Rep. Nan Hayworth, M.D. (R-NY) released the following statement after President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress this evening:
"I applaud President Obama for acknowledging the need to address the federal government's spending addiction and for his overarching emphasis on job creation. However, the American public is tired of hearing that bigger government, more spending, and higher taxes -- even when you call it investment -- is the best way to create jobs and foster economic growth."
"In last year's address the President claimed that job creation was his "number one focus,' yet unemployment remains stagnant at over nine percent. Unprecedented spending and high taxes are draining job-creating resources from the economy. Americans aren't looking for more promises from the federal government, they're looking for jobs."
"We all share the laudable goals President Obama spoke of this evening -- commitments to education, infrastructure, and energy innovation. Yet, during the last two years, the President signed into law "stimulus' bills that "invested' hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars into the economy without reducing unemployment. He also signed a new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, which has made health care less affordable and jobs harder to find. Furthermore, reckless government spending is stealing opportunities from future generations."
"It's time for a different approach. The new majority in Congress has shown we are serious about cutting spending, reducing taxes, removing burdensome regulations, and empowering small businesses-- the real engine that drives our economy -- to create jobs and spur growth. Now it is up to American people to hold the President and the Senate accountable and ensure they work with the House of Representatives to achieve these goals."