Jan 292009

I rarely listen to my hero Rush Limbaugh any more. He’s too whiney, too much invested in Republicans in general and Bush in particular, too dumb and ignorant on science issues and many others, and too fixated on racial issues. He’s still my hero, but he’s not worth my valuable listening time (to say nothing of the time in the car when I prefer to think quietly rather than listen to anything at all).

His article in today’s WSJ is brilliant, though. And President Obama asked for it by his snidely sophomoric reference to Rush when he met with Congressional Republicans a few days ago.

Fifty-three percent of American voters voted for Barack Obama; 46% voted for John McCain, and 1% voted for wackos. Give that 1% to President Obama. Let’s say the vote was 54% to 46%. As a way to bring the country together and at the same time determine the most effective way to deal with recessions, under the Obama-Limbaugh Stimulus Plan of 2009: 54% of the $900 billion — $486 billion — will be spent on infrastructure and pork as defined by Mr. Obama and the Democrats; 46% — $414 billion — will be directed toward tax cuts, as determined by me.

Then we compare. We see which stimulus actually works. This is bipartisanship! It would satisfy the American people’s wishes, as polls currently note; and it would also serve as a measurable test as to which approach best stimulates job growth….

The economic crisis is an opportunity to unify people, if we set aside the politics. The leader of the Democrats and the leader of the Republicans (me, according to Mr. Obama) can get it done. This will have the overwhelming support of the American people. Let’s stop the acrimony. Let’s start solving our problems, together. Why wait one more day?

One point I may as well disagree with, since I’m part of that 1% that he’s giving to President Obama. It’s not that 1% of the population voted for wackos in the last election. 100% of them did. But I’ll go along with this plan.