- The Washington Times - Friday, February 22, 2013

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh gave a blunt assessment of how the White House has taken control of the sequester message: “It just makes me ashamed.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country,” he said on his radio program Thursday. “To be watching all of this, to be treated like this, to have my intelligence — all of us — to have our common sense and intelligence insulted the way it’s being, is — it just makes me ashamed.”

He made the statements while discussing the automatic spending cuts that will hit federal budgets at the end of this month. Congress and the White House are engaged in discussions to offset these cuts — and it’s like old times, Mr. Limbaugh argues.

The radio host accused President Obama of pointing fingers at Congress — specifically, Republicans — for stymieing his plans to help middle-class Americans, despite proposing cuts that are actually cuts in planned spending.

“Here we get worked up over $44 billion,” Mr. Limbaugh said. “That’s the total amount of money that will not be spent that was scheduled to be spent this year. And in truth, we’re going to spend more this year than we spent last year. We’re just not going to spend as much as projected.”

The media is nonetheless drumming up mass hysteria over the looming budget cuts, he said.

“It’s insulting,” he said. “I don’t know how else to describe it.”

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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