RUSH: Here’s Jay in Fairfax, Virginia. Hi. Great to have you here.
CALLER: Thanks for taking my call, Rush.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: I’ve been listening to you since the eighties. You know, I appreciate your bringing clarity, honesty, and truth to the American people. And, like you, President Trump did the same thing last night. It was such a pleasure to hear from a leader who cares about the people he serves. We haven’t heard that for the last eight years, in my opinion. But I have a comment and then a question that I want your opinion on.
CALLER: You know, as we know, the left really does have a big problem, and a lot of things. I know it’s been a great last year, great first year for Trump. But I want to talk about tax reform and how tangible it is for the average American. Personally, for my home, it’s gonna mean over $3,000 more per year in our hands. That’s astounding.
RUSH: That’s crumbs.
RUSH: That’s crumbs.
CALLER: Well —
RUSH: That’s nothing. That’s crumbs. The Democrats say it’s crumbs. You should be happier with a welfare check or maybe some assistance with your health care insurance. Jay, hang on. Hang on. Your connection’s wavering, but I want to keep talking to you, so don’t hang up out there. I have to take a break. Don’t go away.
RUSH: Jay in Fairfax, I’m glad you waited. You were starting to talk about taxes and how $3,000 to your family means quite a bit. Were you gonna talk about others who maybe don’t see it this way?
CALLER: Well, you know, Rush, I think the problem is — and you know this well, better than most — the low-information voter, the low-information citizen out there. They might not even notice that they’re getting $75 more a week in their paycheck or two weeks. So it’s gonna be interesting. But at some point, they will. And, you know, I think my other point about tax reform is how this is a big problem for the left and big problem for the Democrats.
My son’s a Millennial. And, you know, I texted with him this morning and said, “Hey, check out your paycheck,” and he came back with, “You know, it’s 75 bucks more in my paycheck,” and he’s on two weeks. That’s like just under $2,000. You know, he runs with a crowd of other like-minded 27-year-olds and I’m certain that most of them don’t like this president. But what they will like is this increase in their take-home pay.
RUSH: You know, I have to ask you a question. I don’t have a 27-year-old. I don’t have a five-year-old. I don’t have an any-year-old. I’ve got some nephews and nieces. But they’re not off the reservation. Every one of them is a good, solid Limbaugh. I don’t need to grab ’em and correct ’em and shake their shoulders. I’ve wondering about people who have kids who are, quote-unquote, “off the reservation.” How much of an opportunity do you have to…? I mean, you raised them. They grew up; you raised them. They’ve become what they are. Do you feel helpless in…? Like, say, this guy, if your son doesn’t like Trump and you do, do you feel like you have any influence with him now at age 27, or are those days long gone?
RUSH: And back to Jay in Fairfax.
CALLER: Rush —
RUSH: How much influence do you have with your 27-year-old anymore?
CALLER: Well, you know, look. He’s a grown man. The way I look at it, Rush, my wife and I both felt our responsibility was to give him a good foundation to understand right from wrong. When it gets to politics, he voted in the first election 2008, and I’m pretty certain I know who he voted for, okay? But a lot of people did, right? And I guess influence? I don’t really try to influence him. We talk about real life experiences, and I think those are the best influencers. And what I guess my point I wanted to make about the tax reform is: Money in your pocket is a real-life influencer. I don’t care how little it is, how much it is —
RUSH: You just said the low-information people are not even gonna realize they got 75 bucks more per pay period.
CALLER: Yeah. I think my son doesn’t fall into that because I’m making him aware of it. (laughing) So… (laughing)
RUSH: No, I know —
CALLER: I don’t know how many —
RUSH: No, I know you’re not talking about him being a low-information voter. But you did say the low-information, by definition — people that vote Democrats — are not gonna see it. It’s gonna be there but they’re not even gonna realize it.
CALLER: Well, yeah. I guess that’s a big thing for the Republicans to use as a hammer in 2018, right?
RUSH: Well, I don’t know what more they can do!
CALLER: Well —
RUSH: I mean, they’ve advertised the tax cut, they passed the tax cut, they signed into law the tax cut. The tax cut’s happened, and people are gonna have more discretionary income, more take-home pay, whatever you want to call it. Now, I can see some people, you know, on the fringes who don’t pay attention. Most people don’t get pay stubs, anyway. It’s just direct deposit. You know, so how closely do they pay attention to the, quote-unquote, “checkbook.”
And if they notice it, how many of ’em are gonna think, “Oh, somebody screwed up here. There’s a mistake here,” as opposed to realizing that they got a tax cut. I guess you’re right. It has to continue to be sold. It has to continue to be promoted. Excellent, excellent point. I realize how hard it was for you to admit who your son voted for. I want to applaud you for the courage of that too.