We are getting close to the end of the August recess for Congress. The mid-term elections are just a few months away. The Republicans are fighting hard to win control of the Senate. They need 5 seats to win the majority in the upper chamber. In the next couple of months, the election season will begin anew and the fight will get real nasty.
Most of us have already come to the conclusion that a Republican controlled congress would not be good for the government. With President Obama still in office, we can be sure that the veto pen will be in heavy use. We also figure that the Republicans will continue their assault on personal liberties in the name of “liberty”.
But, Mitch McConnell has come out and laid the groundwork for a Republican controlled Senate. I guess he wanted to make sure the Tea Party was fully aware of his plan to run the Senate and destroy the country. I don’t say that lightly either. The plan he laid out will definitely destroy the country.
Interviewed by Politico aboard his campaign bus, the Senate minority leader offered his vision for the Senate should he be promoted to majority leader: confrontation, manufactured crises, and the ever-present threat of a government shutdown:
In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the environment to health care, consider using an arcane budget tactic to circumvent Democratic filibusters and force the president to “move to the center” if he wants to get any new legislation through Congress.
“Move to the center” is a real nice catch phrase. But, what it really entails is that the President and the country will be held hostage again and again under a Republican controlled Senate. The tactic is quite simple. Add bogus riders to legislation so the President has no option but veto the bill. Since the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the “line item veto” the Republicans thought was so wonderful as unconstitutional, there is no longer any other measure to stop their radical agenda. If moving to the center is such a great idea, why doesn’t Mitch McConnell “move to the center?”
According to Mr. McConnell’s plan, seniors, the poor, vets, and anyone who depends upon the government will be held hostage by the Republican Senate in order to get what they want. You know, like the last government shutdown over the Affordable Care Act. There are going to be a whole lot of ugly legislation proposed by a Republican Senate. They will attack Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, WIP, Food Stamps, Unemployment Insurance, Woman’s Rights, Welfare, Same Sex Marriage, etc. You can bet that under a Republican controlled congress, the debt ceiling will be blocked and we will default on our debt. That alone will destroy our currency since it is based on the full faith and promise of the U.S. Government.
Other things will also be under attack. They will go after the Department of Education. They will try to eliminate the EPA. They will make sure all “free trade agreements” are passed quickly without debate, meaning thousands more jobs will be exported. They will push for their donor’s tax cuts they promise all of the time. They will try to open up drilling in all of the national parks. They will do everything they can to eliminate any subsidies for clean energy while increasing them for the oil companies. They will try to pass legislation eliminating the Federal Minim Wage Law.
These are just a handful of their pet projects, and you can be sure there will be flurry of activity by a Republican Senate to make them real. Of course, the Immigration Reform Bill will die completely. The Transportation and Infrastructure Bill will die completely. And, a Personhood Amendment will surely be introduced. They will also push for another war in Iraq and one in Syria. Don’t be surprised if they even pass a formal declaration of war against both countries in an attempt to force the President into war again.
Well, there you have it. Mitch McConnell is planning to take hostages, shut down the government, and basically destroy the country. That is his plan if the Republicans win control of the Senate. And, he said so himself! If you think that the gridlock in Washington is bad now, wait until McConnell gets control of the Senate.
If the Democrats don’t use this as a fighting point and make hay out of it, then it is possible for it to happen. They need to make sure all of the states who are holding Senate elections understand just what they are in for if the Republicans win control of the Senate. If the Republicans win, it just might turn out that Mitch McConnell and his cronies will be able to do what the Russians were unable to do. Bury us!