Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday took a shot at the mainstream media and even some conservative outlets for underreporting on the success of Gov. Scott Walker (R) in Wisconsin.
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)
Limbaugh cited an Associated Press report run Wednesday on page A14 of the New York Times about the Wisconsin Assembly passing Walker’s $504 million tax-cut plan. As previously reported by TheBlaze, Walker intends to use part of Wisconsin’s projected $977 million surplus to pay for property and income tax cuts.
“He introduced a bill in January that would send $406 million to technical colleges to reduce their property tax hit and cut income taxes by $98 million by reducing the lowest bracket to 4 percent from 4.4 percent,” the report states. “The end result would be a $131 reduction a median home’s tax bill this December and $46 in annual income tax savings for the average worker.”
The bill now heads to Walker's desk for his signature.
Limbaugh mocked the report for giving the success story just ten lines, though he also said he was “amazed” the story ran in the New York Times at all.
“The solution to this country’s problems gets ten lines in the New York Times,” Limbaugh said. “I’m amazed they even ran the story. But it gets ten lines. I think this is one of the biggest and under commented on — and including in conservative media. This is simply huge what Scott Walker has done.”
Limbaugh explained that Walker took over one of the “bluest of blue” states and completely transformed it for the better with conservative policies.
“They did everything they could, not just to destroy Walker’s political career, they tried to destroy his reputation and his political life,” he added. “He persevered, he overcame, he dominated and he won.”
Down from 9.2 percent in 2009, Wisconsin had an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent in January, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. Walker also announced earlier this year that the state had added 106,100 private-sector jobs in his first three years in office.
“The schools have been reformed, so the unions do not control every aspect of it now. There is a surplus of nearly a billion dollars in this economy,” Limbaugh continued. “And he’s returning half of that to residents of the state in the form of a property tax cut and income tax cuts — and it gets ten lines in the New York Times.”
Comparing Wisconsin’s situation to that of the rest of the United States, Limbaugh said most states are struggling.
“We’ve got the answer in practical and real political terms, and real-life experience,” he added. “The blueprint for how to win elections and the blueprint for how to govern after you win elections, the blueprint for economic revival, the blueprint for employment revival, the blueprint for budgetary solvency! It’s amazing, it is a huge story.”
“The Democrats are living in mortal fear that this is gonna be discovered,” Limbaugh said. “They are living in mortal fear that the Republicans are going to get their butts in gear and learn from this and try to replicate it. So far there’s no sign of that.”
(H/T: Right Scoop)