Letters to the Editor

McConnell made wrong choice on Berea College

Sen. Mitch McConnell
Sen. Mitch McConnell

It pleases me to fan the odor away from the horse apples dropped by Sen. Mitch McConnell in a Dec. 28 column, in which he would have the reader believe that he should be absolved of all responsibility for the new tax on Berea College.

McConnell had two choices, and the right thing for him to do was to follow the Senate rules and try and get a 60 percent vote to remove that provision. Instead, he traded exemptions favoring “holdout” Republican senators and President Donald Trump and brought the entire bill before the Senate knowing that it would hurt Berea College.

His decision stands in stark contrast to one he made last year when he chose to ignore the Constitution and stymied a vote for a Supreme Court nominee. In this instance, he chose to throw Berea College and its students under the bus, gambling that he could get that provision removed before the mid-term elections and make the Republicans look like heroes.

The proof in the pudding will be whether or not Berea College has to write that check.

Jim Brutsman