The Strategic Incompetence of Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell‘s minion are in full on spin mode trying to blame Speaker of the House John Boehner for botching the payroll tax cut extension. The only person who deserves any blame is Mitch McConnell. In this, the first deal he pretty much single handedly negotiated with the Democrats, he not only screwed up, but proved he has no freaking clue how to get the economy growing again.
The House has postponed a vote on the matter but members of the House are in open rebellion about it. In exchange for the Keystone Pipeline, which would probably make the President veto the whole thing anyway, the GOP would go for a two month extension of the payroll tax cut and raise fees on mortgages permanently.
Note the last bit. McConnell was okay raising fees on the American people permanently to offset a two month payroll tax cut. And it would not just raise fees on mortgages, it would, in effect, perpetuate the sad, sick cycle of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac controlling the mortgage industry with no reforms to either.
McConnell now wants us to know this is all John Boehner’s fault and John Boehner had intended to go along with it. Except that comes as news to plenty of people in the House. There is a larger point, though, that is being ignored.
Mitch McConnell negotiated a two month extension of the payroll tax cut and businesses in America, particularly small businesses, need to plan for a full year. The GOP has blamed Obama and the Democrats for “uncertainty” in the economy and Mitch McConnell sought to exacerbate that uncertainty playing political games with a payroll tax cut.
To compound the stupidity of it all the deal cannot even be implemented by most businesses in America. Mitch McConnell, who supposedly is on the side of job creators, seemingly has no clue how this payroll tax cut would affect businesses and clearly did not understand its implications enough to know just how wholly unworkable it is.
In other words, the leader of the Republicans in the Senate has become such a creature of Washington, he like the Democrats we fight, knows not a darn thing about how to get Washington out of the way of the job creators or, worse, he does not care.