Open Letter To Mitch McConnell: ‘Time for a Reality Check!’

Letter-to-Mitch Dear Mitch McConnell, I checked out your comments about President Obama and Senate Democrats on Tuesday at the at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council Annual Meeting in Georgetown and wanted to clear up some confusion on your end. Call it a little reality check of sorts if you will.

To begin, you stated you were “perplexed” by the President’s actions since the mid-term elections, accusing him of being in denial over “what can only be described as a butt kicking election.”[1]

  • Really? Could it be that you have forgotten the fact that  “this 113th Congress has passed just 186 bills into law. That’s behind the pace of the 112th Congress, which set the modern record for the fewest number of bills signed into law (283).”[2] Don’t you realize that were it not for your inaction as legislators it would not be necessary for the President to issue executive orders and actions?
  • Or maybe you forgot when President Obama reminded Republicans in November about his intention to take action on immigration this year, stating: “I indicated to Speaker Boehner several months ago that if in fact Congress failed to act I would use all the lawful authority that I possess to try and make the system work better. And that’s gonna happen, that’s gonna happen before the end of the year.”[3] Did you think he was bluffing? What do you think now? Oh, that’s right – you’re perplexed.
  • Could it be that you overlooked the fact that the last significant act on immigration passed by Congress was the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986?  How about the failure to reconcile in conference committee the Border Protection, Anti-terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, passed by the House and the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006, passed by the Senate.[6]
  • Surely you forgot that President Obama signaled interest in beginning a discussion on comprehensive immigration reform before that year’s end back in 2006?[7]
  • And I guess you must have been sleeping when “The Senate voted to pass a sweeping overhaul of U.S. immigration laws” back in June of 2013, “sending its landmark bill to the [Republican controlled] House of Representatives” where it promptly died.
  • And I guess you are unaware that the bill was sent to Speaker Boehner’s House “with a strong showing of bipartisan support and setting up the next phase in the fight to reform the immigration system for the first time in a generation.”[4]

Next, you boasted of your “deal-making acumen when paired with Vice President Joe Biden, citing deals to extend the Bush tax cuts, approve the Budget Control Act and avoid the fiscal cliff in 2012 as examples that [you] can negotiate with the other side.”[1]

Last, you stated that your “hope is that regardless of what direction the president takes, there will be 10-15 Senate Democrats who want to get back to normal and get back toward the political center.”[1]

Are you kidding me? The Democrats are the ones who have strayed furthest from the center?  I don’t even know where to begin with this one.

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FOOTNOTES:

  1. Mitch McConnell ‘perplexed’ by President Obama – Burgess .., http://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/mitch-mcconnell-perplexed-by-obama-113258.html (accessed December 3, 2014).
  2. A Long December: Five Political News Stories to Watch This .., http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/long-december-five-political-news-stories-watch-month-n258906 (accessed December 3, 2014).
  3. Clock counts down on immigration action wait – CNN.com, http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/14/politics/obama-immigration/index.html (accessed December 3, 2014).
  4. In Historic Vote, Senate Passes Bipartisan Immigration Bill .., http://swampland.time.com/2013/06/27/in-historic-vote-senate-passes-bipartisan-immigration-bill/ (accessed December 3, 2014).
  5. Why immigration reform fell short – The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/why-immigration-reform-fell-short/2013/02/03/fbb643aa-6be7-11e2-8740-9b58f43c191a_story.html (accessed December 3, 2014).
  6. Immigration Reform Revisited – The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/22/AR2007032201840.html (accessed December 3, 2014).
  7. Obama Promises Immigration Reform – CBS News, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-promises-immigration-reform/ (accessed December 3, 2014).
  8. Political Polarization in the American Public | Pew Research .., http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/12/political-polarization-in-the-american-public/ (accessed December 3, 2014).
  9. Setting the Record Straight on a Polarizing Debate .., http://www.nationaljournal.com/washington-inside-out/setting-the-record-straight-on-a-polarizing-debate-20140618 (accessed December 3, 2014).
  10. Admit It, Political Scientists: Politics Really Is More .., http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/05/dysfunction/371544/ (accessed December 3, 2014).
  11. Political Polarization – Voteview.com, http://www.voteview.com/political_polarization.asp (accessed December 3, 2014).
  12. America’s big shift right – CSMonitor.com, http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2011/0731/America-s-big-shift-right (accessed December 3, 2014).
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