U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., tonight issued the following response following President Obama's State of the Union address:
"The president said that he is pivoting to jobs. While I agree that creating jobs is a top priority, I believe that the most important jobs are private sector jobs. We need to empower the private sector by having more predictable and less burdensome regulations. We addressed taxes in January, but now it's time to cut spending and get our fiscal house in order. We have too many government jobs and not enough private sector jobs. If we are serious about turning the economy around, we must focus on this area.
"Sequestration is going to happen, and it is going to happen because the president has failed to lead on this issue. I hope that the president will lead and demonstrate the places where we can make meaningful cuts, the places where we can find savings and the places that we can have greater efficiency. He's the president, he needs to lead.
"The president talked about the need to improve our education system and to that end, I am glad that he is coming to Atlanta on Thursday to visit Georgia's pre-k program as a shining example of state education improvement in this country. I emphasize "state education' because the main role of government is at the local level and at the state level, not at the federal level. With the exception of our poorest kids and those with disabilities, there are really no federal roles in education, except to ensure the education of our children."