U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) released the following statement in response to President Obama's 2013 State of the Union:
"Instead of giving a true account of the "State of the Union,' tonight President Obama used the national platform to push his usual agenda of higher taxes, bigger government, and more federal spending. It was a missed opportunity for him to talk about how to create private-sector jobs for our struggling American workforce and how to revitalize our economy. Even though this comes as no surprise to me, I'm extremely troubled by the direction in which President Obama continues to force our great nation.
"The American people want to keep more of their paychecks. But tonight, President Obama set the stage for the next round of tax hikes that he and the Democrats will push for in the coming weeks. It seems like just yesterday we were having this same debate -- who to raise taxes on and by how much -- yet here we are again in the same predicament. Nothing has been done to curb spending or pay down the debt, and more people are paying higher tax rates than ever.
"Last month President Obama signed into law the Hurricane Sandy Relief Act, a bill full of pork barrel spending , at a cost of more than $50 billion to taxpayers. In just one stroke of the signing pen, that piece of legislation wiped out all of the revenue raised by letting a portion of the 2001/2003 tax relief package expire as part of the fiscal cliff deal. Unfortunately, the tax and spend spree is far from over. In 2013, provisions of Obamacare will kick in that will bring in more than $1 trillion in new taxes to the federal government. The American people understand that Washington doesn't need more money -- it needs to cut spending.
"Yet tonight, the President failed to outline a single proposal that balances how much the government takes in versus how much it spends. The only guideline he's given is the sequester. As a U.S. Marine, I know that sequestration should be an absolute last resort for securing meaningful cuts. The dollars we spend on national defense are the most valuable, because they keep country secure and our citizens free.
"Moving forward, I hope my colleagues will join me in standing firm against more tax hikes on the American people that will only further enable the White House and the big spenders in Congress. We have to work together to find ways to cut spending in every corner of the federal budget, so we can stop burying families and small businesses in overwhelming, job-crushing debt."