Posted by admin | Posted in Inside the Beltway | Posted on 14-10-2011
McConnell Throwing Tea Party Under the Bus?
It would appear that Senator Mitch McConnell may well be throwing the new Tea Party House members under the bus. And even some of the establishment House members seem to be capitulating on their demands as well.
The WashingtonExaminer.com says of McConnell, “His debt hike plan is nothing but a classic inside-the-beltway maneuver to shift blame and avoid responsibility for making the tough decisions. Worse, his plan actively undercuts the hard votes conservative House members are taking on the debt limit.”
Cut, Cap and Balance is the only plan which has enough votes to pass the House of Representatives. The McConnell debt hike allows the mainstream media to tout the Representatives’ plan as the only one having a chance to pass the House, but having no chance of passing the Senate. And to top that off, according toGallup, 42% of Americans still oppose raising the debt ceiling.
RedState’s Erick Erickson says that “the McConnell Debt Hike is completely undermining conservatives: Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi are going to win. … See, John Boehner ceded authority to Mitch McConnell. Instead of embracing the conservative ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance’ plan or even pushing forward with Paul Ryan’s plan as an alternative, Boehner let McConnell move forward and cut Boehner’s legs out from under him. It was a willing sacrifice on Boehner’s part because he’d rather be legless than fight.”
As it stands, according to the National Debt Clock,
http://www.usdebtclock.org/index.html, the current national debt stands at .5 trillion, a mere 0 billion more than our “current” debt ceiling allows.
According to Jacob Sullum at Townhall.com, McConnell’s “Plan B,” which is what we can count on if the House plan doesn’t make it past the Senate “…McConnell’s solution debases the legislative branch by letting the president do what he wants without officially endorsing it.”
Since Obama refuses to reduce spending without massive tax increases, the House knows it’s facing the loss of this game of chicken. According to Sullum, “McConnell’s supposedly face-saving method of chickening out is to disguise one swerve with another: Instead of approving additional borrowing, Congress passes a bill that authorizes the president to initiate a series of three increases in the debt limit. Congress can still vote against each round of new borrowing, but Obama can veto those resolutions of disapproval, meaning a two-thirds majority of each house is required to make them stick. In effect, Plan B allows a minority to approve an increase in the debt limit that would otherwise require a majority.”
So, to make a long story short, Speaker Boehner seems to have chickened out of his demands, while Sen. McConnell and his cohort on the other side, Harry Reid (D-NV), have suggested yet another debt commission. Unfortunately, we just had one that was 18 members strong, and their findings were filed straight into President Obama’s cylinder file cabinet (the trash can). The president totally ignored the commission’s findings.
And finally, from the left, according to the ‘Daily Kos‘ Joan McCarter, “she likes the McConnell Debt Hike because by kicking entitlement reform to a congressional commission, real entitlement reform will never happen.”
Unfortunately, she’s probably right.
Michael A. Minton got his start in politics at the ripe old age of six, when his father, G. Terry Minton, ran for alderman inLouisville,Kentucky. “Mike” has worked in campaigns to elect (well, naturally his dad), former Rep. Anne Northup, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and most recently in the failed Romney for president campaign.
Mike got his start in his writing career as a freelance reporter for Talon News Service, and has since gone on to create his own blog, Mr. Right Opinion, and now operates a new blog called What’s Right is Right.
He has been published in a number of online and print publications to include: Jefferson Review, Heritage Institute, Men’s News Daily, RightNation.us, VDare.com, Hawaii Reporter, Lincoln Heritage Institute, fixmyhealthcare.com, CivilHomelandDefense.com, The Pioneer News and others.
Mike is now a Tea Party Patriots journalist, and his articles can be found at Tea Party Patriots.
Mike is a member ofProvidenceBaptistChurchinBrooks,KY, a single father of two daughters, an amateur genealogist, and has been involved in acting, including a role in Camelot at theKentuckyCenterfor the Arts inLouisville.
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