McConnell: Stop Obama From Turning US ‘Into France’
November 18, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—On the day that Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was supposed to meet with President Obama at the White House, he delivered an incendiary speech instead, blasting the President’s supposed socialist government takeovers that he says will soon turn the U.S. into France. McConnell, who has vowed to make it a priority to topple the Obama presidency, also appeased the tea party by pledging to repeal the landmark healthcare reform law that he said will transform America into a tyrannical police state. And about bipartisanship, McConnell said that would only happen if Obama and the Democrats “acknowledge their policies are the problem” and decide to “come in our direction.” In other words, get ready for another two-years of blind partisan hatred, obstruction and a dysfunctional senate destroyed by Republicans’ unprecedented abuse of the filibuster procedure.
After the Republicans regained control of the House, Obama invited the leaders from both Parties to the White House on Thursday, to discuss a compromise on extending the expiring Bush tax cuts. But the day before the meeting, McConnell along with Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) snubbed the President and canceled, saying they were too busy.
And just in case President Obama didn’t receive their message, McConnell strolled over to the Federalist Society’s convention at the Mayflower Hotel to take a few more shots at him.
According to McConnell, the voters handed the Republicans a mandate to deliver “less government, less spending and less debt.” And Americans apparently demanded that Congress immediately get to work repealing healthcare reform and cutting taxes for the rich.
The midterm election was a “nationwide revolt, a revolt against a Party that had arrogantly dismissed the voters for two years,” said McConnell.
“We had just come through a two year period where we saw the government take over just about everything it could get its hands on, banks, car companies, insurance companies, the mortgage business, the student loan business and of course healthcare. Government is getting bigger costlier and more intrusive, and the trend needs to be reversed if we want to keep from turning ourselves into France,” McConnell told the audience of Federalist Society members.
McConnell didn’t mention jobs once during his speech extolling the values of libertarianism. Neither did he mention the millions of unemployed Americans.
What alternate universe is McConnell living in? Polls show voters could care less about the deficit. They want jobs. They want their elected officials to work together to find solutions to the country’s economic problems to create jobs.
Regarding healthcare, Americans are about evenly divided on the law as a whole, but like the individual reforms, such as eliminating pre-existing conditions as a reason to deny coverage. But to hear McConnell tell it, he has a voter mandate to spend the next two-years trying to repeal the healthcare law.
“Our first goal is to begin to reverse the damage that’s been done. In that regard we are serious about repealing and replacing the healthcare bill,” McConnell said. And he declared that the individual mandate provision of the healthcare law is unconstitutional and an “unprecedented and unauthorized extension” of congressional authority under the Commerce Clause.
“And Congress’ specific power under that clause will be transferred into a general police power, all but eliminating the Constitutional distinction between federal and state regulatory activity,” he said.
If Americans gain access to affordable, quality healthcare, tyranny will result, claims McConnell.
“As the supreme court has noted, the framers conceived of limitations on government to ensure protection of our fundamental liberties by preventing the accumulation of excessive power. The constitution is designed to reduce the risk of tyranny or abuse from either the state or the federal government. The healthcare bill would remove an important bulwark of this protection.”
And regarding taxes, a clear majority of voters want the Bush tax cuts for the rich to expire. But McConnell says voters don’t want a tax hike on anyone, even the super rich. And he is willing to hold the middle class tax cuts and unemployment benefits hostage to ensure the wealthy get to keep more of their money.
If only President Obama and the Democrats would develop a backbone and stand up for the middle class against vile GOP hacks like McConnell, instead of trying to act like Republicans-lite, the country would be in a much better place.