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Franklin Warned Us Of Fools Like McConnell

July 14, 2011 by  

Benjamin Franklin, apparently paraphrasing Plato, once said, “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something.”

Foolishness must be what prompted Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to kick his fellow GOP negotiators in the gut Tuesday with his announcement of a fallback plan to grant President Barack Obama the power to raise the debt limit on his own.

By signaling a willingness to surrender in the middle of negotiations, McConnell weakened the hand held by Republicans like Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who are at least going through the motions of trying to cut government spending. Statements — and unconditional surrenders — like that drive Tea Party members crazy. Or, as Michelle Malkin blogged, make them want to bang their heads against the wall.

McConnell is a fool and a big government tool and he’s one of many RINO Republicans who need to go. Unfortunately, his term runs until 2014, so we’re stuck with him for a while. That Senate Republicans would elevate McConnell to the leadership position demonstrates they still don’t get it.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • DanB

    We knew it was coming, the unconditional surrender of the Republicans. What I did not expect that they would offer to hand even more of their power over to the President. Wait! Libya, EPA, and FCC…. I should have seen that coming. Politicians want a dictatorship. They want the glory of being elected but not the responsibility. Illustrated by their separate laws for the public versus our “masters”…. So much for being servants of the people. Those days are long gone.

  • dan

    Amen ,brother Bob….Rinos MUST go. Hopefully the man-child imPOTUS
    temper tantrums will encourage someone to take his expensive toys
    away (say his airplane and limousine)and ground him until he ‘s ready to act like an adult…say 2012.

  • SS McDonald

    Great Commentary Bob!
    Noah Webster stated: We have neglected our duty and placed unprincipled men in office. “…if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded.”

  • radiomouse

    As pointed out the other nite on a news program — Congress controls the purse strings per the Constitution ..So power can not just be handed to the president.
    So unless an amendment to the Constitution is added this power transfer can’t happen
    As far as being stuck with these idiots as in Wisconsin maybe put pressure on them for recall/censure????
    The insanity of these fools can’t continue

  • Cawmun Cents

    Confucius say:”Better to remain silent and be thought a fool,than to speak and remove all doubt”.If Mitch had taken Confucius’advise,he wouldnt be embroiled in the political s#!tstorm that he will be dealing with soon.He has been bought and paid for.That can be readily seen by anyone with a decent mind.The give and take that he has thrust himself into will not neccesarily be as he imagines it to be.His future is grim.That being said,it is no mystery why it happened.It goes back to the old standard.Brand A is brand A,brand B is brand A(with a shiny new label).Meanwhile….back at the ranch,those who are trying to get things done right are being dry roasted by the media.Thinking out of the box is not an option.J

  • http://moniquer7 Merlin

    I have heard some dumb ideas and this one has to be near the top of the list all time dumb ideas.

  • James Kirksey

    We should not be bullied by a dictatorial personality, regardless of how important he thinks he is to America.

    We hear the words spoken by the President, his cabinet, and other liberals, saying that we are in a great crisis over debt ceiling. We, the American citizens, often cannot separate truth from lies in this matter. The President has stated that he cannot guarantee the social security checks if the measure is not passed by the date set by Secretary of Treasury as August 2. This for one thing I believe to be a bald faced lie. Social Security is in a different fund, which must be protected IAW law. How do we know the other comments are true, coming from the mouth of a liar?

    Our House of Representatives passed a bill on debt ceiling that was rejected. I see no further action necessary by the Representatives at this time. Simply continue the deliberation of bills and operate the appropriate committees. The ball in in the President’s court.

    Inversely, President Obama needs to get his act together and send a budget for congressional approval. To my knowledge he has never had a budget passed. He is flying the seat of his pants, keeping vital information away from the American people. Until he sends a budget, no action should be considered by congress on a debt ceiling.

    Obama’s socialism, communism, progressivism, and Muslim brotherhood dictatorial ideas should be nixed; it is time to get serious about his eligibility through congressional committees. If his eligibility is so positive, why would he spend a fortune keeping the issue out of open court for so long? We need to openly go after Obama and the Democratic Socialist of America as the traitors of our country they are. God bless American and the memory of those patriotic Christian-Judeo founders.


    James J. Kirksey

    • ValDM

      The prez has nothing to do with the budget process until a budget is presented to him to approve or veto BY THE CONGRESS. Congress, in this instance has been derelict in its duty since 2008………2007 being the last budget submitted.

  • oldbill

    How about we voluntarily pay income and payroll tax, too.

    • Jim

      Didn’t social security start as a voluntary giving?

  • northbrook

    McConnell needs to retire. He is giving up the battle before it has a chance to take place. Even as a backup plan it stinks. He is giving up the power of Congress to the President. Who controls him if Congress gives up its Constitutional powers???

  • Marlene

    The way I read it, the plan gives Obama the unlimited power to raise the debt ceiling every time the plan expires, which we know he will. It reads as if he can bypass Congress each time but, what else is new? – he already does that as if Congress doesn’t exist. He believes he should have unlimited spending powers and should be able to increase the debt as he wishes and to H*** with the voters. I certainly hope his threats and tantrums sink his ship and it can never be dredged up from the murky bottom of the Potomac. May he rest with the fishes (poor fish!)

  • B

    McConnell can be kicked out of office by way of petition process in his local districts. Just convince those McConnell represent to take action. Better now than wait.


  • s c

    For the ill-informed minions out there, when a prez has the power to cancel out constitutional checks-and-balances and do whatever he thinks feels good, you have a DICTATOR.
    In a way, it’s almost amusing to know that by acting like King George (no, not Soros), Herr Obummer is not one bit different than the COLONIALISTS he hates. HOW PROGRESSIVE!
    Because the subhuman vermin in Congress aren’t willing to RESTRAIN the head loser in the W H, that means they have SURRENDERED their right to be in office.
    Once again, the Founding Fathers have proved that what you want and what you get tend to be two different things. And, when your “LEADERS” refuse to do their job, you MUST either throw them out or surrender to the SOBs.
    In this life, folks, surrender is NOT an option. It’s your kids who will pay the price for your “self-absolution.”


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