WASHINGTON – President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress Tuesday evening for his annual State of the Union. US Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo) issued the following statement in reaction to the President’s address:
“There is a clear disconnect between reality and the version of ‘reality’ this President thinks America is living in.
“It’s ironic to hear the President tout his jobs agenda, when time and again he shoots down job creating projects like the Keystone Pipeline and shackles America’s job creators with heavy taxes and piles of regulations; it’s even more ironic when you consider our unemployment rate has remained at almost 8% since 2009.
“We’ve witnessed four years of attacks on the private sector, an Administration dead set on killing abundant, affordable energy sources and a massive influx in the size and scope of the federal government. Our middle class continues to be hit with a slow growing economy, rising energy costs and taxes increases.
“In what world does piling thousands of pages of regulations on small businesses create a system that encourages private sector job growth? In what market does one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world equate to more job creation? How is killing coal, an abundant source of American energy, the answer to lowering electricity costs?
“A well delivered speech cannot validate a falsehood. There is a four-year track record that followed President Obama to the podium tonight. His policies belie his feigned support of small businesses and the middle class.
“Reigniting the private sector begins by getting the government out of the way, not continuing to expand it. It begins by enacting a pro-growth tax code, securing our country’s finances, cutting federal spending and reducing the scope of the federal government.
“Our country needs an authentic commitment from Washington to address our crushing $16 trillion debt. It needs real entitlement reform. But most of all the country needs Washington to get out of the way allowing the private sector, America’s small businesses, job creators and the middle class the autonomy to succeed.”