On the permanent campaign of President Obama…
The State of the Union speech last night, and for the rest of this week, he's on the campaign trail. What's he doing? He's running against the powerful forces trying to stop him from fixing these problems. He's not governing. And that's how he is able to create and maintain the illusion that he has no relationship whatsoever to what actually happens. Unemployment -- nothing to do with him, even after five years. National debt, deficit -- nothing to do with him. Budget cuts that might be harmful, there are no such things, by the way, nothing to do with him.
On the difference between Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns…
Going back to 2008, the presidential campaign, remember how Obama portrayed himself, remember how he was portrayed by the media. Messianic. We had never before seen a politician like this. Someone who told the truth. Someone who was capable of uniting all the people, all the various divisions in the country. Somebody who was going to restore respect for America around the world. Somebody who was going to get rid of all of the traditional harangues that take place in our political culture. Of course what’s happened is we have the most divisive president in our lifetimes, the most partisan president in our lifetimes, and we have a President who couldn’t tell the truth about the budget and spending to save his life. And so it’s important to go back and listen to him promise all of these things about budgets and spending because he’s running a campaign this year that is the equivalent of him saying “I’ve not been in the White House yet. Nothing that’s happened, taken place, have I had anything to do with.” He’s running a campaign, in a sense it’s going to replicate what his 2008 campaign was. The last three years happened, but he had nothing to do with it. That’s going to be his approach.
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.
On Speaker Boehner's $38 billion budget-cutting deal with President Obama and the Democrats.
The deal is done. The debate has shifted from spending to cutting, as we sit here today. Thirty eight billion dollars, I'm sorry, I can't start throwing parties over it. But it's a first step. I mean it didn't take overnight for the Democrats to get us here, and it's not gonna happen overnight shifting us outta here. So this is a first step. I wish they'd've kept their promise, I wish it had been 100 billion, I wish it had been 61 billion, but even those numbers, as you and I both know, are – we're talking pennies!
On President Obama's economics speech at Northern Virginia Community College.
... talking about Obama's Town Hall meeting today before the young skulls full of mush at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia. And one of the things that Obama said to these students early on, talking about the budget, the deficit – he actually said we can't spend more than we take in... now, if you are a rational person who has been paying attention for three years, you hear the President say that, and you are incredulous. It would be like Colonel Sanders saying, "We have got to stop killing chickens."
On Democrat party plans to accuse Republicans of intentionally inflicting economic harm on the country to improve their electoral chances in 2012.
Obama and the Democrats: You own this, kids! You have done this. Your fingerprints are all over it. The unemployment. The home foreclosures. The stock market. The coming inflation. The massive deficits. The subprime mortgage business. The fact that peoples' homes are underwater. You did this, there is no question you did it, and you are going to pay a huge political price for it in November of 2012. You can try and blame this on the Republicans all you want. In the process you are indicting yourselves…