RUSH: Let me tell you what I think, and I´m gonna tell you this in a balanced way -- a balanced and fair way. What I think is really going on here is our president, Barack Obama, if you´ll note, really never talks about plans and proposals to solve problems. What he does is position his political opponents as the enemy. Everything he did today in the debt limit Q&A in his press conference, and even in the setup, was about the enemy. The Republicans are the enemy. He´s not proposing solutions to anything. He´s not interested in solutions.
For my money, the single most talented voice in the modern history of talk radio is retiring later this month. Not “one of” the most talented — the most talented. Neal Boortz began his career in radio while in college at Texas A&M, but his long stint in commercial radio started as one of the many individuals he would, over the years to follow, continually cut off: opinionated callers. Boortz in the late 1960s was a frequent caller to a local Atlanta talk show, and when the host died unexpectedly, he went from brash caller to brash host. But Boortz’s rise to the Radio Hall of fame
Dell Inc., the personal-computer maker that lost almost a third of its value last year, is in buyout talks with private-equity firms, two people with knowledge of the matter said. Round Rock, Texas-based Dell is discussing going private with at least two firms, said one of the people, who declined to be identified because the talks are private. The discussions are preliminary and could fall apart because the firms may not be able to line up the needed financing or resolve how to exit the investment in the future, the people said. Several large banks have been contacted about financing an offer,
President Obama lamented his loneliness in the White House on Monday and said he would have more friends in Washington if Republican lawmakers weren’t so afraid of blowback from conservative media. At the final news conference of his first term, Mr. Obama was asked why he doesn’t socialize more often. The president protested in reply, “I’m a pretty friendly guy. I like a good party.” But he said some Republicans can’t afford to be seen socializing with him. He cited the example of former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, the Republican turned independent who drew criticism after he endorsed
Republicans and conservative groups rebuffed President Obama’s latest attempt to pressure GOP lawmakers to back down from using the debt ceiling as leverage to extract serious, long-term spending cuts from Democrats. After a White House news conference Monday in which the president called Republican threats to hold the line on the nation’s borrowing “irresponsible,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said he couldn’t think of a better opportunity than the upcoming fight over raising the debt limit to force Democrats to address the deficit.
“I’m a pretty friendly guy,” President Obama said near the end of his White House news conference Monday afternoon. The claim might have been a touch more plausible if he hadn’t spent the bulk of the previous hour demonstrating just how adversarial he could be. Indeed, there was no precipitating event that led him to schedule the last-minute session in the East Room — lending credibility to the theory that he summoned reporters so he could bait Republicans. “If congressional Republicans refuse to pay America’s bills on time, Social Security checks and veterans benefits will be delayed,”
President Obama vowed Monday that he would not negotiate with Republicans over the federal debt ceiling, warning that Social Security checks would be delayed and the nation could enter a new recession if Republicans do not agree to raise the limit on government borrowing. In the final news conference of his first term, Obama said Republicans were threatening to hold “a gun at the head of the American people” and that he would not trade spending cuts, as Republicans demand, for an agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling. “If congressional Republicans refuse to pay America’s bills on time,
Eldon Bell, a retired Air Force officer and physician, is making no plans to see Barack Obama’s second inauguration, in part because Bell considers the president arrogant and dishonest, but more so because Bell is not yet persuaded that the swearing-in will occur at all. “Whether I watch depends on who’s being inaugurated,” says Bell, 78. “If it’s this guy, probably not, because I don’t pay much attention to illegitimate things.” At this late date, Bell and his fellow believers in the notion that Obama was born overseas or is otherwise ineligible to be president still expect some court somewhere to
Barack Obama gave a press conference today; Paul reported on Obama’s discussion of the debt ceiling a little while ago. Obama’s comments on the debt ceiling were breathtakingly dishonest: he admitted that there is a long history of budget negotiations accompanying past increases in the ceiling, and acknowledged that he himself voted against increasing the debt limit as a senator, even though it would have led to the same supposedly awful consequences he complained about today. But Obama said, at least three or four times, that this year is different
During his press conference earlier today, we witnessed President Obama’s persistent habit of engaging in a form of political libel. When the president was asked about a possible government shutdown, Mr. Obama said this: But it seems as if what’s motivating and propelling at this point some of the House Republicans is more than simply deficit reduction. They have a particular vision about what government should and should not do, so they are suspicious about government’s commitments, for example, to make sure that seniors have decent health
The White House has identified 19 executive actions for President Barack Obama to move unilaterally on gun control, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of House Democrats on Monday, the administration’s first definitive statements about its response to last month’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. (Snip) The focus on executive orders is the result of the White House and other Democrats acknowledging the political difficulty of enacting any new gun legislation, a topic Biden did not address in Monday’s meeting. The executive actions could include giving the Centers
Republicans reacted with predictable frustration and annoyance to President Obama’s term-ending press conference in which he warned the GOP that it will “not collect a ransom in return for not crashing the economy.” GOP lawmakers had reasoned that agreeing to the fiscal cliff deal meant that they could come back to demand spending cuts in order to once again approve raising the debt ceiling. “You don’t go out to dinner and then eat all you want and then leave without paying the check—and if you do you’re breaking the law,” Obama said. “If Congress wants to have a debate
Obama’s press conference today confirmed that he believes the only way the U.S. government can reassure the world about its ability to repay its debts is to raise the debt ceiling more, so they can borrow more. America, you cannot complain about “partisan divisions” when you have two parties who assess our finances in such a diametrically opposed manner. To hear Obama and some Democrats tell it, there just isn’t any spending that can be cut outside of the Pentagon. Fresh off raising income taxes on the rich and a payroll-tax hike (expiration of a cut, really) that hit everyone
Is it too soon to talk about the 2016 presidential election? Because I have the perfect candidate for the Democrats. Jerry Brown. That’s right. Our governor. Forget that Gov. Moonbeam nonsense. He’s now the Sage of Sacramento. OK, “perfect candidate” may be a bit strong. Brown does have one major, well, flaw (more on that later). But heck, no one’s perfect, especially these days. Republicans are already crowing about the great job that Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Scott Walker of Wisconsin have done in their states, and touting them as presidential material.
Just in case you doubted whether President Obama is a thug on the debt ceiling, he reiterated his bully tactics this morning at his press conference. Discussing the Republican Party’s desire to cut spending, Obama did not lay out a rational proposal on how to achieve fiscal responsibility. Instead, he moved directly to attack Republicans as morally deficient: But it seems as if what’s motivating and propelling at this point some of the House Republicans is more than simply deficit reduction. They have a particular vision about what government should and should not do. So they are suspicious
During his press conference today, President Obama explained that although he is always willing to spend time socializing with Republicans, conservative media outlets have demonized him – making him unpopular. “Republicans feel like given how much energy has been devoted by some of the media preferred by Republican constituencies to demonize me, that it doesn’t look real good socializing with me,” Obama said, pointing to former Florida Governor Charlie Crist as an example. “I think a lot of folks say
Impunity: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was accused of bribery last weekend, while two Obama Cabinet officials are leaving amid a trail of broken laws and squandered cash. Which, again, is the party of corruption? Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. So with a White House that rules by executive order and blithely ignores budget deadlines as its divine right, it´s no surprise that a culture of impunity has taken hold through the Democratic Party in the Obama economy. We´re not talking about incompetence, or about policy errors, which are abundant as well in
At his press conference Monday morning, President Obama got a tough question from Major Garrett about the politics of debt-ceiling negotiations. In his response, the President blamed GOP absolutism for the crisis; then, as if missing his own point, offered a list of compromises he absolutely would not consider. In his question, Major Garrett pointed out that Obama himself once made a vote against raising the debt limit and suggested that resolving the situation might require both sides to talk rather than posture. Obama responded: Well, no, Major.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke called on lawmakers Monday to “take care of their job” and raise the nation’s debt ceiling, warning that default could derail the still-fragile economic recovery. In a free-wheeling conversation at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Bernanke said the debt limit has only “symbolic value” and advocated eliminating it. But he dismissed suggestions that the Fed’s policy of keeping interest rates low is taking pressure off Congress to act. “We’re not going to be playing games with that. We’re going to follow our mandate,”
Author and economist Walter Williams told The Daily Caller that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to protect Americans from their own government — not simply to ensure hunting rights. Williams, a syndicated columnist and the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, suggested that common misconceptions about the Second Amendment undermine the gun control debate. “[The Founding Fathers´] stated reason was to allow the American people to protect themselves from the United States Congress — that is, government.
“Meet the Press” isn’t what it used to be. After a remarkably softball interview with President Obama on New Year’s Day, moderator David Gregory on Sunday let former secretary of state Colin Powell filibuster through one question after another, never following up or, as they used to do in the good old days, confronting the interviewee with statements that directly contradict his spin.(Snip) Powell asserted that Chuck Hagel is “superbly qualified” to be defense secretary. Umm. You would think an interviewer would ask: But doesn’t he lack executive experience? Wouldn’t someone interested in
Former US Vice President and still fully devoted global environmentalist Al Gore last week took a lot of heat and ridicule for dumping his viewer-starved Current TV cable network for $500 million. He sold it to Al Jazeera, owned by the oil-rich Islamic monarchy and global environment-polluter Qatar. Gore’s money-first hypocrisy in this matter is so self-evident that it’s hardly worth further ink. For $500 million he chose to fasten a “Kick Me” sign to both his back and front. At least he didn’t go for cheap, ya know? But there has been an important element to
Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman threatened Monday afternoon that he would file articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama if he institutes gun control measures with an executive order. Stockman warned that such executive orders would be “unconstitutional” and “infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms.” “I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment,” Stockman said in a statement.
The president was given a list of recommendations on Monday, addressing how to make mass shootings less likely. The list was developed by Vice President Biden. One idea is banning assault weapons of the kind used in Newtown and in the Colorado movie theater massacre. The president said Monday he doesn´t know if Congress will reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 after 10 years on the books. And it´s unclear how hard Mr. Obama will fight for that ban -- politics may argue against it. However, at a press conference, Mr. Obama said lawmakers will have to
Colin Powell thinks Chuck Hagel´s use of the term "Jewish lobby" was an innocent mistake, for which he should atone by writing "Israel lobby" 100 times on a blackboard. "That term slips out from time to time," the former secretary of state told David Gregory on Sunday´s "Meet the Press." Mr. Powell also thinks that when Mr. Hagel´s critics "go over the edge and say because Chuck said ´Jewish lobby,´ he is anti-Semitic, that´s disgraceful. We shouldn´t have that kind of language in our dialogue." OK, I get it. An errant slip of the tongue isn´t proof of prejudice.