Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement in reaction to the State of the Union address by President Obama,
"Fourteen years ago, I sat in this chamber when President Clinton declared during his State of the Union address that the "era of big government is over'. After listening tonight to President Obama's State of the Union, I can sum his speech up in two words: 'it's back.'
More government and higher taxes are not the solutions to today's fiscal problems.
Currently, there are over one million fewer people working today than when President Obama first took office. More than 12.7 million people are facing unemployment. Fewer private sector jobs exist. Last year, the federal government ran a deficit of nearly $1.1 trillion, bringing President Obama's total to nearly $5 trillion.
Clearly, our state of the union under this President is troubling.
I agree with Senator Rubio and all conservatives that the source of our prosperity as a nation is free enterprise, not government spending, or stimulus funding masquerading as "investment'.
We've proven before that a divided government can act in a fiscally responsible way, and, the need is far greater than ever now.
I share President Obama's hope that Republicans and Democrats can work together to find solutions to our nation's most challenging issues; however, the solution is certainly not more federal programs, more taxes and new ways to spend taxpayer money. I believe we need to work together to cut spending and balance our budget, reduce our massive deficits, encourage private sector job creation and make sure every American who wants a job can find one."