Rush Limbaugh owns a $54 million jet and all I got was the Iraq War, the Bush presidencies, and a country in crisis

“All of these rich guys–like the Kennedy family and Perot–pretending to live just like we do and pretending to understand our trials and tribulations and pretending to represent us, and they get away with this.” (TV, 1/28/1994)–Rush Limbaugh

REALITY: Limbaugh biographer Paul Colford estimates that Limbaugh’s earnings in 1994 will top $18 million (Newsday, 8/4/94).

That was 14 years ago. This paragraph appeared in the New York Times Sunday magazine yesterday (7/6/08):

A fastidious man, Limbaugh has a keen eye for domestic detail. His staff lights fragrant candles throughout the house to greet his arrival from work each day. Limbaugh led me into his private humidor, selected two La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chisel stogies for us to smoke and seated me at an onyx-and-marble table in the study. The room opens onto a patio, a putting green and a beach. On the table was a brochure for Limbaugh’s newest airplane, a Gulfstream G550. It cost him, he told me, $54 million.

The article, mostly glowing, lets Rush Limbaugh explain why he got addicted to prescription drugs. It turns out, he didn’t love himself enough. Fair enough.

The magazine piece is right in talking about how influential Limbaugh is; without him there might be no meteoric rise of George W. Bush or even the 1994 “Republican Revolution.” Without Rush, these things probably would have been more easily tossed into the great trash heap of history.

As El Rushbo smokes his cigars on his putting green/beach and dreams of his $54 million airplane, I hope he feels a little guilt. Alot of lives have been ruined in Iraq and Afghanistan; innocent civilians, our own armed forces, and peace is nowhere in sight. These are wars that might not have happened without Rush cheerleading on his radio station year after year.

Rush Limbaugh has a huge following here in Indiana. His Operation Chaos during the primaries might have even cost Obama a victory here. But that’s okay. This cruel joke will be over in a few months.

But as late period Limbaugh continues on with his tirades and his insane lifestyle, I hope he remembers the story of Hoosier Eric Hall and all of those who he helped send into a never ending and ulitimately pointless war.


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