Wow. It’s good to be the king. Of the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was reportedly visibly annoyed when his home state colleague, Sen. Rand Paul, rose to start to filibuster the spending feast bill and to cause a brief government shutdown.
Here’s one reason.
The good ‘ole fashion’ politician who runs the Senate had gotten some good ‘ole fashion’ pork barrel work done last night on the Senate floor, slipping into the bill some provisions giving aid and comfort to two colleges in Kentucky.
According to the Washington Post:
One provision would exempt private colleges that do not charge tuition from a new tax on their endowments, an exemption that would protect Berea College . . .
Another provision in the budget agreement, which is set for a vote Thursday, gives the secretary of education greater authority to waive sanctions imposed on colleges and universities whose students consistently default on federal education loans. The measure would apply to public colleges in economically distressed communities, defined as a county that ranks in the lowest 5 percent of all counties in the country based on a national index of economic status.
Based on those narrow parameters, education experts say the provision would most likely benefit Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, a school skating on the edge of being cut off from federal student aid because of its high student loan default rate.
Now, you would think Rand Paul would want the same thing. But Rand Paul, whatever you might say about him, is a man of strong principles. Principles that oppose this massive spending bill – aka borrowing bill – and that help him get over that institutions, even in his home state, might need to try to make it without government help.
McConnell is part of the problem in Washington. This spending deal, and antics like his college giveaway, are exactly what Americans supposedly voted to change in 2016. This helps you understand why Steve Bannon wanted to get rid of McConnell. Nothing will change with McConnell at the helm. You get typical Washington nonsense like this bill, and even measures that help the Democrats achieve their objectives and assist with their reelection efforts.
What a shame. More of the same, more debt for our children, and more deep state for all.
Republican at this point may have had to vote for the bill to get defense spending we can’t do without. But this mountain of garbage is not what should have been negotiated. Republicans could have done better. And President Trump could have too, given that people put him in office to stop this