RUSH: Here’s Joy somewhere in Illinois. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. And mega God-bless-you-always dittos from the crony socialist enclave of the brainwashed in Illinois.
RUSH: Thank you very much.
CALLER: And I want to tell you about something that hasn’t really gotten any notice nationally that I’ve seen. Three weeks ago today, do you remember the transportation student loan highway bill, et cetera, that Obama signed?
CALLER: Well, stealthily and cunningly stuck in there was a little clause that outlawed these little mom-and-pop shops that sold roll-your-own cigarettes.
RUSH: Oh, yeah. I saw that. That’s right.
CALLER: And Max Baucus was the instigator. He was, of course, lobbied by Philip Morris, now known as Altria. So there were campaign donations, I’m sure.
CALLER: He earmarked a $400 million sector (sic) for himself, for his state in Montana.
RUSH: Wait, wait, wait. A $400 million “sector”?
CALLER: Yes, he did. He earmarked $400 million in that bill for his state’s highway system, very mischievously. And so this has been very quietly under the radar. But the thing that burns me is here, with the swipe of a pen, Obama just put thousands of people out of work. As a consumer of this legal product… Which I know is not popular but nevertheless, it is legal. There was an inventor, I don’t know who he was, that I came up with the most fantastic entrepreneurial invention. It’s a machine about the size of an ATM. You put your tobacco blend in the top, it mixes it up, you choose your firmness level and the box of empty filters. Which, I understand, papers and tobacco that were free of the chemicals that the major manufacturers put into these products. So choose the filters, the paper, and the tobacco. In 20 minutes, out at the bottom trough comes a carton of cigarettes that you load into your box. You pay the man, and go on your way.
RUSH: I remember this. I remember with the stroke of his pen Obama wiping this out.
CALLER: He wiped out thousands of jobs, mom-and-pop companies and family businesses. Some had five, six shops. These machines sold for 33 to $37,000 each. They are now really outlawed. They can’t even recoup a dime. They can’t resell them. They’re just shut down and shut out, and all their help and all those jobs are as well. So I didn’t know if you were aware of that.
RUSH: Yeah, you know what? In fact, I’m still drawing a bit of a mental blank, ’cause when I saw it, Joy, the reason that it was being written about, whoever was commenting on it were outraged over the fact that Obama was able to do it with just a signature, that he had violated some — he was signing something into law, but I’m having trouble remembering what it was this person writing was really outraged about.
CALLER: It was just snuck in there just like the Democrats do so often.
RUSH: You know, they’re trying to sneak gun control, the Democrats are, into as many bills as they can.
CALLER: I do, Rush, and we’re dealing with a demonic group of people. I just urge your listeners to keep praying because this cannot stand, it just cannot. This is a lawless government, and we have to be so careful, but yet where are our folks? Where are those that are standing for us, because obviously both Republicans and Democrats voted for this bill, because they made it about student loans —
CALLER: — and highways.
RUSH: It’s the way this stuff always happens. You could legalize rape if you called it the Civil Rights Act of 2012.
CALLER: But you can say that he wiped out thousands of jobs with the swipe of a pen three weeks ago today, and he did.
RUSH: Joy, thanks for the call. I appreciate the reminder. I still don’t remember what the thing was that really irritated the person writing about this was, but I’ll find out. I’ll find out.