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Sunday, October 23, 2016

The fact that conservative politicians are insensitive to the concerns of ordinary Americans is nothing new. However, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took this tone-deafness to new depths on Sunday, when he told Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer that the government shutdown amounted to nothing more than paid time off for lucky furloughed federal workers.

“Look, shutting down the government, in my view, is not conservative policy,” McConnell said. “I don’t think a two-week paid vacation for federal employees is conservative policy.”

The Kentucky senator then took the opportunity to pat himself on the back for being involved in this appalling episode in our nation’s history — one that cost us an astounding $24 billion in a little over two weeks — because hey, the markets didn’t crash! When asked by Schieffer how badly the country was hurt by the shutdown, McConnell responded:

Well, it certainly didn’t do the country any good to have, you know, both a government shutdown and a pending fiscal crisis right on top of it. But, look, we’re a big, resilient country. You just pointed out how the stock market bounced back immediately. I was pleased to play a role in keeping us from going to the brink. I think it was important to do the right thing for the country. And we did it.

Video of McConnell’s appearance is below, and is really worth watching to see just how many lies and misleading statements he manages to fit into one short segment.

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  • rhallnj

    And I would bet they spend another week trying to figure out what they were doing before and trying to recover from the shock. Heckuva job, Mitch!

  • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

    Republicans b*tch, moan and demean people who are on Government assistance calling them lazy and takers etc. Than here are people who work hard for a living and the Republicans b#tch, moan and demean them too. The only time they have anything good to say is when they are talking about themselves.

  • Dominick Vila

    First they shutdown the government, then they trivialize the impact of an highly irresponsible and unnecessary decision by criticizing those who wanted to do their job but were precluded from doing it, by accusing them of freeloading for two weeks and getting paid for it. BTW, Mitch forgot to mention that Republican senators and congressmen voted in favor of paying the 780,000 civil servants for income losses incurred as a result of the shutdown…when it was convenient to project a semblance of concern towards our fellow Americans. Cynicism and hypocrisy must be redefined to accommodate the Tea Party behavior.

  • sigrid28

    And the 11,000,000 without jobs are just on vacation, too, I suppose.

    • Mama62

      No in GOP land, they are lazy slackers, just takers who don’t even deserve to eat on a regular basis. How do these people sleep at night?

  • JDavidS

    What this asshole seems to fail to realize is that he and his ilk necessitated this “paid vacation”. Had it not been for him and the Tea Clowns, these people would have been at work, doing what they’re paid to do. What a complete shit-head. Blaming others for his fuck-up. Typical of the Tea Clowns. Do all the damage they can then point fingers everywhere but where they belong…at themselves. Taking absolutely no responsibility for their stupidity.

    • wesley rasmussen

      You forget – they have to be smart enough to realize they are stupid.

    • TVulgaris

      It wasn’t stupidity, it was planned out in detail months ago, and the only real glitch is that enough people started to actually pay attention to the man behind the curtain and talk (or scream) about it, enough to touch off the sewer gas that passes for the moral compass of their social philosophy. The entire thing blew up in their faces. It wasn’t stupid in its execution, but they simply assumed enough of the people would simply roll over and take it without complaint as usual.
      So, stop calling them stupid, just keep asking THEM why THEY authorized the waste of $24B and the 2 weeks paid vacation.
      Email them every day. Call their offices. Ask them at every public appearance they make.
      I also think we should start a referendum in every possible venue to demand that those who initially voted for shutdown lose their income for the same period of time, and 10 times that for those who refused (again) to fund and reopen the “nonessential” operations. I’m pretty sure many were shooting for a new record in the duration of the shutdown, they deserve the recognition for that by slapping them with record penalties.

      • Michael Kollmorgen

        There is only one thing I would do.

        I would try them all for Treason, Republicans and Tea Party alike. I’d include every corporate backer that supported them and not only in this administration – all the way back to the Reagan Administration, maybe even all the way back to the Nixon Administration.

        Time to take back our country from these Traitors! It’s been long overdue.

  • stuart21

    But more good news, Mitch.

    Loooong holiday coming soon.

    For you.

    Then you die!

    Could it get any better?

  • idamag

    Isn’t there something about a pot and a kettle? There are 28 working days per month in a calendar year. That gives us an annual of 336 days. Divide that by 2 as Congress works half days and you get 156 days. Subtract the two days they take off early to go home. Then subtract 60 days of leave taking for one thing or other. Congress is working 108 days a year. I guess I should put quotation marks around the word, “working.” The person on an assembly line is judged by his output. I live near Yellowstone Park. There was an article citing the impact the shutdown had on the community of West Yellowstone and the concessionaires in the park. Of course those people don’t count. We are reaping the rewards of sending a bunch of amateurs to Washington.

    • omgamike

      We surely are. To me, it is simply beyond belief that so many people in this country can repeatedly vote against their own interests. I would challenge any of them to come up with a life that didn’t have dealings with the federal government in one form or another. They gripe about government, but still have their hands out to accept aid from the government, in one form or another (I know, I keep using that expression). Utter hypocrisy and stupidity IMO.

  • howa4x

    What? A republican being insensitive to workers! I’m shocked and applalled

  • Bill

    Mitch McConnell is to damn ignorant to say or do anything of value, but he is for sale.

  • Canistercook

    One week paid and one week not might have made more sense! There are a lot of unemployed people to support!

  • Pamby50

    What can anyone say about Mitch McConnell. He acted like the 2 weeks the government was shutdown was nothing. Just a mere blimp on the radar screen. I sure hope he loses his senate seat to Allison Lundgren-Grimes.

  • 4sanity4all

    I heard on the news that the paychecks that are owed will be delayed until the end of the month. I immediately felt sorry for those who live paycheck to paycheck, and need their pay to come in a timely manner, so that they can pay their bills on time. But in McConnell’s world, the struggles of working people are not real. He thinks that the people who were locked out of work, and losing sleep over it were on a “two week vacation”, huh? He twists reality until the stuff spilling from his mouth brings to mind raw sewage.