Rush Limbaugh opened his show this afternoon proclaiming that for the first time in his career, he was ashamed of his country.
Why? Limbaugh explained that both political parties in Washington refused to stop spending and used alarmist scare tactics every time anyone proposed cuts to government programs.
"To be watching all of this, to have my intelligence – all of us – to have our common sense and intelligence insulted the way it is….it just makes me ashamed," Limbaugh explained, "Seriously man, here we get worked up over 44 billion dollars – that’s the total amount of money that will not be spent that was scheduled to be spent this year."
Limbaugh added that the government would continue to spend more money this year than last year in spite of the sequester cuts.
Limbaugh criticized the "fear and panic" prompted by both parties together with the media each time there were any proposed spending cuts.
"I've said the same things over and over for 25 years," Limbaugh said, adding that it didn't matter who was in power. "It's the same stuff, it's the same threats, it's the same arguments, over and over nothing ever changes."
"We just keep spending more money, we create more dependency, we get more and more irresponsible one crisis to the next, all of them manufactured," Limbaugh added. "Except for the real crisis that nobody ever addresses and that is we can't afford it."
Limbaugh's comments reflect a common Tea Party frustration not only with Democrats but also with Republicans. Stop spending all the money. Stop creating false panics every time someone proposes cuts in government spending. And stop spending more money than you did the year before.
A similar frustration boiled over was when Rick Santelli gave his speech heard around the world calling for a new Tea Party
That rant was almost exactly four years ago, on February 19, 2009.