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Mitch McConnell on debt ceiling: I ‘protect’ the country
The Politico ^ | February 15, 2014 | Burgess Everett

Posted on 02/15/2014 10:41:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he voted to advance a clean debt-ceiling bill this week because his job is “to protect the country” when he can.

The Republican leader said at a Friday campaign event in Louisville, Ky., that he has long preferred making structural changes to fiscal policy as a condition to raising the debt ceiling.

But given that the House could pass only a clean debt ceiling — every policy rider Speaker John Boehner tried to attach failed to garner sufficient support — McConnell said he was left with one option: Avoid economic catastrophe.

McConnell and most of his leadership team voted to break a filibuster demanded by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), to the ire of many conservatives and surprise of Capitol Hill, given his recently stated opposition to any clean lift of the debt ceiling.

“We were confronted with a clean debt ceiling in the Senate or default. I believe I have to act in the best interests of the country, and every time we’ve been confronted with a potential crisis, the guy you’re looking at is the one who stepped up to solve the problem,” McConnell told reporters, according to Associated Press video....

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky; US: Ohio; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: boehner; gopestablishment; johnboehner; kentucky; liberalagenda; lundergangrimes; mattbevin; mcconnell; mitchmcconnell; obama; ohio; randsconcerntrolls; rinos; tedcruz; texas; treason
Our hero.
1 posted on 02/15/2014 10:41:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Our zero.


2 posted on 02/15/2014 10:45:58 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another GOPe Zer0....


3 posted on 02/15/2014 10:46:15 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ever seen a turtle run for cover like a cockroach when the lights are turned on?......This is as close as it gets!


4 posted on 02/15/2014 10:51:08 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So he really think increasing the debt limit is a good thing for the country while lying to the voters that he will fight against increasing debt


5 posted on 02/15/2014 10:51:29 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, bud. You really protecting the country with more debt than can be paid off for generations. And no end in sight.....


6 posted on 02/15/2014 10:51:32 PM PST by JParris
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who is he kidding?


7 posted on 02/15/2014 11:07:52 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He'd say something like that with all the guys off dying for our diseased country even as we speak?

No honor whatsoever.

8 posted on 02/15/2014 11:11:07 PM PST by onedoug
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To: All

Need to think strategically.

Fighting over the debt ceiling and shutting down the government again, would only hurt the Republicans just before the 2014 elections, when we have a chance of getting a majority in the Senate and keeping the House.

Need to keep our eye on the prize.


9 posted on 02/15/2014 11:16:59 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Paladin2

He who sees a fight and runs away.
Lives to run away, another day.

The USA used to have two (2) Parties.
Been a while.
But I am old enough to remember when.


10 posted on 02/15/2014 11:24:46 PM PST by OldArmy52 (The question is not whether Obama ever lies, but whether he ever tells the truth.)
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To: OldArmy52

Yes, instead of something divisive like not borrowing more money for our kids and their kids to pay, let’s keep the slate clean for important Repub issues like Amnesty for 30+ million undocumented, low income, low education, social safety net mooching soon to be Democrats.

That for sure will help the Republican Party....make tens of millions more Democrat voters.

Pretty clear the Repub leadership is working for the other Side...Obama’s Opposition Research arm, the NSA sure must be good for finding blackmailable dirt..

Only time the Repub Leadership do something for the Repub Base, is to give the Base the finger. When you have both the Repub leadership and the Dem leadership opposing the Repub base desires, you have One Party Rule.

Amnesty passes, the Constitutional Republic the USA was founded as, dies. And the USA becomes the USSA or some Fascist Police State version thereof.


11 posted on 02/15/2014 11:32:45 PM PST by OldArmy52 (The question is not whether Obama ever lies, but whether he ever tells the truth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The gentleman from Kentucky has a very robust opinion of himself, one that I (and many of my cohorts) do not share. May he soon find himself delivered of his duty to us.


12 posted on 02/15/2014 11:37:33 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal (Go, Cruz! Go!)
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To: Innovative
Fighting over the debt ceiling and shutting down the government again, would only hurt the Republicans just before the 2014 elections, when we have a chance of getting a majority in the Senate and keeping the House.

Did you say that in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012? Will you say that again in 2016, 2018, etc? Where will your line of reasoning take us? I'll tell you where. Over a financial cliff!

The House and Senate GOPe spineless "leadership" has to go.

13 posted on 02/15/2014 11:57:19 PM PST by JohnG45
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To: JohnG45

Much as I detest McCain and wasn’t enthusiastic about Romney, I voted for them in the general election — if conservatives had turned out, we wouldn’t have Obama as president.

Also — in some areas the Tea Party ran unelectable candidates, that’s why the Dems got control of the Senate.

People need to get over knee-jerk reactions and start thinking strategically or we’ll face a permanent Dem control, moving fast towards communism in this country.


14 posted on 02/16/2014 12:01:33 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: JohnG45

“The House and Senate GOPe spineless “leadership” has to go.”

One more thing — why do “conservatives” totally focused on unseating and defeating Republicans, instead of Democrats???????????:


15 posted on 02/16/2014 12:02:41 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative
if conservatives had turned out, we wouldn’t have Obama as president.

you have it exactly backwards. If the arrogant GOPe wouldn't run Statist they would be a reason for Conservatives to vote.

Also — in some areas the Tea Party ran unelectable candidates, that’s why the Dems got control of the Senate.

So it's the TEA Party's fault the RATs got the Senate. Utter arrogant B.S. Spoken like a true GOPe puke. Is that you Karl Rove?

You obviously think the Statists the GOP has put up these past 12 years are much different that RAT Statists?

The end game with the Bushies and the Roves and the Romneys is the same as the RATs -- just at different speeds.

You surely don't belong on a site dedicated to limited government and a belief in our Constitution.

You sound like an arrogant inside the beltway elitist.

2012 was the very last time I will ever cast a vote for a RINO Statist. Believe me if the idiots in the GOPe somehow foist Jeb or Christie or any other RINO I will gladly and with a very clear conscience NOT vote in 2016.

You can take your lesser of two evils and shove it where the sun doesn't shine.

Strategic??? My God, you just don't get it.

16 posted on 02/16/2014 12:14:53 AM PST by sand88 (We can never legislate our way back to Liberty)
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To: Innovative
One more thing — why do “conservatives” totally focused on unseating and defeating Republicans, instead of Democrats???????????:[sic]

Er, who said anything about defeating Republicans? Primary the spineless and get them out of the way.

With your line of specious reasoning we will maintain the status quo into financial oblivion (See the most-recent votes by the Republican "leadership." THEY VOTED WITH THE DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!)

17 posted on 02/16/2014 12:15:56 AM PST by JohnG45
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Yes, McConnell, it’s your patriotic duty to suffocate America’s children with debt — you dumb ass.

Primary the traitorous RINOs!!!


18 posted on 02/16/2014 12:28:37 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Innovative

>> People need to get over knee-jerk reactions and start thinking strategically

I’d rather deal with an honest adversary.


19 posted on 02/16/2014 12:30:42 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Boy is his backside smarting. Cruz whipped him good.


20 posted on 02/16/2014 1:01:21 AM PST by Usagi_yo (Standardization is an Evolutionary dead end.)
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To: Innovative
The GOP is the junior member of the uniparty. It is silly to think future elections alone can reverse what past elections gave us. Obama has established executive precedents that no election can erase.
21 posted on 02/16/2014 1:22:29 AM PST by Jacquerie ( Article V.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ass!
22 posted on 02/16/2014 1:30:29 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Any GOP talker or media wonk who is supporting McConnell over Bevin is not a Conservative

McConnell is delusional...and a dormat for the DNC


23 posted on 02/16/2014 2:25:05 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Diversity is just racism against white folks)
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To: Innovative

You could’ve just saved time by just posting you vote liberal...


24 posted on 02/16/2014 2:26:41 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Diversity is just racism against white folks)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

During his 30 years in office, our national debt has become catastrophic, without a meaningful effort of the GOP to curb it. Retire him, because obviously he is not capable or courageous enough to do the job.


25 posted on 02/16/2014 2:32:20 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The old and should be infirmed


26 posted on 02/16/2014 3:44:23 AM PST by ronnie raygun (zippy the a##clown sez..............................)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When the Senate Minority leader(?) parrots the dhimmicrap talking point (no debt ceiling increase = economic disaster), we are truly a one-party nation.

Time for a third party, quickly.


27 posted on 02/16/2014 3:49:27 AM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“We were confronted with a clean debt ceiling in the Senate or default. I believe I have to act in the best interests of the country, and every time we’ve been confronted with a potential crisis, the guy you’re looking at is the one who stepped up to solve the problem,” McConnell told reporters..."

The sad and alarming part is, that he actually believes he's heroic.

28 posted on 02/16/2014 4:01:23 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yah, what a state’sman!


29 posted on 02/16/2014 4:07:02 AM PST by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
his job is “to protect the country” when he can

It's important to recognize how many government officials, having grabbed the "debt is money" tiger by the tail, are terrified now to let go.

By creating a gigantic dependent class, they have ensured a zombie apocalypse when the EBT cards stop working, and it is possible to look at preventing that zombie apocalypse as "protecting the country".

None of the GOPe has come right out and said, "après moi le déluge", but it's a certainty that a lot of them are thinking that.

30 posted on 02/16/2014 4:07:16 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise. E)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mitch McConnell on debt ceiling: I ‘protect’ the country…

The proverbial scoundrel bolts for his last refuge.

Well, maybe it plays in Peoria (or whichever locations the congenitally Republican continue to enable the man). It would be one thing if he were really playing Orde Wingate to a Churchillian conservative base, but the truth is, he hasn't been "our senator"* for quite some time. Sadly for him, Mitch lacked the wit to know when to make the grand exit. While he will have plenty of "good weeks" in the future due to his valuable membership in the FedGov Millionaire's Club, his "bad week" (as the WaPo puts it) has exposed his mendacity just as his anger with the nominal "tea party" over the Obamacare filibuster exposed his spiteful nastiness. The combination will likely hand his seat to a Democrat, and he knows it… still, if he can't have it for himself, he'll make damned sure no other Republican will have it. That's "protection" with a vengeance!

One of the more entertaining things about the recent displays in the Mitch McConnell Outs Himself 2014 Exhibition is the "it's Ted Cruz' fault" meme. Ted Cruz didn't have the power to make Mitch McConnell look like some power-hungry, clinging-for-dear-life caricature of a political charlatan… only Mitch McConnell himself could pull that off, and he did it the old-fashioned way.

He earned it.

Mr. niteowl77

*Senator is not the term Churchill used.

31 posted on 02/16/2014 4:38:24 AM PST by niteowl77 ("Why do we go to Iowa? Because that's where the suckers are.")
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To: Theophilus

I think this ad by Dwayne Stovall refects my feelings on the man:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MfaM6nZAvw


32 posted on 02/16/2014 4:53:18 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Abolish Mitch McConnel....


33 posted on 02/16/2014 5:07:55 AM PST by stockpirate (It appears good men have decided to do nothing, so evil is prevailing......)
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To: Innovative

So tell us what the GOP plans to do if we give them the senate and maintain the house?
Give us all just a couple of examples?


34 posted on 02/16/2014 5:28:52 AM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: sand88

Right on.


35 posted on 02/16/2014 5:33:48 AM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: tennmountainman

nodda dyam thing..

They don’t have the presidency (This is them talking not me) if we the people give that to them.. well.. they still won’t do a dyam thing..

The GOP is useless. The rats have infested it to the point that it’s nothing but a shell.

Some are calling for a 3rd party. I say we start with a second.


36 posted on 02/16/2014 5:48:57 AM PST by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: cableguymn

Can’t you hear the now..

But we only have 2 out of 3 branches of government.
We can’t do anything.


37 posted on 02/16/2014 5:57:04 AM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: Innovative

Innovative, understand how you feel. I felt the same way. Problem is strategy from the RINO side is to do exactly what the Democrats are doing. Spend spend spend, get reelected and fill their bank accounts.

There are three political parties, conservatives, liberals and Marxists. Unfortunately two of the three parties call themselves Republicans. Until conservatives decide to form their own party this will continue. And if they don’t want to do it, we as a nation can’t do too much except stock up on ammo, get our own houses in order and unplug from the establishment.


38 posted on 02/16/2014 6:01:16 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FU turd-le. Prepare for primarying.


39 posted on 02/16/2014 6:17:08 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: tennmountainman

Yup, and when they have 3 out of 3 they will say “we don’t have the courts”


40 posted on 02/16/2014 6:23:25 AM PST by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If McConnell thought that a increase in the debt ceiling was necessary to “protect” the country then why did he vote against it?


41 posted on 02/16/2014 6:26:25 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Innovative
in some areas the Tea Party ran unelectable candidates

The GOP ran an unelectable presidential candidate.

/johnny

42 posted on 02/16/2014 6:43:32 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: definitelynotaliberal

He has gotten his big payouts and kickbacks and its time for a new little pig to move up to the D.C. trough.


43 posted on 02/16/2014 6:50:06 AM PST by lostboy61 (Lock and Load and stand your ground!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

McConnell said he was left with one option: Avoid economic catastrophe.
So increasing the national debt is avoiding economic catastrophe so much for logic only in D.C. the bloody fools will soon be out of office.


44 posted on 02/16/2014 7:41:37 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Innovative

You are DC K street paid poster here!
You promote the Amnesty traitors/ bought off crooks like Johnny C and
the amoral lying trash like Mitchy!
Who are you trying to fool here !
Mitch is a vile K street whore !


45 posted on 03/10/2014 5:13:12 AM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
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To: ncalburt

“the amoral lying trash like Mitchy!”

Yes, you on the other hand are the pure white immaculate “conservative” supporting “holy Obama” against the evil Republicans.

Who are YOU trying to fool here?


46 posted on 03/10/2014 5:59:52 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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Rand Paul On Shutdown: "Even Though It Appeared I Was Participating In It, It Was A Dumb Idea"
I said throughout the whole battle that shutting down the government was a dumb idea. Even though it did appear as if I was participating in it, I said it was a dumb idea. And the reason I voted for it, though, is that it's a conundrum. Here's the conundrum. We have a $17 trillion debt and people at home tell me you can't give the president a blank check. We just can't keep raising the debt ceiling without conditions. So unconditionally raising the debt ceiling, nobody at home wants me to vote for that and I can't vote for that. But the conundrum is if I don't we do approach these deadlines. So there is an impasse. In 2011, though, we had this impasse and the president did negotiate. We got the sequester. If we were to extend the sequester from discretionary spending to all the entitlements we would actually fix our problem within a few years.
[Posted on 11/19/2013 12:16:51 PM by Third Person]

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