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RUSH: John in Indianapolis, you’re next on Open Line Friday. Hi.

CALLER: Hey, Rush, golden retriever dittos from Indianapolis.

RUSH: Thank you very much, sir.

CALLER: I have a problem with the —

RUSH: Oh, speaking of which, golden retriever, you won’t believe this. Two days ago I’m talking about my old English sheepdogs, Abbey and Wellesley and they got a fan letter. They got a fan letter from another sheepdog named Garcia.

CALLER: Well, my Goldie couldn’t type, but we had to put him down. He was a 12-year-old dog and —

RUSH: Oh, no!

CALLER: One of the saddest days of my life, great pet for my kids, we all loved him to death, so a sad time but we’re gonna get another one at some point. But, Rush, the reason I called is I think the Republicans are making a mistake in their anti-tax hike argument when they say that now is a bad time because of the slow economy. There is not a good time to raise taxes on the so-called rich. Thirty-five percent is too much. And when you take people’s money, you are taking their freedom. If this government can’t run on 35%, something’s wrong. And what’s wrong is we have a Soviet-style bureaucracy that needs to be dismantled in Washington.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: We’re taking money out of the productive private sector, and we’re putting it into an abyss of corruption, ineffective —

RUSH: There’s no question, the more that we learn about what goes on — corruption is the business of DC. That’s what the Fed news of this week told me, that corruption is the business of DC.

CALLER: But I’d like to ask people, too, we started a Department of Energy so we would be energy independent 30-some years ago, I don’t know how many people work there, but if that were a private business, wouldn’t it have been shut down about 28 years ago saying, ‘This hasn’t worked?’

RUSH: Well, same thing with the Department of Education.

CALLER: The Department of Education, you name it, the Departmental of Labor. What do these people do but suck our money and waste it?

RUSH: Well, that’s what statists do. They exist to grow government, confiscate wealth, pure and simple.

CALLER: Yep.

RUSH: I’m glad you called. I’m sorry about your dog. We had to take Punkin to the vet. Punkin comes home Monday. Punkin had liver disease, it turns out. Thankfully not due to old age, but Punkin’s been at the vet for like a week and a half now. (interruption) No, our sheepdogs got a fan letter from another sheepdog over in the West Coast of Florida named Garcia. And this sheepdog Garcia guest stars in a novel that’s being written by Don Bruns. Anyway, I told Kathryn I’m gonna mention this and she said, ‘Snerdley is gonna say you have been totally chickified if you start talking about your dogs having received a fan letter from another dog.’ I said, ‘Well, it happened.’ (laughing) I’ll read the letter Monday. I forgot to bring it in today.

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