McConnell: “A real solution is unattainable” as long as Obama is president

posted at 3:00 pm on July 12, 2011 by Tina Korbe

It was a floor speech to be quoted and re-quoted. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) this morning spoke movingly about Republicans’ commitment “to choose a path that actually reflects the will of the people” when it comes to an agreement about a debt limit increase (or lack thereof).

That path, he said, will include the responsible fulfillment of obligations on the debt — but it will also entail an ongoing commitment to pressure the administration to “rein in Washington — not to freeze it into place.”

If McConnell meant everything he said, it’s good news for the significant majority of Americans who oppose raising the debt ceiling because it implies Republicans will at least not go along with an increase unless Democrats offer something more than the shenanigan of future spending cuts that could easily be reversed by future Congresses.

McConnell was clearly proud of the conviction Republicans have demonstrated in deficit-reduction negotiations so far, but he didn’t sound the least bit optimistic about the possibility of a real agreement with the administration and congressional Democrats.

“[A]fter years of discussions and months of negotiations, I have little question that as long as this president is in the Oval Office, a real solution is unattainable,” McConnell said. “I was one of those who had hoped we could do something big for the country. But in my view the president has presented us with three choices: smoke and mirrors, tax hikes or default. Republicans choose none of the above. I hoped to do good — but I refuse to do harm.”

More highlights from the speech:

At a moment when we needed leadership the most, we got the least. The financial security of the nation was being gambled on the President’s wager that he could convince people our problems would be solved if we just all agreed to take it out on the guy in the fancy house down the street. In my view, that was the saddest commentary on the status of the leadership at the White House.

And I’m proud of the fact that Republicans refused to play along. We stood our ground. We know that what Americans need right now is for government to make job creation easier, not harder. And we said so. At a time when 14 million Americans are looking for work, we refused to support a tax hike. We supported jobs and economic growth instead. …

Republicans have told the President we’re not interested in business as usual in Washington. We mean it. We will not be party to something that claims to save trillions but leaves it to future generations to pick up the tab, and to future Congresses to reverse it with a simple vote. We will not pretend that a bad deal is a good one.

That’s highly encouraging, as McConnell will be among the leaders who continue negotiations at the White House today, even as Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner clamors ever-more-loudly for a deal and Obama presses whatever edge he’s got. McConnell and the other Republican leaders will need every ounce of the steely resolve McConnell expressed this morning — as well as consistent confirmation of the support of the American people — to continue to stand firm in the face of Democrat demands.

 


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Can anyone give a good reason now to vote GOP in 2012?
HondaV65 on July 12, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Yes. If the party splits, Obama and the Dems win.
There is no way the Tea Party can develop enough of an infrastructure to get out the vote against the Dems. Don’t get me wrong. I support the Tea Party, but it does not have the unified structure or organization to be a third party yet. This lack of structure is what gives the Tea Party it’s strength as a change movement. But it does not have the cohesiveness to make it as an independent party.
So, Obama wins.

rlyle on July 12, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Not at all. Obama will pay SS selectively. See letget’s comment to sort out.

LHI is right, so is letget.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:40 PM

No, they are both wrong , but for different reasons. The quote below is why I said BS. I’m a bit tired of that kind of rabble rousing about seniors. Also, Scooter didn’t use the SS threat to do anything about SS fiscal problems,..he did it to put pressure on Boehner and McConnell, so seniors might blame THEM for not getting their checks. He did it knowing how exquisitly sensitive GOP leaders are to this image, and it apparently worked.

90% of the people on Social Security either unable to understand the larger picture of what is going on,and why, and /or they don’t care if everyone else is turned into slaves, for generations, as long as they get their ‘sugar’ and ‘gubermint cheese’ next month.

LegendHasIt on July 12, 2011 at 3:32 PM

a capella on July 12, 2011 at 3:56 PM

I don’t understand why Congress is so quick to give up their constitutionally mandated duties. It really throws a monkey wrench in the three separate by equal branches of government. They ought to be fighting this executive orders that The Won is writing all over the place.

Cindy Munford on July 12, 2011 at 3:57 PM

The system our founders gave to us has completely collapsed.

HondaV65 on July 12, 2011 at 3:50 PM

They even gave up the fight against Obamacare, and added the veterinarians to it, with 95 R votes, in March of this year.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:57 PM

BS.
a capella on July 12, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Care to explain? Perhaps I misunderstood something.

LegendHasIt on July 12, 2011 at 3:58 PM

I wonder why Obie and the Dems never brought up stopping the SS checks the other times we have raised the debt ceiling??..Why this time?..

Dire Straits on July 12, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Has Mitch not heard? THe people “aren’t paying attention” and are too damn stupid to understand what’s good for them! Ask Steven Chu, or the President himself. The “will of the people” is such an outdated concept anyway, as Time magazine told us in their most recent issue. What matters is what the oh-so-frigging-smart benevolent dictaotrs in Washington think matters.

Hey Mitch, you want to help? Schedule a “sense of the Senate” resolution saying that tar and feathering of crazed Democrats by angry voters should be allowed in D.C.

MTF on July 12, 2011 at 4:00 PM

McConnell: “A real solution is unattainable”

Nonsense. Republicans control all spending. We can suggest exactly how to support critical services with existing revenue. Republicans can pass a bill giving Obama complete discretion to redirect funds there. We can then let Obama take the heat for directing revenue elsewhere.

But McConnell doesn’t want to do that because it’s extremely disruptive and inconsistent with the casual elite lifestyle that he and his associates enjoy.

elfman on July 12, 2011 at 4:02 PM

so if there’s no debt limit raise, Congress and the executive branch can’t spend more than taxes bring in – i.e. they have to balance the budget.

Explain to me again why this is bad.

Over50 on July 12, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Nonsense. Republicans control all spending.

I must have missed that part of the 2010 election where Republicans got control of the House AND the Senate.

Vyce on July 12, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Good question DS, probably because it is the 11th hour and dear leader does his usual schtick

cmsinaz on July 12, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Spending originates in the House…

Gohawgs on July 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Explain to me again why this is bad.

Over50 on July 12, 2011 at 4:07 PM

“They say that not raising the debt will make the gov’t malunction; how would they know?” — paraphrased Lenno

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Maybe this is as far as the Senate Minority Leader can go to say, in effect, the this POS President is attempting to destroy America.

GaltBlvnAtty on July 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

The lsm is already laying the SS checks at the gop feet….how can you live with yourselves knowing youre killing granny

cmsinaz on July 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Malfunction, not malunction, but not much difference.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM

That’s one of the finest speeches I think he’s ever given.

gophergirl on July 12, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Which makes me think he’s getting ready to stab us in the back.

csdeven on July 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

McConnell: “A real solution is unattainable”

In a sense, this is true. There is an absolute stalemate. The House will not pass what Obama and the Dems want and the Senate will not pass what the Repubs want. Any proposal that will make it through one will be rejected by the other.
It really is Obama’s problem to solve. As Executive he has to decide how to allocate the existing funds. When he is forced to do that, it will highlight for all to see what his real priorities are.

rlyle on July 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Which makes me think he’s getting ready to stab us in the back.

csdeven on July 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

see new AP thread, on the right.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Why hasn’t Tina updated this posting to reflect Mitch McConnell’s betrayal?

He’s proposed a solution to allow Obama to raise the debt ceiling automatically – unless he’s stopped by a 2/3rds vote of each house of Congress. That’s not “fighting” for spending cuts – that’s capitulation – it’s betrayal.

We elected Republicans in historical numbers to go to Washington DC and enact an revolut1on on spending.

That was the sentiment of the overwhelming majority of Americans – we want Congress to haul in spending and government.

If we can’t do that by the ballot – what other means do we have?

I submit – that when Mitch McConnell finds “cute” solutions to political problems he doesn’t want to deal with – he isn’t protecting the interests of Americans – nor of his party.

Look around – everywhere – in every state – you will see state legislatures enacting their own “nullification” measures to produce results that should have been produced by our Congress in Washington DC. Whether it’s the “Yes you can have incandescent bulbs in your house” legislation in Texas – or the “Yes you can buy any gun you want – including full auto” legislation in Montana … or whether it’s the states trying to get ahold of illegal immigration a la the Arizona Immigration law …

It’s clear our Congress is not doing it’s job – and it’s clear the Republican Party is 1/2 of that problem – not a cintilla less – as they would have you believe.

The only good a vote has in 2012 – is to use it to reform the Republican party.

GET THE ESTABLISHMENT TRAITORS OUT!

HondaV65 on July 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

see new AP thread, on the right.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Cowards!

csdeven on July 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

McConnell: We will not pretend…

Ah yes, he’s the great pretender

Gohawgs on July 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Good for McConnell, and for Boehner this morning saying the Democrats should put their cards on the table.

I hope that means the dog and pony show is over but perhaps it will turn out that this is merely scene 2.

FloatingRock on July 12, 2011 at 4:22 PM

HondaV65—absolutely. Predictably, McConnell and Boehner have been such disappoints.

conservative pilgrim on July 12, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Agreed. I did not find this difficult to predict. The “brave” speech is all part of the theatrics. They would NEVER permit the “optics” of seniors not getting checks and Obama knew it. The GOP is debauched, shot, finished — irredeemable.

I saw Breitbart’s speech at the Wednesday Morning Club last month in which he made a long recitation about the Republicans. It was on a subject other than the debt issue, but he came to the same conclusion – these people are consumed with fear and driven by fear and will NEVER hold the line or take the fight with the Left to the edge where principle and conviction actually cost something.

rrpjr on July 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

see new AP thread, on the right.
Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Crud. Like I said before, it is only rarely that Mitch fails to disappoint. I should know by now that that hand he is patting my back with has a piece of paper and tape in it, with “Kick Me”. written on it.

LegendHasIt on July 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Dear Granny,

Obama must really, really hate you! No money for SS checks but Obama is going to Martha’s Vineyard? Michelle Obama’s trip to S Africa cost approx $500,000 & $541 Million went to ACORN. Also, he loaned $2BILLION to Brazil.

TN Mom on July 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

see new AP thread, on the right.
Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM

I don’t like the plan, but let’s be honest, it WOULD make Obama pretty much completely responsible for raising the debt ceiling.

Let him try to argue his way out notion that he doesn’t own the debt when he’s the one DIRECTLY responsible for adding to it. And not in a vague “his policies added more” way, in an explicit “he specifically added X trillion more to the debt, because he’s the one with authorization.”

Vyce on July 12, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Folks, mark my words. His SS threat is the end of his presidency.

faraway on July 12, 2011 at 3:08 PM

From your fingers to God’s ears.

greeneyedconservative on July 12, 2011 at 4:37 PM

When Obama was pushing Porkulus to keep unemployment below 8 percent in early 2009 I predicted in Hotair comments that the rate would go to double digits and remain there until well after Obama left office. I was wrong: it came down to about 9%. Of course by other definitions, it would be well above 10 percent.
It is nice to those with clout joining with us.

burt on July 12, 2011 at 4:39 PM

I don’t like the plan, but let’s be honest, it WOULD make Obama pretty much completely responsible for raising the debt ceiling……………….
Vyce on July 12, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Oh goodie. Then even the vapid moderates would know who to blame for selling their grandkids into inescapable slavery.

Totally worth it, IMHO.

/s

LegendHasIt on July 12, 2011 at 4:41 PM

That’s one of the finest speeches I think he’s ever given.

gophergirl on July 12, 2011 at 3:06 PM

By far. I’m very proud of my former Senator (KY resident from 03 to 06).

rmel80 on July 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM

What a load of crap. Was this before or after he offered to put Obama in charge of the legislature by placing him in charge of the debt ceiling? Idiot.

Hucklebuck on July 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM

By far. I’m very proud of my former Senator (KY resident from 03 to 06).

rmel80 on July 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM

He’s an arrogant buffoon – see new AP thread, on the right side. He’s selling out a few generations, and the power goon will be only too happy to oblige him.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Oh, things move fast. The new thread moved to the left side, already.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Crap!

rmel80 on July 12, 2011 at 4:55 PM

I hope that Obama will hold back the SS checks.
Schadenfreude on July 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM

I know you might like the political theatre, but I am not hoping for that. Not.At.All. Seniors rely on these checks to survive and I for one am not going to cheer on the possibility that they won’t get them.

Now if you want to make an issue over Obama being a lying, hustling, demagogue, fine. Just don’t do it on the backs of our senior citizens.

Buy Danish on July 12, 2011 at 5:13 PM

One way or another the Obamanation’s administration is redistributing the future wealth of non-poor families – for instance to pay for the houses of many blacks and “Hispanics” who can’t afford them (but vote Democrat):

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=577794&p=2

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2011/jul/la-raza-group-teams-feds-push-govt-aid-spanish

Chessplayer on July 12, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Chessplayer on July 12, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Holder was part of the extortionist deal which forced Chevy Chase Bank to offer every single “minority” in Prince George’s County, MD a loan at below market rates, with grants towards their down payment. Surprise, surprise, fast forward to today and they have unprecedented foreclosure levels.

Buy Danish on July 12, 2011 at 5:52 PM

McConnell wants to give Obama power to raise the debt ceiling so he can keep the wars running without any protest all the while giving anti-Obama speeches when the cameras are pointed at him.,

Spathi on July 12, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Now if you want to make an issue over Obama being a lying, hustling, demagogue, fine. Just don’t do it on the backs of our senior citizens.

Buy Danish on July 12, 2011 at 5:13 PM

I suppose you are okay with obaka making an issue on the backs of our military personnel.

ladyingray on July 12, 2011 at 6:55 PM

I suppose you are okay with obaka making an issue on the backs of our military personnel.
ladyingray on July 12, 2011 at 6:55 PM

NO I’M NOT. Sorry for shouting but I’ve had it with Bleepity Bleep commenters who erect straw men for me to fight.

Buy Danish on July 12, 2011 at 7:44 PM

And then he goes on to propose the final fallback position that amounts to an unconstitutional capitulation to Obama giving Obama the keys to all spending.

It appears he has simply repudiated his job.

{^_^}

herself on July 13, 2011 at 6:42 AM

If default happens Obama is impeached. The Constitution declares the public debt must be serviced as top priority. There is enough money coming in to pay Social Security, Medicare, and pay the debt interest or roll over the debt. And after doing that there is still tens of billions of dollars left for other stuff.

{^_^}

herself on July 13, 2011 at 6:46 AM

I am guessing the Turtle did not attend the “Negotiating 101″ class back at Turtle University.

Monkei on July 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM

If default happens Obama is impeached. The Constitution declares the public debt must be serviced as top priority. There is enough money coming in to pay Social Security, Medicare, and pay the debt interest or roll over the debt. And after doing that there is still tens of billions of dollars left for other stuff.

What is it with you guys and your impeachment theories. Did you guys sleep through the Bush years and the debt ceiling hikes?

Monkei on July 13, 2011 at 11:19 AM

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