Sen. Mitch McConnell Has Gone Completely Off the Rails

This breaking news from RedState.Com

Consider the Associated Press’s headline right now: “GOP Leader McConnell proposes giving Obama new power for automatic debt limit increase”

McConnell’s idea is to make the debt ceiling automatic unless Congress, by a 2/3 vote blocks the increase. Oh yes, he put a salve on it by dressing it up in tough talk that, to quote the Wall Street Journal, “[a] ‘eal solution’ to U.S. fiscal problems isn’t possible as long as President Barack Obama remains in office.” So since no “real solution” is possible, McConnell proposes to go Pontius Pilate and wash his hands of spending, blaming Obama while doing nothing himself.

Here is how the plan would work.

In a nutshell, the President would get to raise the debt ceiling three times in the next year at several billion bucks a pop without making any spending cuts unless two-thirds of both houses of Congress disagree. In his press conference, McConnell says he would not give the President “unilateral authority to make spending cuts on his own,” but this plan would allow the President to raise the debt ceiling pretty much automatically.As the Politico notes,

Senate Republicans are actively pursuing a new plan under which the debt ceiling would grow in three increments over the remainder of this Congress unless lawmakers approve a veto-proof resolution of disapproval.

In effect lawmakers would be surrendering the very power of approval that the GOP has used to force the debt crisis now. But by taking the disapproval route, Republicans can shift the onus more onto the White House and Democrats since a two-thirds majority will be needed to stop any increase that President Barack Obama requests.

Some people think this old man has some crazy ideas. Well, I could learn a lot from Sen. McConnell. Since when do we win by throwing in the towel? I s this what we call leadership?  For now folks, I don’t know what more to say.

Have a pleasant evening.

That’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

39 thoughts on “Sen. Mitch McConnell Has Gone Completely Off the Rails

  1. Well, the one upside I can see to this plan is that Obama and the democrats would own the increases lock, stock and barrel and the GOP would have a crystal clear campaign issue for 2012.

    Other than that, I’m with you. What are they up to?

    1. The problem, Silver, it we who understand the importance of the debt and deficits are a minority. Most people don’t see how the deficits affect them directly because the effect is delayed by various years and the crisis won’t likely occur until after the 2012 elections. That’s how I read it anyway. Obama will have all the money he could want to buy his votes.

  2. I would say their phones are ringing off the hook that their SS checks will be delayed. This is what I was fearful of and why I believe we must focus on a super majority in the Senate as well as the Presidency in 2012. The Dems will use this against us. We should not play their game. I know many do not agree, but, hey, that is my thought on it. If we do not get the super majority in the Senate, we will not be able turn it around. Anger the elderly and you will not get the Senate.

      1. I fear we are. Two seniors who live on my street stopped by tonight and were upset that they just heard that they may no get their SS checks in August. I tried to explain to no avail.

  3. If this comes to pass then it is all over for the Republican party. This is the opposite of what we sent them to Washington to do and they will never be trusted again!

  4. My first inclination is to want to tell Senator McConnell to keep his fool mouth shut. How he can think this is a good idea is well beyond my powers of comprehension.

  5. I must be expecting too much of people in the “thinking” dept. again. If Obama, who has the authority to decide which checks go out and which do not, decides to refuse SS checks and doesn’t pay the military vets, doesn’t it seem he would be the one to take the blame for that? The money is there….he could stop paying the EPA, HUD, bombs for Libya, and gay parades in Bulgaria…but instead he threatens our own elderly and poor citizens. Well, that about says it all, doesn’t it? He can lie through his teeth again….and falsely accuse the Republicans, but it is he who makes that call. I cannot believe anyone in this insane country cannot see through that. Realizing even the lamestream media will echo his lies….surely people are not buying this crap.

    McConnell’s ploy makes no sense to me. No one thinks a President should have that authority..to raise the debt limit without Congressional approval. Like you, I am shaking my head on that one. Supposedly….the talking heads all are saying …McConnell is trying to put the onus back on Obama for the coming disaster…but it was a stupid idea.

    Bunker…The polls are saying the majority of Americans do not want to raise the debt limit. THEN…the polls say well…”raise it if it means “my” check.” That is exactly what happens when you create a dependency system of collectivism and Marxism. When do we get off this gravy train? The gravy has run out!!

  6. It just sounds like he wants this issue off the front page, and will do anything to get it there. Is he intent on helping to run the country, or providing cover for the Republican caucus as it runs for reelection?

  7. When it Mitch up for reelection. I mean how can you offer up more power to a President that clearly has not respect for the constitution of republic. I feel like I watching Revenge of the Sith! I’m with you Jim this guy is clearly out of touch.

  8. What McConnell proposed is unconstituional. (But then again, congress let the Federal Reserve grab their power to coin money). Republicans need to STAND TALL & GET ‘ER DONE or we’ll send conservatives with stronger spines to Washington.

  9. We have to get a grip of ourselves. In principle I agree with all of those that want to draw a line in the sand and damn the torpedoes. But unfortunately, principle is not going to win the battle. Sorry, I did not make the world, and I do not tell human beings how to act. I only try to read people and situations. The fact is that we are going into battle with one infantry division while Obama and the Democrats have two Mechanized divisions and assorted other especial forces.

    What McConnell is trying to do is avoid going down in flames, with all our principles in our pockets, but lose the war, nevertheless. He is trying to get Obama to own the increase of the debt limit (which is unpopular) and still maintain the present responsibility for a bad economy and a bad jobs market. McConnell is trying to win in 2012, which is the most important thing and the only, I repeat, the only solution for the troubles of America.

    Let’s don’t rush to judgment. McConnell is with us, I have no doubts.

    1. You make a very solid argument for your case, John Galt. And you may very well be right. However, IMHO, I’m not as sure as you seem to be that if Obama is allowed to raise the debt ceiling at will and we return to politics as usual until the 2012 elections that the American people will necessarily punish Obama in the voting booths for raising the debt limit. They may or may not vote him out of office. But we will need to win not only the Presidency but also a super majority in the House and the Senate if we hope to turn this government around. If we fail, the can will get kicked down the road until is a financial implosion.

      I also worry about what is going on in the international scene.While the vast majority of American are focused on domestic issues, Europe is getting closer and closer to economic collapse and Obama’s foreign policy is preparing the ground for a war in the Middle East. Both of these things have the potential to occur before the 2012 elections. If we could send the strong message that America is putting its financial house in order, it would lessen the impact of a financial crisis in Europe. We could also then be able to direct our attention toward trying to diffuse the Middle East situation if it is not already too late.

    2. I agree. At first blush it seems McConnell is out of his gourd, but it is obvious that what he’s really doing is making sure that the entire economy is put on Obama’s shoulders. There is no way that, with one of two houses in Congress the Republicans can fix this economy before there’s a President who will take action on entitlements, cutting (gutting) government, putting some sanity into the tax system, and who will make de-regulation a priority. Obama won’t even listen to his own deficit commission.

      Making Obama own the whole enchilada… for the first time, as he’s blamed Bush! up to now… may actually be a brilliant strategy. Think of it: Giving Obama the ability to raise the debt ceiling on his own, but requiring a 1:1 cut in spending. First, if forces Obama to actually work, which is not something he seems to enjoy much. Second, you get to show that, by his own hand, he’s raised the debt ceiling, and the debt, by $X trillion (something he did, not Bush!). Third, you get to see what, if anything, he is willing to cut. Can you imagine him sitting behind his desk, pencil in hand, trying to figure out a way to cut $2 Trillion without negatively impacting his core constituencies… or just coming to terms with the concept of cutting something out of government?

      I actually think it was a ballsy move just to suggest it. Do I think it’s the best answer? No. Do I think it’s better than being played for fools by allowing tax increases now in exchange for the promise of cuts later (the typical Dem ploy)? Yes. It’s difficult… McConnell is clearly playing politics, but at least he’s suggesting something that puts us in a better position to win in 2012, because it totally disarms Obama’s ability to blame anything on anyone else. It leaves the Republicans in a great position to say that the lack of a budget by the White House and Dem controlled Senate, the ignoring of his own deficit commission, the incredible spending spree are all what brought us to this point. Damned near anything else gives the Dems cover, particularly when the mainstream media will back their claims.

  10. Believe me, ConservativesOnFire, I share and agree with all of your concerns. It is all right with me if you become President.

    However, Obama is playing a political game, and even though he is not economically literate or has the well being of the nation at heart, he is politically street smart. I just don’t want to fall innocently in all his traps. I believe this is the line of thinking of McConnell. and quite a few other savvy sorts like Krauthammer, Rove, the WSJ, and plus.

    1. Good article by Tina Korbe at Hot Air:http://hotair.com/archives/2011/07/13/time-only-for-small-ball/

      The concluding paragraphs:

      In that context, Mitch McConnell’s plan makes some sense, as flawed as it is:

      ” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recognized that Obama might still try to walk away from even a moderate-scale deal, at least for a few days, in order to pressure Republicans into the tax trap. That’s why he floated what amounts to the nuclear option for both sides late Tuesday. Republicans would give up trying to control the debt ceiling for most of the next two years, in exchange for 1:1 cuts from Obama — but Obama would end up entirely owning the debt ceiling, the deficit, and spending for the 2012 election. Conservatives might not like this option for a number of good reasons, but if Obama refuses to drop his ultimatum for a commitment to $1 trillion in tax hikes now in exchange for gauzy promises to reform the tax code later, they may have no better way to set up the 2012 elections than to make Obama take responsibility for his own spending spree.”

      It seems very clear that these issues won’t get resolved by the present administration. The responsible action would be to secure American credit for the next two years and take it to the voters in 2012, with the burden on those who failed so badly to negotiate in good faith that they wouldn’t even put their own best proposal on the table.

  11. One of my heroes, John Hayward, completely disagrees with me, and he has some valid points (he always does). Here’s his link: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=44818

    One of the things I could think of that could counter some of his argument is that it presumes that Obama gets to spend all he wants after hiking the debt ceiling, but the one place where the Republicans have power is in the House, which has the power of the purse. It is not like a fight could not be waged on the ground where Republicans do hold power, enabling them to keep Obama in check.

      1. Wise call. You remember my dream presidential ticket… Doc Zero (John Hayward) and Thomas Sowell. If I’m disagreeing with either of them I need to take a look at my argument.

        Hopefully, it’s a moot point, because I think McConnell got raked over the coals pretty good on this idea… Seems the base wants a tougher fight and not more politics. I’m more than willing to roll up my sleeves and throw a few punches!

  12. Hmmm… Ann Coulter agrees with my first thoughts on this. Now what do I do? Do I side with Doc Zero, or the hot blonde with the rapier wit? Waiting for Thomas Sowell’s input.

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