RUSH: Here’s Clarence in Philadelphia. Hi, Clarence. I’m glad you waited. You’re next on the program. Hello.
CALLER: Rush, how come you’re not talking about the significant victory of Obama in the election.
RUSH: What victory?
CALLER: The victory of the minimum wage, raising the minimum wage, which happened in five states, the only five states that had it and four of them were strongly Republican. States like South Dakota, Nebraska, you can’t get more Republican than that, right?
RUSH: I’m trying to understand what you’re saying. You’re saying in all these Republican states, Obama had victories because —
CALLER: Yeah, with the minimum wage. He’s been on the bully pulpit for two years about the minimum wage, and it passed, in opposition to all the Republicans and you and all the other right-wingers on the radio are opposed to it, but it passed in four Republican states. And if it had been in 50 states, it would have passed in 50 states.
CALLER: So, that’s a victory for the bully pulpit of Barack Obama.
RUSH: Man, you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel here to —
CALLER: Well, it may be, but it’s significant. How do you explain it?
RUSH: I don’t explain it.
CALLER: That’s right.
RUSH: Who wouldn’t want to earn more money?
CALLER: I know. But the Republicans are against it. You were against it, aren’t you?
RUSH: Yes. I’m against minimum wage laws, but —
CALLER: That’s right, but it passed no four states.
RUSH: You don’t win everything out there, Clarence. If you want to hang your hat on five states, got the minimum wage going up, have at it, man, have a party. Go out there and buy an extra Big Mac with it. Whatever it gets you. My point of minimum wage actually causes people to lose jobs. The minimum wage is not enough, and it was never intended to be a wage that supports a family. It’s an entry-level thing. It’s purely a political football. I’m trying not to chuckle here, Clarence, ’cause I know how important winning is, and if the minimum wage in five states where Republicans opposed it makes your day, then I don’t want to destroy it. So have at it, Clarence, I’m happy you’re happy.
RUSH: I hope Clarence in Philadelphia is still listening, reveling in his big victory out there. Clarence, you know what’s gonna happen in all these states where the minimum wage was increased? Employers are gonna hire more and more illegal aliens off the books at lower wages. The minimum wage actually facilitates the hiring of illegals if we’re gonna let ’em in the country, Clarence. Big win, huh?