Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a speech today in Kentucky. A speech which yet again personifies the disconnect between the insufferable professional republicans within the party and the MAGA insurgency that has taken it over.
CTH has been transparent with our support for Donald Trump, and the specific reason for it. We want the GOPe machine torn down, dispatched to earth orbit, and nuked while there regardless of consequence, because we’re sick of having to be brutalized and used by Republican liars hiding within it. Period.
If President Trump shows up to the next MAGA rally in a banana costume, 5″ stiletto heels and starts twerking a cardboard cutout of Mitch McConnell, he’d still have our full support.
Senate Majority Mitch McConnell is the personification of the intransigent GOPe. He is quite simply that vindictive doddering fool down the road with the signs on his law forbidding anyone to dare touch the grass. The entire neighborhood hates him. Harsh? No, try reality. THAT is the face of the swamp. Mr. Mumbles. Good grief, no wonder Democrats are always grinning.
For CTH, the elimination of the GOPe machine is ultimately more valuable than anything else. We gave the GOP the House (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016) and the Senate (2014, 2016) and yet we never have received a single benefit to the election victories We The People provided. Why is that?
Here’s where a paradigm shift is needed for many of the political followers who don’t have a deep and specialized knowledge of the Republican agenda.
Citizens United was touted by conservatives as a victory. Why?
Was it because Citizens United was genuinely a win for freedom of speech, or was it actually and substantively because Obama declared it a loss?
Again, paradigm shift time – Citizens United was as much a defeat for “our side” as it was for “their side”. We didn’t need Citizens United to win a massive electoral victory in 2010, Obama’s “Shellacking”; we just showed up to the polls and voted against his policies.
However, the Republican professional political class did need Citizens United to try and stop our efforts in 2012 and again in 2014. I’ll explain.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, led by President Tom Donohue, is the power brokerage for the GOP “establishment”. In short, whatever the CoC wants, their lobbyists on K-Street will insure the CoC gets through campaign contributions to influence the GOP as a Party.
The U.S. CoC is the operational arm of Wall Street, not, I repeat, NOT, Main Street.
The Citizens United decision is what allowed Wall Street to fund the U.S. CoC, which in turn funded the GOP establishment machine. If politics is a blood sport, Citizens United just authorized the unlimited use of STERIODS for the paid gladiators.
How does Wall Street differ from Main Street?
The answer to that question can most easily be reflected by explaining why the Republican Establishment, the professional political class, supports ObamaCare, Common Core and Comprehensive Immigration Reform to include Amnesty.
Wall Street and ObamaCare:
Wall Street, through the CoC, advocate for policies that benefit their interests; their financial interests. The cost of worker healthcare is a liability embedded in the cost of the products sold. If the United Auto Workers healthcare plan costs $10,000 per person, that cost is embedded in the price to manufacture a car.
Unlike their global competitors U.S. businesses (manufacturers) have these costs as part of their product cost, the cost of goods sold.
Globally, other nations have various forms of “government provided” healthcare, and so their products don’t carry the cost directly. In an effort to level the manufacturing playing field, the U.S. CoC, Wall Street, are firm advocates of removing the cost of healthcare from U.S. goods.
Wall Street, supports ObamaCare for an expanded profit margin on financially capitalized businesses – ie. higher profits = higher stock valuations.
Simultaneously, unions support ObamaCare (see SEIU, AFL-CIO et al, visits to White House during ObamaCare construct) because ObamaCare removed the healthcare liability from the union retirees benefits. ie. increased solvency.
The globalists, and progressive Democrats support ObamaCare because it aids their constituency, unions; and also expands the influence of government control which is based on a collective outlook and elimination of the individual freedom.
Wall Street therefore supports both Republicans and Democrats when it comes to the retention of ObamaCare.
That’s why you don’t see Republican Majorities trying to remove it – it’s all hat and no cattle; a ruse, a fraud. Only the promises of actual removal being used to get Pavlov’s sheeple masses to pull levers with hopes/promises of getting repeal pellets.
The GOPe has NO INTENTION of removing ObamaCare.
Wall Street and Immigration:
Like ObamaCare, Wall Street wants comprehensive immigration reform to include amnesty. Again, focused almost entirely on the reduction of the labor costs for goods and services. These are financial balance sheet determinations, not considerations of what’s best for the middle class U.S. worker.
Democrats and Republicans both want immigration reform to include amnesty. Democrats for a voting block and more collectivist ideological approaches, Republicans to do the bidding of their financial interests – The CoC, Tom Donohue, etc.
The multinational agriculture lobby is massive.
We willingly feed the world as part of the system; but you as a grocery customer pay more per unit at the grocery store because domestic supply no longer determines domestic price.
Within the agriculture community the (feed-the-world) production export factor also drives the need for labor. Labor is a cost. The multinational corps have a vested interest in low labor costs. Ergo, open border policies. (ie. willingly purchased republicans not supporting border wall etc.).
Part of the lobbying in the food industry is to advocate for the expansion of U.S. taxpayer benefits to underwrite the costs of the domestic food products they control. By lobbying DC these multinational corporations get congress and policy-makers to expand the basis of who can use EBT and SNAP benefits (state reimbursement rates).
Expanding the federal subsidy for food purchases is part of the corporate profit dynamic. With increased taxpayer subsidies, the food price controllers can charge more domestically and export more of the product internationally. Taxes, via subsidies, go into their profit margins. The corporations then use a portion of those profits in contributions to the politicians. It’s a circle of money.
Neither Democrats nor Republicans are willing to build a border wall to stop illegal immigration.
Wall Street and Common Core Education:
Like ObamaCare and Immigration, Wall Street wants the federalization of education. In part because it generates a consistently similar pool of eligible, who are increasingly Latino, workers; and in part because education is BIG BUSINESS.
Just look at your property taxes to see how much of your local property tax dollars are apportioned to public School and Education funding.
Democrats and Republicans both support Common Core. Democrats because it expands the financial base of local schools to allow greater room for increased labor union (teacher, NEA) wages; and because Common Core affords, yet again, an ideological watering down of individualism in favor of collectivism. Republicans support Common Core because it’s big business, and the CoC funds their advocacy.
Both Democrats and Republicans support Common Core.
Wall Street, through K-Street, through the CoC, fund these legislative priorities.
The Citizens United decision allowed Wall Street, through K-Street, through the CoC to fund established legislative representatives to continue these legislative priorities.
Conversely, Citizens United, through Wall Street, through K-Street, through the CoC, created the system of Super-PAC’s that funds attacks against any political opponent who would unseat their selected and established candidate. You only need to look at 2014’s Virginia (Ken Cuccinelli), or Mississippi (Chris McDaniels), or Kentucky (Matt Bevin) to see how strongly these interests will work to insure victory.
The same process, with funding from the same groups and individuals, is taking place right now in the Alabama Senate race.