Today, Congressman Francisco "Quico" Canseco issued the following statement after he attended President Obama's speech delivered in front of a joint session of Congress:
"As Yogi Berra once said, it is déjà vu all over again. The President's speech tonight is the same lofty rhetoric and failed policies he called for when he took office two years ago. Put simply, this is not a new jobs bill. This is another failed stimulus that will not stimulate the economy --we know this because we have tried this before, just two short years ago when President Obama and the then-Democratic controlled Congress passed the $1 trillion-plus stimulus bill that has failed to bring unemployment below 8% as the Obama Administration claimed at the time.
Attempting to spend and borrow our way to economic prosperity was a bad idea in early 2009, and it is an even worse idea today. We are borrowing 40 cents out of every dollar and spending money we don't have. As a former small business owner, I know what it takes to get job creators hiring again. We need to restore consumer confidence, and remove the uncertainty in our economy caused by over-burdensome regulations and bureaucratic overreach created in Washington. These same policies are directly preventing businesses all the way from AT&T and Boeing to mom and pop businesses on Main Street from creating jobs right now.
Unfortunately, once again, the President is attempting to play the blame game instead of proposing real solutions.
While the President talks about creating jobs, and getting the economy going again -- mere words will not do it, it is time to stop giving speeches and abandon the job crushing policies he's pursued for the past two years. There are far too many Americans who are willing to work, but cannot find jobs. According to the latest job report, 14 million Americans are unemployed and that number doesn't take into consideration those who have given up looking for a job. After trying it the President's way for two years, we have gotten 31 straight months of unemployment at 8% or higher, trillion dollar deficits, and a record $14 trillion debt. President Obama says he got the message from the American people, so I hope he will listen to the message that my constituents delivered loud and clear to me over town halls, Congress On Your Corners, meetings with local businesses and Chambers of Commerce -- get government out of the way! We don't need more spending and taxes, we don't need more government stimulus and more government debt.
Instead of proposing the same failed policies, the President should look at the common sense legislation the House has passed this year. Here are a number of bills that will help boost job creation, but that the Senate has so far refused to consider: