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Rep. Mulvaney Reacts to President Obama's State of the Union Address


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Mick Mulvaney (SC-05) released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address:

"In watching the State of the Union speech last night, I have to give the President credit for being honest…at least part of the time...about where he wants to take this country. Last night, we heard his plan for fixing our trade imbalance with China: another government agency. His plan for dealing with immigration? Amnesty. His big idea for education? A federal mandate that prevents schools from expelling disruptive, violent, or truant students. His cure for the housing market? Tax people who can pay their mortgages to give it to people who cannot. And on tax policy generally: take more money from people who have it.

"What we saw last night, for those who listened closely, was the President's plan for his anticipated second term: taxing and spending, stimulus and joblessness, and an ever-growing government.

"That being said, there were parts of the speech last night that I agreed with. I support what he said about building our domestic energy infrastructure, streamlining government and simplifying the tax code. In fact, I agreed with him when he said the exact same things last year. I am left to wonder, then, why he has killed the Keystone Pipeline, sent the NLRB to sue Boeing and the Justice Department to sue South Carolina, and fought my own efforts to get rid of corporate loopholes (such as removing ALL subsidies for energy, from Big Oil to Green Energy). Even when I agreed with his words last night, I left with the distinct feeling, born of experience, that his words have not, and will not match his actions.

"The President is not shying away from the division he is trying to create, and then exploit in this country. Last night he said he wanted to fix our deficit problems by taking more money from Americans. The truth of the matter is that, even if we did exactly what he proposed, the result would be to pay down only 8 cents of every dollar of our deficit. I am curious as to how much more folks have to have taken away from them before the President will satisfy his thirst for "fairness.'

"Four years ago the President offered us Hope and Change. Last night he offered us envy and division, more government and more taxes, and, most importantly, more of the same of what he has given us since he has been President.

"America is better than that. And the State of the Nation is not what the President thinks. I hope we prove that to him in November."

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