The President was right about one thing: We are at a crossroads and the decisions we make today will define the type of America we will become down the road.
But Mr. Obama's vision of America is not consistent with the land of opportunity that lured my grandfather and millions of others here with the promise of freedom and prosperity.
It is not the vision for America that I learned about while growing up in a blue-collar family in Williamsport. It's not the vision for America that I share with my constituents when I travel through the cities, towns and farmlands of the 10th District.
I still believe in the vision of America that was instilled in me as a child, and a young adult building a career and family. The United States is the finest nation in the world because it invests its power in the individual.
In turn, our country draws its strength from the collective wealth that is created through this trust in an individual's sense of freedom and responsibility.
I believe that our government should be ready, willing and able to help the individual who, like the President said, may have fallen on bad times because of ill health or a job loss.
But the President seems to be lacking in leadership. Instead of encouraging each American to use his or her liberty and creativity to succeed without government intervention, he sees an America where public handouts are the norm and not the last resort.
His vision for America is one of class conflict where a government that lacks ingenuity and problem-solving skills turns to its tired old ways of levying taxes and penalizing success.
Americans work too hard, pay too much in taxes, and deserve much more. They deserve a federal government that is committed to living within its means, just as they are forced to do with their own household budgets.
Though President Obama seemed to portray a bleak future for us, I see hope within the House of Representatives. The House is rich in true leaders who are wise enough to recognize what is not working, courageous enough to stand up and say so, and innovative enough to find a better way of doing things.
It is going to take wisdom, courage and the innovativeness of legislators and U.S. citizens to stand up to the President and tell him that we don't want his vision of America.