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Rush Limbaugh's Stimulus Plan

Conservative talk-radio provocateur Rush Limbaugh writes a column in today's Wall Street Journal that he's pitching as a "bipartisan" economic stimulus bill -- a novel way to employ both the government spending he opposes and the tax cuts he favors.

Limbaugh starts with the presidential election results: 53 percent for President Obama, 46 percent for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and 1 percent for "wackos." "Give that 1 percent to President Obama," Limbaugh writes, puckishly.

His plan, then, is to take a stimulus package of $900 billion (The House passed a $819 billion plan yesterday.) and divide it up between spending and tax cuts, based on the electoral split.

So, under Limbaugh's plan, 54 percent of $900 billion -- $486 billion -- would be spent on infrastructure and other programs the Democrats want. The remaining $414 billion would be directed toward tax cuts, "as determined by me," Limbaugh writes.

(Unclear on how spending $486 billion on tax cuts would help, but The Ticker is pretty sure that Limbaugh is vamping for effect.)

Limbaugh's plan puts forth a number of ideas favored by actual economists, both conservative and liberal, such as cutting the U.S. corporate tax rate which, at 35 percent, is among the highest in the world among industrialized nations. Also, he wants to suspend the capital gains tax for one year, then reimpose it at 10 percent, lower than it is now.

Both ideas are meant to stimulate business investment.

"Then get out of the way!" Limbaugh writes. You can read his whole column here.

-- Frank Ahrens
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By Frank Ahrens  |  January 29, 2009; 1:31 PM ET
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Comments

Deliver me from.... What in the bleep is that college drop-out, baseball pr flunkie, top 40 spinning pill-popping blowhard know about fixing this cluster mess.

Posted by: theprototypeoftheperfectman | January 29, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Why is The Wall Street Journal giving a forum to a nutjob like Rush Limbaugh?

Oh, right. I forgot. It's The Wall Street Journal.

Posted by: topperale | January 29, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Remind me - from what esteemed university did Rush get his doctorate in economics?
It's unbelievable that because he opens his mouth or puts pen to paper that he is given credibility.

Posted by: conyersga | January 29, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Hm. Where was Mr. Limbaugh's faith in proportional control of federal spending, according to the popular presidential vote, for the last eight years? Cause I don't remember hearing that when his electoral-college graduates--the Bush League were running the trough.
Maybe oxycontin causes hypocrisy.

Posted by: redlineblue | January 29, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

WSJ is owned by Murdoch. What do you expect?

Posted by: basharny | January 29, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Great idea if Limbaugh can come up with a way to make sure that those who receive tax cut (46%) will never benefit from the infrastructures built for those who don't (53%).

Posted by: shihfen | January 29, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Both plans should make the Writers at Saturday Night Live smile!

Better Idea: $500 Billion put into the IRS, to allow the People to "Over-Draft" based on "Need", and without being already on Welfare.

The "Working" People of the Working Class are Broke, and needing money to get relocated, pay delinquencies, and more!

$500 Billion would allow 50 MILLION $10,000 Loans, the Internal Revenue Service, unlike the Banks, would be able to grant, and would collect back-with interest!

Posted by: SAINT---The | January 29, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

If Limbaugh knew anything about finance, business, or taxes, he'd know that the statutory tax rate which he cites--35 percent--is pretty much irrelevant. The effective tax rate is what counts. And the effective US corporate tax rate is well below 35 percent.

But disinformation is Rush's stock in trade.

Posted by: Garak | January 29, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Straight from LaLa Land, it's Rush and His Lunatic Fringe! It's obvious that Limbaugh has been hitting the OxyContin again. What other reason could there be for Limbaugh's delusion that he has been installed as co-POTUS? It's unclear to me whether Limbaugh is dangerously delusional, or just staging a pathetic attempt to make himself relevant in these changing times. Either way, and as always, Limbaugh deserves to be ignored by intelligent Americans. His racist, abusive, unintelligent rants bring nothing to the party and only serve as an annoying distraction when serious work needs to be done.

Posted by: sdecker | January 29, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

After orthopedic surgery several years ago, the doctor prescribed oxycontin for the pain. He warned my wife that four capsules a day might make me say strange, irrational things. When I heard about Limbaugh's pill addiction, it all suddenly made sense.

Posted by: hisroc | January 29, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Does Limpball believe that those of us taxpayers who opposed the Iraq invasion should have income tax refunds? I was against the invasion, and I believe that Rush should reimburse me for my cost of that fiasco.

Posted by: sperrico | January 29, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

It isn't Limbaugh that frightens me -- it's the 25 million or so ditto heads who ascribe near-omnipotence to this rabble rouser. The man makes millions by convincing the ignoramuses among us that he has all the answers. Escept for his corpulence, he reminds me of Goebbels, Hitler's premier propagandist.

Posted by: Diogenes | January 29, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

The statement "the U.S. corporate tax rate which, at 35 percent, is among the highest in the world among industrialized nations" is technically true. However, this statement is typically used to argue that the relative tax burden of US corporations is higher than that of other countries. Used in this way, the statement is completely misleading, as the 35 percent rate, by itself, sheds no light whatsoever on the actual amount of taxes paid. There are several more accurate measurements of the true tax burden on business. For example, the corporate taxes paid by US corporations in the years 2000-2005 amounted to about 2.2% of the GDP. This is considerably lower than the average for the 30 mostly rich member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development - 3.4%.

Although we all expect Rush to mislead the public in order to push partisan talking points, I expect a higher standard from the Post. In particular, I would like to see the Post educate and enlighten rather than just serve as stenographers to politicians and blowhards.

Posted by: platypus1 | January 29, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Will this now become the GOP proposal in the House. The Republicans worship at the alter of Rush Limbaugh. His deep knowledge of economics should ensure that his plan is seriously considered. Also, I wish the people who report that the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world would also note that the tax laws are full of loop holes and that U.S. corporations' actual tax payments are among the lowest in the industrialized world. No wonder the public is so ill informed with this kind of reporting.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | January 29, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I agree, mostly, with those naysayers' objections to Limbaugh;s plan, however, you must know that there are a multitude of people who blindly follow his preachings. How they can do that is beyond me...but they do. And there's no way to alter their thinking.

Posted by: sanfordflg | January 29, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love it. Limbaugh pretty much OWNS the GOP. The party of Ronald Reagan is now run by a talk show host. Amazing!

Posted by: MarcMyWords | January 29, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Limbaugh should know that in the presidential election, the winner takes it all. In other words, Pres. Obama doesn't need Rush's ideas-- he'll do just fine on his own, and hopefully without pushing help-the-rich tax cuts so beloved by the feckless GOP.

Posted by: dbitt | January 29, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Um, Frank? Could you please tell us where the US stands in EFFECTIVE corporate tax rate rather the rate on the tax table?

Are you a dittohead or an idiot?

Posted by: RealCalGal | January 29, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh?! You want me to listen to Limbaugh?! Frank, when I want to listen to an @$$ h0le, all I have to do is fart.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | January 29, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Hah! The party of a Hollywood actor is now being run by a radio talk show host, how fitting.

And if we're going to discuss corporate tax rates, let's include ALL corporate income. I refer to the money that's been stashed in offshore banks as reported in The Washington Post.

Posted by: jimbo1949 | January 29, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"I wish the people who report that the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world would also note that the tax laws are full of loop holes and that U.S. corporations' actual tax payments are among the lowest in the industrialized world."

What you're wishing for is that ReThuglicans would stop lying. Good luck with that.

Posted by: RealCalGal | January 29, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

He should just take some more pain pills and suffer throught Change as we suffered through 8 years of Bush league politics and mickey mouse wars in the Middle East. He will still make money no matter what. It's time for the rest of the country to get a shot at solvency.

Posted by: Carole5520 | January 29, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh's stimulus plan is already in place. I just read where rich CEOs got $18.4 billion in bonuses last year while ordinary people are starving and losing their jobs, homes, health insurance and retirement. That's the Limbaugh stimulus plan.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | January 29, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

What's with Murdoch and neocon wack jobs like Limbaugh and his collection of Irish Catholic bigots on RNC Fox News?

Posted by: coloradodog | January 29, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

President Obama: Rush hates you, all minorities (especially Black-Americans) and he hates America. He hopes you fail. He said it and he meant it. Someone please put this racist, drug-abusing, child-lover in his place. How can Republicans follow this evil, evil, evil man?

Posted by: question-guy | January 29, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh is a fat, fugly, closet-racist b@stard who caters to his moronic fans all across America. So, just what is he doing personally to help his fans in need? How much of his filthy wealth has he given to charities?

Posted by: msbhong | January 29, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Is Rush Limbaugh back on prescription drugs? He makes Sarah Palin look like a saint.

What is the follow up on the treatment for drug addiction given in April 2006 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/28/AR2006042801692.html

He is a hypocrite....

Posted by: zodwa | January 29, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse


The only way, evidently, that the Republican's (especially Rush Limbaugh)will ever get the message that they are out of touch with the majority of Americans is to simply ignore them.

Obama 2012!!!!

Posted by: commoner3 | January 29, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

He's (El Rushbo) smarter than most in the Federal Government, period, hands down.

Obviously the Swiffer-In-Chief either is a tyrant in the wings and can take NO questioning of his demigod wisdom or he's a impotent charleton with an egg shell skull. I suspect he's a little of both. Either way the Republic loses big time.

Posted by: falconflight | January 29, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Lowering the corporate tax rates to be competitive with Europe and rest of the industrialized world would not be such a bad idea. But the rest of the world also imposes a VAT and offers government health care to the public. Naturally Limbaugh's half Europeanization economic plan cherry picks that which is helpful to GOP interests, while rejecting that which is helpful to everyone else, as well as that which raises the funds to pay the bills for the safety net that the rest of the industrialized world has. Maybe if a bill offered free non-prescription oxy-contin it would get his support.

Posted by: BuddyK | January 29, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Since Rush stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night, he believes he is a professor of Economics. I especially loved his purely scientific economic analysis on how to divide up the stimulus package between spending and tax cuts. I didn't know economic models could be derived from presidential vote statistics.

Posted by: PharaohXIII | January 29, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean we all have to listen to the daily news conference from the "shadow" President? President Obama made a big mistake even mentioning Limbaugh's name. Even with all his money, the radio comedian couldn't afford to buy that much publicity.

Posted by: Angelo_Frank | January 29, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

repeal Bush's tax cuts to the wealthy.

look how they dovetailed with the current multi-trillion dollar fraud being perpetrated.

make the wealthy pay for the war they ordered.

rush who?

Posted by: forestbloggod | January 29, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

THe fact that the two most visible Republicans are Rush and Sarah shows you what a monumental collapse this party has taken. All of the wise ones left this building long ago.


Posted by: bgraham1 | January 29, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how many believe corporations pay income tax rather then just collect taxes. The only tax payer in this country is that individual or family THAT CAN NOT PASS TAXES ON TO ANOTHER. Implied in the cost of every product or service is the corporate incomes tax, less any adjustments. That's true if you buy a product from Walmart or your local pizza joint. It's you and I, the individual taxpayer who can not pass taxes on to others that are the ONLY TAX PAYER.

Posted by: starryperdun | January 29, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Liberals like to think of themselves as tolerant, open-minded intellectuals. If you scan the postings here, you quickly realize that most liberals are hatefully intolerant, closed-minded, and not very smart. The liberal postings represent zero facts or logical arguments, and a whole lot of childish and nasty name-calling. So, I'll respond in kind; Down with socialism, down with tyranny, and down with the clownish brain-washed liberals who push both!

Posted by: kr1839 | January 29, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I was in the MBA program at South Florida at age 19. Macroeconomics is one of the required courses which discusses fiscal and monetary policy and the effect of government spending due to the multiplier effect. Mr. Limbaugh, from my reading, does not even have a basic education when it comes to economics. Many Congressman of my former party (rebuplican)also suffer from this problem.

Posted by: NPaleveda | January 29, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I have a solution for enhancing the political discourse in the United States: send Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Ann Coulter and those other wackos to Gitmo.

Posted by: paul2150 | January 29, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Yah, Right! he should be sent for rehab along with Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, the Pope and Iran's president.

Posted by: mjhaftel | January 29, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Keep talking Rush! If we can keep his fat angry white face front and center for the next couple of years, the last of the extreme rightwing nutjobs will be voted out. Fear, Hatred and Division. It's all they've got.

Posted by: thebobbob | January 29, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse


Now all Rush needs to do is get Ms. Palin out on the stump rattling papers as she reads to the GOP clan how this great plan is going to grow us out of debt...call it the laughter curve..."NEAT"

Posted by: ohwell | January 29, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Limbaugh could put money in the drug companies while pushing the benefits of pain killers and antiflaccid pills to your bank account.

Posted by: AverageJane | January 29, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

mr. limbaugh as everyone has an opinion. perhaps those that disagree with that can evaluate their own thoughts and agree/disagree with a civilized dialouge. mr. obama is OUR president. the politicians for LIFE on both sides of the house are responsible for incompetent,partisan votes that has put this country into a collision course for disaster. support our president and demand the people on the hill eliminate their egos,pork projects and do the job they were elected for. put focus on these people instead of the talking heads that talk up their agendas which only contribute to the polorization of our country. no democrat/no republican here but a very concerned SENIOR AMERICAN that has served his country with honor. thank you

Posted by: pofinpa | January 29, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Limbaugh makes sense. If spending got us into trouble, why in God's name would Obama's plan of spending exponentially more work?

Posted by: birvin9999 | January 29, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

And now we have heard from the new Republican leadership.

Posted by: normich2 | January 29, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

If, and it's a big if, corporations actually paid 35% in taxes, I would be all for a tx cut. The fact is that corporations and the "elite" manipulate the tax regulations so much, who knows what they actually pay? Eliminate the IRS and tax credits, loopholes, etc.. and have everyone pay 10%, or whatever. I'm just so sick of hearing the "elite" complain about their taxes. They live in a different world than regular Americans, and if the gap between "us" and "them" keeps growing people will eventually wise up and do something about it.

Posted by: mainstreetmedia | January 29, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Rush's plan? Corner the Oxycontin market. The Rushster do love his little blue babies.

Posted by: rodneythecat | January 29, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I think Rist Limpblah attended Columbia... Columbia School of Broadcasting that is. This buffoon is a DJ... ain't that right Jeff Christy. From spinning platters to spinning the republic party's red agenda.

Posted by: whocares666 | January 29, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

OK - I give up. Why is anyone (with half a brain) still paying serious attention to that fat, prescription-drug abusing Ah-hole?

First, he truly knows nothing about anything except how to self-promote, incite, and boost arbitron ratings. Second, the fat slob is truly un-American.

Would a true Patriot (to borrow a page from the GoP playbook) ever publicly state he "hopes the President fails" in times as dire as we are experiencing and, only one week into a new President's term?

No, a real American and true Patriot would not do that. That fat slob is a cancer on our society.

Posted by: JBGJRESQ | January 29, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

i love it that that pill-guzzling fat slob (rushbo's packing on the lbs, too, by the looks of it ... lol) is the pulling the strings of the republican party.

but i have a better and much more honest suggestion ... all of those districts represented by blue dog democrats and mouthbreathing republicans be denied any funding from this stimulus package.

afterall, it's what their voters wanted.

Posted by: mycomment | January 29, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey Rush , thanks for stopping by but meanwhile back on the ranch, while so many are enjoying their top raimen supper your utopia world need a few more ludes and then all is right with the world.

Posted by: jeffybear | January 29, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh isn't a republican, conservative, or anything else. He's in business to make money by attracting attention.

He'll say ANYTHING to get attention and get people to listen....so he can charge as much possible to his advertisers.

Wanna get rid of Limbaugh? Stop buying the things he advertises. Write to his stations and advertisers and tell them as long as they sponsor him, or put him on the air you'll boycott the station and products and everything associated with him.

He's in this for the money and ego, period. Hit him and his stations where it hurts, in their pocketbook!!

Posted by: Druid47 | January 29, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

"...The party of Ronald Reagan is now run by a talk show host. Amazing!"
Posted by: MarcMyWords

Whereas Ronald Reagan couldn't get a talk show -- he settled for 'Death Valley Days.'

Y'know, they actually have a lot in common.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 29, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Uh--the word is "stimulus," Rush, not "stimulants."

Posted by: thrh | January 29, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

This is awesome. Rush Limbaugh, that loveable radio host, actually has the President of the United States worried that he might somehow lead a revolt against a massive spending bill and the President tries to tell people from the other party not to listen to Rush. As if President Obama has Republican interests in his mind. Rush couldn't have asked for anything better.

Posted by: ty02010 | January 29, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Like Goebbels? He's more like Moseley--a Goebbels wannabe.

Posted by: thrh | January 29, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

His stimulus plan most likely involves a prostitute from some Caribbean nation stimulating his flaccid member.

Posted by: wangbang747 | January 29, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Mr.Limbaugh is doing what Mr. Limbaugh does best, making liberals cry. It must be very upsetting to the liberal elite to see people like Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin get the respect and admiration of the American public. Yes, I am glad they are not Barney Frank, and Nancy Pelosi. Those two corruptocrats do a good job representing their liberal base. Don't you liberals need to call and thank your representatives for leaving your children with this massive debt?
Rush Limbaugh was not in favor of bail outs when the George Bush lobbied for them. Rush is not the head of the republican party, he is the head of the much larger conservative movement. You might not want to let your friends know Rush is opposed to bail-outs and amnesty for illegals, because so are the majority of Americans!

Posted by: libshatefulandintolerant | January 29, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Rush did just exactly what he wanted to do he got every one excided tha would listen to him. He does make his living just being outrageous. Why people still listen to this beget and hypocrite never ceses to amaze me. After all I think that we all have heard ducks fart underwater before.

Posted by: OldCoot1 | January 29, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Don't read or purchase The Wall Street Journal and make them write articles that are of the people, by the people, for the people, not by farce mouths and farce pens like R.L.

Posted by: lgg51 | January 29, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh's Stimulus Plan - Pop more pills and eat more donuts.

Posted by: horace_simon1 | January 29, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

53% don't read, don't purchase, 46% read, purchase, and 1 doesn't care, I think that means "bankrupt WSL".

Posted by: lgg51 | January 29, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh is a "provocateur"? How quaint, how genteel! Why not be more forthcoming? A provocateur appears to have some air of credibility. How about a lying, racist, sexist, hate-mongering, self-aggrandizing, and shameless megalomaniac? Any kind of plan coming from that kind of individual would be less credible, it seems to me, hardly worth our notice . . .

Posted by: DCEsq | January 29, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

If rush would just start popping the OC's again he'd lose a lot of that weight he's put on.

Posted by: mainstreetmedia | January 29, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse


Why is anyone even covering this clown.

Posted by: ericy | January 29, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Keep doing what you're doing Obama, you are driving all of the Repugs, including Limpy close to senility.

Before long, we will have to lock them all up in an institution. Gitmo sounds like a nice place.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 29, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Interesting. How much does the fat junkie want to spend on Oxycontin?

Posted by: SGlover910 | January 29, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

(Unclear on how spending $486 billion on tax cuts would help, but The Ticker is pretty sure that Limbaugh is vamping for effect.)

WOW talk about bias writing. Actually Rush meant let the American people keep the money they earn! That is not spending money, that is just not taking it!

SEE the people lost money and stopped spending. Therefore if they get to keep the money they make and CAN MAKE AS MUCH AS THEY WANT without getting penalized by the gov. they would spend more. Thus, money would be pumped in to the economy, people will open businesses,hire worker, support restaurants and the like.

The government wants to give out free money, (Obama's "tax credit") they just want to control how much money people have. IT IS ALL ABOUT CONTROL.

THE RICH HAVE LOST BILLIONS AND I DON'T SEE THE POOR PROFITING IN ANYWAY.

Posted by: mollyray | January 29, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

oh,and can any of you libs answer one question for me. why so much hatred for someone who happens to have an apposing view? What is with all the name calling and bulling those who speak out against you. If you have a valid argument by all means.

YOU ARE SO SCARED OF RUSH. If he did not make you nervous why would you get so angry at him? Why would you care what he says? this is America (for now at least) that's right people are allowed to speak out against the government as you libs demonstrated again and again during bushes years

Posted by: mollyray | January 29, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

What the drug addict Rush needs a a bigger vibrator to get better stimulated.

Posted by: bueyesxyou | January 29, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Why is the WSJ giving space to a pill-addicted draft-dodging pig like Limbaugh? The Republicans had eight years to show that their economic policy would be best for America... it brought us the greatest depression since the 1930's.

Isn't funny how all of the sudden, these same Republicans are "fiscal conservatives"?

Forget about it. The GOP has been wrong about everything for years, especially on the economy. This fat big-mouthed moron Headrush Limbaugh has no credibility.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | January 29, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Murdoch is providing Limbaugh this forum. That is what is scary. Respected journalism (with its biases) is being replaced by pop culture journalism. To suggest Limbaugh is a relevant economic thinker suggests a serious drop and overt bias in the WSJ standards. WSJ = NY Post.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 29, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

"Would a true Patriot (to borrow a page from the GoP playbook) ever publicly state he "hopes the President fails" in times as dire as we are experiencing and, only one week into a new President's term?"

HOW MANY OF YOU LIBS WISHED BUSH SUCCESS, EVEN AFTER WE WERE ATTACKED BY TERRORISTS YOU ARE SUCH HYPOCRITES. EVER WONDER WHY LIBERAL TALK SHOW HOSTS HAVE FAILED MISERABLY? 'CAUSE AMERICAN'S ARE NOT INTERESTED IN WHAT THEY HAVE OT SAY.

You morons think you speak for the American people. doesn't it tell you something if Rush, Hanity and the like are the most popular talk show hosts out there?

YOU INSULT ALL OF US WHO OPPOSE YOUR VIEW!!!

Posted by: mollyray | January 29, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Rush is a commedian. Read it and laugh, as in "The remaining $414 billion would be directed toward tax cuts, "as determined by me," Limbaugh writes."

Posted by: george11 | January 29, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO CAN THINK OF NOTHING ELSE TO SAY BUT DEGRADING,POTTY TALK,LOW-LIFE COMMENTS ARE PROVING TO ALL OF US WHAT KIND OF IDIOTS YOU REALLY ARE.

Posted by: mollyray | January 29, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

mollyray --- I doubt anyone is scared of Rush, except Mayor McCheese. People just can't stand him because he is soooo stupid and soooo loud about it. I'm confused about the point you are trying to make about the rich losing billions as well. The "elite" that you are talking about losing BILLIONS can afford to lose it as far as I'm concerned. They put the Republi-cons in and they de-regulated EVERYTHING. They were voted in by making promises of smaller government, but spent more than anyone in history. Talk about hypocrisy. The notion of "trickle down" economics that they love to push on the American people doesn't work. With the proliferation of outsourcing, all of "our money" is trickling down to other countries. Now these poor billionaires are feeling the crunch that we "regular" Americans have felt for years. B-O-O H-O-O

Posted by: mainstreetmedia | January 29, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

mainstreetmedia:

ok, so you believe that "trickle down" does not work, I believe that it does. I know we could debate this all night i don't have time BUT just show me a society that is government run (as appose to free market) where people are prosperous. Show me one society run by SOCIALISTS were people are free to prosper as much as they are able to.

Posted by: mollyray | January 29, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

It is pathetic that in this great country their are so many "lapdog, ditto heads" that blindly suck-up and then vomit-up every thought that Limbaugh puts in their gut. You would think that this legion of "ditto heads" would wake up one day and decide it is time to act and think based on their own ideas, rather than those of a zealot who just happens to be a self-admitted dope addict.

Posted by: PaulofAnnapolis | January 29, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it's a good concept but it's 8 years too late. Now, in 2000, when AL GORE WON THE POPULAR VOTE, YOU FAT WINDBAG, your idea would have actually helped because we would not have had George Bush's extremely, what can I call it, "risky scheme." We could have put some money in, I don't know, a "lock box."

Rush, you are a complete dingbat. By the way, where is the other, like, fifty pages of your so called editorial at? Because I know a guy like you can not possibly use that few words to describe that fricking stupid an idea.

Shut up.

Posted by: pressF1 | January 29, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Is Rush the new GOP leadership? Wow.

Posted by: protagoras | January 29, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

mollyray --- Please, learn the English language before you try to debate anyone about anything. You must get your info from Faux News.

Posted by: mainstreetmedia | January 29, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Besides all the Pill Poppin, Un-educated blather Limpball has made his living off of for way too long,this is the perfect example of how poorly the GOP has performed over the last 12 years, 6 of those completely unchallenged.
All of the Big Money tax cuts he propers in his writing do absolutely nothing to stimulate the economy, it would only put more money in the pockets of the executive Rats who are still taking our money, and giving themselves bonuses for ruining our economy.
Corporate tax cuts sound great, only that revenue LOSS will have to be replaced by something???And capital gains tax put on hold, please.Only those making absurd amounts of money even through the recession were in would benefit,you know, those whigs on wall street buying 16 thousand dollar throw rugs for their executive TOILET.
The lower earning 75% of America are the people who drive our economy, we buy the cars, houses, products that keep our economy growing.And as we give Billions to those who already have way more than they need,America still suffers.
We are a nation of 300+ million people, but our entire country is controlled by the few at the top,the 500,000 or so who get those million dollar a month paychecks, and multi-million dollar bonuses for the poorest performance ever.
Throw em all out Obama,

Posted by: mullett | January 29, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, who knows best, the Harvard Law professor or the college drop out ex-top 40 DJ? But I guess if people put faith in regular guys like Joe the Plumber, they will also follow an uneducated sociopath. Funny how so many top conservatives are uneducated. Hannity, Limbaugh, Carl Rove - yup, all drop outs. They sure are good at riling up all the other uneducated folk though. Even made careers out of it.

Posted by: nopartyaffiliation | January 29, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Now there is an idea worth considering. Of course, we don't have a popular election of President, and Obama won 70% of the Electoral College votes. Rush should reconsider. By his rule, Gore would have had the 51% of the power in the Bush Administration, but with the Electoral College, Bush gets 51%.

Posted by: jhough1 | January 29, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I thought, until recent weeks, that the Fairness Doctrine should be reinstated. But after Rush's recent rants, I'd rather see him let 'er rip. He's doing more for Democrats than the Fairness Doctrine ever could.

Posted by: Wordzmatter | January 29, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Have you people ever heard of free speech? Judging by your comments you have not. Did any of you go to school or did you just chose to write ignorant comments here.
I suggest you think of something constructive to say.

Posted by: Mandrake2 | January 29, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

mainstreetmedia: don't care what you think about my usage of the English language is, I just want an answer to the question i asked you.

or do you not have one.

Posted by: mollyray | January 29, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

What a country.

Where else could you find the only opposition party to the current administration being represented by someone recently addicted to 40 Oxycontin a day?
The only way you could fully comprehend the implications of that is to find yourself in the position of having to take any Oxycontin at all.
Something I had to do recently.

All I can tell you is that first of all you feel no pain- it's given purpose-- and secondly it gives you all the insight you'll ever need about Limbaugh.

2 Oxycontin will flatten you, four will not only leave you doing imitations of a houseplant, it has pretty severe, um, anti-laxative effects.
Which explains why when you say Limbaugh is full of it, that is quite the literal and actual explanation.

What isn't explained is why someone who is in a 40 a day of habit is in a position where anyone would regard him as credible about anything.
I know he is not supposed to be an addict any longer, but compare him to when he was, and how could you possibly tell?

And besides, what does Oxy Rush base any of his sooth-saying on-- the flawless record of GOP victories that the neocons insisted on having these past eight years?

After coming up with the shuffle-off the so soft shoes musical comedy team of McCain-Palin does Limbaugh seriously think the country has any faith left in the GOP?

But then again after ingesting enough Of this stuff to stun whales and kill Rasputin at half that level, how can you ever be sure that it isn't the after effects fo brain damage that creates the delusions you are hearing?
Seriously.

What we have here is the real-time spectacle of the madman running the asylum.
Pathetic.
What more proof can we have that we are in desperate need of a third party?

-gala1

Posted by: gala1 | January 29, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Frank Aherns, you sound like complete ass by even repeating the remarks of a true American traitor like Limbaugh. Any thing for readership and money, right Aherns?
You simply think like any other
Wall Street or media pig.

Posted by: odug | January 29, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Why is anyone paying attention to Rush Limbaugh? He is just a hustler and an exhibitionist dying for attention. Who cares?

Posted by: Gatsby1 | January 29, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

...the basis of his position is that if you mix the two together, if anything good happens then the Republicans will get some of the credit. If you just do what the Democrats want, if it works the Democrats get *all* the credit and if it fails they get all the blame.

He is just preaching more Republican obstinance. Do anything *except* what the Democrats want to do. The major flaw with that position is that the Democrats went along with the Republicans for 8 years (having no real chance to overturn a Bush veto) in terms of tax-cuts and spending to prop-up failing banks and that got us where we are today and the stimulus package passed last year combined with the bailout...they are just working. They in effect are the problem. Cutting taxes does nothing more than allow people to sock away money in investments, but when the underlying value of the investments goes south (because of bad investments on the part of the companies in which the investments are made) all of that equity goes south (has gone south) as well. The Republican platform is simply nothing more than allowing the rich to keep their profits and paying them back for their losses. They have no better ideas, and they still think that that will rescue the economy. It has not, it will not, it just is not the answer. All that will do is make the wealthy richer.

Posted by: dubya19391 | January 29, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh is full of himself, always has been. That said, the Pelosi-House passed stimulus bill is a fraud. It's going to bite the Dem's much like health care reform took a piece out of Clinton's butt in the first year of his administration.

Posted by: Aswo | January 29, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

".they are just working"

I mean, they are just not working. They do not work because simple free-market logic dictates that equity will flow from the poor to the rich. Cutting taxes will simply accelerate this. The advantage of government spending is that it can force work to be done in exchange for that revenue, and the wealthy simply are not going to get out and do that work. They will take their inevitable cut off the top, but still, they have to actually pay someone to do that work. Cutting taxes merely allows them to sock equity away in an investment portfolio, and as well it empowers the wealthy to seek a reduction in expenses by moving manufacturing to lower labor costs, which of course is not good for the domestic economy. It also allows them to live a lifestyle well beyond the means of the average person, resulting in a distortion of value in the free market. They spend the small percentage of their accrued wealth that they actually spend gilding their already-gilded lilypads. It is as if the wealthy are anti-American in the sense that they work against the interests of the lower and middle classes in this country. The general interest of the American people does not lie in the direction of tax cuts and free-market spending. No more than it lies in the direction of anarchy in general. Perhaps they do not lie in the direction of outright communism either, but clearly the most healthy path is somewhere in the middle.

Posted by: dubya19391 | January 29, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Here's my counter to Druggy Limbaugh's plan: Let's stimulate the economy by confiscating all of the Fatboy's money and using it to balance the federal budget, giving his radio time to people who make sense and could sell more commercial time, and then rendering his blubbery body into biodisel fuel to run President Obama's armored SUV.

Posted by: Bukkonen | January 29, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Whay next? Are we going to hear Joe the Plumber's economic bailout plan?

Posted by: SanjoyDas | January 30, 2009 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Why on earth are we giving any credence to this fat bozo?? He deserves none. He simply isn't of any significance.

He reminds me of the ball boy going into the locker room after the game and sitting with the real players discussing the game high lights and living in their glory.

Limbaugh is an irrelevant fat sock puppet for the wacko's that feed off the AM radio waves that reverbate hate and stupidity between all the Ditto Heads.

He is not an economist, an elected official, an acadamedician, or anything other than a big blowhard who is probably still constipated from all the OxyContin pills he gobbled up.

He hasn't gotten this much attention in a long time and is trying to parlay it into becoming some sort of spokesman for anybody who will listen to him. He really thinks somehow he is a player in these issues. Is that funny or what!

Rush baby, sit down, have a Coke, and STFU!!!

Posted by: patrick10 | January 30, 2009 4:12 AM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh is the real Empty (Fat) Suit. All this drug addict can do is pitch a bankrupt philosophy. People need to forget about him in the like they forgot about Joe Mc Carthy. Booze took McCarthy down and the opiates will take down Rush.

Posted by: Hoffmann1 | January 30, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

If the plan was adopted, and there was economic recovery, each side would take credit.

If things got worse or stayed the same, each side would place blame.

I didnt see many rational comments here in this long list. One thing is clear. There is no greater predjudice, contempt, hate, or diviseiveness than that of liberals for anyone who doesn't share their ideology, whether intelligent or not.

Gotta go to work now so's I can pay my taxes.

Posted by: LastHonestMan1 | January 30, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh continues with success after success. Now, in addition to helping more and more of us understand why some animls kill and eat their young, Rush has provided a way to tell how gasbags make you high -- when you feel the Rush, of course.
What an overstuffed clown.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | January 30, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Listen to Limbaugh, he knows it all, just ask him. Don't let the facts get in the way, God forbid you should be the elected president with a landslide electorial college score, you are not the actual president of the United States, Sarah Palin is. That Ms. Palin represents just about every failure we suffer in this country is unimportant as are her antiquated views on reality. Fact, the Earth is NOT flat and therefore you Cannot see Russia from her house due to the curvature of the Earth. This is the stupidity Limbaugh attributes to We The People. Talk radio hosts would do well to shut up and listen once in a while before extinction becomes there reality. He who listens to a moron soon becomes one, I prefer to think for myself and pay attention to the facts. Fact, Bush/Cheaney were the chosen Gods of the Limbaugh/Hannity/Coulter revolution and they are Solely responsible for the possible demise of the United States as any power at all let alone the last remaining superpower on the face of the planet. Good job there Rushbo, better untie the rest of your massive intelligence before it dies of lonelyness.

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | January 31, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I am shocked at all the negativity here. If you took the name "Limbaugh" out of this and put the name "Smith" in it, you'd see it's actually a pretty good plan. And I am no Limbaugh lover. Open your minds, people.

The TARP program is a black hole where money is just going to disappear. One example: $650 million for new DTV coupons. Of that $650 million, $2 million will go to Washington bureaucrats who are printing the coupons, and the other $648 million will go to companies in China who are manufacturing the converter boxes.

In your town, how many roads and bridges do you see that are undrivable? It's not like the 1930's where there was no infrastructure built at all. And yet we're going to pour all this taxpayer money into tearing apart good roads so we can build them again. It'll put food on the tables of some hardhat workers, sure...but what are the long-term return on this investment? Certainly not what we saw in the 1940's and 1950's.

Yes, I think a lot of dumb things comes out of Limbaugh's big mouth, but I tend to think this is brilliant. If I had more money in my pocket, I'd spend it on things like going to the dentist, buying flowers, buying electronics, and maybe putting on an addition to my house. That would be more "stimulating" to the economy than building another school in my town when we already have more than we need!

Long story short, feel free to shoot the messenger, but when the messenger actually says something reasonable, don't discount it despite who's saying it.

Posted by: hwa799 | January 31, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

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