Levin: Paul Ryan's Remarks Prove 'These Guys are Going to Buckle;' Obama and Reid are 'Thrilled'

James Beattie | November 21, 2013 | 1:34pm EST
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On his syndicated radio program Wednesday evening, Mark Levin said that Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is "not gonna do anything" about the national debt.  The comment came on the heels of an answer Ryan gave to the Wall Street Journal's Paul Gigot, that he was "comfortable" saying that there would not be another government shutdown.

Ryan told Gigot he would work with Patty Murray (D-Wash.) either to finish a budget deal, or to pass another continuing resolution, thus avoiding another government shutdown.

"And you know what that means, ladies and gentlemen?  The debt clock keeps ticking.  Paul Ryan just said, Paul Ryan who's held up as 'Mr. Budget Cutter,' he's held up by the Bush guys, 'this is the guy, this is the future.'  He just said 'basically whatever it takes.' Just another continuing resolution.  Well just another continuing resolution, ladies and gentlemen, will add hugely to the debt.  So he's not gonna do anything.  I don't care how many white papers he puts out on Medicare, on the budget.  He's not gonna do anything."

"And Paul Ryan, the chair of the House Budget Committee has just signed on to it.  And I assure you, Patty Murray, the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and Harry Reid and Obama, they are thrilled because that means these guys are gonna buckle.  'We just gotta get through the next election, elect more Republicans.  Not conservatives, not constitutionalists, not the crazy nut jobs, no, no, no.  We don't want to actually cut government, we can't have a shutdown.  We don't want a slowdown.  We don't want an anything-down.'  They're exposing themselves, they're confessing right to us who they are, they're neo-statists."

Levin also slammed Gigot for not having an answer to the debt solution, that conservatism has become "defend[ing the unfettered, the uninterrupted running of the federal leviathan."

"And that phrase isn't even accurate, we've talked about it enough.  We've had 20 government shutdowns since the 1970s.  And now The Wall Street Journal editorial page chief is saying 'Can you promise us this will not happen?'  So, in other words 'Will you surrender to Obama?'  Because I would ask Paul Gigot, 'What would you do to stop this?'  And he has no answer.  None.  Zero."

"But listen to the nature of the question, listen to the nature of the question.  So, now conservatives, we have to defend the unfettered, the uninterrupted running of the federal leviathan.  That's now what conservatism has become.  That's what Mitch McConnell says, Paul Ryan says, the Wall Street Journal Editorial page says, we have an obligation to make sure that the federal leviathan never stops.  Not for a day, not for an hour; they call it a government shutdown.  So, now that's our responsibility, that's our obligation."

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