February 1st, 2009
11:40 AM ET
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Carville: A history lesson for Rush Limbaugh

James Carville says Rush Limbaugh's new bipartisan strategy could have served the country well in 2000.
James Carville says Rush Limbaugh's new bipartisan strategy could have served the country well in 2000.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - On Thursday, Rush Limbaugh, the moral and intellectual leader and most influential person in the Republican Party in the United States, wrote in the august op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal, the acknowledged epicenter of right-wing thought, that President Obama should adopt a bipartisan solution to address the president's economic stimulus plan - or as Limbaugh refers to it, "porkulus."

Limbaugh proposes that because the Democrats got roughly 54 percent of the votes to the Republicans' 46 percent, the stimulus package should be allocated along his definition of ideological lines, i.e. 54 percent towards infrastructure improvement and 46 percent toward tax breaks for Limbaugh and his friends.

He writes, "Fifty-three percent of American voters voted for Barack Obama; 46% voted for John McCain, and 1% voted for wackos. Give that 1% to President Obama. Let's say the vote was 54% to 46%.

"As a way to bring the country together and at the same time determine the most effective way to deal with recessions, under the Obama-Limbaugh Stimulus Plan of 2009: 54% of the $900 billion - $486 billion - will be spent on infrastructure and pork as defined by Mr. Obama and the Democrats; 46% - $414 billion - will be directed toward tax cuts, as determined by me."

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  1. big rob

    You're a fool if you think rush limbaugh cares about anything but his own well being.

    February 1, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. steve r.

    Had to pinch myself to see if I was dreaming. Rush must have been held at gun point to say these things. The calm before the storm?

    February 1, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Outspoken

    History Lesson? I must have missed something. All I read was political sniping.

    It's Jame Carville and the democrats who need a history lesson; like the way Franklin Roosevelt took a two-year recession and turned it into a ten-year depression by ballooning federal spending and generally socializing the U.S. economy. Now we are on the verge of making the EXACT SAME MISTAKE, only now the national debt is much, much greater, the world economy is much more volatile, and there is a much larger population (more people competing for resources). Hold on to your hats, folks, this is going to get ugly.

    February 1, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Ken

    When is everyone going to stop listening to Rush the idiot. Who in the heck is he? If we wanted Rush's ideas we would have voted him for president. Why does anybody care what this goofball has to say!

    February 1, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Matt, Canoga Park

    Hey Carville check your math you dunce. 0% voted for that fool you backed Hillary. So don't you look like the dunce that came late to the party.

    February 1, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. mike

    If Rush thinks like most GOP voters................the game is over for 25 yrs.

    There is too much pork. Instead of working together and sorting out details. Conservatives are beating their chects on how they have stopped "spending".....what a joke. They should have thought of that after 9/11 when the GOP started spending money like a drunken sailor..

    Hypocrites!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 1, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Independent Dave, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    Henry Miller, Cary, NC February 1st, 2009 12:02 pm ET

    Your right Henry, look how many arms were broken when the American public was forced to take out variable rate motrtgages on houses they couldn't afford.

    February 1, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Pete in WA

    Unfortunately, a lot of people listen to Rush and believe what he says. His trash is not what the country needs to hear right now. Where is his sense of decency – and patriotism? (Doubt he has either.)

    February 1, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. libs be dopes

    Can anyone actually name a Gov't program that worked without wasting tons of money?

    Can anyone actually name a liberal talk show with more than ten listners?

    February 1, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. German,Irish American

    Seems like Mr. BS Carville is the one who needs a history lesson. "Heck if democrats had been able to control 50 percent of government from 2000 to 2004, we wouldn't even had gone into Iraq in the first place". If that is true Mr. Carville, explain the 296-133 bi-partisan vote in the house and the 77-23 bi-partisan vote in the senate, with a majority of the democrat senators voting for the bill? And just think, if your bogus theory had been right, there would have been no elections in Iraq yesterday, and Sadaam and his merry thugs would be raping the women who ran for office and voted yesterday. Maybe even gasing a few hundred thousand Kurds for good measure. Are saying Mr. Carville, that you are disappointed and mad that 25 million Iraqi's are now free and having elections, for the first time in 40 years, because of President Bush and the outstanding courage and ability of our military?

    February 1, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Joe

    I really don't care what Rush says, but one should consider what would have been said had someone said the same thing of the Bush administration. Cries of 'Un-American', 'Treason', 'Traitor' would have been shouted. Thos same people should be denouncing him loudly. Funny, though. You don't hear a thing.

    And for him the say that he wants the President to fail IS un-American. He should be praying that the President and his policies do succeed because this country needs a big WIN right now. And I don't care what you call it – Socialism, or any other label – as long as at the end of the day you can also call it a success.

    February 1, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Specific to Henry Miller of Cary, North Carolina,

    Dude...the big difference between the Democrats in Congress who are designing the stimulus package and Rush Limbaugh is that they were actually elected by popular vote to do the job. Whether we approve of what they do or not, they do have a right to lead and we always have a system of elections to remove them (duh, kinda like what we've been doing systematically with the Republicans at every level of government).

    Bottom line...don't ever.....EVER...confuse the policy-making authority of elected officials who have a constitutional right to lead AND who, by the way, have been elected to those positions with a radio jock with a big megaphone.

    February 1, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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