"McConnell's vision of a 'compromise'" - Or, Who Is Not Being Serious?
The corporate media continues to let Republicans: (1) demand that Democrats make all the proposals; (2) accuse Democrats of not being bipartisan (even though this conflicts with No. 1); and (3) assert without any elaboration that Democrats are not serious about solving issues relating to the debt ceiling, deficit, taxes, and benefit programs. Yet, as this story notes, it is Republicans that have simply walked away from the job of legislating.
What I hope the political world -- policymakers, Sunday show participants, etc. -- will consider as we go into the weekend is how truly baffling McConnell's concept of a "compromise" really is.
Despite an election cycle in which Democrats did very well up and down the ballot, the Senate GOP leader envisions an agreement in which Republicans get the Medicare cuts they want, Republicans get the Social Security cuts they want, and Republicans get the tax rates they want. In exchange, McConnell would give Democrats Mitt Romney's revenue plan.
Sure, President Obama's plan isn't exactly an olive branch, but at least it's a serious effort to reach the goal Republicans established, and it includes policies the White House would not otherwise seek on their own. McConnell's approach is based on a model in which Obama was the one who ended up with 206 electoral votes, instead of 332.
1. Well, when Boehner states that he doesn't want tax rates to
increase on anybody then he is not being serious. And as far as the clown McConnell,
don't even. The constant use of the filibuster to obstruct additional economic progress.
And another one who is slave to Grover.