Congressman Randy Neugebauer issued the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address:
"President Obama can't solve the country's problems in a State of the Union address, but he can certainly make a choice about which direction to lead our country. He can either listen to what the American people are saying or he can overlook them and continue down the path of bigger government and uncontrolled spending.
"Mr. President, we need a new direction, not a new speech. The American people are sick and tired of liberal policies that expand government's control of the economy and increase federal spending we can't afford. These policies are creating uncertainty for employers trying to create new jobs and grow their businesses, restricting credit on Main Street and causing higher costs for consumers.
"If the President and Democrat leaders in Congress are serious about reining in soaring deficits and debt, they should freeze spending at the level from two years ago, which was 86% less than what we're spending now. And when we say freeze, we should apply the freeze to 2010 spending, not wait until a new budget year. President Obama cannot tell the American people he wants to freeze spending and then propose nearly $35 billion in new spending and programs, including making some temporary stimulus programs permanent. More government spending will not solve the problem; it is the problem.
"The time to act is now. We must start making the tough decisions to get runaway federal spending under control and focus this administration and this Congress on policies that will empower Americans and put them back to work."