|After obstructing anything to help the American people recover for four years. After being all for bailing out the banks and not the American people. After not allowing a jobs bill to put Americans back to work in a shameless, self-admitted attempt to defeat Barack Obama now Mitch McConnell wants "action":
McConnell said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) should bring a bill to the floor that addresses the year-end expiration of lower tax rates and the deep spending cuts set to begin in January. He said the legislation should be subject to full debate and a series of amendments.
"If Sen. Reid has a plan that can get 60 votes in the Senate, break through the disarray in his own caucus and build bipartisan support, offer that as an amendment and then let's vote," McConnell said. "Let's vote on amendments from all sides."0
"It's called legislating, folks. It's what Congress used to do," he said.
Which is a ridiculous statement coming from an idiot that was forced to filibuster his own legislation.
And speaking of idiocy the Prince of Orange agreed, fresh after being made an idiot by his own caucus:
"We do have a House bill that sits in the Senate that extended tax rates for all Americans. And we've been waiting since August the 1st for the Senate to act. If the Senate wants to act on that bill, we'll certainly take a look at it," Boehner told reporters.
Of course they want action on that bill. It is the bill that resumes the idiocy and policies of greed that crashed our economy and left millions of Americans behind. It is a bill that asked working-class and retired or disabled Americans to bail out folks like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner for destroying our economy yet again. It is the vision for America that was voted upon just a few weeks ago and widely rejected by America.
Not that the vision President Obama is offering is the vision for America we did vote for. That is the one good thing about the Republicans being themselves, completely selfish and uncaring about their country. This time it may actually help America. President Obama lost his Progressive streak after the election faster than Mitch McConnell can outsource a job to China. His "compromise" to let Republicans steal just a little of our Social Security was one of the worst moves he ever made and after his first term makes me doubt that he will ever really fight Republicans very hard on anything.
The Republicans are going to refuse to compromise anything. Their disgraceful "Plan B" which was insulting enough to America could not even get past the lunatic zealots in their caucus. What Boehner and McConnell are counting on is just not letting anything pass until finally President Obama will just completely cave in and let them have everything they want. And with the track record who can blame them?
The President is already doing so now. For his part he was just as shameless offering up Social Security cuts to Republicans as a concession when he knows damn good and well as we all do that Social Security never has added a dime to the budget deficit. He was just as shameless looking those who voted for him because they trusted him to fight for their interests in the eye and telling them they were expendable.
So the best thing for America is to just go cliff-diving. Anything the Republicans propose is going to be more of the same trickle-down idiocy that caused all the problems to begin with. President Obama has shown he will play along and make the wrong concessions while getting little or nothing in return.
Personally I do not see what would be so bad about going back to all the Clinton era rates. I seem to remember the economy doing pretty good back then. Many economists believe that while the economy might take a short-term hit in the long run going off the cliff would actually be good for it. I would rather pay higher tax rates myself than see the budget balanced on the backs of those even less fortunate than me and all the while giving a free pass yet again to folks like John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and yes Barack Obama.