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Rush: “All this talk about concern for the deficit and the budget has been bogus for as long as it’s been around”

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“Nobody is a fiscal conservative anymore,” he said on today’s show.

Well, I know one person who isn’t.

He said this today in response to a caller who wants Trump dumped from the GOP ticket next year. Why? Because, the guy reasoned, it’s bananas to stick with someone who has as much baggage as POTUS when you could swap in an anodyne Republican and make the election all about how insane Democrats have become instead. Why rerun the lesser-of-two-very-evil-evils contest of 2016 when you could take the lay-up?

That’s a flawed argument for several reasons, starting with the fact that no political party will voluntarily shed the advantage of incumbency. But Rush’s reply went in an … interesting direction:

CALLER: (unintelligible) …Trump Derangement Syndrome, and that will allow any normal Republican to get elected in 2020. Republicans can nominate a young, potentially two-term president, one that believes in fiscal conservatism. We’re gonna have… In 2019, there’s gonna be a $1 trillion deficit. Trump doesn’t really care about that. He’s not really a fiscal conservative. We have to acknowledge that Trump has been cruelly used.

RUSH: Nobody is a fiscal conservative anymore. All this talk about concern for the deficit and the budget has been bogus for as long as it’s been around.

Well.

I went looking for audio and couldn’t find it. Re-reading the exchange, I thought what Limbaugh might have meant was that nobody *in Washington* is a fiscal conservative anymore, which is true enough. He’s not saying that he thinks concern about spending is bogus, he’s saying that the Republican leadership’s endless screeching about it during the Obama presidency was bogus based on how they’ve behaved themselves while in power. Which, again, is true. Rush wasn’t giving us his view here, he was critiquing the GOP establishment’s abandonment of small-government conservatism.

Except no, he wasn’t. The segment continued:

Well, we have a name! A Republican has thrown hit hat into the ring. It happened on CNN right now earlier this afternoon. The hostette, Brianna Keilar, was asking a member of Congress — a Republican from South Carolina — about his possibility of running for president. “So you’re considering a primary run against a sitting president. Tell us why, Mark Sanford.”

SANFORD: There is little to no — I guess I’d say no — discussion of debt, deficit, and government spending in Washington these days. I’ve watched two Democratic presidential debates, and there’s been zero discussion on both of them as to this issue. The president said we’re not gonna touch the very things that drive debt and spending. So I think that we’re walking away into one heck of a financial storm, and there’s no discussion. I was just sitting on set and listening to people discussing both sides of the president’s comments. I think that they’re noxious and they’re weird and they’re all those different things that people are discussing. But there is, again, plenty of discussion on that front. The place where there’s no discussion is the way in which interest is the largest growing expense in the federal government!

RUSH: Well, there you have it. I mean, how can you stop this guy? Mark Sanford: “Everybody’s talking about how weird Trump is, but nobody’s talking about the interest and how interest on the debt is the largest growing expense of the federal government.” (interruption) “The Mark Sanford, yes. “The” Mark Sanford! (laughing) How many years have people tried to scare everybody about [the deficit]? How many years, how many decades have politicians tried to scare us about the deficit, the national debt, (Sen. Jim Sasser pronunciation) “the dafycit,” any number of things? Yet here we’re still here, and the great jaws of the deficit have not bitten off our heads and chewed them up and spit them out.

“Well, it’s coming, Rush.”

Media Matters people are rounding up some of his choicer quotes about the debt and deficits during the Obama era, when O argued that a historic recession left him no choice but to accept massive shortfalls in the federal budget while the country slowly recovered economically. Trump, however, presides over a roaring economy and yet we’re still running a mammoth deficit this year, after two years of total Republican control of government. That is, Rush’s conclusion that gross fiscal irresponsibility simply isn’t much of a concern seems curiously recent. Dating, say, to around November 2016 or thereabouts, I’m guessing.

These aren’t his first comments along these lines during the Trump era. Within a month of Trump’s victory three years ago, he was talking up how a massive infrastructure stimulus might be worth entertaining — so long as it was done right, of course, unlike Obama’s shoddy stimulus of 2009. Last year he confessed his newfound skepticism of the innermost core principle of fiscal conservatism, that government should live within its means, when he said, “[I]n the real world all of the apocalyptic warnings I grew up hearing have yet to happen. The national debt has not choked us. The national debt is not destroyed us. We may be living in the middle of the destruction and don’t see it yet, but for some reason I didn’t get caught up in it.” All he did today is reiterate that he continues to believe that. Coincidentally, on a day when news is breaking that our deficit reached a trillion dollars under Trump last year and his regular listeners might otherwise be under the impression that that’s a bad thing.

Oh well. Everyone’s entitled to change their minds politically. If the most celebrated conservative broadcaster in the history of American radio is now a Krugman-style Keynesian, that’s his right — although a little more truth in how he advertises his program would be welcome. All I ask is that he show an iota of principle by sticking to this big-government position once a Democrat is back in the White House and all the phony fiscal cons on the Hill start bleating again that d-d-d-deficits matter! If he doesn’t, one might get a funny idea that Rush doesn’t really believe anything and is simply saying at any given moment what he thinks his listeners want to hear.

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Hoo boy: The “Loqueesha” trailer

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Something different to end the week. Haven’t heard of “Loqueesha” yet? I hadn’t either until late this afternoon.

We’ll all be hearing more about it next week, I reckon.

Reaction on Twitter is mainly disbelief that it’s real. When I saw the poster, I thought it was a goof too. It is not. I’m curious about the movie to this extent: Is it just what it seems, a broad rip-off of “Soul Man” with a touch of gender-bending, or is there something more subversive to its treatment of “cultural appropriation”? The YouTube caption touts it as “a movie of the moment” and promises “a comical take on our current socio-political climate,” which sounds pretty ambitious for what looks to be an ultra-lowbrow comedy about a middle-aged white bro trying to do a “sassy” black woman’s voice for an hour and a half.

No doubt it ends with the main character contrite about his racial sins and newly sensitive to the prejudices that blacks have to deal with. That’s how “Soul Man” got away with its own comic salute to blackface. But it wasn’t really the protagonist’s contrition that made that film viable; it was the fact that it came out in 1986. A last-minute racial epiphany by the star won’t keep the heat off in 2019, which makes me wonder what the endgame is. Maybe there is no contrition and it’s actually some “sorry not sorry” thing in which the lead actor, who also wrote and directed, is trying to make a name for himself by being unapologetically “politically incorrect.” I can’t imagine why else you’d want to make a movie like this in this age unless the point is to pick a fight with the woke brigades.

Goes to show that you should never give up on your dream, though. If you’ve ever had the thought that a rudimentary ability to mimic black vernacular couldn’t possibly support a feature-length film, know that not everyone is as defeatist as you are.

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In Louisiana, A Case Study In The Death Of Good Local Media

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CREDIT: Brandon Morse, copyright RedState.com.

Those of you who pay attention to the state of the media in your own states may recognize this story. It is a story that could have happened in your state, or maybe it’s happening there like it is here.

Here in Louisiana, the biggest newspaper in Baton Rouge, The Advocate, has opened up two bureaus in other parts of south Louisiana. The first is in Lafayette, where I live, and the Acadiana Advocate has spent years competing with the locally-owned Gannett paper, The Daily Advertiser. In New Orleans, the New Orleans Advocate has had to compete with the long-running Times-Picayune, the preeminent paper of the Big Easy.

They competed, that is, until yesterday, when it was announced that The Advocate‘s owners purchased the Times-Picayune.

Now, these two papers didn’t just compete in New Orleans. They competed in Baton Rouge, the state’s capital. Covering state government was a competitive business between the two. But now, the competition is over. The Advocate won. I’ve talked with quite a few people who have flat out said that The Advocate‘s owners’ plan all along was to become THE state’s media.

The problem is, The Advocate isn’t just THE state’s media. It has worked tirelessly under Democratic governor John Bel Edwards to become THE state media.

The Advocate‘s coverage of politics in Baton Rouge has always been one-sided, but the fact that they had to compete with the Times-Picayune did force them to try and create a better product. Without that competition, they are going to feel very little need to compete and create that product. They will have the confidence to keep going as they had been, and to go at it harder. After all, they won.

Now, Gannett has a not-insignificant presence in the state, but their closest paper is here in Lafayette, about an hour away from the state capitol – unless there’s a wreck on I-10 (as there often are), in which case it’s more like an hour and a half.

Gannett is also dealing with company-wide cuts, staff-layoffs, and some competitive poaching (the Lafayette paper lost a huge chunk of its editorial staff to the Acadiana Advocate‘s newsroom). They currently don’t appear to have the manpower to compete at that level. They are restructuring how they are running their papers at a regional level. They can get a general state capitol reporter, but they can’t have a full staff ready to go there and work it day in and day out, especially during legislative sessions.

Does this scenario seem familiar to you?

Local newspapers are struggling. They have smaller budgets and smaller newsrooms. A recovering economy will help them stay afloat as advertisers get more confident about advertising, but they are struggling. Television and radio stations have to produce newscasts, run shows, and juggle several different media at once. They don’t have time to just sit there and work on their digital print content all day. So, they can’t compete with the level of reporting that newspapers do.

There is less and less competition in this marketplace, and there are fewer and fewer voices we can read and listen to in order to get an idea of what’s going on. As much as we declare the media a liberal institution, they still perform a necessary job. When you have fewer people doing that job, the quality of that product will get worse and worse over time.

If you aren’t already, I do encourage you to support your local media as much as you can. You can’t replace them once they’re gone. Smaller local outlets tend to be a lot better than regional or national outlets in covering the issues important to you. They are the experts in your area. That’s why you need them.

The national press gets huffy when you don’t show them respect and treat them like the defenders of democracy they believe they are. But in reality, it’s the death of the small media that will hurt democracy the most.

The post In Louisiana, A Case Study In The Death Of Good Local Media appeared first on RedState.

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