Rush Limbaugh blames Obama for Bush recession, rewarded with Media Putz
Originally published on MediaPutz.com on November 20, 2008
If you look at the fancy economic statistics over the last 40 years, the economic gains under Democratic presidents far outweigh the gains (and losses) under Republican presidents. And the outgoing White House “resider” has the worst record since Herbert Hoover, hands down.
This statistics apply in the real world. In bizarro right-wing radio world, the real statistics don’t compute. Nothing, of course, is ever the fault of a Republican president. No media figure truly gets this more than Rush Limbaugh.
Two months from today, Barack Obama becomes the 44th president of the United States. And he won’t be in control of anything until then. But in Limbaugh’s world, we are already in an “Obama recession.”
From the November 6 program:
“The Obama recession is in full swing, ladies and gentlemen. Stocks are dying, which is a precursor of things to come. This is an Obama recession. Might turn into a depression. He hasn’t done anything yet but his ideas are killing the economy. His ideas are killing Wall Street.”
In this passage, Limbaugh admits Obama hasn’t been able to do anything yet. But wait, his ideas are the problem? Such as giving those making under $250,000 a tax break? Such as investing in this country? Such as putting in regulation for banks and insurance companies so we don’t have to bail them out?
We’ve seen this approach before. When George W. Bush came into office in 2001, no matter what he did, everything was the “fault” of Bill Clinton. When Bush had virtually neutral job growth in his first four years, whose fault was that? Bill Clinton, of course.
Unlike Limbaugh’s dittoheads, Rush has benefited greatly from the Bush economic approach: give those who already have a lot of money and give them more. And the dittoheads pay the price.
Of course, those in Rush’s tax bracket also gained wealth in the rocking Clinton economy of the 1990s. True, some of the dittoheads didn’t gain as much as Limbaugh, but they were a lot better off in that decade.
But this is all part of the big right-wing plan to take advantage of the legitimate anxiety felt by those who were abandoned economically under Bush, and who are seriously worried about what will come next.
Limbaugh, who is so rich that he literally could use money as toilet paper, doesn’t have to worry about where his next meal will come from, whether he will have to choose between medicine and rent (especially if it’s OxyContin), and whether he will have savings when he is old.
But this is more than right-wing hate against a Democratic Party president. This is playing on the fears of those who have economically suffered and scaring them further. “Might turn into a depression.” Gee Rush, can’t you wait until January 20 to find out?
If Limbaugh were really concerned for his listeners and their economic plight, he would use his 3-hour radio show to blast Bush, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Phil Gramm, the banks and insurance companies, and of course, Wall Street.
But this isn’t all about economic justice or fairness or even reestablishing America as the “land of opportunity.” This is all about the right-wing media, truth be damned, spewing blinding, irrational hate against a president-elect simply because he belongs to the “wrong party.” For once again using the airwaves to misguide and misinform, we gladly give Rush Limbaugh our Media Putz of the week.