Donald isn't the only evil-doer
The dangers that Donald Trump provides to all citizens of the world have been a primary topic of this website, but there are other evil-doers on the scene who potentially could destroy life as we know it in America. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is one such fellow. Just this month (Oct '18) McConnell threaten to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — programs the nation and our working class depend on.
How so, you ask? The US Treasury announced this month that Trump's huge tax cut for the wealthy was indeed adding more debt as Democrats and other reasonable people predicted, including the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Before the tax cut was passed & signed into law by Trump the CBO issued a warning that our national debt could rise by $1.9 TRILLION over 10-yrs. USA Today reported 10/16/18: "The federal budget deficit is soaring, and you can blame it all on Republican tax cuts." So naturally the Senate majority leader resorted to his position that Social Security needs to be cut to make up for the Trump administration’s $779 billion budget deficit. Trump's big tax plan has created a big boost in military spending and a massive tax cut for corporations & wealthy individuals, modest tax cuts for everyone else. The Trump tax cut has driven the biggest one-year increase in the deficit since 2009 when the Great Recession wreaked havoc on federal finances; stimulus spending programs had to be implemented to combat the last time the GOP nearly destroyed the nation's economy (3 unfunded wars, 3 unfunded tax cuts) by George W. Bush.
But McConnell blames spending on entitlements to be the problem. Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare spending are causing the highest deficit in six years, according to Mitch. It's not a new position for McConnell...in 2013 he said much the same: government should cut "entitlement spending" [WSJ 1/6/13].
Robbing Grandma's Social Security is just the latest installment in a long list of Mitch's sins. More examples? How about Mitch's pledge to "Make Obama a one-term President". That was the position McConnell notoriously uttered in 2010 - that the single-most important thing Senate Republicans needed to achieve was making Obama a one-term president. “I am a proud guardian of gridlock,” McConnell said. The goal was to put the brakes on every bit of President Obama’s entire legislative platform.
“By opposing Obama at every turn, no matter what, you are ginning up an anti-government, anti-elite kind of feeling,” said Al Cross, a University of Kentucky professor who has watched McConnell closely for decades.
So how about Merrick Garland? McConnell's biggest coup was preventing President Obama from filling a Supreme Court vacancy and reshaping the judiciary for a generation. Pure evil. The plan was hatched literally an hour after Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, when McConnell announced he would block any Obama nomination ― an unprecedented level of obstruction aimed at a sitting president. He came up with the argument that, because Obama had less than a year left in office, the next president had a right to fill the court seat. "Let the people decide," Mitch said, ignoring the fact that Americans had spoken when they overwhelmingly elected President Obama TWICE. Democrats complained loudly, but McConnell, with his soft-spoken, annoying Kentucky drawl, kept them at bay. Republicans followed his lead and denied the president’s nominee, Merrick Garland, a single Senate hearing. Contrast that to the way the GOP handled hearing for Trump's latest Supreme Court nominee: Brett Kavanaugh...hiding 90% of Brett's prior work documents, etc. I knew in 2014 McConnell's reelection against Democratic challenger KY Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes was the sign of bad things to come. Elections do have consequences, folks.
"So, the next time you hear Republicans and conservatives bloviating about the “failures” of the Obama presidency, remember the role they played in them. And remember how their resistance hurt the country they are elected to help govern," said Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post in his article "Republicans had it in for President Obama before Day 1" published 8/10/12.
The big question today is: will citizens of this great land allow this craziness to continue or do we vote Republicans out of office before they do even more harm? I suggest, just as we experienced in 2008 the Democrats need to regain control of the Senate, the House and as many state legislatures as possible. Goodness I hope so. It starts by voting this November.
originally posted 10.16.2018