For the past eight years, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, has been forced to stretch, twist and dodge while defending President George Bush. During his time in office, President Bush listened to faulty information that prompted the invasion of Iraq, presided over the wrongly named Patriot Act, defended what many believe has amounted to torture in "waterboarding," and led America to give bailout money, much of which ended up in the hands of some of the greediest people on Wall Street. Defending Bush was an ugly task, and the talented Limbaugh did his best. Still, it wasn't pretty at all.


But now that America has elected a Democrat - the undeniably charismatic Barack Obama - and filled Washington with liberal legislators, Limbaugh can get back to shooting straight and saying it like it really is. Instead of preaching to the choir, Limbaugh is again spouting fundamental and important truths.


Unfortunately, today's truth stinks. Really.


Barack Obama, who cleverly tap-danced with the middle-of-the-road like Fred Astaire mesmerizing in a Hollywood musical, has come out boxing and gunning from the left. And it looks like he has quickly won his first fight.


"This is a 100 percent Barack Obama bill," Limbaugh recently said on his morning radio show. "When it doesn't work there aren't any Republicans that can be forced to take the blame for this. Barack Obama owns this one, baby. He owns it first, last and always."


Guess what? Limbaugh is exactly right. While America is hoping - and literally banking - on Obama's stimulus package, both conservative and libertarian wisdom say the plan will likely flop. And the Republicans aren't buying Obama's pitch. Even a recent Associated Press news article puts the plan, which uses a massive $787 billion, in a gloomy light:


"With a record-busting stimulus plan, the U.S. is marshaling resources against economic catastrophe in ways not seen since Franklin Roosevelt put the New Deal in motion."


This Newer Deal looks like a big mess.


True, there is money allocated for the poorest who are immediately hurt by the economic downturn, but the huge package is filled with questionable allocations that in the long run will take money from you and I and put it in places that are unlikely to help our economy one bit.


That goes to the central difference of how libertarians and liberals look at government's role.


Liberals believe government should be the savior that takes from the rich and gives to the poor. But the poor will never climb up as long as they receive handouts. To soar and truly pursue happiness, people need to believe they have the opportunity to succeed on their own.


Libertarians believe, conversely, that everyone should have the freedom to keep what is theirs and use it to reach for their own American dream. Personal choice and freedom, which was a cornerstone of early America, fosters opportunities that create prosperity for the individual, and others, in a free-market society.


Thankfully, now that the former administration is gone, libertarians and true conservatives can get back to dealing with the business at hand in a direct and affirmative way.


And Rush Limbaugh, except for his occasional low blows like when he played the parody song "Barack The Magic Negro," is once again fun to listen to.