Wednesday, November 17, 2010

On the Senate Floor

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following comments on the Senate floor this morning:

I’m extremely proud of the clarity my Republican colleagues have expressed about what our priorities must be, and that we have listened to the American people. Last night, Republicans expressed the need to cut spending, reduce the debt, shrink the size and scope of the federal government, and help spur private sector employment. In short, change the way Washington is doing business to get our economy going again. There is no question that is a sentiment shared by the American people. I would be remiss if I didn’t also express some dismay with the priorities that are being put forward from the other side of the aisle. This is a lame-duck session, and our colleagues have an opportunity to respond to the American people before we convene for the 112th Congress, but there is no reason why we can’t get to work on their behalf today.” (Emphasis added.)

In contrast, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid insists on pushing the so-called Dream Act, to give illegal aliens in-state tuition at public universities that are already struggling. And he wants to reorganize the F.D.A. (the better to ban Happy Meals) and give Vladimir Putin a love offering by way of a ratified START treaty.

The contrast between the two parties has never been clearer. The Democrats' obstinacy in refusing to listen to the American people -- who spoke unequivocally during the election -- has never been more brazen.

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