Friday, February 22, 2013

Rush Limbaugh on sequester talks: ‘I am ashamed of my country’

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh shocked his listeners Thursday with a blunt assessment of how the White House has taken control of the sequester message: “It just makes me ashamed,” he said.

“Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country,” he said, according to statements published in The Blaze. “To be watching all of this, to have my intelligence – all of us – to have our common sense and intelligence insulted the way it’s being, is – it just makes me ashamed.”

He made the statements in context of discussing the automatic spending cuts that will hit federal budgets at the end of this month. Congress and the White House are engaged in discussions to offset these cuts – and it’s like old times. The talks are the same that have gone forth again and again, Mr. Limbaugh reminded, in The Blaze.

It goes like this: First, President Obama paints himself as a Washington outsider, seeking only to benefit the average American, according to The Blaze. Then, the he points fingers at Congress – specifically, Republicans in Congress – for stymying his plans to help middle-class Americans. And then – the cuts he does propose are actually cuts in planned spending. In other words, they’re not really cuts at all.

“Here we get worked up over $44 billion,” Mr. Limbaugh said, according to The Blaze. “That’s the total amount of money that will not be spent that was scheduled to be spent this year. And in truth, we’re going to spend more this year than we spent last year. We’re just not going to spend as much as projected.”

The media is nonetheless drumming up mass hysteria over the supposed dramatic and looming budget cuts, he explained.

“It’s insulting,” he said, according to The Blaze. “I don’t know how else to describe it.”

Exactly. And for those who think these arguments are all new -- read Bob Woodward's, "The Price of Politics." It's a play-by-play of the same budget discussions that are taking place now -- only years ago.

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