Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Quote Of Note: Mitch McConnell Runs From The Truth

On NBC's Meet The Press, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said "The American people have taken a look at what this administration has done.  They're running banks, insurance companies, car companies.  They nationalized the student loan business which will kill 31,000 private sector jobs.  It's taken over health care.  They're about to do to financial services what they did to health care.  The American people are appalled at all this."

I have to admit that I am having visions of the tea party faithful driving to a Mitch McConnell fundraiser in Ford F-150's, Chevy Silverados and GMC Sierras (gun racks and Confederate flag decals optional) where they will be encouraged to speak out against the government's successful effort to save the American auto industry and burn their Bank of America ATM cards.

Seriously, I do wonder how many tea party activists have children who want to go to college.  And how many can't afford healthcare.  And how many lost their retirement savings in the past few years.  And I'm wondering why Mitch McConnell, Senator since 1984, doesn't tell these people how much they are personally benefiting from the very government policies McConnell believes are appalling to them.

The answer is simple.  Mitch McConnell cares more about preserving his power in the Republican Party and the Senate than he does about telling the American people the truth.

And the truth is, no farmer or small business owner or entrepreneur or patriot would have been better off if the financial industry had failed and the auto industry had failed and the banking industry had failed, nor will they be if the health care system fails and the financial services industry remains unchecked.

But the truth is usually the first victim in an election year, closely followed by the electorate at large.

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