April 29, 2011

On the political culture of the United States...

What we've created is a world where almost every key institution in society is in the hands of people who think like Barack Obama... everybody thinks that all you need to do to make stuff better is to have more government spending. All you need to do to make the planet a safer place is for America to retreat from the world, and then all the nice people will get on without America bombing them all the time. Every key lever, every key institution in society is now controlled by forces profoundly hostile to conservatism... don't be surprised when a country raised under those kind of institutions then elects somebody like Barack Obama in November of 2008. Why wouldn't they? When the air that you breathe is liberal. When the schoolhouses are liberal. When the sitcoms are liberal. When the pop songs are liberal. When the air that you breathe is liberal, it's asking an awful lot for people raised in that environment to then go and pull the lever for a small-government conservative every other November.

April 28, 2011

Mark Steyn is guest-hosting for Rush today...On the issue of Obama's birthplace...

One reason... I never got excited about the birther business – I don't want this President discredited and kicked out on a technicality... I don't want this President to be convicted on technical grounds. I don't want this Presidency to end on the technicality of whether he was born in Hawaii or whether he was born in Mombasa or whether he was born on the planet Krypton. I want these ideas to die. The ideas on which he got elected. Because these ideas are killing your country. And in that sense Obama is not a foreigner. He's like millions and millions of the Americans he's lived among in Hyde Park, Chicago, at Harvard, at Columbia, at Occidental. These are the people who take these ideas about economic growth, the inequities of American foreign policy – they're all entirely normal. This is the swamp in which he's been marinated his entire life... what's embarrassing about it is not that it's utterly foreign to the United States but that it's so normal to a huge swath of American elite. All the views Obama holds are entirely normal to huge swaths of the American elites. Those ideas have to be discredited. It's not enough to end his presidency simply on some rinky-dink technicality like where the guy happened to be born.

April 27, 2011

On political notions of "seriousness".

This whole notion that Obama is a serious figure offends my sensibilities. Why is he serious? Because he can speak? Because he has a university resume that's appealing or approved by people who define who's serious? What about his intelligence? How smart is this guy? What does he know? I don't believe if Barack Obama had a dream for a product to bring [to market] I don't think he'd have the slightest idea how to bring a product to the marketplace. I don't think he has the slightest understanding. He's got a lot of resentment for it, but I don't think he has the slightest understanding about how wealth is created. He just resents it when it is. The guy is single-handedly destroying the United States economy.

April 26, 2011

On the absurd hostility of the US government towards US oil companies.

The EPA – a bureaucracy – has denied Shell Oil a permit to drill off the Alaska coast. And you know why? Because their emissions – the emissions – might hurt a tiny village which is more than 70 miles away... That's the reason given. And along the same line it's been reported that seven more oil platforms have left the Gulf of Mexico because they couldn't get permits to drill... You know where they've gone? Brazil. They have gone to Brazil, where we are subsidizing Petrogras offshore drilling. So Shell Oil [is] told by the EPA, "You can't drill off the coast of Alaska because of pollution." We got a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf. Seven oil platforms have shut down, and moved to Brazil, where we are funding that nation's oil exploration. What are we doing here? Well once again we're talking about raising taxes on the oil companies.

April 25, 2011

On the supposedly excessive profits of the oil companies.

How much profit did General Motors make? If we didn't pour tens of billions of dollars into General Motors, it would have failed because it wasn't making profits. So it has cost us a fortune as a nation to support a company that does not make profits. Now, what of these profits? When will the media tell us how much these companies net from sales after paying for the crude, the related expenses, and massive taxes. When they do these stories, why won't they tell us how much the government is taking from all of this? What is Obama's take? What's the state's take, and so forth?

April 22, 2011

On the socialist model.

The socialist model, the things that Obama's trying to do simply can't – the country can't exist, they're gonna kill the golden goose. There's gonna be no money to redistribute at some point. And one of the things on our side is that the uninformed are ignorant acolytes of Obama, actually think that what's at the end of Obama's success is everybody prosperous, everybody earning a lot of money or having a lot of money, however they get it. Everybody having a certain degree of wealth. Once they realize that the end result of Obama-ism is servitude and near-poverty, then of course they're going to revolt against it. But right now we're stuck with their relative ignorance, born of the fact that the left has owned the education apparatus in this country for a hundred years.

April 21, 2011

On Obama's accusation that Paul Ryan's budget plan is not courageous.

Obama said nothing's easier than solving the problem on the backs of the poor. That's not what Ryan has proposed. Ryan has not proposed solving the problem on the backs of the poor. This is another cliché from the liberal handbook. What about this folks? What about promising programs that you can't afford, using money from kids not yet born? There's nothing easier than that, if you ask me. There's nothing easier than promising programs to be paid for by people who aren't even born yet who thus don't even have a chance to object to it. What kind of courage are we talking about there?

April 20, 2011

On leadership.

Democrats have played a major role in creating this mess. They turn over the heavy lifting to the Republicans. Paul Ryan does the heavy lifting. Comes up with a budget plan to save the country. And then what does Obama do? What does Obama do? He attacks them for doing it. He attacks them for how they're doing it. That is real leadership folks. Real leadership on the part of our President, who now will not speak to adults. Create the problem. Act like he is going to provide leadership to fix it. Offer no fix whatsoever. The Republicans offer a fix. The Ryan budget. What does Obama do? Attacks Ryan personally, and the Republicans in general for doing it. That's real leadership.

April 19, 2011

On President Obama's economics speech at Northern Virginia Community College.

... talking about Obama's Town Hall meeting today before the young skulls full of mush at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia. And one of the things that Obama said to these students early on, talking about the budget, the deficit – he actually said we can't spend more than we take in... now, if you are a rational person who has been paying attention for three years, you hear the President say that, and you are incredulous. It would be like Colonel Sanders saying, "We have got to stop killing chickens."

April 18, 2011

On how "tax cuts for the rich" increase revenues to the government.

There is something that happens when you lower tax rates. The first thing you do is create a positive outlook and attitude on people who hire other people. You create a positive financial outlook on people who invest their money in the growth of their business... you end up creating more jobs. As tax rates fall, small businesses have more money to grow. They're not sending as much to Washington, they keep it, they can hire more people, they can invest in the growth of the business, which is what they want to do, because that's where everybody involved in the business benefits. Is when it grows. When the business grows, large and small, obviously it creates more revenue, and more people are hired. And that's called the tax base. So you have more people earning income. More people paying taxes. So where it may not be the case that the individual rich guy sees his personal income tax bill go up, there is an increase in the number of rich guys paying taxes, so that there is more revenue generated.

April 15, 2011

On President Obama's thin skin.

Imagine if the Republicans weren't afraid of him. Can you imagine if this guy got the same degree of criticism, or the same degree of vetting, or the same degree of suspicion that reporters grant everybody else with this kind of power. He mighta cracked. He simply can't deal with it. He doesn't expect that he should get it. He thinks he's above it.

April 14, 2011

On President Obama's budget speech at George Washington University.

It was a disgusting display. It was in no way presidential. This is what we're up against. He invites [Paul] Ryan and a couple other Republican leaders up there – "Sit in the front row!" – and then proceeds to insult 'em... There are two real reasons he did it. One is he's not this cool, calm, collected guy. He's just – folks, he's not a good guy... Obama's not a good guy. He's a mean, vindictive little guy. He's very cold. The second thing he was doing yesterday was shoring up his base.

April 13, 2011

On the tremendous opportunity Republicans have to contrast themselves favorably with Democrats.

Never in my lifetime has there been a greater opportunity to contrast who we are and what we stand for with our opponents and we don't really have to even say anything. Just point to what they're doing. People's lives – millions of people's lives – are being seriously hurt, in some cases destroyed, by this Administration, and by this Administration's policies. As the elections in November proved we don't really even have to say anything. It's that all we have to do is point out what we're for. If you're afraid to criticize Obama because he's black and you're afraid of being called a racist... fine. Just tell us who you are. And what you stand for. And it'll carry the day.

April 12, 2011

On the futility of Republicans and conservatives seeking media approval during the budget battles.

If you go into this with, "Oh gosh we can't shut down the government, oh my God, what are they gonna say about us if we shut down the government," – well the answer is, they're going to say about us the same thing as if we don't shut down the government. They're still gonna say whatever they say about us because we are conservatives. And if you don't like that, become a liberal. If you don't like what liberals say about you, the only cure is to join them. Because it's never going to change. And there's not one action you can take, that will make liberals say nice things about you. And the more you try to manage what they think and say about you, the more they own you.

April 11, 2011

On Speaker Boehner's $38 billion budget-cutting deal with President Obama and the Democrats.

The deal is done. The debate has shifted from spending to cutting, as we sit here today. Thirty eight billion dollars, I'm sorry, I can't start throwing parties over it. But it's a first step. I mean it didn't take overnight for the Democrats to get us here, and it's not gonna happen overnight shifting us outta here. So this is a first step. I wish they'd've kept their promise, I wish it had been 100 billion, I wish it had been 61 billion, but even those numbers, as you and I both know, are – we're talking pennies!

April 8, 2011

On David Prosser's substantial margin of victory in Wisconsin.

The left put three and a half million dollars into this Supreme Court race. Prosser versus Kloppenberg. If they can't win in Wisconsin – if they can't win in Wisconsin with all that union money and all that union power and all that propaganda, and the bussed-in union goons – they bussed people in from across the country – in ultra-liberal Wisconsin – then we really should have hope here folks.

April 7, 2011

On the Obama Administration's refusal to fund the military during the ongoing budget disputes between Republicans and Democrats.

The Office of Management and Budget – which is the regime – is calling a bill to fund the military a distraction. The OMB, and the White House both, have called the bill a distraction. A bill to fully pay the military through September 30th of this year. That is a distraction. That is who we are dealing with. That's who we're up against here. And all of this is about $30 billion. That's the difference in what the Republicans want in cuts, and what the Democrats want in cuts. For the next week. Let's say we miraculously come to some compromise on this – we're gonna be here in ten days doing this all over again because these CRs go for a week or ten days.

April 6, 2011

On Democrat demagoguery in response to Paul Ryan's new budget plan.

The Democrat reaction to the new Republican budget that Paul Ryan presented yesterday is nothing new. They always claim that people are gonna die, old people, kids, whatever – Republican budgets kill people. When in fact, if anybody's gonna die because of government action in this country, it's gonna be because of Obamacare, and death panels.

April 5, 2011

On the timidity of house Republicans with regard to a possible government shutdown.

Why are you so afraid of the shutdown? Why are you so afraid of it? Even if you do get blamed, what are we talking about here? We're talking about an out-of-control federal government, we're talking about you guys ran for reelection in November, you won big on it. If you believe in the idea, to hell with the ancillaries here. If the government's gonna be shut, if that's the result here, then own it. And go out and explain it.

April 4, 2011

On Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan's new budget blueprint.

I talked to Congressman Paul Ryan on the phone this morning. He is going to announce a major budget blueprint, a ten-year budget blueprint tomorrow, and folks, it's wonderful... substantively it is superb. Politically, it's brilliant. They are going to throw so many balls in the air at the Democrats that the Democrats are not gonna know which ones to focus on and try to defeat. First, it's a tough budget – you've probably heard four trillion dollars in cuts, over ten years. It might end up being more than that. It is a growth-oriented budget, it doesn't feature a lot of tax increases... basically it's going to freeze spending levels at 2008 levels... it's exactly what the election of last November was all about.

April 1, 2011

Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today... On the First of April...

It's April first, April Fool's Day – a day when the papers are full of lame, pathetic stories that purport to be true but are obviously just pathetically, limply amusing spoofs. Papers are full of 'em... Hilary Clinton calls Bashir Assad a reformer. True, or just an April Fool's story. In Libya, the United States and its allies are thinking of arming Al Qaeda. True? Or just an April Fool's story. According to the Wall Street Journal, twice as many Americans work in government as in manufacturing. True? Or just a pathetically obvious April Fool's spoof.