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  • Sen. McConnell: Americans Don't Approve of Anything Obama Has Done

    In an exclusive interview with The Heritage Foundation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) sharply criticized President Obama for engaging in class warfare and accused him of shifting the focus away from his own failed policies in advance of next year’s election.

    “My view is he’ll have a hard time convincing Americans he deserves four more years of this,” McConnell said. “There’s nothing he’s done that the American people approve of, so of course, he’s trying to change the subject.”

    McConnell addressed a range of issues during the interview, from the unconstitutional National Popular Vote scheme to Senate Democrats’ failure to pass a budget for more than 950 days. But he reserved his toughest talk for Obama.

    “His strategy is quite simple; it’s to blame anybody but himself for the problems we’ve had,” McConnell said. “Among the culprits that have been listed: the tsunami in Japan, the debt crisis in Europe, and of course, Republicans in Congress, and rich people and Wall Street. In other words, anybody but [Obama]. He’s the president of the United States. He’s the one who’s asking us to give him another four years.”

    When asked about Obama’s populist speech in Kansas this week, McConnell said it was simply an attempt to deflect attention away from unpopular policies like the economic stimulus, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank and the nation’s 8.6 percent unemployment rate.

    “The president is trying to pit one set of Americans against another,” McConnell said. “He’s trying to turn this election into anything but what the election is really about. … This election is going to be about his performance, and if the election were held tomorrow, he’d be going into another line of work.”

    As lawmakers prepare for year-end fights on the payroll tax and other issues, McConnell said he would attempt to force Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. McConnell called the pipeline a shovel-ready project that will create jobs and bring energy resources to the United States. Obama has deferred a decision until after next year’s election in a move that is widely viewed as a political calculation to appease environmentalists.

    “This is a project ready to go,” McConnell said. “All it needs the permission of the president of the United States. So legislatively, we’re going to demand the president make a decision within 60 days.”

    The interview runs about 6 minutes. Hosted by Rob Bluey and produced by Brandon Stewart. For more videos from Heritage, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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    16 Responses to Sen. McConnell: Americans Don't Approve of Anything Obama Has Done

    1. Bobbie says:

      very nice interview. I have utmost respect for the integrity shown in the republican party who are forthright and unafraid of truth with the respect to humanity to share the truth. Thank you, Mr. McConnell.

      if conservative policies NEVER worked, my family would be FORCED ON the government dole.
      Conservative policies NEVER WORK FOR UNCONSTITUTIONAL CORRUPTING GOVERNMENT!

      with every accusation the president makes needs specification from this pinkie man.

      • Pragmatic says:

        I would be more impressed with this rhetoric if Congress (~12%) didn't have a lower approval rating than Obama (~42%).

        • Bobbie says:

          yeah well, if you empathize what congress is working with maybe truth will impress you? Congress is fighting a man and his many in position that want everything honorable, nonexistent in America. As dishonorable as the president and his many with regard to their authoritative positions are showing to be to this country and people, makes it a heartless, unfair fight!
          One of them are you?

    2. steve h says:

      Really, so they don't approve of his extending the Bush Tax cuts? Or the Credit Card Act? Or keeping his promise to bring troops home from Iraq? Or the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act? They don't approve of any of the health reform provisions, like offering health plan to those with pre-existing conditions or require insurers to take children with pre-existing conditions? Or taking the economy that was losing 750,000 jobs a month and making it one that is adding hundreds of thousands of jobs a month? Or taking our economy from negative 7% GDP contraction in the final quarter of 2008 to one that has grown in each quarter since June of 2009?

      McConnell is a shining example of why the Republicans won't continue their 2010 ways next November. The GOP just doesn't get it. Someone needs to teach them and the conservatives about economic policy…do they have a 'federal budget for dummies' that someone can send them?

      • jasw says:

        how about a book for the dems that shows how to pay back 15 trillion in debt, and that is after they confiscate all the wealth of the so called rich!!!

        • rta says:

          WHO REALLY MESSED UP THIS ECONOMY. READ AND WEEP…THE TRUTH!!
          Timelines Of The Economic Stimulus Packages
          Following is a timeline of the economic stimulus packages, in chronological order.
          March 2008
          $29 Billion Stimulus Package Wall Street Bailout
          The Federal Reserve stepped in to prevent the collapse of Bear Stearns (one of the world?s largest investment banks and brokerage firms) by guaranteeing $29 billion worth of potential losses in its battered portfolio. This provided enough economic stimulus for JP Morgan Chase to take over the beleaguered firm.
          May 2008
          $178 Billion Stimulus Package ? Average American Bailout
          The U.S. Treasury provided an economic stimulus package to American taxpayers in the form of $600 economic stimulus checks for individuals and $1,200 economic stimulus payments for couples. That cost the government $100 billion, and they threw in another $68 billion in tax breaks for businesses, $8 billion to increase unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 39 weeks, and a $4 billion economic stimulus package to be doled out to states and local municipalities to buy and rehab foreclosed properties.

        • rta says:

          July 2008
          $300 Billion Stimulus Package Homeowners Bailout
          The Bush Administration committed $300 billion for 30-year fixed rate mortgages for at-risk borrowers, as well as tax credits for first-time homebuyers, who could be eligible to receive up to a $7,500 tax credit.
          September 2008
          $200 Billion Stimulus Package ? Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Bailout
          Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (privately owned mortgage companies that are backed by the federal government) were about to fail, due to declining house prices and rising foreclosures. The Bush Administration stepped in with a $200 billion economic stimulus package and placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and their $5 trillion in home loans in ?temporary conservatorship, to be supervised by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

      • Rochelle says:

        steve h,

        How and Why do you belong to this site and not learn anything?
        Health insurance is bound up in Federal regulations that increase costs. If health insurance was available from any state, with fewer regulations, the marketplace would cause a decrease in costs. Then more people could choose the best fit for themselves at less cost with features that are attractive. Like those with children and those with preexisting illness. The choices would be dizzying!
        You are giving credit to Obama for what the Congress has done. Trying to play nice often leaves more people with less and those we try to legislate to help are hurt by the hiding hand effects. Look closely, we are still bleeding jobs.

    3. We do not approve of anything Congress has done either Senator

    4. rta says:

      March 2008
      $29 Billion Stimulus Package Wall Street Bailout
      The Federal Reserve stepped in to prevent the collapse of Bear Stearns (one of the world?s largest investment banks and brokerage firms) by guaranteeing $29 billion worth of potential losses in its battered portfolio. This provided enough economic stimulus for JP Morgan Chase to take over the beleaguered firm.
      May 2008
      $178 Billion Stimulus Package Average American Bailout
      The U.S. Treasury provided an economic stimulus package to American taxpayers in the form of $600 economic stimulus checks for individuals and $1,200 economic stimulus payments for couples. That cost the government $100 billion, and they threw in another $68 billion in tax breaks for businesses, $8 billion to increase unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 39 weeks, and a $4 billion economic stimulus package to be doled out to states and local municipalities to buy and rehab foreclosed properties.
      July 2008
      $300 Billion Stimulus Package Homeowners Bailout
      The Bush Administration committed $300 billion for 30-year fixed rate mortgages for at-risk borrowers, as well as tax credits for first-time homebuyers, who could be eligible to receive up to a $7,500 tax credit.

    5. rta says:

      September 2008
      $200 Billion Stimulus Package ? Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Bailout
      Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (privately owned mortgage companies that are backed by the federal government) were about to fail, due to declining house prices and rising foreclosures. The Bush Administration stepped in with a $200 billion economic stimulus package and placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and their $5 trillion in home loans in ?temporary conservatorship, to be supervised by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
      September 2008
      $50 Billion Stimulus Package To Guarantee Money Market Funds. When the economic crisis reached a crescendo, Americans began to pull their money out of money market funds historically considered to be the safest investment. To stop the bloodshed, the U.S. Treasury agreed to guarantee up to $50 billion, for up to a year.
      September 2008
      $25 Billion Stimulus Package Automakers Bailout
      In an attempt to stave off bankruptcies for the Big 3 automakers, the Bush Administration gave General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler $25 billion in low-interest loans.

    6. rta says:

      September November 2008
      $150 Billion Stimulus Package AIG Bailout
      With the world?s largest insurance company in dire straits and 74 million clients at risk, the American government chipped in and gave AIG (American Insurance Group) $150 billion in a stimulus package that included: loans, purchase of toxic assets, and purchase of preferred shares.
      October 2008
      $700 Billion Stimulus Package Banks Bailout
      The Bush Administration, under the umbrella of the U.S. Treasury, committed $700 billion in economic stimulus money under TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program). By many accounts, if this economic stimulus money hadn?t been injected, credit between banks would have frozen overnight, and not only the American economy, but also the global economy, would have seized up.
      February 2009
      $787 Billion Stimulus Package Average Americans Bailout
      The Obama Administration and Congress authorized $787 billion in spending and tax cuts, primarily to create or save an estimated 3.5 million American jobs.

    7. rta says:

      February 2009
      $275 Billion Stimulus Package Homeowners Bailout
      The Obama Administration handed out a $275 billion mortgage stimulus plan, designed to assist more than 9 million American homeowners in refinancing their home loans or averting foreclosure. Of the $275 billion stimulus, $75 billion was allotted for direct spending for keeping people in their homes, and $200 billion came in the form of additional help for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (See above, in the July 2008 entry, for more information on the first economic stimulus package that was awarded to these mortgage giants.)
      March 2009
      $30 Billion Stimulus Package AIG Bailout
      The federal government intervened once again to help insurance giant AIG, this time in the form of a $30 billion loan from TARP funds. (See above in the September-November 2008 entry, for more information on other AIG bailouts.)

    8. rta says:

      March 2009
      $15 Billion Stimulus Package Small Business Loans
      The Obama Administration introduced a $15 billion economic stimulus venture aimed at the small business lending market to get money flowing into small business lines of credit again.
      March 2009
      $22 Billion Stimulus Package Automakers Bailout
      The Obama Administration extended another $22 billion in loans to Chrysler and GM, this time, with strings attached, including the firing of General Motors Chairman Rick Wagoner.

    9. Guest says:

      America hated when Obama oversaw the mission to capture OBL the most.

    10. Guest KEP says:

      This is the Truth We, the Americans are better than Obama or what he will give us credit for, as a Nation & as a People. He is against individual freedom and our Constitution that protects those Freedoms. Obama knows exactly what he is doing. He believes that the US and its people should be equal in all ways to others Nations & People, We've had it to good & think to touch of ourselves. It isn't what they say, it's what they do, it's that simple. His actions and the intended results are there for all of us to see & and are experiencing now. "Don't be pissing on us and tell us it's just raining" "God Bless the United States of America"

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