On the futility of letting the Bush tax rates expire and expecting it to solve the budget deficit…
Do you know how much money is raised by eliminating the Bush tax cuts? It's $824 billion. We're now looking, ladies, at our fifth trillion-plus-dollar deficit. So all during the campaign we shouted our lungs out, we shouted from the mountaintop, "You cannot reduce the deficit, you can't even make a dent in the deficit by letting the Bush tax rates expire! There's not enough money. You can't do it. In fact, if you confiscate all the money the rich have over a million dollars, you run the government for six weeks and then you're out of money. That's how much money we're spending. That's how much money that we are watching go out the door and how much money we're borrowing.”
On Obama blaming President Bush for the national debt…
These lies just flow out of his mouth and off of his lips as naturally as a baby's cries. Now, I don't know, as I say, I'm not an expert. I don't know if it's purposeful, if he's delusional, or if it's strategic. It could be a combination of those things. He's running commercials in battleground states claiming that Romney's tax plan would increase taxes on the middle class by $2,000. There's not a single thing in Romney's tax plan that raises taxes on the middle class, period. Romney cuts middle class taxes by 20%. He doesn't raise taxes on anybody. It's Obama who's going to be raising taxes. Obama, in effect what he's doing, is taking what his policies are going to be, his future policies and what his policies have been, and he's simply saying that they're Romney's.
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.
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.
On the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of the U.S. military.
It was President Obama – single-handedly, and alone – who came up with the strategy that brought about the effective assassination of Osama bin Laden. He kept the Bush policies alive, keeping a military presence in the middle east, allowing the military to finish the job that they started nearly ten years ago.
On the tactics used by US forces in the killing of bin Laden, which the Left found abhorrent under President Bush, but which it now accepts.
So again, to review: an American President, with admittedly incomplete intelligence, invades a foreign and supposedly friendly nation. Without that nation's knowledge or consent. Using information extracted from Guantanamo detainees subjected to allegedly illegal enhanced interrogation methods, i.e. waterboarding... and all of this was done without any United Nations resolution or authorization of any kind.
On President Obama's casting of blame on the previous administration for the state of the economy.
So let me see if I understand here. Obama was in the Senate, voting for all of those things that led to the economy being worse than he knew that it was. He was voting for more spending. He was voting for higher taxes – Pelosi was speaker, Dingy Harry was the majority leader. And what? Poor old Obama, all 159 days he spent in the Senate, was clueless? He had no idea how horrible things really were? He just, one day stepped into the Oval Orifice, saw everything was worse than he thought, after two years of controlling all of Washington at the House and the Senate?