Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made it clear Tuesday: If the nation is to avoid the "fiscal cliff," President Barack Obama has to lead.
And so far, said McConnell, R-Ky., he hasn't.
"Let me be clear: when it comes to the great economic challenges of the moment, saying that you want a balanced approach is not a plan," McConnell said in a Senate floor speech. "Saying people need to pay their fair share isn’t a plan. The tedious repetition of poll-tested talking points is simply that. And the longer the President uses them as a substitute for leadership, the more difficult it will be to solve our problems."
McConnell said, "The President needs to lead. And that means offering a concrete plan that takes into account the fact that half the Congress opposes tax hikes. Not because we’re selfish or stubborn. But because we know it’s the wrong thing to do, because we know it will hurt the economy and destroy jobs."
Get away from partisanship, McConnell said.
"This isn’t partisan politics. It’s economics. As the President might say, it’s math," he argued.