Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee rose Thursday to share his thoughts on sequestration as the Senior Chamber mulls alternatives to the across-the-board cuts set to go into effect Friday, March 1. Calling the cuts “ham-handed”, Senator Corker said, “The only thing worse than sequestration would be kicking the can down the road.” He is, of course, referring to the rampant and unchecked spending that threatens our nation’s economic future.
The Affordable Care Act has apparently been given a vote of confidence, of sorts, by the nation’s Highest Court. Chief Justice Roberts has joined the Left Wing of the Court and declared the controversial individual mandate to be constitutional… AS A TAX. While reports from the Court are still trickling out, and I am about to begin reading the opinions, it does appear the Majority opinion declared the mandate to be unconstitutional under both the Commerce Clause and Necessary and Proper Clause. Initial thought – the Court found a way to prevent expansion of the Commerce Clause without striking down the entire piece of legislation. Politically, the President and the Dems have scored a victory; but I wonder if it will be a Pyrrhic one. They said for months that this was not a tax. Now it is.
Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke at the Rotary Club of Lexington, Kentucky and urged President Obama to “back off” the Supreme Court as it weighs the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. McConnell’s comments came on the same day the Attorney General Eric Holder responded to the Fifth Circuit’s request for a position statement on the Justice Department’s view of the principles of judicial review.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Delaware Senator Chris Coons made an appearance on This Week with Christiane Amanpour to discuss their recent proposal – the AGREE (American Growth, Recovery, Empowerment, and Entrepreneurship) Act. While neither senator appears that optimistic about the chances the “super-committee” will reach a deal, both seem confident that their baby-step-toward-bipartisanship plan could be a step in the right direction.
In an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press With David Gregory, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell discussed a host of issues (see the full interview here), but one jumped out as the most compelling – the discussion of the proposed “Millionaire’s Tax” that will reportedly hit the presses Monday morning from the White House. The “Buffett” tax named for bagillionaire Warren Buffet would tax upper-income Americans off the top and would serve as President Obama’s answer to paying for his proposed second round of stimulus. “If Warren Buffett would like to give up some of his benefits, we would be happy to talk about it.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Meet the Press with David Gregory Sunday September 18, 2011. President Clinton was on deck waiting to rebut McConnell’s talking points. Topic of the day – no surprise – the President’s Jobs bill. The pair also discuss 2012 (McConnell passes) and the proposed Millionaire’s Tax to which the Minority Leader reiterated the point that millionaire’s are free to send money to the federal government at their leisure should they feel they are “under-taxed.”
Just came across this via Twitter (@philipaklein via @allahpundit). Speaker Boehner’s been circulating a PowerPoint presentation to members trying to sell the compromise the President just announced. Anyone really think a deal is a foregone conclusion here if the Speaker of the House has resorted to sales pitching with PowerPoint?
I know it’s the weekend, so most of you probably missed the debt debate drama from Friday night. I happened to catch it, but am just now getting to sharing it here. So the House passed the Boehner bill – like it or not – and sent it over to the Senate where it was immediately dismissed. But that’s not the best part. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell rose to move for an immediate vote on Harry Reid’s proposal… and you’ll never guess who objected…?
Regardless of how hard the MSM and the Left try to paint the current debt ceiling stalemate as a Republican-driven counter strategy to President Obama’s brilliance and sound leadership model, one would have to be rather naive to ignore the fact that there are always two sides to a stalemate. If not, there’d be no need for words like impasse or gridlock. We’d simply refer to the position as one of stubbornness or incompetence; or conversely as principled or one of conviction. The very idea of a “stalemate” implies two sides unable to come to an agreement on how to proceed. Accordingly, in the current debate; there’s the Republican side of the stalemate; and then there’s the other side.