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Rep. Bishop's Statement on President Obama's Address to a Joint Session of Congress


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's remarks on unemployment and the struggling economy:

"Like many Utahns and other Americans across the country, I join in the shared frustration over hearing the President deliver yet another speech filled with empty rhetoric and propaganda about how we should pursue many of the failed economic policies that have already proven to be the wrong direction for this country. The President again failed to recognize that the greatest thing the federal government can do to foster growth in our economy is to get out of the way.

"However, I am encouraged that the Administration appears to recognize the importance of implementing and supporting free market principles including tax cuts and reduced spending and am willing to give consideration and further review to a few proposals presented tonight. I am looking forward to seeing them in totality when the actual bill comes before Congress.

"In addition, the President must not be clear of how school systems work. His school construction concept (and probable grants plan) will not create more teaching jobs. One reason is because the federal government has no mechanism to fairly distribute federal money to the states for education. That is why Utah is constantly disadvantaged every time a new scheme for schools rolls out of Washington. This Administration's education schemes have all been non-starters or heavily biased toward pro-eastern states/urban areas. I heard nothing from the President tonight to indicate he understands this reality.

"This country cannot be the guinea pig on which this Administration tests out its economic policies only to realize that many of them won't actually work. We already endured that during the failed stimulus, which the Obama administration claimed would "save or create' 3 to 4 million jobs. In reality, more than 1.4 million jobs have been lost since March 2009."

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