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November 13, 2012

McConnell says Obama has to lead

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.


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McConnell is either setting up a situation where the Republicans can block or admitting that the Republicans can't lead in a direction which will ensure - let alone enhance - the security and stability of the United States of America.

Or to predict what once would have been the "Reader's Digest" condensed version, McConnell is preparing to do the same thing the Republicans have done for 40 years: Whatever will hurt America the most.


McConnell calls for President Obama to get away from partisanship using the most partisan language possible full of the typical lies and distortions partisans like him have used for almost 4 years to falsely portray themselves as reasonable, when in fact 100% of the obstruction and hyper partisanship is courtesy of Team McConnell. Really the only thing President Obama can do is simply to stop pretending they are are rational or care about this nation and deal with them with the same sort of resolve he deals with terrorists trying to destroy the nation, using appropriate political tactics. I'm not suggesting a military style response LOL Their absolutist, prowelfare for the wealthy, screw everyone else agenda has done more damage to this nation than any other one thing in the last 4 years.

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