RUSH: Jim in Rapids City, South Dakota, you’re next on the EIB Network. Hi.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, I was able to get through to my Democrat Senator, Tim Johnson, yesterday, as well as our Democrat only congresswoman, Herseth Sandlin, and in both cases I was treated to a little contemptuous, young intern who’s basically talking from talking points and trying to school me as to what I should be saying and what I should be doing. It was amazing. And I’m an RN, I’m someone who’s been in the field and I was able to rebuff every one of their talking points. One of the talking points from Johnson’s aide was, ‘It’s no different than buying car insurance.’ And I said, ‘Excuse me, I don’t have to buy a car, I’m being forced to buy health insurance if I move or change my position.’ And his point was, ‘Well, you know, that’s the way it is.’ And I said, ‘Tim Johnson bills himself as a moderate, fiscal conservative. What is fiscally conservative about this health care, Obamacare? I don’t understand it.’ And I raised this question as I left. ‘We will boot both of these people out as being frauds. They bill themselves as Blue Dog Democrat centrist fiscal conservatives. There is nothing fiscally conservative or constitutional about what these people are doing. They’ve tied their boat to this radical administration and I seriously have doubts. This vote is taking them far, far to the left, and they’re afraid to do anything. And I only say, hey, get some religion and jump ship and admit you’re wrong.’ And that was kind of where I left it. But I was treated with such contempt. And here I’m a guy who’s been in nursing —
RUSH: Well, you know what? I’m glad it happened to you because you’re looked at with contempt by these people every day, and you finally got to experience it firsthand.
CALLER: We’re all going to experience it firsthand. If we get treated to health care the way we get treated to the DMV and post office, wake up America, this is not —
RUSH: America has awakened.
CALLER: Well, I don’t know what to say. I’m at a loss for words because I’m so frustrated, Rush, and I’m sure you are, too, and you do a great job of maintaining your composure —
RUSH: Well, yeah, we’re all frustrated, but I’m glad you had the experience. By the way, I need to ask you a question. Are you saying Ken or Tim Johnson?
CALLER: Tim Johnson. He’s the fellow who, sadly, had a stroke and —
RUSH: Yeah, yeah. You didn’t talk to him, right?
CALLER: No, I talked to his aide.
RUSH: Yeah, you talked to some intern who’s got talking points front of him, and if they’re still using this auto insurance argument, those are requirements from state to state to state. It is not a federal government requirement. If that’s what they’re using — and they’ve tried using that as an analogy for months on this now — it’s empty; it’s full of holes; it’s specious. You’re right to have told this guy, ‘What you’re doing is unconstitutional.’ There is no allowance for the federal government to mandate that any citizen buy anything and then fine them and put them in jail if they don’t buy it, which is what this bill does along with many other disastrous things.
RUSH: Now, this insurance argument, this automobile insurance argument, if you get through to a member of Congress and you get one of these little sniveling interns reading talking points and they say to you, ‘It’s no different than having to buy car insurance, everybody has to have car insurance.’ This argument can actually be made to work for our side. You just say, ‘Okay, imagine if car insurance companies had to insure people who had just had an accident. Imagine if you could drive around with no automobile insurance whatsoever and pay a simple fine for not having it, then the minute you have a wreck that’s your fault you can call the insurance company and get insurance. How long do you think that automobile insurance business would be in business? They’d all go out of business PDQ, pretty damn quick.’
RUSH: All right. We have a little confusion going on out there that I need to straighten out here. We had a caller from South Dakota, said he called the office of Senator Tim Johnson, and he got a sniveling little intern with talking points. What’s happened is that some of you are calling Congressman Tim Johnson in Illinois and blasting him. His office called our office saying, ‘No, no, no. Don’t call us. We are Congressman Tim Johnson, not Senator Tim Johnson. You need to call Senator Tim Johnson’s office in South Dakota.’ Congressman Tim Johnson, Illinois, is opposed to Obama’s health care scheme. So you people are making the calls. There’s no question about it. But if you’re calling Congressman Tim Johnson in Illinois, stop, cease, desist, and redirect your call to Senator Tim Johnson in South Dakota.