Senate GOP Leader McConnell Urges White House to Motivate Job Creators, Not Political Base

Ironically, the author of hope and change, Barack Obama, during his 2008 presidential campaign, promised that he would be a uniter, not a divider if Americans elected him president.  Instead, President Obama is arguably the most divisive leader in American history.  The best example of this was his Chicago-thuggish political speech on Monday night when he announced his $1.5 trillion tax increase scheme.

The leader of the Republicans in the United States Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell, R-KY, said about Obama's latest scheme to create jobs: 

"Here’s my question: how do you explain to the 14 million Americans looking for a job right now that you’re more interested in motivating campaign supporters than in motivating businesses to hire? For the past week, the President’s been running around the country trying to set a record for the number of times he can say pass this bill ‘right away’ in a five-minute stump speech.  Meanwhile, his Communications Director is telling people he doesn’t really expect the bill to pass. And the Democratic Majority Leader of the Senate is treating it like a legislative afterthought."

The rest of the press release from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's office is directly below:

McConnell Urges White House to Motivate Job Creators, Not Political Base

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday regarding the White House decision to move to a ‘new phase’ and away from bipartisan accomplishment:

“There’s been a lot of debate in the past week about the latest proposals coming out of the White House and whether the President’s latest Stimulus bill or the tax hikes he’s proposing will help or hurt the economy. 

“But based on what we’re hearing from the White House this week, it’s hard to see the point in having any debate all.

“I’m referring, of course, to a comment by the White House Communications Director, who told the New York Times on Monday that the President has entered what he referred to as a ‘new phase.’

“He said the President may have worked with Republicans to avert a government shutdown last spring and to raise the debt ceiling this summer, but ‘that phase is behind us.’

“In other words, the White House isn’t interested in actually accomplishing anything anymore. It’s more interested in making a point than making a difference.

“Here’s my question: how do you explain to the 14 million Americans looking for a job right now that you’re more interested in motivating campaign supporters than in motivating businesses to hire?

“For the past week, the President’s been running around the country trying to set a record for the number of times he can say pass this bill ‘right away’ in a five-minute stump speech.  Meanwhile, his Communications Director is telling people he doesn’t really expect the bill to pass.

“And the Democratic Majority Leader of the Senate is treating it like a legislative afterthought.

“My friend the Majority Leader said yesterday he might take up this supposedly ‘urgent’ bill next month, after he’s had a chance to deal with a Chinese currency bill and a few others.

“As for the other Democrats in Congress, well they’re not exactly rushing to get in it the queue either.

“I mean, this so-called jobs bill seems to be about as popular as Solyndra around here. And I’m just talking about the Democrats.

“And yet the President’s out there acting like somebody’s actually putting up a fight.

“So this whole thing is a charade.  And I think the American people deserve better than that.

“I think they deserve a President who realizes that governing involves working with the situation as it is, not as you’d like it to be.

“President Obama may think the best way to distract people from the challenges we face is to stand near a bridge in a swing state and pit one group of Americans against another, and hope his critics look bad if they don’t go along with him.

“But I don’t think he’s fooling anybody.

“I don’t think all the campaign stops in the world are going to convince most Americans that the real cause of our problems lies anywhere other than with the policies that are coming out Washington these days.  Or that the single-greatest obstacle to job creation in America today are policies that punish the risk-takers and the entrepreneurs; that stifle investment and private enterprise, rather than rewarding it. 

“When it comes right down to it, I think most Americans care more about our results rather than our rhetoric; and let’s be honest: the results of this President’s economic policies speak for themselves.

“After two and a half years of government spending, here’s what we’ve got: record deficits, chronic unemployment, median incomes going down, poverty rates going up, and a first-ever credit downgrade.  This isn’t exactly a record to be proud of.

“So I can understand the President wanting to change the topic.

“It might make him feel better.

“It might energize his strongest supporters.

“But here’s something it won’t do: it won’t create jobs.

“If we could solve our jobs crisis and revive the economy by passing around a hat at Warren Buffet’s annual shareholders meeting, then we’d have done it by now. But we can’t.

“The President said the other day that the tax hikes he’s proposing aren’t class warfare. They’re math. Well, we can do math too.

“According to the IRS, if you doubled the tax burden on everybody in America who earned more than a million dollars in 2009, you’d cover the cost of about three months of deficit spending around here.

“And if you confiscated every dime of taxable income from those the President refers to as millionaires and billionaires, you wouldn’t even cover a single year of deficit spending in Washington right now.

“Sending more money to Washington won’t solve our spending problem—it will enable it.

“How about the Stimulus: one of the programs in the Stimulus was supposed to create 65,000 jobs.

“So far it’s created about 3,500, at a cost of nearly $11 million per job.

“Solyndra was supposed to create thousands of permanent jobs.

“Two years later, more than 1000 Solyndra employees are out of work.“And the American taxpayer is on the hook for more than a half a billion dollars in loans to the company.

“But here is the most important calculation: not a single new job will come about as a result of the tax hikes the President proposed this week.

“As the National Federation of Independent Businesses put it, ‘New tax increases on America’s biggest job creators are the last thing this economy needs to get back on track.’

“What else do you need to know?

“Look: Republicans are ready to work with the President on turning this economy around: we know what would work, and after the past two and a half years, we’ve certainly seen what won’t work.

“So my suggestion to the President is the same now as it’s been for months: put aside the political playbook and work with us on policies that will actually solve the problems Americans care about most.

“Let’s work together on policies that are aimed at motivating job creators, not your political base.

“It’s time to change course.”

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