Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mitch McConnell: Elections don't work

Awesome. Republicans can't win a large enough majority to jam through their agenda so Mitch McConnell wants to rewrite the constitution to eliminate the voters' power to choose who's running the show and allow a small group of extremists to hijack majority rule governance. On the Senate floor today he said:
The time has come for a balanced budget amendment that forces Washington to balance its books. If these debt negotiations have convinced us of anything, it’s that we can’t leave it to politicians in Washington to make the difficult decisions that they need to get our fiscal house in order. The balanced budget amendment will do that for them. Now is the moment. No more games. No more gimmicks. The Constitution must be amended to keep the government in check. We’ve tried persuasion. We’ve tried negotiations. We’re tried elections. Nothing has worked.
Think Progress unravels this breathtaking proposition:
It’s worth noting just what McConnell is asking the American people to choke down. Senate Republicans’ so-called “balanced budget amendment” does far more than simply requiring federal spending to equal federal revenues. It makes it functionally impossible to raise taxes by imposing a two-thirds supermajority requirement — a provision closely modeled after the California anti-tax amendment that blew up that state’s finances. It would also require spending cuts so steep that it would have made Ronald Reagan’s fiscal policy unconstitutional. Ezra Klein rightfully labeled this plan the “worst idea in Washington.”
Meanwhile, Steve Benen offers an little history lesson for the Minority Leader:
It really wasn’t that long ago — McConnell was in the Senate at the time — that the deficit didn’t exist. When Bill Clinton left office a decade ago, we not only had a large surplus, we were paying off the national debt for the first time in a generation. Those debt clocks we occasionally see? They had to be shut down — no one had ever programmed them to run backwards.

We were on track to eliminate the national debt in its entirety within just 10 years. Republicans of the Bush era — including a guy by the name of Mitch McConnell — reversed course, created huge deficits, and added several trillion dollars to the debt.
Of course, to be fair, Republicans do rewrite textbooks too. McConnell probably forgot about the Clinton surplus because he was referring to the Texas edition of US History.

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Blogger Diane said...

I don't find Mitch McConnell's comments at all surprising. After all, this is a man who went on Fox last Sunday and made it clear that our civilian justice system was defective because it left things up to a jury, i.e., the little people.

9:56:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I'm seeing this seems to be the new target of the crazy cons. Now they want to eliminate the justice system, because the courts don't always rule in their favor? These people want to destroy everything!

Yet I have a little posse of cons in my DetNews comment section that will defend them no matter what they do. I'm increasingly convinced that at least one of them is paid by some GOP front group.

8:33:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

And of course, the Newt is telling us that the Supreme court is actually illegal. It's not so much that we have paid liars and fabricators and historical fiction writers -- it's that we have millions who believe every word and are literally up in arms about it.

10:08:00 AM  

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