Mitch McConnell steps up

In a political climate ripe for solutions, the GOP has too often been guilty of just hoping to be the more attractive belle of the ball and thus win seats on anti-incumbency sentiment without offering real solutions. That’s exactly how Barack Obama won the White House two years ago, so pay attention to how successful that strategy isn’t.

Now, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally stepped up and vowed to present a real alternative, vowing to fight for the preservation of the Bush-era tax relief measures for all Americans, not just those making under $250,000. In a recent Washington Post story, McConnell was quoted as saying this:

“Americans have had it. They’re tired of Democrat leaders in Washington pursuing the same government-driven programs that have done nothing but add to the debt and the burden of government. We can’t allow this administration to demand that small-business owners in this country pay for its own fiscal recklessness. And that’s why I’m introducing legislation today that ensures that no one in this country will pay higher income taxes next year than they are right now.”

It’s a measure that could mean the difference between closing shop or having a chance to stay afloat for many small-business owners. Bravo to McConnell for finding a pair of brass ones, as well as for finding a way to communicate conservative fiscal policy in a way that resonates with non-Wall Street business owners. That’s Reagan blue-collar conservatism, there, and while it may not sell textbooks, it works every time it’s tried.

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