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RUSH: To Billings, Montana. Hello, Mark. Great to have you on the EIB Network, hello, sir.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. January 12th dittos to you.

RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much.

CALLER: We share the same birthday.

RUSH: I appreciate that.

CALLER: Yeah. I want to know when collective bargaining became a right rather than a privilege. I have an independent sales business, thanks to you, by the way, and the main company we represent decided to help their bottom line by not offering a bonus this year. And I can either take that or they can get somebody else who will accept that deal. I have no collective bargaining rights, and I don’t think most people in this country do.

RUSH: No, they don’t. It’s not a right. A right is something that can’t be taken away from you.

CALLER: I hear it every five minutes on the radio and on the TV.

RUSH: You also hear abortion is a right. You also hear that all kinds of things are rights. That term has been diluted and overblown to the point nobody understands what it means anymore. It’s purely used politically. There’s no right. That’s something you have to bargain for, somebody has to agree to give you that in the negotiation, and if they don’t want to give you collective bargaining rights, then tough toenails, go somewhere else where they will.

CALLER: Well, I hear that everyday, and I think, that’s not a right, it’s a privilege that they have the opportunity to bargain that and —

RUSH: Yeah, it’s a right or you can call it as something that you win in a negotiation, but it isn’t a right, you’re absolutely right. By the way, people that have collective bargaining rights usually can only bargain about their salaries anyway.

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