’t matter what the truth is. In fact, people that have the truth that can counter this are going to be censored, silenced, and shut up. Anybody who looks at all this with a Civics 101 mind-set is missing how this ballgame is being played right now. This is not about anything but the pure, unstoppable, 100% undiluted grab for power, socialist, Marx power that these people have died for. Not literally, but they have just been salivating over it since the sixties. And now they’re there. And there aren’t the numbers to stop them. The first chance to stop ’em is going to be 2010.