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Massive debt, high unemployment, rising prices, falling wages, the loss of our manufacturing base, increasing government dependency, unsustainable entitlements....President Obama mentioned some of these things in his State Of The Union address, but I didn't hear much in the way of serious solutions. Instead, I heard the same old "tax the rich" mentality, along with suggestions that the federal government jack up spending, er, I mean, "investing" on practically every issue Obama raised. After saying "the American people don’t expect government to solve every problem", Obama recommended more government as the answer to virtually every issue he raised.
He's consistent. I'll give him that. This President has a habit of giving lip service to traditional American principles at the beginning of a speech, and then contradicting those principles for the rest of the speech. Here's another example from his SOTU:
"It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few, that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation".
Somebody will have to explain to me how higher taxes and tons of new regulations "encourage free enterprise" or "reward individual initiative". Obama's real game is to put business and individuals under the thumb of his all-powerful government. He wants to follow the quasi-socialist path that is failing all over the world, and most specifically failing in Europe. The rest of his rhetoric is just politi-speak designed to fool the rubes. This nation didn't become a superpower because of some government program. It became a superpower because the government allowed people the freedom to achieve and create. We are in danger of losing that under mountains of governmental red tape, out of control spending, and the inevitable prohibitive taxation that must follow. The direction Obama wants this country to go is the wrong direction in principle. It's not that he is wrong on every issue. He's right on several issues, but his solutions are faulty. He is wrong ideologically. His way will suppress our economy, not help it grow. This nation became great because of the founding principles this President seeks to erode.
Someone who does understand what made America great is Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who gave the Tea Party rebuttal to Obama's SOTU address. I was going to lift a few quotes from Sen. Paul's speech, but it was so good that I couldn't figure out which quotes to use, so here's his entire speech:
"I speak to you tonight from Washington, D.C. The state of our economy is tenuous but our people remain the greatest example of freedom and prosperity the world has ever known.
People say America is exceptional. I agree, but it’s not the complexion of our skin or the twists in our DNA that make us unique. America is exceptional because we were founded upon the notion that everyone should be free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.
For the first time in history, men and women were guaranteed a chance to succeed based NOT on who your parents were but on your own initiative and desire to work.
We are in danger, though, of forgetting what made us great. The President seems to think the country can continue to borrow $50,000 per second. The President believes that we should just squeeze more money out of those who are working.
The path we are on is not sustainable, but few in Congress or in this Administration seem to recognize that their actions are endangering the prosperity of this great nation.
Ronald Reagan said, government is not the answer to the problem, government is the problem.
Tonight, the President told the nation he disagrees. President Obama believes government is the solution: More government, more taxes, more debt.
What the President fails to grasp is that the American system that rewards hard work is what made America so prosperous.
What America needs is not Robin Hood but Adam Smith. In the year we won our independence, Adam Smith described what creates the Wealth of Nations.
He described a limited government that largely did not interfere with individuals and their pursuit of happiness.
All that we are, all that we wish to be is now threatened by the notion that you can have something for nothing, that you can have your cake and eat it too, that you can spend a trillion dollars every year that you don’t have.
I was elected to the Senate in 2010 by people worried about our country, worried about our kids and their future. I thought I knew how bad it was in Washington. But it is worse than I ever imagined.
Congress is debating the wrong things.
Every debate in Washington is about how much to increase spending – a little or a lot.
About how much to increase taxes – a little or a lot.
The President does a big “woe is me” over the $1.2 trillion sequester that he endorsed and signed into law. Some Republicans are joining him. Few people understand that the sequester doesn’t even cut any spending. It just slows the rate of growth. Even with the sequester, government will grow over $7 trillion over the next decade.
Only in Washington could an increase of $7 trillion in spending over a decade be called a cut.
So, what is the President’s answer? Over the past four years he has added over $6 trillion in new debt and may well do the same in a second term. What solutions does he offer? He takes entitlement reform off the table and seeks to squeeze more money out of the private sector.
He says he wants a balanced approach.
What the country really needs is a balanced budget.
Washington acts in a way that your family never could – they spend money they do not have, they borrow from future generations, and then they blame each other for never fixing the problem.
Tonight I urge you to demand a new course.