December 30, 2011

Walter E. Williams is filling in for Rush today… On the unequal reaping of economic rewards in the free market system…

Now you take somebody like Joanne Rowling… she is the Harry Potter lady. And she’s a billionaire. She’s in that top one percent. Although she’s in Britain, she’s in that top one percent. Now how did Rowling become so wealthy and unequal to the rest of us? Well I think the entire blame for this social injustice lies at the feet of the world’s children. The children are responsible. Because her wealth is a direct result of more than 500 million Harry Potter book sales. And if the children did not have their parents go buy them these Harry Potter books, she wouldn’t be rich, she wouldn’t be in that top one percent. Or you take my friend – actually he’s not my friend, I just like the way the guy plays – Lebron James. He is an animal on the basketball court. And this guy has 43 million dollars a year. And that’s very unequal to the rest of us. That’s socially unjust. Now how does Lebron James get 43 million dollars a year? Well again, it’s the children. It’s the children getting their fathers – instead of children staying home and doing homework and their fathers helping their wives out with the kitchen duties, they’re going downtown to the sports arena and plunk down $100 to see Lebron James play basketball. And then I think there’s a form of gross discrimination with this as well. Because I can play basketball too. But nobody’s paying me 43 million dollars.

December 28, 2011

Mark Belling is filling in for Rush today… On the lack of good news in advance of the full implementation of Obamacare…

I swear every three weeks, you’ll see a story about something – it’s never good – and then the phrase they put between the commas is “part of a little-known provision in President Barack Obama’s health care law”. The whole thing is filled with little-known provisions. Isn’t that what Nancy Pelosi said? “Well we’re just going to have to pass it and find out what’s in it.” Well now we find out what’s in it. Have we yet had one thing come out that’s in it, that’s been good? If there was, if there was just one thing in this, or one ramification – and we’re only in the early stages of this – if there was one thing that was working out well, can you imagine how the media would be trumpeting it? Obama would be there at wherever that magical place was where something good was happening because we passed Obamacare. Everything that happens as a result of this turns out to be a bad thing.

December 26, 2011

On the failure of the Supercommittee to reach a budget agreement…

Everybody knew the Supercommittee wasn’t going to do anything. And by the way, there are no spending cuts. Even with sequestration. There are no spending cuts. It’s just reductions in the rate of growth. It’s the same old thing. Spending is still gonna up! It’s just like everything else, with the U.S. budget – it’s said to be a cut because it’s not going up as much. But defense spending, with sequestration, will still go up 16%. There’s no spending cuts here. Zilch, zero, nada. But anyway, folks, the market’s not down because the Supercommittee is gonna admit failure. Everybody knew this was gonna happen.

December 23, 2011

Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today… On the utter irrelevance of the payroll tax controversy…

Economists say that to sustain a healthy housing market, this country needs to sell 700,000 new homes every year. It was 315,000 in 2011. Now, that 700,000 figure is not going to be reached under any conceivable circumstances because Fannie and Freddie and the subprime mortgage and all the rest of it so distorted the housing market that this country now has about twice as many large family homes as it’s gonna need for the foreseeable future. So the problem here is an immense structural one. And the idea that giving you an extra $20 a week for another eight weeks… if you earn $50,000 a year, you will benefit from this dramatic Christmas gift from the President, $20 a week for an extra eight weeks, so what’s that? Two, twenty by eight, that’s $160. One hundred and sixty dollars. And we are supposed to be grateful that President Obama was so serious about this $160 – he cared so much, about you getting your extra $20 a week – that he was willing to stay in Washington, and not fly out to Hawaii for his vacation until today.

December 21, 2011

On the need for Republicans to get serious about saving the country from economic ruin at the hands of Obama and the Democrats…

If you believe that our beloved country is collapsing due to government – why continue with these games? Why continue with such things as two-month expansions of the debt limit? Continuing resolution after continuing resolution instead of a budget. A two-month extension of a so-called payroll tax cut. These are games. This is style over substance. If we are to stop this, if we are to reverse this, if we are to get anywhere, we need to start now, make our case. We need to begin to reverse course. We can’t be so timid and scared and gutless that we jump every time Obama says “Jump!”

December 19, 2011

On the liberal media’s strangely reverential coverage of the death of North Korea’s Kim Jong Il…

He was a murdering tyrant. His people are among the poorest in the world. And he’s spoken of here in reverent terms. The best thing he had going for him as far as these people are concerned was: He’s not a Republican. He wasn’t a conservative. You know, Hitler and Stalin both loved American movies too. This guy loved Michael Jordan. Wow, there’s really a lot to recommend him! Bachmann, and Perry, are stupid. Kim Jong Il – not a nut! It’d be a mistake to say that he’s a nut.

December 16, 2011

On Democrat party class warfare tactics…

Out of the blue, the White House, and the Democrats, gave up on their millionaires surtax. Did you notice that? Did you notice that one year ago, they gave up on it too. Almost at the same time… I think, that when it comes right down to it, they’re never actually going to go to the mat demanding a tax increase on the rich in this economy. But I think they’re going to try and get as much mileage out of talking about one, and demanding one, and ripping into the rich, and exploiting class envy, just for the sake of reelection, just like Obama is putting his reelection first over the Keystone Pipeline. I think they think they can get just as much mileage out of the verbiage, blaming the rich, demanding a tax increase on them, without actually doing it.

December 14, 2011

On the revelation that American realtors grossly overstated home sales for years…

Nothing’s real… if this number can be so easily fudged – and where is the journalist community? Where’s the curiosity here? Where’s somebody hearing the numbers, “Well, maybe we’re not going to accept what you say, let’s dig deep and find it.”? There wasn’t any. There’s no curiosity about the truth of the unemployment numbers. None. How much other out there is not real? How much else is being faked? How many other things are we being lied to about? The best guess is that we’re being lied to far more than we’re being told the truth. Particularly when it comes to the state. The status of the economy. And in large part, certain sectors of the economy the American people are just in denial about all of this. And it’s true. A lot of people don’t want to face just how bad things are.


December 12, 2011

On the creeping, incremental growth of the state, how it benefits the Democrat party, and how difficult it is for conservatives to oppose it…

What are we trying to do? We’re trying to defend against this profligate spending, but we’re not on offense. We’re just trying to stop it. We’re like at The Alamo. We’re just trying to stop it. We’re constantly on defense. Everywhere. ‘cause we don’t use government the way they do. They’re constantly on offense. Constantly making a move, constantly trying to make it bigger. We’re just saying “Stop! Stop, dammit, stop!” We’re not even trying to advance anything… So this is how it works you see. If you feed them – if you feed the children, three square meals a day, during the school year, how can you expect them to feed themselves in the summer? So you start out with breakfast for the kids that can’t afford that… and then of course it expanded, and we learned – now it includes dinner! … Okay and then school ends. And of course how can we expect them to feed themselves in the summer, when they haven’t had to for nine months. So, this is how it works. They demand to be fed during the summer. Or their acolytes demand that they be fed, during the summer. Because after all, we’ve conditioned them to not feeding themselves. Plus their parents don’t have to take responsibility of feeding them. And their parents don’t have to take the responsibility of paying, not directly… Wanton little waifs and serfs, dependent on the state. Pure and simple.

December 9, 2011

On the possibility that a Republican presidential contender might try to run as an independent…

I think Ron Paul would do it. And if Ron Paul does it… we know that anybody, after this nomination process is over, is ticked off enough and goes third party – that’s it. You split the Republican vote. No third party candidate’s gonna win. No third-party candidate is gonna win beans in this election. All the third-party candidate is going to do is secure victory for Obama. And if that happens, if somebody on our side goes third-party, far as I’m concerned that’s what they’re trying to make happen. Re-elect Obama. For whatever reason. Anger at the electorate, at the Republican side for not nominating them, anger at other people for what happened to ‘em or what was said during the campaign, whatever… I think it’s one of the reasons the GOP is afraid to get tough and tell Ron Paul, “Look, you’re not polling anywhere, get out of this debate, you don’t belong here.” They’re not gonna tell him that… They don’t want to upset anybody and have ‘em go third-party.

December 7, 2011

On President Obama’s speech in Osawatomie, Kansas…

The elected President of the United States said, in Osawatomie Kansas, trying to be Teddy Roosevelt, that the United States of America has never worked. That is a quote. “Has never worked.” Quote, unquote. Really? What was the first Thanksgiving all about? What was George Washington’s first Thanksgiving Proclamation all about? What was 250 years of the greatest prosperity and standard of living known to exist in all of humanity? The President of the United States said yesterday that it has never worked. But he didn’t stop there. He said that Americans must look to a more activist government, that taxes more, spends more, and regulates more, if the middle class is to be preserved. I can’t get my mind around this. This is antithetical to me. This is foreign, this is what we have faced from our enemies, since our founding. This characterization of our country.

December 5, 2011

On the willingness of Republican candidates to let their campaign debates be hijacked by supposed entrepreneurial charlatans like Donald Trump…

Well the alternative view is – When are you Republicans gonna stand up and stop letting all these liberal media outfits moderate your debate? When are you Republican candidates gonna stand up and finally assert that the media is not gonna pick which one of you wins this nomination? Ergo, what’s so bad about Trump moderating a debate? Or about me, or about anybody else? Why must these debates be moderated by the Wolf Blitzers, and the MSNBCs of the world? For them to have any credibility? Why must these Republican debates be moderated by people who have one objective, and that’s to see to it that whoever wins this nomination loses? Let me put it a better way. Why should these Republican candidates repeatedly subject themselves to debates moderated by people whose only objective is to see Obama win? That’s my take on this.

December 2, 2011

On government reports that the national unemployment rate has fallen to 8.6%…

The regime needs this, and when we finally get to under 9%, it’ll be 8-point-something, but the point-what won’t matter. The only number that’s going to matter is the “8” – [it] can be 8.9 – it won’t be 8.9, it’ll be “8”. Well it’s 8.6, but it doesn’t matter, it’s “8” and predictably the media’s all over it and that’s the headline… they’re not gonna dig deep and find out how it happened… the truth of the matter is… it’s a corrupt number… folks, the number of people who have quit looking for work in the last few weeks is 315,000. Those are the people who have thrown up their hands after 99 weeks. Or more. Of being unemployed. And they’ve said “I’m quitting. I’m not looking.” So they’re not counted. Therefore, the universe of jobs available in the country is down by 315,000.