Friday, July 15, 2011

McConnell’s undermining

Despite the House Republicans move to push the responsible Cut, Cap & Balance bill, and despite his own tough talk throughout the week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is damned and determined to undermine his Republican colleagues by handing the whole kit-and-caboodle over to Reid and Obama, thus enabling the statists to raise the debt ceiling without virtually anything to leverage towards meaningful debt reduction.

The Hill writes, “A fall-back plan to avert a national default is under negotiation by Senate leaders and is on track to be unveiled by Wednesday or Thursday of next week, according to a Senate Democratic aide.” Besides the presumptive reporting of this plan as an aversion from defaulting, the underhandedness of handing over power to Obama so that he can raise the debt ceiling at will is grossly negligent and irresponsible.

Fortunately, Sen. Jim DeMint has pledged, along with several other conservative Senators, to use “every tool” available to block the McConnell/Reid compromise they're calling 'plan B', which was introduced by the Senate Republican Leader on Tuesday. However, as The Hill reports, we see that McConnell's proposal is backfiring and quickly becoming the Democrats' plan A, “McConnell is negotiating with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to modify the plan to make it more likely to pass the Senate,” and “under the plan, Obama would have to make three requests to Congress which lawmakers could block only through a resolution of disapproval” by a guaranteed unattainable 2/3 majority in the Senate (Yep, that’s only 34 Senators saying, ‘No, go right ahead a raise it some more, Mr. President!’).

So look what you’ve done, Mitch. Proud of yourself for being a statist enabler towards further indebting the nation? McConnell’s undermining is a betrayal of the conservative resurgence by the old establishment mentality that lost both the Senate and the White House in 2008. Along with Reid, he’s proving once again that old dogs insist on repeating their same old tricks.

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