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In Monday night's televised Kentucky senate debate, Mitch McConnell bristled at Alison Lundergan Grimes’s intimation that he became a millionaire by cashing in on his job.

How Mitch McConnell Got Rich

No way, the senate majority leader wannabe shot back at the Democrat who wants his job. McConnell protested that Grimes knows he and his spouse got rich as "a result of an inheritance that my wife got when her mother passed away."

Joe Raese was even more candid four years ago: “I made my money the old-fashioned way, I inherited it. I think that’s a great thing to do.”

Joe who? He’s the Republican another Joe, a Democrat named Manchin, beat in the 2010 West Virginia senate race. Raese’s remarks apparently didn’t play in Parkersburg, Philippi and elsewhere in the Mountain State.

I wouldn’t bet the farm that Sen. McConnell’s true confession on Kentucky Educational Television will play in Paducah, Pikeville or anyplace else in the Bluegrass State.

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McConnell says success awaits anybody who has initiative and works hard. George Babbitt called it “pep.”

In McConnell’s Babbitt world, unions and government help for people who need help – help like a boost in the minimum wage – kill jobs and destroy self-reliance.

[dc]“A[/dc]mericans take pride in solving problems for themselves,” McConnell once said. “And if we fail, we get back up and try again. It’s what we do. It’s who we are.”

Berry Craig

So arise and get peppy. But it's easier work just talking about self-reliance while living it up on an inherited fortune.

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