Idaho First District Congressman Raúl Labrador today released this statement following the State of the Union address:
"President Obama again laid out a vision of government where Washington, D.C. has the solutions to all of Idaho's problems. Over the last four years, the Obama administration spent nearly $1 trillion of taxpayer money on an economic stimulus package and promulgated regulations that stifled small businesses. The result is unemployment for January 2013 at 7.9% -- higher than the 7.8% in January 2009.
"After four years of trying things the president's way, it's now absolutely clear government interference, spending and debt aren't the solution. They're the problem. Too many recent graduates are still out of work. And too many parents can't afford to buy houses and provide for their families. Life's been tough in the Obama economy.
"We create jobs by growing the economy -- not growing the government. It's time to get the government out of the way and let the free market work."