If you Love to Live in El Dorado County, Vote For those that Support Your Community. 

SUBMITTED BY RANDALL S. RODRIGUEZ 

The COVID19 pandemic is crushing the budgets of rural local governments.  In response, the Republican Senate tells them to declare bankruptcy!   

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took a hard line against more funding for state and local governments in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.  He said that Republicans are not interested in “revenue replacement for state governments” or “solving their pension problems.” 

McConnell’s tough words came a day after the Senate approved a $484 billion bill to help small businesses and hospitals respond to the coronavirus outbreak. The measure did NOT include funds for state and local governments, despite Democrats arguing state and local governments are hard hit by the disease and the corresponding economic fallout.

Instead, McConnell suggested in interviews Wednesday that Democrats are trying to get the federal government to essentially bail out state and local governments for bad decisions they made related to public pension obligations and other sources of expensive debt.

Senator McConnell, following the path of Marie Antoinette’s “let them eat cake” example, said “I would certainly be in favor of allowing states to use the bankruptcy route.”  Not content, McConnell went further and stated that “there’s no good reason for it not to be available. My guess is their first choice would be for the federal government to borrow money from future generations to send it down to them now so they don’t have to do that.”  Really?  These statements are from a Senator that allowed the Fortune 500 to binge on stock buybacks and to increase the wealth of CEOs and the 1%. 

A fellow Republican, Representative Pete King of New York, slammed McConnell’s comments as “shameful and indefensible.” 

“To say that it is ‘free money’ to provide funds for cops, firefighters and healthcare workers makes McConnell the Marie Antoinette of the Senate,” King wrote.  King is a Republican.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, also condemned McConnell’s remarks stating that is “one of the dumb statements of all time.”

We need politicians that will work for us, and who are not the motley fools of the king one percenters.  Vote for El Dorado County’s cops, firefighters and healthcare workers.  Vote Democrat!