In classic style, Rush has responded to President Obama’s anti-Rush partisanship. Here’s the part of Rush’s reply that we must focus on:

There are two things going on here. One prong of the Great Unifier’s plan is to isolate elected Republicans from their voters and supporters by making the argument about me and not about his plan. He is hoping that these Republicans will also publicly denounce me and thus marginalize me. And who knows? Are ideological and philosophical ties enough to keep the GOP loyal to their voters? Meanwhile, the effort to foist all blame for this mess on the private sector continues unabated when most of the blame for this current debacle can be laid at the feet of the Congress and a couple of former presidents. And there is a strategic reason for this.

Secondly, here is a combo quote from the meeting:

“If we don’t get this done we (the Democrats) could lose seats and I could lose re-election. But we can’t let people like Rush Limbaugh stall this. That’s how things don’t get done in this town.”

To make the argument about me instead of his plan makes sense from his perspective. Obama’s plan would buy votes for the Democrat Party, in the same way FDR’s New Deal established majority power for 50 years of Democrat rule, and it would also simultaneously seriously damage any hope of future tax cuts. It would allow a majority of American voters to guarantee no taxes for themselves going forward. It would burden the private sector and put the public sector in permanent and firm control of the economy. Put simply, I believe his stimulus is aimed at re-establishing “eternal” power for the Democrat Party rather than stimulating the economy because anyone with a brain knows this is NOT how you stimulate the economy. If I can be made to serve as a distraction, then there is that much less time debating the merits of this TRILLION dollar debacle.

I’ve repeatedly said that this legislation is about paying off political allies and enacting the majority of President Obama’s agenda under the guise of stimulating the economy. This is monster pork bill. It’s a political payoff bill. It has little to do with stimulating the economy.

Starting this instant, Republicans’ mantra against Obama’s economic plan is centered almost totally on government intervention, wastes nearly a trillion dollars on political payoffs and doesn’t rely on the private sector’s ability to help solve the current recession. Thus far, I’ve seen little proof that the Obama administration believes in the private sector.

I say that because all of his proposed solutions are oriented towards the federal government dumping one load of cash after another to (A) solve the banking crisis and (B) lift this economy out of recession.

We should also reject the notion that this is an unprecedented economic crisis though we should be willing to agree that the Obama adminstration’s actions, coupled with Congressional Democrats’ actions, could turn it into one.

Let’s ask some pointed questions about the Democrats’ Pork-O-Rama bill. Let’s start with this question:

Will spending $200,000,000 on maintaining the National Mall and manicuring the lawn surrounding it jumpstart the economy?

Here’s another question that worth considering:

Will taxpayer funding for contraceptives and the abortion industry stimulate the economy? I’m betting not.

Finally, here’s another question (for me, it’s the most infuriating question):

Will putting $4,190,000,000 into a pot that organizations like ACORN are eligible for stimulate this economy? I’d bet the ranch it won’t. This is nothing more than a blatant attempt to pay off President Obama’s corrupt community organizer allies.

Rush is right. President Obama doesn’t want to discuss the merits of the Democrats’ pork-barrel spending bill because he knows that the minute the discussion is about the Democrats’ spending billions of dollars on frivolous things like grants for ACORN or that it includes a special appropriation of $200,000,000 for maintaining the National Mall, this discussion changes dramatically.

Here’s what House Democrats have in mind in making ACORN and other like-minded organizations eligible for these funds:

“For a further additional amount for ‘Community Development Fund,’ $4,190,000,000, to be used for neighborhood stabilization activities related to emergency assistance for the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes as authorized under division B, title III of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (Public Law 110–289), of which—

“(1) not less than $3,440,000,000 shall be allocated by a competition for which eligible entities shall be States, units of general local government, and nonprofit entities or consortia of nonprofit entities[.]”

“(2) up to $750,000,000 shall be awarded by competition to nonprofit entities or consortia of nonprofit entities to provide community stabilization assistance […]”

What stimulative purpose will giving $4,190,000,000 to ACORN and like-minded organizations serve? I’d argue that it doesn’t and that it wasn’t intended to have a stimulative effect. I’d argue that the most likely reason this money is in the Pork-O-Rama bill is to pay off longtime political allies. (Corrupt allies at that.)

Finally, let’s pay attention to Rush about the similarities between President Obama’s actions now and Saul Alinsky’s tactics of yesteryear:

One more thing, Byron. Your publication and website have documented Obama’s ties to the teachings of Saul Alinsky while he was community organizing in Chicago. Here is Rule 13 of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals:

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

Anyone that doesn’t agree with President Obama is quickly trivialized. President Obama certainly tried intimidating Eric Cantor when Cantor challenged the need to waste spend money in unprecedented and unsustainable amounts.

I wish I could say I’m surprised. Unfortunately, I’m not.

UPDATE: Welcome Gateway readers. Check out the other posts I’ve made about the Obama administration’s Pork-O-Rama bill. (Explanation: I stopped calling it a stimulus package shortly after Obama’s inauguration.) I’ve also written about Tim Geithner’s corruption and about Washington’s endless supply of panic regarding this recession.

UPDATE II: I will no longer call the so-called stimulus bill Pork-O-Rama. Once again, Mr. Hewitt has coined a better title: The Jimmy Carter Memorial Bill.

That’s why he’s the Commish of the Northern Alliance and I’m but a lowly MOBster.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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