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RUSH: Bill in Dallas, great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello, sir.

CALLER: It’s good to be here, sir. How are you doing?

RUSH: Very well. Thank you.

CALLER: Well, the point I wanted to bring up is the Republicans are overlooking a very powerful tool in their arsenal. We can shut this madness down immediately, and that’s just simply to not authorize the debt limit to be raised. That would shut down deficit spending, it would shut down government.

RUSH: Yeah, but that’s not the way we want to do it.

CALLER: Well, I personally would definitely like to do it that way, but other people may have different opinions.

RUSH: The problem with that politically is you don’t have a majority of people who don’t want the government to function. There is not a majority of people who want the government to shut down and cease operating. There is a majority of people who think it’s out of control and way too big. The minute the debt ceiling doesn’t get funded and everything stops and the benefit checks cease, that’s the end of the Republican Party being able to reform and revise any of this. There are ways to go about this. Reducing the role of government, the shock value and the symbolic value of not raising the debt ceiling, I mean it’s tempting, I understand how you feel about it, but it has to be done with some political calculation as well. Besides I don’t think they have the votes to stop it. It’s a budget item. They don’t have the votes to stop it from happening anyway.

I’m not trying to pour cold water on this idea. I’m just saying that that would be the fastest way for the regime to revive all this, ‘Ah, the Republicans don’t care about anybody, they don’t want the government to help you, they don’t want you getting your benefits.’ With ten percent unemployment it would shut down people’s lifeline. This is going to be a long, slow process reversing this. It’s going to require some education. You’re looking at me like you disagree with me, Snerdley. Snerdley, would you just not approve the debt ceiling? Is that what you would do? Yeah. Yeah. Okay. So he’s frowning at a caller, not at me. He’s agreeing that I’m absolutely right about this. Yeah, so there’s no question.

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