Mitch McConnell Tries To Undo Everything Obama Has Done With Government Shutdown Threat

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A threat is a declaration of intent, or determination, to inflict punishment, injury, pain, damage or other hostile action on someone as retribution for something done or not done. An intelligent human being would certainly think that using a threat as a campaign tactic is going to extremes, but if nothing else, Republicans are extremists. One should not mistake the extremists in the Republican party as just teabaggers. The entire party has lurched to the extreme right according to the recent threat by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and party unity advocate Paul Ryan, to shutdown the government as a means to a bad end for Americans.

McConnell’s campaign tactic of announcing Republicans will use a government shutdown threat to force President Obama to adopt the Koch brother, ALEC, and teabagger agenda if Republicans control the Senate would be laughable if the GOP was not serious. Unfortunately, they are serious and have an agenda to undo everything America accomplished over the past five years, and several decades, to punish the people for electing President Obama. If any American thinks the Republicans will not follow through on their shutdown threat, they are deluded because McConnell’s own words encapsulated the entire conservative mindset and raison d’être when he promised that “Obama won’t like it, but that will be done. I guarantee it.”

What the President, and most Americans, will not like is the Republican plan to force their past five years’ worth of extremist policies and Koch brother agenda on the nation. Since they took control of the House in 2011, Republicans have attempted to attach measures to important spending bills repealing the Affordable Care Act, forcing the construction of the KeystoneXL pipeline, and eliminating the regulatory power of the Environmental Protection Agency. However, those are just a preview of the damage Republicans intend to wreak on the nation and if they fail, they will close down the government.

Not too long ago, McConnell promised Republicans would never shutdown the government again after their foray into insanity last October. McConnell said, “There will not be another government shutdown. You can count on that. I don’t think a two-week paid vacation for federal employees is conservative policy. A number of us were saying back in July that this strategy could not and would not work, and of course it didn’t.” But that was before it looked possible Republicans might win control of the Senate. Combined with a Republican House, it may be their last opportunity to impose their extremist agenda on the nation; something they have lusted after for years.

It is beyond dispute that Republicans want to neuter the EPA, end the Affordable Care Act, and force approval of the Keystone pipeline on the President, but those actions will pale in comparison to their real intent in threatening to shutdown the government if they fail to get their way. For the past three years House Republicans passed the devastating Paul Ryan budget that all but eliminates food stamps, Medicaid, education funding, and privatizes Medicare. For each of those years, McConnell and Senate Republicans complained bitterly it could never get past the Democratically-controlled Senate. In addition to those atrocities, Republicans in both houses have proposed personhood laws, same-sex marriage bans, tax cuts for the rich, and tax hikes on the poor and middle class that should motivate Democratic voters to work tirelessly to thwart a Republican Senate.

On Sunday, Paul Ryan expressed his desire for unity in the party and eluded to a long sought-after goal of Republicans when he said, “you actually can’t stop an entitlement with a government shutdown. Entitlements, like Medicare and Social Security and Obamacare, continue on as is. So I didn’t think it was really legitimate to tell the country we could stop it unilaterally in the House.” However, with a Republican Senate, they will not have to try to stop entitlements unilaterally, and there is nothing whatsoever to dissuade Republicans from attempting to achieve their 70-year goal of “stopping an entitlement” like Social Security, and more recently Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. It is no secret that Republican donors on Wall Street and the Koch brothers have longed to put an end to Social Security, public pensions, overtime pay, environmental regulations, corporate taxes, workplace safety regulations, and every so-called “entitlement” whether it is Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, housing assistance, or aid to the poor in any form. Republicans will attempt to end those programs and use the savings for tax cuts for the rich because their focus is, and has been on, transferring taxpayers dollars directly to their corporate, banking, and wealthy donors.

Some pundits think Republicans are insane, or bluffing, for even campaigning on the threat of more government shutdowns to force the President’s compliance with their agenda; particularly because he will not be running for re-election and has shown he will not be intimidated. But since they have embraced teabagger extremism and the Koch brothers’ vision for America, they have revealed there is no tactic too extreme or dangerous to the nation they are unwilling to attempt. It is important to remember that there are a significant number of Republicans in the House and Senate who openly called for the nation to default on it debts and voted against raising the debt limit and reopening the government. Whether they championed a credit default just “to see what happens” or to bankrupt the federal government, their intent was realizing the Koch brother and Grover Norquist goal; drown the federal government out of existence.

McConnell’s threat should not be taken lightly because Republicans will go to any lengths to achieve their extreme agenda, especially if they gain control of the Senate. Their willingness to shutdown the government, and force the nation into a credit default, was not a one-time experiment in October as evidenced by the number of House Republicans who voted against re-opening the government and raising the debt limit in October. In fact, within days of the President announcing new carbon emission reductions, Senate Republicans immediately threatened a government shutdown in October if the EPA went forward with the new rules.

Just the fact that McConnell had the temerity to say out loud that using the shutdown threat to force President Obama to acquiesce to their extreme agenda as a campaign tactic was more than a nod to teabaggers and their wealthy and corporate donors. It was a direct threat to Americans that if Republicans win control of the Senate, they will either suffer government shutdowns, a government credit default, or lose their so-called “entitlements” like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and most social programs. The KeystoneXL pipeline, neutered EPA, and abolished Affordable Care Act will be the least of their problems because Republicans have demonstrated they will go to any lengths to punish the people for electing an African American as President.

 

 

22 Replies to “Mitch McConnell Tries To Undo Everything Obama Has Done With Government Shutdown Threat”

  1. SHUTTING DOWN THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.
    Isn’t that something that ISIS (ISIL) want to do? !!!!! Isn’t that the goal of all the known terrorist organization in the world to bring the United States down, i.e. shut down the Government?
    So why is McConnel and his band of so called “patriots” threatening to do EXACTLY what our enemies would like to do? Those Republican crazies are INSANE and deserve to be removed from office. We don’t need to be hearing this kind of BS from ANY American who are in office to serve and protect the Country. That thought is bad for the psyche of the country and we must get rid of those who think like that by VOTING THEIR ARSES OUT OF OFFICE. Irresponsible jerks!

  2. Why doesn’t someone in Kentucky tell the voters there (because apparently they do not pay attention) that if they re-elect this man they had better start shopping around for new health insurance because he has vowed to
    repeal the health care law!

  3. Thomas,

    Jerks they are, but as for “irresponsible” not so much, because they KNOW what they are doing and are hell bent on destroying the American people. I think “irresponsible” is not harsh enough to describe them. They are full of malfeasance, this is a cold and calculated move the part of the GOP.

  4. Thomas,

    Jerks they are, but as for “irresponsible” not so much, because they KNOW what they are doing and are hell bent on destroying the American people. I think “irresponsible” is not harsh enough to describe them. They are full of malfeasance, this is a cold and calculated move on the part of the GOP.

  5. Cuz it worked so well for them the last time, why not put it out there to the American people just weeks before midterms, anger the voting public, and watch Grimes replace McConnell, the Dems keep the Senate, and the House welcome Pelosi as SOTH.

    To tell the truth, I am not worried about the Rethugs taking control of the Senate. The Dems look good, despite what the pundits are saying.

  6. First of all we know the TeathugliKKKans are stuck on stupid and 2nd. We must vote these parties out because they are homegrown terrorist & obstructionist trying to bring this country down simply because a black man is president. please vote!tell your relatives & friends that we are in a state of emergency and the Teathugs are no better than Isis or any other terrorist group.

  7. joan, the majority of kentuckians are easily pandered to and simply can not be bothered with things like “facts”, “reason” or “history”. mitch dogwhistles the state’s red majority by likening his competitor to Obama on party line. In fact, you’ll notice he continuously refers to her as “Obama’s Kentucky Candidate” instead of by name. Now you or I can see through this, but in rural (read: most of) Kentucky, you’ve got hardcore conservatism that doesn’t like things like black presidents, jewish senate majority leaders and female senators. He successfully snows these people into voting against their very own best interest. Why wouldn’t he? It works. And it sucks – I try and change the conversation with friends and neighbors on a grassroots, one-to-one level, but you would be sadly unsurprised at how much people stick to the “2nd amendment, coal and ‘family values'” narrative, no matter how little Mitch actually cares about any of that.

  8. democratinny
    Joan
    Judson
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    Reading your post and comments above shows that we are all on the same page re: McConnell and the dysfunctional Republican Party. Those members are strange, weird and off-the-wall. How do they continue to keep their base (voters) loyal to their destructive ways? Can’t those folks see how harmful the ideas and policies of the Republican party platform is? But I do have a gut feeling that many are quitting that party. Which will be a good thing. Because of the Republicans, Congress is at the lowest approval rate in how long? 100 years? I would not want to be associated with a group like that in the history books. Shameful performance. And it seems they are all pulled by their noses by the unhinged leaders.

  9. Republicans are scared. They are sending out mailers and not mentioning they are republicans. The brand is tarnished. I found a flier on my car whicle on vacation for a guy in Southern California. He was for veterans rights, affordable housing and healthcare. Sounded reasonable. But when I went to his website he was a teabagger who wanted to get rid of Obamacare, not hurt companies by raising the minimum wage and further down the page he stated he was a republican. Every candidate running as a republican needs to be branded with what they are dirty stinking lousy corporate evil koch sucking republicans who are trying to sell out the American people and give our country to corporations to make us poor serfs with no dreams.

  10. Thomas, I agree 100% with you. A lot of this started in 2010 when the Dems were apathetic and did not get out to vote. The Tea Party got an in, and now we are stuck with these crazies unless we vote as many out as possible in 2014.

    In addition, many people do not research information, or read facts, they listen to 1 show, Fox news or Rush, and they think its gospel. Voting against their own interests, and the rest of us suffer.

  11. McConnell announced that they were going to squash the TP to ensure incumbent stayed in office because the TP in 2010 cost the GOP seats, especially in the Senate.

    What McConnell didn’t think about are the Teahadist already in office. They are hurting them badly with their extremism, yet instead of trying to bring them to heel, McConnell is going along with them.

    He’s actually contradicting himself.

  12. They’ll lose the Senate AND Congress in 2016 if they pull that bullsquat. So? Go ahead punks. Make our day.

  13. “Will nobody rid us of the Teahadist threat???”
    {{{the above is snark, I do NOT advocate assassination…yet…lol!!!}}}
    Let’s all work our asses off between now and November to remove the cancer from the American political system…and try to get through to our Conservative friends and relatives that electing those who swear they’re gonna destroy our government should leave the USA for a country more amenable to their austerity minded parasite-feeding sensibilities…

  14. Apurposeful destuctive act is irresponsible especially when you are trying to hurt your country or fellow Americans. Vote out every Teapublican, they hate you and everything about your country.

  15. i agree with u, let the stupid gop tp baggers idiots shutdown government before november elections, i relish it why cuz gop tp shutting down government before november elections will guarantee dems keep us senate and gop tp lose seats in us house

  16. let the stupid gop tp baggers idiots shutdown government before november elections, i relish it why cuz gop tp shutting down government before november elections will guarantee dems keep us senate and gop tp lose seats in us house

  17. i agree with u, let the stupid gop tp baggers idiots shutdown government before november elections, i relish it why cuz gop tp shutting down government before november elections will guarantee dems keep us senate and gop tp lose seats in us house

  18. gop is ignorant let the stupid gop tp baggers idiots shutdown government before november elections, i relish it why cuz gop tp shutting down government before november elections will guarantee dems keep us senate and gop tp lose seats in us house

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