July 29, 2011

On the latest iteration of the debt ceiling negotiations…

Boehner 3.0 basically does this: Would pave the way for the debt limit to be raised, through the 2012 election, in two chunks. But it would mandate that the second increase of the debt ceiling could only occur after a balanced budget amendment passed both chambers of congress and went to the states for ratification. That’s the big difference in Boehner 3.0. Now before we get into the specifics of all of this, I want to say something to all of you conservatives out there. I want to tell you, how damn proud of you I am. Because you made this happen. The conservative intelligentsia, the conservative so-called “media”, inside the Beltway, would’ve accepted anything.

July 27, 2011

On Republicans undermining themselves in the debt-ceiling negotiations…

You know what I would do? Folks, it’s real simple… I’ve mentioned this before. Stop. Presenting. A plan. All we’re doing is compromising with ourselves. Just stop presenting the plans. Just sit around and say, “Well, we’ll wait for yours.” Say it to Obama, say it to Carney, whatever, but, we’re through!

July 25, 2011

On the latest version of the Boehner plan...

Boehner’s plan, basically is 1.1, 1.2 trillion dollars in cuts. No defense cuts. No new revenue, no tax increases. In exchange for raising the debt ceiling a trillion dollars. Each member of congress – well, two members of each leadership, will get to name three members to a congressional blue-ribbon panel to actually make the cuts. So it’d be a 12-member commission, six appointed by Democrats, six appointed by Republicans. They would report back, and, debt ceiling runs out in April, here we are all over again. Obama, if this thing survives, this is what will be set up for him to sign. No guarantee on that yet but that’s the only thing that’s on the table right now.

July 22, 2011

Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today… On the enormity of the U.S. debt problem.

I would love it, if there was no debt-ceiling deal, and on August the third, every little item of federal expenditure had to be justified, because this waste is sick, it’s sick and decadent. And you can’t go on like this. Nobody’s doing it on this scale. We look at the Greeks and we laugh at the Greeks. We look at the Portuguese and we laugh at the Portuguese. We look at the Spaniards, laugh at them. All these Mediterranean layabouts – HA HA HA HA. You look at the numbers. You look at the numbers of the Mediterranean layabouts. The T-word isn’t involved. Trillion isn’t involved… Trillion was a word that was of no use to anyone except astronomers, until a couple of years ago.

July 20, 2011

On the determination of the Left.

There’s a group of people out there folks who want a constitutional convention. And it’d be the nuttiest thing you could do cause you’d just turn the whole country over to the Left, the parasites, the government operatives, that’s who would take over, and they would re-write the constitution so that it would say exactly what they are doing, and what they believe. You know the Left fights on and on… when you look at how they operate, they don’t look for knock out punches. If they can find one they’ll throw it, but they keep at it – just like the old Soviets did. Soviets didn’t have four year plans – they just had a plan. They had an objective. And however long down the road it took ‘em to get there, that’s – and they were never deterred, until they, of course, couldn’t go on anymore because of their own implosion.

July 18, 2011

Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today… On economic signs of the times under the Obama Administration

Sales of ovens and stoves are at their lowest in twenty years. So if you want to stick your head in the oven and light the gas because you can’t stand the way the economy’s going, you won’t even be able to do it in a new oven… And while we’re giving out all these numbers, here’s my favorite number of the day. It’s an absolutely ingenious statistical comparison from Mark Tapscott in the Washington Examiner. According to Jim Messina, his campaign manager, through the second quarter of 2011, President Obama now has 552,000 contributors to his 2012 reelection campaign. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that during the same two quarters the US economy generated 260,000 jobs. In other words, Obama attracted twice as many campaign donors as his economic policies created new jobs.

July 15, 2011

Mark Belling is filling in for Rush today... On President Obama’s refusal to consider spending cuts.

Obama is taking the American treasury into the crack house. Now we’re addicted. We have a terrible problem – the country’s got the shakes. And he’s saying, “Well, I won’t go to the crack house as much, but you’ve got to give me some money so I can go there at least a few times more." You know how that’s going to work out. This problem can only be addressed by cutting spending, and he will not do it.

July 13, 2011

On the differing Republican and Democrat approaches to the budget crisis.

Eight hundred six days, ladies and gentlemen, since Senate Democrats – and they run the place – have passed a budget. There are 365 days in a year. So well over two years since the Democrats – who run the place – have passed a budget. The law requires them to pass a budget every year. Eight hundred six days and counting. And this, by the way, is the strategy. There’s no question. They devised, two years ago, a strategy: "We’re not going to present a budget"... now this was part of the 2010 re-election strategy: "Don’t put a budget out there, because we don’t want voters to have any specifics about what we intend." So they didn’t. Now the strategy remains implemented, so that they don’t have to tie themselves to any of their own numbers specifically. So while they have no numbers, they have no budget – Obama hasn’t presented one either. The Republicans do. The Republicans are acting like the adults. The Republicans are presenting plans. Say what you want about some of them, but the Republicans have ideas with numbers designed to seriously address the problem and fix it. Start down the road and fixing it. The Democrats as a strategy do not. For the sole purpose, of doing nothing but assaulting the Republicans for the numbers they present.

July 11, 2011

On the importance of House Speaker Boehner holding firm in debt-limit negotiations with Obama.

If Boehner holds firm, it’ll be Obama and his re-election team that gets choked up and starts crying, not Boehner. If he holds firm. Right now John Boehner is more than just the Speaker of the House and a negotiator in the debt ceiling deal. Right now, as far as Obama’s concerned, John Boehner is the life-line to Obama’s political future. Oh yeah. If Obama can get Boehner to cave – you look at it that way... and Obama’s out there saying, “If they don’t budge, there’s no deal." Fine! If there’s no deal, then we start cutting. The law of the land right now is the current debt ceiling. That’s the law of the land. If we don’t do anything and write a new law, guess who’s gonna be in violation of it if they don’t abide by it? Obama and the Democrats, not us. Right now, Obama looks at Boehner and sees his route to re-election. By getting Boehner to cave. That’s a lot of pressure to be under. For Boehner. But that’s the way Obama has set this up.

July 8, 2011

On the government program that spent over fifty-three million dollars of taxpayers' money to buy guns for Mexican drug lords.

Justice.gov, – web site – located, on page 96, of a report on this program – 2009, February: The Recovery Act, signed into law, allocated ten million dollars to ATF for Project Gunrunner... Stimulus money paid for this, is what has been discovered. Stimulus money paid for Fast and Furious. Ten million dollars was allocated in the Stimulus bill to buy machine guns and revolvers, and let Mexican drug lords take them across the border, back to Mexico. Stimulus money. That shovel-ready job stuff? You remember that. Right here it is, 2009, February, Recovery Act signed into law allocated ten million dollars to ATF for Project Gunrunner. 2009 June Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009 allocated an additional six million dollars to the ATF for Project Gunrunner. Which means we can trace the money back to Obama ... You can trace the money back to the Department of Justice. They administer the program. Stimulus money. This is important because now there is a way to follow the money. This is stunning. Fast and Furious funded by the Porkulus bill. 2010, August, Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2010, allocated thirty-seven and a half million dollars to the ATF for Project Gunrunner. Just a little over a year ago. Another thirty-seven and a half million. There’s more money from Obama’s stash. So, let’s add it up. Ten million in February 2009, six million in June of 2009 – so that’s a total of sixteen million in 2009. Then in 2010 thirty-seven and a half million. So. Fifty three and a half million dollars, spent on this program – to buy machine guns and revolvers. Fifty three and a half million dollars. All taxpayer dollars.

July 6, 2011

On tomorrow’s budget meeting between the House Republican leadership and President Obama in the White House.

I’m going to tell you Republicans something right now, and right here, and if you know anybody who’s an elected Republican I want you to pass this on to 'em because this is key. At this meeting tomorrow, Obama is going to do everything he can to get these guys to raise taxes... now in the Senate, he might not have much of a problem. In the Senate, there might be some Republicans who’d go along – I don’t think the majority of them. But the House Republicans are not. Going. To sign anything. That raises taxes. They just aren’t. And so Republicans you have got to go into that meeting tomorrow fully aware that the President is the one who’s gonna have to cave. The President is the one who can be made to cave, if you hold firm on not raising taxes, ‘cause that’s all he cares about, and that’s all the Democrats care about.

July 4, 2011

On the political views of President Obama and the American electorate.

Folks, do not believe anything you read or hear that Obama is unbeatable. He is a man further and further isolated from the mainstream of this country. And if there were a smidgen of mainstream media reporting along those lines it’d be over for him now. Of course there won’t be, they’re circling the wagons for the guy. Twenty-four percent of the American people – likely voters – 24% say their political views are about the same as the President. That means 24% of the people in the country are socialist/liberal. We have not lost the country, folks. It is only being made to appear that way. But we haven’t.

July 1, 2011

On journalist Mark Halperin’s on-air gaffe in which he called President Obama “kind of a dick".

If Halperin had said this about George W. Bush, would they be falling all over themselves to apologize? Nope... My guess is that “New ground had been broken. Finally, finally," they would say, “A reporter has had the courage and the guts to tell the nation just exactly the kind of President that we have. A gutsy move. It might’ve been over the line, it might’ve been a little bit risky, and it might be something you would never do again, but by golly by gosh the courage–" That’s how they would play it, had Mark Halperin said it about George W. Bush.