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RUSH: How do you respond to a serial liar? That is a question that we have all faced. You know, everybody asks me, “What should the Republicans do?” By the way, nobody’s been laid off in Wisconsin, either, thanks to Scott Walker and the Republicans, it is an important point. Nobody’s been laid off in the process of the budget cuts that produced a one-and-a-half-million-dollar surplus in that school district, not one person has been fired or laid off. So none of the horror that was predicted has come to pass. In fact, just the exact opposite of the horror has come to pass.

I had people ask me, “What should the Republicans do?” or, “Why don’t the Republicans say this?” Well, how do you respond to a serial liar? Do you take every sentence of a speech or a press conference line by line and do you say this isn’t so, and that isn’t so. Do you try to explain why you don’t hate the elderly or why you don’t hate the poor, or why you don’t hate children or why you don’t hate cats and dogs, why you don’t hate rainbows? The Republicans, led by conservative Republicans, have put forth plans to cap spending, taxes, and regulations. They have a means to deal with the debt ceiling increase, which is simple. It’s basically spending cuts for every dollar over the limit. This is good. Every day Republicans ought to propose new cuts in spending. That’s the elixir here.

Let Jay Carney make the excuses. Every day propose the elimination of some more red tape. Do it with specificity and let Jay Carney stand up there at the White House briefing looking stupid. Every day explain how tax cuts increase revenues. You want a statistic? Try this one. This is from the Wall Street Journal. After the Bush investment tax cuts of 2003, the now famous Bush tax cuts that were extended last December in the lame duck session, after the Bush tax cuts of 2003, tax revenues were $786 billion higher in 2007 than they were in 2003. The biggest four-year increase in American history. In 2003, tax revenues were $1.7 trillion, after the Bush tax cuts. Four years later, the revenue generated was $2.5 trillion. We went from $1.7 to $2.5 trillion, after the Bush tax cuts. Tax cuts generated revenue.

Now, the dirty little secret here is, the Democrats don’t care about the revenue. They care about the so-called fairness. They care about the so-called percentages. But if you’re concerned about debt, if you’re concerned about raising revenue, if you’re concerned about generating economic growth, if you want jobs, the blueprint is there. And the opposite of that blueprint has been used since Obama assumed office. I would like for some reporter to throw those numbers at Jay Carney at the White House press briefing and say, “Do you care to comment, Mr. Shipman?” Well, I know it will never happen, but we can sit here and fantasize. But let the president and his mouthpiece respond to some proposals. But most of all let him respond to the economic numbers produced by the economy he owns as they roll in.


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