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FreedomWorks' Kibbe: Obama 'Doubling Down on Bad Ideas'

By Paul Scicchitano   |   Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 06:24 PM

FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe will deliver what he calls a “prebuttal” to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday in which he accuses the commander-in-chief of “doubling down on bad ideas” and contributing to what he describes as a great recession.

“First of all, you have to understand that we are in the middle of a Great Recession,” insists Kibbe in an advance copy of the video that will be released over the Internet shortly before the president takes to the air waves with his State of the Union. “I haven’t seen anything like this in terms of the numbers of unemployed, the length and stagnation of our economy, since the Great Depression — and for a lot of the same reasons.”

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Kibbe will warn that Obama may try to blame the bad economy on former president George W. Bush or Republicans.

“The fact of the matter is, whatever the causes of the Great Recession, the president has doubled down on bad ideas,” he explains. “First of all, despite what you heard in the election, despite what you heard in 2008, the president is stepping back from even nominal savings of the so-called sequester.”

Kibbe said that the sequester — a total of $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts that will begin to kick in on March 1 — “is just a haircut off of a growing baseline in spending.”

While the president is likely to tell Americans that the U.S. should be spending more money on infrastructure and the EPA’s war on energy, “these are exactly the wrong things to do,” Kibbe will explain. “He had his $700 billion stimulus in 2009 where he could have invested more in American infrastructure.”

Kibbe will insist that the president’s approach simply won’t work.

“This is a Great Recession. This is a lack of the bounce after the inevitable downturn of the recession,” he will say in the video. “Obama’s culpable for this and again it looks like the Great Depression of the 1930s where government’s foot on entrepreneurship, on job creation, on workers kept us from recovering from a series of failed government policies.”

Kibbe will also point to Washington’s spending addiction as a critical problem facing the country. “And until we’re willing to deal, not just with discretionary spending but also entitlements, we won’t get to the problem,” he explains. “You will not hear anything about serious entitlement reform from the president tonight.”

Kibbe will say it is likely that the president will continue to insist that no American will lose their health insurance under Obamacare.

Finally, Kibbe will urge conservatives to respond to the president’s speech in their own way.

“Maybe you’re talking to your neighbors, maybe you’re talking to your Facebook friends, maybe you’re engaging on FreedomConnector. But only “We The People” are going to answer to what the president will say tonight,” Kibbe will add.

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