By Geneva Sands - 09/20/11 12:34 PM EDT
Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.) slammed President Obama's proposal to reduce the deficit and pay for his jobs bill, saying that raising taxes is the wrong approach.
"He never seems to understand that these folks he wants to keep laying more and more burden on, predominately are small businesses, the very enterprises that have always generated the net new jobs in America. It will not generate the revenue he's talking about and it's counter-productive in terms of the growth that alone can get us out of this fix," Daniels said Monday on Fox News's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."
Daniels said that there is a problem with overspending in the federal government, adding that the biggest issues impacting the deficit are Medicare and Social Security.
He called for reforms to protect those programs for younger generations, while keeping them unchanged for current and soon-to-be retirees.
Daniels said he found Obama's speech on his deficit reduction proposal to be "intentionally divisive" at a time when cooperation is needed.