On Joe Biden’s bizarre, buffoonish performance in the Vice Presidential debate…
You know, Biden forgets there are real people in this country who have been profoundly damaged by the economics of this country right now. Whether they blame Obama for it doesn't matter. A discussion of it comes up last night, people who watched this stuff take the election of a president seriously. You got a bad economy, you got an incumbent sitting there, young challenger, and the incumbent, the guy starts laughing in the middle of a discussion about this? These people are worried about their taxes, their Social Security, what the hell they're gonna have to pay to get us out of this debt, and we got old man Biden there laughing about it? And then he starts laughing in a discussion about security and dead ambassadors. You know, laughing about practically everything for the first half hour.
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.
On Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate…
I was praying that at some point this campaign becomes one of ideology, one of ideas, one of principles, not just policy analysis, not just Electoral College analysis, but principles and ideas. I think they work. I think they have the ability, properly articulated, to be persuasive. And we have perhaps the best Republican to do that in Paul Ryan. I think the pick signals that the decision was made somewhere that we're going to go head first up against. We're not gonna skirt it with a traditional campaign. We're gonna take it straight to them and we're gonna win or we're gonna lose articulating exactly who we are and exactly what we believe and exactly what our vision for America is.
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.”
On Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan's new budget blueprint.
I talked to Congressman Paul Ryan on the phone this morning. He is going to announce a major budget blueprint, a ten-year budget blueprint tomorrow, and folks, it's wonderful... substantively it is superb. Politically, it's brilliant. They are going to throw so many balls in the air at the Democrats that the Democrats are not gonna know which ones to focus on and try to defeat. First, it's a tough budget – you've probably heard four trillion dollars in cuts, over ten years. It might end up being more than that. It is a growth-oriented budget, it doesn't feature a lot of tax increases... basically it's going to freeze spending levels at 2008 levels... it's exactly what the election of last November was all about.
On Democrat demagoguery in response to Paul Ryan's new budget plan.
The Democrat reaction to the new Republican budget that Paul Ryan presented yesterday is nothing new. They always claim that people are gonna die, old people, kids, whatever – Republican budgets kill people. When in fact, if anybody's gonna die because of government action in this country, it's gonna be because of Obamacare, and death panels.
On President Obama's budget speech at George Washington University.
It was a disgusting display. It was in no way presidential. This is what we're up against. He invites [Paul] Ryan and a couple other Republican leaders up there – "Sit in the front row!" – and then proceeds to insult 'em... There are two real reasons he did it. One is he's not this cool, calm, collected guy. He's just – folks, he's not a good guy... Obama's not a good guy. He's a mean, vindictive little guy. He's very cold. The second thing he was doing yesterday was shoring up his base.
Democrats have played a major role in creating this mess. They turn over the heavy lifting to the Republicans. Paul Ryan does the heavy lifting. Comes up with a budget plan to save the country. And then what does Obama do? What does Obama do? He attacks them for doing it. He attacks them for how they're doing it. That is real leadership folks. Real leadership on the part of our President, who now will not speak to adults. Create the problem. Act like he is going to provide leadership to fix it. Offer no fix whatsoever. The Republicans offer a fix. The Ryan budget. What does Obama do? Attacks Ryan personally, and the Republicans in general for doing it. That's real leadership.
On Obama's accusation that Paul Ryan's budget plan is not courageous.
Obama said nothing's easier than solving the problem on the backs of the poor. That's not what Ryan has proposed. Ryan has not proposed solving the problem on the backs of the poor. This is another cliché from the liberal handbook. What about this folks? What about promising programs that you can't afford, using money from kids not yet born? There's nothing easier than that, if you ask me. There's nothing easier than promising programs to be paid for by people who aren't even born yet who thus don't even have a chance to object to it. What kind of courage are we talking about there?
On the President’s speech to newspaper editors claiming that Paul Ryan’s budget will result in starving children, dirty water, etc. etc.
He is appealing to the absolute most ignorant segment (of) our population with this and with what he’s doing to the Supreme Court. And the decision upcoming on his health care bill. It is clear what he is doing. And it’s clear what he thinks of this country. His re-election hinges on him being able to mobilize the ignorant, the shallow, the uninformed, the uneducated, the dumb, and the stupid. That is who he’s appealing to. Now how many of you think that there are a lot of those people in this country. Are there enough of them to win somebody the White House?