03.04.19

Democrats Embracing One Radical, Half-Baked Socialist Proposal After Another

‘Democrats look out over the landscape of America today and everywhere they look, they see opportunities to seize money and power from American families and communities and pile it up in their own hands here in Washington D.C. Taxing more, spending more, and Washington D.C. seizing more power away from the people. That is the Democrats’ hammer of choice -- and in every part of American life they see a nail.’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Democrats’ socialist proposals:

“Like many Americans, I’ve spent the last several weeks watching with interest as prominent leaders in the Democratic Party have engaged in a political footrace. They’re sprinting as far left as possible, as quickly as possible, trying to outdo one another. The result is that one of our two major political parties has begun embracing one radical, half-baked socialist proposal after another. It’s really a sight to see.

“First came the Democrat Politician Protection Act, a sweeping Washington D.C. takeover of what Americans can say about politics and how they elect their representatives. Speaker Pelosi and her House colleagues were ready with that from day one of this new Congress. They chose it as their ceremonial first bill of the year – H.R. 1. And let me say, this is quite a piece of legislation to hold up as the defining product of the new Democrat House majority.

“House Democrats are championing an unprecedented takeover of our nation’s electoral system -- one that would overhaul campaign rules and make it harder for private citizens to exercise their right to political speech. Replace private money in political campaigns with your taxpayer dollars—up to $5 million to any candidate that wants it—even the candidates you disagree with. And swing the partisan balance of the federal authority with the final say in election regulations.

“Oh, and it all comes under the guise of -- you guessed it -- ‘restoring democracy.’ Of course, this sprawling, 622-page doorstop is never going to become law. I certainly don’t plan to even bring it to the floor here in the Senate. There are always improvements and reforms to be made -- but this isn’t it. But it does give us a useful signal of our Democratic colleagues’ real goals. Democrats look out over the landscape of America today and everywhere they look, they see opportunities to seize money and power from American families and communities and pile it up in their own hands here in Washington D.C. Taxing more, spending more, and Washington D.C. seizing more power away from the people. That is the Democrats’ hammer of choice -- and in every part of American life they see a nail.

“Just look at the so-called ‘Green New Deal.’ From what we understand, the American people can expect a government-mandated overhaul of every four-walled structure in America. An end to American fossil fuel and nuclear energy production, along with the jobs that make it possible. And according to background documents, plans for a government-guaranteed income for those unwilling to work. All at the low-low price of an estimated $93 trillion dollars.

“And of course, next came the massive, one-size-fits-all, government-run health care proposal, ‘Medicare for none.’ Strips everything from our seniors’ Medicare program but the name, slaps that name on a new government-run plan, and they’re so confident Americans will love their Democrat-designed insurance that, by the way, they feel the need to outlaw competing private insurance altogether. Democrats want to rip existing health plans away from middle-class families -- even if they’re happy with their current coverage -- and inevitably, hike taxes on these families to pay for it.

“As I said, none of these things Democrats have pulled off their far-left wish list have a chance of becoming law in 2019. A lot of it almost sounds like stand-up comedy. But the underlying philosophy that all this represents is no laughing matter at all.”

Related Issues: Energy, Senate Democrats, Health Care