McConnell: Dem Tax Hikes On Planes "Poll-Tested Gimmicks"
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the need for serious spending reforms, not tax hikes, to solve our nationâ€™s debt crisis:
â€œThe American people are deeply unhappy with the way Washington operates these days. Theyâ€™re tired of people telling them what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear, and theyâ€™re tired of all the political games and gimmicks that substitute for real action on the problems we face as a nation.
â€œGiven what weâ€™ve seen from the White House and Congressional Democrats, itâ€™s hard to blame them.
â€œAs Iâ€™ve said repeatedly in recent weeks, we need to find a way to control runaway federal spending and debt, and we need to do it quickly. This is absolutely essential if weâ€™re to avoid a European-style catastrophe of our own, and itâ€™s what we need to do if weâ€™re serious about removing government obstacles that stand in the way of a robust recovery and new jobs. Reducing the debt will throw off a wet blanket that has been weighing our economy down for too long.
â€œThis is a serious challenge, and it demands serious spending reforms from both parties in Washington.
â€œYet if you were to listen to the Democrats, youâ€™d think all of our ills could be solved by raising taxes on private jets or energy companies. These arenâ€™t real solutions, Mr. President. Theyâ€™re poll-tested gimmicks.