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State of the Union Address

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Below is a comment from Senator Chuck Grassley regarding tonight's State of the Union address by President Obama.

"Americans are looking for leadership. The 13 million people who are unemployed need to know that leaders in Washington can come together to get people back to work and move the country in the right direction.

"Washington needs to focus on fostering opportunities with an environment where the economy can improve and jobs can be created. Tax certainty and low taxes are a major factor, and one of the biggest tax increases in history will happen at the end of this year if Congress and the President don't stop it. America's fiscal problems don't come from a revenue shortage, but from too much spending, and government spending needs to be reduced. A massive federal debt gets in the way of economic growth. So does the heavy hand of government regulation, and it must be lifted. America also needs new export markets for our products and services, and the economy is helped by affordable energy, so domestic production has got to be a priority. The President's decision last week, to deny the Keystone pipeline project, prevents energy-related infrastructure development that creates jobs, in this case as many as 20,000 jobs. The decision also stymies an energy partnership with a friendly neighbor, and whether or not the United States approves the Keystone project, the oil will be produced, and if it doesn't come here, China likely will get it. The result of this decision is just the opposite of what our national priority ought to be and that's opportunity.

"Since 2009, President Obama's theory of economic stimulus and government intervention has failed in terms of job creation, economic growth and fiscal responsibility, so we need a new direction. At the same time, President Obama seems determined to test and even exceed the powers of his office. America has a system of checks and balances that's generally worked for more than two centuries. The President's interest in putting the executive branch above the other branches of government is unconstitutional and counter-productive. It's something Americans rejected 235 years ago. Today, finding common ground with the elected representatives of Congress would be more productive than trying to govern by edict from the Oval Office."


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