Rick Santelli Goes Off: “We’d Be BBB Without Tea Party!” (Video)

CNBC analyst Rick Santelli went off today. Santelli reacted to President Obama’s smear campaign against the tea party after the US credit rating was downgraded.

No wonder Kerry did so well in an election… We’d be BBB without the tea party!”

Via Rebel Pundit:

From the Video: Rick Santelli reacts to President Obama’s blame game when it comes to the downgrade of the United States of America’s credit rating. Santelli says that if it wasn’t for the tea party movement, America’s credit would have been downgraded to BBB.

He also responds to the argument that we have a revenue problem by comparing it to if his wife spending 30% more money then telling him to get 2 more jobs.
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  • mg4us

    Agree. .TEA Party only group acting responsibly. .the only “adults” in the room. .

    Cut Cap and Balance is their plan and it makes $ense – – Dollars and sence. .

    What part of Cut, Cap, and Balance does Obama not understand? (Reid, McConnell and Boehner too)

    Is Obama THAT stupid?. . . . a by-product of affirmative inaction. . . or just incompetent, Inept and Inexperienced?

    Enact these three things immediately and regain/restore our AAA rating:
    1) CCB,
    2) Repeal of Obamacare, along with Dodd Frank Financial reform Act and Fannie Mae plus
    3) Drill, Baby, Drill– NOW,

    Or have Obama resign . . . along with Harry Reid and Pelosi (Schumer and Barney Frank too) would have the same effect of restoring our AAA rating!

  • tommy mc donnell

    stop telling the truth! television and the truth parted company forty years ago. the only people in washington that wanted to cut spending were the tea party people. certainly not the democrats and neither did the RNC republicans.

  • bg


    “We’d be BBB without the tea party!”

    well that sure got the message across, and good for him!! 🙂


    Lindsay Graham did an excellent job of putting all the raging
    anti-Tea Partiers in their place, including Axlerod and Dean..

    [Graham: Well you can’t be fourteen trillion dollars in debt unless both parties are working together to get you there. And the tea party is a result of what’s wrong in Washington. They didn’t create all this mess. It was an energy created by people seeing the country slipping away and wanting to do something about it. The tea party’s for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, so am I. I don’t have any faith that either party is going to change things until they are made to do so, we need a balanced budget amendment. The truth of the matter is if President Obama, if he was in the Southeastern Conference, he’d be fired as a coach. He would not have his contract renewed. Everything is worse. Unemployment is up by 18 percent. Gas prices are up by 93 percent. Everything, housing prices are down by 12 percent, he’s had a chance, we’re three years into this and he’s failing. It’s not the tea Party’s fault, what was hope and Change is despair and confusion. People are not creating jobs in this country because they think Howard Dean is going to raise their taxes. If you want to create job, don’t raise anybody’s taxes. Try to lower spending like the tea party and other people up here want. So the tea party is not the problem, Washington was broken before they got here. I hope they can help us fix it.]

    not to mention Wills also hit one out of the park (more @ link)..


  • DavidD

    “Rick Santelli is sexist and racist.” in 3-2-1….

  • Thetriguy

    “He also responds to the argument that we have a revenue problem by comparing it to if his wife spending 30% more money then telling him to get 2 more jobs.”

    Why people can’t see and understand this simple argument just astounds me! When Barry says it he means tax more of the people who are already paying taxes. Now, I really wouldn’t mind paying a percentage more in taxes if the money was actually going to pay down the debt. But we both know that won’t happen. Instead of paying off the credit card with that money he’d use it to go out and buy a new driver and a new bag to go with the set he already has sitting in the closet bought! Now that I think about it, he use the money to buy a set of clubs for his buddy Trumka.

  • mg4us

    How about we only increase taxes on newspapers, TV news and reporters, MSM, Hollywood and Anthletes. . .andpoliticians too. . .

    tax the hell out of them and the talking Sunday heads.

  • vagabond trader


  • Nelle

    The Tea Party came into existence AFTER the spending was out of control and it was high time our government started practicing some good old fashioned fiscal restraint. Now they’re being blamed for the downgrade to the credit rating that both political parties ruined. That dog won’t hunt.

  • Amen Mr. Santelli. I couldn’t say it any better

  • PhilipJames

    Another great post by the next President… Sarah Palin


  • bg


    Senator Rick Santelli:





    what’s even more reprehensible is the fact that when
    they do get back, we still won’t have any leaders.. :*(


  • vamoose

    Obama and the Dems arguments make no sense when put side by side.
    1) S&P was wrong. They are frauds.
    2) S&P downgraded the tea party.
    Which is it? 3) neither

  • bg


    via PhilipJames #5 link..

    [Many commonsense Americans like myself saw this day coming. In fact, in June 2010, Rick Santelli articulated the view of independent Tea Party patriots everywhere when he shouted on CNBC, “I want the government to stop spending! Stop spending! Stop spending! Stop spending! STOP SPENDING!” So, how shamelessly cynical and dishonest must one be to blame this inevitable downgrade on the very people who have been shouting all along “stop spending”? Blaming the Tea Party for our credit downgrade is akin to Nero blaming the Christians for burning Rome. Tea Party Americans weren’t the ones “fiddling” while our country’s fiscal house was going up in smoke. In fact, we commonsense fiscal conservatives were the ones grabbing for the extinguishers while politically correct politicians and their cronies buried their heads in what soon became this bonfire.]

    yes, indeed a great read, thank you..


  • bg


    re: #13

    uhg, having number problem today, oh
    well, at least it links to the right post..

    PhilipJames #5 = PhilipJames #10


  • Nancy

    Obama isn’t the genius that the MSM tries to portray him as, but he isn’t stupid, either. He has a chip on his shoulder about America, as Rush has said frequently. He hates America, Americans, the rich, the middle class, and everyone but his chosen victim groups. Community organizers understand how to cause chaos, and that is exactly what he is doing.

    It isn’t bumbling. It’s a well though-out plan to bring down America.

  • Santelli 2012

  • Santelli for President! Is just as qualified if not more than the idiot in there now!

  • befuddled

    That’s perfect. My big caboose of a wife spends her day partying it up with Whoopie,Oprah,and Beyonce. She lavishes money on Billionaires and millionaires. She spends us into bankruptcy and has the nerve to turn around and tell me that I better get two more jobs to support her lifestyle.

  • thegoldman

    Rick Santelli is some one that a lot of people could get behind….

  • Spider

    I’m still a little amazed that Santelli can still speak the truth on the network he’s on.

    Gives me a little hope that sanity will win out in the end.

  • Old Fan

    Rick Santelli is outstanding, period. We all need more like him, especially in media circles.

    The original Tea Party protests were essential (for the record – I participated in them). Really cannot say those who have taken over the image of the impressive grass roots protests have been the “only adults in the room”. I have seen some truly misguided conceptions from those who exploited the Tea Party image – making some questionable formal Organizations, adopting the ‘Tea Party’ name. Certainly many have positive intentions, and no one is perfect.

    Democratic Partisan attempts to blame the “Tea Party” are as mindless as their policies.

    But I do know we have to join together to end this Democratic Partisan madness, to unite strongly to win in 2012. It is this Nation’s only “hope”.

  • Tom in CA

    Blaming the Tea Party is stupid to us, but it works for them. A good friend and sharp businessman just called me and ranted against the S&P.

    People unfortunately listen to that drivel.

    I really fear for our country.

  • xqqme

    #5 TheTriguy is right. Who in their right mind would give these drunks another drink?
    Rick Rules!

    Got Galt?

  • Catherine

    this is all been staged by the leftist and the stupid democrats?


    UK Telegraph

    By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

    The dollar plunged instantly against the euro, yen, and sterling as the comments flashed across trading screens. David Bloom, currency chief at HSBC, said the apparent policy shift amounts to an earthquake in geo-finance.

    “The mere fact that the US Treasury Secretary is even entertaining thoughts that the dollar may cease being the anchor of the global monetary system has caused consternation,” he said.

    Read the rest and great pictures

    26 Mar 2009

    US Treasury chief Geithner seeks power over hedge funds, private equity and derivatives
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will ask Congress to bring large hedge funds, private-equity firms and derivatives markets under federal supervision for the first time as part of a revamp of US financial rules.

    Remember the American people are the Tea Party
    of all strips

    A hobbit who will not go home

  • bg


    Tom in CA #22

    re: [I really fear for our country.]

    albeit for other reasons, i do to, especially for future generations..

    [scroll for more @ links]


  • bg


    Catherine #24

    dang, that sure sounds familiar..

    at any rate, thanks for the reminder..


  • No Man

    No man is surprised the powers-that-be allow Santelli on the airwaves.

  • bg


    No Man #27

    oh, you mean you haven’t noticed how they toss
    US natives a bone when we get restless?? /sarc/


  • czekmark

    Palin/Santelli – wouldn’t that be a pair of real leaders.

  • Ozark Lee

    Keep in mind that Steve Liesman is a soviet era Russian – by choice – that tells you all you need to know.


  • BS61

    I love Rick Santelli! He was the reason that I got into the Tea Party at all!

  • darcy

    I’d vote for Rick Santelli in a heart beat to become our next president. He has more passion for America’s well-being than all the announced-candidates have put together.

    And he tells the truth — no holds barred.

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  • Sandy

    Good for you Rick Santelli. Obama can stand there and blame the Tea Party, The Republicans, G. W. Bush and S&P but in the end he is the one who spent us into this mess and he is the reason our credit rating was down graded. He thinks if he raises taxes on a nation in free fall that he can then spend 7 trillion more. He doesn’t inspire the American people — he terrifies us.

  • kato

    A BBB rating seems appropriate for a country that elects a subprime grifter who blows out the nation’s budget with the recklessness of your average hip-hop artist or NBA athlete.

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  • Swifty

    Rogers: “Bankrupt” U.S. Will Never Pay Back Its Bills

    The U.S. government deserves the downgrade Standard and Poor’s slapped on its ratings, because the country has run up so many debts it will never get out of the hole, say famed commodities investor Jim Rogers. In fact, the S&P is being too nice, as Washington probably doesn’t even deserve the AA+ rating, Rogers tells CNBC.


  • StandUpChuck

    I would say that Santelli is the father of the tea party movement. I was watching the day he went off and said we needed to have a “tea party”. Once again, he states the obvious to all of the adults while the children argue with him. Liesman is an idiot if he doesnt see we have a problem.

  • big L

    Someone has to buy Santelli a pr of headphones and a new micophone. It is not 1930. there is no need to shout. Likewise, Greta. It is so annoying and stupid. they are not broadcastin’ in a gym
    during the depression. Just stop it. Iam sure that Santelli has a worthwhile point but it is 2011, stop yelling.

  • Patty

    Our nation was built by people just like those in the Tea Party. How darn the left be so ignorant. They are the reason our nation is in the position it is. And now I hear Dodd and Frank are giving Economy Classes.

    A 2,000 page read that would make you acting feel sorry for the dynamic duo.