January 30, 2013

On the reason for the contraction of the U.S. economy …

I have a question, ladies and gentlemen. The economic growth rate – reported, anyway – by our government, at the end of September, was 3.1%, at the end of the calendar third quarter. So after September, of course, comes October, November, December. That's the calendar fourth quarter. So from September to the end of the year the economy went from growing at 3.1% to contracting by 0.1%. So the economy fell 3.2%. Now, what happened between October, November, and December that might have had something to do with this? Let me think. October, November, even December you got Christmas and holiday season, that's supposed to be big for the economy. They told us, ladies and gentlemen, we were told that after Obama won reelection, the economy was gonna take off because uncertainty would be removed. In fact, they said that one of the reasons the economy was sorta chugging, not really speeding along, was all the uncertainty over who was gonna win the election and what policies would then flow; but then after Obama won, that's the end of uncertainty. Everybody would know what's ahead and the economy would take off. Well, obviously Obama won the election, and the economy tanked. Hmm. I wonder why.

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January 28, 2013

On the Republican party’s supposed Hispanic crisis…

We're not compassionate enough when it comes to immigration. Too many Hispanics think Republicans don't like 'em and don't want 'em to be here and wanna deport 'em. The Democrats tell us this. The Democrats are saying, "You guys are gonna have to moderate your views on this. You're gonna have to become more like we are." Now, my problem with this is I just can't believe it. If the Democrats think that their position on immigration (let's use that for an example) is the right one, and if the Democrats' position is what's getting all of that support from Hispanic voters, what I don't understand is why would the Democrats want to give up some of those voters to the Republicans?

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January 25, 2013

On the ruling by a federal appeals court that President Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board…

This is not gonna sit well in the White House. So they'll take it up to the Supreme Court and we'll see what happens from that point on. I think what they'll say is, "What difference does it make? What difference does it make if the president wants to make appointments? What difference does it make whether it's constitutional or not? The Constitution's old-fashioned. Look at the Second Amendment. It was never supposed to be in there. The Constitution doesn't have anything in there, when it was written, about abortion. The Constitution permitted slavery. To hell with the Constitution. What does it matter?" That will be the reaction of many on the pro-Obama side. "What do you mean separation of powers? Why do we need separation of powers? We think Obama's power's absolute. Why do we need to separate Obama's power?" That would be the low-information voter reaction. "What difference does it make if the president has no limits in his power? The president's a good guy, cares about us, loves us, Santa Claus, why shouldn't he have all the power he wants?" This is what we're gonna be up against.

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January 23, 2013

On Obama and socialism…

All of this that's happening is going to implode, just like it imploded in the Soviet Union. Folks, socialism has never worked anywhere. It always implodes. It always fails. And Obama is nothing special. He's not a messiah. He doesn't have a magic wand that can turn a demonstrated failure of a system into a success. It is going to go the way of the dinosaur. The question is when, and how much damage is done in the process. It's a question of timing.

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January 21, 2013

Mark Steyn is guest-hosting for Rush today… On the occasion of the beginning of President Obama's second term…

I know some of you may have a distressingly partisan view of the festivities in Washington. You may not be on board with all the jubilation. So look at it this way: Today marks the midpoint of the Obama presidency. In other words, this is hump day. It's all downhill from here!

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January 18, 2013

On Lance Armstrong’s doping confession to Oprah Winfrey…

Wasn't Bill Clinton telling the truth? Weren't all these people being critical of Bill Clinton just a bunch of people trying to take down this greatest, most moral president we've ever had? Oprah, your heroes, Bill and Hillary Clinton, wrote the blueprint: Deny, deny, deny, and attack the accuser! They wrote the blueprint, and it's been used by Democrats ever since. The Democrats to this day use the Lance Armstrong tactic. In fact, every Obama campaign is oriented toward destroying the opposition however you have to. If you have to lie, if you have to run ads that are not truthful at all, you just do it. That's all Lance was doing. He was just practicing the theories that have been shown to work by Bill and Hillary. "Vast right-wing conspiracy." I can't believe Oprah doesn't know this. See the different standards?

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January 16, 2013

On the attitudes of conservatives and liberals toward the American people…

When I look out across the country I make an assumption that we are populated by a country where the majority of the people are decent and good and trustworthy. We can count on them, they're reliable, and when they're needed, they'll show up. We look at the people of this country optimistically. We look at our future optimistically. We look and see a country of people who can take care of themselves and who want to, who are self-reliant, who want to be self-reliant, maybe in some cases even rugged individualists. We don't see anything wrong with that. The one thing we don't do is look out across this country and see a majority of people that we look at with contempt. We do not think the majority of people in this country are predisposed to evil or bad behavior or rotten behavior. We don't look at the majority of these people having to be controlled. We don't look out over the country and see a bunch of incompetence and ineptitude. We don't look and see a country filled with people who don't know what's best for them. We do not see a population that is incapable of doing the right thing. Quite the opposite.

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January 14, 2013

On the shared perceptions of conservatives held by Democrats and the Republican establishment…

I think both parties have this goal. I think the Republican establishment is of the same frame of mind as Obama is, that the opposition is conservatives. The opposition is conservatism. And that's why we've had some people ask me, "What was Colin Powell doing?" Colin Powell was on Meet the Press yesterday doing what Scarborough did on MSNBC this morning, which is what a lot of Republicans are doing, and that is criticizing conservatives. Every problem we've got, from the gridlock to intransigence to spending, it's all the fault of conservatives.

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January 11, 2013

On the everyday gun violence in Chicago…

Over 550 gun deaths in Chicago, a town run by Democrats for decades. It's currently run by Rahm Emanuel. What did Rahm Emanuel do in regard to the gun violence in Chicago? He held a press conference and he told the gang-bangers to keep killing people in the neighborhood, but to keep it away from schools and stop going out and targeting their kids. The mayor of Chicago said, "We're gonna be watching you. Leave our kids alone," meaning go kill your kids or go kill somebody else's kids, but leave ours alone! You keep it in your neighborhood. I reported this, and I'm literally dumbfounded. But nobody, the last I looked, was making a big push to get rid of handguns in Chicago. No, it's just automatic weapons now, because of what happened in Newtown, Connecticut. And the reason was Newtown was a big story, plenty of pictures, plenty of emotion, and a massive number of deaths on one day. In Chicago, it's two deaths one day, eight deaths the next. It barely gets reported. Therefore, it's not a media story. But it is. Over 500 people, largely children, are killed with handguns in Chicago, not Illinois, in Chicago every year. And you can't get the media interested in it because it will not advance the cause.

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January 9, 2013

On Democrats’ attempted demonization of profit in health care…

Everybody's hurting, the economy's stagnating, but we all want to be well. Why should people be making a profit while they administer health care? It's not fair! It's greedy! It's selfish! And it leads to some people not even being treated. If they can't pay, if they don't have insurance, that means no profit. That means they don't get treated. That means they die! See what capitalism does? It kills! We're on the cusp. We're on the edge of this becoming the new reality.

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January 7, 2013

On the ineffectual negotiating strategies used by Republicans against Obama…

These guys don't know what they're up against with Obama. They still don't know who he is. They still don't know what he's about, and they still make the mistake of assuming he's telling them the truth. Does anybody really believe that Obama really believes we don't have spending problem? He knows we got a spending problem. It's a problem he enjoys. It's a problem he wants. He wants to spend more! I don't believe Obama's sitting around in the cover of darkness telling himself that he's a big spender. Democrats spend big on the big welfare state. That's how they empower themselves.

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January 4, 2013

On Republican fecklessness in their dealings with Obama…

The Republicans keep giving away core beliefs. They just throw away their ownership of the concept of lower taxes equaling economic growth and increased prosperity and freedom and liberty for people. They just threw that away, gave it to Obama. Raising taxes on everybody normally would be horrible political news. It would be bad for the party that did it. But, no! According to the New York Times it's a marvelous achievement for the Democrats and Obama, because they've taken 'uncertainty' off the table. People can now relax. It's done and it's fixed.

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January 2, 2013

Doug Urbanski is guest-hosting for Rush today… On Obama raising government salaries…

Just let it sink in: Obama raises the salaries of these politicians in Congress -- people who, if they were in the private sector, would be fired -- and raises the pay of government workers. He does all this whilst at the same time fighting with stubborn intransigence to take money away from American citizens. These are the people who worry about Big Oil and Big Corporations? Talk about greed! What is more greedy and more worrisome than Big Government?

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