President Obama did not cause our current economic crisis. He was, however, elected to fix it and has instead made it much worse. President Obama continues to try and change the subject by pitting the American people against one another.
When President Obama delivered his third State of the Union address he predictably recycled his same old rhetoric. He continued to use his trademark broad themes of “change” and class warfare. President Obama’s remarks were simply a campaign speech designed to distract the American people from his failed policies by using the politics of envy and division.
He talked about solving our economic problems by raising taxes on the “wealthy,” but offered few real solutions to the economic problems we face. It was frustrating that the he said so little about spending reduction, and virtually nothing about entitlement reform.
We continued to see more examples of the President’s rhetoric not matching up with his record. When President Obama talked about creating jobs he said: “During the Great Depression, America built the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge. After World War II, we connected our states with a system of highways. Democratic and Republican administrations invested in great projects that benefited everybody, from the workers who built them to the businesses that still use them today. In the next few weeks, I will sign an executive order clearing away the red tape that slows down too many construction projects.”
If this is truly part of his plan for job creation how does he explain his opposition to the Keystone Pipeline? Keystone is not only a significant job creator but critical to American energy security. President Obama’s speech was just more empty platitudes to distract us from the facts of his job destroying record. His lack of support for the Keystone Pipeline is a prime example of how he is intentionally disregarding the fundamentals that drive our economy in the pursuit of his failed economic policies and misguided environmental agenda.
The President also spoke of his pursuit of “fairness.” The President confuses his misguided desire to make everything in society even with “fairness.” Fairness is about giving everyone the same opportunity, not the same result.
Is it fair to penalize and discourage success and innovation through increased taxes and excessive regulation on business? Is it fair to our children and grandchildren to add trillions of dollars to our already unmanageable national debt? Is it fair to subsidize some companies with hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, while seeking to increase tax on others?
President Obama was elected to fix our economic crisis but his record speaks for itself:
- 13.1 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS
- 1.7 MILLION JOBS LOST SINCE OBAMA TOOK OFFICE
- 15.2 PERCENT UNDEREMPLOYMENT
- NEARLY 7 MILLION MORE AMERICANS LIVING IN POVERTY
- GAS PRICES $1.51 PER GALLON HIGHER UNDER OBAMA
- 4,257NEW REGULATIONS IN THE WORKS, MORE THAN 200 WILL COST OVER $100 MILLION ANNUALLY—15% MORE REGULATIONS THAN IN 2010
- A $4.6 TRILLION INCREASE IN NATIONAL DEBT SINCE OBAMA TOOK OFFICE
- NATIONAL DEBT STANDS AT $15.24 TRILLION, WHILE THE SIZE OF NZTION’S ECONOMY IS AT $15.18 TRILLION
- WHILE THE SIZE OF NATION’S ECONOMY IS AT $15.18 TRILLION
President Obama’s policies of more spending, more taxes and more regulations are not working. He can try to change the subject, he can try to insight class warfare but this year’s election is going to be a referendum on his economic record.
President Obama has failed to improve the economy — in fact, his actions have made it worse.
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