By Alicia M. Cohn - 05/19/12 02:41 PM EDT
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on Saturday declared the Republican Party "ready, willing and able" to lead a "noble effort" to retake control from President Obama and the Democratic Senate, a message that echoed campaign themes in an election year.
Johnson notes in the Republican weekly address that he was elected with no previous political experience in 2010, when grassroots Tea Party support also helped Republicans take control of the House. Calling out Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Johnson said: “It is hard to convey how frustrating it has been."
“My background is in accounting and manufacturing in the private sector. Like most Americans, I’m used to getting things done, producing results," Johnson said. “It has been over three years since the Senate passed a budget. Think about that. Even though families and most businesses produce budgets to help control their finances, the largest financial entity in the world is operating without one."
But he went on to blame Obama for a failure of leadership on the budget, leveling a scathing attack that combines frequent accusations by Republicans charging that Obama's economic policies have failed.
Johnson touched on the need to reform entitlement programs, rising gas prices, the national debt, and unemployment, warning that Obama has not confronted these problems and has not encouraged the Democratic-led Senate to do their part.
“Because of his policies, dependence on government has increased, and individual opportunity has declined," Johnson said.
“We can reclaim this heritage once again and build a society where hard work is rewarded and every American has the opportunity to succeed. "America became the economic engine of the world, not because of government, but because millions of Americans had the freedom to pursue their dreams. We can reclaim this heritage once again and build a society where hard work is rewarded and every American has the opportunity to succeed. Republicans are ready, willing, and able to lead this noble effort."