Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh expressed disgust, though not shock, that the mainstream media ignored an "earth-shattering" story out of Wisconsin that "should have caused a political earthquake."
The state of Wisconsin's unemployment rate is "rapidly falling" and the government's budget ended the year with a $912 million surplus, Limbaugh explained. He says the dramatic turnaround is due in large part to the conservative policies of Gov. Scott Walker.
What's even more amazing, he continued, is the fact that Walker is going to "rebate the money in the form of tax cuts to the people, who he said own the money." Limbaugh says the news is "earth-shattering" because, in one of the bluest states, Walker was targeted for removal twice but continued to implement conservative policies that he was confident would help his state -- and his strategy appears to be working.
"They did everything they could to gin up hate, anger, tried to destroy his reputation, his career, and his life," he said. "He hung in there. The state of Wisconsin instituted his policy reforms, de-emphasizing the role of unions in the state."
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a member of the executive committee of the National Governors Association, speaks to the media after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
"He’s going to cut income taxes and property taxes, and he made the point that it’s not just a gimmick of budgeting or accounting. It’s the result of serious, significant policy changes," Limbaugh argued.
"Now, folks, what I just told you was not reported once anywhere in what you would consider mainstream media. It was not reported on one cable network, much less all of them. It was not reported in the New York Times, the Washington Post, or the LA Times," he added. "It was reported in Wisconsin. There was an AP story on it, maybe some local papers picked it up, but just as a filler."
"And to me, for us as conservatives, Wisconsin and Governor Walker, I mean, everything that we want to happen, happened there," the radio host concluded.
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Walker is proposing a $504 million property and income tax cut plan as a means to return some of the surplus money to the people of Wisconsin. Some Democrats and Republicans are already criticizing the plan and are calling for changes.
"The budget surplus is really your money," Walker recently said at a meeting of the Wisconsin Grocers Association. "You earned it."
However, some lawmakers are concerned that Walker's tax cut plan would increase the state's projected budget shortfall from $700 million to $800 million. The Republican governor argues the estimates don't take into account any revenue growth, which he says will cover the difference.
The unemployment rate in Wisconsin dropped to 6.2 percent in December and has been dropping steadily since 2011.