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RUSH: I was doing Show Prep last night and I came across so many stories that made me think, ‘They’re spoofs. They gotta be spoofs. I’m not reading this. This cannot be a real news story.’ With so many Internet sites out there now doing spoofs, I said, ‘I wonder if I’m getting scammed here,’ and this one turned out to be real. It’s from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The Florida governor ‘Charlie Crist said Monday he is exploring a holiday-season moratorium on home foreclosures in Florida, a move similar to a 90-day foreclosure ban sought in California by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier this month. ‘I think it would be a good thing to be able to do,’ Crist told reporters at the Capitol in Tallahassee.

‘I want to work with the banking industry and do it in a way that’s not harmful to them. We want them to continue to succeed, to continue to loan money. But we want to stop foreclosures…” Now, can you understand why I thought that was a spoof? ‘We want them to continue to succeed.’ We want the banks to continue to succeed, and we want ’em to loan money, but we don’t want to have foreclosures. (pause) Excuse me, I — I… Governor Crist is a Republican. Uhhh, ‘We want the banks to succeed,’ we want the banks ‘to continue to loan money, but we want to stop foreclosures, especially during the holidays.’ Uh… O-kay. I don’t know how you do this. I really don’t know how you have the banking industry succeed, have you them continue to loan money but then not foreclose on the people who don’t pay ’em back.

I don’t know how you do that. ‘In California, Schwarzenegger asked lawmakers to enact the 90-day stay on home foreclosures similar to what President-elect Barack Obama proposed at the federal level.’ Federal level? Ummm. Both these guys love John McCain, too, Crist and Governor Schwarzenegger. I’m sorry, folks, I’m speechless. I genuinely am speechless. These are Republicans talking about this! You know, I’m reading this, and I fight the urge to burst out laughing. I say, ‘It’s gotta be a spoof.’ This is something a liberal would say! ‘Well, we love the banks. We want the banks to keep lending money, and we want ’em to make money, and we don’t want them to foreclose on anybody, especially during the holidays.’ Oh, okay! Good. (clapping) Sounds like a plan. Write it into law and sign it.

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