Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor slammed Barack Obama today in an op-ed criticizing the president as “anti-business, hyper-regulatory [and] pro-tax” and “fueled by efforts to incite class warfare.”
Cantor’s op-ed, which appeared in The Washington Post, reiterated many of the Republican Party’s ongoing criticisms of the president, but outlined specific attacks on new Environmental Protection Agency regulations on ozone, new standards on the composition of cement and the president’s silence on the National Labor Relations Board’s decision to file a complaint against Boeing regarding its labor practices.
Cantor also slammed Obama for being “fueled by efforts to incite class warfare,” arguing that this is illustrated by Obama’s desire to raise taxes on individuals making over $200,000 per year and small businesses earning more than $250,00 a year.
Cantor argued that the president was driving a wedge between those making more than $200,000 a year and the rest of America, that though he talks of only millionaires having to pay their “fair share,” the president “insist[s] on higher taxes” because he is ideologically driven to “permanently increase the size of government.”
The Virginia Republican continued by accusing the president of being obstructionist and inflexible, writing that although Obama agrees with the unsustainability of entitlement program spending, he is unwilling to make structural changes to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security – even if Republicans were to agree to raise taxes.
Further, Cantor said the president has been unwilling to deal with Republicans on balancing the budget, suggesting that “we have found President Obama to be an unwilling partner when it comes to getting America’s fiscal house in order. Since taking office, he has added trillions to the debt, ignored the recommendations of his own fiscal commission and put forth a budget that failed to address the drivers of our debt.”
Cantor pledged that the Republican Party would pursue a legislative agenda that reduces “the regulatory and tax burden” by overturning EPA regulations and restraining the NLRB starting this fall.