Mitch McConnell admits he took the American people hostage

To all those people who thought it was unfair to say the Republican Party was taking the American people hostage by creating the politically manufactured debt ceiling crisis, Sen. Mitch McConnell has a message for you:

You’re wrong.

“I think some of our members may have thought the default issue was a hostage you might take a chance at shooting. Most of us didn’t think that. What we did learn is this — it’s a hostage that’s worth ransoming. And it focuses the Congress on something that must be done.”

So there it is, straight from McConnell’s mouth. The senator was perfectly willing to threaten to destroy the American economy unless he got what he wanted.

What’s also relevant here is that he’s basically saying that the tea party was perfectly willing to kill the hostage, i.e., your jobs, your 401k, your entire economic future.


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    Posted August 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    McConnell is just an awful man. Why do the GOP and the tea-baggers hate America?

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    Pay what you owe…that’s about all I have to say about the entire revenue issue. If even all the members of Congress and other higher up government officials paid their debt it would make a huge dent in the revenue shortfalls we experience.

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