Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is the Senate Minority Leader and is in a tough re-election campaign for his seat. So he’s appealing to like-minded donors such as the Koch brothers to help him stay in office. Of course he has to promise them something in return.
Via The Nation, Mr. McConnell told them and others that if he becomes the Senate Majority Leader, he’ll mess with every piece of legislation he can.
So in the House and Senate, we own the budget. So what does that mean? That means that we can pass the spending bill. And I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what’s called placing riders in the bill. No money can be spent to do this or to do that. We’re going to go after them on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board (inaudible). All across the federal government, we’re going to go after it…And we’re not going to be debating all these gosh darn proposals. That’s all we do in the Senate is vote on things like raising the minimum wage [sic]—cost the country 500,000 new jobs; extending unemployment—that’s a great message for retirees; uh, the student loan package the other day, that’s just going to make things worse, uh. These people believe in all the wrong things.
Dear Democrats: Here’s the thing. A full 74 percent of Americans polled favored raising the minimum wage. Mitch McConnell just spit in their eye to curry favor with two Americans. A full 69 percent of Americans polled favored extending unemployment benefits. But none of them are named Charles Koch or David Koch, so Mitch McConnell believes they don’t count. Mitch McConnell has handed you a nice juicy steak out of which you can make a meal. Please don’t waste time waiting for the sauce.
Here’s another thing. There are more Democrats in this country than there are Republicans. In every race that is up for election in the Senate, Democrats outnumber Republicans, including states like Kentucky and Iowa and Michigan. But those votes only count if they actually get out there and vote. Republicans know this, which is why they have spent the last six years trying to make it harder for people who vote for Democrats to vote.
Do you see the point I’m making here? If we don’t, they do.