Mitch McConnell Demands A Ransom That Obama Will Never Agree To In Debt Ceiling Fight

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is demanding major concessions from the White House in exchange for his vote to raise the debt ceiling. CNN reports that McConnell is floating a number of ideas that he wants implemented to secure his vote to raise the debt limit.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell wants to raise the age of eligibility for Medicare and he is also seeking to reduce cost of living adjustments for Social Security recipients. In addition, the Kentucky Senator wants to add policy riders to the budget that will restrict the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to uphold clean water standards.

While the Obama White House has sought, but failed, to achieve a “grand bargain” involving what is euphemistically called “entitlement reform” in the past, the president seems to be resistant to caving into McConnell’s demands this time around.

White House spokesperson, Jennifer Friedman made it clear the president isn’t interested in conceding to McConnell. Friedman stated:

Proposals such as raising the eligibility age for Medicare and changing the way Social Security retirement benefits are indexed to inflation are non-starters for the administration and Democrats in Congress.

Although McConnell hopes to drive a hard bargain, the White House and Congressional Democrats are unlikely to budge. Democrats know that Republicans are likely to shoulder most of the blame if their is another government shutdown.  Given the widespread popularity of Medicare and Social Security, there is little incentive for Democrats to cave in to McConnell’s list of demands.

The Republicans continue to threaten to shut down the government if they don’t get their way, but their incessant tantrums have become so repetitive that they are no longer taken seriously. Rather than bullying the White House into putting Social Security and Medicare cuts on the table, all McConnell is doing is strengthening the Democrats’ resolve to resist such cuts as the price for keeping the government running. They know that Social Security and Medicare cuts are a bad idea. If McConnell wants to threaten to shut the government down, the Obama administration is willing to let the Kentucky Senator make a fool of himself trying.

37 Replies to “Mitch McConnell Demands A Ransom That Obama Will Never Agree To In Debt Ceiling Fight”

  1. The world watches, they cannot believe the things the republicans are doing, and that they are crazy enough to default on the debt. They all need to be thrown out!

    And one little good bit of news, apparently
    Chuck Toad has lost 50% of the viewers in that time slot, I say bring back

  2. “If you don’t sign the deed to your ranch I’m gonna’ tie ya’ to the railroad track! And he grabbed her an he tied her to the railroad track…yada yada yada. Go munch on some lettuce you tyrannical terrapin!!

  3. I don’t always agree with Ed, but at least he says things worth thinking about. Chuck Toad (aptly named, by the way) Is just another right wing noise machine.

  4. this is vintage Sen.Turtle, he wants to do that cause he is big time best friends of the future dictators the Koch Brothers! and he is a druglord who should be in jail and never see the light of day again!

  5. …the Two-Faced Turtlemann…cannot be trusted EVER…Prez Obama isn’t stupid…his days of compromising in {vain} hope the Teatards will work with him are OVER…
    Fk da Turdle…

  6. McConnell is trying to seem tough so Ted Cruz can’t Boehner him. When his ploy doesn’t work they’ll still say he’s weak. This was supposed to be his dream job, lets hope he’s dreaming of retiring.

  7. The crazy thing (as if there were only one) is that they’re picking the DEBT CEILING vote to hold these hostages. That makes no sense. That’s agreeing to pay for what we’ve ALREADY spent? Um, fiscal responsibility anyone? Pay your obligations you goddam DEADBEAT REPUBLICANS.

  8. Joan, agree on Ed for sure. Ok repugnants, let’s do everything we can to screw the middle class and poor while further enriching the rich. Who votes for these assclowns?


    Government Owes $2.7 Trillion to Social Security. The government has embezzled all surplus Social Security revenue, generated by the 1983 payroll tax hike, and spent the money on wars and other government programs.

    Dumya #43
    Who Stole Your Social Security and Why?

    With Only $93 Billion in Profits, the Big Five Oil Companies Demand to Keep Tax Breaks

    Report: Walmart holds $76 billion in tax havens

    Corporate Welfare is Almost Double Social Welfare

  10. Do a search:
    ‘Mitch McConnell’s Father-in-Law’
    Very shady, indeed.

    “James Chao, father of Mitch McConnell’s wife Elaine, has a lot of questions to answer after 40 kilograms of cocaine (about $6.7 million worth) was found on the Ping May, a ship owned by the Foremost Group, a company James Chao founded and led to a tidy fortune. But was that fortune built on honest movement of legitimate bulk trade goods, or has Mr. Chao been trading in less than legal goods?

    The cocaine, found in 40 separate packages, was discovered during a routine inspection hidden among a load of coal bound for Europe from the port of Santa Marta, Columbia onboard the Ping May, one of 15 ships Foremost currently operates, with another 8 under construction”.

  11. Senator Turtle needs to take a lesson from the chaos in the House.

    Extreme demands will no longer fly.

  12. In 2016, there is NO COST OF LIVING INCREASE (COLA) in SS payments, because oils prices are down.

    “The inflation measure used by the Social Security Administration was down 0.3% for the 12 months that ended in August — largely due to a 23% drop in gas prices. ”

    Expect a Social Security raise of exactly … nothing

    The tea bag/repubs scream about social welfare, why arn’t they screaming about corporate welfare?

    Corporate Welfare is Almost Double Social Welfare

    With Only $93 Billion in Profits, the Big Five Oil Companies Demand to Keep Tax Breaks

  13. The president should go on tv the night the republicans shut down the government and tell them what the republican want to do and that is lower social security and raise the Medicare age. He as President refuses to do that and people should contact their Congressional delegate and express their displeasure. Overloaded telephone circuits, clogged emails and postcards saying ” hell no, leave or social security and Medicare alone or you’ll pay at election time”. There is plenty of them speaking those words on tape to use against them in television, Internet ads, Facebook and Twitter.

  14. In 13 months we elect a new President. Nothing says don’t elect my party nominee to be president like saying you want to cut Social Security and Medicare. The Democrats need to use this move by McConnell to help garner voters that rely on these two programs!
    McConnell is a moron and has lost his mind! Who wants to cut S.S. and Medicare before an election? He’s vanity total amoral, cold hearted, soulless, callous, diabolical, back end of a donkey. And then some.

  15. I don’t ever believe in making anyone suffer needlessly . People have a right to food , shelter , & medical care . How can anyone believe different ?

  16. I didn’t know he had one to lose in the first place. Personally, I don’t think he looks like a turtle, they’re generally pleasant of aspect, he looks more like the behind of a baboon suffering from hemorrhoids.

  17. Years ago, the turds in charge of deciding whether there should be COLA said that because food and energy were so volatile that they shouldn’t be factored in. Now, it looks like they’re factoring the drop in oil in to just stick that flagpole a little further up the what-nots of the seniors, including me and my husband. Our wonderful government and court system also allowed corporations to steal pension funds that workers had contributed to for years. It happened to us, and all the $44 million that the WORKERS had contributed to the pension fund my husband had was stolen by the new owners of the company. I still do not understand why they were allowed to do this. This cut our retirement income by $12,000 a year, and now they deprive us of a few additional crumbs. Pretty planet, innit?

  18. the last time the scumbags shut down the govt the dems really made the scumbags pay by letting them win the senate,now if the roles were reversed and the dems shut down the govt,the scumbags would crucify them so every American knew the dems shut it down and the dems would be toast forever,they would never win an election anywhere,even local races,the scumbags would totally destroy the dems,but the dems are wet noodles and will always bend over rather than fight

  19. your corporate vs social welfare is correct,the problem is the dems are to weak and pussified to point this out to a braindead country who doesn’t care,they see a 10 second clip of a lying republican,but America doesn’t know its a lie because they don’t give a shit and the dems are obviously braindead and unmotivated as well because the republican message is the one America hears over and over while the dems are silent with their thumbs up their asses

  20. …and Kim Davis will pray for him and stay vigilant…

    I hope McConnell (Grumpy Rat) is in for a big disappointment. He’s definitely a slow learner. Maybe he shouldn’t have eaten the lead paint off the walls when he was a child in the Kentucky hills.

  21. If Democrats and we progressive Independents would get off our collective butts and vote EVERY election, Republicans wouldn’t have won the Senate. Apathy has been the biggest enemy of our Democracy.

  22. Gov. Kasich said he wants to do the same thing. Democrats need to use both of these two morons statements in television ads the same way they’re using McCarthy’s statements on the Benghazi hearings. Throw this stuff out there. The MSM won’t do it on their own because they’re owned by the corporations who’ve pushed the Republican policies in the first place.

  23. Proceed Mr. McConnell. Threaten to hold the debt ceiling hostage in order to cut Social Security and Medicare the year before a Presidential election. That will work out great for you, trust me. This isn’t midterms.

  24. It’s clear that Turtle has never paid attention to his ‘Bagger’ constituents when they’re out protesting with signage about Obama beingHitler and all the disgusting racist things they say and lie about.

    I’m speaking of the numerous signs saying ‘Don’t touch my medicare’ — but of course we saw the wording is written in ‘Bagger’ speak aka misspelled!! We can’t forget that these same people are ranting to have the government taken down providing more evidence, they truly have no clue where things like medicare come from as they continue to vote against their own self interest.

  25. I HAVE voted every election as do most who visit polical websites. You are preaching to the choir. It’s the ones who have checked out that are the problem.

  26. There are a lot of republicans dependent on social security. The ones I know personally are as selfish as they come. This is something that might wake them up. Unfortunately, my Aunt who lived in AZ didn’t listen. She voted for these reich wingers and they cut her medical, she had to move to a different state.

  27. I hate to use the word hate…….but, dagnabit….in the case of Mitch MCconnell and Ted Cruz,..its the only word that is appropriate.

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