I always felt Rush Limbaugh is an arrogant bastard, but he’s even outdone himself now. This time around, like a typical conservative Republican, he blames the poor and unemployed for their own plights and expects them just to make things better for themselves.
Earlier this week, Limbaugh proclaimed:
“The sad truth is that employment is not pivotal… No job, no employment, no pain. For a whole heck of a lot of people whose expectations for themselves are not very high…. There are no jobs, and yet they’re still eating. I’m telling you, there’s a new reality out there…. Because it’s not resulting in that much pain, not nearly as much as it used to…. The so-called victims of the unemployment circumstance are not suffering as unemployed people in the past did.”
With Republicans in Congress refusing to negotiate with President Obama – determined more to destroy his presidency than help the American people – our nation’s economic crisis hasn’t abated. Of course, if Obama had grown some back bone at the end of 2010 and refused to budge on the Bush tax cuts, matters might have improved by now. But, I’m not an economist. I am, however, a citizen and a voter who’s experienced unemployment for the better part of the past 18 months. For me, there’s no joy in that. I’ve all but exhausted by savings and completely wiped out my old 401K. I’ve been able to put off my reimbursing my student loans, but that can’t last much longer. Fortunately, I just found a contract position that begins next week. Hopefully, that will endure. Last summer I landed a 90-day contract gig that the client pulled after only 3 weeks because their vendor wasn’t producing the work as anticipating. It was difficult to explain that to prospective employers, but I worked through it.
I remember the 1990 – 92 and 2001 – 02 recessions very well. But, I’ve never seen it this bad. So, while Ann Romney spends more on her dressage horse than most people earn in a year of legitimate work and Rush Limbaugh squats atop his ivory tower, the rest of us normal folk continue to struggle. And, we won’t forget what our elected officials did to us and didn’t for us. Poor Rush though. All those years of Viagra and Vicodin usage apparently have had the same effect as methamphetamine.