On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh insanely claimed that because indoor heating contributes to obesity, Michelle Obama will take away home heating. He said, “If indoor heating contributes to obesity, and if obesity is the number one problem facing America’s kids, the next step is not to call Michelle Obama, because if you do that, your heating will be taken away from you.”
Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
Limbaugh used a study by the University College London that found reduced exposure to cold may impact the body’s ability to maintain a healthy weight to smear First Lady Michele Obama with a new conspiracy theory.
After reading the article on the air Limbaugh said, “If indoor heating contributes to obesity, and if obesity is the number one problem facing America’s kids, the next step is not to call Michelle Obama, because if you do that, your heating will be taken away from you. We’re gonna get government regulated thermostats, but that’s, look they’re talking about indoor heating, not a little or a lot, they’re just talking about the existence. In order for this theory, if you take it out to the logical conclusion, you gotta get rid of furnaces, and well kids in the streets, they don’t have this problem. They don’t have an indoor heating. They’re already saving the planet by freezing out there. These people are dead serious. Well, furnace tax that could be a set up for a furnace tax. Who knows? It is from the College of London.”
See folks, this is why no one should ever do drugs. Rush Limbaugh managed to take an obscure university study about heat, obesity, and the body’s ability to expend energy, and turn that into Michelle Obama is coming to take away your furnace, because your indoor heating will make you fat. Rush seems to be ignoring the fact that even if the First Lady had something against indoor heating, which I’m sure she doesn’t, the First Lady doesn’t have the power to take away anybody’s anything. The first lady has no formal powers. She is just the wife of the President of the United States.
As if I need to say this, Michelle Obama is not coming to take away our furnaces, wood burners, space heaters, home heating oil, fireplaces, flints, and sticks, two rocks that we rub together or anything else that we use to generate heat for our homes, boys and girls. Uncle Rush makes his living by scaring the holy bejesus out of all of the senior citizens who listen to his show every day. What Rush Limbaugh is doing to the minds of his victims, um, I mean listeners every day is almost criminal.
Of course, Limbaugh was exaggerating to play into the fears of his audience that “Big Government” is coming to get them, but do they have any idea how stupid they sound to the rest of us, when start talking about government coming to take away our indoor heating? This gives a whole new meaning to the term lunatic fringe. Rush’s whole theory gets a chilly reception from me. The whole thing just leaves me cold. It lacks warmth, but it is good for a laugh, and it adds a bit of heat to the time before the President’s State of the Union tonight.