Senate GOP Leader McConnell: President Should Lead and Stop Blaming Others for his Policy Failures

‘The nation is at risk of an entirely avoidable economic calamity because the President of the United States and the Democrats who control the Senate would rather spend their time picking apart Paul Ryan and his budget plan — which the House has already passed — than producing one of their own. They’d rather sit on the sidelines and hope people focus on the other guy’s attempts to solve our most pressing domestic problems than bother to do anything about them themselves. This has been the Democrat M.O. for two years. And it’s a disgrace.’

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor on Thursday regarding the President’s refusal to lead while blaming others for his policy failures:

“Anyone who happened to be watching the Senate floor a little earlier today got a taste of why, in the midst of a national jobs crisis, Americans are still in danger of being slammed by one of the biggest tax hikes in history, why the U.S. military is today at risk of cuts that would devastate national security, and why there’s now a very good chance another major ratings agency will downgrade our nation’s credit.

“There’s a reason all these things may actually happen, and it has nothing to do with Republicans.

“The nation is at risk of an entirely avoidable economic calamity because the President of the United States and the Democrats who control the Senate would rather spend their time picking apart Paul Ryan and his budget plan — which the House has already passed — than producing one of their own.

“They’d rather sit on the sidelines and hope people focus on the other guy’s attempts to solve our most pressing domestic problems than bother to do anything about them themselves. This has been the Democrat M.O. for two years. And it’s a disgrace.

“Later today the House will pass a six-month continuing resolution to fund the government beyond the end of the month.

“Why? Because Democrats refuse to do the basic work of government. Democrats haven’t passed a budget in more than three years.

“This year, they haven’t passed a single appropriations bill.

“For two years, Democrats have done nothing but cast blame.

“The law says Democrats have to pass a budget. They’ve ignored it.

“The President’s proposed a budget of his own. They’ve opposed it.

“The nation’s just three and a half months away from going off a fiscal cliff. They welcome it. Because their overriding goal isn’t to help the American people find work. It isn’t to get a handle on the debt. It isn’t to give small businesses a boost. It’s to make government even bigger than it already is. And they’re perfectly willing let the country plunge into an even deeper economic mess to ensure it.

“That’s how extreme Democrats in Washington have become. They’re on an ideological crusade.

“They spent the first two years of this presidency putting their policies in place. And when they lost their big majorities in Congress, they decided to sit on their hands rather than change their approach as all these challenges built and built and built.

“For two years, this President got everything he wanted legislatively. Aided by giant majorities in both houses of Congress and goaded on by a chief of staff who told him to brush aside any pleas for bipartisanship, he spent two years putting into place the big-government agenda that he and his liberal allies had dreamed of — an agenda so extreme that their biggest challenge was making sure members of their own party didn’t defect.

“And the results of those efforts are clear for all to see: unemployment’s been above 8 percent for 43 months. Growth is an anemic 1.5 percent — the slowest recovery since the Great Depression. The federal debt is a stratospheric $16 trillion. A full 15 percent of Americans are now on food stamps.

“The census bureau said just yesterday that household incomes have declined every year of the Obama administration and one out of six Americans are living in poverty.

“And the labor participation rate — the percentage of those who can work that are actually working — is at its lowest point in decades. If you count people who’ve given up looking for work, unemployment’s above 11 percent, not the 8 percent we read about. These are the grim realities of the Obama economy.

“And make no mistake: the framework for it was laid in 2009 and 2010.

“So yes, President Obama and Governor Romney have different philosophies on how to lead America back to prosperity.

“But the biggest difference is this: one of them has had four years to implement that vision, and it should be obvious to everyone that it’s been a failure. It’s failed to lift us out of a jobs crisis, and it’s helped prevent the type of recovery that we all know is possible.

“Yet all we get from the President or from Democrats in Congress is feel-good rhetoric, attacks on Republicans who are actually working solve our problems, and political show-votes that are deliberately designed to fail.

“Blame the other guy and maybe people won’t notice your own refusal to lead, or the implications of your own vision. Because make no mistake: in order to fund the government this President wants, there would be no choice but to go after the very middle class he claims to be fighting for.

“That’s the dirty little secret behind the President’s vision for America. That’s the math he didn’t mention in Charlotte. And that’s the real story about what’s been going on around here.

“For two long years, the President and Democrats in Congress laid the foundation for the economy we’re in. They were so sure it would work that the President said if it didn’t he wouldn’t deserve reelection. And it didn’t. So for the last two years, Republicans in Congress have done everything we could to convince the President to change course. He didn’t. He doubled down on the same failed policies. And when he wasn’t able to get them through Congress, he blamed Republicans for the consequences.

“Well, blaming us for the results of his policies is almost as ridiculous as concluding that the vision behind them will be any more successful over the next four years than it has been over the last four.

“It’s time for Democrats from the President on down to stop blaming others and start leading. Our problems are too serious. Our challenges too urgent to wait another day to act.”