RUSH: Mr. Director!
MULVANEY: Mr. Limbaugh, how are you, sir?
RUSH: I am just fine. I’ve been looking forward to this. And I’ve
also been looking forward to a chance to thank you. I was at the
White House on March 23, and you guys came in from a trip up to
Capitol Hill, reporting in on the health care fight at the time. I had
a question that was probably kind of dumb, but you really were very
patient in answering it for me, and it was very useful and I really
appreciate it, and I didn’t get a chance to tell you on my way out, so
I appreciate the chance to do that now.
MULVANEY: What I didn’t get a chance to tell you is I am one of
the original Rush Babies. I started listening to you in I think 1987
or ’88. When did you first go on the radio in D.C.?
RUSH: That would be late 1988, exactly right.
MULVANEY: Yep, I was a senior in college at Georgetown University at the time and my dad called and said, “You’ve got to listen to
this guy.” I would listen to you when I was at my student security
post in Georgetown.
RUSH: That is incredible! I’m really flattered. And congratulations
to you, you’re kicking it. What are you finding about the OMB job
that you weren’t aware of, if anything?
MULVANEY: It’s even better than I expected, Rush. I knew about the
budgetary impacts of this office, I knew about the management side,
the regulatory side, but really this office is involved in everything.
Every single dollar flows through this office, every single regulation
flows through this office, every single executive order flows through
this office, every single official statement of administrative policy on
a bill flows through this office, so this is the central junction, the
central hub of the federal government. It’s one of the most intellectually stimulating places I’ve ever worked in my entire life.
RUSH: Excellent. Now, I want to get to the budget. You call it an
America-first budget, and I have to tell you, when I saw it I was
ecstatic. It’s the kind of budget people like me have been awaiting
for years, and never actually thought we would see. You said you
looked at the budget through taxpayers’ eyes. Now, I understand
Democrats proclaiming it “D.O.A.” — that’s politics, and I understand that Congress writes the budget, the Administration offers
suggestions, lobbies for it and so forth — but why aren’t Republicans in Congress enthusiastically supporting every bit of this? It
seems to be what every conservative Republican in my adult lifetime has been saying we need in order to turn the country around.
MULVANEY: I think some of them let the liberals take the moral
high ground, which you can never do, right? They fall into that
trap of counterpunching against the left’s talking points about our
budget, and that makes us look weak. That’s why I think you may
get the impression they don’t support the budget. But I’ve had dozens of members call me to thank us for what went in this budget,
for the courage it took to lay some of these programs out, to send a
message that we are going to start looking at taxes differently. The
support from the Hill has been overwhelming.
So, I hear what you’re saying because I see the same things. I see
folks on TV who say, “Well, I don’t like this or that part of it.” But I
think a lot of that is just messaging. Let me put it to you this way.
At my Senate hearing, I think it was Senator Kaine who asked me,
“What would you say to somebody who just read a headline that
says, ‘Trump Slashes Medicaid Funding’? What message does that
send to that person?” I said, “Senator, I wonder what they’d think
if the headline said, ‘President Expects Better Care for Less Money.’
That’s what we’re talking about. I can’t respond to individual
President Trump’s high-energy budget guy, the Director of the
Office of Management and Budget, is a longtime conservative
fighter, founding member of the Freedom Caucus, and an
exceptionally able advocate for conservative priorities: