March 30, 2012

On political commentator Juan Williams’ analysis that a supreme court ruling against Obamacare’s constitutionality is a lose/lose proposition politically – for everyone…


I know Juan Williams. I’ve been interviewed by Juan Williams. I like Juan Williams. But Juan do you even care what the bill says? Here we are, once again, analyzing the political ramifications for Obama, and for the Republicans – what about for the people? What about for the citizens of this country who are going to lose a significant amount of freedom? What about the constitution? The very foundation of it will be forever altered. The constitution limits what government can do. Pure and simple. That’s what it does. And this one piece of legislation throws that out and opens the door for government control over every aspect of life. Does this not matter? This is not an independent, isolated, political exercise. This is real life here. And I am struck by how many in the pundit class – the exulted, higher, elevated, more-than-the-rest-of-us, don’t even get that. Or they’re uninterested in it. Or they don’t see any use in talking about it. The political prism is all that matters. What about real life? What about the concept of liberty? What about the concept of the constitution that limits government? This is how you lose it. With people not caring. Not knowing. Even worse. People here incapable of seeing the big picture with this. And these, we are told, are the exulted ones. These are the ones smarter than we are.


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March 28, 2012

On predictions by some liberal pundits that a Supreme Court ruling against Obamacare will help Obama in November…

We’ve got an economy that’s in a shambles, there aren’t any new jobs… there’s nothing, there’s not one element of Obama’s record on which he can run for reelection. There’s not one thing they can tout, that has been good for America, and thus Obama deserves four more years. Not one thing! So. The Supreme Court throws out the mandate. Let’s say. And let’s say they throw out some other parts of the law. What are they saying in Realville, where real people live? The Supreme Court has just said “Obamacare is illegal.” That’s what “unconstitutional” means – it’s illegal. They want to try and spin that as a positive? Let ‘em try. Let them try spinning, Obama’s signature legislation – the thing his name’s on. Obamacare! The great savior of this country. And the Supreme Court says it’s illegal.


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March 26, 2012

On the lack of condemnation by President Obama of The New Black Panthers for issuing a bounty on George Zimmerman, the alleged shooter of Trayvon Martin, a black Florida teenager…


I do not understand – and I have no problem saying so – I do not understand the President of the United States not saying anything when a group of citizens issues a bounty for another citizen in the United States of America and the President, or his Justice Department don’t even seem interested in that. And then when this young kid gets shot in Sanford Florida the reaction is “if I had a son he would look like me”? Sorry, (that’s the) last thing that ever occurs to me when somebody gets shot. When somebody’s murdered the last thing (I think) is that they look like me. It doesn’t compute. But, the Left – they see things like this, purely as surface matters. These are political opportunities for these people, that’s the sad thing about this. Here you have the death of an American citizen that’s seen as a political opportunity. There’s no humanity in that. There’s no compassion in that.


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March 23, 2012

Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today… On the profound systemic unreliability of the Congressional Accounting Office…

One of the things I would like to see proposed is that we abolish the Congressional Budget Office – in fact that we blow it up, and we salt the ground so that nothing grows there ever again. Because this particular accounting device – ten years, ten-year cost projections – is unique to the United States. They don’t do it even in crazy countries like Greece and Spain and Portugal and Ireland and Italy, the so-called PIGS of the European Union. Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain. They don’t have this ten-year phony-baloney accounting trick. I mean for starters, it’s ridiculous. Senators’ terms are six years, Congressmen’s terms are two years, Presidents’ terms are four years. The idea that anyone’s in a position to say what anything’s gonna cost in ten years is absurd, because one of the most basic principles in free societies [is] that a parliament can’t bind its successor… so to “cost” things on the basis of what’s gonna be happening in 2022… none of us knows what’s gonna be happening in 2022, which is why the entire CBO accounting trick should be blown up. That should be the “Line 1” of Paul Ryan’s plan: “I’m going to abolish the Congressional Budget Office and get the United States back to an honest accounting system.”


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March 21, 2012

On the differing motivations within the Republican party for defeating President Obama in 2012…

We don’t hate Obama – we despise what he’s doing to the country. And yeah, it does require a massive turn-around. And it does require a massive repudiation of his policies. The American people have to know how destructive and bad they are and have been. And by the way, I’m in that group and I make no apology for it… This is a teachable moment. And it’s the most important teachable moment for the people in this country that we’ve had in my lifetime. But this is one of the problems that people on my side have with Romney. They don’t think Romney or the Republican establishment cares that much about repudiating Obama – they just want to beat him. They want back in control, they want to be in charge of the spending, they want the committee chairmanships. We don’t want to win for that reason. We don’t want to win so we can run government – we want to win so we can get rid of people who are trying to destroy it, as founded. And there’s nothing wrong with that.


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March 19, 2012

On Obama lying to the American people at the height of the debt-limit negotiations with Republicans last summer…

Obama intentionally lied to the American people in a prime-time address, announcing the failure of negotiations to expand the debt limit last summer… the Obama lie was telling the American people the Republicans were demanding cuts to the budget, only – as a means of expanding the debt limit: “We’ll give you the debt limit increase, but you have to have some budget cuts.” Obama lied to the American people and said that was the intractable Republican position. When in fact, Boehner and Eric Cantor had offered tax increases in the $800 million range. Now to take you back, nine months ago – it was Obama who needed the deal… it’s Obama, whose job is spending money, it’s Obama who needs the debt limit increased so he can continue to buy votes, expand government, whatever his plan is. What Boehner and the boys decided to do was essentially call his bluff. He was setting up to run against a do-nothing Congress. They said, “Okay – here you go.” Obama rejected it, and then addressed the nation and lied – told the American people that the Republicans were intractable, inflexible – was their way or the highway. They wouldn’t give an inch. When in fact they had given Obama – this is the key – everything he wanted. And that’s what he couldn’t afford. The trick that they played on Obama was giving him everything he wanted.


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March 16, 2012

On the difference between charity and welfare…

The reason the Catholic Church, all the way back to the days of FDR, got roped into the liberal/socialist agenda is that they became convinced that welfare was charity. And churches are big on charity. And they thought that it would sound good for them to support massive government wealth transfer programs – welfare programs – under the guise that it was charity. And so the Catholic Church and its hierarchy in this country slowly but surely migrated to socialism, in terms of its political preferences… under the notion that liberalism is charity, under the notion that welfare is charity. Well it isn’t. Welfare is the willful absconding of money owned by others and giving it to other people, for your benefit, not theirs. Liberals give money to people, wanting a payback. The payback’s the vote.


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March 14, 2012

On the new revised figures released by the CBO concerning the cost of Obamacare…

You can go back and look at any liberal social program you want – you can look at the Great Society, the War on Poverty, AFDC, Food Stamps – any program. It always costs far more than what we’re told when the legislation is signed. It never costs less, it never costs the same. Major entitlement legislation like this. So yesterday the CBO released new projections for 2013 extending through 2022, and the results are as we critics expected. The ten year cost of Obamacare’s core provisions to expand health insurance coverage has now ballooned from $940 (billion) to $1.76 trillion. It’s almost double.


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March 12, 2012

Mark Steyn is guest-hosting for Rush today… On Democrats’ peculiar understanding of “wars on women”…

It is interesting… to see the things that Hillary Clinton, today, is talking about, what is it, International, whatever it is, International Women’s Day. She’s comparing protestors in Burma with students in Georgetown Law School. There’s a real war on women going on in the world today – so-called “virginity tests”, which are in fact a form of legalized rape in the new, post-“Arab Spring” Egypt, and oddly enough – oddly enough – Hillary Clinton doesn’t seem to have anything to say about that. And Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem don’t seem to have anything to say about that either. So there is a war on women, out there, but it’s not one that the feminists seem to be very interested in talking about.


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March 9, 2012

On what the most important campaign issue in the 2012 election is…

Playing golf, almost exactly three, four years ago, and a guy from South Carolina – was a Democrat I was meeting him for the second time – I couldn’t understand, this guy’s – it made no sense to me intellectually, he’s a Democrat – and he kept raggin’ on George W. Bush, kept making fun of Bush, trying to provoke me. And I finally said, “What is it with you and Bush? Can we get serious for a minute? What is your problem?” And he looked at me and said “It can’t get any worse, Rush.” And I looked at him and I just shook my head and I said, “It most certainly can! And it’s going to!” Now – it is much worse. It’s ten times as worse… as it was four, five years ago, when this guy told me, “It can’t get any worse.” And by the way when this guy told me the economy had not really started its downward plunge, he was just reacting to Iraq, and the fact that everybody thought we had a stupid President, was embarrassed at Bush’s lack of intelligence and the media was trying to tell everybody that the economy was in the tank but it wasn’t, yet… my point to you is, 75% of the American people in Super Tuesday exit polls said the number one, two, and three things that mattered to them are the economy… they don’t want four more years of this, and it won’t matter who the Republican nominee is to ‘em, because they’re going to be voting against Obama, first and foremost.


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March 7, 2012

On the Left’s glee over Rush Limbaugh’s loss of a handful of commercial sponsors after the Sandra Fluke/contraception brouhaha…

If we added up all of our affiliates – let’s choose the number 600 – and we assumed that each of those affiliates had 30 such sponsors in the course of our three-hour program, there might be, all across this country, as many as 18,000 different sponsors of this program… there might be 18,000 different people buying advertising within this program alone. That is a conservative number. Six hundred stations, 18 commercial minutes an hour… you add all of those up over a course of 600 stations, over three hours a day, five days a week, we’re talking 18,000 different sponsors. Okay? ABC News – who understands how this works, and are purposely misrepresenting it – out there ballyhooing that we have lost 28 sponsors! 28 sponsors, out of 18,000. That’s like losing a couple of french fries in the container when it’s delivered to you at the drive-thru. You don’t even notice it.


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March 5, 2012

On his own apology to contraception activist Sandra Fluke…

I don’t expect – and I know you don’t either – morality, intellectual honesty, from the Left. They’ve demonstrated over, and over, a willingness to say or do anything to advance their agenda. It’s what they do. It’s what we fight against here every day. But this is the mistake I made. In fighting them, on this issue last week, I became like them. Against my own instincts, against my own knowledge, against everything I know to be right and wrong, I descended to their level, when I used those two words to describe Sandra Fluke. That was my error. I became like them. And I feel very badly about that. I’ve always tried to maintain a very high degree of integrity, of independence, on this program. Nevertheless, those two words were very inappropriate, they were uncalled for, they distracted from the point that I was actually trying to make, and I again sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for using those two words to describe her. I do not think she is either of those two words. I did not think, last week, that she is either of those two words. The apology to her, over the weekend, was sincere. It was simply for using inappropriate words in a way I never do, and in so doing, I became like the people we oppose. I ended up descending to their level. It’s important not to be like them, ever. Particularly in fighting them.


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March 2, 2012

On the pessimism in the Republican establishment about denying Obama a second term…

As a practical matter, it helps to have a fight over the Presidency to ensure victories in the House and Senate – how are these House and Senate victories gonna happen if attitudinally you think you’ve lost the Presidential race? What is the campaign – what would the consultants say – the way to win the Senate is to go out and say to the American [people] – “Look we know, that we’re not going to beat Obama, and therefore, we still have to find a way to stop him. And that’s what we need you for. We need you, and your money and your votes to vote for your Republican Senate candidate and your House candidate.” Is that the campaign? Well obviously not – even if somewhere in the bowels of the RNC they actually decide to proceed on the assumption that Obama can’t be beat. They obviously will not say so publicly but the fact that they believe it will have to have some impact attitudinally on the campaign. Do they have a meeting with Romney or Santorum – whoever gets the nomination – “By the way, we really know you can’t win this – and we’re going to be behind you! We’re gonna fight for you… but we really need your help here in shoring up the House and maybe winning the Senate.” Now how does that happen? How do you run a Presidential campaign when your head you have conceded, while at the same time campaigning to win the Senate and hold the House? Maybe there are expert consultants who can tell me this.


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