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The Path to Prosperity is Still Achievable

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. WILSON of South Carolina. Mr. Speaker, during Tuesday night's State of the Union address, the President spoke to the American people, and Michael Gerson in yesterday's Washington Post has judged ``it was a pervasive lack of substance and seriousness.''

Four years ago this month, the President explained that the deficit was unsustainable, but then proceeded to triple the deficit, putting American families at risk. Sadly, his words do not reflect his actions.

House Republicans recognize the urgency in putting our fiscal house back in order. Over $16 trillion in national debt is irresponsible. Not only does it threaten senior citizens with the value of the dollar, it places an undue burden on future generations at risk for higher taxes, and it destroys job creation due to economic uncertainty.

The path to prosperity is still achievable. Now is the time for the President to change course and work with Congress to secure solutions enabling small businesses to create jobs.

In conclusion, God bless our troops, and we will never forget September the 11th in the global war on terrorism.

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