Congressman Gibbs responds to State of the Union

January 27, 2011
In The News
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbs of Ohio, R-18th District, released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address: "I appreciate the president's focus on job creation and the future of our nation. However, lofty, flowery speech about 'goals' is not enough. I would like to believe that the President will finally focus on jobs, but unfortunately we've heard this one before. I wanted to hear that there would be a change in the direction of his Administration's policies, not merely a change in his rhetoric. "I hoped to hear specific plans on how the president will reduce the exploding federal deficit, slash the size and scope of government, and expand the economy. Instead, he called for more "targeted investments," or in other words, more out-of-control federal spending. The president also called for a spending "freeze" for five years. This sounds good in theory, except he will freeze spending at the current, outrageous levels. This is a disingenuous approach to spending reform. We must cut up the federal government's credit card right now, not in five years. "America's fiscal future is on a collision course. Over the past two years, President Obama and Congressional Democrats have overseen the largest budget deficits in the history of the U.S., driving the national debt to a record $14 trillion. The amount of national debt incurred by the Democrat Congress in just four years is greater than the entire national debt accumulated in the first 220 years of the nation's history. And during this spending-spree, unemployment has skyrocketed from 4.6 percent to 9.4 percent as the economy has lost more than 6.3 million jobs ... "Instead of broken promises and bad policy, I look forward to working with my colleagues to implement pro-growth policies that will put Americans back to work and get our economy back on track."