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Monday, January 24, 2011

Roby criticizes Obama ahead of State of the Union

President Barack Obama might not give his State of the Union address until Tuesday, but an Alabama congresswoman released some critical statements of his administration on Monday.
U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, released the following comments Monday in advance of the president's State of the Union address:

"Our nation is in the midst of a severe budget crisis. Unfortunately, rather than propose difficult but necessary spending cuts, the Obama Administration is reportedly now considering significant new increases in spending. If true, this effort to boost federal spending even higher represents a monumental misreading of the American people who sent a clear message that they want less government, less spending, and less debt.
"President Obama has repeatedly stated his intent to rein in spending. Actions, however, speak louder than words, and what we have seen over the last two years are record deficits averaging more than a trillion dollars annually.
"Turning back this great tide of spending will require a deep commitment by the White House and Congress. The State of the Union is a perfect opportunity for President Obama to demonstrate presidential leadership by carefully outlining a plan to reverse course and put our nation on the path toward fiscal responsibility. We are past the point where well-written speeches and unfulfilled promises will suffice. Instead, we need a specific and executable plan that will dramatically cut spending, reduce our deficits over the next 10 years, and restore certainty and confidence to the economy. Restraining spending and debt is the best stimulus for economic growth, not more government regulation."

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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