House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) tonight released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union Address:
On Speech/Small Business:
"For the past three years, President Obama has sought to pile more taxes, more regulations and higher debt on small businesses -- preventing long-term growth and economic recovery. Right now, small businesses are frozen and don't have the certainty they need to expand and create jobs, leaving far too many Americans out of work. But what the American people heard tonight is that the President's latest vision relies on the same failed policies that haven't worked to recover the economy or get people back to work. When something doesn't work, you change it. Instead of continuing the failed policies of President Obama that we know don't work, let's try something new. We can do better.
"We need bold, pro-growth policies that focus squarely on the job engines in this country -- our nation's small businesses. We need to encourage the economy to grow faster than by just a percent or two like the status quo, and instead focus bigger like 4 or 5%. We need to reduce the constant threat of taxes, overreach and red tape that are plaguing small businesses and hardworking taxpayers. Small businesses need to know that America is open for business and that Washington won't make it harder for them to succeed. By helping small businesses grow, we will spur job creation, boost American competitiveness, and foster start-ups -- all the things that make this country great."
On Economic Equality/Fair Shot:
"To me, what makes our country so special is that no matter who you are, where you come from or what your background is, in America, if you work hard and play by the rules everyone has a fair shot at earning success. That very American notion is being threatened by President Obama's desire for government controlled equality and sweeping changes that aim to put Washington in charge of determining your opportunity. Rather than pushing for equality of outcomes, we need to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to succeed. There is a ladder of success in America, not built by Washington, but by hard work, responsibility and the initiative of the people of our country. So, instead of talking about a fair share or spending time trying to push those at the top down, elected leaders in Washington should be trying to ensure that everyone has a fair shot and the opportunity to earn success up the ladder rather than meeting in the middle."
"I am extremely concerned about the President's handling of the threats posed by the Iranian regime and muted response to the so-called "Arab Spring.' Iran's determined pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability is an urgent threat to U.S. security and that of our allies. The regime in Tehran's effort threatens to destabilize the Middle East, spur a regional nuclear arms race, further embolden the world's most active state sponsor of terrorism, and undermine America's influence in this pivotal region. I believe that increasing the chokehold of sanctions on the regime, combating Iran's influence in the region, and hastening the downfall of the dictatorship in Syria will give confidence to our partners and allies while increasing our leverage in dealing with Iran's nuclear ambitions. These steps represent the best hope of confronting the challenge posed by Iranian proliferation and terror without military action."