Many Americans received some pleasing news recently. Instead of drawing public attention to poor economic conditions, partisans in the nation’s capital actually sought to claim some credit for job creation and an improved business outlook. Blogger James Parker recently reported an exchange of views between new Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, a long time member of the Republican Party leadership, and the Democratic National Committee.
Reportedly, Senator McConnell remarked that “After so many years of sluggish growth, we’re finally starting to see some economic data that can provide a glimmer of hope,” and he observed that the improvement occurred in conjunction with “the biggest political change of the Obama Administration’s long tenure in Washington: the expectation of a new Republican Congress.”
James Parker reported that the Democratic National Committee reacted to Senator McConnell’s statement with a sarcastic reply: “Hahahahahahahahahahaha. That Mitch McConnell is one funny guy. He likes to remind people…he’s not a scientist. Now we know he’s not a mathematician or an economist either.” He indicated that the DNC then stressed the creation of some 11 million new jobs in the private sector since President Obama entered office and credited the Republicans with responsibility for a temporary closure of the federal government costing almost $24 billion.
The pointed exchange of views discussed in the blog entry highlights the sharp difference of opinion between leading Republicans and Democrats in some government circles concerning the impact of the Obama Administration’s policies on the economy of the United States.