America is drifting in the wrong direction and needs to use the tools of capitalism to right the ship of state, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday during two appearances in Henderson.
That direction is toward a European-style welfare state, he told the Henderson Rotary Club, which met at the Henderson Fine Arts Center, and later said to employees at Methodist Hospital, where he criticized the so-called Obamacare health care initiative.
The election of President Barack Obama and Democratic control of both houses of Congress in 2008 left the door open for “the agenda of the political left, which had been stymied for decades,” he said. “They could do what they wanted to. And they did. We passed a trillion-dollar stimulus bill, we took over America’s health care, we nationalized the student loan business. We now have a cumulative national debt as big as our economy. The debt alone makes us look a lot like Greece.”
And that debt, along with the nation’s budget deficit, represents “the single biggest threat to the country’s future. Regardless of who wins this election the problem’s still there. And until we fix that issue we can’t fix this country.”