I have the best job in the world. I really do. I get to write about issues and topics that are close to my heart, all while interacting with good folks, like you dear readers.
However, every time the State of the Union comes around I have to admit… I kind of wish I did anything else, just so I could avoid watching President Obama lie to me.
But you know, this year it wasn’t so bad, thanks largely to a good bottle of bourbon and a nice warm fireplace. Oh, and the quick response from conservatives helped to ease my pain as well. (I mean… was anyone else yelling at the screen? Obama props up more straw men then a farmer…)
Anywho, I collected a few of my favorite responses for you to check out…
The essential error of the Obama presidency is an unfounded belief that greater government power—in our pocketbooks, in our private lives—will make America more prosperous and free. President Obama’s faith in concentrated power was on full display in tonight’s State of the Union address.
Working families feel squeezed by higher health care costs and tuition bills. Those fortunate enough to hold steady jobs haven’t seen a raise in years. They worry about their children’s future and their country’s.
The president seems to have only one answer for them: enlarge the size and scope of the federal government. To help middle-class Americans, the president demands more than $300 billion of tax hikes and a new round of stimulus spending. To rein in education costs, the president creates a federal education entitlement, the type of which led to skyrocketing tuition in the first place. To fix our health care system, the president touts the same law that has caused prices to rise and stripped families of access to their doctors. To make the financial system more stable, the president threatens to veto reforms to Dodd-Frank, his law that made banks bigger than ever. And to protect Americans’ privacy, he offers yet another report instead of reining in his own spies.
Higher federal taxes, more federal spending, and greater federal control of our lives haven’t worked over the past six years. Our country is beginning to turn the corner not because of government but in spite of it. Instead of faith in Washington, let’s put faith in Americans to determine their own lives. Let’s give liberty a chance.
In the State of the Union tonight, the president talked a lot about the challenges we face as a country, and I appreciate that he finally acknowledges that the middle class is being squeezed.
But unfortunately, he has chosen to double down on the failed policies that have prevented so many Utahns and hardworking Americans from getting ahead in the first place.
We know these are not serious proposals because the president is not serious about getting them through Congress. For him, it’s all 2016 partisan politics now, and Republicans shouldn’t waste time debating the merits of political talking points.
Instead, Republicans must take advantage of the opportunity the American people have given us. We should be developing and proposing real solutions that address America’s growing Opportunity Deficit.
We have anti-poverty initiatives, tax reform that works for working families, innovative new models of higher education, and a number of other solutions that will create jobs and improve our economy.
So as the President tries to divide Americans and distract them from the failures of his administration, we shouldn’t take the bait. Instead, Republicans are going to move forward on a positive agenda. I look forward to the opportunity the American people have given us to meet the challenge of our time. #SOTU
Tonight, we heard the president’s State of the Union address. Like past years, we heard a lot of ways the president would like to help certain groups of people using top-down, out-dated polices. I strongly disagree with the president’s approach and I want to share with you a short video I recorded in response to the president’s speech…
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