With the recent revelation that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to allow President Obama (or any president for that matter) to have the ability to raise the debt level without Congressional approval, we must all ask if we even want this man as a political leader anymore. McConnell is starting to sound like a Democrat who wants to spend, spend, spend instead of fixing the problem. It’s also an indication that he is not willing to make the right hard decisions and live with the political consequences. He needs to read the closing line of the Declaration of Independence: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
I’m not ignorant to how the Constitution divides the branches of government and their roles. I admit, there is no Constitutional provision for having a debt limit. It’s a legislative decision, and a very smart one I might add. My preference would be for a balanced budget amendment which would remove the need for a debt limit except for maybe a 2/3 or 3/4 votes of both chambers of Congress during times of war. But I digress, we don’t have that, but we do have a limit on the borrowing authority of our Federal government that effectively stops our ability to put us further in debt unless our representatives continue to think in terms of their best interests and not ours.
One of the great foundations of our government’s creation was the fact that we have a balance of powers that are separate and not equal. It’s the battle over those powers that slows down the destructive force of elected individuals. Here is where things goes badly for Senator McConnell. He has lost his ability to be a leader for the Republican party.
Republicans have a massive weapon in negotiations against of Democrat controlled Senate and President. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives which the Republicans control. The debt limit ceiling is the Republicans’ white knight. The ability to put Democrats on the spot is wonderful with this weapon and the Republicans must not waiver. It’s an all out game of chicken and the Republicans will win if they do not budge.
Mitch McConnell wants to take away the debt ceiling weapon and remove it from the fight. What kind of leadership is that? He wants to remove the very tool we have hopefully, and I stress hopefully, to start us down a path of fiscal responsibility.
Any future promises by Democrats to Republicans in negotiations to come up with a budget now will not do. You cannot trust Democrats to keep their promises. A promise made to cut spending today will not stop them from spending money tomorrow.
Mitch McConnell needs to admit his suggestion stinks, and he was absolutely wrong, or we need to vote someone else in to replace him.
The time to fix this mess is NOW!