Washington (CNN) – In the GOP's Thanksgiving Day message, Indiana Republican Rep. Mike Pence laid out the party's prescription for economic growth, and slammed the Obama administration's approach.
"[W]hile empty chairs for America's defenders were placed at Thanksgiving dinner tables in many homes, many other seats were filled with anxious Americans who are facing their own personal battles and struggles," Pence says in the latest weekly GOP radio and Web address. "Millions of families have seen jobs and careers vanish in the midst of this recession.
"Many are asking, 'when will things get better?' Many more are asking, 'where are the jobs?'
Pence slammed the administration's $787 billion stimulus package for failing to keep the nation' unemployment rate out of the double-digit range, as the White House had predicted.
"And what is the White House's answer to our struggles? Another meeting next week," Pence says referring to Obama's upcoming jobs summit.
"The Obama administration and the Democratic majority in Congress have taken our economy from bad to worse with their failed economic agenda and big government plans," Pence says in the GOP message.
"The American people know we can't borrow and spend and bail our way back to a growing economy."
Calling it "a push for government-run insurance," Pence also criticizes Democratic efforts to pass a health care reform bill.
On Thanksgiving, Pence also uses the message to honor those Americans who are serving in the military.
"Even in these times of struggle and trial, we have much to be thankful for, beginning with our men and women in uniform, many of whom will spend this holiday season away from hearth and home. The tragic events at Fort Hood remind us that whether they serve at home or abroad, we owe our soldiers and their families a debt of gratitude we will never be able to repay."