Rush Limbaugh Laments That He Is Ashamed of the Country
The Doctor of Democracy is a twenty five year veteran observer of American Politics. Regarding the issue of the impending sequestration of federal funds, Rush is not buying into it.
“I feel like I've been here. This is déjà vu... I remember the 1995 budget battle. …we were gonna starve kids. That was the plan then. …I'm sorry; it's all ridiculous to me. …I've been doing this long enough now to start seeing the repeat cycles on everything. …I don't care whether it's the debt limit or the fiscal cliff or continuing resolution or the budget crisis of 2008 or TARP or the auto bailouts, and now the sequester, it's the same playbook.”
America’s Truth Detector believes that America will continue as it has, because in the end all the “cuts” that are being said that will bring doom and gloom are not cuts at all, rather a proposed slow down in the rate of government spending over the next ten years.
Rush cites observations by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Chief of Staff of the Army General Ray Odierno, reporter Ron Founier and “(Matthew Cooper), who draws and analogy to the Oklahoma City bombing” about the dollar amounts and services purported to be affected if the sequester actually is allowed to engage.
For all the posturing, for all the nail biting and hand wringing about this next step to “financial Armageddon,” the Dean of the Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies notes that “Mr. Fournier has now swerved into my theory of Political Points versus Governing.”
This theory states that if sequester is about politics, bully for Mr. Obama - but it it’s about governing, the story changes for Mr. Obama. There is additional information on this idea found in an earlier lesson concerning not having the courage to lead. (Rush Limbaugh Says Obama Doesn’t Have the Courage to Lead)
El Rushbo is saying that the tiny amount of money and percentages of the national debt and Gross Domestic Product that sequestration will affect is just that tiny:
“No, republicans are not trying to starve children…or deny health care or want business to pollute the air or foster an economic and environmental sewer. (The people who make such allegations) insult my intelligence to even have to defend this to people.”
To further support the point that sequestration will not bring about the cessation of critical services, Rush references Ronald Regan’s firing of the air traffic controllers when they went on strike in the early eighties…and airplanes still flew, schools remained open, the military remained operational.
The reality seems to be that for all the dark rhetoric and for the total amount of money over many years that the impending sequestration will impact, such is - as Rush sees it from his vantage point behind the Golden EIB microphone -
“…the predictable course this takes every time such a crisis appears. We lived through this with the fiscal cliff, with the expansion of the debt limit and if it all sounds familiar to you, it’s because it is. To be treated like this, to have our common sense and intelligence insulted (over a mere $44 billion dollars-the total amount of money that will not be spent that was supposed to be spent this year), for the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country.”