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RUSH: Dave in Tucson, you’re next. It’s Open Line Friday. Nice to have you here. Hello.

CALLER: Good morning, Rush. How you doing this morning?

RUSH: Good, sir, thank you.

CALLER: May your next round be your best.

RUSH: You know what? It can’t help but be. Well, that’s not true. It can’t help but be better.

CALLER: That’s a good way to put it. I’ve been thinking about a question to ask you for years and there really isn’t one. So I have to thank you. You keep saying that we always will remember the first time we ever listened to you. What I remember is the first time my brain started moving so much faster than my mouth could keep up with is when you said, ‘Listen, folks, if you want to keep up with the economy, look at cardboard. We use cardboard to make boxes. We use boxes to ship products.’ From that day, Rush, there is nothing you have said that I haven’t been able to comprehend, and I want to thank you for that.

RUSH: So you not only pegged the day you first heard this program. You can peg to the day you first understood the program?

CALLER: Absolutely. Absolutely. And there’s nothing you say that gets by me. It might take one second longer than normal, but it hits home.

RUSH: Way to go, sir. I’m glad that you feel that way and you’re willing to admit how smart you are.

CALLER: Oh, you know what? That’s not a problem, Rush — and another thing I need to thank you for is being able to create opportunities rather than wait for them. One of my opportunities that I am creating is to play a round of golf with you, and it’s slow but sure, but I found a way to create these opportunities that you speak of.

RUSH: Well, I’m sure you remember the show where I said, ‘This is the one country where, if you don’t want to participate in a recession, don’t.’

CALLER: And I haven’t.

RUSH: You can create your own job.

CALLER: I haven’t participated in this recession, and I haven’t been affected by it one iota yet. Yet. I’m waiting for it and I’m ready for it, but so far I haven’t been affected.

RUSH: Really? You haven’t been affected in any way by it?

CALLER: You know what, Rush?

RUSH: That’s a pretty broad statement. I mean, you gotta know people who are affected by it.

CALLER: I certainly do, though, Rush, and I’m not proud of the fact that I’m not affected. But I’m not in the realm of having the assets and things in place that are normally affected by the people that do. I’m still creating that — and luckily enough, maybe I haven’t gotten there yet in order for it to be created to be affected.

RUSH: Okay. Well, then I understand what you’re talking about. But we’ve all been affected by one way or the other, and I’m going to tell you something else: We all stand to be dramatically affected by what’s coming if it happens: cap and trade and health care, even if you can pay for your own. For example, 85% of medical discoveries and advances happen in this country in the private sector. That’s going to get wiped out. That’s gonna affect us all.

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RUSH: Gulfport, Mississippi, this is Paul. Welcome to the EIB Network, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Thank you, Rush, for taking my call.

RUSH: Yes, sir.

CALLER: I just wanted to say that I’m 21 years old and I’m currently in school, and you have inspired me to — instead of let the recession beat me down — create my own job. So I did just that, and I work all across the United States through the internet, and it’s working.

RUSH: Congratulations, sir. So you’re another that’s not all that greatly affected by the recession.

CALLER: That’s correct. As a matter of fact I’m going to Washington DC next week just for fun. So thank you for being an inspiration to me and to many others.

RUSH: Oh, now, see? If I were a liberal what I would say to you is, ‘Go ahead and take your trip, but don’t brag about it. That’s going to hurt people’s feelings. Do you realize how many people are hurting, and here you are calling here bragging about going to Washington to have fun? You ought to be ashamed.’

CALLER: (laughing) Well, at least I’m not on TV every day.

RUSH: (laughing) Thank goodness.

CALLER: So thank you, sir, for all that you do, and the heart that you’ve given to other people.

RUSH: I appreciate that. I really do. Thank you very much, Paul.

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