On ABC’s doomsday list of government service cuts that supposedly flow from the Sequester…
If only spending $15 more this year than last year is gonna cause the government to stop doing practically everything it does, and that's what that list -- I mean, that pretty much covers it. If we cut $40 billion, it's gonna keep the government from doing everything it does. What are they gonna do with the rest of the $3.7 trillion that they are gonna spend? What are they gonna do with the $3,700 billion they're going to spend? If all that stuff's gonna stop, all these 57 things and others are gonna stop because of a cutback of $40 billion, then what are they gonna do with the rest of the $3.7 trillion?
On the timidity of house Republicans with regard to a possible government shutdown.
Why are you so afraid of the shutdown? Why are you so afraid of it? Even if you do get blamed, what are we talking about here? We're talking about an out-of-control federal government, we're talking about you guys ran for reelection in November, you won big on it. If you believe in the idea, to hell with the ancillaries here. If the government's gonna be shut, if that's the result here, then own it. And go out and explain it.
On the Obama Administration's refusal to fund the military during the ongoing budget disputes between Republicans and Democrats.
The Office of Management and Budget – which is the regime – is calling a bill to fund the military a distraction. The OMB, and the White House both, have called the bill a distraction. A bill to fully pay the military through September 30th of this year. That is a distraction. That is who we are dealing with. That's who we're up against here. And all of this is about $30 billion. That's the difference in what the Republicans want in cuts, and what the Democrats want in cuts. For the next week. Let's say we miraculously come to some compromise on this – we're gonna be here in ten days doing this all over again because these CRs go for a week or ten days.
On the futility of Republicans and conservatives seeking media approval during the budget battles.
If you go into this with, "Oh gosh we can't shut down the government, oh my God, what are they gonna say about us if we shut down the government," – well the answer is, they're going to say about us the same thing as if we don't shut down the government. They're still gonna say whatever they say about us because we are conservatives. And if you don't like that, become a liberal. If you don't like what liberals say about you, the only cure is to join them. Because it's never going to change. And there's not one action you can take, that will make liberals say nice things about you. And the more you try to manage what they think and say about you, the more they own you.