On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Wednesday, host Mark Levin corrected the spin on why Paul Ryan is retiring, suggesting that he is doing so not because he doesn’t want to continue being Speaker but because the omnibus spending bill “was disastrous for the country.”
“See, I don’t think that Paul Ryan is resigning because he’s tired of being Speaker and all the spin that’s out there,” stated Mark Levin. “This spending bill that passed in March, around March 22, was disastrous for the country and the Republican Party because the people running for reelection cannot say they’re fiscal conservatives anymore, unless they voted against it.”
Mark Levin’s comments came after Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, “[s]aying he doesn’t want to be known as a ‘weekend dad,’” announced yesterday “that this, his 20th year in Congress, will be his last. He’s retiring in January,” reported CNSNews.com.
Below is a transcript of Levin’s remarks from his show Wednesday:
“See, I don’t think that Paul Ryan is resigning because he’s tired of being Speaker and all the spin that’s out there. This spending bill that passed in March, around March 22, was disastrous for the country and the Republican Party because the people running for reelection cannot say they’re fiscal conservatives anymore, unless they voted against it.
“And so, they don’t have a lot to run on. They could run on tax cuts, but they can’t run on being fiscally serious people when they voted to spend more than Barack Obama ever proposed. They can’t run on repealing Obamacare this time because they didn’t. They repealed a very, very small part of it involving individuals, but that leaves 85 percent of the rest of the population of the country. And they wouldn’t repeal it.
“And then, of course, the southern border is not secure. They said they would secure it. They said they would support money for a wall. They supported money for everything, including Planned Parenthood, but there is no money for a new wall – none.
“And it reached the point, and we pointed it out on this program, where Paul Ryan was sounding like a leftist. He was into the class warfare argument when it came to the tax cuts.
“Now, I’ve talked to Paul Ryan from time to time – not lately, that’s for sure. He’s a very nice man. He’s a very nice man. And I do believe he’s a man of great integrity. I do not believe either of those things with Mitch McConnell. But Paul Ryan, as Speaker of the House, had a responsibility to do more than he did, and you cannot say that he had great accomplishments when, in fact, he did not.
“Obamacare is now here to stay, and we have now deficits going forward at a trillion dollars a year. The Congressional Budget Office, which is actually moderate to left when it comes to its predictions, is predicting come 2024 the interest on our debt will be bigger than spending on national defense – each year.
“The spending bills and the tax bills are to come out of the House of Representatives first. He had a working majority, but to the extent he did, he should have put down the left in his party, not the right. But that’s not what he did.”