SENATOR BOND RESPONDS TO STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

SENATOR
BOND RESPONDS TO STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

WASHINGTON,
DC

–– U.S. Senator Kit Bond made the following comments following President Obama’s
State of the Union address to Congress and the nation
tonight:

“There is no doubt
the President is an artful orator and he said a lot of good things, but I will
be far more interested in what his Administration does tomorrow than what
he said tonight,” said Bond.  “While he signaled a willingness to move to the
middle, and find common ground with Republicans, I want less talk, more action. 
I’m from the Show-Me State – so show me!”

Big Government
Policies:

“Over the last
year the President swerved off course with big government, budget-busting
policies.  After tonight’s speech I’m not convinced the President recognizes
that Americans want sanity brought back to Washington policies. In the most
difficult times it is always the best strategy to empower the American
people, rather than empower the government.”

 

National
Security:

“The President’s
tough talk on terrorism was good to hear, I only hope he can convince the left
wing of his party to go along.  Earlier tonight Speaker Pelosi advocated a
dangerous spending freeze on defense spending – I can’t imagine she’s gotten
assurances from al Qaeda that they would put a freeze on attacking American
families here at home or our troops overseas. Unfortunately, the President’s
talk on terrorism tonight was little better.  It is disappointing he failed to
address the need to pass the Patriot Act to extend critical terror fighting
tools, the foolhardy plan to close Gitmo, or stop the policy of treating
terrorists like common criminals. ”

 

Health
Care:

“If the
President is serious about passing health care reform to help folks struggling
with rising premiums and higher health care costs, he needs to scrap his
proposed government takeover, end the backroom deals and instead work with
Republicans on common sense, bipartisan solutions.”

 

Federal
Spending:

“Last
year President Obama promised the American people that he wouldn’t try to spend
our way out of the economic crisis, a promise he promptly broke within three
weeks by spending a trillion dollars on a failed stimulus bill; and the spending
spree didn’t end there.  I hope tonight’s spending freeze announcement is a
signal the President is serious about making the difficult decisions necessary
to tackle the bulk of spending-spiraling entitlements-that threaten to bankrupt
our nation.”

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