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RUSH: Gail in Chicago. Welcome to the program. Great to have you here.

CALLER: Hi. This is Gail outside of Chicago in Elgin. I’m in the land of corruption. I just want to tell you, I’m honored to be on your show.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: I love it, and my husband is the one who got me listening to you. I thank you for your support of women. I’m an independent voter, and I love your show, and you give me hope.

RUSH: Thank you very much.

CALLER: Here’s what I want to ask. I want to ask if you consider yourself a hard-working American?

RUSH: Do I consider myself a hard-working American?

CALLER: Yes. I know you’re rich, but I wondered, and I know you make over $250,000. But I don’t know if you feel like you work hard.

RUSH: (laughing) I love this. I’m being setup here. I know you’re going somewhere. I’m trying to figure out where you’re going. And see, I’ve only got 15 seconds. I thought I was gonna try to squeeze your call in a minute and a half, but obviously —

CALLER: Yesterday I was listening to a replay of Obama and Romney —

RUSH: Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, don’t get started because we don’t have time to finish it. Now, can you hang on? Or, if you can’t hang on, can you give us your number so we can call you back when we’re ready to continue with you?

CALLER: Yes. 847 —

RUSH: No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Don’t do it. You’ll have liberals calling you and you’ll have to start shouting “Chick-fil-A” at ’em. Hang on. All right. We’ll be back after this. Don’t go away.


RUSH: So, do I consider myself a hard-working American? Hmm. See, yeah. I mean, I work really hard, but it doesn’t feel like it ’cause I love it. And nobody ever sees me work, so nobody really knows. And even when they see me working, it doesn’t look like work.

RUSH: Let’s go back to Gail. She held on. She’s in Chicago, and start at the very beginning, Gail.

CALLER: When I told you I love your show?

RUSH: I mean with the beginning of your question.

CALLER: Okay, the beginning of my question was whether or not you were a hard-working American. And I’ll tell you why I’m asking this. Yesterday I was home listening to replays of Obama trying to convince people that his tax plan was the right tax plan to go with, and one of the things that really caught my attention was when he was talking about how Romney wants to give tax cuts to the rich, the rich people, which are 250,000 plus earners.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: Obama doesn’t want to do that. He wants to give tax cuts to the hard-working Americans, or to the working Americans.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: I’m like, what? So I had to go back later on and listen to it again, and I’m like, the inference — and I’m a teacher. I don’t know if I told you that, a Republican, or Independent teacher. And I had to go back and I’m thinking, by inference, then, if the people who are gonna be get the tax cuts are hard-working Americans, or working Americans, does that mean people like you and people I know actually, ’cause my husband’s in business that make over $250,000, are they not hard-working Americans?

RUSH: Exactly. Exactly!

CALLER: I was insulted. I’m like, wait a minute. I know teachers — if you have two administrators working at a school, you have two people that are making $250,000 a year.

RUSH: Yeah. Yeah. I’m telling you, with your question, you’ve just nailed it. You’ve given me the opportunity to make this point again. Barack Obama is a revolutionary. He believes that we’re in the middle of a revolution and there’s gonna be pain and suffering, and the purpose of this revolution is to make sure the people who are rich, who’ve had it easy, who got lucky and have taken all the money from everybody else, it’s time they give it back, it’s time they gave it up, it’s time to transform society. We don’t have a class system. We don’t have a caste system. He believes that people are born into classes and the rich class steals from the other classes and mistreats ’em, takes ’em for granted, takes advantage of ’em, and, by the way, they don’t work hard. They won life’s lottery. They’re lucky. They just happened to be born in the Lucky Sperm Club, or they inherited it, or whatever, or they stole it from other people or they cheated people. This is honest to God how he looks at it. And it’s also part of the class envy routine to tell these people you’re the hard-working ones, you’re the ones that are breaking your backs, you’re the ones working your fingers to the bone, and what do you got to show for it? Nothing. Because it’s been stolen from you by these lily white rich people. That’s what he’s after. That’s the impression he wants to create.

CALLER: Well, I totally believe you. And trust me, I am doing everything in my power —

RUSH: I tell you, don’t doubt me on this.

CALLER: I don’t. And I have not given up hope. I listen to your show because you give me hope.

RUSH: This is economic justice. Economic justice to him is the government taking from the achievers — he doesn’t look at ’em as achievers. He looks at ’em as thieves or people who’ve been nothing more than lucky. And it’s just not right, those people are gonna have to give it up, and they won’t give it up so he’s going to have to take it from them.

CALLER: Has anybody asked the question how this is going to affect charities? Because, I’m telling you —

RUSH: He doesn’t care about that.

CALLER: — that I am not going to be giving to charities —

RUSH: He doesn’t care.

CALLER: — as much as I did if Obama is going to take my money and decide who gets it.

RUSH: That’s fine. He’ll become the number one donor to charity and make all the charities depend on him. He’s totally cool with that. Absolutely fine, if he can take away the charitable deduction and other financial incentives to make charitable donations, fine with him. He’s already taken over a car company. He’s taken over the student loans. They’re pressing the banks now to make loans again to people who can’t afford it. He wants to run everything. He wants to be the go-to guy if you need something. He wants the Democrat Party to be the go-to party if you need something. He doesn’t want you relying on yourself. He doesn’t want you depending on hard work. That’s a fool’s game.

The only people that work hard are the people that get the shaft. The only people that work hard are the people that get screwed. The rich people, you don’t see ’em ever doing any work. They couldn’t dig a ditch if they had to. They couldn’t run the cables. They couldn’t build the roads in front of their businesses. They couldn’t even build their own factories. These people the luckiest people on earth, and he’s out to get even with ’em here. He believes in trickle-down government, not trickle-down economics. I’m telling you, the guy’s an economic bigot. In my case, as to your question, I am the hardest-working person in the “no” business, but it doesn’t ever look like I am.

CALLER: I know you’re hard-working. I know that.

RUSH: Yeah, but if you saw me doing it, you wouldn’t think it’s hard. Do you realize what a burden this is for me, Gail? I mean, even my friends don’t think I really work. Because they never see it. I mean, who can see brain neurons firing? Nobody can see that. Nobody can see mental maneuvering or thoughts or ideas spring to life, particularly when their primary expression comes later in the form of words, spoken words. Where’s the work there? I don’t even write down what I say. So where’s the work? So most of the time people see me sitting and think I’m just the laziest SOB that they’ve ever run into. Members of my own family, at times, “Are you ever going to do anything?”

“I’m doing it now.”


“I’m working.”

“You’re playing with the computer.”

“I love the computer, but I’m working.”

“Aw, gee, come on. At least take out the trash and make it look like you’re working.”

“Well, how about I go feed the cat?”

“Okay, fine.”

I’m joking. (interruption) “Cut the grass.” (laughing) Anyway, I’m really lucky. Life is my work. I don’t know how to put it better than that. Living my life, I’m working. That’s as lucky as you can get. When you look at a Cray supercomputer, do you think it’s working? Your desktop, your laptop, you’re looking at it, do you think it’s working? No, it’s just sitting there, a bunch of nuts and bolts. Yeah, folks, it’s tough sometimes being me. I wouldn’t normally complain, but she asked.

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