Congressman John Fleming, M.D., (LA-4) released the following statement after President Obama delivered his State of the Union:
“Tonight we heard more about the state of the president’s re-election campaign than about the State of the Union. Had he actually addressed the state of our country, the president would have acknowledged that there are million-and-a-half more unemployed Americans than when he took office, and that we’re in the longest period of sustained high unemployment since the Great Depression.
“A real State of the Union would have had to acknowledge that our national debt is $4.6 trillion higher than when the president took office, and the Senate - which is led by his party - has not even passed a budget for 1,000 days. If President Obama really wanted to report on the State of the Union, then he would haveexplained how all of his deficit spending has created a situation in which our military is facing a trillion dollars in cuts. That’s not just unwise, it’s dangerous.
“Tonight, if the president was actually describing the State of the Union, he should have told Americans that the price of a gallon of gas has skyrocketed by 83 percent during his presidency. He did talk about energy, but his words pale in comparison to his actions. Just last week the president rejected the Keystone Pipeline project that would’ve created thousands of immediate jobs, and given a source of stable oil from a friendly neighbor.
“President Obama did not give the American people a State of the Union address. He simply raised the curtain on his re-election campaign. He had a lot to say about fairness. But there’s nothing fair about policies that destroy jobs, expand the number of poor in our country, and grow government at an explosive and destructive rate.
“Tonight, the president gave us more of the same, along with the promise that he’ll continue pushing his failed policies, and continue blaming other people for the state of a union that’s now had three years of his leadership. Sorry, Mr. President, the American people know all too well what’s happening in our country. They know that bailouts, handouts and copouts have been themes of your administration, and they’ve had enough.”
Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.