RUSH: Vickie in Biloxi, Mississippi, nice to have you on Open Line Friday. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. How are you today?
RUSH: Very well. Thank you.
CALLER: Well, I was listening to your program yesterday while I was on my lunch break. And I was listening to the part about the kids who are over in England protesting because they have to pay higher tuition for their college education?
RUSH: That’s right.
CALLER: Let me tell you. I have two daughters who are both in college. One is a freshman, one is a sophomore. Both of them are working two and three part-time jobs to help pay their tuition. And they get very little financial assistance. Both are on scholarships. But as you well know, scholarships do not pay everything. They only pay a certain amount of money because they’re not full-ride scholarships.
CALLER: My husband and I are the epitome of the working class poor, but we’re Republicans. We’re staunch Republicans. And it just pisses me off to no end that these kids over there are protesting and here my kids are out working two or three part-time jobs just to put themselves through college. And, you know, I don’t feel bad that they have to do that because they want a college education, they know that it’s important that they have that, and they’re willing to do what it takes to get their education. And it just infuriates me.
RUSH: Well, me, too.
CALLER: And the thing is, like I said, we’re working class poor. My husband is a disabled American veteran. You know, I have a part-time job and we’re just barely making it. And it infuriates me to no end. You know, I have one daughter who’s trying to save up to buy a laptop for college. You know, there’s tuition and everything else —
RUSH: Let me warn you of something because all that’s coming here, all of that is headed our way. A couple of weeks ago when I saw the first protests, as you know if you were here, it ruined the day. I was so ticked off. I was so cynical and sarcastic all day. I was calling ’em names. You know, these freeloader rock ‘n’ roller FM types, let ’em pay for it themselves. I got so fed up with the notion that somebody ought to be paying for everybody else. Whatever these kids want, somebody else ought to be paying for it, but that’s what their system has taught them. Hello, socialism, and now they happen to be unfortunate enough to be alive at a point where the system’s bankrupt. By the accident of their birth these kids are learning reality. But they’ve grown up hearing about how their college is paid for and it’s part of their life as written, and this is what it means and all of a sudden they gotta pay for it. Something happened yesterday that has a lot of people really upset. And that is, Prince Charles and Camilla were on the way to the theater, and they’re in their Rolls-Royce limo, and somehow that Rolls-Royce limo ended up in the middle of all this and paint was thrown at it, and somebody, Prince Charles or somebody rolled down a window to wave at these kids, and somebody jabbed a piece of wood in there and starting poking Camilla Parker Bowles in the ribs.
The driver of the prince’s Rolls-Royce happens to be a cop and he sped off, somehow found a way out of the crowd and sped off. The cops were this close to pulling out their guns and shooting people. Now, this is a monumental security breach. This is the heir to the throne. Now, I know it’s just symbolic, but still, the security around these people is supposed to be impenetrable, and they end up in the middle of this, and somehow a window gets rolled halfway down and some malcontent kid starts poking Camilla Parker Bowles in there. Now, they were on their way to the theater, some royal thing, and they showed up, and they were composed but shaken, it was said. Now, I want to warn you people. The Republicans are going to take control of the House. I want you to be prepared for similar type angry protests which will largely be orchestrated but made to look spontaneous. This will be part and parcel of the left’s attempt to dissuade anybody from ever voting Republican again.
Let me put it this way. I’m not gonna actually predict it, but I’m just going to tell you, I will not be surprised if these kinds of violent protests — and it’ll all be about economic things. Remember this election’s about cutting spending. We don’t have money to keep giving away to people. Obama’s gonna keep trying. At some point, there will be legislation to cut spending here, cut spending there, and some of it is gonna affect kids in their education, and they’re gonna go hog crazy like out in Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, all over Berkeley, San Francisco, LA, it’s gonna happen. It’s gonna happen in New York City. And it has the potential to be really bad, and it’s gonna occur under the same auspice, and that is these kids are entitled, and here come the Republicans taking it all away now and giving it to their rich friends.
Remember, the theory here is these guys on the floor of the Senate and the House last night, like Bernie Sanders were saying that the rich are waging a war against the poor, that the rich are guaranteeing that your kids and grandkids are gonna be poor, that they won’t have any money because the rich are taking it. The media will amplify that, they’ll say, ‘Bernie Sanders is saying a local Democrat said today…’ blah, blah. Kids will hear it. They’ll then see their budget cuts on their precious little items, and then they’ll associate this with the Republicans. Prince Charles had to shove Camilla Parker Bowles down on the floor it got so bad in there. They broke a passenger window in an armored Rolls-Royce. This is the same kind of people that are throwing F-bombs at the president in the Democrat caucus. So I’m not trying to scare anybody, but this is a leftist tactic, violent protests and so forth. I mean you saw how it was with Bush in the Iraq war and Code Pink and these people infiltrating congressional hearings and so forth, it’s gonna be just as bad if not worse. And especially if some of the spending affects our precious children and their precious education that they expect everybody else to pay for. You wait.
I read something today. Rich Lowry had a piece at National Review, a statistic in there that I didn’t know. What percentage of the American workforce do you think has graduated college? We hear about education all the time. We hear about how necessary a college degree is. We hear about all the people that go to college, graduations every May, every fall, we got the fall class graduating, people going to work, other than now during the recession, but the impression is a lot of people in the workforce have college degrees. What do you think the actual percentage is? What would you guess, Dawn? Wild guess, hmm? It’s 30%. Thirty percent of the American workforce has a college degree, according to Rich Lowry. Thirty percent of those working have a college degree, meaning 70% of the workforce does not have a college degree. Now, if you attach to this the old adage that you don’t make any money in this country unless you’re educated, unless you have a college degree, that obviously isn’t true because there have to be a lot of people in that 70% that are doing quite well that don’t have a college degree, and you might say even now during the recession that a lot of people with college degrees don’t have anything, can’t find a gig right now because of the employment situation.