I had some errands to run today, so I tuned the radio to one of the local conservative “hot talk” (oh, my!) radio stations.
First up, Rush Limbaugh. He was explaining to a caller that the healthcare.gov website has been intentionally rendered inoperable by the nefarious Obama administration. Apparently he’s been talking this up for a couple of days now. See, the administration is so afraid to let people see the costs of premiums that they sabotaged the website in order to delay the day of reckoning for as long as possible. Dang, that Obama is one smart dude. But El Rushbo is even smarter for figuring this out himself. Good job, Rush.
Next up, Sean Hannity. It is Sean’s opinion today that defaulting on the debt is meaningless. This is a little different than what he has said earlier, but he was probably issued new talking points this morning. According to Hannity, the president will just pay the debt per the Fourteenth Amendment. Apparently, Leo Pusateri, the crazy uncle everyone avoids at Blogs For Victory, got the same talking points. Or more likely, Leo listens to Hannity. Of course, if the president did actually follow through and pay the debts, citing the Fourteenth–even though Congress hadn’t authorized raising the debt ceiling–then we’d really hear about how he’s an imperial president. You see, those clever conservatives have him really boxed in. No matter what President Obama does, he will be wrong!
Then Hannity explained that the government shutdown is meaningless as well, because it hasn’t affected him yet. Of course, Sean is one of the richest individuals in America. He could get along just fine for quite a while without government. Having lots of money does make life easier. Plus, he doesn’t work for the government, so he doesn’t have to worry about missing any paychecks. And he never served in the military, so he doesn’t have to worry about VA-related issues. Life is swell for Sean. That Hannity is even smarter than El Rushbo.
Later in the day, it was Mark Levin. He, of course, blames President Obama for the impasse that House Speaker John Boehner finds himself facing. According to Levin, Obama has shown no leadership and is kicking back, getting massages, being fanned with palm leaves by sycophants, and generally engaging in selfish, narcissistic behavior at the taxpayer’s expense while the country burns to the ground. Levin is a walking, talking conservative cliche machine!
But wait! On the same show, Levin said that Obama is also “seizing the power of the purse from Congress and taking away their ability to control funding in the government. In essence, this has been a coup by the Executive to limit the power of all other branches so that there are no checks and balances. Obama will set spending levels and veto any bills that fall short of his demands as he threatens to single handedly push the nation into a default.” That Obama! He is sooo smart! He gets this all done and lounges around, too! It must be really galling to people like Levin who have to work three hours a day for a living.