Washington (CNN) – Republican Rep. Mike Pence criticized the Obama administration and Democrats in Washington on Saturday, delivering a biting attack on the economic and fiscal policies promoted by a legislature and White House controlled by Democrats.
"The economic policies of this administration have failed,” Pence said in Saturday’s weekly Republican address.
"In the worst economy in a quarter of a century, American families are hurting. That's obvious to just about everybody, except that is the Democrats in Washington, D.C.,” the Indiana Republican said.
"You know, it's more clear every day, they just don't get it. Washington politicians just aren't listening and the American people know it.”
But on the same day President Obama capped his week by touting the Wall Street reform bill that became law Wednesday, Pence was instead looking to the future, and warning of tax increases.
"And if they haven't already done enough to wreck our recovery, Democrats in Washington are pushing more spending, more regulation, and right around the corner: more taxes,” Pence said.
"Washington D.C. doesn't tax too little. Washington D.C. spends too much. I don't know anybody back in Indiana who thinks they pay too little in taxes. And only in Washington D.C. would anyone believe that raising taxes creates jobs.”
The tax increase Pence warns of will come if the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire at the end of the year. President Obama had promised to make them permanent for families making less than $250,000.
But faced with growing fiscal challenges, there's debate in Washington about whether the country can afford to permanently extend the tax cuts.