Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) issued the following statement Tuesday in response to President Obama's State of the Union Address to Congress:
"If I had told people just a few years ago that we would end this decade with debt topping $20 trillion, they would have thought I was crazy. But that is now where we are headed.
"The government's appetite for more money and power can never be satisfied. This country would boom beyond belief if we could lower most taxes and significantly reduce federal spending.
"Even with an incomprehensible $16 trillion in debt, the President and some in Washington continue to believe we have a revenue problem, not a spending problem.
"There is waste in the private sector, but it pales in comparison to waste in government. Every dollar kept in the private sector and away from government will do more to help the economy, create jobs, and hold down prices."