Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell blasted President Barack Obama from the Senate floor this morning for not offering any specifics on spending cuts.
"With the Fiscal Cliff fast-approaching, I feel the need to point out something this morning that’s perfectly obvious to most Americans, but which Democrats in Washington still don’t seem to grasp. I’m referring to the fact that any solution to our spending and debt problem has to involve cuts to out-of-control Washington spending," said McConnell.
"I know that might sound obvious, but for all the President’s talk about the need for a balanced approach, the truth is, he and his Democrat allies simply refuse to be pinned down on spending cuts. Americans overwhelmingly support some level of cuts to government spending as part of a plan to cut the federal deficit — yet the President won’t commit to it. He refuses to lead on this issue."
“A couple weeks ago, we saw his plan. After four straight trillion dollar deficits and two years of running around calling for a balanced approach to bring those deficits under control, we saw his idea of ‘balance’: a $1.6 trillion tax hike, new and totally unprecedented power to raise the federal debt limit at his whim, and $50 billion in Stimulus-type infrastructure programs — in other words, even more spending.
“So when it came to offering his idea of a balanced approach, the President was vague about cuts but very specific in his request for more government spending, something no reasonable person had publicly contemplated previously.
“It raises the question: do Democrats even believe their own rhetoric on spending? Or, contrary to the clear wishes of the majority of Americans, do they just want more tax revenue to fund a government without any limits whatsoever, which just keeps getting bigger and bigger with every passing year. ...
“And the truth is, until the President gets specific about cuts, nobody should trust Democrats to put a dime in new revenue toward real deficit reduction — or to stop their shakedown of the taxpayers at the top two percent. As one liberal lawmaker put it last week, that’s just the beginning.
“When it comes to deficit deals, the taxpayers need to trust but verify. On cuts, that means specifics.”
McConnell also blasted the media for going along with Obama. "The president seems to think that if all he talks about are taxes, and that’s all reporters write about, somehow the rest of us will magically forget that government spending is completely out of control, and that he himself has been insisting on balance," he said.