Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is facing significant criticism for his proposal of a compromise that would end the government shutdown but still subject Americans to the wildly unpopular ObamaCare law.
Thanks to the principled stance of conservatives in both chambers of Congress, the subject of de-funding the socialized healthcare mandate received widespread attention in the weeks leading up to the shutdown. In the interim, however, establishment Republicans have worked to negotiate a deal with Democrats that would effectively disregard those concerns.
Among McConnell’s most vocal critics are members of the Senate Conservatives Fund.
According to the group’s executive director, Matt Hoskins, McConnell is “working with [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid on a plan to fund ObamaCare and raise the debt limit.”
Under this proposal, he added, millions of Americans will not only have to “pay for a law they oppose, it will force them to borrow more money to do it.”
The fund has invested significantly in advertising campaigns designed to call out Republican senators who are not reflecting the will of their constituency regarding ObamaCare. Hoskins saves some of his harshest criticism for McConnell, though.
Accusing him of “negotiating the Republican surrender,” Hoskins said McConnell “gave the Democrats a blank check back in July when he signaled he would do anything to avoid a shutdown and now Democrats can demand whatever they want.”
As a result of his spineless leadership, the Republican party now embraces the “untenable position that all government programs must be funded if they are part of current law,” Hoskins added.
While McConnell recently expressed “optimism that we’re going to get a result that will be acceptable to both sides,” few of his ideas are pleasing conservatives.
In addition to his unwillingness to go after ObamaCare, reports indicate that other details in his compromise plan also play right into the hands of the Obama regime.
He favors a continuing resolution that would extend until next year’s sequestration deadline, which would create another situation leftists could use as political fodder against the GOP. Additionally, the debt ceiling would be raised without question until well into next year.
While battling the rampant leftism of the modern Democrat party should be job one of our elected Republican representatives, many like McConnell interpret their duties in an entirely different context. They seek to compromise and capitulate at every turn, hoping their centrism will garner them favor.
Democrats never relent, though, and continually railroad the GOP through intimidation and threats.
McConnell and his ilk are wrong in believing our center-right nation really wants the big government policies he is proposing. Americans who embrace such ideology already have a party that will cater to them.
Republican leaders must stand firm on conservative values, or millions of fed up patriots will find someone else who will.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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