Rush Limbaugh mixed it up today with a liberal caller from Texas who claimed Houston’s infrastructure was falling apart and accused obstructionist Republicans of doing anything to see President Obama fail.
At first Limbaugh was unsure the man was serious – asking if the caller was putting him on – before becoming more animated.
The exchange occurred at roughly 1:55 PM EST and was noteworthy for two reasons. First, it aired many Democrat talking points on infrastructure spending nearly verbatim. Second, it sharply illustrated the different mindsets of liberals and conservatives.
The caller, Bill in Houston, stated “our city infrastructure is falling apart, and in the meantime there is this jobs bill that is just sitting there. And I just wanted to ask when will Republicans, Conservatives, Tea Party people, just put down politics for one day and do what’s right and put some money in people’s pocket”.
“Why is it my job putting money in your pocket?” Rush responded.
“If you were a congressman it’d be your job to give the opportunity of employment to people who are without employment,” Bill explained.
“It’s their job to – ya know – make sure unemployed people have jobs”.
The back and forth was an almost perfect encapsulation of conservative objections to big government that dependence on the state for financial security produces a sense of entitlement among those receiving government funding. Conservatives argue the mentality that this builds means the recipients both feel that they are entitled to the prosperity they receive and that those richer than themselves are entitled to pay for these benefits.
Limbaugh then made the case that Obama’s proposal was not a Jobs Bill but rather a series of tax increases. The caller went on to emphasize he was baffled that Republicans would not pass the Jobs Bill Obama submitted to Congress.
“Well maybe Obama will submit a Jobs Bill someday,” Limbaugh quipped, mocking this administration’s pattern of delivering speeches presenting broad outlines of ideas and then failing to present specific pieces of legislation with details that translates their sentiments into actionable plans. Indeed, this habit was on display with Obama’s Jobs Bill. While delivering a joint address to Congress, the President repeated “pass this bill” multiple times when no bill had been submitted to Congress by the White House.
Limbaugh’s debate with the caller then turned back to Houston, with the caller asserting that the city’s infrastructure was crumbling and had not been improved since the New Deal. Limbaugh suggested to the caller that this meant he needed to pay more municipal taxes to repair the city’s roads to which Bill responded that he was not a millionaire that “was paying lower tax rates than – you know – my secretary”.
“Houston doesn’t have the problems it has because I’m not pay enough taxes,” Rush shot back. He also bluntly stated that the caller’s contention that Houston’s infrastructure had never once been improved since the New Deal “a crock of BS.”
“You cannot travel the friggin’ highways of this country [anywhere] without encountering construction delays of years,” the talk show host mused.
He concluded the exchange – and the end of the show’s second hour – at 2PM by disputing the caller’s assertion that Republicans would do “anything” to see this president fail.
“We can’t make Obama a failure, he’s done it on his own.”
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