The heavily Koch gifted Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is pretty desperate to win the Senate for Republicans. He’s got a lot on the agenda. A lot he can’t tell you about.
Republicans have to keep their real agendas secret, or no one would vote for them. So it is that Mitch McConnell found himself prostrate before his masters, the Koch Brothers, promising anything to get that ring during a secret strategy meeting on June 15th, full of right-wing big money types.
The Republican Senate Minority leader will give them anything if they will just keep giving him money. He will give them your jobs. Your minimum wage. Your consumer protections (what few Democrats have managed to carve out for you, that is). He will give them your healthcare. He will give them your access to affordable college loans.
Tape exclusively released by The Nation and The Undercurrent:
Transcript via The Undercurrent:
MALE SPEAKER: Uh, (inaudible) family from Arkansas. Following up on that, going on the offense. Uh, could you just name the top, uh, three to five key areas that you believe will be the significant advantage (inaudible)?
MITCH MCCONNELL: Good question. Remember, he’s still in the White House, and the (inaudible) game is still important. But at the least we can do the following things (inaudible). Number one, how do you set the agenda and (inaudible) Harry Reid? The principal advantage of the majority is to establish a caucus.
Number two, if we have a House and Senate that agree, we can have the votes. That can be done with 51 votes.
MITCH MCCONNELL: Most things in the Senate require 60, but not the votes, and the President doesn’t sign the votes. 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.
Now look, I don’t want to over promise here, but even still we (inaudible). But this is a battle, and we (inaudible). We are going to push back against this regulatory overreach. It’s the reason why this is so important (inaudible).
So I think that’s the single most important thing we can do that doesn’t require getting to 60 votes in the Senate (inaudible). But that we can do for sure, and we will. 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 (inaudible) — 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.
I’ll close with this (inaudible). If we want to get the country going again, we need to quit doing what we’ve been doing. Was it Einstein that said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result? You know, quit the borrowing, the spending, the taxing, and the over regulation. If we would all develop an entrepreneurial approach, we’d be able to lift this country up and send us in a new direction, just like all of you have done.
Mitch promised the room full of greedy and clueless Richie Rich activists that he won’t be raising that minimum wage because it kills jobs, but of course, that is not accurate. That has been shown to be untrue. He won’t be raising the minimum wage because it would cut into their profits and might empower the people to be able to afford food, and when people can afford food and shelter, they have time to focus on things like what Mitch McConnell is really doing in the Senate. Chaos and starvation keep the people down, where the GOP need them in order to serve the Kochs.
It is a great talking point and excuse for the Republican failure to act for the people, though.
Mitch McConnell wants another turn at the wheel pretty badly. He’ll sell out everyone to get there. He’ll say one thing to his constituents’ face and quite another to the money that controls him. The country rejected David Koch and his extremist agenda when he ran directly, so now they have to hid under anyone who is willing to sell out to them. And here’s the Republican who hopes to be running the senate next January, bending over backward to please his masters.
A vote for Mitch is a vote for the extremist Koch brothers.
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