November 14, 2012


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.”

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October 10, 2012


On the striking drop of the unemployment rate to 7.8%…

I predicted a year ago that this unemployment number would be reported at this time under 8%. How did I know? Because it's not an economics issue; it's all political. It's one of the easiest predictions I've ever made, that the unemployment would go down. All I had to learn was that no incumbent ever been elected, reelected with the unemployment rate over 8%. Well! Guess what's gonna happen in the month leading up to the election? The unemployment rate's gonna be under 8%. With this bunch in the White House, you'd be fool not to predict that.

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September 5, 2012


On delegate chants of “Four More Years” at the Democrat convention…

Forty-seven million on food stamps, and Rahm Emanuel actually said it --“Four more years!” -- and they started chanting that in the convention. And I said: "Right on, that's what we want to hear." Four more years of this? Forty-three consecutive months of unemployment over 8%, four more years? Sixteen trillion, national debt. Obama responsible for more than a third of that. Four more years. Twenty-three million Americans unemployed/underemployed. Four more years. Taxpayers pay for late-term abortions. That happened before you started watching. Four more years. A trillion dollars for a stimulus. Unemployment never gets under 8%, four more years. Not one Democrat ever voted for any Obama budget. Four more years. Take God out of the Democrat Party platform? Four more years. We didn't hear any of this. We didn't hear any credit-taking. We didn't. In fact, we didn't hear last night any plans for the future. All we heard was that Barack Obama is still the Messiah. The theme of that convention last night? "Barack Obama is still the Messiah!" You know what I found interesting about Michelle's speech? Her man has been president for four years and she felt it necessary to tell everybody who he is.

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August 3, 2012


On President Obama’s spinning of the latest economic numbers…

What we saw today, in Obama's media appearance… is a cold-hearted man. I mean this – cold-hearted. We saw a president who is spinning the worst economic recovery numbers in modern history. We didn't see any compassion. We didn't see any concern. We didn't see any caring. We saw a cold, calculating president spinning what is disastrous news into a way that he can benefit from. There's nothing in this economic news that ought to benefit anybody. There is nobody anywhere in the United States government who is an architect of this who ought to benefit an iota from what they have done and what they are doing. There is nobody in this regime, nobody in this administration who deserves to benefit from this. And yet here is our cold-hearted, calculating young president showing no compassion whatsoever for the people of this country who are really suffering from his policies. The people in this country who are suffering are doing so because of him, because of his policies.

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April 16, 2012


On who is and isn’t qualified to talk about today’s economic challenges…

If a life of economic struggle is a pre-requisite for a woman to speak about economic issues effecting women, then aren’t many, if not most of the liberal female pundits belittling Ann Romney disqualified from the discussion too? Darn right they are. Pick your favorite female pundit on television. Or in print. And ask yourself – are they really worried about the price of milk? Are they worried about baby formula? Are they worried about the cost of an abortion? Are they worried about the cost of contraception? … So they don’t have this rigorous life either. Just like Ann Romney hasn’t in their mind. But somehow they’re qualified to talk about women’s’ issues and Ann Romney isn’t.

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February 27, 2012


On the politics of oil…

In their hearts and minds, Obama and the Left are loving gas prices go[ing] up – they just can’t say so. But they love it. And that’s why there’s not a huge effort to bring them down. There’s a huge effort to make you think they want to – but have you, how many stories have you seen where Obama says “Well, there’s really not a whole lot the President can do.” And Jay Carney – “Well, there’s not a whole lot the President can do!” In 2006, don’t forget, Chuck Schumer, and John F. Kerry, who by the way served in Vietnam, were mocking Bush for asking the Saudis to pump more oil. Arabs producing more oil makes prices go down. But somehow the U.S. pumping more oil won’t make any difference, that’s what they’re telling [us] – “No no! That’s the stupidest thing we ever heard of! That’s a tired, worn-out cliché. Drill drill drill – and for thirty years they’ve been saying ‘That’s what the Republicans always say, just drill drill – that’s going to take us two to three years if we start–“ Well thirty years ago, where would we be if we’d just started drilling drilling drilling. Chuck U. Schumer in 2008, Schumer to Bush: “Stop coddling Big Oil and the Saudis and get on ‘em and make ‘em pump more!” And Chuck U. wants Hillary to make ‘em do the same thing now. Obama – he can lower the sea level but he can’t lower the price of oil…

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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.

October 5, 2011


On Democrat proposals for a new tax on millionaires as a way to fund job creation…

Washington has nothing to do with job creation. As we’ve seen in the last 2 ½ years what Washington does is destroy jobs. What Washington does is put obstacles in the way of economic growth that would lead to job creation, particularly Washington when run by Democrats and liberals. Aren’t millionaires the ones that hire employees – is this a good time to start punishing them?

September 21, 2011


On President Obama’s assertion that he is a warrior fighting on behalf of the middle class…

What is it specifically that Barack Obama has done to protect the middle class? What is it? Was it passing a law that raises their health insurance premiums until they become unaffordable? Was it putting the country on a path to socialized medicine, is that among the things he’s done for the middle class? Was it a moratorium on drilling for oil and gas that has contributed to increased gas and energy costs? Was it all these jobs that have miraculously been created under Obama? Was it conducting a war on prosperity that has resulted in millions of Americans losing their jobs, double-digit unemployment, eleven-plus percent in real numbers? Is that what he did for the middle class? Was it pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to smother private sector businesses with regulations that stifle growth and profitability? Was that what he’s done for the middle class? Was it pushing a tax increase on people earning $200,000 that will result in yet another wave of layoffs and business closings?

September 16, 2011


On the awakening on the part of many voters to the destructive consequences of President Obama’s policies…

People are living the loss of their jobs, living the prospect of not finding one anytime soon, they’re living the loss of the value of their home, they’re living the loss of the value of their 401K. They’re living all of this. They are living, now, the inflation of the dollar. They are living all of this. They don’t need to be told. On the other side of that is the fix. The repair. And the repair is not a RINO in the White House. The repair is not a moderate Republican in the White House. The repair and the golden opportunity here is a conservative, a movement conservative. Somebody who’s proud of it, somebody who can proudly exclaim it, explain it, articulate it, happily, cheerfully, confidently, doesn’t have to have notes, doesn’t have to have a teleprompter, doesn’t have to be reminded what to say because it’s in his or her heart.

August 31, 2011


On the bankruptcy and closure of green-energy company Solyndra after it was touted by President Obama as the wave of the future of American manufacturing…

He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He hasn’t the slightest clue about solar energy or wind energy or green energy. This global competition business? They had to shut down – global economic conditions forced the company to shut down – that probably means that the Chi-coms are selling solar panels for less than they can sell ‘em in San Francisco. That’s what that means.

August 12, 2011


On calls in the media for Republicans to compromise on tax cuts in the debt crisis.

This idea of compromise – why is it always pitched at the Republicans? … Tax increases, [entitlements]… why don’t we ever see the Democrats approached by the media and have it demanded that they compromise? By agreeing to some tax cuts. Why does that never happen? Why is the onus always on the Republicans to do this?

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 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.

April 19, 2011


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."

April 27, 2011


On political notions of "seriousness".

This whole notion that Obama is a serious figure offends my sensibilities. Why is he serious? Because he can speak? Because he has a university resume that's appealing or approved by people who define who's serious? What about his intelligence? How smart is this guy? What does he know? I don't believe if Barack Obama had a dream for a product to bring [to market] I don't think he'd have the slightest idea how to bring a product to the marketplace. I don't think he has the slightest understanding. He's got a lot of resentment for it, but I don't think he has the slightest understanding about how wealth is created. He just resents it when it is. The guy is single-handedly destroying the United States economy.

April 28, 2011


Mark Steyn is guest-hosting for Rush today...On the issue of Obama's birthplace...

One reason... I never got excited about the birther business – I don't want this President discredited and kicked out on a technicality... I don't want this President to be convicted on technical grounds. I don't want this Presidency to end on the technicality of whether he was born in Hawaii or whether he was born in Mombasa or whether he was born on the planet Krypton. I want these ideas to die. The ideas on which he got elected. Because these ideas are killing your country. And in that sense Obama is not a foreigner. He's like millions and millions of the Americans he's lived among in Hyde Park, Chicago, at Harvard, at Columbia, at Occidental. These are the people who take these ideas about economic growth, the inequities of American foreign policy – they're all entirely normal. This is the swamp in which he's been marinated his entire life... what's embarrassing about it is not that it's utterly foreign to the United States but that it's so normal to a huge swath of American elite. All the views Obama holds are entirely normal to huge swaths of the American elites. Those ideas have to be discredited. It's not enough to end his presidency simply on some rinky-dink technicality like where the guy happened to be born.