Ryan: Obama preying on resentment and envy, pitting people against each other

November 3, 2011 12:30

I think [Obama] can’t run on his record because the results are fairly dismal. …I’m very concerned that his rhetorical shift has turned away from being a uniter toward more of a divider – preying on resentment and envy, pitting people against each other.

And to me, I just reject the premise of his view that one person’s gain necessarily must come at the expense of another person’s loss. And what it does is it stokes resentment within our society. This also hurts jobs. I can’t tell you how many businesspeople lately have come up to me saying – in Wisconsin — ‘all this class division discussion just scares me and it hunkers me down and I’m not going to invest.’ That – combined with the bad policies of uncertainty, of tax increases – to me, the President is using this rhetorical shift because he doesn’t have a good record to run on, and he’s not willing to adjust his policies to reflect the realities of our time.”

“We don’t agree with the direction the President has taken the country, and if we don’t agree with his policies it’s not just enough to criticize, we need to offer principled alternatives and show the country how we would do things differently. And that’s precisely what we’ve done with our budget, with our tax proposals, with our energy proposals, with the 15 bills that we’ve passed [in] the House to send over to the Senate to create jobs and economic growth. So, we’re not just criticizing, we’re proposing alternatives. And to me, I think that’s the obligation you have up here as leaders and that’s precisely what we’re doing.”

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