RUSH: Provo, Utah. This is Erin. Great to have you on the program. How you doing, Erin?
CALLER: Really well, Rush. I’m a Millennial. I’m getting a master’s degree a Brigham Young University. I’ve listened to you all my life.
RUSH: Well, thank you very much. I appreciate hearing that.
CALLER: Yeah. I love your show. I’ve also watched The O’Reilly Factor most of my life, and the scandal that just happened, it makes me think that from now on any time a man and a woman are together — whether it’s in a business setting, an educational setting or even a religious setting I believe it needs to be filmed and recorded on video just for the protection of the man.
RUSH: Interesting. Very, very interesting. What about the specifics of this case? Are you buying all of this? Do you think O’Reilly should have been fired or resigned or whatever it is?
CALLER: Of course not! I mean, just as I was reading the articles, I was thinking, “Where did these allegations take place? Was it even in a bar or just, like, after work?” I don’t know. Even from a woman’s perspective, I’m not buying into it at all.
RUSH: You know, I find this interesting, because the way the media portrays this, once again, we are to believe that women all over this country are outraged and they have had it and they want people like O’Reilly done away with and put in the cemetery. Could you hang on through the break here, Erin?
CALLER: Oh, of course.
RUSH: I thought you might, and I appreciate that you will, because I want to explore this further with you about some things that we have learned both in the Census and other data about Millennial women. I want to see if it applies to you.
RUSH: Back to Erin. Erin, you’re a grad student, did you say so you’ve got your four-year degree?
CALLER: Yes, I have my four-year degree. I have one more year to have my master’s degree.
RUSH: Are you…? Do you mind if I ask you personal questions? You don’t have to answer them, but I’m just curious.
CALLER: No, I’ll answer them.
RUSH: Are you married?
CALLER: No, I’m not.
CALLER: Uh, not right now, unfortunately. (giggles)
RUSH: Here’s what we have learned in the last couple days from… Well, one of it’s from Census; the other is… I think it’s a Pew survey of Millennials, and the first one is that more and more Millennial-aged women are ashamed and embarrassed that they earn more than their husbands or boyfriends.
RUSH. You’re laughing at that. Okay, share. What’s your reaction to that? Would you ever…? If you earned more than an eventual boyfriend or husband, would you be ashamed? Would you feel embarrassed?
CALLER: No, I wouldn’t be ashamed. Obviously, I’d judge him by how hard he works and a person and, like, his future plan.
RUSH: Right. But you don’t… But no matter what… How hard he works is fine. If he didn’t earn what you make, you wouldn’t lose respect for him? You wouldn’t —
CALLER: Nooooo! That’s ridiculous.
RUSH: And you wouldn’t, therefore, mind being the breadwinner, if that’s what eventuated?
CALLER: No, that’s what we figured out, then, no. I wouldn’t mind it, I guess.
RUSH: Figured out what? Figured out what?
CALLER: You know, family-wize and —
RUSH: A-ha, that’s it! That’s supposed to —
CALLER: — take care of our kids —
RUSH: That is the key to everything. If you’re mad at me when I said… This is the second bit of news. The second bit of news. Actually, there’s three parts. The second bit of news is there are now more Millennial women with college degrees than Millennial men. I said to the audience, “Folks, you gotta stop looking at this men-versus-women thing as a ‘versus,’ as a comparison, as a getting even.” That’s not a good bit of news.
You don’t want that to be the case, and if you care I’ll tell you why later, and I have people emailing me thinking I’m a lug head. I’m a chauvinist. How could I dare think that it’s a bad thing that more Millennial women have college degrees? And there are answers to it but I’m not prepared to give ’em yet. I just want to get your feedback on that right now. What’s your reaction to that?
CALLER: I think it’s great more women are getting college degrees. I don’t know.
RUSH: You’re not troubled by any aspect of it?
CALLER: No! I think it’s great.
RUSH: Let me give you a hypothetical.
CALLER: I think we should get the best education as we can.
RUSH: What is your graduate study in? What do you want to do?
CALLER: I’m doing food science. I have a minor in chemistry.
RUSH: Food science, minor in chemistry. Okay. Let’s say you get the education you want.
RUSH: You come out of there and true to the survey, you get married and you do end up making more than your husband, we’ll assume he gets a degree too. I think you probably… But you make more than he does, but then you and he want to start a family. What happens if the day comes when you decide that you want to spend as much if not more time raising your children than you do working in the area of your education, and then his income becomes primary? What then? Would you —
CALLER: Then we’d live within our means. I’ve always been a fan of that. I actually do want to be with my kids, so that would be ideal.
RUSH: We’re dealing with profound material here, folks. How old are you? You’re 24, 25?
CALLER: I’m 25, yes.
RUSH: Twenty-five. You are profound. You are so much… Well, I’ll just say you are profoundly mature. You know how —
CALLER: (laughs) Thank you, Rush.
RUSH: Out of 10 people who would answer that question the way you did there’s probably one or two who’d say, “Oh, we’d live within our means.”
CALLER: (laughs) My friends always call me “traditional,” but I can pay my own rent. I don’t need my parents to. (laughing)
RUSH: Okay, third — and this is the census data. It’s a record number of Millennials either gender living at home with mom and dad. The number is that there are more Millennials 18 to 34 — let’s say 25-34 — living at home with mom and dad then there are Millennials who are married and living with a spouse.
RUSH: Hmm. How’s that?
CALLER: Okay, that’s amazing to me. I can’t believe that, actually. I can’t believe their parents would put up with that.
RUSH: Hey! Amen. Are you sure you’re 25 and not 55?
CALLER: I’m promise I’m 25. I have a birth certificate, too. (giggles)
RUSH: In what state?
RUSH: Idaho. Cool. Well, you know, this kind of explains it. Idaho, Utah, listening to this program, watching the O’Reilly show.
RUSH: Something explains it. Anyway, you great, Erin. I’m really glad that you called. I appreciate you taking the time.
CALLER: Thank you. I’ve appreciated talking to you. This is probably one of the best moments of my life. (laughs)
RUSH: Well, same here. We’ve enjoyed the heck out of it. By the way, do you…? As a grad student I’m sure you’re maxed out on expenses and so forth. Would you like, if you don’t have one, a new iPhone or a new iPad — or if you have an iPhone, would be would you like some of the AirPods that are still available?
CALLER: (Gasp!) Oh, my goodness, my iPhone 4 just died like a week ago! (laughing)
RUSH: Oh. iPhone 4. You know, it was great in its day, but it has long been surpassed. Okay.
CALLER: That’s what my friends tell me. (laughing)
RUSH: Well, they’re right. You won’t believe the difference. Here’s what I got. You want the iPhone 7 or the 7 Plus? The 7 is the 4.7-inch screen and the Plus is the 5.5-inch screen.
CALLER: I’ll take the 7 Plus.
RUSH: And what color? They come in two shades of black — jet black and matte black — and then there’s gold, rose gold, silver, and bright red.
CALLER: Wow. I’ll go with the classic gold.
RUSH: Classic gold. Cool., and I’ll send you some AirPods. Have you seen the…? You probably haven’t seen the AirPods. These are the wireless Bluetooth AirPods. You will not believe it.
RUSH: You can activate Siri with just a double tap on one of the AirPods. You know what’s cool about…? I can’t use them. It really makes me mad. Since I’m deaf and I have other things in my ears, I can’t use ’em, but if you’re on the phone with somebody, you can have the ear pods answer the phone. Just tap on it and the phone will answer. You’re talking to them, and somebody approaches you and you want to talk to them, you can… Let’s say you’re listening to music. You tap the AirPods once. It pauses the music and then you talk to your friend or whatever. When conversation is over, tap the AirPod back once; the music resumes. It’s just amazing. These things are so popular, it still takes you six weeks to get them when you go in and ask for a pair.
CALLER: Oh, that sounds awesome, Rush!
RUSH: Well, you deserve it. You’ve earned it. This has been a great performance of yours today.
CALLER: Thank you.
RUSH: You need to hang on here, Erin, so that we can get your address and you’ll have them tomorrow. So it’s a gold 7 Plus, right? Gold 7 Plus and the AirPods. That’s it. Okay, cool.