March 4, 2009

GOP In-Fighting, Tavis Smiley & Bob Woodward!

Posted: 02:15 AM ET

Tonight ... Is it all-out war within the GOP?  Are Rush Limbaugh and GOP Chairman Michael Steele fighting for control of the party?  Steele says he has "big plans" to shake up the GOP.  Will he succeed in building a winning strategy in time for the next election?  Larry's political panel talks about it tonight.

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Also tonight, Tavis Smiley and Bob Woodward join Larry to talk politics and the state of our nation.  It's all tonight on "Larry King Live," at 9 p.m., ET.

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Michael C. McHugh   March 3rd, 2009 5:00 pm ET

Republicans are not relevant in this crisis. They are just following the same free market capitalist ideolog that hasn't changed since the 19th Century. Their ideas were the same in 1882, 1922, and 1982, and they have alwys failed in the past and led to depressions.

The Republicans simply refuse to learn from history, and are blind to any ideas or suggestions except the ones they've had for over 100 years. They're hopeless.

GISSELLE   March 3rd, 2009 5:03 pm ET


debbie   March 3rd, 2009 5:14 pm ET

When does a radio host control any party? Rush needs to stay with what he only knows , speaking into a microphone with a group of people he can scare against our President.

Michelle   March 3rd, 2009 5:27 pm ET

Steele wasted no time kissing up to Rush like all good Republicans who dare to cross Rush. Looks like Rush is making them an offer they can't refuse. The GOP= Gone Obsolete Pathetic

jeff   March 3rd, 2009 5:45 pm ET

yes we can save our country take our jobs from all foren countrys or tax them very high no more tax free trade

Dr. Sam   March 3rd, 2009 5:59 pm ET

Larry, we love you!!!

You are good, balanced and always respectful! Above all, you are not reactionary.

The corporate media has mostly become reactionary, from Chris Mathew to some at CNN. They are not only promoting actively reactionary forces in society against the progressive agenda of Barack Obama but refusing to challenge these reactionaries in their false pontifications. Karl Rove is now also on ABC's Sunday morning program This Week. Rush Limbaugh has dominated the news for many days now and no one is really challinging his claims. Of course Limbaugh is running the Republican Party! Steele is a disgrace and lacks the spine to stand for anything, inluding principle. More alarming is that the corporate media is lapping up everything Limbaugh says without challenge. Under President Bush, personal freedom was radically assaulted (e.g. wiretapping of private citizens and fearmongering) and the first step was taken to take over Banks and financial institutions. What did Limbaugh say about that? Yet he now shouts that Obama is against individual liberty and capitalism! What a joke.

joanne osinkowski ontario canada   March 3rd, 2009 6:17 pm ET

I just cannot beleive that a radio station would keep the likes of Rush Limbaugh on their payroll. That man is pure evil and nothing but hate words just keep rushing out of his mouth. God help the republicans if this is all that they have for inspiration.

jo   March 3rd, 2009 6:39 pm ET

Being an ex republican I like listening to Limbaugh to see what the heck I was thinking. Watching him at the CPAC I felt sorry for him and the people cheering him on as he made fun of Frank and Kerry. He tried so desperately hard to portray himself and the conservatives as the ones with the "big hearts". They looked so foolish with their hypocracy. Its time to CHANGE republicans. Please keep Limbaugh in the news, It is destroying their party.

Jay in Nashville   March 3rd, 2009 7:05 pm ET

I don't listen to Rush Limbaugh. The few soundbites I hear from make me sick , I am a Republican and he doesn't speak for me and many others in the Republican party. Sadly he does have a following and they support his presence on talk radio. On a side note, I know more then one Democrat that listen to RL to get their blood pressure up. I think it be better if we all just ignored RL.

Judith   March 3rd, 2009 7:22 pm ET

Who would want to listen to a druggie like Rush L?One who never graduated from college and got out of the draft for Nam.He looked like a pimp when they showed him on TV with the black jacket and open shirt sweating like he needed a fix.

With all these GOPs listening to a radio entertainer should step down from all their offices and save the people money.They are taking up space.

Rush tell the people the truth all your worried about is your wallet with that 40 million $ you get and you use the Feared card.You and your GOPs who are so scared of you get less about the middle class.

The GOPs want 2 classes of people,the Rich and the Working Poor.

Judith   March 3rd, 2009 7:25 pm ET

Rush L makes all the GOPs look like sad fools.

JIM CARROLL INTERNET FREE PRESS   March 3rd, 2009 7:27 pm ET

He is as incoherent as the Republican Party.
He is the epitome of ignorance.
He is a true reflection of Republican Philosophy.
He is a parasite that lives off of ignorance.
He is just a hanger- on.
Eight out of ten people look at him and his kind
as something of a parasite, with no real work in
the world. He produces nothing of real value.
He doesn’t know this is the twenty-first century.
He is still in the Stone Age, in a cave, debating with
Republicans about whose mind is closed the tightest.
Ignorance like his produced the great depression; and
if his advice had been followed, Hitler would have
conquered the world. Incoherent, but true.

disgusted   March 3rd, 2009 7:28 pm ET

Whoi cares about Rush?
let's focus on the issues
This is why our crooked senate and congress have been allowed to destroy our great country and to drain us dry.we focus on dumb stuff and not the big picture
what is more important, to end the war now, save about 1,3 trillion in money and put or people to work, feed our kids, clothe our kids, educate our kids or talk about a middle aged, useless, overweight man? tell him to pay triple for healthcare as why should we pay higher premiums when there are people likeRush with healthcare for free from his fat cushy parachute job?

People, focus, we have bigger issues. jobs and lives, not a fat cat's ego

JIM CARROLL INTERNET FREE PRESS   March 3rd, 2009 7:35 pm ET


Give each state one billion dollars for each member of Congress– which would distribute the money equally among the states. States could keep all of their employees, and they could add a few more. They could create millions of new jobs by getting a lot of needed projects going. The Federal Government has the Constitutional authority to create new money. It doesn’t need to borrow it from China or anyone else. Giving 535 billion dollars to the states makes more sense than giving two or three trillion dollars to the banks.
TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH AND FLOAT DRIED UP MONEY SUPPLY When the rich get tax cuts, they don’t put it under their mattress; but what they do with it has the same effect. They store it as bytes on computer chips. They don’t spend the money that’s needed to moves goods and services.

The efficiency of the clearing houses for financial institutions has dried up trillions of dollars in float. You can’t beat a check to the bank any more. Debit cards, paying bills on line, buying on the internet with Pay Pal and the many other ways that money can instantly be taken out of bank accounts has dried up the money supply. When you could beat a local check to the bank and when it took an out of town check ten days to clear the bank, there were billions of dollars that could be spent by the depositors and billions that could be loaned out by the banks. WHERE ARE THE ECONOMISTS?

JIM CARROLL INTERNET FREE PRESS   March 3rd, 2009 7:41 pm ET

If your Congresswoman isn’t bringing home some pork, get rid of him or her and elect someone who can. What do these idiots think we elect them to do? Pork produces jobs.

Someone ought to get an earmark and study the bridge to nowhere to see how many jobs it created, how many pairs of shoes were sold, how many cars were bought, how many homes were sold, and how many tables was bread put on.

candice   March 3rd, 2009 7:45 pm ET

Lets here about the economy turning around. I would like Mr.King to have Dave Ramsey, Suze Orman, Mitt Romney, Jim Krammer and Donald Trumph discussing the turnaround of the economy.

disgusted   March 3rd, 2009 7:45 pm ET

Why does every senator and congress person have such big fat DC office staffs, yet not one of them can or will answer a question.?

Who pays their salary, the taxpayer or from the actual pocket of the senator or congress person? This should be investigated? why should I pay for their salary and they cannot even answer a simple question when asked? why not demand every office just run on voicemail. Let them return their own calls, they don't make any true policy decisions, so let them just sit there, take their own calls and be the puppets of the lobhy groups like they already are, at least we would save money

Peter   March 3rd, 2009 7:56 pm ET

It becomming apparent that the GOP is doing everything they can to counter the efforts of the Dems to get this country back on it's feet. Is this any different than what the Taliban is doing in their attempts to take back over a country's government? And if so, how, other than violence that is.

Amanda Roche   March 3rd, 2009 8:01 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh displays the behavior of a manic person. Look at his body language, the way he moves his hands, his body, the flush of adrenalin on his face, the speed of speech, the rush of words that comes out so fast, he has little time to think about what he is saying or if his statements are correct.

JIM CARROLL INTERNET FREE PRESS   March 3rd, 2009 8:16 pm ET

Prison Reform
In the United States, more than a million people are behind bars. That’s double the figure of just a few years ago. It would seem that if the goal of our prison system is to reduce the crime rate by rehabilitating criminals, then these figures indicate the penal division of our justice system is failing miserably. But why? Could it be the result of society’s failure to view the prisoner as a fellow human being? Could it be that society is so eager to punish offenders to exact that “pound of flesh,” that it forgets the potential worth of the person? Could it be that we have neglected to adopt a “get-tough” policy toward violent and hardened criminals? Let us never forget two very important tenets: First, society will gain nothing by forever coddling violent, confirmed career criminals; and, second, prisoners are human and therefore entitled to humane treatment and, most important, the opportunity to become rehabilitated.
However, let us hasten to add that as important as rehabilitation is, it should NOT be extended to violent confirmed criminals. Those who repeatedly commit violent acts should be permanently removed from society. Those who choose deliberately to kill another…war, self-defense and law enforcement excluded…should automatically forfeit their right to live. Once a jury returns a guilty verdict and appeals to higher courts have been rejected, murderers should be allowed to choose from a menu of ways to end their own lives. Should they elect not to choose, then the state would impose its own choice. For human life to have significant meaning in any society, those who take a life must pay with their own lives.

A uniform law under which all people charged with murder are tried should be implemented. The law should be consistent without any exceptions. A foolproof system should be established for completely investigating any occurrence in which life is lost so there will be no mistake as to the charge to be levied.

It is, indeed, absurd to think that current practices could do anything but intensify the criminal inclinations of prisoners and exacerbate the crime problem in general. Consider the following:

1. First-time nonviolent offenders are often imprisoned with violent, hardened criminals, who spend their time teaching the novice how to be better at their “trade” and perhaps how to become more violent.

2. Prisoners are denied the right of privacy with family ironic and cruel inconsistency since prison, itself, is an intensely private institution.

3. A majority of those in prison spend countless hours in idleness. How much better if they used that time to reeducate and retrain themselves for a productive life on the outside. Current strategy, unfortunately, simply returns the people to society without skills or knowledge to provide for themselves. Lacking skills to acquire gainful employment, the former prisoner is very likely to return to crime as a means of support.

4. Many prisoners have serious emotional and mental problems that require treatment by mental health professionals. It’s illogical and absurd not to correct these problems before prisoners are released. Neglecting them will only worsen their problems, resulting in an even more aberrant individual being turned loose on society.

5. Prison is a stark, austere place, devoid of the things most people on the outside take for granted. Being suddenly released to a world of freedom is an adjustment many ex-prisoners find difficult to cope with. Unable to relate, they respond by committing criminal acts once again. Perhaps the transition from severe prison life to freedom could be made gradually. Even at the outset of one’s term, there is no justification for depriving prisoners of normal daily activities simply because they are inmates.

We must change our philosophy regarding the objectives of the entire criminal justice system...particularly as they relate to the prisons and those who inhabit their cells. No longer should we view prison as an institution solely for administering punishment, of exacting revenge. We should instead consider it a place where violators can be temporarily housed...removed from society until their rehabilitation is complete. No longer should we think of prisons as places where the courts can dispose of their problems temporarily. Putting the criminal behind bars does not by itself solve the crime problem.

We should look at prisoners not as objects upon whom we can avenge our anger and frustration but as human beings, many of whom, with proper treatment, can become productive law-abiding citizens. And upon release, society should have no reluctance in accepting the ex-prisoner completely as a contributing member of the community, extending every available opportunity for self-improvement.

A very necessary part of this acceptance and encouragement is the establishment of a reserve-retraining work force program. Supported by government agencies, it would offer training to newly released ex-prisoners. The program’s mission and goals would be to train individuals to become competent in a chosen trade or skill, sufficiently enabling them to find employment and, therefore, to become contributing members of society. It’s a fact: many ex-prisoners return to a life of crime primarily because they cannot qualify for most available jobs. A reserve-retraining program would break this vicious cycle. Completed successfully, the program would provide the individual with the prerequisite expertise to land a good-paying position.

But, as previously discussed, the reserve-retraining work force program would not be limited to ex-prisoners. It would be open to all, who, for whatever reason, seek training in a field that interests them. This program would effectively guarantee that no person should ever be able to honestly say that he or she cannot find a job. All who want to work would be able to because each person would have received the training necessary to fill vacant positions. In time, establishment of this reserve-retraining program should all but eliminate unemployment. And since lack of income and lack of opportunity fuels crime, criminal activity should be reduced dramatically as well. Give people a means to earn an honest living with a decent wage, and most will shun crime.

But we also should temper all this compassion with reality and adopt a get-tough policy. It is naive to think that all people can be rehabilitated. Some plainly cannot be. Therefore, it should be the duty of the penal system to identify those prisoners who cannot, segregating the incorrigible from the others. These should be confined to prison without parole. And those who commit two violent acts should likewise spend the rest of their days in prison. First offenders, however, convicted of nonviolent crime should be placed under house arrest, but allowed to leave to work at civilian jobs, earning money to repay their victims.

The goals of rehabilitation should be the return of each person to society, a “new person,” able to function normally on the outside. As a part of the rehabilitation program, every effort should be made to correct the conditions which led an individual to commit a criminal act. Those placed in the rehabilitation category should be further subdivided into smaller groups according to need. While behind bars, prisoners should work daily on regular prison duties. They would be paid an hourly wage, but the cost of their upkeep (food, accommodations, medicines, etc.) would be subtracted from their paycheck. Also, deductions would be made to compensate their victims. Any surpluses would be placed in an account to be used by ex-prisoners upon release. In this way they would have money for their transition back into society.

In short, we should treat those in prisons humanely. We should educate and train those who can be rehabilitated. We should show them that society can be responsive to their needs, so that they may never feel the need to prey upon others again. At the same time, we should make it clear to those inside prison and out that violent behavior and repeated offenses will not be tolerated.

Joe G. (Illinois)   March 3rd, 2009 8:17 pm ET

The “Ones” who venerate Obama "Won.." Now they need to time to learn “If Ever” how to repudiate their venerated figure.. Sarah Palin.. Michael Steele are jokes and nuisances threatening real candidates (should the right time arise.) Let Rush Limbaugh afford us wholesome entertainment in the mean while.

Tito Matos Capifali   March 3rd, 2009 8:25 pm ET

The color of Money. Just a thought for the geniuses of economics to consider...very simple..just change the color (not the design..jiust the color) and give the first year free of paying for it to come into the economy .from the second up to a fifth year just a minimal tax and giving the world five years of opportunity to cash in all the green dollars out there.
i guarrantee that the money will flow fast into the economy, no cost in making new designs and approvals...and after all we will definitely know how much money will be out there in which the Federal Reserve will be really responislble for. There will be so much money thar will never show up because of its owners....
Oranges start green and end up orange...why not orange..
our orangebacks..

sometimes people dont see the forrest because of the trees..

Tito Matos Capifali
San Juan, Puerto Rico

a nightly fan of CNN* No Bias, LKL, Anderson 360 from tropica;l
Puerto Rico

Katrina   March 3rd, 2009 8:27 pm ET

Please continue to give this blow hard Limbaugh all of the airtime you can possibly devote to him, this can only help the democratic party in the future.

James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 3rd, 2009 8:28 pm ET

Hi Larry,
It seems Rush has an oral podietry problem. The fact is, noone WANTED to see Bush Fail, we simply recognized that he must.

Rush is most certainly the head of the RNC_GOP as long as people in those organizations continue to cowtow to his belligerence.

Jose Javier   March 3rd, 2009 8:30 pm ET

I'm turning 50th in July and I lost a lot of money in my 401k. Since all the bailout seem not to be working, is it time for moral hazarder.

Shahab in Saratoga,CA   March 3rd, 2009 8:34 pm ET

Have there been any polls conducted regarding the Republican base's opinion of Rush Limbaugh? If so, what were the results?

Jack   March 3rd, 2009 8:34 pm ET

Rush is an entertainer who will do and say anything to keep his rating up. That is what entertainers do.

Shahab in Saratoga,CA   March 3rd, 2009 8:36 pm ET

Hi Larry,
My question for Tavis Smiley is:

What is the status of African Americans in the Republican Party?

Shahab in Saratoga,CA   March 3rd, 2009 8:39 pm ET

Hi Larry,
My question for Bob Woodward is:

How did the Bush Administration perform, compared to the Nixon Administration?

Shahab in Saratoga,CA   March 3rd, 2009 8:41 pm ET

Hi Larry,
My question for Tavis Smiley is:

What is your opinion of Michael Steele?

Shahab in Saratoga,CA   March 3rd, 2009 8:43 pm ET

Hi Larry,
My question for Bob Woodward is:
What is your view on the role of media outlets in shaping policy, and influencing elections?

Bradley   March 3rd, 2009 8:44 pm ET

This isn't the first time a party has crawled back from defeat. Republicans lost big in 1992 and staged a comeback for the ages in 1994. Democrats were demoralized in the 90's and in 2000 and 2004 and scratched their way back to power. Anyone who counts the Republicans out is ignoring political history - if not political certainty.

peter   March 3rd, 2009 8:47 pm ET

what the cold war couldnt do to our country pre bush and his laz ze fair aprouch to gov along with the republican party disd in 8 shame on them all.we r in a hole alright and the world economics powers ajust gitty.

gg   March 3rd, 2009 8:55 pm ET


Manny   March 3rd, 2009 8:56 pm ET

Go ahead Dems. Just go right on ahead thinking you've killed the Republicans and that Limbaugh is in control. It may take us a some time, but we'll win again. Mr. Steele is the right man for the job at the right time. He's got hard work ahead of him, but he's an excellent choice.

Tim Allen   March 3rd, 2009 8:58 pm ET

While they are bickering, we are losing,we need help and need it now!
Why don't they send the money to us we will stimulate. FEED UP!!!!

JACKHENRY   March 3rd, 2009 9:00 pm ET

i do not believe Rush is the face of the republican party. However I do Know Mitt Romney is the future of the party. Sarah Palin is not smart enough she's lost the confidence of America. Therefore Mr. Romney would be best to take the Party in a new direction. He has tons of Finance experience which would be so helpful in the current economic crisis where in.

Rich   March 3rd, 2009 9:07 pm ET

With all due respect Mr. Woodward..... the media has lost all accountablity following lock-step with FoxNews behind the Bush Administration in the runnup to the Iraq War!! While not finishing the job in Afghanistan in hunting down the mastermind of 9/11 Osama bin-Laden and Al-Queda!!............The current economic situation is a result!!

Tiffany Anderson   March 3rd, 2009 9:07 pm ET

President Obama is not GOD!!!! I wish the world would stop expecting so much. America's problem is that we as a nation have turned our hearts away from God and we are now paying for it. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Saheed O.   March 3rd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

The fact that Rush is being considered the head of GOP shows the how the Republican party is in such disarray. It also shows the political weakness of Steele.

Dodie from CA   March 3rd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

My concern is that China buys all of our government bonds which is over ONE TRILLION DOLLARS right now. If China takes a sudden Crash in July-Sept 2009, how will that affect us?

yanso   March 3rd, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Come on who cares about Rush the TV Media needs to stop giving the light to this guy people are really struggling out there and need help and reassurance that things is gonna happen listening to politicians and there supporters is boring now cause rush is rich his family and all the politicians are well off get serious about fat man rush $400 million deal and new jet another rich man letting people know there place

Dodie from CA   March 3rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

((( FEDERALIZE AIG))) is the good answer...The money will go up in smoke... The people at the top of AIG will run with as much money as they possibly can...

Merida   March 3rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Where are the republicans who voted Michael Steele in as RNC chair? He did not elect himself. I assume he was elected to present a new face to the republican party, yet they have run back to their narrow base represented by Limbaugh. They are becoming a marginalized party confined mostly to the southeast and a few states in the midwest. Republicans will need to decide whether they want to expand their party by distancing themselves form Limbaugh or maintain their narrow base only.

farrell friedland   March 3rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Hello Larry,

I am a small business owner in Scottsdale, AZ. I have been in business for seven years and HAD been very successful.

I have been affected by our country's economic downturn. Companies are outsourcing to save money, or they have put hiring on hold.

Every day I hear how we are bailing out the big firms, banks, and finacial insitutions. Who is going to help us.

I had to lay off staff, and they were told it would take over 3 months to collect unemployment because they are short staffed.

What are the little folks to do. I could use some advice. Why can't government grant tax breaks to big business to support the little guy. I have WBE status, but no one cares.

Thank you,

Farrell Friedland

john duvall   March 3rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Greed is the leader of the Republican Party

Dodie from CA   March 3rd, 2009 9:14 pm ET


You are absolutely correct

Elizabeth Edmonds   March 3rd, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Given Limbaugh's brush with the law over abuse of prescription drugs and his lack of formal education beyond high school, why is the Republican Party giving him a platform? Why would anyone who claims to be a patriotic American call for a Presidency to fail? If the Presidency fails, the country fails and we, as citizens fail. It's tantamount to sawing off the limb you're sitting on. Let him slither back in the bowels of AM radio and blather to those who move to warmer climates, pull their Bermudas up to their armpits, their white socks up to their knees, strap on their fanny packs and sandals and complain about the government full time

Robert Perl   March 3rd, 2009 9:14 pm ET

People have to realize (you also larry) ((and it's hard for liberals like you to understand)) That
there is a difference now betweeen republicans and conservatives.
Rush is a conservative leader .
There are liberals in the democrat party and lots of liberls in the republican party i.e example being Bush and m'cain. There are no conservatives in the democrat party, and some in the republican party.

Wow this black guy that is spouting off on your program as I am listening now is sure admant about sending us to socialism. (samo as BO )

Kevin   March 3rd, 2009 9:14 pm ET

What is stopping anybody from becoming successful right now. Tavis wants the government to babysit these lazy folks for the rest of their lives.

mike from Jordan, Ontario   March 3rd, 2009 9:14 pm ET

O'reilley for vice president

yanso   March 3rd, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Somebody like Tavis Smiley needs more light in the media but he wont get it media feeds off the the negativity for ratings and that juicy story but help the hard working underclass Americans out White Black Hispanic Asians we need help

Saheed O.   March 3rd, 2009 9:15 pm ET

WHAT IS EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT NOT ENOUGH OVERSIGHT ON THE MARKETS??? THERE WAS TOO MUCH REGULATION AND GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION!! Man its depressing when no one sees how pervasive government has become. I truly hope people wake up and see that if you leave the markets alone, the economy will be OK instead of all this fearmongering. D*mn Keynesian economists!!!!

Farooq   March 3rd, 2009 9:15 pm ET

The Republican Party is led by the Conservative movement. The last real moderate President of the Republican Party was Gerald Ford. George HW Bush was somewhat of a moderate, but not really i.e.: Judge Clarence Thomas' appointment.

If the Republican Party is led and shaped by the Conservative movement, then the de facto leader is Rush Limbaugh, until another Conservative Republican gets hold of a HIGH Federal public office i.e. Speaker of the House, Majority Leader, or President.

Kay Smith   March 3rd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

As someone who used to be a fan of Tavis.. I find him new book revolting. For the past 8 years, Bush got away with any and everything, and Travis never said a word. Now here we are, Travis with a new book with Obama's picture as a selling prop. My question, Mr. Smiley are you profitting off Obama (since you did not support him) or are you looking planning to give the profits from this book to charity?

Liza Smith   March 3rd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Tavis Smiley is the black Rush Limbaugh. He needs to stop wishing for the President to fail. Sorry Tavis, Obama won.

aliou   March 3rd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I like the work rush is doing for the republicans: Happing like a mad dog. The republicans deserve him and I feel sorry for poor steele.

After the worst president in American history, the people have chosen Pres. Barack Obama as clean crew chief. The republicans chose Steele as the republicans clean up crew but anointed rush as their mad dog in the house, to mess up where steele may clean. How would that work in 2020?

Robert Perl   March 3rd, 2009 9:18 pm ET

It is a total shame Larry ; i.e this liberal crowd you have in your background that claps every socialistic remark the black guy makes. I bet if you turned the light on they all are black ?
shame on you larry . God will get you for it.

nikem   March 3rd, 2009 9:18 pm ET

GOP ought to be ashamed of its self. I think they have become a party of cowards,clueless of where they want to go, thereby allowing a radical like Rush goofman to goof the party around. He is obviously the LEADER. Wake up GOP,this is 21st century for the learned and reasonable pple, and not for radicalism. Shame on you rush, the time for your type is gone.

Bill   March 3rd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I believe the RECOVERY.GOV website should have a list of line items so that we can see where all of this bailout money is going and what the banks, auto manufacturers are doing with that money.

Dodie from CA   March 3rd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

@ Saheed O

have you studied what AIG did and the reason they are in such a mess. Greenspan lifted the regulations on Wall Street. It was put there because of the 1929 market crash! With out those regulations, we would crash again just like 1929. Lucky for us, those regulations have never been lifted.

Rich   March 3rd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Had our former President shown "leadership" and told the American people "sacrafices" were going to have to be made for the Iraq War as FDR did during WWII, much of the economic crisis could have been averted!! Instead the policy was Detroit keep producing your Escalades, Hummers and SUV's, and keep shopping at the malls!!

President Obama has been doing great so far considering what he has been dealt!! At this point in Dubya's first term he was already planning his vacation to Crawford, TX while his chief terrorism head Richard Clarke was warning him of the risk of Osama bin-Laden and Al-queda......He wouldn't listen to him because he was a Clinton holdover!! Let's get out of Iraq and create a "green dividend" under the Obama administration.

Chris   March 3rd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Why bail out AIG and other big corporations. Why not take the $3.5 trillion and invest in the US people. At 120,000 US Households that would be a tax check refund of @ $30K to each household. Subtract the top 15% households and that goes to @ $34K per household. Talk about stimulating the economy, that spending power in each household would get this country back on track. Any debt would still be in the US.

Doresa   March 3rd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

What a woos! Steele has just made himself look life a token leader. Limbaugh is a loud mouth shock jock that likes to hear himself talk.
If Steel feels he needs to apologize to him , then he needs to apologize to his party (of which I am not a member) for pretending to be the man they thought they appointed.

paul kaiser   March 3rd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

nothing could be better for the democrats than for the republicans to put rush limbaugh forward as their spokesperson. the extreme right doesn't recognize that they lost the election because they have gone too far to the right.

i hope they continue to believe and act on their view that they have to move even further to the right and away from the middle. this will guarantee a long run for the democrats being in power.

Dodie from CA   March 3rd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

@ Kay Smith

And this mess is also our responsibility because WE never demonstrated or did anything out it. Like you, I saw Bush taking us down so I moved everything out of this country. We should have done something more!!!

yanso   March 3rd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

the republicans seems so sour for barack getting into office if you ask me its a millions ideals out there for the country to get fixed and who really knows if any gonna work why cant the republicans get behind the president for awhile and then hold him the fire the beating him up before he get started when 8 years of bush and talk like rush got us here thats fact

Kevin   March 3rd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Just remember, 58 million people voted against the Apprentice. The conservative movement is not dead...and thank god for rush.. He is our only voice since the MSM refuses to report the news without bias.

Rajeev   March 3rd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

It is Rush Limb aughhhh!!! (Leader of the Republican party) who is running the GOP. It is disgusting to see/hear people like him, Hannity & Neal Boortz speak.

Which sane American would want the President to fail. Republican policies/idealogy did not work in the last 8 years. Now it is time to try something different. Why aren't they giving the President & his team a chance? Why is it always Politics. John McCain ran on the campaign , "Country First" His party & the the voice of the party, Limb aughhhhhhh! is doing the opposite

Hank Harrison   March 3rd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Tavis mentioned twice. It should be

Joe   March 3rd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Tavis keeps talking about accoutability but dose not include the people he represents .
The problem the liberals have with Rush is that he tells the truth and it hurts

Kevin   March 3rd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

The MSM is the lapdog for the Apprentice.

aliou   March 3rd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Look at all the crimes, waste and destructions Bush created to push this country where we are today. Does your accountability include reviewing the Bush administration's reckless actions and holding them accountable?

I am all with you Travis. Poverty eradication should be on the top agenda of the president. After all poor people of all color voted for him en mass, including students, latinos, blacks, red necks, et all.

I just hope that accountability will not be limited to a black president: As usual, we expect more from a Black than from any white. Blacks always have to prove more.

Doresa   March 3rd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

What kind of leader apologizes to a shock jock. If Steel is not the RNC rep then he needs to apologize to his party (a member of which I am not)

JimD   March 3rd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Obama and his team are using Limbaugh to try to distract us from his failed economic policies and the media, including Larry King, are falling for it. Please, get back on the real issue – it's the economy stupid.

Kevin   March 3rd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Go ahead and laugh at him now....just remember what happened in 94. The dems thought they had congress in hand and Viola, republicans dominated for the next 10 years. It will happen again.

Lee Raguz   March 3rd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh – Leader of the GOP? Are you kidding? He's a drug addict!

Kevin   March 3rd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

What a dolt....minimum wage was never intended to be a living wage.

mike from Jordan, Ontario   March 3rd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Does anybody in the U.S ever accept responsibilty for a mistake? What about the idea of paying for a mistake? Simple mistakes were made and now everyone is looking for a complicated solution.

Jerry   March 3rd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

A question for Mr. Woodward. Why are so many in the media and in public life so adverse to call the far right types such as Rush Limbaugh by their true description. That is by using the term Reactionary. They really have many of the traits of the far right.

Consuela   March 3rd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I am so glad that Rush Limbaugh is the leader of the Republican party. Now, President Obama will have no problem being re-elected!

Rich   March 3rd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Mr. Woodward.....I'm reading your book "Plan of Attack".........I hope the Republican "think tanks" aren't working so you can have another book...."Subverted Obama and Iran!!

Ian Humphrey   March 3rd, 2009 9:27 pm ET


Rush should take A Lesson in Humility from Mr Steal and get off
the Ego trip he is on.

Larry Sheff   March 3rd, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I think that Mr.Limbaugh is hurting the United States of America in his quest to be the big man of the GOP. Instead of dividing the country,Rush and others with the ways and means to reach Americans, should encourage them to make America strong again. It's ok to disagree with President Obama but to show such hatred and contempt for the man is simply a show of a persons lack of class and knowledge. United we stand and divided we fall. It was true when it was first written and it's true today. Also, the Governor of Louisiana is saying no to stimulus money today but he didn't say no when hundreds of billions of tax dollars were given after New Orleans was hit by Katrina. That is called hypocritical. Thank you for allowing me to voice my thoughts.

Marilyn   March 3rd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I have been a registered Republican for 40 years and this week I am ashamed to be a part of this below the belt hatred towards Obama. I am changing to the Democrate party.

Lorna Gilbert   March 3rd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

The Rush Limbaugh flap just demonstrates the old adage, "Never wrestle with a pig. You'll just get dirty, and the pig loves it."

The media is giving waaay too much attention to this wacko.
However, since I'm a Democrat and a huge Obama fan, I confess I'm rather enjoying it. No matter what channel you watch, it becomes obvious that serious journalists cannot talk about Rush without laughing.

Evey,Oregon   March 3rd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh and others like him will likely be the cause of the next civil war.Democrats took a slap in the face in 2000. 2008 election was a landslide victory for our party.Now it is time for the republican hate mongers to shut up,step aside,and let the President and his team fix this horrific mess they have gotten this country into.

Steven   March 3rd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Too funny...they get a flaming lib like Arianna to explain what's wrong with the repubs..Bahahahahahah.

Dodie from CA   March 3rd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

@mike from Jordan, Ontario

Yes, it does no good to try and blame others. We messed up... and we are now paying for it. click on the like I placed in this room and see what an economist reported in 2007!

He is absolutely correct... the reason I know is I am involved in the China stock market and what he said is exactly what is happening.

judith adams   March 3rd, 2009 9:31 pm ET

The more attention that is given to those such as Limbaugh, the more of a so-called "force" they become. What people seem sadly to forget is that Limbaugh is constantly distorting the facts and seems to be, by appearance and actions, a drug addict that appears to have fallen of the wagon. The more attention that is given to Limbaugh, the worse this will get.
I had hoped that by electing Obama that we would would not have to deal with as much of this sad behavior, but it appears to be getting worse.

Steven   March 3rd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Lars is exactly right. Hey libs, if you want to help out the poor..why don't you give me 100 bucks right now.

R Brilley   March 3rd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I would hate to think I needed Rush' advice. Maybe he needs to take another pill and lay down awhile.

william wallace   March 3rd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Please do us all a favor and get back to interviewing personalities rather than regurgitating the news of the day...the negative aspect of every days news gets very boring and isn't worth your viewers time...
Be a leader not a lemming...

Ted Webb   March 3rd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

McCarthyism has risen again Rush Limbaugh promoting hate the Liberals,with Joe McCarthy it was the communist. Hate sales but it all so drives people away from the Republican party.History is repeating itself.With a little help from Shen Hannity and Ann Colter.

Patrick Kirwin   March 3rd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

You Dems are only repeating what you have heard; you all sound, and are no smarter than, parrots. Do you hear what you are saying? If the GOP would just get on board..... Have you heard of the two party system? You bunch of parrot, crybabies. Why don't you just admit that you have never read the U.S. Constitution, you have no thought of your own, and the government is the best source to run your miserable *%&%^^#%*U exsistance.
On Larry King tonight, you saw a bunch of no-good N(^^%$s wanting people to give them everything for nothing
Get off of your butts and work – you lazy socialist crap.
I'll never watch King (prince homo) again.

Diane   March 3rd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Hello Larry, Bob, Tavis,

I believe that Rush Limbaugh is the "Loose Lips" that will sink the Republican Ship. I love want Stephanie Miller said about how she wondered for years if he was on drugs.

In my view he is one of the primary reasons that the Republican brand has been damaged. Again, he is the "Loose Lips" that will sink the GOP ship.

Flip Wilson was funny, so is Rush Limbaugh!

Rich   March 3rd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Clearchannel Communications (CCU) needs to take some of that new $400 mil they gave Rush Limbaugh and put it to "tuition assistance" for this "know it all" to go to school to learn what's happened to average working American's the last 8 years under the Bush Adminstration.

Kevin   March 3rd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I hope the Apprentice fails too.....I hope it's a miserable failure, othewise we have just become a socialist country. The libs logic is so flawed......if Obama succeeds, the country fails

brent barton   March 3rd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

if u friend with a drunk do ever one not thnk u one y would the gop listen to him he is a drunk and drung

neil   March 3rd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Limbaugh is just a small minded, mean hearted little man. oh yea, with a loud mouth and bloated image of his bloated self.

Kevin   March 3rd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

This Lars guy is confusing Larry and the panel with facts. Something the left is all too unfamiliar with

Roger   March 3rd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Hey Larry!
The Republican Party is very concerned about their conservative base so, let us take an over view of how these voters think, calling them conservatives, you have to us the term loosely and I say that because of the 1996 Republican Contract with America and control hungry spending. Limbaugh’s conservatives are not the controlling majority if you look at voting poles. There are three types of independent voters, Independent Republicans, they pull the Republican lever same goes for independent Democrats. Then you have no political party who never vote for a political party. Michael Steele needs to move away from Limbaugh and his base and look to the real Republican majority, moderates and independent Republicans to form his own Hip Hop Republican base.

Marion   March 3rd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

All this talk abut investigative journalism focused on our politicians. We also need to hold talking heads accountable. Why are Karl Rove and Rush aloud to routinely lie. Not state opinions, lie!

brent barton   March 3rd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

and one more thing poeple think he have 20mil so clal listener i listen to him one u know y cuz of u the news poepel talk about him so i wann see him and how much hate he have

jack lieske   March 3rd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh is the equivalent of the Republican Al Sharpton. Any Republican should be ashamed that anyone like Rush would represent the GOP.
How Un-American it is to say that he hopes the President will fail.
Can we please just ignore Rush' rhetoric and get back to fixing the country?

John ortiz   March 3rd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Lies, conjecture, and inuendo....the mantra of the Republican Party and Rush Limbaugh!

Warr   March 3rd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Please ask Mr. Smith why he didn't hold Pres. Bush accountible for the last eight years. He didn't write a book about holding Mr. Bush accountible for this mess we're in now.

Wendy Frazier   March 3rd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Rather than facing the reality of the fact that our country's lack of effective leadership has lead us to where we are today, some Republicans go all the way back to the Clinton administration's policies to place blame. This just reinforces the blatant LACK

Wendy Frazier   March 3rd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Rather than facing the reality of the fact that our country's lack of effective leadership has lead us to where we are today, some Republicans go all the way back to the Clinton administration's policies to place blame. This just reinforces the blatant LACK

mike from Jordan, Ontario   March 3rd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Bush gave a speech to the american people "get out there and spend" Next came all those credit card commercials talking about spending insane amounts of money with the memories being "priceless". The amounts charged were real and were actually supposed to be paid one day.

Gerard   March 3rd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I don't think Steele or Limbaugh is the leader of the Republican Party. I always thought their leader was Jesus.

John   March 3rd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I agree wholeheartedly with Tavis. Politicians should be held accountable. Senator Leahy has begun the Bush Truth commission to investigate alleged abuses. This is great, but why is this happening when the damage has been done? Where was the search for truth when there was no WMD's?

Sean Murphy   March 3rd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

If it was so self evident that Bill Clinton administration policies on inducing banks to give mortgages to people who could not afford them in 1999, the one last year of his administration...why did not George Bush and the republican congress act immediately to 'save us' via legislationor decisive Executive orders to help rectify the 'crisis' ?

Kevin   March 3rd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Thank God for Rush

reese   March 3rd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Why does Rush Limbaugh worry the Democrats so much?
He is no more the leader of the Republican Party than Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson is for the Democrats.

The Democrats feel such a need to bolster and protect Obama. It's as if they know he is really a total mistake.

Ben   March 3rd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Rush is pretty much the opposite of Michael Moore, they are both fat loudmouths that are extremely annoying!

jeanne   March 3rd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Tell your panel that the only 2 countries in THE WORLD who have Socialized Medecine are England and Canada. No other country in Europe.

Kevin   March 3rd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

The Apprentice Obama is a miserable failure....DOW down 47 percent since he won the nomination. The markets knew what he would do to this country and the smart money got out while the gettin was good

william   March 3rd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

If Rush was President ...the economic crisis would be fact it never would have happened.

Peggy Pearson   March 3rd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I voted that Mr Steele was leading the Republicans, however, I do not think anyone is! If Lumbaugh is, we all better look out. We do not want "insanity" running either party! There is such a thing as "passion" about your feelings, but he incites hatred and divisivness and encourages a non-cooperative spirit. He's to the Republican party as Rev. Wright was to Obama.

Pete   March 3rd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Why is it that every time I see or hear Rush Libaugh
I am reminded of Adolf Hitler?

richrd vittorioso   March 3rd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Why is it that Lars is blaming the Clinton administration for deregulation as the cause of our problems yet George W Bush had 8, let me say it again "8" years to reverse what Clinton did?

Caroline Sobriquet   March 3rd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I just heard the Republican comments on health care and comments about socialism......well, in Canada we do have universal medical care - that we are very proud of, and we would take to the streets to keep it!!
I don't understand what the Republicans are so afraid of.....everyone having the same right to health care???? Nuts!!


Gary Cook   March 3rd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Rush is good for the Democratic Party. Conservatives, who are different from your day-to-day Republicans combined only accounts for 30% of the those rates...they'll NEVER get the presidency in our lifetime again.

We will not let the Republican Party get amnensia...

Jo Ann, Ohio   March 3rd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

The voters are getting what they voted for I am just not sure they knew how much it would cost.

Patrick   March 3rd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I wonder why everyone In the liberal media is worried about the one man in America that speaks the truth says...Do you think are they are worried that we all might find out what they are really wanting-SOCIALISM?

Kevin   March 3rd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

How does somebody get a tax break when they don't pay taxes in the first place

Geo   March 3rd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

The Republicans are hypocrites. The Republicans get scared when they believe their individual right to spend their own money gets "threatened" , but they want and promote denying the individual rights of women's right to choose, minorities, and gay and lesbian Americans. They ruined this country now the rest of us are forced to fix the problem. They are all like Rush.... just a lot of hot air!!!

Charles Rambow   March 3rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Republican revisionism aside, Bush had his opportunity to lead America into the future. Instead he led us into this quagmire we are in. Rather than simply bad-mouthing Obama's plan, can the Republicans suggest solid, debatable ideas?

lula s. Bell   March 3rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Larry I think that Rush Limbaugh should stick with what he knows which is radio. If he want to be a politician he should run for office.
I think he should go back and finish college and try not get thrown out this time. Get off drugs, and stop causing trouble for everyone. The Republician will never come back if they listen to RL.. The Republicians are also using Michael Steele and I was hoping that he would not let that happen.. Please stop talking about Rush Limbaugh Giving him all that airtime makes him feel important.

Martin L. Nixon   March 3rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Rush Linbaugh needs to stay out of politics, he's only playing one side against the other. I think the President is doing the best job that can be done at this time.

R Brilley   March 3rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

There was a big problem with counting the votes when President Bush won. I like President Bush, but evidently he had the wrong 'Presidents Men.'

Consuela   March 3rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Thank you, Larry, for allowing all views to be shared on your show. I like seeing Republicans fight each other. It leaves the President both feet in for 2012. I hope the GOP fails.

Jeff   March 3rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET


I am very disturbed by the lack of due process that the democratic led congress and the president are pursuing the stimulus and budget process. It is akin to rushing into Iraq in one month. As I recall in 2002 and in early 2003 President Bush took six months to make the decision and got congressional approval and UN approval for doing so. What is wrong with this liberal left that is running this country? It is our right to ask this ... the arrogance of your left wing guests is discusting.

Rich   March 3rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Very good Ms. Huffington.........It's going to take time.........At this point in Dubya's first term he was already planning his vacation to Crawford, TX while his chief terrorism head was warning him about Al-queda. He wouldn't listen to him because he was a Clinton holdover!! Let's get out of Iraq!! The economy recovery will follow!!

ROBERT STERCHAK   March 3rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Several years ago, Rush Limbaugh was guest hosting a late night talk show, Carson, Letterman or someone and he was booed off the set! Why is this incident not replayed instead of showing him in the light that he wants to be seen in? When he gets prime time screen time the way he is, it's a really false image of his popularity.

Bobs   March 3rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Thought you might like to share this:

Definition of the Limbaugh Dance: To keep lowering the bar yet still managing to slither under it.

Keep up the good work,

PS. Why does the public confuse the ability to garner ratings by spouting controversy with intelligence?

Linda   March 3rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Larry, as a Boston-raised Irish Catholic Democrat turned independent, I'm shocked how your commentator in purple showed her great prejudice and ignorance in crassly mimicking a Republican by using a southern accent, obviously insinuating those raised in the south are somehow less thoughtful or intelligent than others. You grossly underestimate the heart, soul and intelligence of Republicans all across our land.

Dodie from CA   March 3rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

@ mike from Jordan, Ontario

I completely agree with you... I cut up my credit cards 20 years ago. The 2 – 3 trillion dollars we have and continue to spend in Iraq is also hurting us. The people who purchased homes that had no ability to pay for is crazy. The first think I look on a mortgage is the monthly payment amount. on a fixed loan. If I can not pay it, then do NOT buy.

Bush bankrupted two companies and now he bankrupted us. But no one wanted to listen 8 years ago...

Hana Pangestu   March 3rd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Anyone who loves this country should not waste their time and energy in negative thinking. It doesn't matter who's starting or causing this depression. We all should unite our efforts to make this country a better place instead of trying to make other party fails. It's us, the people, who hurts the most when this thing happened. Thing waht the best thing we need to do now to build this country a better place in anyway.

Mary McArthur   March 3rd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I think Rush Limbaugh remind me of a big BABOON. He even acts like one. Yeah, he wants President Obama to fail because he wants him to be like Bush.

Patrick   March 3rd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Michael Steele must of been fooling himself to actually think he had any real power in the Limbaugh Party. He was properly put back in his place to our delight

Tim MacDonald   March 3rd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. He is nothing more. He has never written any form of ledgislature whatsoever. Rush makes boatloads of money, along with Hannity, Coulter, etc...

When Howard Stern was on terrestrial radio he was #2 to Limbaugh. Sure Limbaugh has a following and they are "devout". I feel that Rush Limbaugh is the Marylin Manson of heavy metal (although MM was popular ten years ago), it's entertainment. They do and say things that turn heads, shock and awe!

When Limbaugh will push aside the millions and get a job as a public servant, that is when I will believe that he is anything more than just an entertainer.

mimi   March 3rd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

The way I see it, these GOP cronies cannot make a decision until they consult with the drugged up Rush Limbaugh. It's his ship, he's the captain, not this weak and feeble mate called Michael Steele. He is only stirring up his base, the conservative narrow minded and uninformed.

Aaron Myers   March 3rd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Rush, just like many of the Republican Ideas, is nothing but old news. One bad apple spoils the bunch!

Kevin   March 3rd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Arianna is completely lost....if anybody is distorting the facts, it's the leftwing media and all it's cronies. All it takes is a few keystrokes to find the truth...and yet, apparently that's too much of an effort for the Democrats and their lemmings to do.

Damian   March 3rd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Larry, please stop allowing liars on your show.

Erick Loleka   March 3rd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Where is president Bush? if he loves the country has he claimed, then this is the time to tell Rush, Bob Jidhal, and Steele to support Obama.
It is scary to hear people blaming Obama for what's going on right now.

Hey! what do I know? i'm just a 800lbs Gorilla.

a hadlock   March 3rd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I am so tired of you in the media who talks about Rush wanting President Obama to's the socialist items in the President's agenda that Rush doesn't think will be good for this country...and the addiction and dependency that will come about for some.......that he wants to fail...............does anybody in the liberal media have any integrity or credibility?
We the taxpayers don't want to carry these people from now on and that's what some of the things in the stimulus package could cause...why don't you report Rush's views accurately

Dave D'Alberto   March 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I think the GOP should bring on O'Rielly and Hannity to help run the party....what a circus that would be!!!!! What fun.....

j farrer   March 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

my idea, rush limbaugh vs bill clinton in a 2 hour debate on pay per view with proceeds to charity. they would bring in millions.

Dan Keane   March 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Why didn't Rush go to jail for his illegal drug use and his less than truthful cooperation??????????

garrick   March 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Steele should not back down from anyone,as head of the party it makes him look like a token to his race.thats whats wrong with the party if you look how the base of the party is thats all they will have is a small group of whites and maybe 20 blacks.what a party.they have become a joke.

Lynn in St. Louis   March 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Republicans hate democrats no matter what they do. This became apparent during the 2000 vote count when Bush won. Nothing has changed in the intervening 8 years. I don't believe Democrats have the same hatred toward the republicans.

NK   March 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

If trash talking is leadership then Rush is the Leader. If not.. there is not leader yet.

Mark W Clark   March 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET


Capitalism vs. Socialism that IS the question

Corina   March 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

It is amazing how audacious Republicans are, repeating the same old lines which fortunately do not resonate with the American people anymore. Just now you have the republican strategists on CNN claiming that the 1999 change in the financial regulatory system was the Democrats doing. Not at all, the Gramm-Leach-Billey act was all Republican sponsored and passed in the Congress. It is amazing how they keep trying to rewrite history.

Tim MacDonald   March 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

ps. Please, someone, anyone, give Limbaugh an apple!

Mark Talmadge   March 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I think Rush has it right. BTW, it's not a tax cut Americans are getting, it's a tax rebate since Americans will pay taxes on that tax cut next year.

Scott Nelson   March 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I am so tired of both sides pointing fingers....we are going to have a revolution to have to fix this

GJ Miller   March 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Some of your guest have said that FDR's New Deal was a failure. I believe that without the New Deal that our factories would have been idled for more than 10 years if we had followed the Hoover Administrations idea that the depression was a norrmal part of the business cycle. In 1942 our factories would not have been able to retool for war production, and thus the world war may have lasted longer or we may have been reduced to a meaningless nation. The drepression was a threat to national security, and the Republican Party would have been responsible for our defeat to Germany and Japan.

Dave   March 3rd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Heavens! We are here, in this mess left for us by the Republicans. The only ones left that think George Bush wasn't the source of almost all of our problems are the ones that listen to Rush! So, by default, he's the leader of the GOP.

jeanne   March 3rd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

The United States is the only country in the world who does not have Universal Health Insurance.

Bob Hunter   March 3rd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

In terms of trying to change reality, here's a fact: The Republicans changed the rules about how deficits are reported. The actual deficit in Bush's last year was over $1 Trillion.

Robert Zakian   March 3rd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Who are the culprits to our current economic crisis?

President/Congress Encouraged Mortgage Lending
Homeowners Subprime Borrowers
Mortgage Brokers Agent Commission Incentives
Bankers Subprime Predatory Loan Originators
Investment Bankers Complex Packaging
Insurers Overextended
Raters Optimistic Rating
Swap Investors Insufficient Clearing Operation
Financial Institutions Ecess leverage
Regulators Gross Negligence
Investors Did Not demand Transparency

You cannot solve the problems of this country by making the opportunity to be rich or already rich a BAD thing.

There is no doubt that the house has to be cleaned, the natural order of things will clean things up – let nature take it course.

Obama and his spend plan is crippling this country for generations.

Finally, Listen to DAvid Walker, Comptroller of the US. We are headed into massive tax increases and Obama is increasing the speed of this nightmare situation.


Jose   March 3rd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh is not just a radio personality or entertainer he has been transformed into a dangerous demagogue ala Father Charles Coughlin. Don't we have a responsibility to stop such people and what happened to the Fairness Doctrine?

Debby   March 3rd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Steele is a good man,but Limbaugh made some great points on the economy a few weeks back.

Joe Pitre   March 3rd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

There is someone out there with an alternattive to all of the spending to get the economy going. His name is Ron Pau.

Scott   March 3rd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

What is more offensive – Rush Limbaugh saying that he hopes President Obama will fail, or Randi Rhodes saying she hopes President Bush will be assassinated? That really happened, folks. May, 2004.

Dolores Lois   March 3rd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Has someone asked Rush why what's good for the citizens of the UK and Canada is not good for Americans? Last time I checked, they (and their governments' policies) were our strongest allies. Never heard anyone say – Oh, those commie Brits or those commie Canadians.

timothy evans jr   March 3rd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Larry everyone keep's talking about what Mr rush say .But we all need to understand Mr. Rush sayes about just what most of the GOP' S love to hear. They really love and support this kind of talk. Mr. Rush never said any thing about Pre. OBAMA POLICY , He said that he wanted Pre. OBAMA TO FAIL only when the left wing and some new meder's sound out on it. The new meder'S is just as byiss as Mr. Rush. In S OUTH CAROLINA

Eric   March 3rd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

The top 1% in this country had a combined net worth of $37 million by 2007. Still think they need tax cuts?

Jeffrey Wright   March 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Larry, bring me on the show and I'd be happy to debate any Republican you can find! These guys couldn't be more out of touch with reality if they were living on the island of Lost... I consider them The Others...


Bryan   March 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Definition of Hypocrites – (adj.) GOP commentators stating that dissent with President Obama is patriotic while for the last 8 years dissent by Democrats with then-President Bush's policies was unpatriotic. WHAT A JOKE!

Mark Talmadge   March 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I think you guys have it wrong. You guys keep forgetting that it was Democretins who voted for a lot of Bush's Budgets, stimulus plans and the failed TARP program.

BRazzle   March 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Limbaugh is ok, Larry you need to have a guy named Alex Jones on your show. Hes the Trex of political talk. We need a voice in mainstream television that is on target and not fluffing us.

Dona Evans   March 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

At last a democratically-elected world leader who takes positive action steps to create a better society, instead of the old guard Republican rhetoric of deregulation and laissez-faire that allowed greedy politicians, CEO’s, bankers, and financial moguls to rape, pillage, and plunder the American economy.

I am shocked at the number of people who are afraid that social, economic, and political justice - will be unfair to them.

There are so many lies and unfounded rumors out there fomenting hatred and fear of President Obama and his policies. The misinformation being spread by the right-wing rumor mill scares me, because a lot of people are more than ready to believe the worst, but unwilling to conduct independent unbiased research. They believe just because someone has a platform on network TV they don’t tell lies.

However, many of these same people who fear justice were content to sit by for eight years and twiddle their collective thumbs while the US economy tanked because of Republican right-wing conservative tax and economic policies. Our current economic situation proves that deregulation and laissez-faire policies not only didn’t work - they are destructive.

The right-wing, conservative, Republican strategy is an illustration of that old saying by Rita Mae Brown in the 80s: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

I say support the guy with the best new and different ideas of how to change and improve our situation: President Barack Obama.

Ben Allotey   March 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh the drug-head/dealer is now the leader of the Republican Party. They are lost, finish. He is a borfoun, he seem to enjoy it when people laugh at him.

brent barton   March 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

i am not an amaerican i can tell all u american this u go to germany england no one like u guy till obama take over just thnk a world with out gop= bush = rush

Caroline, Los Angeles   March 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

It's great to see Steph and Ariana on the TV with LK.

Rush or the other guy? That's like trying to choose between a root canal vs. a going to the DMV without an appointment.

Shari Hinkel   March 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

After all the damage the Republican party has done to this country (since Reagan), it's time for them to step aside and let President Obama clean up their mess and reestablish the middle class. It's the middle class who support this country and they (Republicans) have bled us dry and broken the backs of the middle class worker. If we go, the country goes.

Bradley D   March 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

If your not Republican your not American...that is the Right wing way. I really hate the mess these guys have left us in...and yet they still want America to fail...Now who is American

Dan Garcia   March 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I'm not a big fan of Limbaugh and I want the Prez to do well, but this omnibus bill is not likely to get veto'd. There is a ton of pork in there and now is not the time for wasteful spending. We need policies that increase the incentives in the private markets and not an increase in the Government salary and wage constituency. We are seeing a huge contraction from the markets because of Obama's punishment of successful institutions. I mean, c'mon, taxing companies with large inventories? He is making the environment very difficult for the job creators to create jobs. I do not agree with Limbaugh when he says he wishes Obama failure, I don't want Obama to fail. I want Obama to remember he works for you and me, regardless of how we voted. He is accountable to every single one of us and he is not governing with that in mind. He is governing with Congress' (Pelosi and Reid) special interests in mind.

kathy   March 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Dem or Rep.........who cares? RUSH is "on track". We need educated, not political, people running this mess. Pelosi and Reid and Obama are a real trip! We need leaders, not these yahoos.

doug j   March 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

All I know is that for every program Obama has instituted so far, the market has gone down, and the economic numbers have gotten worse. All on his watch.

Gerald Keefe   March 3rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

The Republicans are better at rewriting history than was the old Soviet Union.

ronald   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Yes Rush is running the GOP and I agree with Larry's in studio guests it was the Bush administration that got us into this mess and McCain was a prominate ringleader for his agenda then and a ringleader against President Obama now.

Thom   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

In regards to Rush Limbaugh , I think the republic party needs a middle of the road spokesman The bottom line is that Rush Limbaugh is a far right nut job. I think the GOP should be more concerned in this country then saving Face. I find this whole Limbaugh thing pure lunacy.

Amarissa   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

"The voters are getting what they voted for I am just not sure they knew how much it would cost".

Amen to that!

Ariadna (AKA Zsa Zsa Gabor) is so biased for Obama and now even more since the "One" gave her online paper a spot in the WH News Conferences! I guess that was "pay for play"!

AJ   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Nancy and Lars are nothing but talking heads!!! What do they mean by Obama is making this country socialistic? Govt. is not going to hire the 3.5 million people who will be hired because of the stimulus package. The money is going to "private" companies who will hire these people for construction, medical. financial, IT, etc.etc. jobs. I can't believe that Nancy and Lars are so dumb!! Shame on them. These conservatives are jealous that their leader (Bush) screwed the country and Obama has plans to get out of the mess created by them. I would rather see them just disappear!!! By the way, your friend McCain also falls in this category.

adam rodgers   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Why do Dems. think it's smart to SPEND our way out of debt?

Dave from Toronto   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I honestly think that this guy is the biggest mistake america has ever produced. The Grand Old Party should seriously consider who they are allowing to speak for them since they are already view around the entire world as the cause for the economic DISASTER that america and the entire world is now faced with. The only word i can think of for Rush Limbaugh is IGNORAMUS

Robert Young   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Are the Republicans ever going to take responsibility for the billions of dollars we spent looking for weapons of mass destruction we never found in a country we never tied to 9/11?

Ed   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Great debate tonite in between all the commercials.
Wish you could let them talk for 5 minutes without any breaks

Paul Horan   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Republicans keep yelling about taxing the rich. The emphasis is wrong. Obama is merely leveling the playing field after 8 years of tax breaks for the rich which burdened the middle class. If they really were serious about playing fair they would support a flat tax on every company, man and woman in the US.

Eric   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

The top 1% had a combined net worth of $37 trillion by the end of 2007. Still think they need a tax cut?

Bernice Adams   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I think it’s time for the baby boomers, the likes of Rush Limbaugh & Sean Hannity to go off into the abyss. They need to step aside and let the country go into the 21st century with new ideas. They have had their chance to leave their mark on the world and society… and man they sure have. Every other country in the world hates us, failed banks, scammers, fraud, and the rich wanting to wipe out the middle class. Do we really need more of their wisdom and advice? Look where it has gotten us. Please baby boomers move over and let the younger generation take the reigns. Let’s save our country.

Amanda Montes   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I wish Republicans would offer strategies to help this country rather than just complain. They stood behind the banner of country first, but the truth is that they would rather the country fail than to see us progress. Why do they NOT want better schools, better availability of health care, more jobs? Republicans who are not making over $250,000 a year are delusional. I can understand selfishness, not stupidity.

Joy McKerr   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

The Republicans are practicing the same old fear tactics as they always have. It is the only way to control people – make them afraid. If anyone ever let the air out of Rush Limbaugh, I swear he would go around the room backwards. As as been said "If Obama fails, we all fail". So why do Republicans want to see him fail? It begs the question.

Barb   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

If Obama fails, so do those facing bankruptcy and foreclosure. Is that what Rush wants? I guess for a guy making $400 million a year, it's not a problem. For the rest of us, it's a problem.

Tyrone   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

The country is tired of the bush failed policy's and the commentators have nothing to say, except blame obama. Why not give him a chance? It took 8 years of neglect by bush to destroy this country, and it will take more than 100 days to fix this.

We've moved from a dictator to a person that cares about americans. If people have problems with that, then maybe the republicans should leave the country, because after 8 years of dictatorship, i'm ready for a leader to make changes, and care about everyday people.

Kevin   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Why do liberal democrats want me to pay for their mortgage, health care, cars, food, tv, computer? Why can't these folks earn their own keep in this country. Are they too lazy? Too uneducated? Have they been led to believe that the government is there to raise them from craddle to grave? It boggles my mind why they refuse to pull their own weight? I'm tired of supporting them

David   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Apparently your liberal guests need several lessons in history. What saved the economy for FDR was WWII, Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd are the principle architects of the housing debacle that has tanked our economy.
Don't they teach US history in Greece.

Michael   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Why are we assuming that if Obama's policies succeed, America improves? If we examined his policies and what he wants to do and concluded that his policies were bad for America, shouldn't we want him to fail? Most American's don't even know what what's in the stimulus bill and we know Congress didn't know what was in it when they passed it.

Dodie from CA   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

The different political organizations blaming each other and talking trash does NOT SOLVE the Big Picture!


Larry G   March 3rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I think Rush Limbaugh has become the Grand Ayatollah.

Francine   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET


Your guests who keep saying that Pres. Obama would like to change the country into a socialist country as if that's the worst thing that could happen to the USA make me laugh.

Socialist countries such as Sweden, Norway ect... have the lowest crime rate, the best life style, offer the best programs for families (e.g. 2yrs mat leave at 100% pay...). In other words the US should aspire to that status instead of continuing on the downward spiral you are on....

By the way I live in Canada and health care for all is a right around here and as a tax payer I'm proud to be contributing to making this possible for all canadians....

Love your show by the way

JUAN   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET


a hadlock   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Cool CNN...why don't you put 3 to 1 or whatever it was, negative views of the Republicans accurate!!! How stupid do you think we spin things to fit your agenda and you know you do have a butt-load of shallow Americans out there who isn't going to dig for the truth...but there are some of us out there who doesn't let you have the last word!

Monann Davis-Sanders   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Don't people realize that Linbaugh mouth got him in a lot of trouble before and you are listening to him now. The GOP need to understand that the election was lost because they do not understand that the majority of the people are loosing their shirts. People like Sarah Palin and Joe the Plummer will not help either

John Davis   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

In today's Louisville paper there was a story about 77 people who owned 330 small houses as rental properties who are defaulting causing many renters to be forced out of their homes, only to see them boarded up by the banks,. These "owners" are not the middle class or the poor being propped up by Bill Clinton's mortgage programs. These are Rush fan's who have had more money than sense, who are very upset that the party is over. 20% of the people have controlled 80% of the money since biblical times and I belive what is happening is those folks are thinning out the herd, so to speak. I understand that 12 million folks listen to Rush each week. Those are the riff raff that have grown wealthy without lifting a hand and are now in a tizzy because their "investments" are gone and finally the middle class has a voice.

Dave from Auburn NY   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I think Hannity and O'Rielly need to jump in to help Rush run the GOP...what a riot that would be to watch.

R Brilley   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

O'Reilly could use some of Rush' pills.

Kevin7012   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Can somewell tell me what is wrong with Universal health care? Why is Europe used in a derrogatory fashion. Sure Europe has problems but its no crash and burn situation. Why do republicans hate Europe? Please i need to know.

Mark Talmadge   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I happen to like Rush Limbaugh. While he may come off as pompous you have to respect his enthusiasm. I'd vote for Rush in a minute if he ran for President and I'm sure a lot of Americans would, as well.

Chris   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Rush is the only person standing up against what Obama is doing. I can not believe how many people do not care about their kids or their grand kids. The world they will live in will be worse than anything we have ever seen.

Valerie   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

The Republican party are narcissists. They can't even begin to think about change - they are so self-absorbed they are trying to get us to "change back". Fortunately for the majority of us, change has already happened - there will be "no" change back.

alex Mbuthia   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Steele should come to grips with reality. The Republican party is for the blue eyed pink skinned conservatives not for blacka and coloreds. If they have not accepted that a black man is the head of state, how did you think they would let you lead the only thing they have left. Rush is the bonafide leader. The leader speaks so you too should sit back and listen and fall with the rest of them.

Earnestine Gardner   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

The whole idea of Steele being the head of RNC is rediculous. He is nothing but a figurehead for the Republican Party. He is bowing down to kiss Rush's pinky ring, I would use another part of his anatomy, but I am a Christian and don't use that kind of language. The Rep. have chosen to follow an admitted drug addict, which everyone seems to have forgotten to be their spokesman and that is a darn shame. Rush is a racist from the word go,,and now that an African American is in the White House he has the chance to spew his hatred over the airways for all the weak minded White People to follow, including the White Congressmen and . He has the right to do this, but it is not the time to do this with our Country in the shap that it is in. He needs to keep his mouth shut and give the President a chance.
Earnestine Gardner

Chad   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Mr. Steele is the reason I switched to the Republican Party. Mr. Limbaugh is the reason I am switching back. For someone to hope that ANY U. S. President would fail is treason!

judith adams   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

If Democrats made comments the past 8 years that the Republicans are saying tonight, we would have been called unpatriotic!! The usual Republican hypocrisy lives on.

Pete   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Hopefully the amount of Limbaugh viewers (20 million) is the amount of people voting for the republican party in 2012. 😉

richard   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

what about the market?

Rene   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

This is a tactic by the Republicans to steal some limelight from the Democrats and their courageous efforts to tackle the serious economic issues brought on by irresponsible policies of the Bush/Cheney administration. Rush needs to retire and hopefully Republicans can re-invent themselves to something less extreme.

Keith Irwin   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Hey Lars, you and Rush disparage moderate Republicans as "RINOS."

Would you like us all to leave the party?

Ulises, Naples FL   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

.. It takes money to make money! ;->

Michael   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Why doesn't Limbaugh run for office instead of standing on the sidelines like a coward criticizing those who actually serve the country. Answer: because he will have to back up his foolish statements to all the American people, not just his blind followers.

George Rangel   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I'm a Democrat & I agreed that Michael Steele should have never apologize for what he said about Rush Limbaugh. Michael Steele is going to have deal with the Limbaugh droids & the Far Right Religious Groups. May God be with Micahel Steele & the hope that he can take control of the Republican Party.

peter   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

these republicans just can't stand that with all their crying and doom-saying, Pres. Obama is still on top of the polls.

Patricia Heckman   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

It made me sick to hear Rush Limbaugh say that the economic crisis was contrived. Here in California, I am worried about losing my job, my friend is losing her house, and we are in trouble! We hope the president's plan will NOT FAIL! I voted for change – I hope President Obama's plan works – it has to.

Patricia Heckman

Don   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Great comments from Arianna & the attractive brunette sitting next to her – what is this guest's name, please?

DAN   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

The republicans need to work with the dems. This country will be divided as long as there are people likeMSNBC FOX and Rush fanning the flames. At least CNN is down the middle for the most part.

Philip Cataldo   March 3rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

The Republican idea of tax cuts and allowing banks to fail will create a world wide economic collapse which will lead to an economic Dark Ages with the rich living like royalty and the rest of us living like serfs. These problems were created by the misguided idea that Free Market Capitalism doesn't require some regulation and enforcement to keep large institutions from creating havoc..

Sean Murphy   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

That is; they took office the next year in 2000, so why did they not act if it was a self evident crisis as the conservatives claim? Whenever you want to cite fault or bad behavior 'you people' (Conservatives) always turn to Clinton and his admin, while invoking Reagan and how he 'saved' America and stipped the Cold War (debatable, very debatable) What stopped the Cold War was just 'economic warfare' agianst Soviet Union. We outspent them. That is, out borrowed them and the expense of the middle class in low wages and loss of benefits as the cheap labor service sector jobs boomed in the 80s and early 90s.

Jose   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET


The republicans (I am one of them) will never complain when the government gives hundreds of billion of dollars to the defense contractors which for many years have benefited from it. Now that we want to go in a different direction which is not the way republicans like, then, it is bad for the country. I am supporting our president.

michael   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

we will fail because both parties fight instead of working together. we the hard worker of the USA really don't care who fix the problem, just fix the problem. and rush please shut the hell up

George   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Instead of partisian, business as usual ,politics why don't the republicans have an alternative plan or ways to improve on what is being offered. It's way to easy to sit in the back of the room and throw
rocks. By the way, spending on a specifics project is an earmark on other word for it.

Rayshaun   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Based on the way the republican leadership is kissing Rush Limbaugh butt, its clear that he is the leader of the party. If he is the best the Republican's can get ,then they need not worry about running in 2012 because their's no way they will ever win.

Glennis   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Instead of the GOP complaining and criticizing about the Stimulus Bill and the President, why don't they come up with a plausible solution other than deny, delay, and do nothing.

David   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Rush is often wrong, and Obama needs Americans to be supportive of his policies more than ever. When Rush has a moment of genius it is often ruined by his next painful exaduration. Weather you like it or not we are on our way with the new stimulus package. Now we need to look for the positive results that come of it and exploit them into infeffectiveness like we always have. Honestly, fiscal honesty and accurate PE reports are the only things that can get us through these difficult times.

David Bockoven   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh is an American embarrassment, and that he has so many followers is frightening. Irrationality can carry a nation just so far. That said:

Arianna! Don't let yourself be cornered into defending Clinton's economic policies! Clinton's BlueDog centrism may have been necessary to avoid complete stagnation, and he may have managed the economy well enough to leave a temporary surplus, but was it solid enough to be enduring? He laid the eggs which became the chickens that came home to roost under the Bushie's thinking solidly within the box of the old economic delusions.

Yes, the Bush regime's policies are immediately at fault for this disaster, but Clinton and his crew bought into the imprudent deregulation, and empowerment of the new robber barons. Clinton had to be too rightward not to, if he was to do anything at all. This has been brewing for 28 years, and the Clinton interlude did not move us out of danger.

jaydock   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

How can anyone wishing for failure of his country be so popular?
Is this really happening?

Glen   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

If Rush is the leader of the Republicans, I'll be a Democrat! Republicans are relevant. Many of us voted for Obama and he needs to listen to us as well as the liberal side.

Jose Castillo   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Aloha from Kauai Can one of your republican guess please explain how can the president fail without hurting the USA. ?
An more important can they give options instead of just complains

M. Levy Chicago Illinois   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

The reason we are in this econmic mess can be traced right back to the billions of dollars that went down the sewer in Iraq instead of being used here at home where it was needed.

Oh did I fail to mention the 4,000 soldiers that were killed in Iraq for no reason at all.

Let Rush keep shooting off his big mouth. The party will go down hopefully.

Ben   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Rush and Steele should shut up, quit fighting and just lay em on the table and measure. It's getting old

ellie's rant   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

someone needs to put RL where he a strait jacket. uneducated, stolen money inheritance, whole body blood transfusions, are these the actions of a sane person? gop elite.

Wendy Taylor Hill   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

The Repubs failed miserably the past 8 years. We the people voted them out and want Pres Obama to succeed. Pres Obama was elected to lead us at this time and that is who we want to lead us not the Repubs

Amanda   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

It's truly frightening that these Republican talking heads are denying Bush's role in the current crises. It's this ignorance to reality and actual facts that I hope people see. These people are 100% lying about recent history and the history of the New Deal. This is why education is important in America, so people know that these people are liars.

David Schuppert   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

It's as if there was a shift change on the Titanic and the Republicans are blaiming all the water coming in on the second shift captain after the iceburg has already been hit.

john   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Tell the laughable radio host to get the fact straights and do not confuse opinions with facts.

unemployment rate in Europe and US – compare apples and US only unemployed are those who actively look for a job, in EU the difference between population within 18 and 65 that is not working.....just add the population in jail in the US and check where the US is in term of unemployment rate

socialist healthcare: so what, less effective? look at the expense perr capita and the life expectations let's say Italy and the US.

Problem are complex, but their simplification is more than laughbale is criminal and stupid

Mark   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I would like to know why Nancy is so adamant about 'entitlement reform" which is nothing more than a euphemism for cuts in social security, medicaid ect.... I have paid into this system my entire adult life now the very people who have raped the system want to take our money

Greentree   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Rush is Rush, when it comes down to making a difference he will still be talking that is the only thing he can do. No one really thinks he will lead what he does is creates free thougths to disagree with or agree with. The President is fear mongering....our country is in trouble we have the wrong answer and it doesn't matter who did it, someone please do the right thing.

AND..... who do these ladies think they are fooling, Arianna needs to think back to her roots, she is not creditable and does not address the facts. Stephanie is wrong and needs to read more history, the recession is a prodcut of at least the last 3 administration. her kind of thinking is inflamatory but typical roadie mentality still in awe of our president who is a gifted speaker. – i'll never watch her speak again she is disgusting.

Colonel Dave   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Our nation is so hungary for an answer to our problems, we compromise good judgment. Yes, the good judgment taught to us by our parants: pay your bills, believe in God, be a good neighbor, protect your family. Well, how in the heck can I do that with America becoming a socialist state?

Tom Scott   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Larry , Why do Arriana Huffington and the other gal fail to
understand that "bush" is not responsible for the
mortgage meltdown that led to this whole mess.
Do they just choose to ignore the facts? The record
proves who was responsible and it was the democrats
and their policies. Bush and the republicans tried to
stop it and were over-ruled by Dems. Plus, the dems
have had control of congress since '06. So who was
really in charge when all this happened?

Consuela   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

How, exactly, can the President fail without our nation failing? If Bush was criticized as much as Obama is being criticized, we wouldn't be in this mess. You are right, Nancy, I want to keep this dischord going in the GOP. Divided they fall.

shaz jones   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Republicans are quite vocal when critiquing fellow GOPers – there is certainly no shortage of criticism with Palin, Jindal and Steele. QUESTION for PUNDITS on the RIGHT, why is everyone so afraid to share their thoughts (publicly) about Limbaugh (sorry, "he's just a citizen" doesn't cut it).

Gary   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Larry, it is so very sad that Rush Limbaugh has so much talent but don't know how to use it. I think that they are using Michael Steele as an african american for president of the republicans to size him up with President Obama as an african american. It is so sad that the republicans would stoop this low in trying to get back to the top. Sad, just sad.
Gary from Augusta,GA

Linda   March 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

How come the Republicans keep saying that Clinton signed the Commodity Futures Modernization Act in 1999, before leaving office, which caused the deregulation of our financial systems.

However, they always fail to mention that it was the Ex., Republican Senator Phil Gramm, who slipped the 262-page amendment into the omnibus appropriations bill, while Congress and President Clinton were trying to pass a $384 billion omnibus spending bill.

It was this amendment that Phil Gramm slipped into the bill that caused the deregulation of derivatives trading (financial instruments whose value changes in response to the changes in underlying variables; the main use of derivatives is to reduce risk for one party).

urbanink   March 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Republicans killed this country for 8 years. The only thing out of their mouths should be "how can we help you presdident Obama?" Tell me please where were all these people when Bush was ruining the country. All of a sudden these republicans are expert in public budgeting. where were these experts during the Bush time?"

Steve   March 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I think the feud that is going on with the repubs is bringing light to the rest of the nation who would otherwise not even know what the party is about. It's actually a good thing...look at all the coverage it's getting.

John Siegel   March 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

This program is the perfect example of what is wrong. Republicans trying to blame Bill Clinton's action from 10 years ago and, for God's sake, somehow tying FDR from sixty years ago. As usual, not one suggestion on what they think should be done to solve today's problems.
Please Democrats, stop talking George Bush. Yes, he was probably the worst president in my lifetime, but it's time to move on. There is certainly too much pork in the new bills. That is something we certainly did not expect comin from him. How do we get it to stop?
Please, please, let's go forward.

Sharon   March 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I so enjoy your show and have watched for years.
Regarding this back and forth on who is to blame for what. As a person who is middle class, I have to say these people who are splitting this country in half are to blame for our condition. Rep. or Democrate, who cares. We are all Americans aren't we? Isn't it our money that is being spent? Didn't Obama promise not to sign these blls with pork barrell and self serving additions in them? And isn't he signing them? That is Obama, not Busch. Busch is no longer in office. Quit making excuses and stop the blaming. Let's get out of this mess, and stop bailing out those who falsely got themselves in the mess they are in. Stop spendning my money, and that of children and grandchildren. If you all talking are so smart, aren't you speaking just like Rush? Your opinions are not getting the middle class any help. You are fanning the fires between parties. STOP IT. Grow up.

Phil Rhodes   March 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

This nation is facing unprecendented troubles yet the Rush-licans are using a loud-mouth fear-mongerer to distract the nation from the very administration and policies that perpetuated this calamity. Blame President Obama for trying.

laura avdey   March 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I am included in the people who would like Barack Obama's socialist policies to fail. And the guest who said that the rich would finally pay their fair share is either ignorant, or a blatant liar.

The top wage earners already pay a federal tax rate of 35%, and provide well over 50% of federal tax revenue. If you add state, local, and payroll taxes, the % paid by top wage earners is much higher.

Larry, I really wish that you would challenge these statements with the facts, and stop allowing untruths to be a part of your show. It is irresponsible.

Kevin   March 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Disappointing to hear government issue green cars in the stimulus bill referred to by nancy as "golf carts". Inaccurate and does not elevate the debate

Adam Peeples   March 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

The Economy problem is not a republican or democratic problem it is an American problem. Therefore, we should all rally behind our president and wish he nothing but success regards of whether you are a republican or democratic.

Nancy Slevin   March 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

The conversation on the economy should begin with the bankruptcy laws enacted in 2005 which allowed the credit card companies to operate like "the old wild west" Credit card companies are allowed to continue offering "convenience checks" when they are long beyond their limits. Predatory lending: the biggest victims the uneducated elderly and working class. their offers should read " We love the way you stay in debt so well here's another article to sink yourself further"

Jim Matkaitis   March 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Ask your guest to provide even one requirement of the 1999 housing bill that required lenders to give 110% mortgages with 0% interst rates for 1 year that balloned to 10-12 % after that. These were the kinds of mortgages that blew up the housing market. They were promoted by greedy mortgage brokers fleecing the public. Fact is the Bush administration didn't want to do anything about the abuses because the housing market was floating the economy and paying for his budget deficits. People were using the mortgage market and the rising housing prices to keep on spenking. They could wipe out their credit card debt by refinancing at a higher mrtgage amount and kepp on spending.

Jim Matkaitis
fromer member Chicago Board of TRade and Chicago Board Options Exchange

Sylvia   March 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Let us all get to the business of getting this country back on its feet. We are here focused on who is the leader of the GOP, who cares. WE need to get to getting these people to work. I make over 200,000 and i know I will have to pay more, as long as I can make more then am willing to pay more. But if people dont have a job then I can make more. We need to learn from the past and solve the problems of today.

Tim Block   March 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Its amazing to me that the democrats don't acknowledge at least the possibility that Obama is overstepping as far as spending goes. Im a young man and fear that me, my children, and my childrens children will be paying for this unresponsible and even arrogant spending. -Tim

April   March 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I cant believe there is a community that even listens to Rush. I am sick of this story until its sad for the GOP. I think Rush should marry the Octumom they have a lot in common, "crazy". He cares what rush has to say, he cant even approve a bill. The GOP better get on board instead of the fighting its not making them look good at all. Democrats keep your focus for the next eight years.


Gert   March 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I think Rush is following in Al Sharpton footsteps with his warbly speeches and when he shuts up maybe he can write a book on his past drug habit, first denial and then OH Yeah, I did purchase drugs?
Gee, I don't know. Somebody needs to zipper up his mouth and I am a Republican.

Kevin7012   March 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

As someone outside the US, this whole anti Europe, republican tagline really worries me. What's so bad about Europe. I remember them saying i told you so when the financial markets crashed. They are for free markets but like regulation. What is wrong with that?

Cameron Galloway   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Since when did a radio talk show host get so much control as it relates to the decisions of a country as great as the United States. Limbaugh is a talking head...not a policy maker. He doesn't deserve this much attention. When he stops talking and starts acting then we should give him our attention. Until then, let him continue to be your "entertainment" on your way to work.

Buckeye Girl   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Obama said he was going to stop the greed in Washington, and make people accountable, why has he brought all the tax evading Democratic leaders into his administration?

Is that being accountable?

Why wouldn't they vote to tax people to death, when they don't pay them?

Catherine   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I'm watching from Canada, but with great interest.

As a journalist and producer, I find this all very timely, especially in light of the current Conservative government here in Canada.

Kudos to the producers tonight too -great panel of guests.

marilyn best   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

the republicans have always been against any program that would improve the lives of ordinary americans in the form of health care, good schools. their policies have always been tilted to the wealthy.

Mr. Hart   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

What is unfortunate if Rush is no different than WWF, phony, loud, and on some kind of drug. What is more improtant is so many Americans will listen to his negative attitude. Lets hear him come up with a solution as aposed to a snipe from his cheep seat.

Norman Hagen   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I get sick of hearing Republicans telling me we are spending/borrowing too much. Please explain to them that we are simply printing money and with that printed money we are putting people to work. I am certain they have thought of a way to withdraw that money before inflation strikes–so settle down and get a job!

Norman Hagen

T. in South Florida   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh proved he was a bigot with his comments about Donovan McNabb on NFL Countdown. He proved he was a criminal by Doctor shopping in Palm Beach County. He proved that he is unpatriotic when he articulated the hope that The President of The United States will fail. I hope he runs for President every four years for the next thirty years.

Adam Peeples   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

The Economy problem is not a republican or democratic problem it is an American problem. Therefore, we should all rally behind our president and wish him nothing but success regards of whether you are a republican or democratic.

Vic   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Where was Arianna Huffinton's support for George Bush?
She and others were calling for his impeachment and praying for his failure in the war on terror since the 2000 election!

steve   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

There is no in-fight in the GOP, this is democrats trying to shift focus by baiting moderates and conservatives into a fight. I'm moderate and I totally agree with Limbaugh. I am not taking the bait. Democrats have had congress for two years and have the presidency. Face it. he plans to spend billions, has already spent billions, and has dwarfed any past spending in a matter of months. All your talking heads can talk about is treason for pointing out the obvious. Ridiculous!

Mark   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Liberals are too focussed on this personality story of Limbaugh and Steele. I suspect it is because they are using it as smoke screen to distract people from important things.

ernie   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

simply put, the democrats today are not the dems of yester year, truman, kennedy, etc. are turning over in their graves!

Frank , FLA   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

larry ,please dont bring Lars back on ever again,,,,i thought we were over with him after the election,,,,, i hope RUSH runs in 2012,,,sounds like the reps want him to anyway LOL

Mark Talmadge   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Not only that, but Obama is trying to do too much too soon and spending far too much. With all of the stimulus plans, TARP plans, homeowners bailout and next years budget, Obama has an estimated $10 trillion dollars planned for spending within his first year in office and he'll double our national debt in one year. Bush only doubled our debt from $5 trillion to $10 trillion in eight years.

Who's the bigger spender? Dems talk a good talk but lets not taslk about the pork included in that $4 trillion dollar budget for next year.

David McNutt   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Everybody needs to shut up and trying to place blame on everybody else and come together to try and save this country. A country divided cannot stand that that is what our enemies are wanting to happen. Democrats and Republicans are both to blame for the present crisis and it's up to everyone to fix it.

Justin   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Blaming Bush for the entire financial collapse is silly. The derivatives played a large role in the banking crisis and one only needs to look back at the Clinton Administration/Commodity Futures Trading Commission and several bills passed during his tenure. The blame lies with both parties as anyone who knows tCongress is where spending originates; be it pork or social programs. Unfortunately, the last president didn't veto any. But moving forward, our president seems to think government will be better at getting us in out of the problems we are in. FDR/LBJ handed us the entitlement programs that will hinder the future well being of my generations, Obama is just putting a nail in the coffin.

Socialized healthcare doesn't work, look at England's common citizen's teeth.

Emily   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

All those who support Rush Limbaugh, should sit and come up with suggestions or resolution to the crises that Pres. Bush created for the last eight years. President Obama did not create this crises, he inherited it.

Peter M. Olsen   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Can anyone on your illustrious panel tell me really what "The american Dream" is, was por could be?
I doubt it!

Michael B   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

The Republican party has morphed into a caricature of itself. The country is in the greatest crisis most of have seen in our lifetime, and rather than offer any productive solutions, instead they are carrying on with infighting about whether a bloated, out of touch radio host is their 'leader'. I assure you, the single parent who can't feed her kids and retired couple who finds themselves having to go back to work because their nest egg is gone do not care. Let's get our hands dirty and get the country back on track. These party issues, and stories about them are not helpful. There are bigger issues. There is bigger work to concentrate on.

Pete   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Again I just hope the amount of Limbaugh viewers (20 million) is the amount of people that vote for the Republican Party in 2012

Kris   March 3rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

No one wants to take responsibility. President Obama is trying to clean things up-let's give him a chance. It's amazing to my that the Republicans for the most part don't want to take responsibility – they'll go all the way back to the Clinton years and blame him, but won't blame Pres. Bush for anything – as Mr. Larson did. This is too sad a subject for Stephanie to make jokes about it. We have to work together – and support our President – not hope he fails.

Sean Murphy   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Outspent them on what? Defense spending of bankrupted them before it did us and gave rise to the Golden Days of defense contracting...remember the $8,000 hammers?

Marshall Wohlers   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

What doesnt Rush get about the 8 years of uncontroled spending by the Republican administration? Why doesnt anyone ask him " How did WE get here?" Obama? NO. Hes a COSTIC a personality leading an ANTI-American chant by HOPING WE ( OBAMA) FAIL at turning the tide on the economy . Why in the WORLD do people fail to see through him. He is as much a Leader of a RADICAL SPLINTER FACTION as the folks who PALIN supports in ALASKA in deceeding from the United States.

Ric   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Only the morally corrupt Republican Party would call big spending energy, education and health care

Ross   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

After watching the Demcratic representatives on severalk channels to get a broad point of view. I can't help but wonder when they are going to stop blaming George Bush for the on-going economic troubles. Just when will this become Obama's issues? The comentators for the Democratcs seldom state historical facts to back up their arguments as do the Republican representatives (Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity etc). Democrats attacks on Rush seem personal as to his appreance and seldom argue his facts. All this as the trumoil compounds, Obama shines and George Bush continues to be the cause of everything. You are loosing the intelligent constituents.

Tim H   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

why do the republicans think they NOW have a better idea? Obama is in office for a meare six weeks... suddenly the republicans know better!


Tracey Basinger Champagne   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Hi, Dave! You did a great job tonight. Please tell me that you are not a fan of this severe liberalism. The things that the dems are trying to do are extremely frightening.

Moesha   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I hope Obama fails as well. I'm not sure what is wrong with somebody saying that socialism is not the answer.

ronald   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Yes Rush is the de facto leader of the GOP and McCain was down with the Bush plan. I can't believe Nancy and Lars truely believe what they are saying. Perhaps they should take a look at history because if we stay on this path revolution is not far away.

Jose   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh is not just a radio personality he has been transformed into a dangerous demagogue ala Father Charles Coughlin. His arguments are exactly the same as the fascist priests. Don't we have a responsibility to stop such people and what happened to the Fairness Doctring?

Eric   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

People were critical of Obama's experience. Rush has experience running his mouth and a radio show. Yet he is the defacto leader of the Republican Party. Sounds like another George Bush

Harry   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Larry, Neither one is my ideal GOP power broker. In fact, neither Steele or Limbaugh represent the rational Republican citizen that I know. Limbaugh has always sensationalized the issues toward the extream side of our politico. Although he may articulate the issues, he kills it after two minutes of listening. Maybe we ought to consider the "de facto" NRC head as the GOP head, or does it really matter?

Mindy   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

We don't care about the party fighting we care about our 401k's dwindling down to nothing. We did everything right bought a home,saved for college for my kid and put money away for my retirement. Work together to solve our problems. Shame on both parties represent the people like we ask you to do. I am so disgusted with our system at this moment. And you wonder why no one has any hope.

Ricardo   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Larry, I think you missed following up on your early news clip about Manny Ramirez getting $45 mil for two years with the LA Dodgers. Isn't that kind of deal lax accountability on the part of professional sports, likely to have tv foot such costs, and tv get it from advertising, and ad companies from corporate clients and, finally, corporations from consumers? I believe in free enterprise, but unregulated markets and unchecked excesses like greed–and overpaid professional sport players, are contributors to the questioning of capitalism as a bedrock principle in a free society.

Jo Ann, KY   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I think Rush is a BIG Blowhard! The Democrats inherited this mess from the Bush administration. Now, it's all "fine" to put the blame on Pres. Obama. We ALL knew it was going to get worse before it was going to get better. In my opinion Rush is still high on drugs.

Sravan   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

The 2001 and 2003 tax cuts from Bush's administration were claimed to be the WORST policy by 400 economists. It stimulated supply-side economics at the wrong time. Nancy says that Obama's plans will fail, but we have already seen Bush and the Republican methodology already failed. It is time for change, and we are seeing that now. Republicans say that it is not right to give our money to the hands of the government. The current crisis has been developed not only by Wall Street but also by the American public, who happily fell right into the hands of Wall Street. Because the Democrats have taken complete control of Washington, Republicans are just raising hell, that the Democrats are wrong, when the Republicans have been wrong for the past EIGHT years. IT is time for change, and Obama is doing a hell of a job, much better than McCain would have done.

val   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

president clinton did create bank mortgages for those who couldn't afford them -to stimulate the economy which economists are saying is the backbone of our economy. it was the banks that brought wall street in to sell stocks on those mortgages. mr. larson and you should have stated that.

Erick Loleka   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

They love America so much that they want to see Obama fails.
"They" because it seems like all conservatives support this sick ideology.

Where are the intellectuals in the republican party go? Where are the John McCain's of year 2000?

By the way! I nominate the governor of Florida as the defacto republican leader.

Angie   March 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

The Republican Party is a lost party, and to have Rush as their secret weapon is pretty embarrising in a sign of desparation to find their voice as a party. The way I see it, the Republicans have always been about the rich and what benefits them and their pockets, and never really cared about the people in this country that are struggling financially day to day. At the end of the day, what Rush and the republican party are doing is promoting fear within our country which is pretty sad to be such a patriotic party, so they say.

Mike West   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

It's true that Bill Clinton expanded home ownership. Then the policies of the Bush administration undermined the middle class so that it became harder and harder for them to keep up payments.

Larry   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Why do people listen to Limbaugh? All he does is blabber on the radio telling others (conservatives) what they should do and then he goes home and fattens himself up. I have never heard him say anything constructive, always attacking. I am a conservative myself and am disgusted with this windbag. I have more respect for Al Franken whom I disagree with, at least he ran for office to actually try and get something done. When was the last time Rush got out of his chair except to go to the refrigerator?

James   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Can someone tell how is this "cap and trade" crap not going to raise taxes on all Americans? When President Obama said last year it would do just that, that cap and trade would raise energy prices on all Americans!

Look up the video its on youtube.

Gabe   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

While I agree that a lot of the stimulus package seems to be an ineffective joke it seems the Republican Party is spending more time finger pointing and blaming. I want to hear solutions and I really don't care where they come from at this time. Quit complaining and start giving solutions to the issues!

bernieb   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Rush's scare tactics are towards his listeners only.. He is not an economist, a medical professional, a teacher, nor a soldier, but has an opinion on everything. What he is is a entertainer who claims that all other entertainers have no right to speak their minds. I would rather listen to Geroge Clooney, a millionaire also, who seems to want to help the world, than to Rush who only wants to help himself. The more he is in the news the more his ad fees for his show go up.

Ed   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh is a godsend for the Democrats to fade some of the heat for their failed policies. As long as Larry is talking about Rush, he's not talking about how the market is diving. Obama is in denial. Even today he said he ignores the up and downs of the market. There aren't any ups.

Matthew Wellendorf   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

GOP- Get Out Punk. Drawing such strict party lines is one of the reasons this great nation can't move forward. We hardly have a true Democracy anymore; so many politicians are tainted and crooked, who knows who's on the take. Let's do what's best for the United States, not what's best for the Liberals or Conservatives. It's COMMON SENSE!

herbey from california   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

If Rush is so concern about the country and since he knows exactly what to do fix whats wrong, why not put country first, give up his radio show and run for president, its only money that he would give up right. As I recall there was a man who gave up money to serve his country

fred   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Have republicans including R. Limbaugh indicated what type of tax cut and who should receive it should be used to turn the economy around?

Chris   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Let's discuss this in a metaphor everybody can follow.

1) We are ALL in this boat together! Each and every one of us.
2) There are only 3 positions in this boat (the rower, the navigator and the shouter).
3) Two of these positions will not really get us anywhere in the short term.
4) Two of these positions will actually get us somewhere in the long term.
5) Only one of these positions will make us feel good getting there.

Each of us need to determine what position they will take... otherwise, they just need to sit down because they are "Rocking the Boat." I don't care about your political affiliation... let's just get somewhere... and do so in a positive matter! For bitty sake, all of this bickering doesn't get anything accomplished. If everybody who was "shouting and complaining" where actually attempting to help improve one other person's situation... you might improve the quality of live of them.... and yourself!

Adam Peeples   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Let's hear from the Republicans how they think we should clean up this mess! I hear nothing but brick throwing from the republicans but no real solutions to the problems that are facing all of us!

Irfan Ahmad   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I am wondering that America is facing war on "Economic Front" and its Army "GOP+Democrates" are fignting. Larry tells me how we are going to win this war if this Army is not united for "AMERICA". Can't they see what this could bring to US

Jerry   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Our present problem has to do with not drilling for oil. The Russians are becoming stronger because they are selling while we just set by.
Both sides of the Isle are not doing the job.

Kevin   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Bahahahaha "Doesnt stimulus mean you have to spend" Larry, you have got to be kidding. You can not be that clueless

mike from Jordan, Ontario   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I'm surprised that people are out to ruin a well qualified president after watching for 8 years a party bankrupt a party-all the while saying nothing. Everyone, start puling the rope, and pull it together.

Chris Pittman   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

For the Republicans to posture as fiscally responsible after 8 years of horrific, irresponsible wasteful spending is a twisted joke. With just over a month in office, President Obama has made clear that our current situation is no quick fix. For Heaven's sake, let's make some attempt to give his policies a fair chance.

Buckeye Girl   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Why doesn't MS. Huffington admit that socialism is exactly what her husband, billionaire George Soros has been pushing for and that, her blogs are all about helping him achieve that?

Grady   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

republicans keep it up! We dems are so happy to hear you decrease yourself with the negative reteric whine while rome burns, sounds familiar somehow

Ben   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I'm a Democrat and I hate Rush, but I still think it is stupid to think its "treason" is Rush speaks out against the president, that is part of the 1st ammendment

J M Ford   March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

The whole bruhaha over Rush is just a symptom of the Republicans desperately attempt to retain the plutocracy established in the Bush years....power and money is their game known to them as less government and low taxes.

Kevin   March 3rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Hey Stephanie Miller....why the long face?

Orlando   March 3rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Accountability for everything is key now as it always should have been. Fingerpointing, namecalling, and political grandstanding are child tactics being used by our political "leaders". Common sense needs to take hold. It is not about "me" but about "we" at this point so let's focus on solutions and implementation so we can resolve this crisis.

miso   March 3rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

why are the gop trying to reason right know when people have lost houses and jobs.republicans need to sit and complimise alittle and see if these plans work . it does not kill to try other things to better this beautiful country.well nancy miss blond is such a blond .

jersey city

Neal   March 3rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I have traveled through Europe, (Germany, Holland, France, Italy), and can safely say we should model our future economy after theirs. It is correct to point out that Nancy and everyone blaming Obama for spending are wrong. They are throwing Red Herrings as usual. I think they should rename it to the redherrican party, all I ever hear from the republicans are Post Hoc Fallacies and False Dilemma. America WILL NOT FORGET which party used de-regulation and "tax-cuts" to put us in this situation.

george Granger   March 3rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

republicans always use issues that are not relavant to scare the public.The biggest lie is that taxes and tax increases will bring tis nation down.We are in this problem because all americans need to pay more taxes.our national debti is the problem.Pay down the national debt and everbody needs to pay more taxes!Why is ever4ything always about money with them.All the fiscal reform will not fix the fact that we need to pay more taxes and then worry about managing the money...

Vic   March 3rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Obama was in a Democrat controlled congress before the economy took a turn. Why didn't he and the Democrats do anything then?

Mmatare   March 3rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh and the republicans are still "sore" and "mad" that they did not win the presidency – Limbaugh is a bigot, prejudice idiot that cannot accept that a "black man is the commander in chief – if not so – then why does a radio host show owns so much power and everyone else is picking up his stupid crumbles? If the GOP and Rush Limbaugh cannot show "respect" to the President – how do you expect the world to Respect AMERICA?? do you ever think of that?? Rush Limbaugh is giving your enemies a whole new picture of how you treat each other – with all your patriotism to your country
I am sorry larry – you giving Limbaugh an audience is "absurd" – its not enough that he can yap yap nonsense in his radio show – the whole american media is also giving him more air time – WHY??

Marc Yacht   March 3rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

In one of Paul Krugman's columns he suggested that the Republicans were becoming the party of the stupid. I respect many Republicans and I felt that a bit harsh. However, I just can't imagine sensible Republicans standing by and accepting Rush Lumbaugh as the face of the party. I would imagine a duo would be complete adding Ann Coulter. God help the Republican party. I switched to "D" when Bush invaded Iraq.

mike maynard   March 3rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Regardless who is president–I think that all of the media should band together just like everyone is suggesting and bring intellegent people onto their programs to suggest remedies to this crisis and get away from all of the political debates–lets face it their will be plenty of time to debate and fight but as any coach of any team will tell you "when we fight amongst ourselves we are sure to lose" and this is what is happening in the US. We have some of the greatest buisness people in this country lets use programs such as Larry King live to promote some positives and quit promoting the negative!!!!

Paul Bryan   March 3rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I have always voted Republican but these days I am very concerned... Let's face it, Rush Limbaugh is nothing but a blathering goon, and he does very little except discredit the reputation and (former) good standing of the Republican community in this nation. We need an upstanding, reputable spokeman, not a loud mouthed clown. I am surprised Mr. Steele apologized for statements which were absolutely correct.

Jim   March 3rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Why do the republicans always blast countries like France. I'll take there health care plan and quality of life any day over ours. At least then I'd actually have health care.

Rich   March 3rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

What!!!......Republicans didn't use "divisiveness" in the 2004 Presidential election to get Dubya elected to a second term!!!..........The reason John McCain "LOST" in this election was because Republicans ran the same old Karl Rove style negative campaign as in 2000 and 2004 that is was just 4 years "too OLD"!!

President Obama is our President!!   March 3rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

How does Republicans blame Clinton for the present economy crisis. Can this panel explain again their opinions?

Eileen Cantin   March 3rd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Rush claims America's foundation is capitalism. I thought it was
deomocracy. Since when does capitalism unfettered trump the democratic principles that are the foundation for government.

Kevin7012   March 3rd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Rooting for a president to fail might not be treason but its unpatriotic. More unpatriotic than not wearing lapel pins.

Angela Wexelman   March 3rd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

It is amazing that people who are partial to the GOP keep trying to push for FEAR of what the President is trying to do! It was FEAR of more of the same no action that caused the GOP to lose! We the people voted for this change and fear of what had been done to our country by the previous administration! The GOP is desperate to regain a false control of a world that was and should never be again! A world that is partial to one race, one class and one old view of our nation! Move on!

Dan   March 3rd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Please let the Republicans give us some new ideas instead of trying to find a new scare tag line- watc`h out- we could end up like Europe!!!!
Please give us something positive or just shut up!

Cunnifer   March 3rd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

The GOP party has been losing any sense of dignity and one time luster that it appealed to many during the era Of the Late President Reagan. Since the Campaign and it's horrible failure a tone of astounding negativity has been resonating. This notion that the man Michael Steele who i thought was a man of caliber and intelligence, willing to accept the role of revival for this Grand Old Party has to bow to the likes of Rush Limbaugh is absolutely terrifying. The major question is "Do the Republicans themselves even know who is leading party?" until this question is answered then we'll see more of this Chaotic Behaviour.

Jacob   March 3rd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

She keeps saying he spent 587 billion more than he enherited. She is using bottom line figures. W's budget didnt account for the wars, Obamas does. His is less. SHE is an economist on Larry King, I'm a filing clerk.

Beverly   March 3rd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Who cares what Rush L. says. It was a stupid statement to say he hopes Pres Obama fails. TO me that means he hopes America fails. Now that is unpatriotic. Anyway, we have the economy to worry about not some overweight, spit slinging radio talker. It took years to get where we are and it will take years to turn this around. We just have to be patient. It is going to hurt, but we MUST BE PATIENT!!! We are behind you President Obama. We need to understand that President Obama cannot turn us around in 6 weeks. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Scott   March 3rd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Since when are democrats and republicans enemies? What a horrible misuse of the word 'enemy' on Larry King tonight. Get it straight people, both parties are still American.... It's the issues that matter, not the elephant and the donkey.

Joseph Onuorah   March 3rd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Rush Limburgh represents the core of Republican ideology:
-oppose anything that will benefit everyone. afterall who will then clean their houses, call them "sir" and serve them
-oppose any thing that will benefit minorities and the poor so that they will remain subjugated and subservient
-turn around and blame those minorities for being "lazy", derserving of their situation and if they complain, enact punitive laws and use the police and legal system to get them and lock them up
-build prisons in every poor neighborhood versus business so that minority males (in particular) will be locked up for long, thereby continuing what Jim Crow did not accomplish
Unfortunately for them, while they were planning for how to keep others down, the country was changing and will continue to change. In essence, by keeping others down, they keep themselves down and will continue to do so until they realize that we are all humans with similar needs. Now they can't sleep well knowing that a Black man now resides in the white house as the president of USA! Sicne they could not stop him from being the president, the best they can do is pray that he fails so then the response will be: "they just can't do it"!
But they forgot that like many other major government buildings, this was built by Black people who were not paid, nor even allowed to visit they very place they built!
Thank God, the majority of Americans do not advocate for these values that Rush and many republicans still hold.

Mr. America   March 3rd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Obama hasn't been in office for 90 days and already he's the cause for the economy?
Continue to be naive about the change the world is going through, you are really missing the big picture. In two generations you will witness a whole lot of change.

Claude   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Larry, I will not spend time analyzing Rush L. spechees.....he doesnt represent the core of the Republican party. period. Its a cheap Democrat strategy to play that card.
Ariana needs a cool aid, Obama is the president and with the democrats have total control of our far all the plans and actions has not accomplished anything, all the wrong incentives, not even able to gain the trust of consumers and business......
I do care about the stock market, my 401K is down 35% since the "change" took office.......I still have a job, I dont know for how long though.
Need a real change, Obama and Democrats will pay a high political price if they dont correct their policies....

Mr. Smarty Pants   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I feel as if they guys are not helping the US or the Citizens of the US. These guys arguing is only hurting the consumer confidence and everyday that I watch the news I hate to hear what these people have to say. I think we should be finding ways to hold the Obama Administration accountable to ensure that he is the best president we have ever had. Because the last thing that WORLD needs is a unsuccessful US President.

Glennis   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

How can the Republicans lie about the deficit increase when much of the deficit includes the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Republicans doesn't want to accept blame for the economy but for the last 8 years the House and Senate has been run by the GOP. I remember reading up on Harry Truman and he had a desk plate that says "The Buck Stops Here." Isn't it time the GOP begin to accept responsibility for their actions?

angela h   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Does Larry King care about the facts or is it only when it helps a liberal agenda?

John Chiarelli   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I'm listening to all this discussion about Democrats vs. Rush and the GOP, and although I'm just a Canadian listening in, it is my understanding that "GOP" stands for "Grand" "Old" Party.
Is there any more discussion required, other than that?

Peter Grill   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Hi Larry, With all the experts on your show,it is to bad everybody forgot about the basics. We dont give or lend money to people or companys who have not proven that they can be responsable with the funds.
The government cannot mannage money,so how can they give billons to bad managed companys and expect posative results. If a company fails this always makes opportunity for takeover or buyout situations, with new management and their own money on the line, which will fix a problem. All the bailout money will surely be a formula for disaster.

Cathy Adams   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Republicans are so used to failures the last 8 years they know nothing but failure. They don't know the concept of a stimulus that works

jaitori   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

There is no changing these Republicans minds. They care far more about their party than about the Country. They blame Obama for everything wrong! You wonder if they have independent brains!! These people can't come to reality. Rush looked like he was going to a party to meet some chicks with that outfit at their gathering. and THEN bouncing around! what was that about!?

As for Mr. Steele, i wonder why they really nominated him? i think it was for his color. it is obvious now. I would have more respect for him had he stood his ground. At least he would have been a man of principle.

Please keep it up. You will lose more seats in power because you look ridiculous in your opinions!

Colonel Dave   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

we are better than this. let's talk as AMERICANS. Not enemies. We can find the answer together as I'm not stupid, maybe naive.

Charles T.   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

The last 2 years were controlled by the Democrats, they did nothing at all. They are now doing nothing at all, STILL. The big problem is to just stop what is going on. I bet no one knows what is in those bills that are being passed. The Democrats need to get with the program. I lost my job last November, Now Mr. Obama has written a letter to the Russians. I fortold this before he was elected, that he will kill our country with a "Please don't hurt us and I will promise to give you anything you want" Enough is enough.....

Jason NY   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

why are these republicans keep saying that the recession started because clinton said to make owning a home easier for people. That is just to show you that the republicans are not good leaders because what they was sopose to do after they got in power is to make sure that the people who are offering these loans are doing there job the right and honest way and not looking out for there pockets by offering people bad loans which has now caused the recession.

BURGER   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET


stan   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Seems to me that Rush continues to pander to his paranoid base of the conservative working poor and the super (robber baron) wealthy. It is tragic that this man is allowed to espouse his myopic viewpoints in today's perilous times. What's up with the Johnny Cash dress impersonations, what is he attempting to hide...oh his weight, I guess? I am disgusted that he still manages to hold weight, no pun intended, given today's diverse American population. Increasingly his message is more and more out of touch with "mainstream" America, who views him as the self important blow hard, that he is.

Elizabeth   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I am so glad that Limbaugh is a Republican and not a Democrat.!
Because I am embarrassed just watching that man on tv, shaking his fists, jumping up and down and jiggling all over!

Maybe he is off his (illegal) drugs!

Ms Wright   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Please tell Stephanie SHE ROCKS!!!

I love her!

ers1024   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

All this blather does NOT cut to the chase of the problem. Forget party affiliation. These bunch of pundits have nothing to add to the solution because they are simply advocating "party" sentiments. I don't know how these people sleep at night.

The real issue no one is addressing is the need to reform the system of influence and outright corruption in Washington, DC.

My gosh, until the core problems are discussed, i.e. – systemic reform of how our Republic operates, there is NO hope for our country to remain at the top of the world economic heap. Perhaps an Asteroid is the answer. ERS

mg   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

obviously those in the blogs are loyal cnn rush limbaugh does not lead the republican party... unfortunately, neither does Mr. Steele... there is no one right now leading the republican party

Josh   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I thought capitalism functioned on the basis of a free-market. Since when does capitalism include government bailouts, massive deficit spending, and the redistribution of wealth. I would have thought all of those things to be communist or socialist not capitalist. Isn't America supposed to be a capitalist country.

By continuing to print more and more money all the Obama administration is doing is devaluing the American dollar.

Bill   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Travis Smiley's comments are well received relative to responsibility. His comments, however, referring to the "haves" as lucky and to be taxed to level the playing field, I take vast exception to. My wife and I having raised and educated six children by pure hard work makes his comment hurtful and indicates how the current direction of the political landscape is misdirected. To tax achievement is un-American.

Linda   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Republicans are so desperate for leadership, they'll believe anything Rush Limbaugh says. It's funny that the Republicans have great "finger pointing" skills. But not one of them has come up with "solution" as evidenced by, not only the last election, but by the last eight years. One more thing, Republicans certainly know how to express anger and rage, which, by the way is an emotion, not a skill. So besides anger, rage, and finger pointing, what else could they put on their resume???? Do you get why they didn't get re-elected??

tim   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Stop talking about Rush, please get Mitt Romney on the show. Why do we all pretend politicians have the "know how" to fix the economy. Why is there so much concern about Obama's policies being challenged, you all called Bush "incompetent" etc....for years.....

Adam Peeples   March 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

President Obama is really trying to clean up this mess! Let's give him some credit whether you agree with him or not!

Jim Matkaitis   March 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Maximum freedom under Republicans.

Unless of course you wish to decide whether or not to have an abortion.
or You think that medical marihuana will help your cnacer strciken loved one
or yuu you believe that gays should have the right to marry
or you beived in the fourth amendment as much as the 2nd

beverly   March 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Rush LOUD mouth Limbaugh is a big mouth bigot! I pray that God will let him live long enough to have to "bow down" to the Black Man like George Wallace had to do before his demise.

Please let the Republicians and their BIG MOUTH LEADER (RUSH L.) know that Mr. President Obama IS NOT going anywhere!

The Republikcians and Rush Limbaugh will have to DEAL with the BLACK Community, as well as the White and Hispanics young people of this U.S.OF America.
We are living in a Very Different time from the 50's & 60's!


kathy   March 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

WHY WHY WHY can't "the people" (us) have a say in anything with the government. AND what happened to transparency????? Mr. Obama.

Vic   March 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Is Rush Limbaugh Obama�s Hans Litten?

Until just recently I was a proponent for the war in Iraq. Because it toppled a ruthless dictator, provided a hard target for an otherwise illusive enemy and saved countless lives here at home. But the collateral result was the fastest rise to power of a socialist since Adolf Hitler with many of the same political objectives.

In this our enemies have succeeded!

Suzanne Graham   March 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Before we blame all the Presidents, let's not forget the role of pure American greed in this mess. The fact is, fully half of all sub-prime mortgages were for refinancing! If you can't make your house payments, what business do you have refinancing? Are we all so stupid that we have to be rescued from ourselves?

Buckeye Girl   March 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Why is it that kids can't drink until they turn 21, but they can vote at 18.

They can't possibly see what socialism means to them in their jobs, family etc. in the long term. They are still at the age that they are anti establishement and easily swayed by the liberal pressure put on them in college.

Peregrine White   March 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

They reason the Republican lost the Congress and the White House is they have been taken over by the 26% of the country that brought us Goldwater. They'd rather be right than elected. I'm tired of hearing the right say it's better to have a liberal elected than a Republican if that Republican doesn't totally agree with them. And the "leaders" of the "Conservatives" are so enamoured with themselves they would rather call names than work with others. Some of our best legislative leaders who got elected and controlled committees in Congress were Rhinos.
We need to look at the founding of the party in Ripon WI, at the reasons people gathered in a small schoolhouse to start the party that elected a President in six years from it's founding. A party that cared for the downtrodden, that freed the slaves and gave all people the vote.

Steven   March 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

What on earth is wrong with this country. I'm so tired of hearing the same B.S. when I put the TV on. All we hear is democrats has the best plan and republicans say they have one even better. Oh God, Then the pointing of fingures on whaich party got us into this mess. When will these public leaders going to open their eyes and realize, this mess was brought upon our selves by all. Needer parties are leaders in my mind. Leaders lead the people. Not preach doom and gloom. Then we have this fool Rush Limbaugh yapping away with nonsense on how he hopes the presidents policies will fail and the GOP is the savior. Boy, this is very encouraging. MY opinion, I think it's time this country forms a united party and do what is right for this country.

Linda   March 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

The Republicans keep saying that Obama and the Democrats want to spend more money to get out of this mess, but they still have yet to come up with any logical solutions. And please don't say tax-cuts.

Tax-cuts "do not" and "will not help the AIGs, the Auto Industries, and various other markets.

Gregory Doty   March 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

The Republicans only stand for one thing: more money for the rich. That's it, everything else is smoke and mirrors. Why any middle class American would listen to their nonsense is beyond me. Certain people just want to be under the heel of the rich and powerful. The Republicans only have one prescription to fix what ails America: take two tax cuts and call us in the morning.

Carole   March 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

You know we went through all this constant arguing, etc., during the presidential conventions! has now been decided, Barak Obama is our President so why can't we all get behind him to make this world and all in it a success instead of more constant arguing? It is not good for our country nor it's people and leaves such a bad impression of America to the rest of the world.

Saheed O.   March 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Everyone on the show is fundamentally wrong and it is apparent they don't really understand economics. FDR's new deal did not fail but it did not do what it was intended to do and as a result it dragged the socialistic ideals of hoover into a great depression that lasted for years. Psuedo socialistic principles have been propagated ever since. The Fed should not exist because nobody knows how the market should be run except the market itself. Greenspan lowering interest rates artificially for as long as he did fed into the housing bubble and was a main cause. Bush's policy only furthered the economic decline. Obama will accelerate this and destroy the value of the dollar. You are talking with neo conservatives that like to talk about cutting spending but that is nonsense because they don't mean it. Would they end the war on drugs? Would they bring troops home from all over the world? Stimulating the economy is like giving a near od'd patient a shot of MOONSHINE! these people don't know what the hell they are talking about.

Adam Peeples   March 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Lets hear the Republicans talk about what is right with the stimuls!

Teresa   March 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

You know what? I don't care about this ridiculous fighting from the GOP towards the Democrats. IT DOESN'T MATTER!!!! Our country is in so much financial trouble. What is the GOP going to do besides run their mouths about how bad Obama is doing? YOUR PARTY LOST!! You have no respect because of this trivial bickering. Pull together and do something to help our country and our people!!!!

Paul Betts   March 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET


I'm a Democrat - always have been - but your two democrat guests are convincing me of what I've felt since the stimulus bill - that I have buyers remorse. I'm afraid of where Obama is now leading us and your two guests are doing nothing more than substantiating my fear.

Karen C   March 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I wish you would ask your republican guests if they really think that the forefathers meant that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness means you can do whatever you want. That is what "minimum government and maximum individual rights" seems to mean to them. That is all I am getting from them.

Reno   March 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

We can blame George W Bush for the mess we're in today; but who put him in office for 2 terms? And as for Rush Limbaugh, who gives him his voice? It seerms to me that we ought to look in our own backyard. Time to move on with the present administration.

I am An American!!!!!!   March 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I am an American first!!!

If President Obama fails OUR COUNTRY fails!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When are the Republicans going to become AMERICANS rather than politicians or spoiled little kids who stomp off, find blame with others, and unwilling to share solutions to problems?


JRal   March 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Funny....the GOP has gone from Limbaugh? about poor judgement.....they have lost all credibility.

Ann   March 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh has more credibility than any conservative in America.
I am laughing inside as one of the 50 plus million who did not vote for Obama. Our futures are being hijacked by liberals who think they own taxpayer money. The stimulus package is the most irresponsible government intrusion and takeover in our lives. Libs just don't get it.

Kevin Klay   March 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I am ashamed of my party. Anyone who would say that they hope someone fails just so their party can look "good" should be shot! I'm ready to switch...just not to the Dem's. They are shameful also.

Debbie Wagner   March 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

How come the Republicans didnt raise a fuss when Bush wanted to spend $750B without a plan?!

flora allison   March 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Has Rush Lim Boy taken time out to go thru rehab or do we just automatic ly forgive his drug use

ronald   March 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

When did Nancy and Lars become economist? I thought they were like Rush "talking heads". It seems as though they only thing GOPers can offer is critizism and fear. The fact is they are rich and don't want to pay their fair share. GREED is the true heart of the Repubilcan Party thats why they pushed that first bail out through so fast without any oversight.

Zo   March 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I find the Republican spokespeople distort everything Obams is doing...if
Mc Cain had gained office...but they really think we would not be doing a variation of the same thing?

I can't stand to even listen to these folks...they spin is on inbred and

Most American back Obama 110%.

Cathey   March 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I wish the news media would stop reporting anything on Rush, By doing so we are fueling the GOP by allowing them to stay in the spotlight. Rush is an actor and not a very good one. There are many people who are not fooled by him at all. THEY LOST .... The people made the choice for change.

Let's CHANGE the conversation. As for Mr Steele as head of the RNC he's only a token and many of those who they would plan to target already know that. Especially those of us from the RED states. We know what the GOP/RNC stands for.

Neal   March 3rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET


mg   March 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

fact... the dow is the lowest it has been since 1997.... not even after 9/11 was it this it or not... President Obama is the man in charge.... it is time he took leadership

Regena   March 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Republicans are LOST if they have only Rush Limbaugh to look to for answers to who they are. Bush gave them the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and they still screwed up, but yet Limbaugh can brainwash that small core group of Republicans to believe its Obama's fault that we're in the mess we're in. The Republicans are too arrogant to see their shortcomings – they'll NEVER admit they've done anything wrong. The Republicans just don't get it because they spend too much time marveling in themselves to notice the world has moved on.

David   March 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Democrats and Rebuplican are both to blame for this mess.

John sine   March 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Can someone please explain to me how everything is the president’s fault? I have always understood the US president can only put into law unless the congress and Senate put a bill on his desk?
I also watch an interview with President Bush and he made a statement saying he asked the Democratic congress to regulate the banking and they would not act.
I am watching this show and cannot tell facts from fiction

Eleanor   March 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

what baffles me is how scrutinized President Obama is....every issue
every decision etc etc
If BUSH had been scrutinized this way for the last 8 years the country would NOT be in the mess its in today
Everyone should think about this and oh btw the this last bill about to go to the president is 40% pork of the republicans but in scrutinizing Pres Obama and the dems the media fails to mention this

Georgie   March 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I think Rush Limbaugh already won, he actually represents the "new republican party" and should be their leader, he's almost like Bush but with an R for Republican. Michael Steele needs to step down, I don't think he understands the nation like Bush, Palin, Jindal, McCain and Rush do, they really get it, don't they?????????

daniel   March 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Larry, why don,t you ask the people who are struggling about how they feel about the Obama stimulus plan? If you talk to your guest who are making , for most of them more that $100, 000, they will tell you that the President is wasting money by spending. Ask a woman with 4 kids, making less than $30,000 to tell you how they feel if they could get an extra few $$$ form the Obama plan? Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs, Hannity and Sternelli are confusing people like Mccain did. How's that for a thought?

Matt   March 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

This conversation is a perfect example of the partisan finger pointing that has gone on for far to long in American politics. It does not matter who is leading the Republican party or what these people on the show think. What matters is that this government we elected gets its act together and moving towards a solution. The key is to stop talking over each other and pointing fingers and to get to work. Silly conversations like this are pointless and a waste of time.

Hope   March 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Republicans refuse to be accountable, they either want to go back 8 years and blame Clinton, now they want to blame Obama, their party is in shambles, to think someone like Rush who only cares about his taxes is running their party. Its sick THAT ANYBODY LISTENS TO THEM........

carl gladden   March 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Mrs. Huffington. Just what and who's policies created this financial mess. Seems like SEN. M ccane tried to do something about Fannie & Freddie mac ,s plight several years ago . I blame Congressional House members for poor regulation .Why weren' t they ( Fannie& freddie) ever regulated . Now point your fingers at real change ,scew the Democrats who got us into this financial mess. President Obama" didnt point fingers "when he addressed the Senate during the first bailout bill if he had his fingers surely would of been pointig at Democrats.

Sandra   March 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I can't stand to hear Limbaugh speak against Obama. His show should be cancelled. He is a self-absorbed egomaniac. Let's give Obama and the democrats a chance.

Marie Josee Godbout   March 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I am Canadian. I was in USA, during the last Presidential campaign. I heard about Rush Limbaugh before. To make my own opinion, I decided to listen to his radio hot line.

In my opinion, that man does "trash radio", he is very dangerous and use a language as an incentive to not only make people vote for GOP but also, he cultivates hate against government and elected people...

I am scared of what kind of monsters, Rush Limbaugh has already created.... The GOP is in total disarray... It is a pity to watch.

Dodie from CA   March 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET


Under the Clinton Administration, he hired Greenspan who deregulated Wall Street.

I voted for Clinton so I am not saying this because I don't like him...actually I think he was a great president other than this...

lori c   March 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

After watching your show tonight – I am convinced you are the most liberal, unfair show host around...
You don't give any republican a chance to speak..

This nation is in REAL trouble with this inept President that you helped get elected...

hope your 401K looks like mine!!

Go Rush!!

Vic   March 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Dr. Jerome Corsi's latest book, "The Obama Nation," is one of several new publications that peel away the media dazzle from the socialist foundation of president Obama. Some writers have even suggested that an Obama nation would be the "abomination of desolation" referred to in Matthew 24:15. Should Obama succeed in converting America into the socialist nation he describes in his platform, desolation would follow, just as surely as it has followed every other government-managed society in history.

Rosie S   March 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Good on Arianna and Stephanie! They're great.

Lars defined what the Republican party stands for - rich white men running over the top of everyone else with no rules. (I believe that's what small government and maximum personal liberty means). Isn't that why we are worried about the economy today - maximum personal liberty?

The Republican side had only old and pathetic arguments.

anonymous   March 3rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Larry, If your goal is to question the content of Rush Limbaugh, you need to have guests other than these two women, who by the way are an embarrassment to women.These gals have no real knowledge or facts to back up their philosphizing. They look really bad up against these other two guests and all they really can say is "George Bush,the last eight years, George Bush,the last eight years" . If your intent is to attack Rush's personality, then these gals are fine. They are so transparantly threatened by the Republicans. If things don't improve
, they will have to find something else to say and I wouldn't bet my money on these gals, with the lack of substance that they project.

mike mcardle   March 3rd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I still have not heard a single idea come out of the republicans to get us out of this depression they got us into. ALl I hear is cutting down critisism. The republicans are gambling Obama fails so they can say " see we told you so". . So immature .

mike maynard   March 3rd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I usually enjoy watching your program –but lately it has become such a shouting match with people trying to talk over one another it has become somewhat like going to a childs birthday party –lets try and have it somewhat under control so that we can atleast sound like intellegent adults

Chris   March 3rd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

You sure dont throw money to clean up this mess. Its only making it worse.

you want to know what I think they should do??

PUT THE MONEY IN THE PEOPLES HANDS! I mean how stupid are they? We could take that money & put it back into the economy.
You give me 100k, & guess what?? I will pay my house off, & buy a new car. BAM!!! I have just helped the housing & the car makers of the USA! DUH!!! OBAMA & HIS PEOPLE ARE SO STUPID! All they are doing is making big government & taking more & more of our freedoms.

Kevin7012   March 3rd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Two state solution anyone?

Irreconcilable differences.

Educated, rational european like democrats and Small government, fiscal conservative and theocratic republicans.

Sad to see America ripping itself apart.

The world has the pop corn ready as the greatest democracy on earth throws such great legacy down the drain.

steve   March 3rd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Hey, lets crack jokes about how the current government is spending money! One mile bike paths will save us all! When all else fails, democrats should just blame republicans and call them all liars!

Chris Pittman   March 3rd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

By the way, stimulus means "something that creates a response." If someone has a heart attack, you don't stimulate the heart with a feather, you jolt it into response!
The economy needs a serious influx of capital immediately. The suggestion that tax cuts will stimulate the economy is a ridiculous theory.

hazel   March 3rd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

republicans are out of their minds! obama is doing a great job with this stimulus package. when the great depression happened FDR did the same thing and he helped the economy recover. So why are the republicans fighting something that is known to wok!?

mike   March 3rd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

R – rotund
U – ubernoxious
S – smarmy
H – hack

what a waste of space!

George   March 3rd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Can you please tell Republican strategist and the like to be quiet! They had 8 years, screwed things up for that long, and now they pretend like they have all the answers. What is wrong with these people? Please, be quiet!

Nancy   March 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Stephanie (one of the Panelists) keeps using the word "Treason" OVER and OVER again.

REALLY??? Are you kidding me? If someone disagrees with Obama, its Treason?? That is appalling how they want to shut down and voice of that differs from theirs!!!!

Please I thought that was a BUSH/Republic Tactic? I am a Democrat but these people are just little too much.

Gary Brodie   March 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I agree with rush

Buckeye Girl   March 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

If Rush committed treason, then so did BO angainst Bush!

MS Huffington needs to go home!

Dan   March 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

great show

Saheed O.   March 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

The government made regulations that made the market so complicated. just take the government out of the mix and see what happens. a recession will happen. but it can be brief. IT WILL HAPPEN. if they keep going how they are going, watch how fast and severe the value of the dollar will be destroyed and they bring a new form of currency out that will be the same. WAKE UP!!!!

Justin   March 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Now Obama wants us to buy stocks! HA! LMAO! Soros is making money off this while ordinary folks get slaughtered!

Lisa   March 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I support Obama, but why has no one checked the math? $7.7 Billion for about 8500 earmarks? Come on I'm all about sharing the wealth or poverty in our case, but giving money to research the smell of pigs-someone is smoking something on the hill!

Linda   March 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Chris March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Let’s discuss this in a metaphor everybody can follow.

1) We are ALL in this boat together! Each and every one of us.
2) There are only 3 positions in this boat (the rower, the navigator and the
Aye aye Captain.

Mr. Smarty Pants   March 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

If Rush was never heard of again, then people would be able to think for themselves instead of listening to his bias trash talking!!!!!!!

Monann Davis-Sanders   March 3rd, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Can someone please tell me where Rush Linbaugh was the past 8 years when George Bush was making this mess in the first place. When are we going to be honest about everything. Rush had no comments before because he was enjoying him money. Now it is getting ready to be taxed the way everyone else has been taxed and he and the rest of the rich Republicans are on the war path again. Same thing he was doing when Bill Clinton was trying to make the middle class some money.

Lois Reborne   March 3rd, 2009 10:02 pm ET

WHY do the Republican commentators keep repeating lies? The "earmarks" they are talking about are not in the bill – they are being gleaned out of 1000s of proposed – not funded – projects from mayors all over the country. The so called golf carts are highly efficient electric vehicle used to transport people and equipment across military bases. Why do they continually get to say this stuff with out challenge?

aliou   March 3rd, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Larry, I am an economist from the University of north Florida. Tell the GOP lady to learn economics if she wants to talk about it.

Injections into an economy is what economic agents can do to stimulate the economy. One such agent and the biggest is the Government.

Leakages from an economy is what anyone can do to bankrupt an economy, and that is what the bush administration did paying for war and distributing money friends around the world under the pretext of war on terror.

Joyce   March 3rd, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Rush and Ann Coulter belong to the same club. "Selling themselves" otherwise they may be less relevant, or perhaps less wealthy, God forbid. They are both full of hot air, vindictive and spew hatred. For most Americans this kind of rubbish does not define them.

Erinn (California)   March 3rd, 2009 10:03 pm ET

How can our country get out of the mess were in, when congress is acting like little kids in the sandbox fighting over whose toy animal has dominance over the sandbox the donkey or the elephant. Every one needs to pull there heads out of the sand and get the job done, together.

Pete   March 3rd, 2009 10:03 pm ET


mg   March 3rd, 2009 10:03 pm ET

beverly, if you check your history, it was the republicans in the early 60's who passed the civil rights legislation... Al Gore Sr. and the other democrats were nowhere to be found.....

jeff zimmerman   March 3rd, 2009 10:03 pm ET

great show as usual, and as usual, THE SAME EXCUSES, Republicans in DENIAL, Democrats spending, I dont know where the two Republican talking heads have been, but 3/4THS OF ALL MAJOR companies have been deregulated by G DUB, blaming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for all the BS that is wrong w/this country is just shameful, BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WERE ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, NOW WE HAVE TO PAY THE PIPER, THANKS ALOT CONGRESS AND BOTH PARTIES!! WHILE YOU FIDDLE, I'M BURNING!!!!

Sean Murphy   March 3rd, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Get off of the 'Golf carts' and 'Fixing collapsing bridges in rural areas' arguements...becuase even if a little so called 'pork' gets into the mix (and who exactly is the authority on defining pork? The American people will decide...) Somewhere out there will be men and women onan assembly line earning a paycheck to build those liberal hippie non polluting golf carts...rather than driving 1/4 mile at a time in a foreign built Hummer H2. And who could argue with fixing a crumbling bridge is a SAFETY issue and the trickle down effect (forgive me for that phrase which I despise...) of the people working construction on THOSE bridges will put people to work. Earning a paycheck. Spending that money that other people will need to be hired to accept that money for goods and services.

Annette Tidwell   March 3rd, 2009 10:04 pm ET

It is clear that Republicans did not get the message sent in the last election. They are acting like spoiled rotten children – it is absolutely disgusting. For Limbaugh to hope that Obama fails is to hope that Americans fail. Any American who continues to Limbaugh any creditability after that sentiment is a fool. Do they have any idea what it is like for Americans right now across the country? Who wants to be listening to all this fighting?? I say if you don't have a solution then shut-up and support those who are trying.

Jason   March 3rd, 2009 10:04 pm ET

If this is what it means to become educated, then what is the point? It seems to me just a bunch of spoiled wealthy kids (ya- they are far from being adult) whining with each other year after year after year... yet the country continues to fail. I believe someone should KILL Rush- he's an EVIL EVIL DRUGGIE REPUBLICAN.

Erick Loleka   March 3rd, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Question: Where were all these republican experts during president Bush 8 years?

There expertise has us where we are today.

Again! I nominate Charlie Crist for president. He is the only one making sense right now.

Patrick   March 3rd, 2009 10:04 pm ET

HOW ABOUT CUTTING THE CORP. TAX RATE? & fund education for job retraining...(the good manufacturing jobs won't be back...get used to that idea...)Make the GI bill obsolete by allowing ANY veteran free schooling? lets train and educate as many as we can and see where this investment guess is millions of people with better paying jobs and for you LIBERALS out there more tax money to spend...yes more....

Tyrone   March 3rd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

The only way republicans answer question on news programs is avoid the question. They never directly answer any questions honestly. They are a waste of our time to see them over & over not being accountable for the mess this country is in. During the election, they couldn't amit that they were "Republicans". They couldn mention George Bush or Dick Chenneys name. They never have any solutions, but always swear they know what's best for Americans. Can someone ask them which Americans they're refering to? I know they don't represent me, my friends or anyone I know. All they do is divide the country with their "We know what's best for anyone, but, only represent the rich & well off. What about the rest of us? We're not blind. We saw the election rallys & who's crowd best represented All Americans. It sure wasn't the republicans. You screwed up this economy & refuse to be accountable for anything. Stop talking in code and define who Conservatives really are. Not all Americans. Only the rich & well off. I know Michael Steele regrets a lot having to apoligize to Limbaugh. What kind of leadership is that? Americans are no longer the Fools they once were. Those old republicans tricks are dying are as fast as your party.

k. campbell   March 3rd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh is a radio commentator. He hasn't been elected and he does not deserve the attention he is getting from the national media. He is nothing more than a bully.
The Republicans will never change. They want President Obama to fail and really do not care if that also means Americans fail. Republicans created this economic disaster and President Obama will lead America out of this mess in spite of the Republicans. Let's hope the American people remember this is the coming elections.

Barbara   March 3rd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I bet ole Rush is getting the thrill of a lifetime with all of this attention?
Is he helping the country?? NOOOO...he's helping himself to the most attention he's had in a while. It's ok...he's going to ruin the republicans
chance in the next elections! Go ahead on Rush...

Vic   March 3rd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

More on the job training?

Even Obama supporters knew his inexperience could hurt his presidency. But they relied on the fact that he would surround himself with highly capable cabinet appointees. So what has he done? He�s appointed a self confessed tax evader head of the IRS, tried to appoint others with problems obeying the law to high level positions. And now it�s learned he took a step right out of �Foreign Policy 101� completely bypassing his Secretary of State and wrote an appeasing letter to the president of Russia! This faux pas only allowed political posturing by Russia and others waiting for the fall of western civilization.

Pete   March 3rd, 2009 10:05 pm ET


mike   March 3rd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Larry. Very disappointing panel of people that don't know what they are talking about. I expect more from the show.

Mr. America   March 3rd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

The history is behind us, the future is coming up strong. what i'm saying is in the next 20-40 years there may not be a goverment to remember. I'm tired of the politics and the biggest gambling ring on the planet the stock market

hadas desta   March 3rd, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I was watching your show tonight and was really ungry at Nancy & Lary. I don't hear them offering any solutions but they can criticize President Obama and the Democratic Party like no other.
Do they expect the 8 year mess that was allowed to happen, by their President & Party, to disappear over night? If they have no positive thing to say about President Obama, who apparently is doing everything to get us out of the Mess, why don't they just shut up?

O. Olanubi   March 3rd, 2009 10:06 pm ET

First and foremost, what is the GOP contribution to the current US economy situation? The GOP/RNC are just critizing President Obama on the Stimulus package but they are not bringing anything to the table. Can someone please tell me what the GOP/RNC plan to do about the economy crisis. In addition, I will like to know the GOP/RNC plan(s) if they were the one in Obama's position?
Furthermore, what is the deal with Rush Lumbaugh? I will like to know what he knows about politics. It seems that there are many non chalant people in the GOP. Rush needs to think deeply before he says anything out of his month next time. Some popele just think they can just come on national TV and just be talking non sense the samething Joe the Plumber did during McCain campaigne. I think the GOP are full of many bombastic idiots.

O. Olanubi

Elwood Jones   March 3rd, 2009 10:07 pm ET

WOW, Rush and his followers are a sign of how this country needs to fix our education system????

David Bockoven   March 3rd, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Sweet cheeses! Why would I want to participate in this again? Goodbye.

islandhiloboy   March 3rd, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Ive been watching the news since President Obama became president, all you hear is alot of negative from the Newcaster from Foxnews, Lou Dobbs, and Radio talk show Rush Limbaugh, those people are anti-american, very much a repubican, and are haters, President Obama didnt cause this problem we having, It was President Bush cause all this, making wars, turning country against each other, gettin involve where he shouldnt be, helping the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer, and if they think they can do better, then why didnt they run for President and get us out of this jam,,,all mouth!....You folks always forget about hawaii, all we here is the mainland people is suffering! hellooooo!,,,hawaii is the one is suffering, we pay high taxes already, living is very hard and rent is so high, food, clothes. gas, electric is so exspensive here, Our statehood was taken away, dethrone our Queen and her Kingdom, and you folks get the nerve to insult our President. local born from hawaii, when you put our President down your putting hawaii down too, Well its natural to you folks, our kingdom was taken away by a mainlander, The Republican got us in this mess helping out President Bush, and when President Obama want to help the Middle class and the Poor, Republican refuse, Why because they only help the rich! thats how i feel at the moment, Hawaii people always been put down by high nose mainlaners calling us native hawaiians lazy poor people!

Pete   March 3rd, 2009 10:08 pm ET


mg   March 3rd, 2009 10:08 pm ET

we are in this problem for several reasons... 1) congress...2) american greed 3) irresponsible ordinary people..... 1) congress.. they pass the bills that eventually become law... and for the last 2 years.. this has been led by the Democrats. 2) american greed.. enough said... 3) irresponsible ordianry people.. if you can't afford the payment.. don't buy the product.... I don't care what the banks, lenders or anybody else says... if you payment eats up more than 30% of your monthly take home pay... you can't afford it... period... take responsibility for your own actions.

daniel   March 3rd, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Mr. Smiley and Woodward are correct and on point. We are here because of the lack of oversight, accountability, regulation and more importantly GREED! Americans have been asleep at the wheel over the last eight years and now we're facing the dire results. Employment was basically exported resulting in the loss of income the ability to sustain a living wage and family struggles. Everyone will have to take a share in this recovery. Last, we must have accountability and transparancy.

Renee Meyer   March 3rd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

What has struck me in the show about Rush L. is we have another television personality who has an ability to yell and intimidate, and not have the ability to give the President a chance. Obama said if he did nothing it would be a disaster for our economy. I am not a Bush hater and I am not a lover. But I believe the inheritance is not only from the Bush admin. it stems from years of coruption. I believe the gas prices has something to do with it. But I believe it is a time for change in many realms of government and econimic changes. We will have to deal with the debt in the future as it comes. But we have to support the new president and yet cannot ignore the republican party. We have to take care of the people through programs. It is hard to support the little guy when you are not feeling the crunch. Not everyone has a college degree or high level of experience.

Something that bothers me is 10 years ago we had problems with our jobs. I was management and secretarial, worked in a facotory that went over seas and there were no good paying jobs to be had within the last 10 years. I worry about the stress and my life, I am a single parent and am trying to get a home for my kids, two years ago I put a small investment I had into a place that I would get some money for a downpayment for a home. My children do not have their own room. My American dream has been deminished already. Within the last two years of my place up for sale it has been one drastic thing after another with the economy.. I am worried about my health and stress level here. And my kids well being. Someone said to me "well the economy will get better after were in the grave." This is what I feel I cannot even enjoy motherhood or see my kids be happy. I hear everytime the news gets turned on about fathers who cannot handle it and mothers who cannot raise there kids. It is not about marriage it is about this drudgery of how long do we wait it out. I don't want to enjoy my life when the kids are out of the house. I have not been able to enjoy anything this country has to offer even travel. Because of even the travel industry. So Was it alone 9/11 or what.? I don't think we can just blame Bush. But we have to deal with the dept as it comes. Something has to work.

Saheed O.   March 3rd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

AIG overlevereged themselves. They should be made to fail. this, to big to fail, is socialistic. Regulations were put in place to price fix. they made running business expensive. they encouraged speculation that was furthered by the free money printed. AIG no doubt made foolish business decisions and as such they should fall so other investors can pick up the pieces. until then consumer confidence will not be restored and one more point. we do not need credit. credit got us here in the first place. why do you want more credit flowing? credit should be discouraged and savings should be encouraged. obama wants to redirect wealth from private to public sector but thats not what generates wealth. you are not wealth because you spend! you spend because you are wealthy and you get to that point by SAVING!

joe   March 3rd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh has no idea what he is talking about. He just another Joe plamer who want to be notice. we the people suffer enough, now is time for change, give this guy a break. he have a dream not for him self for us too.
I do not understand the reason of all this republican comin' on t.v for judgement. are they blind, deff or stupid? they let George Bush run for a second term even know we all hate him, he took 350. billion dollar for esimuls plan and just vanish.
now my question is how in the world that much amount of money just vanish, no body ask that. do you know why nobody ask what happen to the money,
because they all republican who share the money. all those people who work for bush they all got paid. now they mad because Obama know what they upto.
obama have a vision, a vision of us living together in peace. why can't this republican give him a chance? why be greedy?
is it what amerca is all about, reacher get reach and let the rest suffer. why don't Mr. rush walk on my shoes and see if he can make it without a job, I'm a man of no job, no health insurance, and eat only one time a day. is this how they want me to live, is this how they want z low class and middle class to live, why can't we all eat, and seek peace together.
the man is a "president" now we all know the economy is under the rock, and god put this guy for a reason now let the reason be solved and stop sprayin all your negativity.

Lessie   March 3rd, 2009 10:10 pm ET

I cannot believe that the american people can listen to shall hate by a man who once said he hated blacks, gays, jews, lesbian and anyone that's not like him. He is not just entertainment and he has proven that with Mr. Steele who had to come out and apologize. If anyone wanted to be a Republican right now anyone that would stand by such a man of hate and harshness toward anyone. Wake up people go back and investigate his past. He has always been a hate monger and he is going to continue to be that at the American people's expense. Any party that would stand by such a man, I would have nothing to to do with them and I have no respect for them! I once had at least respect for the repubuican party now. I am embarrased and humilitated by them.

nomorehate   March 3rd, 2009 10:10 pm ET

buy buy buy

Gary Hubbard   March 3rd, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Larry, this in-fighting over who should lead the Republican Party is distracting all of us from the core issue – the economy! The Republican Party needs to step up and advance equality in every thing. Every American above the baseline poverty threshold should pay the same percent of income tax as we all enjoy the mutual benefits of this great country. No one should escape due to tax loop holes or high priced attorneys.

Additionally, the Republican Party needs to stand strong in support of what has made this the best country in the world - the free and open economy and our constitution. The TARP, American Recovery Plan and the mortgagee bailout are so flawed it is difficult to understand why every American is not in uproar. What is wrong with this picture?

•Executive officers lead a company into financial ruin. So the U.S. Govt. bailouts the incompetent and greedy executives by giving them millions and billions of our tax dollars. Was it Einstein who said: Continuing the same behavior but expecting different results is INSANITY? Mr. President let them fail and another company (existing or new) will replace the void.

•Mortgage lenders approved mortgagees to those who could not afford even a 10% down payment and whose ultimate monthly payment exceeded 40% of their gross income. Oh and then they package these mortgages in a yellow bow and sell them to the un-expecting and uninformed.

Please pass on this message to the President: “Mr. President, Please keep it simple! If you truly want to stimulate the economy feed the hand that feeds it – the individual consumers! Let’s start with housing since that is the core of the crisis. Give every (equality/fairness) mortgage holder and anyone entering into a mortgage in the next 12 months the following deal:

•Refinance or finance a new 30 year mortgage at 4.5% if your new monthly PITI is less within 40-45% of your gross income. Everyone will jump at this opportunity and guess what the majority will pump what they save on their mortgage into the economy – that Mr. President is stimulation. The govt. will pay the lender the difference between today’s rate and the 4.5% rather than give CEOs the money.

•Advocate equality via a flat tax for all Americans above the poverty thresholds. Weren’t unfair taxes and taxes without representation reasons this country was founded?

•Stop bailing out the greedy and incompetent companies or leaders of those companies. For example the problems of the Auto industry are not new – they have been producing overpriced and inferior autos for years. Given the chance consumers will decide who survives and thrives when they cast their dollar votes!

Let me go back to income taxes - when all Americans pay the same percent on income tax regardless of how much you make we will then be able to focus on the critical issue – where the money needs to go to support the majority and continue the countries prosperity!

Mr. Pres – KISS - Keep it simple and small and we will bounce back stronger than ever!

Gary Hubbard

mike from Jordan, Ontario   March 3rd, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Keeping up with the Jones' just got a lot easier.

Crayton Jones   March 3rd, 2009 10:11 pm ET

The way to rebuild the Republican party is to show you're good sports after getting your butts kicked. Take it like real men, roll up your sleeves, present some ideas to help this nation get through this mess that the GOP had more than a passing contribution to, and show us you're made of the stuff that makes America Great instead of being a bunch of rich, winey, girly men. Give me something to be proud of and want to be part of. I don't have any respect for wimps and winers and most Americans don't either. For those of you left behind by George and Dick show us we're wrong about you. Right now I'm sure you fellas have a serious testosterone defficiency. If you don't stand up and grow a set you will remain a party of big wallets only because you're not tough enough to go to the playground by yourselves.
Las Vegas,NV

Hubert   March 3rd, 2009 10:11 pm ET


O. Olanubi   March 3rd, 2009 10:11 pm ET

First and foremost, what is the GOP contribution to the current US economy situation? The GOP/RNC are just critizing President Obama on the Stimulus package but they are not bringing anything to the table. Can someone please tell me what the GOP/RNC plan to do about the economy crisis? In addition, I will like to know the GOP/RNC plan(s) if they were the one in Obama's position?
Furthermore, what is the deal with Rush Lumbaugh? I will like to know what he knows about politics. It seems that there are many non chalant people in the GOP. Rush needs to think deeply before he says anything out of his month next time. Some people just think they can just come on national TV and just be talking non sense like what Joe the Plumber did during McCain campaign . I think the GOP are full of many bombastic idiots.

O. Olanubi

mg   March 3rd, 2009 10:12 pm ET

my disappointment with President Obama is his lack of leadership.. he stated several times there should not be "pork" in the stimulus bill.. but he signe it anyway... what he should have done was simply this.... tell congress what the major areas were.... economy, health, education... and then demand Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Reid to provide him with a single bill for each area... no pork, no hidden agendas, no 1000 page document... one bill dealing with health, one for housing, etc...

Saheed O.   March 3rd, 2009 10:12 pm ET


joseph j. virostek   March 3rd, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Hilary Clinton said it all during the campaign" Obama does not have the experience"
He is flying around the country and Canada and it looks like he is campaigning for 2012.
This started in 1977 under Carter telling the banks not to red line districts and Clinton in 1995 forced the banks to take borderline loans.
They wanted everyone in USA to own a home. In 1977 only 50% owned homes, and it jumped to 65%.Tell it like it happened. The Dems voted for the war. I am a ww2 vet. God Bless America. Start praying for His help.

Buckeye Girl   March 3rd, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Hank Greenberg took 29 billion out of AIG and put it in Dubai, and is now doing business with China on a hedge fund.

Do your own research!

CHRIS!!!!!   March 3rd, 2009 10:12 pm ET

HA!! I made a post saying the Larry King show wasn't being unbiased & they didnt allow it to be posted here. As I said before. They are trying to sway the way Americans think about Rush & Obama. The drive by Media is how Obama won this election & I see they are still holding his hand today. Its sad that most Americans are to lazy or stupid to make their own minds up. I'm sure this will not be posted either, but at least one person at CNN will read it HA!

Marsha Densmore   March 3rd, 2009 10:13 pm ET

glad to hear about Manny signing.

Mar N   March 3rd, 2009 10:13 pm ET

I am so sick of Rush's mouth, he sure is getting the attention and those who feed into it, contribute as well. He has the weight and he is throwing it around. He stirs up all the nuts, thats not going to help. What helps are ideas. RUSH--GIVE US SOME SOUND ADVICE, AND STOP COMPLAINING. WHAT WOULD BE YOUR SOLUTION--HUH-–WHATS THAT-–OH COMPLAINING IS ALL YOU CAN DO. OBAMA IS THE PRESIDENT –NOT YOU. YOU KNOW HOW SILLY YOU LOOK ===JUMPING AROUND ! I will continue to turn you off!

Linda   March 3rd, 2009 10:14 pm ET

One thing I do know, people are not going to care about the Limbaughs, the Republicans, the GOP, Bush, Cheney, IRAQ, Afghanistan, blah blah, blah come 2010.

If the GOP obstructs Obama's budget from being passed, what people are going to remember is who tried to help them to get a job, put food on the table, keep them in their homes, so forth and so on.

Cathey   March 3rd, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Just for the record it is clear that President Obama is not GOD as many conversatives always seem to mention.

One thing is clear the conservitaive agenda is as far from godly principle as you can get.

The GOVERNMENT shall rest upon his shoulders.....

It is the righteousness that shalt EXALT a nation.

Not smaller government.....

A nation that takes care of it's poor , feed the hungry....

Where are those who are will to sell everything so that we all have everything in common.

I'm sure many would say they don't beleive this applies today.

Wondering if that's the way God looks at it.

JERRY MILLS   March 3rd, 2009 10:14 pm ET

It must be nice for you people to blame
Bush for the ecomony and everything else
that is going on.
Not once did Bush put the blame of 9-11-01
on CLINTON if he did his job as president
I don't think 9-11 would of happen.
It is just a shame how soon you forget.
The repub are alway's cleaning up after the
dems coward way's. Now Obama want's to
sit down with Iran Please tell me what this
man ( OBAMA) has done for this country.
Like my mother said you wanted him you
got him. GOOD LUCK

mike r   March 3rd, 2009 10:14 pm ET

I am sooooo tired of the Democrates throwing Bush under the bus for this economic meltdown.. Where was Dem. Barney Frank with his House Finance comm. ??? What oversight did he provide during the past few yearswhen the greed on wall street took us down-quit blaming Bush. Your(Dems) in office now, lets see if this taxation philosophy will get us out or skyrocket inflation in the years to come!!

Gilbert Vela   March 3rd, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Self appointeed GOP leader Rush Limbaugh thinks he is the weapon of mass destruction against the democratic party. He is 8 years too late. George Bush beat him to it and failed. who came first the chicken..... I mean Sarah Palin or rush Limbaugh? Please give me a break!!!

irma   March 3rd, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Why don't those two spoil brats behave themselves. One is a big white loud mouth empty headed bully and the other is a timid yes man black boy.

don't people realized that Capitalism and the free market nonsense was long over since slavery was ended. Even President Lincoln realized this. when he realized that slavery was unprofitable to him he did the wisest thing, ended slavery.
America has a socialism/Capitalism economy right now. People live with it. If we go back to that laissez faire bullcrap, we going back to slavery, I guess Rush will like that. People like Rush will put people back into slavery. COSERVATIVE me foot; using drugs and indulging in prostitution is CONSERVATIVE values, pure hypocrisy

Melvin Garrett   March 3rd, 2009 10:15 pm ET

It is amazing that Republican strategist and analylist never comlpained under eight years of Pres. Bush,but refuse to give this administration a chance to clean up the economic mess left by the Bush administration. The success of this recovery will help the entire country and the world.

Lessie   March 3rd, 2009 10:16 pm ET

How can this mess be Obamas fault. George did make htis mess over eight years and it may take eight years to fix!

flora   March 3rd, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh, if Obama fails the country fails, however i understand that you just signed a $30k contract, fail or not you can buy lots of drugs with that much money you are still a user arent you. you comment on many things, but i never hear any mention of your DRUG use.

Chip G   March 3rd, 2009 10:17 pm ET

My favorite part was hearing "the Right voice on the Left coast" blame the tanking economy on various policies put forth during the Clinton years such as "forcing banks to give loans to people that couldn't afford to pay them back." When Bush took office in 2001, it was one year after the largest budget SURPLUS in history. Just before leaving office, the Treasury Department reported an all-time high budget DEFICIT. And you dare try and absolve the Bush Administration from any economic wrongdoings? I've heard at least two other Republican spin artists brandish the same flawed argument on other major networks. Will the stimulus bill perhaps include money for new teleprompters?

Linda   March 3rd, 2009 10:18 pm ET

When do the unemployment numbers come out for the month of February?

Raymond   March 3rd, 2009 10:18 pm ET

It is easy to criticize Bush for spending a lot of money on the Iraq war, but as soon as the US decides to end this war, the spending will end at the same time.
To follow Obama with the socialist turn he proposes will be more expensive but after initiated it will be impossible to stop it.
To tax the companies and those of the highest income is easy but after they leave the country, how are you going to bring them back?
Don't thing that the rich hide their money in their mattress. They invest it and create a lot of jobs.

RockyRacoon   March 3rd, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Isn't what Rush Limbaugh what they used to call a demguoge, and aren't they usually considered to be dangerous or a threat to civil society?

Robert McBee   March 3rd, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Listening to the panelists on your show, the two Republicans, and the two Democrats that is, I get more and more sure that we as a country will never move forward. At some point someone has to decide that "winning" is not the answer. Get the facts, FACTS, not opinions, hard numbers, real information, not gossip, or talking points. For example, and I am not picking on any one person or party, but the young lady who repeated the line "They are spending $300 Million on Golf Carts", Fact is the provision in the bill is for the government purchase of vehicles, the $300,000,000 is for that purpose, it includes the purchase of NEV's (Neighborhood Electric Vehicles) which it can be said are glorified golf carts, but the money is ALSO for cars from Detroit, cars that obviously Detroit needs to sell. This is a perfect example of an opposition party distracting the public from real issues, real problems, and facts. BOTH parties do this in order to WIN the next time. I bet somewhere in the StimPack we could find someone allocated some obscene amount of money say 40 billion, it will have a line at the end saying something to the effect of "not to exclude hammers" and we would all scream that they are spending 40 billion on hammers!!! My advice to everyone who cares enough to read quips on this blog is to goto the Government websites concerning the issues you care about and read the facts, read the actual bills that are being passed, you might have voted for someone who put a 40 million dollar hammer out there and if you believe what people who are distracting you tell you, then you might miss that it was not to exclude hammers but it actually was also not to exclude 40 billion to help rebuild a school in your district.

Mr. Smarty Pants   March 3rd, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Maybe we could listen to Rush if he wasnt just looking out for his fat pockets. We all know that he just cares about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. I say that because he doesnt acknowledge the fact that people are BROKE!!

Buckeye Girl   March 3rd, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Who really is running the democratic party? Could it be the husband of the woman most vocal about defending the democrats? MS huffington?

Soros is the founder of Soros Fund Management. In 1970 he co-founded the Quantum Fund with Jim Rogers, which created the bulk of the Soros fortune. Rogers retired from the fund in 1980. Other partners have included Victor Niederhoffer and Stanley Druckenmiller.

In late 2006, Soros bought about 2 million shares of Halliburton.[13]

In 2007, the Quantum Fund returned almost 32%, netting Soros $2.9 billion.[14]

[edit] Currency speculation
On Black Wednesday (September 16, 1992), Soros became immediately famous when he sold short more than $10 billion worth of pounds, profiting from the Bank of England's reluctance to either raise its interest rates to levels comparable to those of other European Exchange Rate Mechanism countries or to float its currency.

Finally, the Bank of England was forced to withdraw the currency from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism and to devalue the pound sterling, and Soros earned an estimated US$ 1.1 billion in the process. He was dubbed "the man who broke the Bank of England."

The Times of Monday, October 26, 1992, quoted Soros as saying: "Our total position by Black Wednesday had to be worth almost $10 billion. We planned to sell more than that. In fact, when Norman Lamont said just before the devaluation that he would borrow nearly $15 billion to defend sterling, we were amused because that was about how much we wanted to sell."

According to Steven Drobny,[15] Stanley Druckenmiller, who traded under Soros, originally saw the weakness in the pound. "Soros' contribution was pushing him to take a gigantic position," in accord with Druckenmiller's own research and instincts.

In 1997, during the Asian financial crisis, then Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad accused Soros of using the wealth under his control to punish ASEAN for welcoming Myanmar as a member

mg   March 3rd, 2009 10:20 pm ET

all i know is that everytime President Obama or one of his spokesmen talk about the economy, the Dow goes down.. why don't they just do work and keep their mouths shut

D Branch   March 3rd, 2009 10:21 pm ET

of course limbaugh ans steele are fighting for the control of the party. For what reason we don't know. Neither one of them have any real identity when it comes to being influential forces in politics.
Limbaugh wants to see Obama fail because he knows, like all republicans know, that if he does succeed, The GOP will only be able to dream of the day they have control of the white house because it will be many years in wait. Limbaugh is a cancer to our country. He's filled with so much hate and racism that he'd hate on any minority in office even if he or she was a republican.If i was a republican, which i'm proud to say i'm not, I'd be carefull who i'd label as the "leader of the party", especially if he or she is a known racist.
The minority vote is stronger than ever and will continue to strengthen as white americans continue to lose their status as the majority. The GOP should put a muzzle on Limbaugh before the entire Republican party looks like they are run by "white extremists"

The Voters

midstate   March 3rd, 2009 10:22 pm ET

cathey I have a question for you. You want to put todays gov and GOD together so do you think God solved his problems by throwing more money at them?

Linda   March 3rd, 2009 10:22 pm ET

When are you Republicans going to realize that Bush Messed Up & Messed Up big time!

Will you please STOP CRYING like a bunch of wussies.

Do you not realize that his "lack of leadership" created the conditions that this country is now facing. .

Gwen   March 3rd, 2009 10:23 pm ET

I'm blown away by all nonsense. All of sudden Rush is in the spotlight more and for what? He wants Obama to fail? I'm in shock! He should lose his job for that. This is not a true American! He is not representing what Americans are about. So sad. Does he really want to help this country? No! Where was he when Bush was digging a bigger hole? How can he say the hateful things he says especially so early in this Presidency. When is he going to get out? Constant bad judgement will not get us anywhere. But, it's now turned ugly.

mg   March 3rd, 2009 10:23 pm ET

and lack of leadership is continuing the downslide

mimi   March 3rd, 2009 10:23 pm ET

In answering to Kevin, why don't you get to it and take a few keystrokes yoursel!. Any republican you speak with or listen to on the air or otherwise are very negative and narrow minded, total righties, don't blame the media, they report what they hear or see..............send your message to your leader, Rush Lambaugh............he's the drug addict feeding the conservative base with garbage all day long. Tell Rush to take a few keystrokes and get informed...................well, then again, the man has no education beyond High School?

Lessie   March 3rd, 2009 10:23 pm ET

Everytime a democrat was in office the deficit was lower than it has ever been. Bush caused the deficit to go up trillons of dollars. When clinton left office it was lower than it had been in years. Do some research!

Saheed O.   March 3rd, 2009 10:23 pm ET


That is utter nonsense. slavery is unprofitable period and is outlawed by the constitution. we go back to free markets and capitalism we go back to slavery? that's the kind of incoherent logic that has blinded america to the free market benefits.

CHRIS!!!!!   March 3rd, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Put Money in the peoples hands. They could give all working AMERICANS 200K. That is not enough money for people to just quit working, but it is enough money to get the economy back up & running.

Lets see, what would I do with 200K? I would pay my house off. I would buy one, may be two cars. I would buy nice things to go in my house. I would also be debt free & now I could take the money I actually work for each & every day & continue to buy things I wanted, not just things I needed. LIFE WOULD BE GREAT!

Unfortunately I live in a country that is determined to keep the middle class living from pay check to pay check...

Saheed O.   March 3rd, 2009 10:26 pm ET

that would just lead to inflation since americans will consume. we need to learn to save.

midstate   March 3rd, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Linda How much money are you and the dems going to throw at this problem. I hope you and your children and grand children have more money than me and mine do cause thats who is going to pay for it.
This is not a Bush problem it is a Washington problem. The dems and Repl. could have stopped it. THEY let the greedy get greedier and nobody stopped it. NO one man could have caused this or sorry for you and the dems to say it can fix it. It will take a collective approach by everyone to fix it.

Khalifah M. Mohamed   March 3rd, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh needs to hush
His racist, destructive mouth
Trying to place disunity and doubt
against his own party member
by going after Michael Steele, RNC
Only because he's
black trying to put him in his place
because of his race.
Most of all talking against, The
President of The United States
President Obama. He wants him to fail
means America fails!
Need to be locked up in jail!
Stop all your hateful rants!
For, now is the time to come together in unity,
work together and give peace a chance
to solve these national problems.
Unity is Now The Key To Success
of The United States!
Rush Limbaugh and the rest like you
need to stop all the hate!
Cause your dooming your own fate!
So, CHANGE before its too Late!

Buckeye Girl   March 3rd, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Some one said how can we listen to someone who said he hated blacks, jews etc.

How can anyone listen to Micelle Obama? Her whole thesis was about hating white people. She said terrible things about blacks and said no black should talk to be friends with or work with white people.

She is being shoved down our throats.

Patrick   March 3rd, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Oh and another thing...HEY does making $70/hour putting out cars that are built by robots seem fair? take a cut just like the rest of us....And another 'nother thing...How about some real mortgage regulations and after the rules are set in stone give a bailout to the worst of them....lots of homeowner tax breaks and a tax break to buy a more expensive American automobile....?

midstate   March 3rd, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Under the Bush administration ( who is to blame for this mess apparently ) the gap between the rich and the poor was widening big time. I even felt so myself. Strange to me that it has apparently narrowed quite abit. If you had money and was greedy you put into the stock market and risk it all and now you have none. But if you had none and and had none to risk ( like myself ) you are as happy as before. Keep working to buy what you can afford because that is the only way you will be truely happy. And by the way Cathey. You want to put God and Government together ( Im all for IT ) The bible says to owe no man nothing ( look it up ) In other words dont borrow......................................

nardofree VIRGINIA   March 3rd, 2009 10:34 pm ET


Linda   March 3rd, 2009 10:35 pm ET


If Obama is considered as a lack of Leadership, then maybe we should have voted for McCain/Palin to handle this Global Recession, Both Wars, IRAN, Russia and our National Security.

I am can see McCain right now stating, the "ECONOMY SOUND".

And, Sarah Palin saying, "I CAN SEE RUSSIA FROM MY HOUSE".

CHRIS!!!!!   March 3rd, 2009 10:35 pm ET

Oh Lord here we go.
BAM!!! the Race card has now been thrown out.

I dont want to live in a socialist country & now Im a racist? Oh well if thats what makes me a racist then so be it.

angela   March 3rd, 2009 10:40 pm ET

drugs will mess up a persons mind, especially those painkillers.

midstate   March 3rd, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Listening to everyone in here all I see is a divided america. I saw it in the election and see it now. It is called party loyalty. out of 564 politician plus one president everyone wants to blame it on one person go figure.

mg   March 3rd, 2009 10:42 pm ET

Obama has done nothing but rubber stamp the bills coming out of the democratic led congress.. he hasn't challenged them on anything.... and besides, wasn't it a clinton ad that said (and I'm paraphrasing) when the phone rings at 3 in the morning, we don't have time to learn...

Buckeye Girl   March 3rd, 2009 10:42 pm ET

People over use the race card so much, I don't even pay attention to it any more.

It's the answer to every failure in their life, that's all some blacks know.

Fortunately, their are alot of blacks that paid attention in school worked hard and got a job and know that their is a time and place for the race card. Not every time your not smart enough to think of another response. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeease!

By the way...............I happen to think Michael Steele would be a good President! It's just a shame that the first black President seems to be more committed to the Chicago arab community than the black community.

Linda   March 3rd, 2009 10:44 pm ET


I don't have a problem doing whatever it takes to get this country out of this mess. And if that means supporting Obama, whoever it may be then so be it. And no, I DO NOT make over 200K a year. Not even close to it.

mg   March 3rd, 2009 10:44 pm ET

i dont see where there is every a time for the race card....

Joe Oubre   March 3rd, 2009 10:44 pm ET

Rush and the republican parties set back an points out mistakes, but
its easy to do instead of coming up with solutions for the U.S. Why ! not once did I hear anyone on the Larry King show , that said; the republicans whould lead the well of , middle class, and the poor out of this great mess we are all in as Americans of this United States.
We pay public offical to do that as, we as citizens of the united States can not do come together for the good of the nation. Why !! is this not happening.

Buckeye Girl   March 3rd, 2009 10:44 pm ET

I have no party loyalty..........I just would like to see some one honest as our President for a change. Wishful thinking.

midstate   March 3rd, 2009 10:44 pm ET

Nardo I build houses and you can tell really early on if the house is not built right. You need a different anology. My granddad always said if it smell like poop it is always poop and he live through the great depression. This spending smell like poop.

CHRIS!!!!!   March 3rd, 2009 10:46 pm ET

Midstate, I guess if I had to pick a party I guess the republican party would be it. However I want the best man in every political position I can get, & I couldnt care less if he has a (D) or a (R) in front of his name.

Linda   March 3rd, 2009 10:46 pm ET

Raymond March 3rd, 2009 10:18 pm ET

It is easy to criticize Bush for spending a lot of money on the Iraq war, but as soon as the US decides to end this war, the spending will end at the same time.
Raymond we will still have the debt.

You know what, it is hopeless trying to get Republicans to understand anything.

I am out of here.

Harry   March 3rd, 2009 10:46 pm ET

I heard that if the total stimulus package were refunded to every legal tax paying citizen, each one would receive approximately $400,000.00. If that is correct, I know that the economy would in fact be stimulated. The stock market would stabilize quickly, I'm sure. Consumer confidence would definitely soar. Explain to me why not one economist or politician has offered this as an option for consideration????????

mg   March 3rd, 2009 10:46 pm ET

and linda, mccain/palin was not my choice for candidates... the republicans could have done a lot better....but then... so could have the democrats

Chip G   March 3rd, 2009 10:48 pm ET

Yes, midstate, we should all strive to live within our means and borrow little (if nothing at all). Your claim that the gap between rich and poor "has apparently narrowed quite abit" seems more of a generalization. Wealthy Americans who invested heavy in stocks probably have lost big, but they can more than likely afford to ride out these tumultuous times. I hear stories all the time of middle class American parents and grandparents who have been watching their 401k's dive bomb. If anything, this economic downturn will increase the gap, as those who still have money can afford to buy when values are so low.

Paul Janusek   March 3rd, 2009 10:51 pm ET

It's amazing that a bad deejay, Jeff Christy, can have such an impact on the American Political scene. Rush is radios answer to Ali, Hulk Hogan and any other cartoon character. For some reason radio listeners think talk show hosts "know something". If you have a good act, which he does, the flock will follow. He has people convinced that Clintons successor is Obama and the mess that this country is in was created by Democratic Policy. Repeat it often enough over the air waves and people tend to believe your line. Ask the person who has lost their job, house, savings and pension, who created this mess and they are more likely to be more concerned about who is going to fix it then who caused it. The economy isn't affecting people like Rush or the politicians whose policies created this mess. Finger pointing isn't going to solve anything.

midstate   March 3rd, 2009 10:51 pm ET

Do Whatever it take huh like sell yourself out to china who is loaning us the money. Does that include all these ear marks. Dont you want to see your politicians spend wisely like you and I would have to do if we were having hard times in our own accounts.

Buckeye Girl   March 3rd, 2009 10:55 pm ET

One of the Democrats was on today talking about a law they want to pass, where businesses would be required to take money out of employees checks to go into a retirement fund........................

Isn't that what Social Security is supposed to be for? The Government did great with that.

Or is it that the Repubicans got the Social security and now the Dems want the new fund to steal from.

CHRIS!!!!!   March 3rd, 2009 10:55 pm ET

Harry I can tell you why...

This goverment wants POWER over the people. Actually making this economy recover NOW will not allow them to get the grip over us that they want. Once they have that grip, then the economy will recover & it will be to late for us to do anything, but start a up rising.

Harry you are 100% correct, & not one person can give a real reason not to do what you said.

midstate   March 3rd, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Sorry Chris for the ones that fell into the false pretence of finacial forturne in the stock market. Yes you are right the middle class was hurt. I was lead to believe I needed to get into the stock market at 12900 and I didnt at 14000 I believed what a dummy I was. Well let me tell you intuition is good I would have lost my but. I disagree the gap is narrower.

Guy Launière   March 3rd, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Larry, Rush Limbaugh said he hope Obama fail, but on your show Stephany said that Rush should be execured witch is worst., she should excuse herself to Limbaugh. As far as the economy is concerned I say nobody is worth one million a year and if you are overpayd you should be overtaxed. On your second million your taxes should be in the 80% bracket.

mrs.lasvegas   March 3rd, 2009 10:58 pm ET

Iam very upset with the total condition of our country ,my husband loss his job in the car industry here in lasvegas, what are our politicans harry reid all he did nothing to help us the working families in the middle,I am a stayout home mom since childcare is not real to pay to work I would have to work to pay for daycare no extra money,What do we do deep deep we need real bailout monies to make it do we lost our homes with young babies Iam very upset about AGI let them die no bailout help us nevadas

midstate   March 3rd, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Is anyone else for getting rid of the two party system so we can quit arguing about who is right and wrong, and pointing blame and working for a common goal of betterment of our country. One thing that is constant tonight is that dem and rep have a differnt view on who is wrong in this whole mess and not about how to fix it.

Linda   March 3rd, 2009 11:01 pm ET


Ok, before I go. This is something that I have known for a while.

Even if we did not have the Financial Situations that we currently have, or the IRAQ/Afghanistan Wars, our Economy was going to tank anyways, sooner or later. Probably sooner, rather than later.

The reason is because, we DO NOT have any new innovations that would keep the country going for another however many years. This is one of the reasons that companies have been sending jobs overseas.

In the 1980's we had mainframe computers.
In the 1990's we had PC/Workstations, and Microsoft thanks to Bill Gates.
In the 90's the Internet was taking off and then we had Y2K.
These were the innovations that kept our economy going during the 90's and early 2000's.

Now there is nothing. If this country does not come up with some new innovations fast that will help to drive our economy in the short term and the long term, then this country is bust.

This is something that the average American is not aware of, but your government is, as well as several U.S., Corporations..

If this country or someone does not come up with

midstate   March 3rd, 2009 11:04 pm ET

Everyone need to come to the true mid west and work for about 10 bucks and hour and see how it is to work in hard times. 70 dollars and hour car manufatures are a huge pay raise. No benifits.

Amanda Roche   March 3rd, 2009 11:06 pm ET

I hope readers will play Rush Limbaugh’s rambles and preambles. Study his body language closely and you will see him jump feverishly, bounce with ecstasy, waving his hands up and down frantically, see the rush of adrenaline running through his body, as his face reddens with euphoria, and his words rush like a wild river. That is the behavior of a manic person. Then we read his expert recommendation to leave recessions alone, “Recessions will end on their own if they’re left alone,” adds Rush Limbaugh. “What can make the recession worse is the wrong kind of government intervention.” Government intervention? You mean, as in Bush’s government intervention, from running the economy to a precipice, to spying on American people, violating American people’s right to privacy, arresting anyone in the United States believed to be the enemy, not proven to be the enemy, but believed to be the enemy, firing anyone who disagreed with Bush and the Bush Administration, spending like drunken sailors, giving more ear marks than there is pork in America? How about wedging war on Iraq under false pretense, and the billions or trillions of dollars spent every month in Iraq, making more enemies than all the nations in the world? What about Bush entering the presidency with a surplus and leaving the presidency with a great deficit, greater than all the continents in this world? I use hyperboles to emphasize a point, a figure of speech to show clarity of mind, and analogies to create a picture in people’s minds. When Rush Limbaugh refers to pork with the word “porkulus ” I can’t help but associate the word with Piggy the Pork and porcupine. The porcupine is an animal that has spikes for hair and when the hair penetrates the skin, it burn with its sting. I assume that Rush Limbaugh is an authority in the subject of what is right government, because by definition, the negation of right government is wrong government, and by implication, President Barack Obama is practicing wrong government. Rush Limbaugh must be an authority on recessions, must know the best method to stimulate the economy, and must have the perfect rescue plan. He is just not telling us yet…Where was Rush Limbaugh during the Bush Administration? I believe we would have edified the American people with Rush’ wisdom and knowledge. I wonder what the country would be like with Rush Limbaugh as president. Suffice it to say that if that had it been the case the Kamikaze (common translation: "divine wind", a form of honorable suicide attacks by military aviators from the Japanese Empire in the closing stages of the Pacific Campaign of World War II to destroy as many warships as possible) would have a good option for me, and perhaps for many American people.
Well, well….Alas, now we know who is the head of the Republican Party. Rush Limbaugh is the face of the Republican Party. Rush Limbaugh is the perfect representation of the Republican Party. Rush Limbaugh is the Godfather of the Republican Party. After all, when the head of the Republican GOP calls Rush Limbaugh, asking for his forgiveness, I can imagine Steele kissing Limbaugh’s ring. Godfather is not too farfetched. Limbaugh does have the shape of the movie’s Godfather, but instead of petting a cat, he jumps up and down with euphoria, like a Jack in the Box.

midstate   March 3rd, 2009 11:16 pm ET

We have wind chargers in our state but very few and they work why not more of them.

Amanda Roche   March 3rd, 2009 11:19 pm ET

1) Stay on topic.
2) Keep it short
3) No curse words
4) No links
5) Use a name (no initials or screen names)

Larry, I admit my comments are too long. You're right about keeping my comments short. I know I do not use curse words. I would never do that. It is not in my nature nor in my blood. Hopefully, I have refrained from 4 and 5 as well. If not, please let me know. Thank you. I enjoy your shows and your blogs.

Michelle   March 3rd, 2009 11:19 pm ET

I would think Lars would have taken that smug look off his face by now. He seems not to realize President Obama won. Nancy is clueless.

midstate   March 3rd, 2009 11:24 pm ET

When will America come together instead of fighting each other. Im 35 and since following the elections I see one side againsthe other. Only in cases like 9/11 have I seen the country come together. I am sick of the two party system. It has only divided a country. Now more than ever do we need to come together. Not because the dems have the solution or because the republ have the solution but because we need each other to survive. We are looked at as the dominant power militarially and before now monetarially and it is mostly gone. Remember if we dont have each other we have no one.

Geez   March 3rd, 2009 11:32 pm ET


Perhaps you should consider devoting one night a week to the folks on main street so you hear what Americans truely think and feel about todays economy.

midstate   March 3rd, 2009 11:35 pm ET

god bless every american so that we can all help each other and not look at this situation selfishly and look to the betterment of our country.

midstate   March 3rd, 2009 11:38 pm ET

geez it would take more than one night a week. Its time for mainstreet to take back america

Errol Traylor   March 3rd, 2009 11:40 pm ET

The Community Reinvestment Act was the one-term Carter Administration in 1977. It's intent was to prevent "red-lining" in minority neighborhoods. Critics warned that the law would "distort credit markets, create unnessary regulatory burden, lead to unsound lending, and cause the governental agencies charged with implementing the law to allocate credit."

The Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 (Clinton Admin.) required Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to devote a percentage of their lending to support affordable housing. Between 1993 and 1998, the total number of loans to poorer Americans.....rose by 39% while loans to wealthier individuals....rose by 17 %.

By November 2000, Fannie Mae had committed to purchase and SECURITIZE $2 billion of "My Community Mortgage " loans, and announced that it had acquired $10 billion in specially-targeted Community Reinvestment Act loans more than one and a half years ahead of schedule (in the month of the 2000 election), and announced it's goal to finance over $500 billion I CRA business by 2010.

The subsequent Bush Administration, perhaps distracted by 9-11 and the Iraq War, backed by a Republican controlled Congress, failed to repeal the CRA and others because of short-sightedness.

With Fannie and Freddie looking the other way, Wall St., riding the wave of the resulting housing bubble, looked for ways to make it last forever. But as with any pyramid type scheme, it fell down at the first bad news.

There's plenty of blame to go around, but the media is talking about only one side of it. Even Fox News isn't talking about the effects of the CRA, and it's reinforcement by the Democrats.

This information was gathered from Wikipedia, (subprime mortgage crises and Community Reinvestment Act) and an article in The New York Times on 9-30-1999 by Steven A. Holmes. Read it for yourself.

midstate   March 3rd, 2009 11:40 pm ET

I think wallstreet has caused enough problems. Lets get back to common sense

Rick   March 3rd, 2009 11:45 pm ET

There has been a lot of talk about Obama inheriting a large deficit from the past admin. When I went to school in civics class they taught that there was a seperation of the three powers; Presidential, Judicial, and congressional powers. The President had foreign powers, Judicial had legal powers, and Congress had the purse strings or monetary control. The Democrats have had control over both the Senate and the House of Represenatives for the last several years. As I see it either the Democrats(who are in control) caused the budget deficit OR– they did not do their job and control the budget!!! Which is it??? Tonoght they talked about accepting responsibility for your actions– Which is it?? Did Congress that controls" the purse strings" of the budget cause this deficit?? OR Did the Democratic Congress FAIL in their job and duty to control the budget????

Mr. America   March 3rd, 2009 11:47 pm ET

All of you sound like your defending the politics of it all instead of the good of humanity.
Our number one draft pick has the ball, he's has a four year contract with the option. Let's give the rookie a chance, he might get us a championship.

Tom   March 3rd, 2009 11:58 pm ET

Question,Does anyone know how much the Fedreral goverment had to put out to rebuild after 911 and how much money was put into rebuilding the gulf region after Katrina.That is a big chunk of our deficit,along with the with everytime a natural disater happens overseas were do people look for money.Another issue is the trade deficit,we need to equal the playing field and push our products in the world market.If the report I read was correct about the trade deficit numbers,it's no wonder why were the in the shape were in,(special thanks to Bill Clinton and NAFTA).
Far as Obama's stimulus is as one West Virginia democrat put it 30% stimulus and 70% skunk.I've always support my government no matter who is the President,in the House or Senate.I've got to admit that Obama's stimlus is not for the common good of the people and some of his policies border socialism..If you look long term ,our children and grand-children will be paying this back.Democrats and Republicans need to get back to working for the common good of the people and not for what's in the best intrest of their party. When that happens,then we will be on the right track.

glenn   March 4th, 2009 12:10 am ET

Hi Larry,

I am wondering when is the President going to say his plan is going to create jobs and not save or create? Who is the judge of what jobs are saved or created from these stimulus packages? The save and create is just a bunch of BS so he can claim he saved jobs if the unemployment rate stabilizes or decreases. The President has all these road projects which, for the most part, I don't see is going to have much of an effect on the average American because this work is going to be done by road crews and bridge crews. The last time I traveled this type of work happens all the time and if they want to speed up the process, how safe are the roads and bridges going to be. Is there enough qualified people out there to just slap roads together or throw together the bridges millions of people travel over? I live in Elkhart, IN and the people in this area just don't believe the crap coming out of Washington. As far as I am concerned, the President can just stay in Washington and stay out of this area.

Thank you Larry for telling the truth,


Kent Lanning   March 4th, 2009 12:11 am ET

Separated at birth – Rush Limbaugh and Hugo Chavez

Tom Canaday   March 4th, 2009 12:17 am ET

Just ask anybody about Michael Steele. They don't know him; but they do know Rush Limbaugh. Communication isn't working.

Tom C. Albany, NY

Pat from Seattle   March 4th, 2009 12:17 am ET

Spending,spending, not the answer. Write a check to the "weak working class" .The so called wealthy have lost their money through the stock market. Who says the people making over $250,000/year are not hard working? Taxing small business and couples making over $250,000 simply encourages people to make less money, invest less, work less,etc. I see President Obama's plans as redistributing wealth. It is against our American dream and our constitution. This makes me angry. It ruins my Grand children's future.
Term limits for Congress are necessary. We need new blood and ideas for both parties.

Todd   March 4th, 2009 12:20 am ET

The Democrats are running the Republican Party. Get used to it, because it's here to stay. If the Republican Party wants to hand their party to a pill pusher – go right ahead, but keep your mouth closed. You had your chance to run the country and what have we seen? CEO's getting millions, stock market crashing because these CEO's are cashing out, and everyone freaking out. The economy is only as bad as you make it. The days of the $45 an hour jobs are gone. Time to work for peanuts again and get back to renting if you can't afford that mansion, but the American People are to blame, not the Govt. We charged and spent over what we could continue to earn. Time to live up to the responsibilities we created and clean up our own back yards, then help our neighbors. Some of us bought used cars and live in houses we repaired instead of built. Some of us did not use credit to get ahead – we followed the advice of our grandparents who lived in the '20's. The rest of us have failed – now it's time to be graded. What is your grade? We'll see ya when we move into your mansion after that foreclosure.

Ulises Nunez Laredo,Tx   March 4th, 2009 12:24 am ET

The question is "Will Obama's Strategy Work?" Are we supposed to say no? C'mon let's think positive. America is in great shape compared to many countries. We'll get through this. Instead of steak we have hamburgers for now. We're just fine.

gregory   March 4th, 2009 12:25 am ET

Larry, Tavis Smiley is one of the most thoughtful, sincere and intelligent prescences on TV in a long time. What he is saying is dead-on and is a view shared by a huge majority of Americans.

The people who (still) support Limbaugh are living in the past and do not see the "real world" as it is anymore.

Everything is changing. As has been predicted for many years.

Geez   March 4th, 2009 12:29 am ET

With all due respect to our neighbor to the north - since you are so uninformed and baised please sign off and join us when you are invited to the dance!

We will pull the anchor when we want you to join the dance.

mike from Jordan, Ontario March 3rd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Bush gave a speech to the american people “get out there and spend” Next came all those credit card commercials talking about spending insane amounts of money with the memories being “priceless”. The amounts charged were real and were actually supposed to be paid one day.


mike from Jordan, Ontario March 3rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I’m surprised that people are out to ruin a well qualified president after watching for 8 years a party bankrupt a party—all the while saying nothing. Everyone, start puling the rope, and pull it together.

mike from Jordan, Ontario March 3rd, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Keeping up with the Jones’ just got a lot easier.

Jane Germann   March 4th, 2009 12:29 am ET

Rush Limbaugh is not the head of the Republican Party, he is the head of those who espouse conservative principles that does not constitute the entire Repubican Party and especially does not speak for me. Michael Steele will speak for me as a Republican.

JOHN RAMIREZ   March 4th, 2009 12:30 am ET












peteinok   March 4th, 2009 12:31 am ET

I'm so tired of hearing about "RUSH" all he is is a drug addict and rants as one, if you think about. I think that if people weren't so mindless they would recognize that.

Tracy   March 4th, 2009 12:31 am ET

This has got to be the last gasps from what was once a viable alternative political party. When a recovering drug addict speaks for a political party, well I just don't see how it gets any more desperate than that. Of all of the so called conservatives in this country, the best they can do is this mouth that enjoys hearing himself talk, and is willing to say anything for ratings. The republican party is in an extremely pathetic place.

Mike   March 4th, 2009 12:34 am ET

Mr. Smiley – Candidate Obama made very specific commitments during the campaign to eliminate earmarks. Do you think President Obama is living up to his commitments? Also, you refer to the Bush policies of the last eight years as being irresponsible. Do you think the Democratic controlled congress shares that responsibility. If so, why don't you ever mention them?

Terre   March 4th, 2009 12:36 am ET

Rush is a loud mouth. Media is giving him what he wants. Too much coverage.

Orlando Ross   March 4th, 2009 12:39 am ET

Larry what qualifies Rush Linbaugh to speak on Economic policy? What is his credentials does he have a degree in Economics?
Does he hold a masters degree in field of finance or even public Policy?
What is his success other than shock jock on Raido?

If he doesn't have a solution, I think he needs to sit down.

This is so sad!

Megan   March 4th, 2009 12:41 am ET

Larry, I'm so tired of you saying that Rush wants Obama to fail. He said he wants his LIBERAL agenda to fail. And frankly, so do I. I do not want to live in a socialist America. Have you forgotten what our founding fathers stood for and fought against! It was exactly European socialism. And one more thing, do you think that the democratic party did not want the Iraq War to fail when Bush was president? Yes, they did! They wanted Bush to fail completely! And here you have two liberal commentators on your show tonight that completely hate Bush and want to continue to blame our country's failure on him! I'm sick of it. This is ludacris.

Lealspeed   March 4th, 2009 12:41 am ET

I am curious if the Republicans will continue to go back in History and eventually blame the founding fathers for writing in our declaration of independence that we all have the right for "the pursuit of happiness" and that this is the cause of our current ills. Conservatives....remember Bush?

Tom Canaday   March 4th, 2009 12:42 am ET

Wait a minute I just realized, not only do people not know who is the head of the RNC, they don't know who is running the DNC. Silly me, I thought it was just a republican party problem. Of course most folks do no what know, what is RNC or DNC ?

Larry Bunch   March 4th, 2009 12:43 am ET

Rush is not promoting the Republican party as much as he is
Conservitive values. When he talks about Failure, he is talking
about Obama's Liberal agenda, not the man himself.

Ted Alper   March 4th, 2009 12:44 am ET

Your republican guests are grossly misrepresenting the facts and the
history behind the current crises. Bush promoted a war with Iraq that was based on falsehoods and then allowed Cheney and Rumsfeld to mismanage the war. He also spent us into poverty with the cost of War. Gramm, a major Republican pushed deregulation of investment firms and banks that led to the current financial meltdown. Bush also pushed home ownership to the crazy level that created the housing bubble. The rich got richer, the poor got poorer, and the middle class disappeared while the Rupbulicans looted our treasury. Cheney's company Haliburton also made out like a bandit war profiteer.

Nathan   March 4th, 2009 12:45 am ET

I hope this finds someone that listens... because i'm sure i speak for the majority of american... and I speak this as a registered IND:
You ask a republican to remember what policies, deregulatory procedures and crusades into the east the Bush administration did to get us into the mess we're in right now, and they will be quick to blame the Clinton Administration. If this is by some chance true... it still would have been Bush's Administration responsibility to fix it. Instead we pranced around with and ego, bad taste, and lack of information.

Anita Wilkins   March 4th, 2009 12:45 am ET

Why is the GOP trying to put this economic problem on President Obama? It was inherited and like every President that takes office has to spend money one way or another. But President Obama has stuck to his plan from the election and just suck it up and admit that he is handling his JOB. Its ok cause I'm estatic about it also. A President for the people.

jason   March 4th, 2009 12:45 am ET

Obama is destroying the American dream.

PATRICK IN SAN DIEGO   March 4th, 2009 12:46 am ET




Kathy   March 4th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Please have the Republican representatives explain to me where President Bush was for 8 years and the Congress was for 6 years that if they thought the housing that Bill Clinton supported and encouraged was wrong. Why didn't they fix it when W. became president?

Gery   March 4th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Limbaugh's rantings remind me of Adolf Hitler's. Beware!

Joanie Smith   March 4th, 2009 12:47 am ET

If Rush dislikes the way Pres. Obama is running OUR country, why doesn't he just move to Canada or another country....I would love to see that happen..

Nick   March 4th, 2009 12:47 am ET

I want to ask the republicans on the show which policy Rush wrote that is gonna save us all?

Noel Day   March 4th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Lets keep it real, Rush is one of the most divisive and offensive figures on the political landscape! He is a drug addicted lunitic, and any fascist's who believe in his nationlistic propaganda are no more a threat to the rest of us than the 22% who approved of everything Bush did! We should move on and ignore clowns like Rush, so quit wasting our time covering fools!

simsim   March 4th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Rush is having a rush attact with crak he need to come back to realty. If rush wanted to be president he should have ran for president. Simsim from pa

Andy   March 4th, 2009 12:48 am ET

It's amazing that the standard bearer for the Republican party is an ex-addict college dropout who is all for a belicose foreign policy as long as he doesn't have to serve in the military. Aren't they tired of guys like that yet?

DeAnna   March 4th, 2009 12:48 am ET

Larry seriously where do these people come from. Rush the name fits the action let us rush him out and away. Seriously weither democrat or republican who wants President Obama to fail? saying you want President Obama to fail means the country failing. We cant tolerate another 8 years of failure

Neal Atwood   March 4th, 2009 12:48 am ET

Rush Linbaugh is truly the king of buffoons in mass media. He is the opposite extreme, and just as extreme, as Larry Flynt on the other end. What draws human beings to such trash?

C.Frank   March 4th, 2009 12:48 am ET

Arianna Huffington is a hero! She refuses to be bullied. And republicans are nothing if not bullies. And now all of a sudden it's patriotic to criticize the president?? How quickly the rules change. It wasn't long ago that my criticism of Bush meant that I wanted the troops to die.

Terry   March 4th, 2009 12:48 am ET

So who is running the Dem's? Reid, Pelosi, Bill Clinton or the chosen one? Both of your parties are out of touch and not concerned with the welfare of ALL American's.

Kamaya   March 4th, 2009 12:48 am ET

Any individual that hopes that the president of OUR country will fail, should not be considered the representative of the Republican Party. Its shameful for the "face" of a party to want the United States to fail. If the President fails, we all fail...together.

Patrick from Kansas   March 4th, 2009 12:48 am ET

All I have heard from the republicans since Obama has taken office is how everything he does is wrong. I am curious as to what all these critics are bringing to the table as an alternative? I would also like to point out that it seems quite easy for Rush to say that he hopes Obama, and in turn our economy, fails, since I'm sure it won't hurt his pocket book. What about the rest of us whose only hope for a future is that Obama's plan succeeds?

Erma Hunter   March 4th, 2009 12:49 am ET

Rus lim whomever he claims to be is an uneducated bigoted drughead that wants to make a name for himself. If anyone follows him shows that they are on his level which is low life. The Republican Party is on a complete downward trend. He is a disgrace to the party and to America.
If a black person was to say the things and act the way he has would have been dismissed and off off of the scene a lng time ago.

Lee   March 4th, 2009 12:49 am ET

Did you notice the audience while Mr. "The Mouth" Limbaugh spoke at the cpac conference? Angry white men and young white naive college/high school students were in the majority. Anyone of color there? I doubt it. Mr. Limbaugh gleefully spoke to the slack-jaw crowd, knowing that no one would challenge a word he said. Why are we making a big deal over this loudmouth?

G. Mackey   March 4th, 2009 12:50 am ET

I think it is pretty plain to see......President is far beyond playing any of the Republicans' political games! He will succeed and when that happens, I would appreciate having all those nay sayers including Limbaugh and tonight's guest come back to eat crow, crow and more crow!
A for Rush, seems all he needs is a big white flag with an "X" on or better yet, he should wear a tall hat with bells on it while performing for a king or quenn somewhere! Can you say dark ages/sick humor?!

Grace Potter   March 4th, 2009 12:50 am ET

I am the average American Middle Class that works at least 50 hours per week. My concern is there are supposed to be great mortgage rates, but my husband and I can not get refinaced. the reason we do not have a high credit score. We bought a hiuse through the bank, and after 3 years they are supposed to fine us a mortgage lender in the meantime if we make a payment of 1064.00 only 124.00 goes to the principal. they say because it is payed 5 days after the due date.

2 issue I bought a new cadillac, paid 15000.00 down, and still could not get finance with GMAC. Instead they financed us through another GMAC lender Nuvell. This is a crooked Lender. The rates are ridiculous. If you are one day past the due date, they call and harrass you.

I am asking that Obama listen to "US" the Americans that make up the taxes that are given to GM, Ford, Fanny Mae, and ETC. What about us? Who will be there for us. I am not alone. I know of a 70 year old widow woman that has excellent credit, but after losing her money in the stock market, she is having to turn in the only means of transportation that she has. Who is going to help her?

We need someone to listen to us. Obama should here us the LABORERS of America.

On Rush Limbaugh, at least he has the giuts to say what we are all thinking.

Greg Sheeler   March 4th, 2009 12:51 am ET

I had to take a drug test to get my current job which gives me my income and also have the possibility of a random test. How comes my tax dollars go to welfare recipitants who don't have to take a test to recieve free money without working. Where is that right!?!?

Francois   March 4th, 2009 12:51 am ET

There are 2 kinds of people who are disqualified to challenge Barrack Obama's current policies:

Those who never challenged George W Bush's policies
those who cannot bring any better ideas.

President Obama's is trying to steer the country away from the cliffs, anywhere else he leads us is better than the crashing disaster set in motion by the previous administration.

Bernard Persson   March 4th, 2009 12:51 am ET

I will tell ou what I think of this show. I am sick of listening to these people who contribu nothing but noise to serious political discussion. No one wants to listen to this nonsense anymore. I just switched to MSNBC to get away from it!

Edna   March 4th, 2009 12:51 am ET

This country is in trouble when the president compares wall street to a political tracking poll. Do he realize that many pensions are being destroyed by such dismal performance, some of us (seniors) donot have 30 years left to rebuild.

Jake Womack   March 4th, 2009 12:51 am ET

I think it's obvious that the BUsh administration damaged the country tremendously. I just don't understand why certain Democrats are attacking Republicans by bringing up the Bush administration. They are failing to address the downfalls of Obama's "New Deal." How are we sitting here and ignoring Obama's call to united with the rest of the world in solving all our problems. Going global has never been the answer, and will never be the answer. Why are we standing by when the term "Global New Deal" is being kicked around?

Will   March 4th, 2009 12:51 am ET

I am saddened by the comments of these folks. Looking at all the venom that you all spew out makes me realize that this country is not what it once was.

Robert Desmond   March 4th, 2009 12:52 am ET

First the Republicans advocate Sarah Palin as a potential presidential candidate, now Rush Limbaugh, why not Alec Baldwin in his Hulu persona? What planet are these guys living on? Are the Republicans really so out of touch with the majority of the American people?

DeAnna   March 4th, 2009 12:53 am ET

Where has Nance been for the past 8 years. The Republicans have a lot to say about President Obama and the stimulus but what was said about the Bush administration getting us the american people in this mess

Noel Day   March 4th, 2009 12:53 am ET

I'd like to know when ? "A government by the people, for the people, of the people." became SOCIALISM? Are you Republicans really that lacking in your US history?

Paul   March 4th, 2009 12:53 am ET

I love it how just a few short years, heck even months ago, if you questioned any of the republican party decisions you were considered unpatriotic on every level. You were evil, you were the worst soft of media liberal. Yet now, this woman on the Larry King Live show – Nancy Pfotenhauer – now tells us that it's absolutely patriotic that we question our leaders. The hypocrisy of the republicans stinks of sewer filth. Don't question us, they say when in power, but now that the Dems are in control, it is required of all of us to question our leaders. This is not the party of Lincoln. It's become the party of spring break.

Big Nick   March 4th, 2009 12:53 am ET

I am enjoying every second of this. The democrats have control of everything and are so bothered by Rush. Here we have all of the liberals out of sorts due to Rush, why? You guys were the first to dish this out to Bush and now you can not take a little bump from Rush? You guys are just showing how much of a REAL THREAT he is to your losing cause Arianna Huffinton needs to go back to whatever socialist country she came from and shut up. THIS IS AMERICA, NOT THE EUROPEAN UNION.
We have struck a NERVE and you guys are screaming. Have fun wrecking the country, Obama has spent more in 30 days than Bush did in 8 years and you guys are okay with that? Oh CNN, I bet you will not post this because you are in the tank for the LEFT.... I am betting my buds you will not have the guts to do so.

Anita Wilkins   March 4th, 2009 12:54 am ET

Since Rush Limbaugh don't think that President Obama should spend all this money to get the economy back on track. How come he won't just sign over his pay check every week, bi-weekly, or month to the government and watch the economy come back to life. Can you say where do you want me to sign on this "Death Certificate" .
This is America and we will PREVAIL!!!!

Jolene   March 4th, 2009 12:54 am ET

Recent buzz word with the Democrats seems to be " we inherited this mess"...... Guess they've already forgotten who's been running the Government for the past 2 years!

Craig   March 4th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Even though I believe that the republican strategists are dead wrong, I enjoy their respectful way of arguing with the two beautiful women sitting next to Larry.

Mama is looking hot in purple. 🙂

Lee Ann   March 4th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Each American has the right to voice their opinion. It is that right in which our country's bylaws are founded. But two important concerns are raised when Rush Limbaugh uses his right.

1) Shouldn't our country be using our collective resources-Democrats/Republican alike to move forward with creative ideas to pull us out of our financial woes? Good Gracious! Finger pointing is not a resolve.
2) How can the Republican Party give overwhelming support to a man whose judgement was once swayed by illegal substances?
Can we have a kodac moment and get along to heal our courntry?

Thomas Butler   March 4th, 2009 12:55 am ET

If we can't come together as one, we will not be able to overcome our problems as a nation. You might not agree with the plan but the decision and direction has been made and all we can do now is support it. At least give it a chance to succeed.

Jon   March 4th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Rush said he hopes Obama will fail, not America. What he meant was he hopes Obama fails in turning America into a socialist nation therefore completely eliminating the GOP and the foundations this country was built upon. I think he made it very clear that he loves this country more than anything and does not want to see it fail...

Jake Womack   March 4th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Did socialistic Ariyana seriously just quote George Orwell? Orwell would puke at the sight of a socialist being declared credible on an American news station.

Noel Day   March 4th, 2009 12:55 am ET

What part of "A government by the people, of the people and for the people" is what the Republicans, and crackpots like Rush, call Socialism?

chelsea solomon   March 4th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Did he just say "stop being like the Democrats, in doing what it takes to get votes?"

As far as I can see when the party (GOP) started the decline they started mimicking the democrats with puppet like figures like Palin and now get the votes!

Seems like whatever the times call for is where the party gravitates...way to stick to the "principles"

SWF Katrina survivor-reg Repupub now jumped the ship

mike in lima   March 4th, 2009 12:56 am ET

do the republican have any black people beside MR STEELE . AN IF THEY DO , MR LIMBUAGH WILL NOT HAVE IT. P.S. THINK ABOUT.

TJ MAKI   March 4th, 2009 12:56 am ET

America is talking: but who is listening?

No Bailouts. Stop.
Results: Deficit spending slows.

No war. Get out of Iraq.
Results: Save lives and money.

All our jobs have gone overseas. Bring the jobs back.
Results: People working spending money and paying taxes.

And yes, Rush rules the Republican Party.


TJ Maki

Christine   March 4th, 2009 12:56 am ET

The two republicans on this show are very selfish and stingy. They should be very ashamed of what they are saying.

Harriette d   March 4th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Someone of the panel said- how can Obama fail without the country failing- Yes. This is not a football game. If Obama fails, millions will suffer. Linbaugh , despite his flesy appearance ,, is not a child, yet he thinks like a juvenile. This is real life , not a game, Rush!!

Ty Adams   March 4th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Why are Democrats demonizing Rush Limbaugh for questioning the Obama administration? Have they ALREADY forgotten how they attacked President Bush every day for eight years and counting?

Aren't Democrats just attacking Limbaugh because his arguments resonate so powerfully with millions of listeners - of ALL stripes - at a time when Obama is blundering due to naivete on foreign policy (w/ the Russians, Syria, Iran, etc.) and the economy?

Libba   March 4th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Why do we continue to feed Rush his biggest addiction?...Attention?! The only people who really "listen" to him are those who are lost and desparate for something to cling to. If we ignore him and stop feeding his pitiful need for attention he WILL go away. We have much bigger things to expend our energy on.

Orlando Ross   March 4th, 2009 12:57 am ET

I wish the Republican try to come up with viable solution.
Submit them to President Obama and try to work in bi-Partisan way.

the bottom line is if Obama Fail we all Fail !!!!

The Bottom line is we all are to blame for where the Economy and Government is today. It is Both Republicans and Democrats that have
contributed to our situation.

We all need to take a step back – stop pointing fingers. Pray for Wisdom and strength to act.

pull up our selves and work – stop pointing fingers!!

Hernan Luna   March 4th, 2009 12:58 am ET

the republican party ought to demmonstrate more political statue and wisdom by promoting "healthy" innovative ideas to come up with solutions to counter the "Bush Era" as supposed to venerating a showman like Rush whose character attacks are as old as they are harmful to those citizens (including republicans) who voted for president Obama's revolutionary ideas...

Hernan Luna

Nathan   March 4th, 2009 12:58 am ET

like weathermen... we're trying to forecast the storm.

Robert   March 4th, 2009 12:59 am ET

It's amazing to me that we live in a country where the two partys that are in power can't seem to get it right as to what is best for the good of what's best for the prople in this country. It's the PEOPLE that's count!!!!

Jacob Clark   March 4th, 2009 12:59 am ET

Rush and the republicans are railing against the idea of big government? What did Bush and the Republicans do for the last 8 years, especially with the release of those memos?

Homeland Security and other BIG Government creations? Illegal wire-tapping is ok?

So then it's ok to throw me in jail because I'm a Muslim and might go to a Mosque that unintentionally accepted a donation from a company that might be linked (falsely) to a supposed terrorist ties? Wow. I didn't expect to be potentially treated as such when I signed up for the military.

Greg Sheeler   March 4th, 2009 12:59 am ET

the liberals sound just awful and unintelligent

Donna Krosp   March 4th, 2009 12:59 am ET

I have one question.....What country did Ms. Huffington leave behind to come to America? She sounds like she might have immigrated from Russia or some other counrty like that. If that is the case and she is such a fan of Communism or Socialism, why doesn't she go back there and leave Americans alone? Who does she think she is? Please, respectfully of course, ask her to go back where she came from if she does not like America and what we stand for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a rude,know it all of a transplant to this country.

Greg   March 4th, 2009 1:00 am ET

Rush is no leader, he is exactly what Steele stated in his initial interview with D.L. People who follow Rush seem to be looking for the last "Great Hope" because their political party is deminishing, and not to mention, taking our beloved country down with it.

Kristen   March 4th, 2009 1:00 am ET

This debate needs to go back to when this first began...Alexander Hamilton, founding father of finance and banking, as he was noted by James Kent for resisting the "fuzzy philosophy" of Adam Smith (Scotland), father of modern economics and the "invisible hand" and "self-interest". The two founding fathers of systems that are interdependent on one another are opposotitional forces from the onset. Hamilton's Federalist writings warned against implementing a system that has driven Europe to wars (federalist 6& 7). The United States of America has roots as a Divided States of America and continues to use political party babble and unconstructive word wars at a time when we need to be rolling up our sleeves, in an iterative fashion, from the top-down and bottom up, until ideas are moved into implementation. It is time to move America!

Russell   March 4th, 2009 1:00 am ET

I notice President Bush is still call President and President Obama is called Obama, by the two republican panelist. The problem is they can not get over a Black Man running this country. If our president turn this country around today or tomorrow republicans will still not be satisfied. These are terrorists of today, we don’t have to go to a forgin country here they are the republicans, but I glade to say all republicans do share the same view as these folks.

Sandy C   March 4th, 2009 1:01 am ET

It is ashame for the republican party to have Mr limbaugh as the gop leader a person that represent obsolete ideas. I think Mr limbaugh is divisive, if the republican party wants to grab followers it needs to change it views about the needs of all american, opportunities, good education, healthcare and secure future. Did they tackeled all this while G. W. BUsh was in power.

C Russ   March 4th, 2009 1:01 am ET

I get the criticism about fixing American wows, what does Rush suggest. All I hear from him are the challenges faced with America what does he propose we do!! Quit talking smack. Walk the walk Rush, if you think you have a better solution, let's hear it smart guy!

michael   March 4th, 2009 1:01 am ET

Rush Limbaugh should definitely be the leader of the Republican party...Michael Steele is probably the worst person to lead the republican party because he's weak and cant stand up for what he say's and reminds me of John Kerry in the 2004 election who would change his opinion whenever his opinion met controversy...the republican party doesn't and should not back down about their opinions no matter how controversial they are

also if obama keeps up this spending and socialist bills he continues to try to get passed he is going to ruin this country and everything it was built on which was a limited government run by the people which allows freedom for all not forces them to pay high taxes for everyone to have health care and im sorry for all the poor but this isn't the 19th century anymore there are plenty of laws such as the labor laws and minimum wage that provide for good jobs for people and everyone has the oppertunity to succeed, the ones who did succeed should not be punished for doing so and when you make this a socialist state or even put heavy taxes on the wealthy your taking away the reason people have for working hard and possible demotivating future Einsteins and Bill Gates

Noey Flores   March 4th, 2009 1:02 am ET

Obama wants to take the tax breaks from big business, but wants to give them our tax dollars to keep them in business. Someone please explain this to me. Our economic problems have been coming for a long time, because we the people lived off credit and were buying what we could not afford.

Ty Adams   March 4th, 2009 1:03 am ET

Democrats keep saying, in response to Rush Limbaugh's remarks:

"If Obama fails, we all fail."

How come they didn't use this same logic when George W. Bush was president? They loved to see Bush "fail" because - in their crazed minds - it justified their hatred and deceit.

Democrats are just getting a taste of their own medicine...and it's making them deathly ill.

Norm Adams   March 4th, 2009 1:04 am ET

I am struck that Rush Limbaugh has come to embody the GOP despite the fact that his opinions seem to truly resonate only within the party's conservative base. That Steele feels the need to backtrack, let alone apologize for his comments displays that the GOP has not yet found it's voice. Rush, take two oxycontin and call me in the morning.

In the meantime, there's this little matter of the economy. Obama has been in the saddle for less than 100 days and already his long-term strategy is coming under fire because it hasn't produced results. I wonder, did anyone ... ANYONE .. ever question George Bush on his long-term plan? Maybe we were too caught up by the thought of catching Bin Laden or finding WMD's.

Johnny & Jamii   March 4th, 2009 1:05 am ET

First of all we can't believe that any one would listen to anything this man (Rush L) has to say and second the republican party needs to get over it. They lost and the last 8 years has been the worse in history.....and if the wealthy people in this country would pay just their share of taxes and quit whinning about tax cuts we wouldn't be in this mess to began with. It is amazing to me that the highest office in our country is being so disrepected. Why is that? We should pray for our President, stop the whinning and the blame game and put something into this that will actually help. President Obama is doing the best he can with what he inherited. and we must look at history....Mr. Bush was left with a surplus from the Cliton administration so republicans do the math.

Undre   March 4th, 2009 1:06 am ET

It,s funny to me how republicans can sit back and watch a republican president destroy the American economy and say nothing and fight so hard against a president who's trying to fix it . makes me wonder what's really going on.

costalgirl   March 4th, 2009 1:07 am ET

I spent 22years of my life building submarines and now I'am laidoff with a bad back. i NEED dental work. can not afford it, do you really think I care about the in fighting going on between Rep and Dem.You all need to come together and clean this mess up.

Oscar Peyton   March 4th, 2009 1:07 am ET

I did not agre with a majority of President Bush's policies and actions; but of course, I very much wanted him to succeed. I am not rich. The leadership of the country affects myself and most Americans drastically. How could any true red blooded American want their (Rush) their President to fail? How could any American support the views of anyone who wants their President to fail? Is it that much hate in America. Is political affiliation that serious? This is it; whether you agree with your President's decisions or not, you should always support him as I did President Bush. President Obama has not been in control for more than two months now and Republicans are blaming him and Democrats for the mess the country is in. Unbelievable! GET BEHIND YOUR PRESIDENT AND STOP HATING. United we stand, devided we fall.

TODD   March 4th, 2009 1:07 am ET


Bonnie   March 4th, 2009 1:08 am ET

Larry, I have been a fan for over 20 years and have thought you the fairest of all the interviewers. I was unhappy, tho with the extensive time you allowed for the right wing Nancy Pfeffenhaoer(sp?) who gave me a headache. You should have given equal time to Arianna Huffington.
The two progressives were way too nice. Larry, you need to control the scene!!

Roger   March 4th, 2009 1:09 am ET

Arianna Huffington is right. The right wing propaganda machine is trying to rewrite the history of not only the last eight years but the last twenty-five years of trickle down economics. This world wide economic catastrophe is base on this. Don’t let them rewrite history. The GOP is scared and is fighting for their political life. They might own the radio and cable channels but their propaganda will not get through. We should never let that party back in power ever!!!! They belong with the Whig!!!

Rae   March 4th, 2009 1:10 am ET

How is this Obamas economy? He has only been in office for 6 weeks. I think the republicans and Mr Limbaugh need to take some ownership for their beloved George W. Bush's mistakes and quit trying to pawn them off on Mr. Obama.

ed,vancouver canada   March 4th, 2009 1:12 am ET

GEEZ, your uninformed neighbors to the north have 50 % of our country owned by the united states,so 50% of our opinion counts.
If the clowns running your banking system would have not sold massive chunks of your country to saudis and arabs,the terrorists would have not had control over the ponzi schemes of laundering money and selling a real estate scam to millions of you.
your crash started in 1999,and was put on hold to hide the war money.
When you get an MBA come back and talk.
Greenspan and Paulson let the news out to quick,and made it appear as a rapid decline to make us think it will not last long.This problem is 10 years old,and with a 20 trillion dollar debt, at 3 trillion a year do the math....7 years minimum.OR inflation and tax hikes.
Wall street is a worldwide network of money laundering.That is why ALL the world economies got taken down.That is why none of the mega billions are not invested in the united states.Where is all the money?
Look up BCCI and think again.The situation is going to get alot worse,as the object here is to completely crash the stock market.
Then your friend bin laden etc will own the worlds economy.
Think about it.Dow 6000 by the end of march.
At least one canadian bank made 840 million in the first quarter and their stock is down 40% from last year. Where is their money invested?

TODD   March 4th, 2009 1:13 am ET

Everyone needs to get out of the sand and really see what is going on...I drive around trying to find work have any of you looked in the commercial sector on the amount of vacancy that should tell you what is really going on. The government is spending all of are children's and grand children's money. 300 MILLION IN GOLF CARTS. ALSO I THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE NO EARMARKS ANYMORE CAN SOMEONE TELL ME ANOTHER LIE.

Kelsey VanCleef   March 4th, 2009 1:14 am ET

I would like to see someone ask a Republican/Conservative guest about the millions and millions in their sponsored earmarks that make up a good percentage of Obama's "Spending" bill. They are all too eager to pontificate on the same 6 or 7 individual Democratic spending items, and usually incorrectly at that! Let's talk about what the Republicans are spending as well. Is that their contribution to aid in Obama's failure? They, too, are responsible for the huge amounts of money which will be spent.

Also, when they go on about wanting limited government that does not infringe on individual liberties how can they possibly be pro-life? I'd say that's a substantial example of ignoring individual rights.

Why is no one asking these people these questions?

Greg Sheeler   March 4th, 2009 1:14 am ET

Democrats dont care about raising taxes....

Even the FEW that ACTUALLY have JOBS DONT PAY TAXES ......

must be nice

Bryan   March 4th, 2009 1:15 am ET

Rush stands for a negative discharge of free speech on a national scale (diarrhea). The sad thing is, he has 20 million people agreeing with this approach. The good thing is most of us don't buy into it and that's why we voted for Obama. We understand people are worried about there families, jobs and their future but we have to support to our new administration. They have experts or access to experts in all areas of our econony. The way to move ahead is "One Step At A Time"

Steve   March 4th, 2009 1:19 am ET

I am 54 years and I am not the least worried about the resurgence and future success of the Republican Party. Give enough rope to the Democrats...they always hang themselves. Unfortunately we have to watch a very unexperienced rookie devastate this country with the help of Pelosi and Reid. Also, I would love to see the two Democrats on the panel tonight debate Rush. They could not give one intelligent answer.

TODD   March 4th, 2009 1:20 am ET

Anyone know where the 9 million dollar bike path is going to be....I would like to be there for the ground breaking ceremony. Also I would like to see who wins the bid and where the 9 million really trikles down to.

John Bogue   March 4th, 2009 1:22 am ET

How refreshing to hear Arriana Hufington call for people to stop confusing the issue with politically-fused partisan hatreds. Recently watching Rick Santelli’s ranting comments on a taxpayer bailout of delinquent homeowners, or the the Kudlow report's "Obama Declares War on Investors, Entrepreneurs, Businesses, And More" only shows how grossly ignorant these particular right wing business journalists are. These people are not true conservatives! To address this wave of organized destructive ignorance by so-called “Conservative Pundants”,;I am suggesting that people cease to turn on news shows like CNBC's Business reports, which are responsible for promoting a bigoted response to what is obviously -needed action on all of our behalf.

Ty Adams   March 4th, 2009 1:27 am ET


Your lush-Senator Ted Kennedy ranted "like a manic person," red-faced and the out-of-control (and drinking) Al Gore back when they both made regular verbal attacks on President Bush - both here and abroad. That never bothered Democrats, however.

Ted & Al were so spitting mad, they nearly had heart-attacks at their podiums.

Why don't you look closer to home when you're judging conservatives.

You seem to know a lot about drug users. Are you speaking from personal experience?

DEBORAH WILSON   March 4th, 2009 1:29 am ET


Ty Adams   March 4th, 2009 1:31 am ET

The Democrats are perfectly hypocritical.

Ignorance is not a virtue.

Deceit is not a license.

Big Nick   March 4th, 2009 1:34 am ET

You liberals should be on TV talking about what is wrong with the FREE MARKET but instead you are turning the country's focus onto RUSH! Absolutely AMAZING, you can not even focus on the economy, our ruptured border with Mexico, the war or should I say that deployment that Obama does not want to call a war on TERRORISM. You guys are bothered that WE THE PEOPLE do not subscribe to selling out our children's future to your sick cause to reward people that do not pay attention to mortages they sign or bail out banks that were bullied into giving fraud loans from ACORN election thieves. Instead you have to turn and try to write RUBBER CHECKS that WE THE PEOPLE refuse to pay. I will not subscribe to this debt, my children will not as well, it is illegal. When we hit 5000 on the DOW, you guys will still blame Bush for this. There will be a day that you will be held to account for your traitorist acts against the CONSTITUTION. I WANT OBAMA's ECONOMIC SPENDING SPREE TO FAIL TOO! MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF THAT! THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT CONCEPT!

ed,vancouver canada   March 4th, 2009 1:36 am ET

rush limbaugh has 20 million followers.are all those 20 million stupid?
rush is just not buying into the biggest con job of all time.
digging a big hole to fill a small one is a repeat of the 30s
in the last 3 months the situation has drastically gotten worse.
long term projects are not solving this,and when you lose your job and house,you will think different.

Ty Adams   March 4th, 2009 1:45 am ET


The Democrats are race-baiters. They create racial divisions where there were none.

After O.J. Simpson was freed by an ignorant, racist black jury, the RACE EXCUSE ended. Now, if you're black, it's up to you to get a life. You can't go around claiming victimization anymore. It's time to join the club of EVERYONE ELSE.

No one owes anything to any group on account of their race. Believing that is sheer racism.

Michael Steele has as much integrity as anyone else in politics, if not more than most. Don't underestimate his intelligence. America needs MORE people like him in politics.

ed,vancouver canada   March 4th, 2009 1:46 am ET

Obama is a LIAR. he said bring home the troops in the campaign and now 17000 more of peoples young ones are going to afghanistan.
The whole spending spree is a nightmare and those billions should have been given to PEOPLE via low rate mortgages for EVERYONE TO MAKE IT FAIR.
Long term projects like health care and infrastructure do NOT help save homes that was promised in the campaign.
Obama you are a LIAR.
Rush limbaugh has your number and that bothers you.

ed,vancouver canada   March 4th, 2009 1:51 am ET

government needs to inform the americans as to who owns what.
The banks,the buildings,the pensions.You have a right to know.
But that won't happen,they will be targets

Big Nick   March 4th, 2009 1:53 am ET

Hey you people getting on here from CANADA! What business do you have giving us advice on ANYTHING? I have been looking down the list at all of the different comments,... saw a lady that is obviously BLACK and wants STEELE to NOT APOLOGIZE to RUSH because he is WHITE, SHE IS A RACIST,... I guess we should come to expect that at some point in this blogg. And we have the liberals that can not add simple MATH or remember how they act when it comes to attacking people that are not on their side. Come to expect that too. BUT WHAT ARE YOU CANADIANS DOING HERE? ARE YOU GUYS BORED OR WANT TO BE AN AMERICAN? I KNOW WE ARE NEW SOCIALIST NOW, BUT YOU MIGHT WANT TO WAIT UNTIL WE ARE FULL BLOWN COMMUNIST (COUPLE MONTHS) BEFORE YOU TRAVEL HERE FOR YOUR FREE HEALTH CARE.

Big Nick   March 4th, 2009 2:03 am ET


Ty Adams   March 4th, 2009 2:04 am ET

How long will Democrats keep blaming Bush (passing the buck) for whatever is not working in the Obama administration or the Pelosi-Reid Congress?

President Harry Truman set the standard for this when he placed the words "The buck stops here" on his desk in the Oval Office."

The Clinton failures to prevent the September 11, 2001, attacks on America are always blamed on President Bush. Larry's guest tonight, Stephanie Miller, in her ignorance and partisan prejudice, said this very thing not long ago (on another program).

Why don't liberals ever admit their biases? It's because they're blinded by them.

ed,vancouver canada   March 4th, 2009 2:06 am ET

right now people are hanging in there for the last 6 months with all the delays,and the we must act boldly and swiftly.
The patient ones have jobs and their home.
As time goes on and this crap gets even worse,people will realize that this is a permanent problem.
Thats when riots,crime and killings happen.
People such as Rush are looked upon as threats,because of the influence he has on millions.Government don't like that.
Politics means nothing.He does not have to run for office to persuade people.
Rush limbaugh is a major catalyst when the "imputus" plan does not work and millions of pissed off people get even angrier.
Government does not like that,they can't arrest 20 million angry people with guns all at once.

Big Nick   March 4th, 2009 2:12 am ET

Our President and his cabinent sets the STANDARD for how we conduct ourselves...... Ok........ Sooooooo I for one say we follow his entire TAX EVADING STAFF AND DO NOT PAY OUR TAXES.... and why we are at it... WE CAN ALSO GET TO THAT 9th and 10th Ammendment thing to seperate from the SOCIALIST UNION

ed,vancouver canada   March 4th, 2009 2:13 am ET

Big Nick,sorry to hold an opinion dude.
AIG Gm,chrysler, ford,wal mart,costco,etc etc. etc are all here dude.
yah man,like half of canada is american eh?
it's your stinking stock market that crashed ours.
and if your banks were like ours they would have a profit.
we still have houses .for now.
When 100000 chinese canadians become your landlords,you will know why canada counts.
water,power,natural gas.
you can sit in the dark and think of canada.
our soldiers are also in afghanistan.

Ty Adams   March 4th, 2009 2:15 am ET

Arianna Huffington is a far-left nut.

And as long as there are so many other nuts out there willing to buy into her lies, she'll be around for some time.

She's not an America. She's just a European socialist pretending to to be an American.

She can't even speak English.

ed,vancouver canada   March 4th, 2009 2:17 am ET

BCCI read up on it .the terrorism and 911 is about money laundering deals that went bad,and real estate.
10 million homes are chasing billions not in the U.S. anymore.
the saudis have big time friends in the u.s. now.

Big Nick   March 4th, 2009 2:19 am ET

Hey ED, there are more than 20 million with guns here... I think you can ask the Russians about the proper estimate. Plus WE WILL NOT SURRENDER OUR ARMS TO OBAMA! OTHER FAILED LEADERS TRIED AND MISSERABLY FAILED!

The government does not, nor can not garuntee our safety/protection from violent crime,.. so they will NOT GET OUR FIREARMS! PERIOD, if that makes us criminals under his reign, then so be it, at least that will usher in other laws we can feel comforatble breaking unlike using crack like Obama did.

You know why we have guns here in the Socialist/Communist States of North America? Because we cannot carry a cop in our pocket

Big Nick   March 4th, 2009 2:23 am ET

Hey Ed, Sorry for my attitude, you are absolutely right,.. the stock market and the whole New World Order thing.... Got it,.. I suck... you are correct... besides I am also wrong on another point, you guys may very well have to help us out again like back in WWII... and as you said AFG/IRAQ. GREAT POINT bud.

My apologies, sorry for the low blow...

ed,vancouver canada   March 4th, 2009 2:24 am ET

the economy is going to give a new meaning to 'hostile takeover".
good luck dudes.

Big Nick   March 4th, 2009 2:26 am ET

Ed, the T notes might be good for toilet paper,...

Big Nick   March 4th, 2009 2:28 am ET

North America will not have one tree standing after all this money is printed... we might piss off the tree huggers here. Where are the environmental monkeys when you need em?

Fred   March 4th, 2009 2:29 am ET

To Ed from Vancouver .. yep, Americans own a big chunk of Canada. Truth is though we borrowed the money from the Japanese and Chinese 🙂

To Big Nick .. Why shouldn't the Canadians have a voice. We've poked our noses into the politics of nearly every country in the world. We shouldn't cry fowl when they express an opinion. Besides, where Canada is concerned, they provide us with most of our oil.

Ty Adams   March 4th, 2009 2:34 am ET

Obama supporters haven't truthfully or fully considered the repercussions of a failed Obama presidency.

Even the mainstream liberal media won't concede such failures as they occur. Hence, there will be no whistle-blower canaries in the Obama coal mine. The media will continue to cover for Their Man (and still blame Bush) while America burns.

Transparency anyone?

Big Nick   March 4th, 2009 2:38 am ET

Ty you are correct, look up the 10th Ammendment states that are seeking for the federal government to cut out of their business on google, more than 25 have begun action to make this happen.

DARNELL   March 4th, 2009 3:41 am ET


gene cain   March 4th, 2009 3:46 am ET

How can we judge Obama when he has only been in office 40 days, we have 8 years of Bush failures to go on.

Ricky S.   March 4th, 2009 3:47 am ET

Rush is just doing what any other defeated and threatened American would do. As long as he keeps his mouth open the GOP will just continue to diminish their appeal to their party in general. Its a course set to self destruct. Looks like the democrats are going to win yet again.

Brian   March 4th, 2009 3:48 am ET

Hi Larry. I'm a Canadian male, 24 years old, and I like to think i'm a bright individual.
Is the republican party dumb? I mean statistically? There seems to be so many 'entertainers' scrounging at any failed point they can find from the democratic history current or otherwise. Rush Limbaugh is as much an entertainer as Tucker Carlson frankly. They both remind me of a giant pretty golden statue that yells as loud as Bill O'Reilly. It wouldn't surprise me if Rush Limbaugh's yells at his nutritionist telling him/her (god help them) that cheesecake and beer is actually good for them.
P.S. isn't it just the most convenient thing in the world having this political boxing match always always always continuing? I mean the political analysts at CNN get to duke it out with the same "POINT A" vs. "POINT B" and neither is budging followed by Anderson Cooper saying all that he can say "Some interesting points there indeed."

rob   March 4th, 2009 3:48 am ET

how has republican views failed? last i remember tax cuts = jobs. who cares about rush and steele obama has quadrupled this deficit he inherited, how can a nation get out of debt but getting into more debt. it doesn' work. facts don't lie tax cuts and freezing of government spending get out of recessions. by the way the tax cuts during the bush administration that were so terrible created over 10 million jobs.

Kel1920   March 4th, 2009 3:48 am ET

It trully saddens me how out of touch the Rush-ublicans are with the daily struggles of everyday, main street American citizens. In addition, they thought that African American people would be gullible enough to accept their token minority/hail mary pass election of Michael Steel. Clearly everyone has forgotten the detriment of the last 8 years Please let President Obama and his team clean up this massive mess and get the country back on track. If you are wishing for his policies to fail, you are wishing for the failure of the entire country.

DARNELL   March 4th, 2009 3:54 am ET

if they put someone as ignorant as limbaugh as a representative for a party, then we should all elect oj simpson for our next president.

karl   March 4th, 2009 3:55 am ET

rush is one of the most inspiring human beings ,dont shut him up !
freedom of speech is the most important part of americanism.

Markus Darkraven   March 4th, 2009 3:57 am ET

Rush Limbaugh is obviously the leader of the republican party. Micheal Steele provide that by apologizing to him. We are afraid of this unknown. The Republicans and their supports are the cause of our problems. Stephanie is right on point about the situation this .

Kel1920   March 4th, 2009 3:58 am ET

is it just me...or does all of this throwing around of the word "communism" remind anyone of the RED SCARE??? Wow, have the republicans really set us that far back?

jules   March 4th, 2009 3:59 am ET

Regardless democrate or rebuplican. America better wake up fast and realize government is the problem and we are all being taken over from within and before we know it America will be destroyed. We must stop government spending and stop being so willing to give up our freedoms.

Lynn Johnson   March 4th, 2009 3:59 am ET

Why cannot we criticize Presedential actions- I have been subjected to all kinds of jibes and critics for former Pres Bush- why can't the democrats take any. I am a moderate Republican and consider Rush and also the far left (Huffington) commentators way out of line.
It is important we look at all sides. The current ecomonic crisis has plenty of shared Democrat and Republican engineers and most of the American people know that- this "we inherited the Republican deficit and it is all Democrat fault is ridiculous.

Ben Baccarella   March 4th, 2009 3:59 am ET

What I really want to hear is how each of these people are "suggesting" how they can change the country "tomorrow".

They keep saying that what is being done by the current government party is moving forward with the economic crisis is the "wrong way". What do they say "should" be done to move forward to change the economy tomorrow...

The more I listen to each side, they are on the same side of the dollar bill, the rich side. Show me someone that the economy is going to effect on a daily scale, not a "stock market share" scale. They talk about how the economy is going south, but as an average person in this country, a new president has made no difference in my day to day life.

They can fight back and forth, but they all make 3 to 5 times what the average man makes... what do they REALLY have to complain about??? One less vacation this year? One more year they have to work until they can retire while the average american is going to work the sweat off his back to pay his mortage/rent...

I see this debate as a power struggle from the "upper class" trying to keep power and not interested in the common "AMERICAN"...

I ask anyone on the show to show a concern for the common man that does not have a "advantage" to some "upper class" program or business...

I'm not buying it.

Thomas Goehringer Jr   March 4th, 2009 4:00 am ET

Whether you like or dislike Rush Limbaugh he brings another point of view, which gives us all an opportunity to discuss these important issues. The great thing is that we can freely speak our mind. Certainly many heads are better then one...

Many people are to blame for this awful mess, lazy and bought off government officials, greedy wall street corporations / banks, and finally US, the American people for getting over our heads with purchases we should have never done. Oh, did I forget the BIG OIL companies making billions on the backs of the american people.

Dennis Hurley   March 4th, 2009 4:01 am ET

Ruch Limbaugh is a scary individual. He had his followers at CPAC fired up as Adoph Hitler at a rally of the Third Reich. He seemed to enjoy his celebrity status and the way he had the crowd enthralled in his words. I saw the smirk on his face at one point as the crowd cheered. As an American the current status of America scares me as millions of Americans are scared at this time. The bank situation is really scary. We just gave AIG $30 Billion more without a plan. What's the deal? The auto industry had to come and bleed all over congress for a few billion. The democrats did not get us in this mess either. As in the crash in 2000, I said that Bush didn't get us in that mess. I said at that time, I hope that they don't pin this mess on Bush because Bush inherited this. Likewise, Bush administration left this legacy. Regarding spending, we cannot focus on just the economy and let everything else continue to go down the tubes. I believe that the Republicans need a new order and get off the Limbaugh band wagon.

Sharon Rickard   March 4th, 2009 4:02 am ET

Arianna Huffington is spot-on. Rush is a beard for the real Republican Party operatives Carl Rove and Newt Gingrich. How come they are getting away with rewriting facts and reality. This can't be just idle chatter, but rather a planned psychological experiment. How about some coverage of NLP mind manipulation, the old EST programming tactics not to mention the structure of Hitler's effective speech making with all of the entertaining, incendiary, ugly and so on claims against Hitler's enemies?

tony   March 4th, 2009 4:03 am ET

This is a joke! Republicans have increased the deficit in the last 8 years, clearly. Why didn't bush include the monies included in the Iraq war? That equaled about 4 billion dollars a month! Isn't that that spending?! President bush jr. will be considered the worst modern American president in American history. The present Republican legislature is in dire need of an actual message. They will most likely die.

Ann Keren-Zvi   March 4th, 2009 4:04 am ET

I think we are forgetting the war in Iraq that was the direct will of Bush and his vice president. That war drained this country beyond belief. Let us not forget that the vice president the one time CEO of Halli Burton had that company doing its over spending in Iraq. In the private sector that would be called a conflict of interest.
The American people were screwed over. Further more it was the Republican party under Regean that deregulated wall street. Please.
Rush Limbaugh, a TV personality. What does that guy got to lose. I bet he is not staying up 24 hours working on this huge mess.
How can one even listen to this guy. He is a criminal, a drug addict. Mr. high and mighty. He has a weak character and is a nasty man.

Bruce Hoblitzell   March 4th, 2009 4:05 am ET

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Lars Larson is full of B.S. as are most of the republican neo cons when they link Pres. Clinton to the CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) and its impact to the current economic woes as a means to absolve G.W. Bush of any responsibiltiy. This is a total crock!!! The CRA was passed into legislation under the Carter administration because banks were racially discriminating against minorities. It was called redlining. After Carter came Bush Sr. After Bush Sr., Clinton and then George W. It is true that Clinton urged greater loan access for home mortages by lending institutions. So did George W. Besides this, the CRA was always completely clear in its wording only SOUND loans should be provided. At least four (4) federal oversight organizations failed in their responsibility to see to it that unfettered greed did not cause a crisis in credit. Under the Bush administration they were told to ignore the problems or simply ignored when problems were addressed. Finally the level of bad loads provided undere the CRA is but a small percentage the bad loan disicision that got us into this mess. Why the heck can’t the dem. pundits you have sitting opposite these narrow minded conservatives make a believeable factual argument against their false points. The American public is being constantly misled by the republican conservatives because the democratic side is not as capaable of framing the facts. Lars Larson, Rush, Ann C., C. Rove are all just a bunch of stooges. I can’t believe anyone with a brain cell buys into their total self serving crappy misguided interpretation of the facts

jules   March 4th, 2009 4:06 am ET

I have never listened to Rush until I saw him on T.V the other night and he is right on I also want Obama to fail I think he has some very radical ideals that will change everything we love about America and that worrys me very much. Rush just gained a extra fan.
RUSH ROCKS!!!!!!!!

Kel1920   March 4th, 2009 4:09 am ET


Ben Baccarella   March 4th, 2009 4:13 am ET


I have watched your show for many years.

You have always been the one to ask the questions that everyone wanted to ask.

Why do you not NOW ask the questions that REALLY matter instead of question that don't really effect the common man/woman day to day...

I will still watch your show, but seriously... can you keep it real???

j.fernandes   March 4th, 2009 4:19 am ET

No one is leading the Republican Party because it appears they are just not going anywhere.

John Bogue   March 4th, 2009 4:54 am ET

Again Ariana Huffington wins the argument in substance and fact by both Nancy Pfotenhauer’s –the so-called Republican “Strategist(??)”, and Lars Larson – the Conservative Talk Radio Host referring to the argument against a return to the progressive taxing policy we had in the USA since the 30s, a cap and trade carbon emissions program which is part of a long needed serious change in our energy policy, as well as –the reform of Health Care, and -a reversal of Foreign Policy adventurism, as RUBBISH. I completely agree Aririana: Larson’s and Pfotenhauer’s argument this evening on the Larry King Live show, could better be dubbed -Dum and Dumber.

Ms. Pfotenhauer’s self effacing smile making her vicious and destructive comments are all one needs to see through this phony Republican Starategist’. I hope they both stay on the show doing the same. Republican Pundits of this nature will surely bring down the party way beyond what they have already managed to do. If they want to talk about deficit spending –to no avail; How about Bush’s not showing the expense in his budget for Borrowing money from the Chinese to finance a poorly managed war for six years. President Obama’s action to address the financial crisis is solid, well advised, and in obviously to any educated person, a courageous plan that will work if we can get by this ugly partisan argument for Lower Taxes for the Rich and More Freedom for All (Who do they really mean by All?) out of the way. In this case, as it always has, “Trickle Down” translates as “Piss on You”.

I have lived in a very exclusive rich community since the Reagan Years, and believe me what I saw was the rich wisely getting richer by investing in their own leveraging power to maintain their wealth. Trickling Down -the tax breaks for the rich that Nancy Pfotenhauer and Lars Larson referred to: Which is actually a form of Regressive Taxing (Economics 101), to stimulate the economy, does not work!

Stephen Margolin   March 4th, 2009 5:28 am ET

What is the difference between Rush Limbaugh and Father Charles Coughlin?

Nicholas Mark Kekei ( Lagos Nigeria )   March 4th, 2009 5:29 am ET

All Economic theories have fail in solving the American ecomnomic problem. The best solution i think is to do nothing, because president Obama is in a deep hole which cleaning would take years.
The world is paying for All the boom it enjoy years back.

SSG in US ARMY   March 4th, 2009 5:52 am ET

I support our President, I have to, but I don't have to AGREE with him.
I don't believe that turning the US toward socialism is going to fix anything besides making the majority of US citizens dependant on the government to run thier lives.
Why get a job? The government will give you money. Why buy a house? The governmnet will give you one. Now, the real question, who is going to pay for it? The rich? What happens when they can't pay anymore? What happens to their businesses that are forced to close? No more jobs, no more tax money. Now, who do you think the US is going to come after for taxes? EVERYBODY.

Megs (Czech Republic)   March 4th, 2009 5:53 am ET

I think the Republicans have not got over the fact that they have lost the election and the presidency to Democrats and Obama. Talk about a Bi-partisian party, why are the republicans not playing an active constructive role.? In fact Republicans come across as the blame gamer. On todays show the two republicans have been negative towards Democrats. Nancy talks about a need for real changes, so my question is when there was an opportunity for a bi-partisian participation in formulating the Stimulus Bill, where were the republicans? Bottom line Republcan party have lost their bearings, they desparately need new leadership with a fresh prespective on formulating policies that will help lead America to live up to it's promise.

Larry W Klein   March 4th, 2009 5:56 am ET


Bill   March 4th, 2009 5:57 am ET

Hello Larry!
It might be a good idea to have the people who are quoting employment and quality of life statistics to see real comparisons between European countries and the USA. You have excellent statisticians let's have a look.

Sara Kelly   March 4th, 2009 5:59 am ET

I'm living in Europe at the time and don't get to see the show until the next day, so my comment is a bit after the fact.

My head spins when I watch any news relating to America and the Republican party in particular. I can't believe the ever increasing gap that exists between reality and the GOP. The American people need them to earn their paychecks, do their jobs, and stop this ridiculous bickering and mud-slinging. Their treatment of Democrats is horrible, yet they continue to insist that the Democrats have treated them unfairly for decades.

It is also comical to listen to the way that Nancy Pfotenhauer speaks about Europe's economy and lifestyle. I can't pretend that it's going well for Europe, but things aren't going well for much of the world right now. However, as I live here, I can tell you that the lifestyle here is far better here than in America. Health care is better, there is more vacation time, employee pay is better, employee treatment is better, and educational opportunites are more readily available for every social class.

I love my country (the USA) but am not scrambling to return to it any time soon.

Sarah Marrs   March 4th, 2009 6:02 am ET

Theme: Nancy Pfothenhauer: when I look and listen to Nancy I have to wonder if American taxes have benefited her cosmetic surgery. Her arguments are elitist and shallow. Please never forget the Christmas CD that Rush released, indeed very blatant racism.

Leopard Roy   March 4th, 2009 6:06 am ET

Rush Limbaugh is nothing but a big, fat piece of pork, whose only use is to feed a pack of hungry lions in some zoo. he has no other use.

Jeremy   March 4th, 2009 6:40 am ET

“George W. Bush killed the American dream!”
I will say it one more time, “George W. Bush killed the American Dream”.
I was a adamant nationalist not more than 8 years granted I was 19 years old and a tad bit naïve, but a nationalist nun the less. Now at 27, after 6 years in the US Army, 2 tours in Iraq and living in several different countries, I blush when I admit, “Ich bin Amerikaner.”
But why ?
Why does an American living in Europe become embarrassed when saying he or she is from the country that liberated a 2 continents from a Nazi tyrant, stopped the spread of Communism into Europe and aided in the tearing down a wall in that separated families for generations?
Two words, “George Bush”. His policies and cowboy demeanor have left the image of America and Americans battered and stained. His foreign policy along with Republican bully tactics have for far to long been an attempt to slap the rest of the world in the face. And now we are left with their legacy.
Regardless of your party affiliation, economic status, your race, religion or age I think you would find it very hard with a straight face to say that America is better now than it was 8 years ago. So regardless of how much you can criticize the current economic policy of our current President you cannot deny the path the brought us here.
Those now that are so outspoken about the tax increases and stimulus packages being proposed are the same ones that backed George Bush for at least 7 ½ years so now I say to you, you reap what you sow. If you were so adamant where you 4 years ago?
Bush and your Republican elects were flushing billions in tax payer money into private Corporations that they had direct economic investments in Iraq and Afghanistan. (KBR, Halliburton, General Dynamics, etc..)
I also would like to include that that anyone can find fault the real challenge is to find a solution.

barbara, Germany   March 4th, 2009 8:01 am ET

The GOP has misrepresented many facts that are on the burner now and it does not help them at all to have a “Rush” try to explain the world.
One point that always amazes me is the unqualified talk about “socialism” verses “Capitalism” as one hears it often now in talks and blogs. I live in Germany but I also lived for over 12 years in the US. Germany has a “social economy” not a “socialistic economy”. The differences are enormous.
In a Democracy the government has many areas of responsibility. First of all is the fair representation of all citizen and to provide a base on which the whole country can prosper. It should protect all people regardless of who they are or what their economic power is. The US gov. has always given more attention and advantages to the rich – costing the whole of society dearly.
I hope the average American will take a good look at what the country really looks like and why. There is a lot of room for improvement. Hopefully they will start to appreciate what the new administration has begun to offer. An improvement of the hardware (infrastructure, energy etc.) and software (health, education, fair working conditions etc.) of the country is very long overdue! And that is not socialism but perhaps scaling down raw capitalism a little. We would all profit!

karen spink   March 4th, 2009 9:11 am ET

First I remember to pray for our country, because God is still in control. I listen to all sides to get a perspective. I listen to CNN and FOX News, because I hear different perspectives. I listen to Rush Limbaugh because I learn. No one person is completely right. We need to make our choices and do what is right. We do need to say what is right. Be strong with respect – is that so hard?

Kenneth Adams   March 4th, 2009 9:47 am ET

December 2007 the Stock Market was the highest in History. The
unemployment was at its lowest. Who gets the credit for this.
1997, 1999 & 2003 New York Times reported warnings about the
comming mortgage disaster. REPORT THE TRUTH IN CONTEXT.

Dodie from CA   March 4th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

So while you are fighting over who is in power, this country… my country is sinking. Good Grief… YOU ALL SHOULD BE FIRED!!!

Rush Limbaugh!!! You had better keep a check on your big mouth, someone is liable to sue you and I hope they do!! You are creating dissension in the ranks which can ultimately tear our country apart as its very vulnerable right now. HOW STUPID CAN YOU GET!!!

Dodie from CA   March 4th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

@ Kenneth Adams

Yea, the stock market always has a bubble effect before a recession or depression. Do your history... Look at the 1929 Stock crash, Just before the 1929 crash, the stock was the highest it ever was and never regained that level until (((( 1954 )))) It took 25 years... a quarter of a century for it to be before the crash. Now that is scary!!!

Mekka   March 4th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

I think Rush Limbaugh is a sorrrrree loser!! If he thinks he can do a better job than President Obama, why don't he run for the Top Office Job in 2012!!!!!!!

Dodie from CA   March 4th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

@ barbara, Germany You said: One point that always amazes me is the unqualified talk about “socialism” verses “Capitalism” as one hears it often now in talks and blogs. I live in Germany but I also lived for over 12 years in the US. Germany has a “social economy” not a “socialistic economy”. The differences are enormous.
In a Democracy the government has many areas of responsibility. First of all is the fair representation of all citizen and to provide a base on which the whole country can prosper. It should protect all people regardless of who they are or what their economic power is. The US gov. has always given more attention and advantages to the rich – costing the whole of society dearly.

I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOU. Unfortunately Most Americans do not understand the difference between “social economy” and “socialistic economy”. We have been “brain-washed” that government intervention = socialism. This is a “fear based” technique that works very well in this country … look at the Iraq war! I have lived in Europe for 3 years and China for a year. There is much difference. This is Capitalism at its ugliness whereby large corporations have the power through the media to brain-wash us. Americans, which I am one, have NO idea they are being brain-washed. Large corporations like AIG, Exxon, etc do NOT want us independent thinkers. They want us to be afraid therefore, staying in control. That is why most people preach, smaller government and are fearful if government becomes involved. Government = non profit Large corporation = for profit. Most people do not understand that when we “privatize” from the public sector (government) to the private section (private industry) that this ends up costing the taxpayer a lot of money!!!

All the educated people who know this concept are the CEOs or large corporations thus fostering this fear with all those people who do not understand! PRETTY SAD!!!

Sorry Larry for such a long dissertation... I felt it was important

Jim   March 4th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

What an opportunity for the independent party. This should be the last straw for the moderate right to have an opportunity to join a party whose only claim to fame is to eat its own if it doesn't win.

As for Rabid Rush, he reminds me of my nerdy cousin whose only way to get attention was to spit at the crowd from the top of a ferris wheel.

sugie   March 4th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh's speech is seditious by indicating that he has no problem and sees no problem with saying he wants the policy of the president to fail. He simply reject new ideas and wants only the policies of the past. Wanting the president’s policies to fail is wanting America to fail, the president’s policies sets America’s goals and strategies. This kind of covert speech is contrary to shared norms and customs of America and Americans. Only 28% people in America find Limbaugh favorable. As you notice Rush’s speech has stirred up rebellion in our congressional leaders who today I saw four senior Republican leaders repeat that they want the president’s policies to fail and there is nothing wrong in saying that you want his policies which do away with the Free Market to fail. Republican leaders need to help the President who is working so hard for the people, create jobs, fix our economy, schools, and healthcare. It is not enough to say you will offer alterantive ideas, help the president and thus help Americans. This is seditious speech and stirs up rebellion against the government in power and is not in the public's best interest. Instead of rebuking or challenging such comments, the media and republican leaders make Limbaugh a leader for the party? This was not a warnig of failure, but a hope for failure. Don't we have an FCC and shouldnt sedicious speech which interfere with the operation of our society be challenged by leaders we elect for public office to do the right thing for the america. What is your opinion of sedition?

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