By Eric Zimmermann - 10/03/09 10:00 AM EDT
Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) attacked Democrats' legislative agenda
Saturday morning, accusing President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy
Peosi (D-Calif.) of wasting money and killing jobs.
Miller, whose state has the highest unemployment rate in the country at 15.2 percent, said the stimulus package had merely increased the deficit while failing to create jobs.
Democrats argue that more jobs would have been lost if Congress hadn't enacted the stimulus.
Miller also criticized Democrats' top two legislative priorities -- healthcare reform and a major climate bill -- as unaffordable and harmful to the economy.
The climate bill--known as "cap-and-trade" for its most controversial provision--would set a limit on big businesses' pollution levels. Miller said the bill would have its biggest effect on Americans' pocketbooks.
"Making its way through Congress is a ‘cap-and-trade’ national energy tax that would increase electricity bills, raise gasoline prices, and ship more American jobs overseas," she said.
And Miller argued that healthcare reform would cut Medicare benefits and enact "massive new taxes on small-business owners."
Democrats have said they would reduce waste and fraud in Medicare without reducing seniors' benefits.