Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan says President Barack Obama’s claims that Republicans are not willing to work with him on the economy and creating jobs are disingenuous as the House has passed a slew of jobs bills, a budget, and the Democratic-controlled Senate has done nothing. Ryan also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday that Obama appears to be “more interested in conflict” than compromise.
“We are stacking up bills in the Senate that are going nowhere — and let’s also not forget this is a 918th day today that the Senate has not passed a budget,” the Wisconsin congressman said. “If you want to get things done, if you want to have economic policy, fiscal policy, you’ve got to pass a budget — and they haven’t done anything for 918 days.
“We are passing our bills, we are passing our reforms — and the president is pushing for another round of stimulus; same policies only about half as large,” he said. “Those proved not to work — unemployment went up to 10 percent after stimulus passed, not the 8 percent they promised. And more importantly: The president is going around the country doing all this kind of campaigning, impugning the motives of your political adversaries.
“If you really think the president is looking for bipartisan compromise to get job legislation passed, do you think he would be talking like that? Do you think he would be going around the country acting like that?” Ryan asked “It seems to me, Sean, that he is more interested in conflict than . . . compromise.”
Ryan said it is obvious Obama is not interested in changing any of his failing policies and instead has turned to “a commitment to division” and “class warfare.”
“The message of hope and change from 2008 has now become one to exploit the emotions of fear, envy, and resentment — and what this does is it just damages America — it makes us weaker, not stronger,” Ryan said. “And so, what I am saying is sowing social unrest and class envy — that is not what we do in America — we believe in upward mobility, we believe in economic opportunity and prosperity, helping people who haven’t had a chance at success . . . not demonizing the people who have already reached success in their lives.”
Hannity noted that Ryan was one of the few Republicans willing to “really call out the president on the divisive rhetoric that he’s using,” and asked why his fellow GOP members were not doing the same.
“ I think people get intimidated by the bully pulpit . . . I for one just got fed up with it — I thought he needed to be called on this,” Ryan said. “Look, our presidential candidates are busy competing with each other for the nomination — and that’s what they do — and I just felt the need that somebody had to step up and call him on this because this rhetoric is just as damaging as these policies that they produce, because they put people into conflict with one another.”
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