Top Senate Republican slams Obama deficit plan

WASHINGTON Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:31am EDT

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) listens to questions from reporters about the Senate's passage of debt ceiling legislation at the U.S. Capitol in Washington August 2, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) listens to questions from reporters about the Senate's passage of debt ceiling legislation at the U.S. Capitol in Washington August 2, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's call for $3 trillion in new government savings, through a mix of tax increases and spending cuts, was dismissed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday.

"A massive tax hike, phantom savings, and punting on entitlement reform is not a recipe for economic or job growth-or even meaningful deficit reduction," McConnell said in a statement.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Will Dunham)

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Comments (15)
Buh-whee wrote:
I like our government: it always “saves” and never “spends.”

Sep 19, 2011 11:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
NobleKin wrote:
Yes it is, Mitch, yes it is…

But you can’t help Obama help America.

Sep 19, 2011 12:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
doggydaddy wrote:
McConnell is more than happy to throw America under the bus to insure that Obama has nothing that can remotely be called a success. The only answer is to give the majority in Congress back to the Democrats so that we can get something constructive done. In the meantime, we the people need to get involved and force our government to rid itself of lobbyists and adopt publicly financed elections. Neither party is truly serving us. It’s just that the Republicans have declared out and out war against the American people. THAT must be stopped as soon as possible.

It wasn’t that long ago that we WERE financing our elections. As recent as the Reagan/Carter election in 1980. That election was paid for by the money raised from those who check that box on their income tax forms to contribute to an election fund. We must end our quid pro quo system of corruption that runs our government. As it is now, we don’t have a democracy.

Sep 19, 2011 12:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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