Sen. Enzi: Dems holding US 'hostage'

Democratic policies are holding Americans “hostage to government gifts,” according to Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.).

Delivering the weekly GOP address on Saturday, Enzi blasted a host of policies pushed by Democratic lawmakers and the White House, arguing they were handcuffing U.S. citizens to costly plans instead of setting them loose to make their own choices.

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He harshly criticized a recently proposed plan by Senate Democrats to make it easier for borrowers to refinance their student loan debt. The cost of the plan would be covered by enacting the “Buffett Rule,” requiring the nation’s wealthy to pay some minimum level of tax.

But Enzi said saving college graduates a bit of money from their student loans is nothing compared to finding them a job, and slammed the plan as a debt-driving mistake.

“The left is masterful at buying votes with other people’s money,” he said. “From what I’ve seen of the early versions of the Democratic student loan plan, it would not make college more affordable, it would not reduce the amount of money students will have to borrow, or do anything about the lack of jobs grads face in the Obama economy.”

The Wyoming Republican also reiterated the GOP common refrain of repealing ObamaCare and replacing it with “common-sense, patient-centered reforms.”

He also accused the administration of trying to kill the coal industry via “death by regulation,” and slow-walking approvals of domestic oil and gas production, and the Keystone XL pipeline.

“The Administration has set out to kill coal and its 800,000 jobs. If it succeeds in death by regulation, we’ll all be paying a lot more money for electricity – if we can get it,” he said. “Our pocketbook will be lighter, but our country will be darker.

“Americans are inventive. Let’s free our students with policies that provide opportunity. Don’t handcuff them with ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help,’” he added. “Quit holding Americans, particularly students, hostage to government gifts for which they will ultimately have to pay a high price.”