Mark Levin dared Democrats to shut down the government on his nationally syndicated radio talk show Wednesday, saying, the United States “doesn’t exist to redistribute wealth.”
“Shut it the hell down,” insisted Mark Levin. “Shut it down. And make sure members of Congress do not get paid, that they do not get medical care, and not one plug penny is added to their pensions. Shut it down because this country doesn’t exist to redistribute wealth.”
Levin’s comments came as reinvigorated tensions have been lit on Capitol Hill as a congressional deadline looms on Jan. 19 for lawmakers to pass a long-term spending bill that funds the government for the next year. According to The Washington Post, “Republicans are focused on raising the caps for military spending to give Trump his requested increase of about $100 billion. Democrats are demanding a dollar-for-dollar raise on domestic spending, too.” This, notes the Post, “could turn off some fiscally inclined Republicans, putting the whole spending bill in jeopardy, and cause a shutdown.”
See a transcript of Levin’s remarks from his show Wednesday below:
“You know what they’re proposing now in the budget scheme? They [Democrats] insist that if you increase one dollar of military spending, you must increase one dollar in domestic spending.
“That’s what they’re doing now. That’s the old Obama trick.
“They’re insisting on it now, ‘Or we’re going to shut down the government.’
“Shut it the hell down. Shut it down. And make sure members of Congress do not get paid, that they do not get medical care, and not one plug penny is added to their pensions. Shut it down because this country doesn’t exist to redistribute wealth. This country doesn’t exist for a welfare state.
“And our military is essential.
“Particularly – there was a report out last week – that China, that China will pass the United States as a military power in 20 years.
“Does that concern anybody? No, apparently not.
“The Democrats have their agenda, and that’s it. The problem, you see, is Trump. ‘Trump is deranged. Trump is a nut. Trump is this.’”