Here’s the reactions President Obama’s speech this evening from a few members of the Georgia delegation:
Senator Saxby Chambliss:
“I’m pleased the president is finally turning his attention to the issue that matters most to Americans: jobs. But, the only way to truly jump-start the economy is by giving American businesses a chance to be competitive. In order to create jobs, we need to reduce corporate taxes by reforming the tax code; move to a territorial tax system; eliminate burdensome and costly regulations; put a two-year moratorium on additional regulations coming from Washington; repeal Obamacare; and send to Congress the three outstanding free trade agreements.”
Congressman Lynn Westmoreland:
Tonight, President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to unveil his initiative to create jobs. During the speech, he introduced his plan to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, and spend more than $200 billion on new infrastructure and in grants to state and local governments. In total, the president’s plan is expected to cost approximately $450 billion. The president promised that offsets of these costs would be a part of his plan, but didn’t mention any specifics during the actual speech. Below is Congressman Westmoreland’s reaction to the speech.
“Tonight, President Obama introduced his latest ‘jobs’ plan, the American Jobs Act. It’s a catchy name, sure, but I’m certain the people of Georgia’s Third Congressional District aren’t fooled by this catchy name. Like me, they look at this ‘jobs’ plan and see what it really is: more of the same old, same old.
“I mean, haven’t we already been down this road? Hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars thrown down the drain, chasing the belief that government is the only answer; that government must step in to save our economy. Isn’t this exactly what we saw a little more than two years ago when the president promised us that if we passed his $800 billion stimulus plan, unemployment wouldn’t rise above eight percent? Instead, as we all remember, all we saw was unemployment reach an unimaginable 10 percent and our national debt reach an astounding $14 trillion. And all the while, the president promised over and over that his new $450 billion so-called jobs bill would be paid for. I guess he’s right. It will be paid for by our children and grandchildren for generations – just like his last stimulus.
“The president’s speech tonight shows the stark difference between his beliefs and mine. He believes that government creates jobs. He believes that overregulation is necessary because small businesses don’t have enough to worry about. I just don’t agree. I believe that it is American ingenuity and the hard work of the American worker that drives this economy. I believe that private industry creates jobs and that through them we can revive our economy and return this country to the greatness we know it can be. And I believe that overly burdensome regulations put a strangle-hold on our small businesses and discourage them from expanding and hiring new people.
“Our economy is in a tough spot and we need serious reforms to our system to get us back on track. Unfortunately, it seems President Obama just wants to keep plugging away at his failed policies. We were told tonight’s speech would be a grand agenda; a new idea to get Americans back to work. And instead, I feel like it’s 2009 all over again. It reminds me of that old saying, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. While I would never call the President of the United States insane, it does make you think.
“Since gaveling the 112th Congress into session this January, House Republicans have spent this year working on legislation to encourage private companies to expand and grow, to alleviate the onerous regulations that strangle job creation, and to scale back federal spending. Unfortunately, Congressional Democrats and President Obama have done everything in their power to stop this – continuing their plan to spend us out of this recession. Now is the time for real action, not more speeches. The president needs to abandon his failed policies and work with House Republicans to enact legislation that will actually get Americans back to work and get our economy back on track,” stated Westmoreland.
Congressman Tom Graves:
U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-09) issued the following response to President Barack Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress about the unemployment crisis in America:
“Tonight, President Obama made it clear that he plans to call the same big government plays that have already failed America. His call for higher taxes will further unsettle our small business owners, and his commitment to more stimulus spending lends a deaf ear to our national debt crisis.
“While I welcome the president to the national conversation about our unemployment crisis, his veiled threats and tough talk to Congress was political stagecraft, not a credible plan for jobs. Recall the last stimulus package, which promised to keep the unemployment rate from going above 8 percent. Thirty-one months later, with 14 million Americans looking for work, our unemployment rate is at 9.1 percent.
“The experiment of big government belongs in the history books. Now it’s time to focus on private sector job creation by cutting taxes, cutting spending, and removing costly regulations. House Republicans have had a jobs plan on the table for months, and we’ve passed over a dozen bills to boost private sector job creation. I believe the president missed an opportunity tonight to join our effort to get Americans back to work.”
Congressman Paul Broun:
U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) released the following statement in response to the so-called jobs speech that the President delivered during a joint session of Congress Thursday evening:
“I am deeply disappointed that the President took to the podium to deliver yet another campaign speech. It just goes to show that he is not focused on creating permanent jobs for Americans- he’s focused on Election Day 2012.
“Instead of proposing nearly a half of a trillion dollars in new stimulus spending, the President should have offered real solutions that don’t cost taxpayers more money, but rather allow them to keep more of their hard earned tax dollars.
“I urge President Obama to take a look at my JOBS Act, H.R. 660, which would provide immediate relief to small businesses in Georgia and nationwide by permanently eliminating the capital gains tax and by setting the corporate tax rate at 0%. My bill is a real proposal that you can hang your hat on – unlike the one that President Obama offered Thursday night.”
Discuss amongst yourselves about job creation.