RUSH: I want to circle back to this college scandal business. I've had a day to ponder this. I have had a day to inform myself on it. I tell you, it is just astounding to me. Now, I want to remind everybody: This isn't new, parents trying to get their kids into elite universities. There's nothing new. Normally the way you do it is you make a $2.5 million donation and then the university establishes, you know, the "I'm a Very Important Liberal Wing" of the law school or some such thing and that's how they get the kid in there.

I don't know why these Hollywood people didn't just do that, except that might have cost $2.5 million and these are a bunch of tied wads. They were trying to get this done for anywhere from $15,000 to $500,000, whereas if you start endowing your own, like, Felicity Huffman-William H. Macy Wing of the Sex Education Building at Harvard, that might take $2.5 million that they don't want to part with.

So they might have been following the money trail and trying to spend as little as they could here. But I want to focus on the "why" here, because I ran across a piece by Ben Shapiro at the Daily Wire. Now, we, as it just so happens... Not "we." I am interviewing Mr. Shapiro right after the program today for the next issue of The Limbaugh Letter. Shapiro's piece is: "Famous Actresses Paid Bundles of Money to Bribe Their Kids' Way into College. Here's Why."

Well, Shapiro went to Harvard. He got into Harvard Law. The story he tells in this piece is incredible, and it confirms much of what I have shared with you in terms of the purpose of the Ivy League. The Ivy League is the feeder network for government people. It's the feeder network for people who end up in the Washington bureaucracy, the deep state, the administrative state. The Ivy League and elite universities -- not just the ivies, 'cause Stanford's a part of this; USC is a part of this.

But these elite universities are the feeder networks -- the training grounds, if you will -- the educational camps for training and producing people to fill spots in the administrative state. Now, the administrative state comprises not just bureaucrats. The administrative state is made up of media people. The administrative state is made up of lobbyists. The administrative state, the deep state is made up of lawyers. It's not just bureaucrats who are making G14 or G13 salary. It's a tremendous number of people who make up the administrative state.

The administrative state, folks, is essentially what's gone wrong with our country. The administrative state is what is robbing the United States of its democratic ideals, of its democratic founding. The administrative state (some people call it "the bureaucracy"), what do they do? They issue regulations. They're not elected. In many cases, they're anonymous. Most Americans have no idea who they are.

They work any number of places from cabinet level departments like the FDA or the Environmental Protection Agency, and they simply issue regulations why have the force of law. They do this anonymously. They do it blinded. Congress has ceded so much of its own power to the administrative state, and this is what Donald Trump threatens. Donald Trump threatens the existence of the administrative state, the deep state, what have you -- and that's why he represents such a threat.

These people, the administrative state -- for decades and decades -- has succeeded in literally stealing power from the other branches of government. In many cases, those existing branches have let it happen. Congress has abrogated so much of its power (some to the executive branch, some to the administrative state) and when any edict or regulation or series of regulations comes out of the administrative state, as you know, it has the force of law, even though it has not gone through the law-making process.

It has not been debated by the elected representatives of the people, and therefore there is nothing democratic about it. It is purely autocratic. It is populated largely by career liberals, leftists, socialists, and it is there that they implement their agenda on this country, often anonymously. Nobody knows who everybody in the deep state is. They do it with no oversight. They do it with no sunlight. There is no open debate on legislation such as there is in Congress. It doesn't have to go to a second body for confirmation and debate.

The president never sees these regulations, much less signs them. But they have the full-fledged force of law. It's just ended up this way. It has been a conscious effort to centralize and focus power in the administrative state -- or deep state, whatever you want to call it -- in Washington, away from the people who are elected. This is why if you are of a mind that your government no longer represents you or that you don't have a say in how your government operates or if you get the feeling that this giant disconnect...

You participate in every campaign. You go out; you vote for your elected representative or senator, you vote for the president, and it doesn't seem to matter. Whatever you want, whatever you stand for, doesn't exist. It just gets lost in the shuffle -- and it's exactly right. What you are sensing is not so much your member of Congress phoning it in or whatever. It's just your member of Congress and every other member of Congress has given away their power over the years to the administrative state, and you have no sway over the administrative state.

You have nothing to say. You can't lobby them; you can't influence them; you can't fax 'em; you can't write 'em letters; you can't call 'em on the phone and tell 'em you're mad, 'cause you don't know who they are. It is in the administrative state that the great disconnect between Washington -- our capital, our government -- and us, the people, is most pronounced. So your instinct is right. You sense this gigantic disconnect.

You sense that you have no more control or very little say-so over what happens in your neighborhood, in your community, in your state or even in your country. Yet you're participating in the process. You may even donate money. You may even go out and raise money. You may even participate in phone banks, do all these things, everything they've told you to do to get involved. And then, despite everything you've done and you get the people you want elected, crap happens that you had no idea of, you had nothing to do about it, and there's nothing you can do about it!

Hello, deep state or administrative state. That's where all of this happens. Well, the Ivy League and major elite universities is where future members of this administrative state are trained. It is where they are educated. It is where they are prepared for their lives as functioning members of the government -- largely in this invisible, massive, constantly expanding bureaucracy that answers to no one. And that's why all... These white liberal, rich parents know full well that that is the connection. That is the elite. That's what they want their kids to have access to.

As you will hear in this Ben Shapiro piece, there is nothing about it meritorious. There is no meritocracy involved. There's no excellence. There's no performance. All you have to do is get into one of these schools, and you've made it. You do not have to perform after you get there. You do not have to excel. You do not have to stand out. You can, but it doesn't matter. Just getting in is the equivalent of being admitted into the club. Getting into one of these schools is it -- and after that, if you want to go further on that path toward working and having power in government, you are set.