RUSH: By the way, folks, last night on the Senate floor and on the House floor I -- your beloved host, Rush Limbaugh -- was blamed for people losing food stamps in the last eight years. I, Rush Limbaugh. Senator Dick Durbin took out after me, and Marc Veasey, Democrat from Texas. They both blamed me for, A, attacking labor unions and then promoting government shuts down, which led to food stamp cuts and so forth. Now why in the world would I be blamed on the floor of the House and Senate for something that happened during the Obama administration? What in the world is the politics of this? And the answer is two words: Fund... raising. But nevertheless I'll take it. It's a badge of honor.
I just wish my parents were alive hear their son's name regaled on the Senate floor.
RUSH: Here. Let's go to the audio sound bites. Last night, Senate floor, during debate on the nomination of Mick Mulvaney. He's a Republican from South Carolina, to be director of the Office of Management and Budget, and he's gonna make it. Here's Dick Durbin of Illinois, again, debate on the nomination of the guy to be director of OMB.
DURBIN: When Mr. Mulvaney and the Republicans succeeded in shutting the government for 16 days in 2013, it cost the American economy $20 billion. Do you remember that? Rush Limbaugh got on his radio show and said if they shut down the government, no one will even notice. Well, guess what, Mr. Limbaugh. They noticed. People struggling to survive in America who relied on programs like food stamps, they had their food in jeopardy and in danger --
RUSH: Wait a minute.
DURBIN: -- because Congressman Mulvaney and his friends thought that a display of political power here shutting down the government was just the right recipe for America.
RUSH: Wait a minute! These clowns told us throughout all these shutdowns, 16 days, big whoop, that no welfare was ever affected, right? There was no welfare checks interrupted, food stamps, nothing. There weren't any cutbacks. There wasn't a suspension of food stamps being available. He is lying through his teeth here, to blame this on me. (imitating Durban) "Mr. Limbaugh got on his radio show and said if they shut down the government, nobody will notice." They don't notice it when they're not told about it. You would be amazed at the number of times the government is actually shut down for arcane budgetary, constitutional reasons. It happens a lot, and if you don't know about it, it doesn't affect you, only when there's a bunch of media hype.
But they've always said that no impact ever comes. Last time they said that was it was starving kids in '95 and that budget deal. But to throw me in the mix. (laughing) It just means, folks, that the mention of my name forces lunatic liberals to go to their checkbooks and start writing checks to Democrats. That's what this means. It has to. Well, there may be a little bit more than that, but that's clearly part of it.
Now let's go to the House. This is during general speeches when members get up there and start blabbing. It was last night, and this is Congressman Marc Veasey, Democrat, Texas, talking about jobs and labor unions.
VEASEY: One of the reasons why we've seen the decline of pay in this country is because the Republicans and their efforts to undermine labor. When you start talking about undermining labor and when you turn on these talk radio shows, you turn on the Rush Limbaugh Show, they're always talking about how bad unions are in this country. Think about the middle class jobs that many of these union shops brought to all communities, whether they were -- it was the white community, the Hispanic community, the black, they allow people to be able to put some food on the table.
RUSH: Who was it that wrote off the white working class in the last election? The Democrat Party starting with an op-ed by Thomas B. Edsall that ran in the New York Times in November of 2011. They announced it as a campaign strategy. They were gonna ignore white working-class voters and instead throw in with what they thought was gonna be a majority of all the minorities in this country combined into one giant coalition.
But even beyond that, how do I make this up? That's right, I'm taking food off people's tables. That's exactly right. People want to put food on the table and I am taking food out of the mouths of babies, I'm taking food off their tables 'cause I have criticized unions at some point. All of this going on during Obama's eight years. So I guess we were more effective than we knew in gumming up the works of the Obama Regime. I don't know, folks.