Rush Limbaugh believes that he has become a target of Barack Obama’s, since this allows the Democratic Party to scapegoat him. His comments came after President Obama told Republican leaders “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done.” Rather than downplay his significance related to policymaking Mr. Limbaugh apparently believes that he is of vital import to the Republican Party why else would he comment to Bryon York of the National Review Online.
“There are two things going on here. One prong of the Great Unifier’s plan is to isolate elected Republicans from their voters and supporters by making the argument about me and not about his plan. He is hoping that these Republicans will also publicly denounce me and thus marginalize me. And who knows? Are ideological and philosophical ties enough to keep the GOP loyal to their voters? Meanwhile, the effort to foist all blame for this mess on the private sector continues unabated when most of the blame for this current debacle can be laid at the feet of the Congress and a couple of former presidents. And there is a strategic reason for this”.
Really, Rush Limbaugh foist all the blame on the private sector? Why would that be? Could this be because the private sector chose to create the troubled assets of which the Troubled Asset Relief Program was designed? In addition, for accountability in the private sector Mr. Limbaugh has an answer for this too.
“Obama was angry that Merrill Lynch used $1.2 million of TARP money to remodel an executive suite. Excuse me, but didn’t Merrill have to hire a decorator and contractor? Didn’t they have to buy the new furnishings? What’s the difference in that and Merrill loaning that money to a decorator, contractor and goods supplier to remodel Warren Buffet’s office? Either way, stimulus in the private sector occurs. Are we really at the point where the bad PR of Merrill getting a redecorated office in the process is reason to smear them?”
Mr. Limbaugh whose significance is most likely reflected in the national polls as waning considers himself a vanguard of truth. To Mr. Limbaugh there is no difference to an investment house using 1.2 million in assets from the TARP fund to redecorate an executive office as to use the funds to free up credit. Let us think about this, yes hiring a decorator and a contractor does help keep these people employed, so of course this is contributing to the economy. But freeing up credit could affect a far larger number of people. If the money was not being used to free up credit, then the responsible thing to do was to return it not redecorate!
Mr. Limbaugh apparently does not have his finger on the pulse of America. A firm that has been rescued from bankruptcy because of its integral role in our economy should not reward itself with the money allocated to free up markets. We are led to believe that remodeling the office would in the grand scheme of things enhance lending practices. We should respect the free market principle of laissez-faire and just shrug our shoulders and move on.
Funny thing is while conservatives complain about the government spending our money, they have no compunction about wasteful spending paid for by corporate welfare. The issues they raise occur when it comes to helping those who really cannot help themselves, the poor and the infirm. Moreover, it is these marginalized people conservatives now lay the blame for the credit crisis.
Mr. Limbaugh took one final hit on President Obama’s background as a community organizer by pointing out a certain rule thirteen of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Surely, Rush Limbaugh must know that he is one of the most polarizing people living off the fears of Americans. His motto is always to scare country first; he has no real ideas of his own just complaints.
By the way Rush et al the name of the party is Democratic… large D as opposed to small d. It gets tiring hearing Democrat party roll off the lips of conservative political pundits, these are some of the childish things of which President Obama has spoken.