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McConnell: Senate Being Run Into the Ground by One Person

(Punditcy.com) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (eR-Ky.) stated at a news conference on Tuesday,  “I’d like to focus for a few minutes on the way the Senate is being run.”

[image src=”http://punditcy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Sen_Mitch_McConnell_official_cropped.jpg” width=”200″ lightbox=”no” frame=”light” align=”left” float=”left”]He attacked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saying, “So as we end the year, it’s a tragedy the way the Senate is being run into the ground by basically one person. And I hope that one of the majority leader’s new year’s resolutions is going to be to operate the Senate in a quite different manner.”

His frustration stemmed from the fact that the Senate was voting on Wednesday without allowing any amendments.  Additionally, the vote on the defense authorization bill followed a flurry of nominations that were “none of which were emergencies,” as well as the disdain for his invoking the “nuclear option” for nominations.

I agree with Mr. McConnell in all but one respect.  I agree that the Senate is being run into the ground, but the point I take issue with is that it is being taken there by one man.   The budget bill is a an exemplification of what is wrong with the Senate — for that matter, all of congress.  The budget bill vote was a huge bipartisan vote.  Your party supported that vote.


The mainstream media is hailing it as a “big success”.  Bipartisanship in Action are the headlines.  The problem is that this budget deal does nothing to fix the problems that are plaguing our country TODAY.  All it does is sanction more spending with the people of this country are getting little in return, except more debt.  $23 billion in cuts over 10 years, it’s ridiculous.  The problems our nation faces are just not being addressed.  For example, our unfunded liability is growing worse every day, and this bill does nothing to address it.  Last year it grew by $6.9 trillion dollars and it will be about the same next year.  This cannot continue.  If this were a private company, they all would have been fired long ago.

So, Mr. McConnell, the reason the Senate is being run into the ground is because you and your fellow Senators are more interested in playing politics than fixing the nations problems.  The problem is not the Senate majority leader, the problem is leadership.  Leadership on both sides.  Leadership in both houses.  The nations problems are real, and what we need more than ever now is real leaders.  We need our elected representatives to step up and make the tough decisions.  It is no longer about politics, it about saving our country from collapse.  The Senate will continue its downward spiral until you and your fellow congressmen stop acting like middle schoolers on a playground, and start acting like the our country is at stake… because it is.



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