Marcy gives 'El Rushbo' free publicity

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010

Al Franken — soon to be a U.S. senator from Minnesota, if current litigation comes out  his way — once wrote a book called "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot."

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, isn't a big fan of the popular radio talk show commentator, either.

After Limbaugh said he hopes President Obama is a failure, Kaptur issued a press release.

"What patriotic American would want any American President to fail?" Kaptur said. "If a President fails, that means America fails."

She added that Limbaugh's comments are insulting to everyone who has held the office.

Of course, the criticism from Kaptur and other Democrats is a publicity windfall for Limbaugh.

When I checked his Web site Wednesday, I spotted a headline that captures his understated style:

"Democrats Launch New Stalinist Stunt Aimed at Silencing El Rushbo"

Comments

411Firelands

If you take his comments in context, he was really saying he wants LIBERALISM to fail.

cm.sandusky

He didn't say he wanted the president to fail...he said he wanted the liberal policies to fail...I have to agree with Rush there, even though I can't stand him.

Anonymous (not ...

In July 2008, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referred to President Bush as a 'total failure':

'God bless him, bless his heart, president of the United States -- a total failure, losing all credibility with the American people on the economy, on the war, on energy, you name the subject.'

(http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/...)

Also, in May 2005, now current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the following about President Bush: "I think this guy is a loser."

(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp...)

Almost since President Bush was elected in 2000, there has been an almost constant negative refrain from the elected Democratic kook fringe.

Limbaugh is a private citizen and can express himself as he pleases, but shouldn’t American citizens expect more respect and less name calling regarding the President from their elected representatives?

Didn’t the Democrats tell us that it was patriotic to criticize the policies of one’s President?

For the Democrats, it obviously depends on whose ox is being gored.

MHL

To CM:"You can`t stand Rush."? LOL you sound like his parrot try formulating your own opinion . Think for yourself and not thr right wing media!!!
To Winston: What is your point? Bush was a total failure ,he was a loser.Ranked the worst ever!! Personally I think Reagan was just as clueless but he surrounded himself with better people and had a democratic congress to keep him in check.
When will you realize your policies have failed time and time again.The definition of insanity is to repeat the same mistakes over and over hoping for different results.

Fireside

Tom, I held out faith that you were the only experianced reporter at the SR and would be able to help your younger associates. But you took what you wanted and did this story without doing any research on what the man said. Tom, I thought you were better than this. In fact I know you are. I will watch for your updated blog to explain the truth of what was said and meant.

Anonymous (not ...

POTUS Obama and the Democrats’ borrow and spend policies almost certainly fail.

Study command-and-control economies of countries like the extinct Soviet Union in order to see possible end results. Read about GOSPLAN:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gos...

On the other hand, look at Europe with its low GDP and high unemployment numbers to see where their style of bureaucratic socialism could potentially lead the U.S.

Our modern world economy is far too complicated to be satisfactorily regulated by government bureaucrats.

Also, read writings in the area of psychology known as behavioral modification. One of the best and lasting ways to change unwanted behavior is through a technique called extinction – ignore it. Don’t give the unwanted behavior ANY re-enforcement, either positive or negative. Acknowledging the behavior only tends to increase it.

As I wrote previously, Limbaugh is a private citizen and can express himself however he wishes. Why the Great and Powerful O and the chattering Democratic Party munchkins concern themselves with his opinion only helps to give the man credence.

cm.sandusky

to MHL

Me a parrot? Get real...I'll listen (to "HIS" words) and I form my own opinion..most people tune into the nightly news ( if that what we should still call it) and take their opinions. Or they will listen to Opra, Bruce or most of liberal hollywood types.
Is that what YOU listen to? If you would have listened to the broadcast you would be aware that "I hope Obama fails", that simple sentence was surrounded by a whole lot more..

I do not want the liberal ideas to succeed. They simply don't work. Obama seems like a nice man with a nice family...but he is simply a mouth piece that the liberals been wishing for.

This goverment is going to spend our grandchildrens money. It's going to make the Iraq war look like petty change. This "stimulus package" is crazy..have you looked at all the pork in it..This is a libs dream come tru. CHANGE..what change?

Paying for a park, water park..STD's ohhh. there is so much crap in this bill...and nothing will stimulate the economy.

I love to listen to both sides...way left and way right and frankly they are both crazy...So, that's MY opinion..

Reid and Pelosi, don't really care what the money is being spent on, they want to be sure it is spent to give the economy a boost before they cut spending and raise taxes to balance the budget. So, the president will accommodate all of the pet projects of Democratic lawmakers.

Gulliver

THIS IS TO WINSTON SMITH. You said Our modern world economy is far too complicated to be satisfactorily regulated by government bureaucrats." I agree that it is complicated, but without regulation, we get what we've just gotten -- greedy behavior like we've seen on Wall Street and the mortgage industry.

You also said: "One of the best and lasting ways to change unwanted behavior is through a technique called extinction – ignore it. Don’t give the unwanted behavior ANY re-enforcement, either positive or negative. Acknowledging the behavior only tends to increase it." That works for "attention getting" behavior problems, but not for power-mongering behavior problems -- greed and corruption. Ignore these 2 behaviors and it spreads to the point of a small segment of the population having all the power to dominate and perform abusive/unethical behavior that is detrimental to society. Remember what Edmund Burk said, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing".

Anonymous (not ...

Gulliver:

Agree about oversight. I’m just highly concerned about the potential heavy handedness of bureaucratic regulation driving out U.S. entrepreneurial spirit and creating a form of government corporatism.

The government track record of picking successful industry winners and losers is poor.

In the marketplace, in order for a transaction to take place, there has to be a buyer for every seller.

Since the govt. regulated GSEs, Fannie Mae (FNM) and Freddie Mac (FRE) now own approx. 85% of all U.S. mortgages, there had to be a lot of buyin’ by them.

Again, no buyer – no seller. Govt. started the game, the financial markets helped to feed the monster.

Regardless, the regulators are fighting the last battle. The Wall St. investment bank model is GONE, there are NONE. That business model won’t return.

Also, with low Fed Funds rates essentially since the dot.com bust of 2000, there was lots of money sloshing around globally and lots of credit to be had. If someone offers you ‘almost’ free money are you gonna refuse it?

In regards to your second comment; obviously I was unclear. The comment to which you refer regarding behavior modification was meant in relation to the topic of the loudmouth Dems possibly giving Limbaugh credibility, not as a potential behavioral economics policy.

Oliver Hardy

Calling Rush an idiot is an insult to all the stupid people.

MHL

Sorry if you were insulted Oliver but Rush,well he is an idiot.

CM: where is all the pork in this bill?? All bills have some but it is certainly better than the same old Republican plan of tax cuts for the rich which have failed time after time!!

Trickle down economics didn`t work under Reagan and they certainly didn`t work under W.Remember this slide started when W.cut taxes for the top 1 percent. Rat was supposed to create jobs yet unemployment went up and up andup? Riddle me that Republicans?

Anonymous (not ...

Some have obviously fooled themselves into believing that they are ‘thinking for themselves,’ while in fact they are merely regurgitating vapid socialist rhetoric as expressed by their masters.

Those who obviously fail to understand 'supply-side economics' and simply repeat ad nausium empty headed ‘progressive’ political platitudes while rooting for 'demand-side’ or Keynesian economics should know that the roughly 25 year bull stock market began in 1982 under POTUS Reagan.

Just writing ‘progressive’ political nonsense doesn’t make it so. A little factual data and far less emotional nonsense would go a long way to perhaps attempting to prove one’s point.

There ain’t anything ‘progressive’ about shackling the citizenry to the controls of government bureaucracies, while destroying individual economic and personal freedom as outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

And the CAPITAL for this grand pork laden so-called economic stimulus package is coming from where???

Anonymous (not ...

A portion of a far wiser Inaugural Address than the one to which the American people were recently subjected:

‘What more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow citizens--a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of
industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.’

- Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, 1801.

MHL

To Winston: Blah,Blah,Blah so basically what you are saying.in a long winded way is that this bankrupt ideology that has destroyed America`s economy started in 1982 under POTUS Reagan.

Good to see your finally coming around!!! Keep progressing!!

Anonymous (not ...

Obviously the government hasn’t spent nearly enough for some progressive-socialists who believe in an economic fantasyland of free lunches.

The far too numerous economically and financially ignorant tend to place more faith and hope in the limited constitutional power of the Presidency to control the state of the economy than is warranted.

Actually, the Federal Reserve Chairman is a far better determinate of the state of the U.S. economy than the POTUS.

Who was Fed Chairman from 1979 to 1987 and is now advising POTUS Obama?

What did he do to the Fed Funds rate and where were interest rates when he was Fed Chairman?

How much fiat currency has and is currently being pushed into the economy?

See: http://research.stlouisfed.org/f...

This so-called stimulus package will only contribute to the further geometric progression of this chart.

This excess currency will eventually need to be sopped up with extremely onerous taxes or massive inflation.

Richard Bebb

Its laughable how the democrats completely forget the type of rhetoric that was present the entire Bush presidency. Winston Smith gave numerous examples of far harsher statements made by liberal crybabies made towards President Bush.

So Marcy you cant have it both ways now that the socialist Barry Hussein has taken office. Rush's statements have been taken out of context. I encourage every narrow minded person, those who get all their information from Move-on.org or MSNBC, to read the entire transcript of that monologue. Don't worry after you read it and realize you were wrong we will all forgive you because after all liberal crybabies have been grossly incompetent for decades now.

Anonymous (not ...

'I scr*wed up' - President Barack Obama, 2/3/09

In Aug. 2007, during the campaign, Joe Biden said the following about Obama:

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."

Gotta luv Biden’s prescient statement.

Anonymous (not ...

Because of the SR's language filters, I couldn't type in the full text of the President’s comment.

Gotta luv it when ya can't even quote the President verbatim. LOL.

Guess the guy ain't ready for prime time.

cm.sandusky

...I guess the democrats live by "Do as I say (pay your taxes) not as I do (not me)...

Obama said 24 hours before that Dashle was the best man for the job, it's just a mistake..I'll stand behind him.....all the sudden " I scr*ed up" it will not happen again...ha..

What do you call a tax cheat? An Obama Administration Appointtee!!!
How these career politicians avoid the penalties that the rest of us would be given?
We were promised “Change We Can Believe In”-well I can’t believe what kind of change we are getting!!!
We are getting another Clinton-style administration, look at all the leftover Clintonites, bumblers, fools, liars and cheats.

MHL

I find it refreshing that President Obama is willing to openly own up to a mistake,something Bush was never able to grasp. It is refreshing to see a man of such good character in office.

CM: We could do a lot worse than a "Clinton -style administration."
If you remember correctly it was only the most successful in our lifetime!!

cm.sandusky

Sure it was successful...Let me give you a credit card..unlimited funds..go on spend..you'll have a great time. Guess what, the bills will come sooner or later.

Ignore international threats, blowing up a asperin factory, let Bin Laden go on his merry way....sign Nafta...mess up the little blue dress, impeachment..I'm sure I could go on and on..

In the economy, any free country has the same rollercoaster. We are not the only once with economic problems. This is global..

Good character, maybe...it just bothers me that he would change his tune as little as 24 hours.

It bothers me that there are way to many apointees with tax problems.

Chung Lee

Hey CM what did George Bush do to catch Bin Laden other than invade a country that had nothing to do with 911? Wanted Dead or Alive? Instead he gave us a war that has cost the lives of 100,000 Iraqis and over 4,000 US soldiers? Seriously, 8 years and what is there to show for it? When Clinton left office he balanced the budget. Can Bush say the same? Exactly. By the way, how about getting that young boy from Port Clinton to help you with your spelling and Chung Lee will help you by telling you that Rush is not news.... only like entertainment like at the circus.

Anonymous (not ...

Ignorance in basic economics and personal finance is rampant in the U.S. Several classes in each should be mandatory for high school graduation.

That being said; POTUS Clinton oversaw a Federal budget surplus at the end of his term because of gains in tax revenue brought on by the dot.com boom.

Computers and the Internet helped increase productivity that helped raise the nation’s GDP.

Wanna raise a nation’s GDP? Raise productivity.

Throughout the 90s, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan kept interest rates low, which aided the economic expansion.

Fed Chairman Greenspan began to raise interest rates over the fear of an overheating economy and the dot.com bust began in March 2000.

In effect, POTUS Clinton merely oversaw an economic bubble and POTUS Bush inherited the beginnings of a recession in 2001.

To see a possible future for the U.S., read the following article and see the accompanying chart:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB...

If you think education is expensive, you obviously haven’t priced ignorance lately.

You dumbed down libs should turn off the TV and radio and read more. Ya might wanna start with Dr. Thomas Sowell’s great book, ‘Basic Economics.’

MHL

OK Winston: Let`s assume your theory is correct and Bush inherited the"beginnings of a recession in2001." Wasn`t it then the height of irresponsibility to cut taxes to the top 1percent during a recession? And was it not more irresponsible to start a needless war with no means to pay for it?

I totally agree that we need to increase the nation`s productivity which is why the Republicans need to pass this stimulas plan to get people working again!!!

MHL

Chung Lee: I must say you are a refreshing sight to these posts.Most can`t seem to wrap their narrow-minded heads around the fact that Clinton left a budget surplus!

Cm You continue to astonish me with your nonsense, but I`m used to it as I listen to Rush,Hannity,Wilcow and Levin from time to time,(for amusement purposes only,I love to hear them whine!!). I will admit though all the right wing media and you followers stay on point. You all parrot the same message,same tired excuses, and same bankrupt philosophy!!

2 things you need to wrap your little head around
1) Bush was POTUS on September11th 2001. It was Bush who when delivered a memo about potential terrorist attacks inside the U.S.possibly involving commercial aircraft ignored the threats!!
2) That impeachment trial proved to be a big waste of taxpayer time and money ,just another weapon of mass distraction!

cm.sandusky

I love how the liberals just can't do no wrong....

Obama's stimulus package won't stimulate much except inflation down the road, which will, in turn, mean the onset of another round of high interest rates and renewed recession to check the inflation.

In reality, consumers, knowing there are hard times ahead, save any money they get either by salting it away or by paying down their debts and bills.

MHL----I repeat, I don't like Rush or Hannity....I also watch them for entertainment. Actually I like C-span.

1)Clinton "HAD" Bin Laden

2) And just who wasted taxpayers time and money? It was Clinton that couldn't tell the truth...what was the great word again "IS"

Chung Lee----I see the boy gave you lessons in sentence structure. I promiss I'll work on my spelling. Gute Nacht!

Chung Lee

Chung Lee think that tax cuts to the rich created the speculation bubble in real estate. Lack of oversight compounded problem. Chung Lee wonder what net effect that war has on productivity and domestic consumption. Chung Lee also wonder how people think good idea for infrastructure in Iraq when infrastructure in US would creat jobs and increase productivity. Yet when these projects put in spending bill, Republicans call them pork and waste of money. Chung Lee wonder why Republicans now interested in saving money?

Anonymous (not ...

‘Our true choice is not between tax reduction, on the one hand, and the avoidance of large Federal deficits on the other.

It is increasingly clear that no matter what party is in power, so long as our national security needs keep rising, an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenues to balance our budget just as it will never produce enough jobs or enough profits…

In short, it is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now.’

- President John F. Kennedy

Chung Lee

Chung Lee think Winston engages in half truth argument. Chung Lee know that when Kennedy said previous quote top tax rate was 91%. With the help of Kennedy it was lowered to 77%. Top bracket rate is now 35% and you think need more cut? Historically tax go up when at war. Top rate in 1915 was 7% and in 1917 rate increased to 67%. In 1940 rate was 79% and in 1946 it 91%. So if we at war..... should we lower taxes? See for yourself and put in historical perspective.

Anonymous (not ...

On February 17, 1998, POTUS Clinton said:

‘We have to defend our future from these predators of the 21st century. They feed on the free flow of information and technology. They actually take advantage of the freer movement of people, information and ideas.

And they will be all the more lethal if we allow them to build arsenals of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them. We simply cannot allow that to happen.

There is no more clear example of this threat than Saddam Hussein's Iraq. His regime threatens the safety of his people, the stability of his region and the security of all the rest of us.’

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The Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 signed by POTUS Clinton on Oct. 31, 1998 directed in part that:

‘It should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and to promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime.’

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Listen to Democratic VP Gore in 1992 castigate POTUS Geo. H. W. Bush over Iraq’s ties to terrorism:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9...

I guess it’s easier to sit on the sidelines and criticize than to actually lead. Supthin’ The Great and Powerful O is sorely discovering.

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It was the policy of the U.S. in 1998 to remove Saddam Hussein from power.

Over the past eight years, the Democrats along with their dumbed down liberal sheeple have used extremist rhetoric for their own selfish political gains and have helped to undermine the safety of the United States. Their actions have been nothing short of despicable.

With Obama's desire for a more massive military build-up in Afghanistan, he will take personal ownership of that war.

Nixon inherited Johnson's War. Let's hope that Afghanistan doesn't become Obama's Vietnam.

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