Mitch McConnell Playing the Hand of the King
During Mitch McConnell's early days, he was seen as more of a moderate and pragmatic. Maybe due to the fact that his 1st wife was a "liberal" as he called her.With time, he would begin leaning to the right. In 1993, he married Elaine Chao, a Republican who came from wealth and had served as Secretary of Labor prior to being appointed to the position of Secretary of Transportation under the Trump administration. She serves in the cabinet level position and reports directly to the President. Some of her duties are :
- Negotiating and implementing international transportation agreements.
- Assuring the fitness of U.S. Airlines.
- Prepares transportation legislation.
- Coordinates in the development/operation of transportation facilities as well as services for ports, waterways, mass transit, highways and railroads.
In 2007, after the death of Elaine Chao's mother, the McConnell's wealth grew to $28 million dollars due to a large inheritance. Elaine Chao's family has owned a Transportation Company that does most of its work with China and since Elaine Choa has inherited her mother's wealth and business ties, she and her husband Mitch McConnell earn approximately $400,000 annually together, but most of their income is derived from her ties to the transport company. Many see this as a improper, since she has the ability to help out her own company ties as she sets programs and policy.
As Trumps right hand man, he has chosen the party of Trump over what is right for the American people that put him into office.
Mitch McConnell and the money
Just before Trump began to talk about running for the office of the Presidency. Mitch McConnell became cozy with the Russians.
Through a Super Pac, Senate Leadership PAC that was run by John Boehner in 2011 and taken over by Mitch McConnell in 2016, during Trump's campaigning for the Presidency, he took in $3,500,000 from a Russian businessmen, Len Blavantnik through his company Access Industries and others. Trump appointed Treasury Secretary is also a business partner of Blavatnik.
Blavatnik also gave over $7M to PAC's working for high ranking Republicans. He also donated $1M to Trump's Inauguration.
Another bid donor to Mitch McConnells run PAC is Sheldon D. Adelson and his wife Marian, each donated $25M a piece for Trump's election. Sheldon D. Adelson is the billionaire owner of Las Vegas Sands Casino Company, among many other businesses. Showing American, that Republican's count on people of great power and money as their donor base.
One donor, that adds the biggest question on his donor list is Viktor Vekelsberg who is a 20.5 percent owner in RuSal, a Russian Aluminum Company that in May of 2018, wired $500,000 to Michael Cohen's account.
Mitch McConnells work for the party not the people
It is clear from just the few items listed below, that none of those things he's pushed for help the American blue collar worker, the farmer or anyone who isn't in the same tax bracket as he or Donald Trump are in.
- 2010, He requested earmarks for a defense contractor that was under investigation by the Department of Justice for bribery.
- 2011, he introduced a constitutional balanced budget amendment to raise taxes.
- 2012, he received campaign contributions from Alltech after he interceded to got federal grants for them.
- 2014, he voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act.
- 2014, he expressed opposition to Senate Bill that would limit the practice of corporate inversion by US. Corporations looking to limit US tax liability.
- When Obama was elected to the Presidency, he told his fellow Republicans that the single most important thing the party needed to achieve was to make him a one term president.
- During Obama's Presidency, Mitch McConnell changed the law and required all bills to have a Super Majority (60 votes) to pass the Senate, setting the biggest obstacle the Senate had seen in years.
- He opposed, in 2018, the Democrats when they wanted to pass a resolution that would keep candidates from hiding information on donors.
- 2018, Stalled passage of bipartisan criminal justice reform bill.
McConnell and Haven- Keystone Pipeline and more
In 2014, Mitch McConnell's first priority was to approve the Keystone Pipe Line, which Obama had vetoed. In November 2016, while in talks with Trump, he asked him to approve the Keystone Pipeline should he win.
He and Senator John Haven of South Dakota, continued to fight for the Keystone Pipe Line, that would be owned by ConocoPhillips and would go to TransCanada once completed. ConocoPhillips donated $1M to McConnell's Senate Leadership PAC.
McConnell and Haven cosponsored legislation to permanently repeal the Federal Estate Tax and also supported the repeal of the death tax. In the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act past by the Republican Congress in 2017, it would double the individual tax exemption on inheritance to $10M.
Once again, showing that Mitch McConnell spends more time working to save money for the rich and very little on bills to help the hard working American people.
His funding, for the Senate Leadership PAC, which is strictly for Republicans, receives 50% from large individual contributors, average of $13M and 19.64% from other PAC's, average donation $5M. That's almost 70% from the wealthiest people in America.
McConnell and Mueller, what changed?
At the beginning of Trumps term in office, Mitch McConnell spoke against Trump to some extent if he didn't agree with him. He even supported an investigation into Russian intervention of the election just before Trump took office.
Around November 2017, McConnell's views began to change. He opposed legislation that would protect Mueller and his investigation. This was a bipartisan effort and it was blocked by McConnell.
By January 2018, He felt Mueller should wrap up the investigation because it had gone on long enough. About a year, no long at all compared to multiple years of investigation on Clinton and Nixon.
July 2018, McConnell strategists were ok with Trump attacking the credibility of our intelligence community to gain votes in the mid-term elections.
Nov 2018, once again refused to pass anything that would protect the Mueller investigation, as the Trump was talking of firing Mueller and pressuring those involved in the investigation.
March 2019, McConnell called it Premature to call for the full release of the Mueller Report. And he and the Republicans go so far as to block the US Senate Democrats move to have the report made public.
Trump said, he was completely exonerated and he didn't have a problem with the report being release. Although he was incorrect on his exoneration. Yet, McConnell once again blocked its release.
Mitch McConnell's single goal is to have his party gain and keep control at any cost. He proved it when he refused to let Obama have anything that would appear to be an achievement, in order to have him be a one-term president. Much to his surprise, Obama was re-elected for a second term.
Mitch McConnell will be up for re-election in 2020 and Kentucky being a red state may keep him in office for another term, unless the Republicans of Kentucky have had enough of the Party of Trump, then this could be costly to both candidates, Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump.
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