Sen. Mitch McConnell: It
Really? You have less than two weeks to deal with a default, and NOW you want to have a real debate? God, what a moron.
ďIt had been my fervent hope that the President could be persuaded to view the upcoming debt limit vote as an opportunity to change direction, to cut spending and debt, and to preserve entitlement programs.
ďBut those hopes evaporated when the President began to insist in recent weeks that he would only consider spending cuts later if Republicans agreed now to one of the biggest tax hikes in history. Republicans refused to be drawn into this legislative trap.
ďAnd when Democrats proposed a smaller plan that they claimed, without any details, amounted to more than a trillion dollars in cuts, well, we refused to go along again ó because we knew that it didnít.
ďWe refused to pretend that a bad deal was a good one.