I generally don't like posting other people's speeches on this blog but today the Republican Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell delivered a compelling speech that was designed to address the upcoming Defense Authorization Bill. However, Senator McConnell took this time to remind all Americans what is really at stake in the November elections and again in 2012. I think this smart mind-tweek is worth revealing here on Politically Incorrectile Dysfunction.
“It’s no secret Americans are unhappy with the way our friends on the other side have handled things over the past few years, especially the past year and a half.
“Americans have been speaking out across the country about the need to return to a smaller, more competent, more accountable government that lives within its means.
“And instead, Democrats in Congress have given them more government, more spending, more debt; and now they’re threatening a massive tax hike to top it all off.
“But what’s been most remarkable to me, in watching all this play out, is the way our friends on the other side have doubled down on their plans in the teeth of public outrage.
“Just yesterday we saw a CNBC survey showing most Americans don’t like the idea of seeing taxes raised on anybody at this point.
“And CNN says most of the economists it surveyed say the best thing we can do for businesses is to assure them their taxes won’t go up at the end of the year.
“Yet Democrat leaders are still clinging to the discredited idea that government needs more power and more money for more Washington programs.
“Maybe the reason is that the Democrat vision of a recovery, their idea of success — according to the Assistant Majority Leader is 9 percent unemployment.
“That’s right, yesterday, the Number Two Democrat in the Senate said Congress could, ‘breathe a sigh of relief’ at 9 percent unemployment or less.
“That’s their idea of success.
“Well, our idea of success is for businesses to start hiring again and to get this economy back on track.
“It seems like the more Americans say they want Democrats to stop what they’re doing and focus on jobs and the economy, the more determined they are to press ahead with their various liberal agenda items while they’ve still got the chance. And that’s basically what today’s vote on the Defense Authorization Bill is all about.
“The defense authorization bill requires four or five weeks to debate at a minimum.
“But instead of having that debate or turning to the Defense Appropriations Bill which funds the military, they want to use this week for a political exercise they want to weigh this bill down with controversy in a transparent attempt to show their special interest groups that they haven’t forgotten about them ahead of the election.
“It’s astonishing, really.
“Democrats have called up this bill not to have a vote on it or to consider amendments to help our troops in the field, but to put on a show to use it as an opportunity to cast votes for things Americans either don’t want or aren’t interested in seeing attached to a bill that’s supposed to be about defense.
“The Majority Leader has already said this bill isn’t going to pass with these items attached to it before the election but he’s keeping them on there anyway.
“So this is not a serious exercise. It’s a show.
“And it’s because of shows like this that our friends have lost credibility with the public.
“Americans want us to take care of the basics and to do it competently.
“This isn’t too much to ask.
“But evidently, it’s too much to ask of Democrat leaders in Congress before the election.”