President Barack Obama’s plan to cut the federal deficit is nothing more than a “sales pitch” for the expansion of government and a rewrite of history to prove America’s greatness stems from the redistribution of wealth, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh charged.
The conservative broadcaster was commenting on Obama’s afternoon speech at George Washington University that laid out his plans for cutting the deficit.
Obama called for lowering deficits by $4 trillion over the next 12 years through reductions in the growth of Medicare spending, defense cuts, and changes in the tax system to eliminate loopholes.
“So basically what we’re getting from the regime is a sales pitch and history revision,” Limbaugh said. “We are hearing that America’s greatness only began with the redistribution of wealth; Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid … and a sales pitch to can this government get even bigger because he is now defining economic prosperity as more and more government involvement in everybody’s lives.”
He added that “if we don’t succeed in stopping this, and the next real opportunity to stop it obviously is the 2012 election, if we don’t succeed the country is going to unravel.”
Limbaugh broadcast the president’s address live during his program and interjected commentary as Obama spoke. At various points, Limbaugh said, “he doesn’t believe this,” “a sales job for an expansion of government,” “I can’t take much more of this.”
Limbaugh particularly took issue with Obama’s remarks that the tax cuts and spending increases enacted under President George W. Bush bore much of the blame for the deficit problem.
“He said this deficit, our economic circumstance, is all because of George W. Bush, George Bush started two wars and cut taxes and that’s why we are where we are today and that’s why we are paying the price,” he said. “He referred to the Bush tax cuts as trillions of dollars of unpaid for tax cuts. Only a Stalinist type central planner could look at tax revenue that way.”
Limbaugh said he could not imagine how letting people keep more of their money could be looked at as a net cost to government.
Limbaugh also said the recent budget deal negotiated between Obama and the GOP has energized the president.
“I can tell you by the tone of this speech he does not think he got snookered on this budget deal,” Limbaugh said. “He is confident as he can be, he is almost arrogantly condescendingly confident here.
"He knows he’s got the Republicans wrapped around his little finger. He knows that the Republicans in Washington are not on the same page as their voters and frankly that has always been one of my fears that the Republican leadership is stuck back in the year 2000 while our voters, you, me, the tea party, the rest of the public is in the now. “
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