RUSH: Liz in Camden, Tennessee, it’s great to have you with us, the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hello, Rush. It’s a delight and an honor to get to finally speak to you after all these years.
RUSH: Well, thank yeeew so much.
CALLER: I’ve got a question.
RUSH: What is it?
CALLER: I’m one of those what the Democrats think as dumb Americans. Could you explain to me why the media and the Democratic Party are trashing the Republicans for all the cuts that are fixin’ to be made but yet they have not one — not one, correct me if I’m wrong — idea or policy set up?
RUSH: It’s a great question, and it is just the Democrat Party playbook. I don’t know how old you are, and I’m not going to ask, but for as long as I’ve been alive, this has been the mantra. I remember after Reagan’s second term election, people like David Broder of the Washington Post said, ‘It’s a triumph of greed and selfishness over common sense.’ Reagan was routinely accused of being responsible for AIDS. Reagan was said to have been responsible for homelessness, that in effect Reagan went outside and crossed the street in Lafayette Park and stole pork ‘n’ beans from the homeless, went back to the White House kitchen, cooked ’em up and ate ’em and had a great time. It’s standard operating procedure. It’s the template: ‘Republicans hate people, kill people, particularly old people,’ and they’re dredging it up here. That’s all they’ve got.
CALLER: But, Rush, what I’m asking is, see: In order to have a debate or discussion you’ve got to have your own agenda, right?
RUSH: No, you don’t. No, no. That’s my point. I know what you’re asking. The Republicans have made clear what they want to cut, some of the things. They’ve identified some of it. But even if they hadn’t, all the Republicans have to do is start talking about reducing spending and the Democrats start having a cow and they bring up this parade of victims. It’s standard operating procedure.
CALLER: Well, do the Democrats think we have a money tree in the backyard?
RUSH: Yeah. It’s called a printing press. They do.
CALLER: Well, what’s gonna happen when the printing press runs out of ink?
RUSH: It won’t.
CALLER: Eventually it will. (chuckles)
RUSH: No, it won’t run outta ink and it won’t run outta paper. The paper will just become valueless.
CALLER: That’s what I’m saying. It won’t be worth of paper it’s printed on.
RUSH: So look, let me ask you a very salient question.
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: It’s obvious that you know all this. It’s obvious that you know the drawbacks of excessive, senseless spending. It’s obvious that you and a lot of people understand this is unsustainable. So the question for you is: Why are the Democrats doing it?
RUSH: No. Do you have an answer?
CALLER: Why are they doing this?
RUSH: Why are they doing it? They know just as well as you do how it’s unsustainable, how it’s unsupportable. It can’t work. Why are they doing it?
CALLER: To be honest with you, they’re cutting off their nose to spite their face.
RUSH: (sigh) No. They’re doing it on purpose.
CALLER: But aren’t they gonna be in the barrel with everybody else?
RUSH: Yeah, but they don’t know that, and they don’t realize that, and they’re not… No, actually they don’t think they’re gonna be in the barrel with everybody else.
CALLER: When is reality gonna hit?
CALLER: How long is it gonna take?
RUSH: I don’t know what you —
CALLER: I mean, we’re there now.
RUSH: I don’t know what you mean by reality.
CALLER: They don’t live in the real world if they think that they can keep spending like they and keep on spending. You can’t even do that in your own private life. I mean, how do these people balance their checkbook at home?
RUSH: They… (sigh) Look, I’m running out of time here and I’m trying to figure out where you’re coming from on this because you sound like you’re just discovering what they’re doing. You’ve been paying attention a lot longer than just recently, right?
CALLER: I’m 63 years old, and I’m watching our country go in the toilet.
RUSH: Right. Okay. My only point to you is: So are they, and they know that they’re the ones driving it there — and the answer to your question is they don’t care, because to them, when this is all finished, they have newfound power.
CALLER: Yeah, but what good is that power if we’re broke?
RUSH: The only survivors left to fix it all. Well, if you hate capitalism you have to destroy it first. They do, and they’re trying. That’s the point.