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Well, that bit of positivism was dashed in a hurry. And McConnell.

October 16, 2013

I said yesterday, after the House GOP leadership decided not to take a spending bill to the floor because they knew they didn’t have the support of conservatives, that maybe those conservatives were in the drivers’ seat after all. But today McConnell caved to Harry Reid and gave away the store. Now we know why:

The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) criticized U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Wednesday for allowing a $2 billion Kentucky earmark to be added to the debt deal he negotiated with U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV). SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins made the following statement:

“Americans are familiar with the ‘Cornhusker Kickback’ that Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson was given in exchange for his vote on Obamacare. Well now Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell has an Obamacare earmark of his own.

“The McConnell-Reid deal not only funds Obamacare and suspends the debt limit, it also includes a provision in Section 123 that increases funding for the Olmsted Locks and Dam in Kentucky from $775 million to $2.9 billion.”

Yep. Plain old business-as-usual Washington politics. McConnell didn’t need to feel he should be loved by the Democrats in the Senate – they will just consider him weaker now. It can’t be because he felt he was doing the right thing. I think it was just because he wanted this liability the government slowdown was becoming to end, and fast, and if he could get a couple of billion dollars to ship back to the voters of Kentucky, well, that’s icing on the cake.

Yeah, a couple of billion dollars. Not a few million for a bridge to nowhere or something small like that. Why has no one else mentioned this? “Look, my fellow Kentuckians, I brought almost three billion dollars in new jobs to you in one quick stroke of the pen. You know you want to keep electing me over and over, right? No matter how much damage I do to your personal lives and livelihoods, or to the country.”

This is what I’ve said over and over. #1: Term limits for Congress. #2: somehow limit the amount of taxes that the government can extract. Now there’s no seniority and the end of the privileged political class. (Or at least close to it.)

But how do we get this through Congress? They would never deliberately take away their own gravy trains.

We don’t need to. The state legislatures can do it. See Mark Levin’s “The Liberty Amendments.” It can be done, as Ronald Reagan used to say.

And by the way, if you’ve not read it, read Levin’s “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto.” It put so many things into context for me I still cannot believe it.

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