On his Monday radio program, Rush Limbaugh questioned the motives behind President Barack Obama’s proposed use of tax policy to encourage the hiring of military veterans, a population whose unemployment rate hovers at 12.1 percent overall and a whopping 30.4 percent for veterans aged 18 to 24.
According to Limbaugh, that’s the government picking winners and losers, which he likened to the “Baby on Board” signs on vehicles meant to make other drivers more cautious. (SEE ALSO: More on Rush Limbaugh)
“We’re supposed to be more careful driving behind a car because there is a baby in it,” he said. “Why is the baby more valuable than the driver? Well, the baby is judged to be more innocent — is why it tugs at your heartstrings. In this case, Obama is simply trying to build chops with the military. It’s a weakness that he has and the whole Democrat party has. It’s not even about veterans. It’s not even about the military. That program is aimed at votes.”
Limbaugh said that, regardless of the guiding motivation behind it, the policy is doomed for failure because the incentives it offers are too small.
“This is why liberals should be shunned,” he said. “There’s no reason the government should be picking winners and losers. This is all about — what the private sector is all about. It’s no different Obama telling small business, ‘Hey buds, you go out and hire somebody and we’ll give you a $2,500 tax credit.’ He tried that. That didn’t work by the way because it’s a lousy deal. You go out and spend $50,000-$70,000 hiring somebody and the government gives you $2,500 back, big whoop.”
Limbaugh explained that when the private sector fails to take advantage of the tax break, Obama will use it as a reason to promote more intervention.
“It’s all a set-up,” Limbaugh pronounced. “In a situation like this — this is picking winners and losers. And it’s been proven that that’s not fair.”