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Mitch McConnell Just Proposed the “Pontius Pilate Pass the Buck Act of 2011"
Redstate ^ | 7/12/2011 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 07/12/2011 2:23:28 PM PDT by Qbert

Mitch McConnell is right now talking about making a historic capitulation. So fearful of being blamed for a default, McConnell is proposing a compromise that lets Barack Obama raise the debt ceiling without making any spending cuts at all.

Consider sending McConnell a weasel as testament to his treachery. His address is 601 W. Broadway, Room 630, Louisville, KY 40202 and the phone number is (502) 582-6304.

McConnell’s idea is to make the debt ceiling automatic unless Congress, by a 2/3 vote blocks the increase. Oh yes, he put a salve on it by dressing it up in tough talk that, to quote the Wall Street Journal, “[a] ‘eal solution’ to U.S. fiscal problems isn’t possible as long as President Barack Obama remains in office.” So since no “real solution” is possible, McConnell proposes to go Pontius Pilate and wash his hands of spending, blaming Obama while doing nothing himself.

Here is how the plan would work.

In a nutshell, the President would get to raise the debt ceiling three times in the next year at several billion bucks a pop without making any spending cuts unless two-thirds of both houses of Congress disagree. In his press conference, McConnell says he would not give the President “unilateral authority to make spending cuts on his own,” but this plan would allow the President to raise the debt ceiling pretty much automatically.As the Politico notes,

Senate Republicans are actively pursuing a new plan under which the debt ceiling would grow in three increments over the remainder of this Congress unless lawmakers approve a veto-proof resolution of disapproval.

In effect lawmakers would be surrendering the very power of approval that the GOP has used to force the debt crisis now. But by taking the disapproval route, Republicans can shift the onus more onto the White House and Democrats since a two-thirds majority will be needed to stop any increase that President Barack Obama requests.

Yes, instead of putting the burden on the White House, McConnell would make it damn near impossible to block a debt ceiling increase. We’ve seen this before. The House once had the Gephardt rule that required the debt ceiling vote be attached to a more popular measure so members of Congress could escape a tough vote.

Consequently, the debt ceiling has gone up to $14 trillion without Congress ever having to make a tough choice about debt.

And now Mitch McConnell wants to make it even easier by allowing Congress to go through a dog and pony show of feigned cuts that never get cut while allowing escalation of our national debt. So much for accusing Barack Obama of smoke and mirrors.

2014 cannot come soon enough to destroy the political future of this weasel.

———————————– Editor’s note: I decided to make the title less incendiary.

Consider the Associated Press’s headline right now: “GOP Leader McConnell proposes giving Obama new power for automatic debt limit increase”

Updated again: Changed to title to something less incendiary. I still encourage weasels be mailed.

UPDATE: Some of the most willfully ignorant and willfully naive McConnell supporters are coming out of the woodwork to say this is not *the* plan, but a contingency plan if *the* plan can’t be agreed to. So let’s get this straight: if Democrats won’t agree to make spending cuts, we’ll fall back to the contingency where they get to raise the debt ceiling without making spending cuts.

That’s not a contingency, that’s handing the Democrats a silver platter.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: debtceiling; debtdeal; debtlimit; gopigs; judas; judasparty; mcconnell; mcconnell4mcconnell; mitchmcconnell; moderates; stupidparty
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1 posted on 07/12/2011 2:23:30 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

Credited with a default is more like it


2 posted on 07/12/2011 2:25:36 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Qbert
UnF'ing REAL if the GOP does this - This guy breaks it off in our A$$'s on healthcare and we turn around and now suggest we are going to give him another blank check to increase our debt / spend money......This cannot really be an option. There is no way this trail ballon gets past tomorrow afternoon.

This is WORSE than having the balls to stand up and VOTE for it. Fk I have more respect for the left, in this case.

3 posted on 07/12/2011 2:25:57 PM PDT by SevenMinusOne
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To: Qbert

This has to be the most insane thing I’ve heard yet.


4 posted on 07/12/2011 2:27:42 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Qbert

Hey Mitch ,,,,GO to HELL!!You Filthy Traitor!


5 posted on 07/12/2011 2:27:53 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: Qbert
So let’s get this straight: if Democrats won’t agree to make spending cuts, we’ll fall back to the contingency where they get to raise the debt ceiling without making spending cuts.

That’s not a contingency, that’s handing the Democrats a silver platter.

McConnell is the poster boy of the Washington ruling class. These guys all stick together, and they will never allow a restraint on federal power.

6 posted on 07/12/2011 2:28:18 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: Qbert

Mitch McConnell needs to be making a historic resignation.


7 posted on 07/12/2011 2:28:18 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Qbert
I guess McConartist thinks that you can't lose your marbles if you give 'em all away.


8 posted on 07/12/2011 2:29:55 PM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender! REMEMBER NEDA)
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To: Qbert

NO! Just awful.


9 posted on 07/12/2011 2:30:33 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: Qbert

They PAID the POS Off, has to be the reason,NO sane person could do this!


10 posted on 07/12/2011 2:30:48 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: Qbert

No doubt Mitch has been bought and paid for.


11 posted on 07/12/2011 2:31:02 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Qbert

There is nothing in this article that matches anything he has said in the last few days or on his senate web site.


12 posted on 07/12/2011 2:31:18 PM PDT by svcw (democrats are liars, it's a given)
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To: Qbert

Anyone still trusting the GOP leadership to do the right thing is still living in fantasy land. As another poster said the establishment is all about amassing wealth and power for themselves before the good of the country...the people.


13 posted on 07/12/2011 2:31:44 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Qbert

Outrageous!


14 posted on 07/12/2011 2:32:21 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Qbert

This is the last straw this guy needs to be primaried. I didn’t believe this when I first saw it. This is what is godamned wrong with establishment Republicans and the political class. They are so damn deep in the mess they can’t even see the lay of the land. This is going to fly like a lead balloon with a nuclear payload.


15 posted on 07/12/2011 2:32:21 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: Qbert
McConnell = COWARD.

Kentucky voters: Vote him OUT.
16 posted on 07/12/2011 2:32:36 PM PDT by Shannon
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To: Qbert

This is the bad news. The good news is Sarah will run, maybe as an independent. I’m getting my checkbook ready.


17 posted on 07/12/2011 2:32:36 PM PDT by Linda Frances
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To: Qbert

http://mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=5819f616-f203-41bd-bd32-1523fb078416&ContentType_id=c19bc7a5-2bb9-4a73-b2ab-3c1b5191a72b&Group_id=0fd6ddca-6a05-4b26-8710-a0b7b59a8f1f


18 posted on 07/12/2011 2:33:01 PM PDT by svcw (democrats are liars, it's a given)
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To: svcw

The very last thing we want is to give the boy king the ability to make discretionary cuts. You want financial armageddon, let him decide where to make the cuts.

This is nothing more than political grandstanding from the GOP while the Liar in Chief threatens seniors with their SS checks.

I am SICK of RINOs.


19 posted on 07/12/2011 2:33:12 PM PDT by kozanne
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To: Linda Frances
The good news is Sarah will run, maybe as an independent

Well that pretty much guarantees Baraq a Clintonian plurality win. He's got 40% of the vote locked up.

20 posted on 07/12/2011 2:34:09 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Linda Frances

All McConnell is ensuring is that Obama gets re-elected..absolutely DISGUSTING how the GOP time and time again caves to the DemocRATS..they have no spine. Sarah already said that if they cave there will be hell to pay. If she runs as an Independent who can really blame her at this point


21 posted on 07/12/2011 2:34:22 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: svcw
Exactly!

Some doofus throws out some red meat and the FR crowd (except you)mindlessly goes for it.

22 posted on 07/12/2011 2:35:07 PM PDT by verity (The Obama Administration is a Criminal Enterprise.)
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To: Qbert

Revenue and budgets are the responsibility of the Congress. If Sen. McConnell cannot handle that, he should resign.


23 posted on 07/12/2011 2:35:39 PM PDT by brothers4thID (http://scarlettsays.blogspot.com/)
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To: Qbert

for later...after the flames start.

A side note: they (gop) really are going to screw around and hand the marxist another 4 years. Unless Palin gets involved and reverses this, I see nothing positive coming up.


24 posted on 07/12/2011 2:35:50 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Palin/Perry 2012)
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To: Qbert

And some freepers, considering themselves more level headed, become irritated when other conservatives overreact at news of republican capitulation.


25 posted on 07/12/2011 2:35:50 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Cementjungle

Obviously Mitch McConnell has been bought out to be one of the “elites”, which so many people have been saying, some of the “elites” ARE Republicans. So now BOTH parties are selling out WE THE PEOPLE, and are expecting us to go grudgingly into debt as slaves for them for a few generations as they are creating criminal wars with their illegal aliens, islamics, and communists,and as WE THE PEOPLE will be the slave population quickly rubbed out as WE THE PEOPLE are CHRISTIANS.


26 posted on 07/12/2011 2:36:33 PM PDT by lephantom
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Is it time?...


27 posted on 07/12/2011 2:36:43 PM PDT by mcmuffin ("Wanting your country back is not the same thing as working to take it back." JB Williams, Patriot U)
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To: kozanne

There is nothing in this article that matches his statements:
http://mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=5819f616-f203-41bd-bd32-1523fb078416&ContentType_id=c19bc7a5-2bb9-4a73-b2ab-3c1b5191a72b&Group_id=0fd6ddca-6a05-4b26-8710-a0b7b59a8f1f


28 posted on 07/12/2011 2:36:43 PM PDT by svcw (democrats are liars, it's a given)
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To: Qbert
If they pass a debt increase of fifteen cents without a trillion in pending cuts they are moving toward the elimination of the United States. Luckily, McConnell can neither lead anyone to any destination nor lead anyone away. With the votes he has in the Senate, all be can to is blow...hard.

As much as I can tell, the people who can save the nation work in the House. So far Boehner is doing the job. So far the troops are, as well.

29 posted on 07/12/2011 2:37:31 PM PDT by stevem
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To: Qbert

This is not the whole story. It’s just the part designed to p*ss you off.


30 posted on 07/12/2011 2:37:55 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Guns don't kill people, the obama administration does. (Gunwalker Ping List))
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To: Qbert

Outrageous, if true. That weasel McConnell is selling us out to Obama and his Marxist scheme to bankrupt America. Screw the GOP and it’s ‘leaders’ that simply lead us into being screwed over by Obama and the Democrats. McConnell’s tough talk is BS and he is a traitor to anyone that thought we might get real change in congress by electing Tea party candidates last November. Not as long as hacks like Mitch McConnell are still running things in the GOP Congressional delegations. Our only hope is House Speaker Cryin’ John Boehner will not play along and that this attempt to hand Obama a huge victory will be thwarted. I’m not holding my breath but I am exasperated by RINO sell-outs such as the weasel McConnell. This guy definitely needs to be soundly defeated in 2014. His constituents should not forget this treachery born of the genetic RINO desire to be loved by the leftmedia.


31 posted on 07/12/2011 2:37:55 PM PDT by Jim Scott ( Sarah Palin for president in 2012!)
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To: svcw
There is nothing in this article that matches his statements

I heard of the offer on the radio. If it's untrue, it would not be the first time the Washinton press invented a story.

32 posted on 07/12/2011 2:39:56 PM PDT by stevem
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To: MestaMachine

“This is not the whole story. It’s just the part designed to p*ss you off.”

I’m trying to sort out all the details, but doesn’t this plan beg a simple question: Is more, unchecked debt a bad thing, or not?


33 posted on 07/12/2011 2:40:22 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: verity

“As the Politico notes...”

What about POLTICO don’t you understand???


34 posted on 07/12/2011 2:40:54 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Guns don't kill people, the obama administration does. (Gunwalker Ping List))
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To: svcw
I have to believe that people are jumping the gun here. That is perfectly understandable, given how many times the GOP has caved in the past. We expect them to fold, and they never disappoint. But there is something else going on this time that makes me believe that McConnell might just know what he's doing, and has no intention of selling out.

Surrender is not an option this time, and every Republican in the House has to understand that. So let's see how this plays out before we start reaching for the pitchforks.

35 posted on 07/12/2011 2:41:40 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: verity

“Some doofus throws out some red meat and the FR crowd (except you)mindlessly goes for it.”

So drop the ad hominem attacks, and explain why you feel you are correct...


36 posted on 07/12/2011 2:41:53 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: lephantom

What’s so scary is that it’s not just “some” of them. It’s a majority of our GOP senators, for example—or we wouldn’t have McConnell leading them.


37 posted on 07/12/2011 2:42:37 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Qbert

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2747521/posts

There is a HUGE stick with this carrot. HUGE.


38 posted on 07/12/2011 2:43:41 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Guns don't kill people, the obama administration does. (Gunwalker Ping List))
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To: MestaMachine

Correct. In the whole article there is not one direct quote of Sen. McConnell. It is very possible the whole thing is construed from what he did say, with which I was tremendously heartened.

We really need to revisit the slander law.


39 posted on 07/12/2011 2:44:34 PM PDT by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: Cheetahcat

I don’t think they paid McConnell off...I think they found him out. They’ve probably got something on him. Boehner was going great guns on Obummer until the tabs started talking about Boehner liking to stop by the local pub every night after work, and a couple of women he was seeing...suddenly, all is quiet, no more mention of his drinking or womanizing, and he’s out golfing with Obummer.


40 posted on 07/12/2011 2:45:54 PM PDT by kiltie65
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To: Cheetahcat

I don’t think they paid McConnell off...I think they found him out. They’ve probably got something on him. Boehner was going great guns on Obummer until the tabs started talking about Boehner liking to stop by the local pub every night after work, and a couple of women he was seeing...suddenly, all is quiet, no more mention of his drinking or womanizing, and he’s out golfing with Obummer.


41 posted on 07/12/2011 2:45:54 PM PDT by kiltie65
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To: yldstrk

Emails sent to Rubio and Mica
The Senate site is really bogged down we must be hitting McConnell hard.


42 posted on 07/12/2011 2:46:12 PM PDT by omega4179
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To: MestaMachine

“There is a HUGE stick with this carrot. HUGE.”

—There is a fundamental problem with this plan:

“Congress could override the president but only with a 2/3 vote, which in the current environment is not happening.”

http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/07/12/is-mcconnell-caving-or-being-cagey/


43 posted on 07/12/2011 2:46:48 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: kiltie65

Point to the item on Senator McConnell’s page that bears the slightest resemblance to all this hysteria: http://mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases


44 posted on 07/12/2011 2:47:27 PM PDT by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: Qbert

I’m not buying any of this for a second. Sheesh.

It reminds me of when Tom DeLay said, “That’s it, we’ve cut to the bone everything that can be cut.” He was, of course, being sarcastic and slapping at his Republican colleagues, but some morons - - on our side! - - took what he said as his honest conclusion. Head-shakingly un-freaking-believeable.

Anyway, I think McConnell is playing a similar game here. Remember when the Senate voted 97 - 0 AGAINST the president’s budget a few months ago? And, going back 15 years or so, remember when the Republicans made the Senate vote on Hillarycare and it was defeated unanimously (or near-unanimously)? Well, I bet McConnell is daring the scumbag rats to vote FOR this latest wacky proposal of his.

(As a side note, if there is one thing that I sometimes find disappointing here at FR is the complete lack of strategic thinking on the part of many and the resulting frenzy of outraged idiocy. I know a lot of it is trolls, rat operatives, and other agent provocateurs, but some of it comes from long-time freepers who should know better. Calm the eff down.)


45 posted on 07/12/2011 2:47:48 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Qbert

Come on Republican Party, call me for a donation. I dare your asses. Sorry, I’m folding like a cheap tent.


46 posted on 07/12/2011 2:49:33 PM PDT by kempster
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To: Huskrrrr

“No doubt Mitch has been bought and paid for.”
Or they’ve got something on him. It could be the payoff
he took on Obama care.


47 posted on 07/12/2011 2:49:37 PM PDT by Slambat (The right to keep and bear arms. Anything one man can carry, drive or pull.)
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To: mcmuffin

Way past time.


48 posted on 07/12/2011 2:51:48 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: Qbert

This is the craziest thing I’ve ever heard. After battling with them for months, the GOP just gives up. Gives them more than the Dems asked for, and sandbagged future politicians who might want to really try to solve this problem.


49 posted on 07/12/2011 2:54:53 PM PDT by Repealthe17thAmendment (Is this field required?)
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To: Qbert

“Is more, unchecked debt a bad thing, or not?”

If you don’t know that the answer to your question is YES, IT IS A BAD THING, you should not be allowed to vote being that you are totally stupid, or a communist shill.


50 posted on 07/12/2011 2:57:03 PM PDT by lephantom
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