The economy is doing well, at the same time Republicans are taking over Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted Wednesday.
The Democrats’ response: “Hahahahahahahahahahaha. “
Here’s McConnell: “After so many years of sluggish growth, we’re finally starting to see some economic data that can provide a glimmer of hope; 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. So this is precisely the right time to advance a positive, pro-growth agenda.”
Mo Elleithee, Democratic National Committee communications director, fired back:
“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 went on to cite data: Fifty-seven straight months of private sector job growth leading to nearly 11 million jobs added.
“I get why he wants to take credit for the economic recovery. But maybe he should first do something to help contribute to i,” Elleithee said.
McConnell told colleagues he’s ready. “Some of the measures the new Congress passes may seem significant. Others may seem modest. That’s okay,” the Kentucky Republican said. “As we’ve seen in recent years, a bigger bill doesn’t always mean a better bill.
“And while we’re always going to search for areas where we can agree, the president may not be enamored of every bill we pass. That’s okay too. It’s not our job to protect the president from good ideas. A little creative tension between the executive and the legislature can be healthy in a democracy like ours.”