January 21, 2013


Mark Steyn is guest-hosting for Rush today… On the occasion of the beginning of President Obama's second term…

I know some of you may have a distressingly partisan view of the festivities in Washington. You may not be on board with all the jubilation. So look at it this way: Today marks the midpoint of the Obama presidency. In other words, this is hump day. It's all downhill from here!

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January 2, 2013


Doug Urbanski is guest-hosting for Rush today… On Obama raising government salaries…

Just let it sink in: Obama raises the salaries of these politicians in Congress -- people who, if they were in the private sector, would be fired -- and raises the pay of government workers. He does all this whilst at the same time fighting with stubborn intransigence to take money away from American citizens. These are the people who worry about Big Oil and Big Corporations? Talk about greed! What is more greedy and more worrisome than Big Government?

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December 31, 2012


Mark Steyn is guest-hosting for Rush today… On the futility of tax hikes on “the rich” as a means of solving our economic problems…

There are never going to be enough rich people, even if you raise taxes on all the 1%, to close the deficit. It's the spending. At some point, if you want big government and European-style spending, you're going to have to have European-style taxation. There's no discussion of this anywhere in the fiscal cliff negotiations.

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December 28, 2012


Mark Belling is guest-hosting for Rush today… On President Obama’s attitude about the fiscal cliff …

For Barack Obama, this fiscal cliff isn't a problem or a crisis. This is nothing to worry about. He sees this as an opportunity! I honestly think he's looking forward to this. This is his chance to do what he's wanted to do. I think he sees this thing as an opportunity to redistribute income, and that drives him. He's not looking for a deal. He's not looking to help the economy or avert a recession. He's got different motivations here.

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December 26, 2012


Mark Steyn is guest-hosting for Rush today… On liberal denunciations of semi-automatic weapons…

The idea that somehow guys who decide to turn themselves into one-man RoboCops and that semi-automatic weapons are state-of-the-art technology that the Founding Fathers would not have approved of? Both the semi-automatic and automatic weapon are 19th Century technology. The sensibility in which people go now and shoot up schoolhouses is the 21st Century contribution.

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December 24, 2012


Doug Urbanski is guest-hosting for Rush today… On reports that Mitt Romney did not want to run for the presidency…

If you are in any way, shape manner or form 'reluctant' to run for president, don't do it! Don't run for the office! The republic hangs on it. It's just like getting married to someone. If you have any shadow of a doubt as you walk down that aisle, don't do it!

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November 26, 2012


[Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today] On the impossibility of making meaningful progress on paying off the national debt by “soaking the rich”…

If you took every single penny that Warren Buffett has, it'd pay for 4-1/2 days of the US government. This tax-the-rich won't work. The problem here is the government is way bigger than even the capacity of the rich to sustain it. The Buffett Rule would raise $3.2 billion a year, and take 514 years just to pay off Obama's 2011 budget deficit.

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November 23, 2012


[Doug Urbanski is filling in for Rush today] On “Rules for Radicals” and the necessity for Republicans to learn from it…

Rules for Radicals is a brilliant book. It is a demented book, too, but you can be both of those. If you read and absorb it, not only will you learn what the other side is thinking and their tactics, but you will learn tactics that you must employ. There's good stuff in that book, from a man who was dangerously insane, but it's an activist's book -- and we must be activists!

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August 15, 2012

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Mark Belling is guest-hosting for Rush today… On the hand-wringing of inside-the-beltway Republican election consultants over Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan for his VP…

I’m not going to say that every consultant is an idiot. They have these jobs for a reason, and some of them have pretty good track records. But what they’re really really good at doing is the same thing over and over again. What they aren’t very good at is actually seeing the future. I believe the Romney choice of Ryan enhances his chances of winning. I believe we are at a stage right now where you have millions of Americans who are more engaged than they have ever been. I believe this is going to work.

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July 20, 2012


Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today… On the decision by the Romney and Obama presidential campaigns to suspend operations in the wake of the Colorado mass shooting…

These seem slightly strange reactions to me, I have to say. I gather the official position is that at a time of what both candidates called a tragedy -- it’s not, by the way, it’s not a tragedy -- it’s an outrage, it’s a criminal act, it’s a criminal act of mass murder and there wasn’t quite enough emphasis on that in either man’s statement from my point of view. It’s not a tragedy. A tragedy is like a tsunami or a hurricane or whatever. This isn’t a tragedy. Both men have suspended their campaigns, taking their ads off the air… The decision to not politicize the event in a sense becomes itself political.

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July 6, 2012


[Mark Belling is filling in for Rush today]… On President Obama’s economic performance since he took office…

[President Obama’s] not the first President to inherit an economic downturn. For every recovery there was a downturn before it. And he came in, with a Democratic congress … a Senate and a House that allowed him to do whatever he wanted. And they did exactly what they wanted to do – they went and looted the American economy by borrowing nearly a trillion dollars and going out and creating this massive stimulus program, saying that it would create so many jobs that the economy would recover and that we would quickly pay back the amount that we borrowed, and there would be no impact at all on the budget deficit, that we would actually, if anything, help start paying down the national debt with this incredible boom that would occur because of his great stimulus… instead, nothing happened. We haven’t had any improvement in the housing market to speak of at all. We haven’t had any improvement in the jobs market at all… what he managed to do was create an enormous deficit, dig us into a huge hole, and do nothing to turn the economy around.

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May 14, 2012


Mark Davis is filling in for Rush today… On gay marriage…

When we change the definition of marriage – the legal definition – the marriages that we are going to afford that unique protection – and say that homosexual marriage is THE same thing as heterosexual marriage – that means manhood and womanhood are in fact the same thing. And they are NOT… There are various protections and various delineations of manhood and womanhood. Mothers and fathers are not THE same thing. We don’t learn the same thing in the same way from your father as you do from your mother. A child needs both. A child benefits best from both a mother and a father… motherhood and fatherhood are not the same thing. And in the adoption issue… a child, for adoption purposes, should have a priority chance of being placed in a house with a married man and a married woman. It’s not the same thing as going into a house with two guys. Or going into a house with two ladies. Or going into a house with a single parent. All of whom, have an appreciable track record of doing good parenting – I stipulate that. I don’t quarrel with that. But that doesn’t change what the IDEAL is, and that is to have a mother and a father. And when society says – when the law itself says, “Eh. Household with a mother and a father, or household without a father – same thing (because it’s a lesbian). Or household without a mother (because it’s two guys). Ahh, same thing.” That is a perilous, perilous place to go.

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April 23, 2012


Mary Matalin is filling in for Rush today… On so-called “gender issues in the 2012 election…

Half of new (college) graduates are jobless, or under-employed. Think about that. You know how much it costs to go to college? You know how much effort it takes to go to college today? So you work hard to raise your kids, and get them the kind of education that can get them in these schools from which they will graduate with no marketable skills anyway? And now, they can’t get a job in this economy! I don’t know how that is a gender issue – that’s just an American issue.


April 20, 2012


Mark Davis is filling in for Rush today… On choosing a governing philosophy for the nation…

I’ve always believed, let conservatism and liberalism come to the table with their best ideas. Let the right come unapologetically with its best ideas. Let the left come unapologetically with their best ideas. Let the voters decide which way they want to go. And then go that way and see how it works. And if people aren’t liking the way it works then go the other way. Rather than this watered-down, mushy, middle ground, moderate, middle-of-the-roadism that gets us precisely nowhere… If you think of it geographically: you are in Chicago. You are in Chicago. And there are two people who have your attention. One of them wants to take you to New York and the other wants to take you to Los Angeles. What is the compromise position there? There’s no compromise position! Somebody wants to take you east and somebody wants to take you west. You gots to pick one! … And what is the middle ground, what is the common ground position between the two forces, one of which loves expansionist, collectivist government, and the other side which seeks to dismantle that and bring us closer to the kind of government the founders envisioned. What is the compromise position there? There is none. You’ve got to do one or the other.


March 23, 2012


Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today… On the profound systemic unreliability of the Congressional Accounting Office…

One of the things I would like to see proposed is that we abolish the Congressional Budget Office – in fact that we blow it up, and we salt the ground so that nothing grows there ever again. Because this particular accounting device – ten years, ten-year cost projections – is unique to the United States. They don’t do it even in crazy countries like Greece and Spain and Portugal and Ireland and Italy, the so-called PIGS of the European Union. Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain. They don’t have this ten-year phony-baloney accounting trick. I mean for starters, it’s ridiculous. Senators’ terms are six years, Congressmen’s terms are two years, Presidents’ terms are four years. The idea that anyone’s in a position to say what anything’s gonna cost in ten years is absurd, because one of the most basic principles in free societies [is] that a parliament can’t bind its successor… so to “cost” things on the basis of what’s gonna be happening in 2022… none of us knows what’s gonna be happening in 2022, which is why the entire CBO accounting trick should be blown up. That should be the “Line 1” of Paul Ryan’s plan: “I’m going to abolish the Congressional Budget Office and get the United States back to an honest accounting system.”

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March 12, 2012


Mark Steyn is guest-hosting for Rush today… On Democrats’ peculiar understanding of “wars on women”…

It is interesting… to see the things that Hillary Clinton, today, is talking about, what is it, International, whatever it is, International Women’s Day. She’s comparing protestors in Burma with students in Georgetown Law School. There’s a real war on women going on in the world today – so-called “virginity tests”, which are in fact a form of legalized rape in the new, post-“Arab Spring” Egypt, and oddly enough – oddly enough – Hillary Clinton doesn’t seem to have anything to say about that. And Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem don’t seem to have anything to say about that either. So there is a war on women, out there, but it’s not one that the feminists seem to be very interested in talking about.

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February 6, 2012


Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today… On the sheer scale of the coming Obamacare disaster if it is not repealed…

Everybody – everybody – has to comply with Commissar Sebelius when it comes to the health care arrangements that you make… It’s one size fits all, from Maine to Hawaii, for everybody… Obamacare is one size fits all health care for 310 million people, from Maine to Hawaii. That’s why it’s going to be a bigger disaster than Canadian government health care, or [the] British National Health Service, of health care in Europe, because nobody has ever attempted government health care on this scale before. And as Commissar Sebelius makes clear, this administration is now going to impose one size fits all for everybody. Doesn’t matter if you receive federal dollars or the rest of it. If you’re an employer, this is what you do, this is what you’ve got to do. And that’s why this election is critical. Because if a stake is not driven through the heart of Obamacare, early next year, as soon as the next president takes office, this thing will never be killed. If it’s not killed in this next presidential term it will never be killed, and we will be stuck with this thing for good, and government health care fundamentally transforms the relationship between the citizen and the state into something closer to junkie and pusher and eventually any competing institutions with a different view of things – whether it’s the Catholic Church or anybody else – just shrivels away, and you just have this one big government monolith determining everything.

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 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.

October 19, 2011


Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today … On Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax proposal…

I’m wary about a national sales tax or a national value-added tax… once you give a new tax, introduce a new tax – they always say, with taxes, “Okay, we’ve got Tax A, and it’s 40%, so if we introduce Tax B, it’ll enable Tax A to come down to 20% and Tax B will be introduced at 5% and will never go higher.” And then the next thing you know, once they’ve got two taxes they can raise, oddly enough, both of them manage to go up… You can’t bind government, now and forever into the future, so Herman Cain can talk about his 9% VAT rate, but if he were to introduce that tax, you can bet it wouldn’t stay at 9% for long, and it would start to go up pretty quickly. But Herman Cain is right to attack the tax code in this country. Because it is disgusting. It’s absolutely disgraceful in a free society that people on relatively low salaries need professional help in order to complete their taxes.

October 10, 2011


Mark Davis is filling in for Rush today… On President Obama’s re-election prospects…

I’m not gonna sit here in October of ’11 and tell you that it’s a definite 10-point Republican win in 2012. But, that having been said, right now, this President – who did us the favor, did us the favor of telling us what he was going to do, and then did it – I have to tell you, you can blister President Obama for a lot of things, but the usual politician thing of campaigning one way and governing another? That’s the problem with this guy. He’s governing exactly as he campaigned. His ideas were bad in the campaign, and they’re horrible in actual practice. And there are tons of voters – independent voters – who gave him the Presidency, who now have an enormous case of buyer’s remorse. These voters are there, to be lured, back into the Republican camp. And it seems that every day of actual Obama governance makes that job a little easier. But we can never be lazy. We can never be overconfident. We’ve gotta put up a good candidate, an upbeat unapologetic conservative, who can take it to this President on a debate stage and return him to private life.

September 23, 2011


Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today… On America’s woefully inadequate education system …

An educator was touring a mid-western middle school in the early 1990s and walked into the vestibule and was very struck by a banner of all these hands applauding, school-childrens’ hands applauding, under the motto “We Applaud Ourselves”. And she was struck at the sort of horrible narcissistic self-absorption of the American education system in the early 90s. We applaud ourselves. Well those middle-schoolers, what do you think they did? The middle-schoolers went to high school, and then they went to college to do Complacency Studies for five and a half years, and when they finished their Bachelor’s in Complacency Studies … the kids who grew up with the big banner saying “we applaud ourselves” went out and voted for a presidential candidate who told them “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”. There are consequences. There are consequences for the wasteful, the fiscally profligate, wasteful self-indulgence of the education system.

September 9, 2011


Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today… On the political correctness which is likely to mar many 9/11 commemorations this Sunday…

What those guys did, at 9:28 when the plane was hijacked, 9:58, half an hour later, half an hour later, Todd Beamer cried "Let’s roll!" and they fought back against those terrorists. We can’t put up a memorial to them in ten years either, the stupid ‘Crescent of Embrace' that’s supposed to be in that field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania still isn’t ready. There’s something wrong – there’s something wrong not just in the sclerosis of the American bureaucracy, but there’s something wrong in that we don’t even agree on what it is those guys did. You know Todd Beamer is an all-but-forgotten man. "Let’s roll!" – it was the only good news of the day. Every aspect of national government failed that day. All the big, expensive, money-no-object federal alphabet soup, CIA, FBI, FAA, INS, failed. Floppo. Did nothing. Useless. The only government that worked was lowest-level metropolitan municipal government, the fire department, firemen of New York, pounding into that building, pounding up with a hundred pounds of equipment on their backs, pounding up into that burning building. That was the only bit of government that worked. So naturally the only functioning bit of government is eliminated from Nanny Bloomberg’s commemoration. And the courage – the raw courage of Todd Beamer and his fellow passengers, who got on an ordinary commuter flight, and when they discovered that it wasn’t an ordinary commuter flight – they didn’t sit there following the stupid 1970s hijack procedures. They acted, as citizen volunteers in an ad-hoc militia, and provided the only good news of the day. And we’re going to commemorate that ten years on with a lot of weepy, huggy, feely, touchy, weepy, multi-culti mushy, wimpy pansified drivel for the most part about, quote, “tragic events," unquote. It’s not good. It doesn’t say a lot about us, and if that’s what it is like at your 9/11 commemoration, complain about it. Make sure that this commemoration is addressed honestly and understood for what it is.

August 26, 2011


Mark Davis is sitting in for Rush today… On the electability of Barack Obama…

Are we really going to be able to beat this guy? And, looking at things right now, one would say, sure. But we cannot be over-confident… it’s like having a 17-10 lead midway through the second quarter of a football game. You have no idea how the third and fourth quarters are gonna go… I don’t think President Obama is gonna do anything that makes everybody love him 20x more. I would have a hard time wondering what the October Surprise would be that would make everybody think “Wow this has been a great presidency!" So the only thing that maybe occurs to me is something either economic or militarily that makes us not want to change presidents. It’s kind of funny, I would never predict this, you never can tell, but when people sit around in bars and think about what could happen, like bombing an Iranian nuclear facility sometime around Halloween. If he does that I will flat out tell you he probably wins. Will he do that? [Laughs] One expects not… It appears that the only thing he really wants to do with Ahmadinejad is have him over for mint tea.

August 24, 2011


Mark Belling is filling in for Rush today… On the connection between “helicopter” (i.e. overprotective) parents and the federal government...

We now have a helicopter government. Barack Obama’s our helicopter President. He believes that we’ve got to give everybody healthcare, that healthcare costs are going up so much that we can’t figure out a way to make this work via the free market and that it has to become the next entitlement. He wants to take Medicare and Social Security off the table for any kind of reform, tweaks, or changes at all because we can’t survive if we don’t have them in exactly the kind of form that we’re in right now. The whole nature of the stimulus program – “The only way we can get through our recession is if I (President Obama) spend a trillion dollars and throw it out to my friends in government – that will get the economy started again.” He’s the helicopter President.

August 22, 2011


Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today… On the rapidly swelling social security disability rolls in the United States and Great Britain…

A lot of these guys rioting, looting, torching, burning in London were officially categorized as disabled because in the late 90s, in order to so called “reduce the unemployment rate” the British government found it convenient to reclassify the long-term unemployed as “disabled”. They weren’t actually disabled. They could hold most jobs. Yes you might be disabled if you were asked to rappel into the presidential palace in Tripoli and depose Ghadafi – you might be a wee bit too disabled for that. But you are certainly not disabled enough to hold down the majority of jobs… and yet they essentially for political reasons, to give the appearance of lowering the unemployment rate, they classified a big chunk of the unemployed as disabled. By the way this is profoundly wicked, because what you’re doing is, the state is inviting somebody, is incentivizing a citizen to collude in a lie because somewhere, somewhere deep inside, you know – you’re sitting around at home all day, you’re “disabled”, you’re claiming your disabled benefits – but somewhere deep down inside you know you’re able to work, you know there are jobs you can do and so there’s something actually evil about the welfare state classifying someone as unable to work when they are in fact able to.

August 19, 2011


Mark Davis is filling in for Rush today… On the logic of immigration enforcement.

Let us not divorce ourselves from some clarity here. The moment you set foot on American soil as an illegal immigrant you are a law-breaker. The minute you are. If you brought your beautiful family with you, you’re still breaking the law. If all you want is a better life for yourself, you’re still breaking the law. If you have the noblest of intent, you’re still breaking the law. Now, we have to figure out what to do about that. Lot of people want guest worker programs, a lot of people want amnesty, and a lot of people just want to deport every single one of ‘em and do deportation from now until we’re done. As a practical matter, that’s gonna be hard. I’ll be the first to tell you, with ten, fifteen, twenty million illegals that we have, finding every single one of them and at least sending them in the direction of the nation of their birth is a very tall order. But you know what? Try it anyway! Because using that logic – and I love when people give me this – they say, “Well, we’ll never get all of them, so why try?” What? Well guess what, we’ll never get all the drug users, either. We’ll never get all of the bank robbers either. We’ll never get all of the speeders. Let’s do away with speed limits. We’ll never catch all the speeders. Let’s do away with drug laws. We’ll never catch everybody that’s dealing in coke or hash or meth or pot or whatever, we’ll never catch everybody, so since we won’t catch everybody, why even try? That logic would never last a second, with various other crimes. But with immigration it’s supposed to.

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 18, 2011


Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today… On economic signs of the times under the Obama Administration

Sales of ovens and stoves are at their lowest in twenty years. So if you want to stick your head in the oven and light the gas because you can’t stand the way the economy’s going, you won’t even be able to do it in a new oven… And while we’re giving out all these numbers, here’s my favorite number of the day. It’s an absolutely ingenious statistical comparison from Mark Tapscott in the Washington Examiner. According to Jim Messina, his campaign manager, through the second quarter of 2011, President Obama now has 552,000 contributors to his 2012 reelection campaign. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that during the same two quarters the US economy generated 260,000 jobs. In other words, Obama attracted twice as many campaign donors as his economic policies created new jobs.

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.

March 21, 2011


Mark Davis is guest-hosting for Rush... On the motives behind a muscular American foreign policy...

I'm sick to death of "Oh we can't go in and look like we're trying to impose an American solution. We can't look, oh you know heavy-handed. We can't look, you know, colonial." Did we make Iraq the 51st state? Did I miss something? Hasn't that lie been told? Hasn't that myth been exploded? You know we tried to get Afghanistan to apply as a protectorate of the United States... we are not trying to take these countries, we're not trying to take their oil, we're not trying to run their lives. We're trying to level the playing field, we've gotta level a lot of things before we level that playing field, we're trying to literally level the landscape that contains Al Qaeda, the Taliban, or whoever else we're trying to get rid of. We have to actually kill people and break things. It's a war. It's a war. And we have to do that. Our goal is to set up a resulting landscape in which the surviving population – hopefully the vast majority of them – can look around and go, "Wow, now our future is our own. Now we can actually create for ourselves, the country where we can elect our own leaders, draft our own constitution, have our own laws." And hopefully enjoying those freedoms creates populations that are less likely to want to kill us.

March 31, 2011


Mark Steyn is guest-hosting for Rush... On the reason the United States is in Libya...

What is at stake, for the United States, in this war? This war is like Kosovo, this is liberal war-mongering. War to the modern liberal progressive – you never go to war in your national interest, because it's vulgar, it's simply vulgar for nations to have a national interest. An advanced western nation should only go in for multi-lateral, compassionate humanitarian war-mongering, like we did in Kosovo. Nobody remembers who the good guys in Kosovo were – the answer by the way is Neither of the Above. Nobody remembers what the hell the point of it was, nobody remembers why we went in there, and oddly enough, the fact that there was no rationale for it, was the rationale.

June 27, 2011


On the rules of engagement for Republican presidential candidates.

Let’s just stipulate that all Republicans who are running are gonna be asked “Why do you hate Obama’s guts? Why do you think the President is such a dreadful, horrible, America-hating slob?" They may not phrase it exactly that way, but that’s the tone, and every Republican candidate will have to reveal a certain amount of graciousness by saying “I think the President’s a lovely person, delightful father, good husband, I’m sure he loves America too – but here’s why I think every idea in his head is wrong, and here’s why I think we can’t take another four years of him..." ... on you go, down to what you really need to say for your campaign. And I want every Republican candidate to be. That. Gracious. Being ungracious? That’s a liberal thing. Bush is Hitler? That’s a leftist thing. Okay? I want to be gracious. I want to be civil. And then I want to wholeheartedly, and aggressively, go after an agenda that is flat-out dangerous to America. I don’t for one minute think that those are mutually exclusive.

April 1, 2011


Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today... On the First of April...

It's April first, April Fool's Day – a day when the papers are full of lame, pathetic stories that purport to be true but are obviously just pathetically, limply amusing spoofs. Papers are full of 'em... Hilary Clinton calls Bashir Assad a reformer. True, or just an April Fool's story. In Libya, the United States and its allies are thinking of arming Al Qaeda. True? Or just an April Fool's story. According to the Wall Street Journal, twice as many Americans work in government as in manufacturing. True? Or just a pathetically obvious April Fool's spoof.

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.

April 29, 2011


On the political culture of the United States...

What we've created is a world where almost every key institution in society is in the hands of people who think like Barack Obama... everybody thinks that all you need to do to make stuff better is to have more government spending. All you need to do to make the planet a safer place is for America to retreat from the world, and then all the nice people will get on without America bombing them all the time. Every key lever, every key institution in society is now controlled by forces profoundly hostile to conservatism... don't be surprised when a country raised under those kind of institutions then elects somebody like Barack Obama in November of 2008. Why wouldn't they? When the air that you breathe is liberal. When the schoolhouses are liberal. When the sitcoms are liberal. When the pop songs are liberal. When the air that you breathe is liberal, it's asking an awful lot for people raised in that environment to then go and pull the lever for a small-government conservative every other November.

June 1, 2011


Mark Steyn is guest-hosting for Rush today.

On the vote in Congress against raising the debt ceiling, in which prominent liberals joined Republicans and voted no.

We're winning this argument. We've won it with the Republican party – there were no defections on this issue. Republicans understand that raising the debt ceiling unconditionally is a disaster... Now obviously Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz – they don't care about the debt ceiling one way or another... but they understand that for the moment it's politically problematic for them to be seen to be approving more out-of-control spending.

June 6, 2011


Mark Belling is guest-hosting for Rush today.

On President Obama and the anemic U.S. economy.

The reason there hasn't been more of a recovery and the reason we may be headed for another recession... is because of the policies of Obama. This isn't Bush's economy. And this is not the '07/'08 recession. This is Barack Obama's economy.