On Democrat responsibility for our huge budget problems…
The Democrats control both houses of congress for four years starting in 2007. During that time, during those four years – and it’s George W. Bush’s, the last two years of his administration, admittedly – but during that time, 2007, through 2010, no Republican legislation was considered in committee. Legislation is crafted in committee, where the majority is in control. And particularly in the house, where spending bills originate – Ways and Means Committee, and all the other committees – no Republican legislation was considered. Pelosi didn’t even consider Republican legislation. The idea that Republicans have any responsibility, congressionally, for the spending that occurred in this country starting in 2007 is simply not possible. Pelosi didn’t permit it. Pelosi and Steny Hoyer and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, they ran the house back then, they didn’t permit it. Even now, the Democrats still control the Senate, and the White House. So from 2007 to 2010 the Democrats had the House and the Senate, then they got the White House, and for two years, they had the White House, the House and the Senate, after two years of total control of Congress. So the Democrats had total control of Congress for four years. Two of those years they also had the White House. Those two years are the first two years of Obama. That’s when all of this deficit spending started. That’s healthcare, the stimulus – that’s when Obama’s spending took root.
On the politics of government student loan interest rates…
The Republican student loan plan is a piece of legislation that would prevent the interest rate from doubling. [The] student loan interest rate’s supposed to go up – it’s supposed to double – on July 12th. So John Boehner and the House Republicans have proposed legislation to prevent that from happening… Nancy Pelosi says that Obama would veto that. Why? This is so brazen and blatant… He wants the issue. He’s gonna veto this so that student loan rates will go up so that he can blame Republicans for it. He is counting on the fact that the media will not significantly report that the Republicans tried to stop it.
On the testimony of a Georgetown University co-ed at a congressional hearing in favor of President Obama’s contraception mandate on religious institutions…
A Georgetown University co-ed told Nancy Pelosi’s hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex they are going broke buying birth control pills. Speaking at a hearing held by Pelosi to tout Obama’s mandate that virtually every health-insurance plan cover the full cost of contraception and abortion-inducing products, Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke said that it’s too expensive to have sex in law school without mandated insurance coverage. Apparently four out of every ten co-eds are having so much sex that it’s hard to make ends meet if they have to pay for their own contraception, said Sandra Fluke’s research. Can you imagine if you’re her parents – how proud of Sandra Fluke you would be? Your daughter goes up to a congressional hearing conducted by the Botox-filled Nancy Pelosi, and testifies she’s having so much sex she can’t afford her own birth-control pills and she agrees that Obama should provide them. Or the Pope. Forty percent of the female students at Georgetown Law reported to us, said Sandra Flake (sic) that they struggled financially as a result of this policy. The policy is Georgetown University’s student insurance does not cover contraception. It costs a female student $3,000 to have protected sex over the course of her three-year stint at law school according to the calculations. “Without insurance coverage, contraception as you know can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school,” Fluke told a hearing. Three thousand dollars for birth control over three years – that’s a thousand dollars a year for sex, and she wants us to pay for it.
On the Occupy Wall Street protestors and their ignorant responses to a reporter’s probing questions about how best to solve the country’s economic problems…
This is who the Democrats created. These people are the result of Democrat party policy, liberalism – this is what you get. Blatant, smug, arrogant stupidity. It really is a shame. It’s a human waste. These peoples’ lives have lost all their potential, because they have been inoculated with the notion that government is the answer, and that being an American means, you want it, you’ll get it. And this lunatic fringe is the Democrat base. Why do you think the Democrats are embracing them? … This is the Democrat base, folks. This is who it is. This is who Pelosi’s talking to every day. This is who Dingy Harry’s talking to every day. This is who Obama’s talking to every day.
On President Obama's casting of blame on the previous administration for the state of the economy.
So let me see if I understand here. Obama was in the Senate, voting for all of those things that led to the economy being worse than he knew that it was. He was voting for more spending. He was voting for higher taxes – Pelosi was speaker, Dingy Harry was the majority leader. And what? Poor old Obama, all 159 days he spent in the Senate, was clueless? He had no idea how horrible things really were? He just, one day stepped into the Oval Orifice, saw everything was worse than he thought, after two years of controlling all of Washington at the House and the Senate?
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.
On the Obama Administration’s decision to stop handing out Obamacare waivers.
The reason they’re not going to grant any more waivers is because they don’t want the Republicans to be able to have the issue going in to the election. Well that’s all fine and dandy, the Republicans have the issue. The people, the companies, all these Union buddies of Obama, these people who’ve gotten these waivers – unions, Pelosi’s friends, Harry Reid’s entire state, they’ve already gotten their waiver. And that issue isn’t gonna go away... It’s still a big issue for the Republicans. The question is, will the Republicans nominate anybody with the guts to use it?