9. Limbaugh: Everything Obama has done has been “an attack on the greatness of this country” (12/7)
Rush cites the following disasters implemented in just the first half of Obama’s first term: ObamaCare, intrusive and unhelpful financial regulations, the moratorium on offshore drilling, bank bailouts, the stimulus bill, and auto company bailouts. Rush notes that almost everything Obama has done has been a success—from his perspective. In contrast, one of Obama’s notable “failures”—from his perspective—was the recent tax cut extension deal, in which Obama did something that was actually good for the country.
In a related post the same day, Rush comments on The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel’s op-ed on Obama’s squishiness, which cites his increasing troop levels in Afghanistan, his compromising on a public option in the health care reform bill, and his giving in on extending tax cuts for high earners. According to vanden Heuvel, Obama has a “historical imperative” to effect change, to which Rush asks, “To whom? The ghost of Lenin?” Rush concludes that the Left is upset because Obama isn’t destroying our country fast enough for their taste.
So where did Rush get it wrong? Is it part of America’s “manifest destiny” to impose socialized medicine, constrict financial institutions, ban exploration of our vast natural resources, keep businesses that make bad decisions from failing by punishing business that make good decisions, and spending trillions of dollars we don’t have on projects we don’t need? I don’t recall any of these examples being cited by our Founding Fathers as goals to pursue in laying down their vision for the greatest country on earth. Rush can consider himself vindicated.