RUSH: Scott in Santa Cruz, California, great to have you, sir, with us on the EIB Network. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. How are you?
RUSH: Very well, sir.
CALLER: Thank you for having me on the show.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: How was the Czech Republic?
RUSH: How did you know?
CALLER: Well, you gave us some hints, and I put two and two together and figured out where you went to.
RUSH: What were the hints?
CALLER: Well, you told us how far you were flying, out and back.
CALLER: And you told us you were looking for health care.
CALLER: And from my personal experiences I know that the Czech Republic offers affordable health care for foreign customers, and I did a little math and figured out how far you could get with that amount of flying time, and, well, it just lined up.
RUSH: Wait a minute. You compute the flying time, but at what speed?
CALLER: Well, airliners all fly at about the same speed. It varies a little bit because of headwind or tailwind going across the Atlantic, and you specified that your flight time out was actually shorter than your flight time back, which works out perfectly with going across the Atlantic as opposed to going west.
RUSH: Yeah. You’re smart guy.
CALLER: Well, thank you. I studied physics at the University of California at Berkeley and I know that you’ve —
RUSH: They actually taught you physics?
CALLER: Yeah, actually, it’s a very good program. And I wouldn’t say that for every program that they have but the physics program is actually very good.
RUSH: That’s shocking. That is shocking. Well, the way you’ve calculated this is brilliant.
CALLER: So personally, I’ve been trying to start a family for five years and with no luck, and found that the cost of in vitro fertilization in this country is incredibly high, and my insurance, which I pay over $500 a month for just for myself, I might add, won’t cover a dime of it, so part of the reason that I knew about the Czech Republic is because that’s where my wife has been going for our infertility treatments.
RUSH: No kidding, it’s cheaper there than it is here?
CALLER: Much. For one (unintelligible) of in vitro fertilization at my local clinic here in San Jose, if you want to be specific where the clinic is, $30,000. Czech Republic, including flying there, staying at a hotel, the whole shebang cost me about ten.
RUSH: The Czech Republic is actually a really bright spot on the globe politically, ideologically, it really is. But I didn’t know that in vitro was that expensive here or that cheap over there. I had no clue. They don’t tell you that at The Breast Center.
CALLER: No. Mark Steyn who was filling in for you talked a lot about your trip, and I was a little surprised that you didn’t fill us in when you got back, but he also said that whoever figured out where you went would get to be a guest on your show.
RUSH: No, no, no. That’s not what he said and even if he had said it, if I don’t say it, it doesn’t have any credibility or weight whatsoever.
RUSH: This show doesn’t have guests. Look, you’ve gotten more time than most guests, when we rarely have them, get anyway.
CALLER: I’ll get myself out to Florida, give me a shot, Rush. I’m not going to hold you to what Mark said at all, but, you know, give me a shot.
RUSH: Oh, jeez. (laughing)
CALLER: You know, let’s do this one, okay? You talk about poor science. Well, I’m a scientist. And guess what? I don’t agree with the global warming consensus.
RUSH: Well, that certainly qualifies you. I don’t want you to take this personally. I really don’t want you to take this personally, but I often say that don’t try this at home. The great make everything they do look easy and one of the ways to offend the great is for people that can’t do it to assume it’s easy. Now, you have not offended me, but you have to understand that I have a tremendous amount of respect for the audience and for the program and I’m only going to put seasoned broadcast veterans on the air who have had a lot of experience at it as guest hosts. There’s too much at stake here to run auditions on this program. That’s what small radio stations are for. I appreciate your spirit, and I appreciate your willingness to ask for what you want. Cable news networks, a few of them, serve the same purpose as small radio stations, proving grounds. Most people never get out of them. But some do and escape the surly bonds into greatness.
RUSH: By the way, about the underfunded pension plans of CalPERS and CalSTRS, do you know who is liable for that? Who do you think is liable, meaning, who do you think has to make up the shortfall? The taxpayers of the state of California, and that $535 billion, do you think that’s been added to the state’s deficit? And if we have to bail that state out — and this is just one state. New York is almost in as bad a shape as California is in. I can see the day coming where we have to bail out or partially bail out some of these states and that’s just going to expand the reach and the power of the regime in Washington. Pure and simple.
Now, I checked e-mail during the break. Some of you think I was rude to the last caller who wanted a shot at guest hosting the program. Ladies and gentlemen, that wasn’t rude. I was just speaking straight up. I mean having somebody with zero experience asking to host the most listened to media presentation in the country, I mean that would be just like some unskilled, inexperienced person wanting to be president, and look where that got us. I refuse to do to this show what Obama has done to this country. No way, shape, manner, or form.
By the way, we, the taxpayers, the United States government, we are all liable for the underfunded pensions at Obama Motors and Chrysler. It’s on us. Of course, everything the federal government does is on us. They don’t have any money ’til they print it or tax it or confiscate it from us.