What Is Your Job?

According to Senate Minority Obstructionist Mitch McConnell, his job does not include extending a helping hand to the states with the intent of preventing layoffs of firefighters, police, and teachers.

Speaking with Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K.Y.) defended his opposition to President Obama’s now dead jobs bill, saying that the federal government should instead focus on decreasing regulations.

Senate Republicans, joined by three conservative members of the Democratic caucus, defeated that $35 billion package last week, which aimed to hire or retain teachers and emergency responders. And Democrats will surely trumpet their recalcitrance as we head into 2012.

Yet McConnell spun the issue in a different light, telling Crowley that saving emergency responders from unemployment shouldn’t be a federal responsibility because we can’t afford “to be bailing out states.”

“I certainly do approve of firefighters and police,” said McConnell. “The question is whether the federal government ought to be raising taxes on 300,000 small businesses in order to send money down to bail out states for whom firefighters and police work. They are local and state employees.”

Which begs the question to be asked -- if that's not your job, what is? To dismantle government rather than improve it? To ensure that layoffs occur rather than prevent them?

When did this become an acceptable style of governance?

At this point, I'm not sure if I can any longer suggest this kind of behavior began with the Reagan era, because more and more Ronald Reagan looks like a raging socialist and beacon of goodwill compared to today's Republican Party.

The Republicans in congress are presented opportunities on a daily basis to make a difference. To improve people's lives. And these opportunities are squandered while worshiping at the alter of greed and power.

By the way, McConnell obviously considers every millionaire in the country to be a small-business if he's making the claim that we shouldn't be raising taxes on 300,000 small businesses.

  • laddieluv

    “Sick” soulless arrogant fu.k.

    Without a chin.

    “Despise” is not a strong enough emotion. Blech.

  • jason gober

    Hey Ashby, I think I finally understand GOP logic. If we end regulations, then more shit will catch fire. Then, the fewer firefighters and police can work longer hours for less pay, just like the rest of us. They are trying to unite the country!

  • Zen Diesel

    The Cult of the Wingnuts are definitely living in another alternate reality. There use to be a time that I could respect the Republican Party. Now days, every comment from the wingnuts just makes me shake my head and facepalm .

  • Broadway Carl

    “…we can’t afford ‘to be bailing out states.'”

    Well if that’s the case, then the welfare state of Kentucky, which receives $1.51 for every federal tax dollar it pays, should be the first on the list to give it back. After all, we can’t afford to be bailing out states.

  • incredulous72

    And yet, the sonofabitch still has his job.

    What is it going to take for some people?!

    This man has made it perfectly clear on numerous occasions that he detests his actual job description, so he’s made up a new one for himself and he’s dared anybody to stop him from fulfilling his new job description duties.

    In any other business, in any other country, those are grounds for immediate dismissal.

    Why hasn’t he been dismissed yet?

  • Razor

    Mitch has already made his job clear: send Obama packing. That’s the only thing Republicans do, win elections.

    • D_C_Wilson

      Absolutely. Yertle the Turtle has said repeatedly that his one and only priority is to make Obama a one term president.

      People say that there isn’t much difference between the two parties. They’re wrong. There is one significant difference: The democrats want to govern. Republicans want to wield power.

  • dildenusa

    For the republicans today and their tea party republic disciples, decreasing regulation is a code word for abandoning any attempt at starting a renewable energy industry in the US. Then leaving China, Brazil, India, Germany, etc. to lead on renewable energy. Then in the US it’s business as usual, as we drill and pump every last drop of oil, every last atom of natural gas, dig every last piece of coal out the ground, and build huge centralized nuclear plants that are nothing but disasters waiting to happen. Then while the oil companies and nuclear industry fouls the water US peasents must drink, the air we must breath, the food we must eat, Mitch McConnell and his ilk sit down to dinners of organic food, and drink and breath purified water and air in their gated condo communities.

    And it’s all about money and self interest. The more money scum bag oil companies make, the more money they funnel to campaign contributions. Some democratic senators and congresspeople feed at this trough too. But at least they inhabit a somewhat higher political plane than McConnell and his ilk, who engage in crass pandering and patronizing to scum bags like the Koch Roaches and similar ultra wealthy business types.

  • Matt McDaniel

    There is one Republican senator who, while I disagree with many of his views, I still feel is a serious, respectable, thoughtful patriot: Richard Lugar of Indiana.

    Naturally, after decades in the Senate, he is being challenged in the primary by a tea party lunatic.

    The GOP is not a political party anymore. It’s a suicide cult.

  • Chachizel

    Great post Ashby. I truly do not understand these people. If their disdain for government is SO great, why get into government? Real people are hurting and have real problems. These clowns don’t want to lift a finger to help them unless it benefits the wealthy even more. INSANE!!