Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is already taking credit for recent economic growth, just one day after Republicans claimed majority of the House and Senate.
With gas prices falling, a 5 percent GDP growth, over 300,000 new jobs added in November, and all-time highs on Wall Street, the American public seems to be becoming confident that an economic recovery is not far behind. McConnell acknowledged the progress one Wednesday, though he pointed out that growth coming at the same time as Republicans take over Congress might not be a coincidence.
“After so many years of sluggish growth, we're finally seeing some economic data that can provide a glimmer of hope,” McConnell said. “The uptick appears to coincide with the biggest political change of the Obama administration's long tenure in Washington: the expectation of a new Republican Congress."
McConnell added that now is the time to “advance a positive-growth agenda” by cutting taxes, repealing the Affordable Care Act and building the Keystone XL pipeline.
DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee issued a response to McConnell’s statement in the form of an email to DNC supporters. The subject line read “DNC to McConnell: Hahahahahahahahahahaha”
“Hahahahahahahahahahaha. That Mitch McConnell is one funny guy. He likes to remind people all the time that he’s not a scientist. Now we know he’s not a mathematician or an economist either,” Elleithee’s email said. “The fact is, under President Obama we’ve had 57 straight months of private sector job growth leading to nearly 11 million jobs added. All Republicans have given us is a government shutdown that cost the economy $24 billion.”
Though McConnell suggested that Republicans should be credited with the economic turnaround, the Washington Post pointed out that many of the improvements began well before November’s midterm election.
“I get why he wants to take credit for the economic recovery,” Elleithee said in his email. “But maybe he should first do something to help contribute to it.”
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