Tonight, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) made the following comments on President Obama's State of the Union address.
"President Obama is a talented speaker, and I listened attentively to his well-crafted words. Unfortunately, history has shown that his flowery language rarely leads to any sort of substantive action. Far too often, President Obama's hopes lead to less change in the pockets of hard-working Americans.
Tonight, President Obama once again promised to focus on jobs. He's made the same pledge time and again, yet over 12 million Americans still don't have a job. His policies create more and more red tape that strangles businesses and tax increases that slow the economy. That's not how you create jobs.
A recent Goldman Sachs study found the tax increases that President Obama pushed through in January will slow the economy for at least six months. Just last week, national media reported on how those same tax increases are squeezing the middle class, hurting the very same people President Obama claims to protect.
The government has a spending problem, and the trajectory of that spending problem is such that President Obama's buzzwords of "closing loopholes" and "modest tax increases" won't come close to solving the problem. The President's most recent tax increase only funded the government for eight days, but the damage to hard-working American families will be felt all year.
House Republicans have consistently put forth common-sense proposals for eliminating unnecessary spending, managing the budget, and keeping the tax burden low -- principles that will grow the economy and create jobs. The President and Senate Democrats won't even pass a budget, which makes it easier for them to continue spending our great-grandchildren's money.
Mr. President, thank you for tonight's speech. Now, can we set aside the flowery language and catchy soundbites and get down to business? House Republicans are ready to move our economy forward. Will you join us?"