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Does Trump Know ‘Draining the Swamp’ Will Be Opposed by Republicans Right Along With Democrats?

January 11, 2017 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Congress, Constitution, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Donald Trump, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, House of Representatives, Liberals, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, President, Progressives, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Does Trump Know ‘Draining the Swamp’ Will Be Opposed by Republicans Right Along With Democrats?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Donald J. Trump won the White House in part — and likely in large part — because he told voters he wanted to stop business as usual and defeat the “insiders” in Washington D.C. His popular phrase to describe this was to “drain the swamp.” But one has to ask, does Trump understand that his small government agenda will be opposed by Republicans almost as much as it will be opposed by the left-wing, socialist-inspired Democrat Party?

We are already seeing signs that the GOP won’t be a worthy partner for the headstrong agenda Trump has promised voters he intends to pursue.

Even on day one the GOP showed it was a spineless mass of useless jellyfish when it announced plans to “gut the ethics office” — as the media put it. But despite the big announcement, party leaders quickly reversed course only about an hour or so later. In other words, they crumpled like a cheap suit and it only took about a hour to do it.

I am not going to talk about whether or not the plan to alter the ethics office was a good one or a bad one, but the way the whole policy shift was handled rather proves how feckless the GOP leadership really is.
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Donald Trump is Jeb Bush’s Fault (Along with the REST Of the GOP Establishment)

July 13, 2015 | Filed Under Amnesty, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Donald Trump, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, House of Representatives, Immigration/Immigrants, Jobs, John Boehner, Liberals, Mexico, Mitch McConnell, Policy, President, Progressives, Rape, Regulation, Security/Safety, Senate, Sex Offenders/Rape, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Donald Trump is Jeb Bush’s Fault (Along with the REST Of the GOP Establishment)

-By Warner Todd Huston

Let’s face it, Donald Trump has tapped into a very serious concern that most Americans have and that is illegal immigration. But the fact that he’s become a rising star in this GOP primary race at this time isn’t because he’s so great. It’s because the GOP is so damn bad on the issue. For Trump’s current success, the whole thing is Jeb Bush, John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell’s fault.

First off, let’s be frank. Donald Trump is not a conservative. He is a recent supporter of single payer healthcare, has claimed in the past that he supports blanket amnesty, and has been all over the map on such important topics as guns and abortion. So, please let’s stop pretending he is a conservative. He absolutely has no such track record.

But his denunciation of Obama’s failed–in fact dangerous–immigration policy is exactly what angers and frightens GOP voters along with a fair portion of Democrats.

Likely without doing the requisite research for statistics to prove the matter, Trump innately understands that what we have going on in immigration is a dangerous and wrong headed policy, one that seems to have a twin purpose: to destroy this country and to set up a permanent Democrat majority through creating automatic Democrat voters after a presidential amnesty.

Trump has been absolutely fearless in speaking out against this dangerous policy that is turning America into a third world nation. He has taken the fight straight to Obama on numerous occasions and that is exactly what Republican voters want to see.
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5 GOP Governors May Refuse to Obey Obama’s Global Warming Rules

July 8, 2015 | Filed Under Bobby Jindal, Budget, Business, Climate Change, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Environment, EPA, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Law, Liberals, Mitch McConnell, President, Regulation, Republicans, Scott Walker, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


5 GOP Governors May Refuse to Obey Obama’s Global Warming Rules

-By Warner Todd Huston

Five Republican Governors are cooperating in a 10th Amendment-styled, states rights bid to defeat Obama’s un-Constitutional global warming power grab. The five are saying that they may simply ignore his edicts and refuse to implement his rules. Is your governor joining them? If not, why not?

Two of the GOP governors rattling their sabers are presidential hopefuls, so this issue just might become a national issue during the upcoming primary season.

The five governors who are warning Obama that they will simply ignore his power grab are Mary Fallin of OK, Greg Abbott of TX, Mike Pence of IN, and presidential candidates Bobby Jindal of LA, and Scott Walker of WS are also part of the group.
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The Senate is Finally Getting Back to ‘Normal’ After the Disastrous Reign of Democrats, Harry Reid

January 24, 2015 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Harry Reid, Keystone Pipeline, Liberals, Mitch McConnell, President, Progressives, Republicans, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


The Senate is Finally Getting Back to ‘Normal’ After the Disastrous Reign of Democrats, Harry Reid

-By Warner Todd Huston

Yes, we have some major problems with the Senate but there was a little good news coming out of the upper chamber this week. The new Senate Majority Leader, Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, has gone back to allowing the minority party to begin the normal process of submitting amendments and actually voting on bills!

It may seem like a small thing, but when scumbag Harry Reid ran the Senate he made a mockery of our government by refusing to allow the normal rules to work the way they are supposed to.
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Bruce Rauner Not So Against ‘Career Politicians’ as He Seems?

January 19, 2014 | Filed Under Campaign Finance, Congress, Conservatives, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Bruce Rauner Not So Against ‘Career Politicians’ as He Seems?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Doug Ibendhal over at RepublicanNewsWatch.com has a very interesting observation about Illinois GOP outsider Bruce Rauner’s claim that he stands against “career politicians.” Rauner is actually supporting one of the biggest career politicians in the country quite despite his posturing against that class of public servant.

Of course, we know that Rauner has spared no expense out of his large personal fortune to launch TV and radio ads saying that he is fighting both the profligate Democrats and the slothful career politicians that have enabled them on the GOP side. We’ve heard his ads all over the state, to be sure.

In fact, that’s about all anyone knows of the GOP race for governor thus far, Rauner is against career politicians and he’ll somehow magically institute term limits. The good people of Illinois have been inundated with Rauner’s ads to the point where he’s practically sucked all the oxygen out of the room for the other three Republican candidates.

There have been a few dents in Rauner’s domination over the last few weeks with his flip flop on cutting, then not cutting the minimum wage and his supposed pay-to-play donations to his daughter’s exclusive school so that she would get accepted as a student there.
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Did GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Say He Wanted to ‘Punch Tea Party Bullies in the Nose’?

November 23, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Congress, Constitution, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Karl Rove, Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, Republicans, Senate, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Did GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Say He Wanted to ‘Punch Tea Party Bullies in the Nose’?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Breitbart News has an explosive exclusive report about a recent conference call held by Karl Rove during which, Breitbart says, Senate GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, KY) said that the tea partiers are “bullies” and he intends to “punch them in the nose.”

For Breitbart, Matthew Boyle writes that a strategy call was recently sponsored by Crossroads America, the GOP PAC headed up by anti-conservative and establishment guru Karl Rove, and on the call tea party activists and conservatives came in for harsh criticism by no less then leader McConnell himself.

Boyle writes that a participant on the call contacted him and said that McConnell attacked Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz by name. But what McConnell said at the end of the call was the most adversarial statement.
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Moderate Republicans Finally Found Someone They Will Fight… Other Republicans

September 27, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Liberals, Mitch McConnell, President, Progressives, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C. | Comments Off on


Moderate Republicans Finally Found Someone They Will Fight… Other Republicans

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Republican establishment led by such folks as Senators Mitch McConnell and John McCain don’t want to fight the Democrats. But after this latest Obamacare funding fight, we have discovered that there is a side they will attack: other Republicans.

Those Republicans who voted “yes” on Friday’s cloture vote in the Senate knowingly voted in favor of funding Obamacare. There is no other way around that simple truth.

There was absolutely no doubt that a “yes” vote would give Democrat leader Harry Reid the power to remove all the features that the House put in the budget bill that would defund Obamacare. GOP “yes” voters knew this without doubt. And, true to that assumption, only minutes after the DR was passed with Republican assistance, Reid did just that. He stripped out all aspect of defunding from the CR budget bill.

Yet, twenty-five Republicans voted “yes,” anyway.

Even while these RINO senators were turning tail and running from the fight against Obamacare and refusing to fight the Democrats, they did find a reason to attack someone. They attacked Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and all conservatives that want to be rid of Obamacare.
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Great Video Ad: The American Ideal

April 28, 2013 | Filed Under Congress, Conservatives, Freedom, Kentucky, Liberty, Mitch McConnell, Patriotism, Republicans, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Great Video Ad: The American Ideal

Kentucky’s senior Republican Senator uncorked a great ad on liberty, conservatism, and American ideals.

Go get ’em Mitch!


Democrat’s Newest Attack on Free Political Speech With Willing Assistance by Media

June 22, 2012 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Liberals, Mitch McConnell, Politicians, President, Republicans, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Democrat’s Newest Attack on Free Political Speech With Willing Assistance by Media

-By Warner Todd Huston

What would you say if a Koch Brothers, right-wing effort was pushed on Americans with the knowing assistance of National Public Radio — and big money was paid to NPR for the effort? Would you say that this is an outrage, that NPR’s use of public airwaves to push a right-wing policy idea is a misuse of the journalist’s charge as well as our national airwaves? Well, that is exactly what happened but with a left-wing idea, the policy of so-called campaign-finance reform.

A whistleblower whose career was built on pushing left-wing, anti-free speech campaign donation limitation laws recently blew the lid off the subterfuge that backers of legislation like the disastrous McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law perpetrated to get their way in Washington.

The whistleblower, Sean Treglia, reports that players in this tale of smoke and mirrors were such left-wing foundations as the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Carnegie Corporation, as well as magazines like the liberal The American Prospect, and “news” organizations like National Public Radio.

Of course, it would be one thing if these liberal organizations, magazines and news groups were pushing a left-wing ideal because they truly believed such policies were the best medicine for our troubled political atmosphere, but apparently mere altruistic advocacy is not what went on here. Big, big money was given by these liberal groups to media outlets to help affect these political goals.
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Obama’s Senate Dems Prove They are NOT Interested in Working With Republicans

October 6, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Mitch McConnell, President, Regulation, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, has just proven that while Obama runs around the country on campaign appearances claiming that he wants to work with Republicans to “pass this bill,” his party has no interest whatsoever in actually doing so. Reid is trying to pass new rules to prevent Republicans form being able to have their say on what is going on in the Senate right now.

Reid has deployed the rarely used “nuclear option” to prevent Republicans from being able to employ a move called a motion to suspend the rules. Reid wants to stop Republicans from offering amendments after cloture to bills under consideration.

Senate Republican Leader wanted to use this motion to bring Obama’s jobs bill to a vote. Harry Reid, Obama’s man in the Senate, is desperate to prevent Obama’s jobs bill from coming to a vote.
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How Many Lies Can Obama Get Away With?

June 30, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, Liberals, Mitch McConnell, President, Republicans, RightPundits.com, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


How Many Lies Can Obama Get Away With?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Just yesterday, President Obama used the bully pulpit to scold the Senate about breaking for the July Fourth holiday. In his White House presser, the president told Congress that they should stay in DC and work just like he does. So, the Senate decided to stay and work. The Republican leadership even offered to host the president in a meeting to help work on those important issues the president seems to think need special attention.

So, what happened? Did the president happily bound off to meet with Senate Republicans so that they can work on these important, important issues? Did he give the GOP a hearty congratulations for listening to his entireties and for getting down to work?…

Read the rest at RightPundits.com.


Senator Coburn’s Ahistorical, Unworkable Tax Hike Plans

June 28, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, Jobs, Kentucky, Liberals, Mitch McConnell, Oklahoma, President, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Senator Coburn’s Ahistorical, Unworkable Tax Hike Plans

-By Warner Todd Huston

Senator Tom Coburn (R, OK) is trying to break heavy with the Tea Partiers — and for that matter his own party — by encouraging Republicans to include massive tax hikes in the on going budget discussions in congress this year.

Coburn appears to feel that a tax hike simply must be part of the discussion to get a deal this year simply because the Democrats control both the White House and the Senate. Apparently Coburn is afraid that a deal must happen this year or the U.S. will become a third world nation over night.

Unfortunately, Coburn’s ideas on the budget have no historical basis at all. Tax hikes have never helped raise a down economy. It seems Coburn is far more interested in the relative success of a deal to solve our economic situation than in what a tax hike means for both the country and his party and whether it will even work or not.

Coburn is fighting both his party and several anti-tax advocacy groups like Americans for Tax Reform.
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McConnell Wants Terror Suspects Held in Kentucky to be Sent to Gitmo

June 16, 2011 | Filed Under Air Force, al Qaeda, Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Army, Barack Obama, Coast Guard, Congress, Crime, Cuba, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Government, Islam, Islamofascism, Liberals, Marines, Military, Mitch McConnell, National Guard, Navy, President, Religion, Republicans, Security/Safety, Senate, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


McConnell Wants Terror Suspects Held in Kentucky to be Sent to Gitmo

-By Warner Todd Huston

Why are a pair of foreign terrorists sitting in a jail in Kentucky? That’s what Senate GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to know. He wants them sent to the facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they belong.

Why is the Justice Department doing this? Why expose our heartland to these monsters?
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Obama Puts Unions Ahead of a Healthy Economy, Free Trade

June 15, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Free Trade, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Mitch McConnell, President, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Obama Puts Unions Ahead of a Healthy Economy, Free Trade

-By Warner Todd Huston

President Obama claims that he wants to “create jobs,” and is happily touting several policies that he claims will create jobs in this jobless, non-recovery. Unfortunately, all his polices really do is shore up the high cost unions that kill job growth. As GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConell says, Obama has “relentlessly pursued an agenda that is radically opposed” to job growth.

Speaking on the floor last Tuesday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said, “For two and a half years, Democrats in Washington have paid lip service to the idea of job creation — even as they’ve relentlessly pursued an agenda that is radically opposed to it… Democrats don’t want to admit that the government-driven policies of the past two and a half years are part of the problem. And until they do, nothing will change. Unless Democrats change their priorities and their policies, the threats of a downgrade won’t go away. The debt won’t get any smaller. Businesses won’t create the kind of jobs we need to build prosperity.
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Senate News: McConnell Introduces Amendment To Stop EPA’s Back-Door National Energy Tax

March 16, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, EPA, GOP, Government, Kentucky, Liberals, Mitch McConnell, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C. | Comments Off on


Senate News: McConnell Introduces Amendment To Stop EPA’s Back-Door National Energy Tax

From the office of Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (KY)…

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell introduced an amendment Tuesday to the pending small business bill that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s back-door national energy tax from taking effect.

“Imposing a backdoor national energy tax through the EPA is a strange way to respond to rising gas prices,” McConnell said. “Fourteen million Americans are looking for work. Gas prices are approaching $4 a gallon. And the Obama administration wants unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats to impose new regulations that will destroy even more jobs – and drive gas prices even higher.”
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Senate’s Repeal Healthcare Vote Failure Further Makes Lie to Term ‘Conservative Democrat’

February 2, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Free Trade, GOP, Government, Liberals, Mitch McConnell, Nanny State, Regulation, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C. | Comments Off on


Senate’s Repeal Healthcare Vote Failure Further Makes Lie to Term ‘Conservative Democrat’

-By Warner Todd Huston

Newly minted West Virginia Senator, Democrat Joe Manchin, ran for office denigrating Obama’s take over of our national healthcare system with his Obamacare law. Tonight he and other so-called “conservative Democrats” in the Senate got a chance to prove that they were, indeed, as conservative as they claimed to be by voting to repeal Obamacare. Not one of them made that vote, however.

In a vote strictly down party lines, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R, KY) repeal measure lost in a 51 to 47 vote. It needed a 60 vote super majority to pass.

McConnell did not likely expect his measure to pass, to be sure. His aim was meant at the very least to put everyone in the Senate on record as to where they stood on Obamacare. This isn’t the last word on the debate, either, as Republican Senator John Cornyn (Texas) vowed that this fight was not nearly over.

Within minutes after the vote, on the GOP’s Senate Twitter feed, Cornyn talked of the battle to come. “These are the first steps in a long road that will culminate in 2012 where we will continue to expose the flaws in this bill,” he said.
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Senate Republicans Call for Vote on a Repeal of Obamacare for Wednesday

February 2, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Government, Health, Liberals, Mitch McConnell, President, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Senate Republicans Call for Vote on a Repeal of Obamacare for Wednesday

-By Warner Todd Huston

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, KY) announced on Tuesday that he intends to bring to the floor a vote to repeal Obamacare on Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid certainly does not want this vote to occur but even so it is highly doubtful that McConnell can get the 60 votes needed to sustain a repeal. The Democrats still out number Republicans 53 to 47.

But a repeal is not all that McConnell wants with this vote. At the very least the Republican leader wants to put the entire senate on record giving the voters a clear accounting of which senators support Obamacare and which do not. McConnell hopes to put centrist Democrats on record as to where they stand.
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GOP Leaders Respond to Arizona Crime

January 10, 2011 | Filed Under Congress, Conservatives, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Government, Guns, House of Representatives, John Boehner, Jon Kyl, Liberals, Mitch McConnell, Republicans, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Over the weekend many of the leaders in the Republican Party responded to this criminal action perpetrated against a fellow member of Congress on Saturday. It is important that their words be heard because of the din of the Old Media and the Democrats is so loud as to have drowned out the sorrow that the GOP leaders exhibited over this incident.

For instance, from his home base in Shelbyville, Kentucky Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had these words to say about the crime in Arizona:

“We are all still shaken by the shooting that took place in Tucson on Saturday, and we are thinking especially today about the six people whose lives were taken so senselessly. So I would again like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to all the families of those who died.

“Congresswoman Giffords is in critical condition but doctors are optimistic. Many others are out of critical condition and are recovering. I hope everyone will join me in praying for their recovery.

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) Delivers Weekly GOP Address On Preventing High Taxes And Spending

December 19, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Earmarks, Economy/Finances, Elections, Financial Reform, GOP, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Mitch McConnell, President, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) Delivers Weekly GOP Address On Preventing High Taxes And Spending

The message to the voters: “We got the message from the voters.”


Sen. GOP Minority Leader McConnell’s Remarks After Sen, Reid Pulled Omniporkulus Bill

December 16, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, Liberals, Mitch McConnell, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Sen. GOP Minority Leader McConnell’s Remarks After Sen, Reid Pulled Omniporkulus Bill

-By Warner Todd Huston

After Senate Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid decided he’d better put off a vote on the pork-stuff Omnibus Spending Bill, Senator GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had a few words to say about the situation on the floor of the Senate.

“And so what we ended up with, Mr. President, was this, this almost 2,000-page omnibus appropriation bill which we only got, it was yesterday? Yesterday. And so the point here is the work that the Appropriations Committee did in many respects was squandered because the full Senate didn’t do its job. And this is precisely the kind of thing the American people have gotten tired of. And so I think the message we ought to take out of this is that next year we’re going to listen to the American people, we’re going to do our work, do it in a timely fashion.”

“I don’t agree with the priorities we’ve had here in the Senate about what things are important. And as a result of not doing the basic work of government, here we are at the end struggling with this issue.”

“Now, there’s only one reason why cloture is not being filed and the Majority Leader, to his credit, already said it — he doesn’t have the votes. And the reason he doesn’t have the votes is because members on this side of the aisle increasingly felt concerned about the way we do business.”

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tax Hike Agreement

December 6, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Liberals, Mitch McConnell, President, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tax Hike Agreement

-By Warner Todd Huston

All day the Democrats and Republicans have been trying to reach an agreement on extending the Bush tax cuts. They may be close to an agreement. GOP Senate minority leader McConnell issued a statement today on the issue:

A Framework of a Bipartisan Agreement to Prevent Tax Hikes

“Members of the Senate and House will review this bipartisan agreement, but I am cautiously optimistic that our Democratic friends will have the same openness to preventing tax hikes that the administration has already shown.”

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Monday regarding a framework of a bipartisan agreement to prevent tax hikes on every American taxpayer :

“I appreciate the determined efforts of the President and Vice President in working with Republicans on a bipartisan plan to prevent a tax hike on any American and in creating incentives for economic growth. Their efforts reflect a growing bipartisan belief that a new direction is needed if we are to revive the economy and help put millions of Americans back to work. Members of the Senate and House will review this bipartisan agreement, but I am optimistic that Democrats in Congress will show the same openness to preventing tax hikes the administration has already shown.”
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Senate Republicans Vote to Ban Earmarks

November 17, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Earmarks, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Liberals, Mitch McConnell, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Senate Republicans Vote to Ban Earmarks

-By Warner Todd Huston

Well, after Senate GOP minority leader Mitch McConnell agreed to go along with the anti-earmark policy that the Tea Party voters were urging, the Senate voted to ban earmarked spending.

Earmarks are those little spending clauses added to bills that otherwise have nothing at all to do with the earmark and are emblematic of the wasteful spending indulged by Congress.

According to Roll Call:

Senate Republicans threw down the earmark gauntlet Tuesday by adopting a resolution calling on Democrats to adopt a voluntary ban moments after they adopted an identical ban of their own.

The challenge, authored by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), calls for Democrats to swear off requests for “a congressionally directed spending item, limited tax benefit or limited tariff benefit” during the 112th Congress.

Adopted by voice vote by the Republican Conference, the challenge came shortly after GOP Senators agreed to an identical ban proposed by Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.). Although Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.) objected to the ban — and expressed his strong opposition to it during the GOP’s closed-door meeting — he did not block a voice vote on the measure.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has repeatedly dismissed demands for a moratorium on earmarks over the last several days.

Notice, folks, that the Democrats want to continue unabated the wasteful spending by our representatives in both the House and the Senate. Democrats live to waste our tax dollars.

It is heartening that the Republicans have heard the voters and are willing to follow that directive to begin the long, hard road to end wasteful spending. Certainly eliminating earmarks are a tiny step in the right direction, but it is a step and a welcome one, indeed.
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