May 05, 2009

Rush Limbaugh on Jeb and Huck
Rush Limbaugh Show

Jeb and Huckabee: Conservatives?
May 5, 2009

RUSH: R.D. in Knoxville, R.D., nice to have you on the program.  
Welcome to the EIB.

CALLER:  Yes, sir.  I originally called with a question just about Jeb 
Bush, but I want to add Mike Huckabee to the question.  And my 
question is Jeb Bush has a record as governor of Florida.  Mike 
Huckabee has a record as governor of Arkansas.  Are these gentlemen 
really conservatives, or are they just talking the talk?

RUSH:  On balance, they are conservative.  Jeb, I think, is.  
Huckabee, the only place I broke with Huckabee -- well, not the only 
place, but the primary place I broke with Huckabee was on illegal 
immigration from the standpoint that they're all God's children and if 
they're here we've gotta do this and that and the other thing.  That's 
fine, we already do that.  But putting a stop to this is closing the 
borders and stopping this influx.  I mean that, combined with 
everything else that Obama's doing, we're really going to put all 
kinds of pressure on creation of wealth in this country.  But whether 
Jeb or Huckabee, whether they're conservative or not, at this stage of 
the game I'm not looking for ideological litmus tests.  I respond to 
things that are said and done on a daily basis.  And, you know, Jeb, I 
understand that, I tried to give Jeb a pass yesterday, by the way, on 
the way he was reported as having said we need to leave Reagan 
behind.  I read what he said, and I don't think he said that.  But 
headline said that so that's what people think.  I gave him the 
benefit of the doubt on that.

My problem is the listening tour.  I don't pander, I don't put on 
shows in this regard.  I don't have a public relations agency, and I 
don't have image consultants because I don't want to have to live a 
phony life.  Yeah, Hillary had a listening tour, the people in New 
York, had conversations with people in New York, she had a listening 
tour.  I don't think that's what we need right now.  The Republican 
Party needs to stop acting defensive, need to stop acting as though 
they've been profoundly rejected and understand why people who are 
Republican are not voting for them and what needs to happen to change 
that.  If anybody needs to listen right now, it is moderates and the 
elders, the liberal country clubbers in the Republican Party.  They 
need to listen to the people who have been donating to that party all 
these years, 'cause the voters get it.  It's the top of the party that 
seems, you know, out of whack as to how to win elections.

Huckabee was for sealing the borders.  He was for sending back the illegals and doing a advanced process to bring back those who needed to be brought back, in line behind those waiting to immigrate legally. 
I agree with you on the lack of backbone of the GOP.  It is like the big government RINOs in t eh GOP are trying to diminish the GOP by telling us to be accommodating to the Liberals.  Great way to get this Country to where it is about to collapse.  Enough is right!  We need to be bold in our stand for conservatism which is Truth in value.  Spend a buck and be sure the return does not hinder but adds value, like two bucks in return.  Highways do that, but give away programs are a drain, unconstitutional. 
By the way Rush, if you don't understand the Fair Tax, then I can understand why you are not all over it supporting it.  But if you know the facts, it makes one question your conservative values as being full?  Our current tax structure , even after the Reagan cuts and Bush cuts, is not working as jobs are gone.  Fair Tax takes the burden off of business and opens up manufacturing to greatly compete with free trade with imports. 
R. George Dunn

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