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McConnell Quietly Adds Pork for Kentucky Into the Spending Bill

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

Republicans Give Up on Repealing Obamacare

I thought repealing Obamacare was the reason that people put them in office in the 2010 wave election?

Well, so much for that. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not going to run the flag up the pole again this year, and any effort to finish off Obamacare will have to wait until there are more Republicans in the Senate, according to Politico.

Republicans have damaged Obamacare by eliminating the requirement that everyone have insurance, something they achieved as part of the tax cut plan passed late last year. But the government continues to fund the program, and McConnell is apparently refusing to move legislation that would transfer funding to the states and eliminate some of Obamacare’s requirements, allowing the states to design their own programs.

McConnell is hardly a Tea Party-type advocate for getting rid of this law. I don’t think he has the stomach for another fight. And President Trump also failed to put enough effort into attempts to repeal the law last year. I don’t think he was particularly interested in the repeal fight or knowledgeable about it – unlike the tax cut law, for which he provided the leadership needed to get it passed.

McConnell Blames Bannon for Losing Alabama

“The political genius on display in throwing away a red state in America is hard to ignore,” the Senate majority leader said.

McConnell is right. It took true “political genius” for him, McConnell, to throw away a red state. Republicans in Alabama nominated Roy Moore. He was not a perfect candidate, though Bannon could not have known how imperfect he would be because he did not know about the sexual misconduct allegations before endorsing him. What McConnell did, unprecedented for a Republican national leader was to decide not to provide any financial support for Moore, which undoubtedly supplied the margin of victory – and more – for Democratic Sen.-Elect Doug Jones.

The Senate Republican leadership decided it would be better to have a Democrat win a seat. Given that it could rob conservatives of a Supreme Court pick next year and other initiatives, that’s a remarkable thing.

Trump Must Beware the Establishment’s Obsequious Embrace

It’s such an enduring facet of human nature. Go for the throat of your enemies, but once they have power or can benefit you, lovingly kiss their feet.

That was what was on display Wednesday at a White House celebration of congressional passage of the tax cut. The establishment, which had opposed his election and held him in contempt, was now praising Trump, wafting toward success, and starting to rethink this business about him being a liability to their careers in 2018.

“You made the case for the tax bill,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “This has been a year of extraordinary accomplishment for the Trump administration . . . Thank you, Mr. President, for all you’re doing.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan praised the “exquisite presidential leadership” of Trump.

“We would not be standing here if it were not for you,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

“You stop and think about it, this president hasn’t even been in office for a year, and look at all the things that he’s been able to get done, by sheer will in many ways,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

This is dangerous territory for Trump. He was sent here not to join the establishment, but to destroy it. He can use this, though, if he is not co-opted by the flattery, by bending them to his will rather than the reverse.

McConnell, who is the guardian angel of the establishment, no doubt wants to turn Trump against Steve Bannon and Bannon’s efforts to unseat him as majority leader. McConnell is the wiliest operator in Washington, a longtime survivor.

But Trump, though susceptible to flattery, is not a slave to it. A salesman himself, knows when he is being played. He has things he wants to achieve and is more committed to his ideology and agenda than people realize. I think the establishment is misjudging Trump once again.

H/T Politico.

McConnell and Collins Have a Deal to Try to Save Obamacare

Congressional Republicans deployed a brilliant strategy to gut Obamacare by camouflaging within the tax cut bill language ending the insurance purchase mandate. Had they tried to run that as a “standalone” measure, it no doubt would have been defeated, as was their initial effort earlier this year to wreck Obamacare.

The requirement that everyone purchase insurance helps Obamacare survive by guaranteeing income to insurers that they lose by being forced to cover everyone – including the sickest people – and give them the same basic coverage no matter their needs. By requiring younger, healthier people who would forgo insurance to pay for it, insurers get the cash they need to pay the bills of the least healthy. Without this requirement, insurers would take a big hit and have no reason to participate in the health care “exchanges” providing insurance to individuals.

But in order to get the vote of moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine for the tax cut, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to move legislation that would have taxpayers restore “cost sharing” payments to insurance companies, which would help them deal with the expected decision of many healthy young adults to stop buying insurance. This would, of course, undermine the whole purpose of eliminating the mandate.

Fortunately, it appears that House Republicans are going to reject the idea, which the Senate wants to include in a separate spending package. Conservatives likely will not agree to again grab defeat from the jaws of victory on Obamacare. Barack Obama’s signature achievement – other than doubling the debt, vastly weakening our national security, and growing the economy at the lowest rate of any post-World War II president – likely is on its way out, while Collins will be left with a face-saving deal she can blame the House for not agreeing to.

Video || Protestor Sneaks Into Press Area, Yells at Trump on Capitol Hill

A protestor got himself into the press scrum on Capitol Hill and started making a scene and throwing little Russian flags as President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walked by.

“Trump is treason! Trump is treason,” he shouted. “Why is Congress talking about tax cuts when they should be talking about treason?” he wondered, aloud.

They’re walking through what is called “the Ohio clock corridor,” named for the big old clock you can see in the video. Trump and McConnell must be walking to the majority leader’s office, which is around the corner.

This looks like a bad security breach. You need a pass to be in this area. You can see that at the moment this guy erupts, there’s no security directly between him and Trump. Lucky he didn’t throw something worse than little flags.

Here’s another view.

Video || Trump Stages Show of Unity With McConnell

President Trump staged a news conference Monday with embattled Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is under fire from conservatives as a stale, long-term member of the Washington establishment who fails to support genuine conservatives for the Senate and who came up short getting the Senate to pass Obamacare repeal.

Trump’s best buddy show with McConnell will raise questions among conservatives about whether the president knows who his friends are.

“My relationship with this gentleman is outstanding – has been outstanding,” Trump said. Well, not it hasn’t.

Effort to Get Rid of McConnell Intensifies

A group of leading conservatives today sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding that he resign.

The letter is signed by Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin, FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon, Richard A. Viguerie, and Brent Bozell. It was dispatched as former Trump White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon pledges to back primary challenges to nearly every Republican senator running for reelection in 2018.

The letter lists a litany of McConnell’s sins, highlighting the failure to pass Obamacare:

You and the rest of your leadership team were given the majority because you pledged to stop the steady flow of illegal immigration. You’ve done nothing. You pledged to reduce the size of this oppressive federal government. You have done nothing. You pledged to reduce, and ultimately eliminate the out-of-control deficit spending that is bankrupting America. You have done nothing. You promised to repeal Obamacare, “root and branch.” You’ve done nothing. You promised tax reform. You’ve done nothing.

You don’t even show up for work.

While your attacks on those within the Republican Party who were attempting to keep the GOP’s promises in the era of President Obama are now legendary, your current failure to deliver on the highest priority commitments to the American people is nothing short of shocking.

Perhaps the greatest betrayal – and that is what it is – is your failure to repeal Obamacare, the single most devastating piece of legislation against freedom ever crafted. Every single Republican in federal office today is there because of the pledge to end this horror.

Establishment Republicans are aghast and the liberal MSM is dumbfounded that conservatives are risking the Senate majority by stirring up so much trouble. But conservatives are not in favor of a Republican majority that simply means business as usual until the Democrats eventually take power again anyway.

The letter is notably kinder to House Speaker Paul Ryan.

As Speaker Ryan recently noted, the House is passing bills – including items central to your campaign promises – and not only do they languish in the Senate, but you and your leadership team publicly declare some of them dead on arrival.

Ryan at least was able to assemble a coalition to approve some kind of Obamacare repeal. But Ryan is not beloved by populist conservatives and could easily become a target himself. But McConnell at this point is not far behind Nancy Pelosi in the antipathy he creates among many conservatives.

Donald and Chuck and Nancy and Paul and Mitch

Here’s part of the problem for Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. Trump just likes Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi better. And that’s a problem for all of us. One of the reasons I think he turned to the Democratic leaders, beyond sending a message to Republicans that they need to get in line because he… Continue Reading

McConnell: From Rip Out O’Care “Roots and Branches” to Light Gardening

Well, the Washington Establishment is striking back. It truly would be one of the great examples of political fraud if Republicans got themselves elected to Congress on a vow to end Obamacare only to wuss out when the opportunity arose. Sen. Mitch McConnell, no doubt personally miffed that President Trump has interfered with his plans… Continue Reading

McConnell: Low Trump Approval Ratings Threaten GOP in 2018

I think this is a call by McConnell to Trump to play it safe — don’t repeal Obamacare, don’t slash the government, don’t pick fights etc. — and allow himself to be co-opted into the Washington Establishment. That is, to abandon the things he was elected to do. And it’s short-sighted because conservatives will sit at… Continue Reading

McConnell: We’ve Got the Votes to Go Nuclear

Gorsuch will be on the Court one way or another. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that there are enough Republican votes to invoke the “nuclear option” and seat Judge Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court by changing Senate precedent to end the filibuster for high court nominees, the Washington Examiner reported. Despite McConnell’s… Continue Reading