Senator Mitch McConnell has unveiled a proposal to give President Obama the power to raise the debt limit on his own by $2.4 trillion in three installments before the end of 2012–unless two-thirds of Congress votes to block it.
Senator McConnell’s proposal will undermine everything conservative Republicans have been working for in regard to spending cuts. The GOP was using the debt ceiling as leverage to get the President and Congress to agree to significant cuts in spending, including entitlement programs. The last thing we need to do is give President Obama the unfettered power to continue to spend us into oblivion and Senator McConnell’s proposal does not give us any real protection against that eventuality.
And that’s not all–Senator McConnell’s proposal comes out ahead of next week’s vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment. The amendment would put the U.S. on a path to reduce the federal deficit. Moody’s Investor Service has been very clear that a reduction is necessary to maintain our current credit rating. Their response to the McConnell proposal was not positive:
“the outlook assigned at that time to the government bond rating would very likely be changed to negative at the conclusion of the review unless substantial and credible agreement is achieved on a budget that includes long-term deficit reduction. To retain a stable outlook, such an agreement should include a deficit trajectory that leads to stabilization and then decline in the ratios of federal government debt to GDP and debt to revenue beginning within the next few years.”
So what can you do to stop Senator McConnell’s attempt to give President Obama an unlimited line of credit?
1. Call Senator McConnell’s office along with your Senators and Representatives and ask them not to give President Obama the authority to raise the debt limit.
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This is an outrage. It doesn’t matter whether you are pro-life or not, you should be furious that this is what your hard-earned tax dollars are paying for. De-funding Planned Parenthood should be at the top of the GOP agenda.
Late this afternoon the U.S. House of Representatives voted
245-189 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,
also known as “Obamacare.” Three Democrats joined a unanimous
Republican caucus in rolling back the wildly unpopular health care
law. Unfortunately, conventional wisdom says it will die in
the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has refused to
allow the repeal to come to a vote, and even if Republicans were
able to get a vote, it is unlikely it would get enough support to
pass. If by some miracle, they could get the votes to pass
the repeal it is extremely likely that President Obama would veto.
This outcome was predicted by Republican leadership. They now
plan to try to repeal some of the more unpopular portions of the
health care law and replace them with conservative
alternatives. There’s also been talk of de-funding portions of the bill. However they choose to proceed, The GOP is off to a good start in keeping their promise to repeal Obamacare. Hopefully, that will continue.
A week ago today, the FCC voted 3-2 along partisan lines to implement new net neutrality regulations. This is the first time the internet has been subject to regulation by the federal government, and it’s a huge win for left-wing activist groups. Opposition to the rules was bipartisan in nature and overwhelming. Over 300 House and Senate members signed a letter opposing internet regulation. This is the camel’s nose under the tent to content regulation on the internet, Fairness Doctrines, etc. It is quite possibly the most dangerous thing Congress has done all year–which says a lot if you think about what all Congress has done this year.
The new Republican leadership should make it a priority to block the implementation of net neutrality regulations.
For more information about what net neutrality is, and what it means for the future of the internet, click here.
Call your congressional representatives and let them know you want them to prioritize blocking the implementation of net neutrality.