RUSH: Kurt, again, in Chicago. Hello.
CALLER: Hello, Rush. I’ve got a question for your opinion. I’m a fat guy and it worries me that they’re going to try to tax me for being fat. Do you think Roe v. Wade would apply to my right to bodily privacy?
RUSH: (chuckles) Not unless you get a womb and somehow what you eat makes you pregnant.
CALLER: Well, it’s making me fat. It’s my right. I don’t want them intruding on my body.
RUSH: What you’re saying is that because of Roe v. Wade, the constitutional protection you have the right to do with your body whatever you want has been established?
RUSH: Well, but no, only for women.
CALLER: Well, do they have more constitutional rights than I do?
CALLER: I’ve got some hooters on me.
RUSH: Yes. Look, we’ll take everything about you and it’s the same. You’re fat, and you’re married and your wife gets pregnant and you say, ‘I can’t afford this,’ but you say, ‘I’m going to go ahead and do this. I have a moral obligation. She’s pregnant. We’re going to have a child.’ She says, ‘No, I don’t want the baby.’ You have no say in the matter. Zip, zero, nada. It’s all up to her. Husbands have no say in this.
CALLER: But this is my body, though! She can’t say whether I’m fat or not.
RUSH: Your body doesn’t have constitutional protections and neither does a fat woman’s. Only a pregnant woman’s.
CALLER: We’re going to have to change that, Rush.
RUSH: Look, I wouldn’t worry about it. You know how to get past this? I don’t know how they’re going to do this. They’re gonna gonna tax the fat content of food or they’re going to make you go to a doctor and have your fat content tested and tax you based on how much over the legal limit it is. If they do it the first way — if they just tax the fat or calories in food — all you’ve gotta do is go out and hire some skinny little kid to go buy your food for you.
RUSH: There are ways around this. Let’s say you like to eat at McDonald’s.
CALLER: You’ve thought about this.
RUSH: Well, yeah, and then you make a deal with the kid. The kid can’t legally buy booze. You go buy his booze; he buys your McNuggets.
CALLER: (laughing) All right. I’ve got a plan now. Thanks, Rush. I appreciate it.
RUSH: I think that’s a much better way of beating this than try to go the Roe v. Wade route.
RUSH: Believe me, I don’t think that’s going to work. Good point, by the way.
RUSH: Let me quote Obama on obesity from his book The Audacity of Hope. Here’s Obama on obesity from his own book, The Audacity of Hope: ‘Sometimes finding the right balance is relatively easy. We all agree, for instance, that society has a right to constrain individual freedom when it threatens to do harm to others. The First Amendment doesn’t give you the right to yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater; your right to practice your religion does not encompass human sacrifice. Likewise, we all agree that there must be limits to the state’s power to control our behavior, even if it’s for our own good. Not many Americans would feel comfortable with the government monitoring what we eat, no matter how many deaths and how much of our medical spending may be due to rising rates of obesity.’ Yet he’s doing it. Well, he doesn’t say he’s going to do it, he just knows we don’t feel comfortable with it, but screw it. Our behavior must be constrained. ‘Society has a right to constrain individual freedom when it threatens to do harm to others.’ And they’re gonna now say that obesity harms others.
Now, this next story is fascinatingly interesting. It is from state-controlled media Reuters: ‘A common and safe blue food dye might provide the best treatment available so far for spinal cord injuries, US researchers reported on Monday. Tests in rats showed the dye, called brilliant blue G, a close relative of the common food dye Blue no. 1, crossed into the spinal fluid and helped block inflammation. ‘We have no effective treatment now for patients who have an acute spinal cord injury. Our hope is that this work will lead to a practical, safe agent that can be given to patients shortly after injury.” This is the exact blue food dye that is used in M&Ms, the exact blue food dye. Again, this is brilliant blue G, the blue dye used in M&Ms may help spinal cord injuries. Now, many of you have always known that M&Ms were good for you, but you might have thought it was the yellows or the reds or the green ones. So now what do we do? What the hell do we do? We’ve got fat people out there eating M&Ms and they’re going to be taxed for it, but yet doing so might actually be healthy. Who would have ever thought? I guarantee you M&Ms are going to be on villain list unless Obama’s daughters like them. If Obama’s daughters like M&Ms then they’ll get a reprieve and exemption.
RUSH: Now, on the fat tax here’s another question. Michael Phelps, the Olympian, the Olympic champion, during the Olympics we were all told that he eats 6,000 calories a day, and there were news stories of what he eats. If you and I ate that stuff in that quantity, we’d be 300 pounds inside of six months. Does he get taxed on buying that stuff? What about in a house where you’ve got an obese person, a skinny person, and they eat the same stuff, who doesn’t pay the tax and who does? It makes me wonder how they’re going to do it, and they’re going to do it. Just makes me wonder how they’re going to get this done.
RUSH: You know, I have an orientation toward entrepreneurism. I’m an entrepreneur. I love entrepreneurism. So I’m already thinking ahead. Okay, so we’re going to get some kind of fat tax, right? Some kind of fat tax. There’s going to be a fat tax, an obesity tax, right? One of the greatest incentives I have… I’m going to come up with this. Gore did it. One of the greatest incentives I have to stay skinny is to propose something like the fat tax offset program. Just like the carbon tax, just like the carbon tax offset. So for every pound I lose and stay skinny, I get a tax credit. Or fat people can buy tax credits from me so they can stay fat. When do we get Cash for Geezers like Cash for Clunkers? Cash for Geezers should be part of the health care plan. (interruption) What? What? (interruption) Mmm-hmnm. Well, yeah, you could store up the tax credits, too, so if you gain weight then you could use them then. Oh, yeah! If you gain the weight back or if you just put on the pounds later in life ’cause it happens to you when you get old? Yeah. I mean, the market’s wide open for this. Fat tax credits. I’d be glad to lead the movement.