Rush Limbaugh in Speech at 2009 CPAC conference


On Budget & Economy: TARP is not constitutional, and unsustainable

[Obama is] going to overreach. At some point, people have got to realize none of this is possible. You can't have people living in homes they don't pay for. I mean, you can for a while. But after a while--you're already starting to see evidence of these.

Aside from the bastardization of the Constitution that the Obama plans are, that TARP is, it's not constitutional. Aside from that, where is the evidence that [anyone] has ever succeeded in any similar plans before? There is no evidence it works. The president's stimulus package, the TARP, the budget, relies on one thing for its success. Well, aside from authoritarian government power. It relies on the complacency of the American people. It relies on their belief that they can convince the American people that there's such a crisis that the only government, the only entity that can fix its government, as Obama has said. Liberals will never understand about America: we are a competitive people. We strive, enough of us do, to be the best.

Source: Speech to 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 28, 2009

On Civil Rights: We need the Walmart voter & the NASCAR voter

These cocktail elitists get made fun of when the next NASCAR race is on TV and their cocktail buds come up to them. It would be easy to throw them overboard, so as to maintain beltway media relationships. But I tell you: We've got to go get the Walmart voter. When I look out at you in this audience, I don't see a Walmart voter. And I don't see a black, and I don't see a woman, and I don't see a Hispanic. I see human beings who happen to be the luckiest people on earth: you are Americans.
Source: Speech to 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 28, 2009

On Corporations: Capitalists give you jobs; don't assault them

We just cringe to watch capitalism be assaulted and our culture be reoriented to where the people that make it work are the enemy. The people that make this country work, the people who pay on their mortgages, the people getting up and going to work, striving in this recession to not participate in it, they're not the enemy.

They're the people that hire you. They're the people that are going to give you a job. They're the people that are going to give you a raise, the people that need you to do wor for them.

When Obama talks about past economies, he somehow always leaves out the recession of the '80s as worst than this one. Why does he leave it out? Because you know why he leaves it out, America? He leaves it out because we got out of that recession with tax cuts. We got out of the 1980s recession with tax cuts. Do you know that President Obama, in six weeks of his administration, has proposed more spending than from the founding of the country to his inauguration?

Source: Speech to 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 28, 2009

On Principles & Values: I want Obama to fail, because I want America to survive

The Democrats hoped George Bush failed [in Iraq]. So what is so strange about being honest to say that I want Barack Obama to fail if his mission is to restructure and reform this country so that capitalism and individual liberty are not its foundation? Why would I want that to succeed?

Let me add a caveat here. The New Castrati, guys who have lost their guts, say, "we can't say we want the President to fail, Mr. Limbaugh, because that's like saying you want the country to fail." It's the opposite. I want the country to survive. I want the country to succeed. I want the country to survive as we have known it, as you and I were raised in it.

There's some people you can't say you want the President to fail. The Democrat Party has actively not just sought the failure of Republican presidents and policies and now wars for the first time, the Democrat Party doesn't stop at failure. Talk to Judge Robert Bork or Justice Clarence Thomas about how they tried to destroy lives, reputations and character.

Source: Speech to 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 28, 2009

On War & Peace: Democrats want war in Iraq to fail

Did the Democrats want the war on Iraq to fail? They certainly did. They not only wanted the war in Iraq to fail, they proclaimed it a failure. There's Dingy Harry Reid waved a white flag. They called General Petraeus a liar before he even testified. Mrs. Clinton said she had to willingly suspend disbelief in order to listen to Patraeus. We're in the process of winning the war. The last thing they wanted was to win. They hoped George Bush failed.
Source: Speech to 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 28, 2009

On Welfare & Poverty: War on poverty has failed; welfare destroys human potential

We want every American to be the best he or she chooses to be. We recognize that we are all individuals. We believe that the preamble to the Constitution contains an inarguable truth that we are all endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. We conservatives think all three are under assault.

We don't want to tell anybody how to live. That's up to you. If you want to make the best of yourself, feel free. If you want to ruin your life, we'll try to stop it--but it's a waste. We look over the country as it is today, we see so much waste, human potential that's been destroyed by 50 years of a welfare state. By a failed war on poverty.

We resist the effort to group us. We resist the effort to make us feel that we're all the same, that we're no different than anybody else. We're all different. There are no two things or people in this world who are created in a way that they end up with equal outcomes. That's up to them

Source: Speech to 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 28, 2009

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