Rush Limbaugh: ‘Thank you, Mr. President!’ Grateful to Obama ‘for arousing the sleeping, silent majority’

Rush Limbaugh: ‘Thank you, Mr. President!’

Grateful to Obama ‘for arousing the sleeping, silent majority’


Posted: April 16, 2010
4:08 pm Eastern

© 2010 WorldNetDaily

Playing off of President Obama’s remark to Democrat donors yesterday that tea-party protesters should be thanking him instead of protesting his policies, talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh on his show today ran off a string of reasons he’s grateful to Obama, culminating with “arousing the sleeping, silent majority” who are prepared to give his party an unprecedented thrashing at the polls in November.

Obama was speaking in Miami at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

“Since today happens to be tax day, I should just point out that one-third of the recovery act went to tax cuts. Tax cuts that strengthen the cornerstone of the American dream,” Obama began.

Lowering his tone of voice in an apparent aside, he then shared with the Democrat donors that he had been “a little amused over the last couple of days where people have been having these rallies, about taxes.”

“You would think they would be saying thank you,” Obama said to laughter from the audience. “That’s what you’d think.”

After playing the clip on his show today, Limbaugh commented: “Ladies and gentlemen, this is a classic illustration of authoritarian mocking control. He hasn’t cut anybody’s taxes. The recovery act stimulus bill – it’s more like loaves and fishes. There are no tax cuts in that. There were some tax credits. It’s all bogus.

“But he wants to be thanked,” Limbaugh continued. “OK, I will oblige.”

Watch the video

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Limbaugh thanked Obama for more than a dozen moves, including seizing General Motors and Chrysler, appointing a “pervert” as safe-schools czar, the “generational theft” of American wealth through massive borrowing and spending, insulting and endangering Israel, driving up the unemployment rate to double digits and “exploding the annual deficit” to a level at which it can never be repaid.

Limbaugh concluded: “But most of all, Mr. President, thank you for arousing the sleeping, silent majority, because we have been asleep too long.

“November is coming, Mr. President,” Limbaugh warned. “That is when we will really thank you.”

NEW RASMUSSEN POLL SHOWS McCAIN COLLAPSING

 NEW RASMUSSEN POLL SHOWS McCAIN COLLAPSING
Today it is McCain 47, Hayworth 42

Phoenix, AZ (April 16) –  A new poll released today by Rasmussen Reports shows that Senator John McCain’s lead over J.D. Hayworth in the Arizona Republican primary race has slipped to a mere 5 points.
 “McCain has flooded the airways with paid advertisements and apparently Arizona voters don’t like what he has to say,” said Hayworth campaign manager David Payne. “Congressman Hayworth’s grassroots campaign and conservative message is being embraced by the people.”
 The poll of likely Republican primary voters shows that “McCain has been losing ground since January when he picked up 53 percent of the potential GOP Primary vote and Hayworth had only 31 percent,” according to the Rasmussen news release.
It also found just 2 percent prefer some other candidate, and 8 percent are undecided.
 “Any incumbent who is earning less than 50 percent of the vote at this stage of the campaign in considered vulnerable,” the Rasmussen release said.
 Hayworth leads McCain in key categories.
 Eighty-six percent of Primary voters think the recently-passed heath care bill should be repealed, with 50 percent strongly favoring repeal supporting Hayworth compared to only 41 percent favoring McCain.
 Of voters who agree with the Tea Party movement, 49 percent back Hayworth compared to 42 percent for McCain.
 And 85 percent of Republican Primary voters in the state say gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status if illegal aliens. Hayworth has made protecting the border a priority and has been critical of McCain’s leading role in the failed “amnesty for illegals” effort in 2006 and 2007.
 
                                                January          March             April
McCain
                                    53%               48%               47%
Hayworth                                31%               41%               42%
Other                                         7%                 3%                 2%
Not Sure                                   8%                 8%                 8%

Patriots ‘recapture spirit of America’

Patriots ‘recapture spirit of America’

‘Tea-party movement is a movement of God. It’s an answer to our prayers’


Posted: April 15, 2010
8:51 pm Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

SACRAMENTO – “I’m here because the winds of adversity are blowing across America. Unless we recapture the spirit of America, we are going to suffer more adversity than we already have seen.” 

Art Mijares, 60, leaned against a pillar in the cool shadow of the California state capitol building. He traveled an hour and a half to attend the Sacramento Tax Day tea party today.


Sacramento Tax Day tea-party rally (WND photo, Chelsea Schilling)

He paused for a moment with the look of an embattled warrior in his eyes and offered his thoughts on why he believes the tea-party movement is essential to the survival of the nation.


Art Mijares, 60

“This country was based upon biblical principle and Judeo-Christian ethics,” he said. “Somehow our leaders have lost their way over the years. That’s why we’re in so much trouble.” 

Mijares held a large sign that read simply, “Come what may, I’m going to trust Jesus.” 

He added gently, “I believe the tea-party movement is a movement of God. It’s an answer to our prayers.” 

Mijares was just one of thousands of tea partiers who flocked to the state capitol to “recapture the spirit of America” – and that protest was only one of nearly 800 in cities across the nation.


Folsom, Calif., resident Bettye Mahan

People from a variety of backgrounds and generations spilled into the streets and surrounded the towering white building. 

“Can you hear us up there?” the man at the microphone shouted to legislators inside. 

A roar came from the crowd – a patriotic sea of red, white and blue banners speckled with sunflower yellow Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” flags. 

Their battle cry: “Vote them out! Vote them out! Vote them out!” 

Folsom, Calif., resident Bettye Mahan carried a sign that read, “BO stinks and so does Pelosi.” 

She told WND, “I’m here because I’m fighting for my country. These people are violating our Constitution, and it needs to stop. They’re stealing our country.”


Sacramento residents George and Betty Weaver

Sacramento residents George and Betty Weaver dressed in Uncle Sam and Statue of Liberty costumes and held a large sign encouraging citizens to change the nation by casting their ballots this year. 

“We’re here to make the government accountable and to tell them to follow our Constitution as it was written,” George Weaver said. 

Radio talk-show host and best-selling author Larry Elder took the stage and greeted a cheering crowd. He spoke of income redistribution schemes and increased taxation promoted by President Obama and Congress. 

“They want to take from you and give to another person, and it doesn’t matter what it does to this country,” he said. 

“That’s right!” shouted one elderly woman who wore red, white and blue sequins and proudly waved a U.S. flag above her head. 

“Obamacare requires everyone to purchase health care insurance or else,” Elder told the mass. “This is a full frontal assault, a shock and awe against our Constitution!” 

The crowd boomed with applause. 

Elder spoke of “failed” government entitlements such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. He said the last thing the nation needs is another botched entitlement program. 

“The good thing is, come November, they’re going to hear us,” he promised. “We’re going to take this country back!” 


Retired orthopedic surgeon Landrus Pfeffinger

One member of the audience was Landrus Pfeffinger, a 62-year-old retired orthopedic surgeon from San Francisco. He wore a sandwich-board sign declaring, “Glad I retired from medicine.” 

Pfeffinger blasted the Democrats’ recently passed health-care plan. 

“The Democrats didn’t have to do it this way,” he said. “I think most Americans were for health-care reform, but not this product, not this way, not the process in which they did it.” 

Asked whether he believes the plan will devastate practices and doctors, he responded, “Absolutely. That’s one of the reasons I retired. It’s bad enough having to deal with HMOs. This will be HMOs on steroids, and people will not have any recourse when they deny and delay care. Reimbursement for physicians and hospitals will continue to go down. Basically Medicare right now, for most treating physicians, is a charity event.” 

He added, “I know a well-trained hand surgeon in Oakland who had to take out a home-equity loan to pay his overhead for a period of about three to four months while he was trying to get reimbursement from his Medicare billing.”


Roger Hedgecock speaking at Sacramento tea party

Pfeffinger said he doesn’t believe the Democrat health plan is what its supporters expect it will be. 

“It really is a Trojan horse,” he said. “If the current powers that be remain in power, they know it’s going to be very difficult to undo because it will be considered an entitlement program. Anybody who tries to take it out or reduce it in any manner will be demonized.” 

Just then, radio-talk host and WND columnist Roger Hedgecock took the stage. He was greeted by an animated crowd of energetic fans. 

“You are not alone in your fear for the country,” he said. “You are not alone in your concern for the direction of our government. You are not alone in the thought that the ruling class has somehow slipped the boundaries that the founders put in the Constitution and we are now careening out of control with unsustainable debt and increasing programs.” 

Hedgecock continued, “We stand together today for our Constitution. We stand together today for our freedoms and liberties. We stand for something maybe even more important than that: We stand together for the idea that the individual counts more than the government!” 

The mass erupted in spirited applause. 

Paul, 18, Joseph, 22, and Alfred, 24, three brothers from Lodi, Calif., stood side-by-side wearing tri-cornered hats. They told WND their family opened a backhoe business in 1997 and recently added a shredding business. But they said the tax burden is becoming unbearable, and they don’t believe Obama and the Democrats in Congress represent their interests.


Paul, 18, Joseph, 22, and Alfred, 24, three brothers from Lodi, Calif.

“We’re here to protest Obamacare passing and all the taxes we are forced to pay for our small business,” Alfred told WND. “It’s getting harder and harder by the year to survive. The taxes we’re paying are ridiculous. We can barely make a living year to year.” 

He added, “Hopefully in 2010 we’ll get some good people in there and take our country back.” 

 

At that moment, one middle-aged man meandered through the crowd pulling a tattered bicycle. He appeared to be lost. 

The man asked, “Where are the Obama people?” 

Obama supporters and tea-party crashers were nowhere to be found in the crowd of 5,000 to 10,000 people. 

Asked whether he was an Obama devotee, he reluctantly mumbled, “Yeah, are you?” 

Receiving only grins in return, he lowered his head and wandered aimlessly through the crowd 

The Contract from America

http://www.thecontract.org/

The Contract from America

We, the undersigned, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items, work to bring each agenda item to a vote during the first year, and pledge to advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom.

Individual Liberty

Our moral, political, and economic liberties are inherent, not granted by our government. It is essential to the practice of these liberties that we be free from restriction over our peaceful political expression and free from excessive control over our economic choices.

Limited Government

The purpose of our government is to exercise only those limited powers that have been relinquished to it by the people, chief among these being the protection of our liberties by administering justice and ensuring our safety from threats arising inside or outside our country’s sovereign borders. When our government ventures beyond these functions and attempts to increase its power over the marketplace and the economic decisions of individuals, our liberties are diminished and the probability of corruption, internal strife, economic depression, and poverty increases.

Economic Freedom

The most powerful, proven instrument of material and social progress is the free market. The market economy, driven by the accumulated expressions of individual economic choices, is the only economic system that preserves and enhances individual liberty. Any other economic system, regardless of its intended pragmatic benefits, undermines our fundamental rights as free people.

1. Protect the Constitution

Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does. (82.03%)

2. Reject Cap & Trade

Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation’s global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures. (72.20%)

3. Demand a Balanced Budget

Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike. (69.69%)

4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform

Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words—the length of the original Constitution. (64.90%)

5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington

Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states or local authorities, or ripe for wholesale reform or elimination due to our efforts to restore limited government consistent with the US Constitution’s meaning. (63.37%)

6. End Runaway Government Spending

Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth. (56.57%)

7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care

Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn’t restricted by state boundaries. (56.39%)

8. Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy

Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs. (55.51%)

9. Stop the Pork

Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark. (55.47%)

10. Stop the Tax Hikes

Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011. (53.38%)

FOX NEWS: Tea Party Protesters Descend on D.C. with New ‘Contract From America’

FOX NEWS: Tea Party Protesters Descend on D.C. with New ‘Contract From America’http://www.thecontract.org/

April 15, 2010

Thousands of protesters descended on the nation’s Capitol for April 15 tax deadline protests as activists offered up a new “Contract From America” aimed at using the winning formula of the 1994 Republican revolution while also developing a direction for the burgeoning movement.

WASHINGTON — Thousands of protesters descended on the nation’s Capitol for April 15 tax deadline protests as activists offered up a new “Contract From America” aimed at using the winning formula of the 1994 Republican revolution while also developing a direction for the burgeoning movement.

Those behind the document say that by asking visitors to the Web site contractfromamerica.org to propose and vote on the agenda, the results are a list not “handed down from on high by old-bull politicians, but one handed up from the true grassroots in this country.”

“After garnering nearly half a million votes in less than two months, the Contract from America has now been finalized into a blueprint that will serve notice to public officials about what the people want for their future,” reads a press release from the contract’s organizers.

Continue reading at Fox News

Obama mocks, we remember

Obama mocks, we remember

By Michelle Malkin  •  April 15, 2010 09:24 PM

President Obama derided the Tea Party activists at a Miami fund-raiser tonight. You keep laughing, chump:

He says he’s been a little amused over the past couple of days when people at the rallies complained about taxes. Quoting the president: “You would think they’d be saying thank you.”

Yeah? Thanks a lot:

By all estimates, the budget outlook is daunting. The latest projections of the Congressional Budget Office reckon the cumulative deficits under President Obama’s policies to be $12.7 trillion from 2009 to 2020. In 2020 the estimated annual deficit will be $1.25 trillion, or 5.6 percent of the economy (gross domestic product), despite assumed “full employment” of 5 percent. And the deficits get larger with every succeeding year. Given unavoidable uncertainties, these precise projections are likely to prove wrong. But their basic message seems incontestable: there’s a large and growing gap between the government’s promises and the existing tax base.

How big a tax increase would be needed to close the gap? Well, huge. To put things in perspective, all federal taxes (income, payroll, and excise) averaged 18.1 percent of GDP from 1970 to 2009. Under CBO’s assumptions about Obama’s policies, taxes in 2020 would already be slightly higher, at 19.6 percent of GDP. But on top of that, there’d need to be a further tax boost approaching a third to balance the budget, because spending is projected at 25.2 percent of GDP. Needless to say, this would be the largest tax burden in U.S. history, even including World War II.

Like the Tea Party sign says: “We’ll remember in November.”

I like this one even better: “We can see November from our house.”

Hayworth defines Ariz. race as tea party vs. DC

Hayworth defines Ariz. race as tea party vs. DC

By JONATHAN J. COOPER (AP) – Apr 5, 2010

PHOENIX — Former congressman J.D. Hayworth hopes the tea party movement can help him topple one of the Republican Party’s best-known politicians.

Hayworth has launched a GOP primary challenge to John McCain less than two years after the Arizona senator lost his bid for the presidency.

The race has quickly become one of the most-watched Senate contests in the country, in part because Hayworth has tried to define himself as a tea party candidate taking on the establishment.

“I think that I’m the candidate of a majority of tea partiers,” Hayworth said. “In Arizona, I feel very comfortable with the level of support we’ve received from the tea party movement.”

Hayworth has been traveling the tea party circuit, speaking at rallies and neighborhood meetings around the state and arguing that he’s the best candidate to champion tea party values of smaller government, free markets and fiscal responsibility.

McCain’s campaign disputes the claim, saying Hayworth supported government expansion as a congressman. The former television sportscaster represented some of Phoenix’s eastern suburbs for 12 years.

Still, Hayworth, who hosted a conservative talk-radio program after losing his seat to Democrat Harry Mitchell in 2006, has motivated a corps of conservatives who have been frustrated with McCain’s history of working with Democrats to pass legislation.

McCain worked with Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., on campaign-finance reform and with the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts on a bill that would have created a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

“McCain’s served us well for 28 years, but government continues to grow,” said Prescott Tea Party leader Michael Patrick Hendricks.

At a tea party meeting in Mesa last month, supporter Linda Pennis wore a button depicting McCain as a rhinoceros with a horn in place of his nose under the caption “RINO Hunters.”

RINO stands for “Republican in name only” and is a popular phrase that some conservatives use to criticize GOP members they believe have betrayed the right wing.

“John McCain’s got to go,” Pennis said.

McCain’s campaign argues that, as a congressman, Hayworth wasn’t fiscally conservative and supported earmarks, which send taxpayer dollars to projects in lawmakers’ home districts. McCain has long opposed the practice, saying it can breed corruption and often directs tax money to projects that shouldn’t get it.

McCain has campaigned with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and newly elected Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, two of the most popular figures among tea party activists. Hayworth has dismissed their support for McCain as political payback after he helped launch their national political careers.

Hayworth has also hit some snags in his efforts to be seen as the race’s tea party candidate. Many Arizona tea party groups have refused to endorse candidates for public office, including Hayworth.

Some say tea party leaders shouldn’t be telling supporters how to vote. Others say tea parties would be too much like traditional political parties if they start picking winners and losers by endorsing candidates.

Some even say that neither McCain nor Hayworth has a record of supporting tea party causes.

Shortly after Hayworth entered the race, four of Arizona’s largest tea party groups issued a news release announcing they wouldn’t endorse in the Senate primary. The tea party should be about ideas instead of candidates, leaders said.

And on the issues most important to tea partiers, “Both McCain and Hayworth’s records during their many years in Washington leave much to be desired,” Tucson Tea Party co-founder Robert Mayer said in the statement.

Hayworth dismisses the significance of the news release, saying many tea party groups are registered nonprofits and are prohibited by law from endorsing political candidates.