RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, from today’s Flint, Michigan, Journal, the newspaper there, a story by Ron Fonger: ‘Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh is telling his listeners he has his own urban renewal plan for Flint: ‘Let’s just bulldoze it.’ Limbaugh, discussing the potential for shrinking Flint to better concentrate city services, said Tuesday he would rather wipe out parts of the city than force taxpayers to continue maintaining it.’ Well, that’s not my idea. That’s the idea of Daniel Kildee, to bulldoze part of the city. ‘Limbaugh said he would rather wipe out parts of the city than force taxpayers –‘ it’s not my idea. Now, look, you got a local guy in Flint that’s suggesting bulldozing it, who’s getting the blame for this in the local Flint media, none other than I, El Rushbo.
Then they quote me as saying, ”All right, folks, I have thought about it, I’ve given this considerable thought. I’ve given this more thought in the last ten minutes than most people think about anything in their life. And I am ready to change my mind on bulldozing Flint. I say go for it. Let’s just bulldoze it.’ … Limbaugh also said cities like Flint were ‘down the tubes long ago. We tried propping them up with urban renewal and it didn’t work. We were hoodwinked into being called names if we just let these cities go. So we kept pumping money in there, we kept pumping welfare, food stamps, all these things ’cause we loved ’em and we cared for them, but the proof that a government can’t revive anything is Flint, Michigan.” They quote me, that’s accurate, but I never said bulldoze the whole damn place. ‘Genesee County Treasurer Daniel Kildee said today that Limbaugh relied on bad information in making his comments about the idea of shrinking the city.’ I just relied on the State-Run Media, in this case the Los Angeles Times.
Kildee said, ‘I shouldn’t be surprised but I’m disappointed with the cavalier treatment he is giving it. To me, that shows he doesn’t take any issue seriously.’ Mr. Kildee, you have been hired or asked by the Obama administration to bulldoze 50 other cities. Now all of a sudden in the local Flint media I am the villain, I’m the bad guy with a report that says I want to bulldoze the whole city. I never said any such thing. By the way, Mr. Kildee’s work with the Obama administration has led us to receive yet another update from the Obama White House.
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In fact, Shrink to Survive could have another test-market for this. Newark. We could bulldoze 40% of Newark. (laughing) Well, that’s according to an e-mail I got from a resident there. You watch, I’ll be all over the Newark Star-Ledger tomorrow: ‘Limbaugh: Bulldoze Newark,’ and I didn’t even come up with the idea! I’m just repeating what I’ve read in the State-Run Media.