Freshmen Congressman Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, a member of the Committee on the Budget, offered the following remarks following his attendance at the President's address to a joint session of Congress:
"It's time to exchange "hope and change' for "confidence and certainty,'" Congressman Huelskamp said. "Job creators are the ones who will get this economy moving again, and Kansans tell me less of Washington is all they need. They do not need another expensive "stimulus' or temporary gimmicks they will pay for later with higher taxes. Instead, they want confidence from Washington that it will end its antagonism and hostility toward prosperity and entrepreneurial independence. This begins with a implementing a regulatory moratorium, passing the critical free trade agreements, simplifying the tax code to encourage investment in America, and getting spending and borrowing under control in Washington."
"Recovery and growth depend on this swap. Fortunately for the President, the House has taken the lead already. The House has passed no less than 10 bills that would inspire confidence in job creators to take risks. Members in both Chambers have affirmed their support for three job-creating trade agreements as soon as the President sends them. And, there is still time to rollback legislation like Dodd-Frank and Obamacare which carry onerous regulations that will cripple our economy and destroy any chance of recovery."
"The White House should throw out the copier: Obama Stimulus One failed, and so would Stimulus Two. America has known nothing of the less-than-8% unemployment rates the President promised as a result of Stimulus One. In fact, the 9.1% unemployment rate for August 2011 is a distant reach from the 6.4% we were supposed to enjoy. Obama Stimulus One did not work. Now, the President is coming back for Stimulus Two - which is more of the failed, expensive policies of this Administration. Spending money we do not have on programs that do not work is no solution."