Republicans are reacting swiftly--and harshly--to President Barack Obama's pleas with Congress to consider his jobs program.
The Republican-led House of Representatives, as well as presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, have been cool to most of his ideas.
They were downright cold Friday. Here's Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky:
"Whether the President wants to acknowledge it or not, we are now living in the Obama Economy, and no ‘post-it note’ proposal can reverse the damage done by his policies over the past three and a half years.
"It’s baffling that in the face of all evidence to the contrary, this President still believes that spending money we don’t have to inflate the government is the answer to America’s economic problems. The economy would respond much more favorably to providing the tax certainty Americans deserve by extending all the tax rates and assuring employers they do not have to budget for the largest tax increase in American history next year. The Obama Economy is even slower now than when we extended the rates in 2010—raising taxes on job creators in this slow economy is simply not the elixir for his failed policies.”
From Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., top budget committee Republican:
“It is astounding that, only days after the Congressional Budget Office issued its chilling debt outlook, President Obama once again failed to seriously address the single greatest threat facing our economy. America’s total debt—which is greater than that of the entire Eurozone and UK combined—is destroying jobs, eroding confidence, and placing the whole nation’s future in jeopardy. If President Obama wants to be credible in his calls for Congressional action, then he ought to demand that his own Senate majority offer up a budget plan for the first time in three years. If his party is not even willing to lay out a financial plan, how can they ask for one more dime in new taxes?”
And from the Romney campaign, spokesman Ryan Williams:
“Today, President Obama inexplicably claimed that ‘the private sector is doing fine.’ But the 23 million Americans who are struggling for work are not ‘doing fine.’ Job creators and small businesses are not ‘doing fine.’ The middle class is not ‘doing fine.’ There is no denying that President Obama has been fundamentally hostile to job creators and his policies have prevented our economy from rebounding. America needs a president who understands the economy and knows how to get our country back on track.”