Pot sweetener: McConnell “hybrid” plan would create commission on entitlement reform

posted at 9:15 pm on July 15, 2011 by Allahpundit

Larry Kudlow says it’s in the works. Lefty Greg Sargent is hearing the same thing from his sources. We already knew that some sort of commission was in the offing, but we didn’t know that it’d be geared towards entitlements. Second look at total capitulation to Obama?

The key part of the new McConnell package is a joint committee to review entitlements in a massive deficit-reduction package. Unlike the Bowles-Simpson commission, this committee will be mandated to have a legislative outcome — an actual vote — that will occur early next year. No White House members. Evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. No outsiders. This will be the first time such a study would have an expedited procedure mandated with no amendments permitted. Also, tax reform could be air-dropped into this committee’s report.

Senator McConnell is determined to produce something from this grand-design package. He’s a smart guy. He may be saving the GOP from itself. McConnell believes that debt default must be completely taken off the table. That’s the thinking behind his debt-ceiling proposal, unless overturned by two-thirds of a congressional vote…

Other Republican sources are telling me they do not want to risk the destruction of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency by allowing a debt default or a downgrade. Eighty million checks have to go out. Otherwise the GOP could be blamed.

Er, how exactly is this a pot sweetener for Republicans? We’re going to pass the McConnell bill to shift most (but not all) of the power over the debt ceiling to Obama, and in return we get … to take a tough vote on entitlement reform in an election year, when the Democrats will already be hard at work on Mediscaring? Didn’t we already check that box by voting for Paul Ryan’s plan? There’s little chance that any commission proposal will pass the Senate, bipartisan or not; there’s a slim chance that it won’t even pass the House as centrist Republicans from purple districts get squeamish about tackling Social Security just a few months out from election day. I can see this as a pot sweetener for Democrats, some of whom are suspicious of McConnell’s gambit, since it would hand them a bludgeon with which to beat the GOP. But for Republicans, the vote makes more sense if it comes in 2013, not next year. Or is the fear here that, come 2013, there won’t be a Republican majority in the House anymore so we need to try to move on this ASAP?

While you mull that, here’s O kinda sorta praising the McConnell plan in his presser today. He refers to the default date next month as “Armageddon,” but I can’t quite understand why. If it were Armageddon, surely, surely he’d be amenable to a short-term debt-ceiling deal to avert it. And surely, surely centrist Democrats wouldn’t be whining to Politico about how they might just have to walk away from a nation-saving compromise. Right? Exit quotation: “Getting a lot of votes from the Blue Dogs will be difficult, because we’re in these districts where we have difficult elections. Why would we give a tea party person a pass when we’re having to take the tough vote? The Republicans need to get their votes in line.” Click the image to watch.

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Take your ball and go home McConnell. Sessions and the other Senators have it covered. I honestly can’t stand to look at this guy anymore.

Firefly_76 on July 15, 2011 at 9:19 PM

I’m not going to read this bullshit. Is it a blue-ribbon commission?

Bugler on July 15, 2011 at 9:19 PM

seriously McConnell, shut up

commodore on July 15, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Unlike the Bowles-Simpson commission, this committee will be mandated to have a legislative outcome — an actual vote — that will occur early next year.

Which Obama could veto anyway? And with the MSM spinning for him, get away with it?

Wethal on July 15, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Yeah. Another “commission” that everyone will ignore.

Warner Todd Huston on July 15, 2011 at 9:21 PM

I mean, if it’s a blue-ribbon commission then everybody knows it’s serious.

Bugler on July 15, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Er, how exactly is this a pot sweetener for Republicans? We’re going to pass the McConnell bill to shift most (but not all) of the power over the debt ceiling to Obama, and in return we get … to take a tough vote on entitlement reform in an election year, when the Democrats will already be hard at work on Mediscaring? Didn’t we already check that box by voting for Paul Ryan’s plan?

Exactly. This makes the deal worse. McConnell needs to stop. Now.

Caiwyn on July 15, 2011 at 9:22 PM

primary this guy. Yesterday.

clement on July 15, 2011 at 9:22 PM

WHAT THE ****

SouthernGent on July 15, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Should there be mandatory retirement age for lawmakers?

tarpon on July 15, 2011 at 9:24 PM

He’s the kind of guy who thinks digging another hole is a way to stop the leaks. His first proposal went nowhere, hence he’s proposing this disastrous idea to make it even worse. The only good thing out of this is you can see the vapid strategizing of Senate Leader of GOP’s mushy brain.

promachus on July 15, 2011 at 9:24 PM

As more time passes, I’m more convinced this is all a grand scheme to bring in, finally, a true one-world government. It’s been in the works since at least the 1930′s.

SouthernGent on July 15, 2011 at 9:25 PM

We’ve made too many compromises already; too many retreats. They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here! This far, no further!

I think Captain Picard says it just fine right here. We are done compromising ourselves, our country, and our future existence just to appease Democrats. Again. McConnell needs to hand over the reins to someone who understands this. i am tired of listening to this milquetoast pretend to lead.

creekspecter on July 15, 2011 at 9:27 PM

FTLOG – no more freaking commissions!

Pass a spending cut bill and dare him to veto it.

gophergirl on July 15, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Perfect. Another commission to ignore.

When faced with a challenge…. uh, appoint a commission.

In a battle on an actual battlefield, I suppose you could form a commission to study how to shoot back but, by the time the committee met, you’d be dead.

Maybe Congress should form a committee to study how to perform the duties of an elected representative. I’d love to see how that one comes out.

IndieDogg on July 15, 2011 at 9:30 PM

So we are to understand that it is McConnell who is the smartest person in the room?

GaltBlvnAtty on July 15, 2011 at 9:31 PM

You know, just this morning I woke up and thought, you know what we need? Another commission. The problem isn’t that our corrupt politicians break their promises about spending cuts, it’s that we just don’t have enough commissions.

FloatingRock on July 15, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Oh goody, another commission to ignore.
Wait! You say it’s a “blue ribbon commission?

I guess that means we ignore it FIRST!!

donh525 on July 15, 2011 at 9:36 PM

This is EXACTLY why the old guard politicians need to be voted out.

McConnell is working from fear rather than principal. He’s trying desperately to avoid a repeat of ’95 (only in his mind).

To hand ANY kind of power to this despot is insane!!!

katy on July 15, 2011 at 9:38 PM

The pros: McConnell’s idea is that you’ll get record votes on whatever the commission comes up with, and it will be something similar to Simpson Bowles, votes that can be used in the general election to likely attain an R majority in the Senate and retain the R majority in the House, and defeat Obama.

The cons: There is no assurance of the commission’s findings, and we know full well of the D’s history of manipulation of outcome.

Another bad idea. McConnell, just call Obama’s bluff on this whole thing, and let the chips fall where they may. You are over-analyzing and being a withering ditherer on all this. Some of this nation’s greatest patriots came from hills and swills of Kentucky, don’t dishonor them.

TXUS on July 15, 2011 at 9:38 PM

When all else fails….form a commission.

This is what’s wrong with DC. JUST DO WHAT’S RIGHT and get it over with!

GAAAAWD!!!

katy on July 15, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Or is the fear here that, come 2013, there won’t be a Republican majority in the House anymore so we need to try to move on this ASAP?

Well that’s the problem, isn’t it…

… McConnell is reacting from fear, where Sessions et al and the House Republicans should be passing bill after bill laying the blame for this mess solely on the Democrats and forcing them to stop progress in the eye of the public WHILE THEY DO HAVE THE MAJORITY!

RINO political elite ruling class “working” with Harry Reid, give me a break…

… I guess the eight year assault against President Bush and what they did to him isn’t discussed at the cocktail parties anymore.

Seven Percent Solution on July 15, 2011 at 9:42 PM

McConnell’s plan probably isn’t even constitutional. Besides Zero can’t handle the job he has now much less anymore added responsibility.

Kissmygrits on July 15, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Er, how exactly is this a pot sweetener for Republicans? We’re going to pass the McConnell bill to shift most (but not all) of the power over the debt ceiling to Obama, and in return we get … to take a tough vote on entitlement reform in an election year, when the Democrats will already be hard at work on Mediscaring?

My thoughts exactly! Is McConnell so stupid that he thinks having to vote no on throwing grandma off a cliff will be scary to democrats in an election year? Good Lord. What is the matter with that man?!

Rational Thought on July 15, 2011 at 9:46 PM

I would say let it burn, but there’s really nothing there. This is the most feckless, directionless bunch I’ve ever seen. They couldn’t be smart if their lives depended on it.

hoosiermama on July 15, 2011 at 9:46 PM

They have a commission. It’s called the Senate and the House! Debate the budget amounts you slackers, then debate the spending bills!

Simple!

Reform all you want and if you have the votes you can do it. If you DON’T have the votes, any commission suggestions are MORE of a waste of our money!

Get to work or get out!

golfmann on July 15, 2011 at 9:46 PM

McConnell sounds like a tired old man with his face pulled back a little too tightly……………or something like that. He needs to go away.

Paid for by the Committee to Erect Anthony Weiner on July 15, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Oooh, you mean they will have an actual vote and stuff on commission findings this time? BFD.

McConnell is bringing home a handful of magic beans.

A Balrog of Morgoth on July 15, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Are we sure McConnell is working for the GOP?

RedRedRice on July 15, 2011 at 9:55 PM

A commission, that’ll fix it. How about for good measure a Czar, a committee, or perhaps breakout groups?

These idiots are fiddling while Rome burns.

This can has been kicked down the road so long it has reached the end of the road and rolled off the cliff.

God help us!

DeathB4Tyranny on July 15, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Why waste money on a commission on entitlement reform that will never serve any real functional purpose?

Just pretending that it has been in place for the last fifty years will be just as effective as actually having the real commission, but a lot cheaper and with much less political demagoguery and drama.

RJL on July 15, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Dear Lord. Can we all just start voting against these Republicans now?

Screw them all!!!

taney71 on July 15, 2011 at 9:58 PM

By the way, guess how many Senate seats we lost after 1995.

The answer: Two

Some other things that pertained in 1996 that do apply now:

1. We ran the beta test version of John McCain
2. During an economic boom
3. Against a reasonably popular incumbent
4. Who had Ross Perot drawing off a significant percentage of the non-libtard vote
5. With nowhere near as many Democrat Senate incumbents as vulnerable as they are now.

These people need to stop reliving 1995-96, especially when they’ve have blown up its negative consequences into far more than they actually were.

A Balrog of Morgoth on July 15, 2011 at 10:02 PM

We’re just gonna be screwed no matter what they do.

http://theeveningchronicle.blogspot.com/2011/07/damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-dont.html

LCT688 on July 15, 2011 at 10:02 PM

You know…

… Maybe it is time to crash at let the whole thing burn.

100 years of Progressive creep into the fabric of this once free country has brought us to this day…

… The strong will survive, the weak will learn to become strong, and progressives will be fed to the wolves for causing all of this.

Then, we can start again, and maybe we can last another 200 years…

Seven Percent Solution on July 15, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Or is the fear here that, come 2013, there won’t be a Republican majority in the House anymore…

If the Republicans continue to prove themselves useless on spending and the debt, they will lose the House in 2012. What would be the point in keeping them in power?

RJL on July 15, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Correction: We picked up TWO seats in 1996.

What a friggin disaster that was.

A Balrog of Morgoth on July 15, 2011 at 10:03 PM

The key part of the new McConnell package is a joint committee to review entitlements in a massive deficit-reduction package.

“A committee is a group of the unwilling, chosen from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.”
~Anonymous

INC on July 15, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Commission?

PAPPY TRANSLATION:
worthless expenditure of mote Federal Spending. McConnel should resign, what a sellout RINO he is.

PappyD61 on July 15, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Well, when you want it to look like you are going to do something, create a commission and talk about it some more.

boomer on July 15, 2011 at 10:07 PM

MORE……not mote.

Tiny iPhone keys…..gggrrrrr

PappyD61 on July 15, 2011 at 10:08 PM

C’mon man…. it’s been done. We know what’s needed.

PaCadle on July 15, 2011 at 10:10 PM

I’m in if this is a beer commission.

wheelgun on July 15, 2011 at 10:18 PM

This reminds me of the City of Ember when all the lights in the town were obviously about to go out after years of disservice and sloppy fixes to the massive generator and the mayor (played by Bill Murray) called for a commission to investigate…

Queasy on July 15, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Fear no more, conservatives! We have a COMMITTEE!! Committees ALWAYS get the problem solved. Woohoo!!!

miConsevative on July 15, 2011 at 10:26 PM

We need someone with balls to negotiate. Bring in Sarah!

huckleberryfriend on July 15, 2011 at 10:29 PM

McConnell, poster boy for everything that is wrong with the Rino Republican party; Sell out Weasel!

Sandybourne on July 15, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Well, 235 years is a good long run for a nation. If another commission is the best idea that the Senate Republican leader can offer, we are truly financially, intellectually, and morally bankrupt. Fade to black, the greatest nation ever on the face of this small, blue earth of ours.

Sheerq on July 15, 2011 at 10:42 PM

It is sickening that a-holes like McConnell don’t seem to understand it isn’t business as usual. That this isn’t about getting re-elected, but the survival of America.

Too many of our so-called leaders are disconnected from reality and too fat and happy to do what needs to be done.
I can only hope McConnell is removed from office the first chance the people get to do so.

Hard Right on July 15, 2011 at 10:43 PM

This commission idea sounds like the old “base closing” commissions, which produced a list of mililtary bases to be closed, with senators and congressmen having to vote up or down on the list as a whole. It is a good way, they believe, to get something done that has to be done, while taking personal career-saving safety in numbers and “not being able to do anything else.”

GaltBlvnAtty on July 15, 2011 at 11:28 PM

If there’s a bi-partisan commission on entitlements you can bet former GOP Senator Alan Simpson will be a member. Democratic Presidents always appoints Simpson because they know the senile old fossil will embarrass himself and the Republican Party.

bw222 on July 15, 2011 at 11:32 PM

DeMint needs to replace this bozo next session.

michaelo on July 15, 2011 at 11:42 PM

I keep thinking that this must be brilliant or even make sense and I’m not smart enough to see it. It sure is nice for everyone to be worried about saving the Republicans from themselves. What a mess.

Cindy Munford on July 16, 2011 at 12:05 AM

McConnell is “STUCK ON STUPID”!!!

We don’t need any more commissions. What we need to do is to SMASH THE PRINTING PRESSES and STOP THE SPENDING NOW!!!

There ARE NO SUCH THINGS AS “FUTURE CUTS”!!! “Future Cuts” are a fantasy created by the left to rationalize more spending.

landlines on July 16, 2011 at 12:10 AM

Then, we can start again, and maybe we can last another 200 years…

Seven Percent Solution on July 15, 2011 at 10:02 PM

What worries me is that 200 years is a pretty short lifespan for a nation, nevermind one as big and powerful as ours. And it took most of our nation’s history to get to where we were in terms of land ownership, prosperity, and military might…”restarting” would mean at least 100 years trying to put the pieces back together. IF they can even be put back together in the first place, which is not guaranteed at all.

Uncle Sams Nephew on July 16, 2011 at 12:13 AM

Every time McConnell panders and folds I think he’s gotten another wake-up phone call from Janet Reno whispering: “FBI file”.

viking01 on July 16, 2011 at 12:15 AM

Every time McConnell panders and folds I think he’s gotten another wake-up phone call from Janet Reno whispering: “FBI file”.

viking01 on July 16, 2011 at 12:15 AM

Yep, he’s been around long enough that Hillary certainly still has his FBI file. Boehner too.

slickwillie2001 on July 16, 2011 at 12:20 AM

I agree that 2013 is when we should have an up or down vote on a commission recomendation when we should have a Senate Republican majority. However, this deal does have the upside that there are about $150 billion in spending cuts per year with no tax increases. Obama wanted a trillion over ten years in tax increases or 100 billion per year. That was no 3 to one ratio like we had been promised! Now we can get a lot better ration 150 billion in cuts/ 0 tax increase. Would this package solve our deficet and debt problems? No way; that is what the 2012 election is for. Lets get from here to there.

KW64 on July 16, 2011 at 1:22 AM

Another Commission?

Are you serious?

HondaV65 on July 16, 2011 at 6:58 AM

This is why the RNC can’t raise money.

kmarie on July 16, 2011 at 8:39 AM

It’s beginning to look like the Senate is being run like dumber and dumber. We just had a debt commission, which drew up a plan for entitlement reform. We just had the Republicans, in the House, send forth a budget with entitlement reform. If you want entitlement reform you have to stop studying it to death and start dealing with it.

The simple way, the Senate draw up a budget which counters the Republican budget. They go to reconciliation and work out the differences. If it’s removed, they try to put legislation together in a different bill. If they can’t get it done, we have an election next year.

McConnell seems to be the politician and not the legislator here. He keeps coming up with plans that show people, “we’re doing something, look we gave the president the power to raise the debt ceiling himself.” or “look we’re putting together a congressional commission to study entitlement reform, on top of the presidents and then, after the election maybe the House will put one together too. Why, by 2025 we may have this studied to death.” Someone needs to talk to senator McConnell, or primary him, because he seems to be forgetting the purpose of him being in Washington D.C.

Vote Republican and only be called a racist one more time.

bflat879 on July 16, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Next time some plane heading to DC, just wait and we will commish a committee to study it.

It might not be a bad idea to start over.

Sir Napsalot on July 16, 2011 at 10:48 AM

McConnell is the kind of spineless RINO’s that made me leave the GOP and become a Libertarian. Candyass RINO’s want the media and Democrats to love them and they will do anything to try to get that. It’s as pathetic as Sally Field’s “You like me, you really, really like me” speech.

flytier on July 16, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Only in Washington does this type of BS make any sense.

Pablo Snooze on July 16, 2011 at 12:47 PM

A commission? A COMMISSION? More words, all I hear is words. Show me!

{^_^}

herself on July 16, 2011 at 1:42 PM