On his radio show Rush Limbaugh told Republicans that they have to make the unemployed and disabled suffer more if they want to beat Obama.
Here’s the audio from Media Matters:
Transcript via Rush Limbaugh:
Well, it’s worse by factors indescribable, and the same guys are still telling me that we gotta vote Democrat to fix it because it’s all Bush’s fault. The sad truth is — and the Romney people are gonna have to learn this right now — the sad truth is that employment is not pivotal. The unemployment rate, the jobs circumstance in this country is not pivotal and it’s not something Obama can lose the election on. Not by itself. It’s not something Romney can win. (interruption) What do you mean, how can I say that? I’ll tell you how I can say it. We have 48 million Americans, 47 million on food stamps, and the regime is advertising for more. We have 47, 48% who pay no income taxes.
We have three million more off the employment roles and on disability, and they all vote. What does it add up to? No jobs. No employment. No problem. And that’s no job, no employment, no pain for a whole heck of a lot of people whose expectations for themselves are not very high. You have food, you have a car, your cell phone, and a TV, and you’re set. Snerdley is shouting at me, “All those people can’t want to stay on food stamps.” Will you explain to me, then, why more people are getting on food stamps? (interruption) Exactly. What else do they have? There are no jobs. And yet they’re still eating. I’m not criticizing. I’m telling you it’s a new reality out there. This is something that’s been gnawing at me for over a year.
Every Thursday I come here with these unemployment numbers and my instincts have been telling me — and I’ve been fighting my instincts — my instincts have been telling me that nobody cares, because it’s not resulting in that much pain, not nearly as much as it used to. Not nearly the kind of pain that existed in 1992. When Bill Clinton runs for reelection “It’s the economy, stupid,” worst economy in 50 years was the campaign slogan. The economy today is worse by factors that you can’t even quantify. And it’s accepted. It’s seemingly accepted, because the so-called victims of the unemployment circumstance in this country are not suffering as unemployed people in the past did. And not that I want them to. It’s not even about what I want. I’m just dealing with the reality here.
Now we’ve got stories that retail sales are suffering because unemployment checks have ended. Not retail sales are off because of the jobs circumstance. Retail sales are off because the government isn’t giving people any money anymore. You couple all this with the way minds are wasted in the American education system today, the way they’re polluted, propagandized, whatever you want to say… (interruption) Yeah, that’s true. Clinton had a Perot out there helping him. Romney’s not gonna be helped by a Perot type. I’m just saying that there’s an architect of this circumstance, and he’s gotta be identified. His name’s Barack Obama.
Limbaugh has it all figured out. The reason why Romney hasn’t got the election in the bag is because unemployed people aren’t suffering enough. If the unemployed suffer more, they will hate Obama and vote for Romney. Notice that Rush dismissed whether or not increasing the suffering of people mattered. It is all about politics, and how to get Mitt Romney elected president.
Rush Limbaugh expressed the same attitude that Mitch McConnell demonstrated when he said that 30 million people not having healthcare wasn’t an issue. Limbaugh’s comments are more evidence that Republicans are trying to make people suffer more in order to win an election.
Limbaugh insulted the unemployed by claiming that they want to be on food stamps, Unemployment Insurance, or disability. According to very wealthy Rush Limbaugh, the problem is that these people are content. I am not aware of anyone who considers getting food stamps, unemployment, or disability the good life, but the mantra of the right has long been that the unemployed are lazy and that poor people like being poor.
Maybe the unemployed, poor, and disabled should consider themselves lucky. In the past, Limbaugh has suggested that the poor not be allowed to vote.
Republicans really are scared that Mitt Romney is such a lousy candidate that he is going to lose to Obama, no matter what condition of the economy is in November.
If Obama does win a second term, people like Rush Limbaugh will blame the unemployed for their defeat, and claim that if the Republican Party had only made them more miserable and starved them just bit a little more, they would have beaten Obama.
The message from Rush Limbaugh and the entire right is clear. Corporations are people, but the unemployed, the poor, and the disabled are not.