August 20, 2014 9:35 am -

Politico profiles the Senate Minority Leader’s plan, should he become the Senate Majority Leader.


…the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the environment to health care, consider using an arcane budget tactic to circumvent Democratic filibusters and force the president to “move to the center” if he wants to get any new legislation through Congress.

In short, it’s a recipe for a confrontational end to the Obama presidency…

McConnell risks overreaching if he follows through with his pledge to attach policy riders to spending bills. If Obama refuses to accept such measures, a government shutdown could ensue. Republicans bore much of the blame for last year’s government shutdown, and their fortunes rebounded only when the administration bungled the rollout of Obamacare.

But asked about the potential that his approach could spark another shutdown, McConnell said it would be up to the president to decide whether to veto spending bills that would keep the government open.[su_sky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
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21 responses to Mitch McConnell’s Plan To Shut Down The Government Again

  1. Abby Normal August 20th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    McConnell and his minions couldn’t care less about the American people. Their only concerns are defeating President Obama, getting re-elected and helping the Koch Brothers and Big Business fleece what’s left of the rapidly-declining middle class and the expanding numbers of people living in poverty.

    • edmeyer_able August 20th, 2014 at 9:59 am

      As the number of people living in poverty increases so does the balance of their off-shore bank accounts. 67 billionaires own more than the poorest 3.5 billion people.

      • Abby Normal August 20th, 2014 at 10:09 am

        I know a guy who is poor as a church mouse. He sometimes goes days without eating and I’m sure he has no health insurance of any kind. He must be qualified for food stamps and medicaid but his mindset, apparently, won’t allow him to seek help. He’s rabidly anti-Obama and worships Republicans and the Tea Party. He parrots everything the right-wingers in talk radio say. And, the strange thing is, I don’t think he’s that uncommon. I think there are millions just like him. They vote for the people who couldn’t care less about their plight and do everything in their power to disparage the people who want to help them.

        • ddconn August 20th, 2014 at 10:22 am

          Yep, I know a 93 yr old woman with a 60 yr old daughter who is on disability, food stamps, free health care and has a free cell phone to boot. The 93 yr old votes Republican every time just because she doesn’t like “that black guy.”

        • raincheck August 20th, 2014 at 10:31 am

          I think at least part of the reason for that is, is because they have them convinced that the reason he is poor is because, they do such a great job using Fox News, to make then think it’s all of the poor people taking his money for welfare.. food-stamps etc. These people are angry because their wages are stagnant, too few jobs to be had, because minorities are given preferential treatment over them. So the right wing gave them someone to point their finger at.. someone they could “demonize” Democrats seem to do a lousy job countering these ideas.. They have them convinced that rich people should be rich so they can be “job creators” They have no concept that it is the “Middle Class” that drives the economy by having money to spend. They also convince them that if min. wage was increased, lots of people would loose their jobs… it only makes sense that if you have a consumer class of people spending money… it will drive up demand, and create a growing workforce to satisfy that demand…

          • madame48 August 22nd, 2014 at 2:24 pm

            This is correct…this old lady has watched it unfold over 40 years…a danger to our future as a democracy

  2. mea_mark August 20th, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Shutting down the government and fighting over how to fund the government doesn’t benefit the majority of Americans. It can however benefit the very rich that thrive on instability. All Americans, especially conservative republicans, need to be aware of this. None of us need to be played for fools by the very rich Oligarchy. We need to recognize the difference between the Oligarchy’s agenda and what most republicans feel the GOP agenda should be.

    • Progressive Republican August 21st, 2014 at 6:07 am

      The Rethuglicons haven’t given a damn about benefiting the majority of Americans since the mid-1880s when they sold out to the monopolist robber barons. They are far less interested in governance than they are in simply ruling.

  3. crc3 August 20th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Voters in KY need to do the right thing and vote this clown out of office. I’m tired of hearing or seeing him!

  4. Maxx44 August 20th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Remember when the GOP used the ironic motto “Country First”?

    • tiredoftea August 20th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Wait, that wasn’t a Gwyneth Paltrow movie?

  5. Steven Critcher August 20th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Turtle Power !

  6. SmilingAtheist August 20th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I wish we could send Mitch McConnell to Iraq…. for a ‘beheading’….

  7. tiredoftea August 20th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    He’s expecting to work overtime to destroy our country.

  8. WILLDYE4U August 20th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Well, Let’s all hope he is as successful
    in these goals as he was in making
    Barack Obama a “One term President”

    (If we #Vote, we win)

    • cwazycajun August 20th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      yeah arent we glad they elected a senator who can predict the future so well ….

  9. Bunya August 20th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I’m very optimistic this clown won’t be re-elected, so we don’t need to worry about him shutting down the government again.

    • gil reyes August 20th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      I sincerely hop that this year..A few changes happen, including retiring this frickin’ old POS to the crap pile.. He should feel right at home right on top of it..

  10. Denise August 20th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I thank McConnell for working to keep the keys to the White House in Democratic hands.

  11. Progressive Republican August 21st, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Ya gotta admit that it’s rather sporting of him to let us know ahead of time that he’s going to commit treason.


    Wotta guy.

  12. madame48 August 22nd, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    So when the next GOP president is elected…I expect Dems to do the EXACT same to him.