RUSH: Despite my best efforts, ladies and gentlemen, this deal continues to be miscast and misrepresented, not only by the school teacher of Dawn’s young daughter, ‘Mommy! Mommy!’ Dawn’s daughter came home from school yesterday, ‘Mommy! Mommy! Why is George Bush selling our ports to terrorists?’ (sigh) It still out there and that’s still how people refer to this. The bumper sticker is: ‘We’re Selling Our Ports to Terrorists.’ We’re not. We’re not selling anything. We don’t own this, folks. The British own what is being sold and it’s not ports. We’re talking terminals — and in all of New York, and in all of New Jersey, it’s one terminal.
‘I know, Rush, but that’s where it starts.’
So I can imagine all of the reactions that you’re going to have. But we’re not selling anything.
‘But why can’t an American company do it?’
Don’t ask me. I don’t know why Americans don’t want to do this business. it’s probably because they don’t want to deal with the unions. I don’t know. That’s why the Hong Kong people have not tried to by this terminal, folks. Hong Kong doesn’t want to mess with the myriad regulations and security problems and challenges they have and the hoops they have to jump through and the unions. They don’t want to deal with it. The biggest port operator in the whole world is the Hong Kong bunch. I mean, why am I not in the widget business? Somebody should be in the widget business in America! Why don’t I go into it? Because I have no interest. I couldn’t care less. It’s not enough to oppose the deal and say, ‘Why can’t an American company do this?’ Find me an American company! By the way, we do own quite a few of the facilities and they are all run by your beloved government and bureaucracies, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the port authority of this or that, the stevedores, da-da-da, of this and that. It’s this particular business that Americans are not in.
Like Americans don’t make sewing machines anymore; we don’t make buggies as in the horse and buggy days, and we don’t make buggy whips. I don’t know why Americans don’t do this. Americans also don’t like to do their own yard work anymore, either! Americans don’t like to be butlers. You ever go try to hire a butler? You can’t find an American butler and you wouldn’t want one if you did because the American butler would end up hating you after two months saying, ‘How come he has all this and I don’t have anything?’ (interruption) I don’t have a butler, Mr. Snerdley. That’s not the point. If you want a butler, you’re going to be hiring a Brit, or you’re going to be hiring somebody that does it on a cruise ship. There are a lot of jobs Americans won’t do. Should we just close up the country? (sigh) Back, ladies and gentlemen. (crumpling up paper) I don’t want to hit you with too much logic. I know you’re already dazzled. I need to parse this out better.
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