Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spent tens of millions of dollars on his reelection bid last year promising voters all the magnanimous things he’d do to stop Obama’s radical agenda were he crowned Majority Leader of the Senate. After less than a year in office McConnell has resigned his position and has bestowed the privilege of majority leader on the Democrat leader indefinitely.
Speaking to a local reporter in Hazard, Kentucky, McConnell has, once again, reiterated his intent to pass a budget bill continuing to fund Planned Parenthood because the Democrats told him so:
“We just don’t have the votes to get the outcome that we’d like,” McConnell said. “I would remind all of your viewers: The way you make a law in this country, the Congress has to pass it and the president has to sign it. The president has made it very clear he’s not going to sign any bill that includes defunding of Planned Parenthood, so that’s another issue that awaits a new president hopefully with a different point of view about Planned Parenthood.”
Let me remind all of our viewers that there is a legislative process and there is a budget process. With regards to the legislative process, both houses of Congress must pass a new statute in order to change the law, and the president must agree to sign the bill. Accordingly, McConnell is correct in asserting that without control of all branches of government, Republicans are unable to pass new laws. But the budget process works just the opposite. So long as just one body of Congress is controlled by Republicans and they refuse to fund a certain aspect of government, that function is not funded. It takes just one body of government to wield the power of the purse; it takes all three branches to fund government.
But won’t the federal government shutdown when the Democrats balk at a funding bill that excludes their sacred funding for #PlannedButcherhood?
Freeze frame at this point. It is this question and this political dynamic that proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the current Republican Party does not share our values. We are not asking for a funding fight over something like Social Security, the minimum wage, or labor laws. We are asking that, in chronicling the barbaric harvesting and selling of organs from babies, taxpayer funding not be sent to these groups. If Republicans are incapable of messaging this to the American people and confidently declaring without a shred of diffidence in their voices that Democrats will rue the day for shutting down the government in order to fund torture of babies, they should just shut the lights in their stuffy offices and resign.
Here’s the dirty little secret Mitch McConnell refuses to divulge. He is accepting the premise that Democrats win every showdown – no matter the issue or the circumstances. Under his premise and his system of governance, it will make absolutely no difference if Republicans win back the White House in 2016. Well, let’s take a trip into the future and picture this scenario unfolding in 2017. Republicans win the White House and maintain control of Congress, albeit with a slim majority in the Senate. Democrats will filibuster every single minor legislative vehicle, much less something as important to them as funding for abortions. What will McConnell do come budget time? They simply won’t have the votes to even get the bill to the president’s desk.
What’s worse, the public is more likely to blame Republicans for a shutdown when they officially control all levers of government. Wait for McConnell’s lame excuses: “just wait until 2019 and let us win a super-majority in the Senate.” And you know what? Even if that happens, there will always be a number of Republicans who will join with the Democrats in opposing any bold reforms.
Without real leadership and without leaders who share our values, every noble idea will be stymied by insurmountable odds. The excuses never end.
Earlier this summer, Mark Levin publicly called for McConnell to resign. It’s time for all conservatives to follow suit. It’s time for the GOP presidential candidates to be asked if this is the leader they want in the Senate as quarterback for their legislative and budgetary initiatives. Perhaps, the answer to that question will reveal more about them than any of their statements on policy issues. (For more from the author of “McConnell Plans to Fund Planned Parenthood” please click HERE)
Watch a recent interview with the author below: