On his Thursday program, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh said he is “ashamed” of his country, lamenting both the lack of fiscal discipline in Washington and the media coverage of ongoing budget negotiations.
It is particularly galling, Limbaugh said, that politicians and analysts are resorting to scare tactics to resist the prospect of cutting $44 billion from the federal budget through sequestration.
“Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country,” Limbaugh said. “Seriously man, here we get worked up over $44 billion. That’s the total amount of money that will not be spent that was scheduled to be spent this year. … In truth, we’re going to spend more this year than we spent last year. We’re just not going to spend as much as projected.”
Limbaugh said economic irresponsibility has been a decades-long problem in the country.
“We have the media playing along with all of this. The ruling class — both parties play along with all of this. It’s insulting. I don’t know how else to describe it. I’m in my 25th year. … Nothing ever changes. We just keep spending more money. We create more dependency. We get more and more irresponsible, one crisis to the next — all of them manufactured, except for the real crisis nobody ever addresses, which is [that] we can’t afford any of this.”