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RUSH: Claudia in Ormond Beach, Florida, welcome to the EIB Network. I appreciate your patience in waiting.

CALLER: Thank you, Rush. I’m excited to speak with you. I would just like to touch on a point that you were talking about earlier about men eating meat and about Americans having to more or less tighten the belt because of high gas prices?

RUSH: Yeah. I’m not saying that. A bunch of eggheads at Washington University in St. Louis say that as gasoline prices rise, that Americans will all of a sudden start walking more and eating more healthfully.

CALLER: Well, I agree with that. I agree with that. I don’t think it’s going to happen overnight, but for myself, um, it was easy to make the transition, to prioritize my money. One of the things that’s wonderful is radio, listening to radio. It’s fun. It’s educational. It’s free.

RUSH: You mean that represents a change for you?

CALLER: That’s a big change for me. What I did was I cut my table. I joined a gym. I don’t go to fast food. I’m buying vegetables, buying fruit. There are so many ways. We Americans are so resourceful.

RUSH: I’m not disputing that! Wait a minute. I’m not disputing that. But why are you doing this?

CALLER: Well, because my interpretation was that you said that we’re going to continue with our junk food and continue with the fast food.

RUSH: I did say that, and I will talk about that in a moment, but I wonder why did you all of a sudden decide to go all healthy on us?

CALLER: Well, it was a matter of if I was going to tighten the belt, I was going to do it the right way. Instead of living to eat, it was eating to live.

RUSH: No, no, no. No, no, no, no. Let me just be point-blank on this.


RUSH: Did you do all this because gasoline prices started going up?

CALLER: Well, yes. Not only that, there were things like playing the lottery, things to do with disposable income.

RUSH: Oh, jeez.

CALLER: The thing… I’m trying to explain… But I think we Americans, Rush, I think we’re resourceful. I think we can —

RUSH: We are, if we’re left alone! But we’re not being left alone. We’re not being left alone. Our resourcefulness is being denied us. We’re slowly being managed and manipulated into doing a bunch of things, not because we want to, but because somebody is making us think we should because we need to be guilty about all the destructive habits that we’re all engaged in.

CALLER: Well, I think everybody has to come to their own decision.

RUSH: I do, too, but it ain’t going to happen if a bunch of liberals end up running the show for a long time. Nobody’s gonna be allowed to come to their own decision because, if it’s the wrong decision, the liberals will spank ’em —

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: — and punish them and so forth.

CALLER: Rush, I just… Let me just tell you something. Waiting to talk with you, I got little tiny dainty sweat beads on my cheeks because you just go on and on. I don’t know how you do it, but I just enjoy you so much.

RUSH: Well, thank you very much.

CALLER: I learn so much. I learn so much from you.

RUSH: Right, and so you called to disagree with me?

CALLER: Not to disagree —

RUSH: You learned so much, you called to disagree.

CALLER: — just to clarify the point, just to clarify the point.

RUSH: I should just call you ‘wifey.’ You’ve just told me how smart I am, and how much you agree with me, and how much you learn, but you call to tell me I’m wrong.

CALLER: (Laughing.) You’re fun. Thank you for taking my call.

RUSH: All right, Claudia. You have a good day there in Ormond Beach.

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