Radio host Rush Limbaugh said during his show on Thursday that the way both political parties are brawling over the dire effects of the sequester has made him ashamed of his own country.
Limbaugh said that all the stories the leaders of both parties are telling about the sequester, and the media conveying them to the masses are untrue.
“Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in my life I am ashamed of my country. To be watching all of this, to be treated like this, to have our common sense and intelligence insulted the way it’s being insulted? It just makes me ashamed,” said Limbaugh, according to a segment transcript posted on his website.
Limbaugh said that the administration has instilled such fear and panic into the hearts and minds of Americans that no one is able to think about anything other than the looming sequester.
“Crisis, destruction, no meat inspection, no cops, no teachers, no firefighters, no air-traffic control. I’m sorry, my days of getting roped into all this are over,” Limbaugh said.
Though we know that Limbaugh often talks like this and has even exaggerated things a bit this time, this does not mean his point is wrong. No doubt the president has talked about everything from lack of military readiness to thousands of people losing their jobs and paying more taxes. And with Congress insisting on spending cuts to balance the budget, there are also fears that people will have to pay more for their social security benefits.
Earlier this week, House speakeralso warned of the sequester, saying that it is an ugly and dangerous way of cutting spending and must be avoided in any case.
“Do you really think 800,000 people are gonna lose their jobs in the Pentagon because we cut $22 billion? Do you really think air-traffic control’s gonna shut down? Do you really think there aren’t gonna be any meat inspectors? Do you really think that all of these horror stories are going to happen? I don’t,” Limbaugh said.
Maybe all the horror stories will not come true, but even the small hit felt by the economy when automatic spending goes into effect on March 1st will still be bad enough. Air traffic won’t shut down but passengers will still face 90 minutes or more delays in their flights. And 800,000 Pentagon employees will not be laid off but they will still experience a 20 percent cut in their salaries.
Limbaugh after all is a conservative, and no matter what the government does, he will still call the White House’s efforts unproductive.