A few days ago Sarah Palin reminded us that she originally rose to political prominence in Alaska by taking on the self-proclaimed “Corrupt Bastards Club” of establishment Republican politicians who had literally sold the state government to the oil industry.
After giving an excellent analysis of where the whole ObamaCare disaster is heading – single payer socialized medicine – Palin said what was on the minds of millions of limited government constitutional conservatives after the GOP establishment waived the white flag.
“You have to wonder whether the permanent political class in D.C. really wants to get rid of Obamacare at all. We’re finding out it’s good business for them.”
And the one establishment Republican politician who arguably came out better than anyone else in the deal to end the stand-off over defunding ObamaCare and imposing real spending reform on the federal government was the Senate’s Republican Minority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Our friend Michael Patrick Leahy over at Breitbart reports that it turns out the bill to end the government shutdown that was passed by Congress and promptly signed by President Obama included only one earmark for a major public works project--an additional $2.1 billion authorization for the Olmsted Dam Project in McConnell's home state of Kentucky.
This pet project of McConnell’s is already 300% over budget. The project was first authorized by Congress in 1988 in Section 3 (a) (6) of Public Law 100-676, the Water Resources Development Act of 1988 at an original price tag of only $775 million. Two and a half decades later, the federal government has spent just short of $1.7 billion on the project to date, which remains less than half way complete.
No wonder nearly half (47%) of those surveyed in a USA TODAY/Princeton Survey Research Poll said Congress would work better if most members were replaced.
The Senate Conservatives Fund has now endorsed Matt Bevin, McConnell’s opponent in the Kentucky Republican primary, and the revelation of the Olmstead Dam earmark prompted the SCF to charge that, "In exchange for funding Obamacare and raising the debt limit, Mitch McConnell secured a $2 billion Kentucky kickback. “
The Senate conservatives Fund and The Madison Project, two major national conservative organizations have now joined “Take Back Kentucky,” Wendy Caswell, the founder and President of the Louisville Tea Party, and a number of Kentucky Tea Party related groups in backing Bevin.
In concluding her op-ed about the “Corrupt Bastards Club” Sarah Palin reminded us that “The recent “slimdown” didn’t cause the fracture [in the Republican Party]. It happened because of the fracture – because wayward Republicans have refused for years to stand up and fight for economic freedom and limited government, despite campaigning on those principles every election cycle. That’s how we got into this debt-ridden mess in the first place. They campaigned one way, but governed another.”
To paraphrase our friends at The Madison Project: If there is one individual who represents the face of the stale, tone-deaf, timid, moss-covered and obtuse leadership of the GOP establishment, it is Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell is emblematic of the rudderless leadership, vacuous core, and duplicitous tendencies of the powers that be within the Republican Party.
Visit this website to learn how you can help Matt Bevin defeat Mitch McConnell