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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Senate Minority Leader McConnell: "We Can't Vote on a Speech": Senate Republicans Strategy of Obstruction



Its a little hard to here Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell talk about Democratic Obstructionism. When thats all they've been doing since Barack Obama became President of the United States in January, 2009. Its Minority Leader McConnell that said on the Senate Floor in his first speech in the 111th Congress in 2009, that his number one priority was to see that Barack Obama. Is only a one term President, thats been the Senate Republican strategy since Barack Obama became President in 2009. They want President Obama to be seen as a failure, someone who's stuck in gridlock and can't get anything done and anything passed out of Congress, even though President Obama. Has a very good Batting Average at this point of his Presidency, of passing legislation out of Congress. Despite the Republican Obstructionism and in the last year or so Minority Leader McConnell has actually helped make that happen, as the President has become a better negotiator and put down his own ideas. Instead of coming out for what he would accept from Republicans if they agree to this.

But its to the point now that Senate Republicans are even blocking Senate Leader Harry Reid, when he brings things to the floor that Senate Republicans once agreed on. Today being a perfect example of that with the bill to give Small Business Tax Relief, which is actually a Republican idea. Later on Senate Republicans will probably once again block a bill on Full Disclosure and they'll say because it only targets corporate money and not Labor Unions. They are actually correct there but you don't see them offering amendments to fix that and force Labor Unions to Fully Disclose how they finance their Political Operations. All you get from the Minority Leader is we don't like the Democrats bill, so we say no. Senate Democrats could propose a Flat Tax tomorrow and Senate Republican would vote no or a bill to eliminate the Estate Tax and they would say no to that, just because they are offered by Democrats.

The Senate Republican Strategy of Obstruction is built around one thing, if Democrats are for it, we are against it. And if they are against it, we might not be for it but we want to force them to vote on it, because they don't like it, just as condition not to bring the Senate to a halt. And so far Senate Republicans have been successful with it but we'll see how long they can get away with it.