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Turn Down Rhetoric for GOP Help

By Wednesday, 21 January 2015 12:02 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Regardless of what the president professes, in reality the state of the union is not sound.
Our nation is plagued by debt, joblessness, insecurity, dependence, and threat.

If you listened to the president in his State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress you would think the elections of 2014 never happened. There was no acknowledgment, or attempt to reach across the aisle. Instead he led off with 4 veto threats. He is against the Keystone Pipeline and the Save the American Workers Act — which would create 40,000 new jobs. He is also against the Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act — which amends Dodd-Frank to ease burdens and foster new businesses; and he is opposed to the Regulatory Accountability Act — making bureaucracy justify every regulation by a cost benefit and need standard.

Many of the acts the president has threatened to veto enjoy wide bipartisan support:
  • The Minimum Wage. Sadly, the biggest applause came from the Democratic side of the aisle when the president demanded a national minimum wage. Minimum wages should be state determined. Our country is too big and diverse to have a national standard. What is good for Mississippi is not necessarily good for California and vice-versa. Democrats love to dictate. They love to spend, and could care less how to pay for things we cannot afford.
  • Relationship with Congress. This president has no relationship with Congress. He does not meet with Republicans or Democrats. He refuses standing meetings with leadership. It is beneath him. For 6 years he has ruled by smoke and mirrors, deception and unilateral action. He talks a good game but never has lived up to his rhetoric.
  • Work with Congress. If you want to work with Congress and stop the pettiness of gotcha, then Mr. President put down your pen, hang up your phone and get to work.
  • Road to Prosperity. The way to get America back on the road to prosperity is  allowing Americans to achieve — not by dependency on government, but instead by their own worth in a free market. We don't want a hand out. We want hands off. What helps our economy is when a dollar changes hands amongst the people, not the people sending money to the government to spend it as it sees fit. Democrats need dependents that vote for their own selfish interests. They call them "supporters." That is not democracy that is socialism.
  • Tax and Spend. There he goes again. Hundreds of billions for another failed stimulus, repackaged as an "Infrastructure Bill." Tax and spend is a policy of folly. This president has almost doubled our debt. We now face a 19 trillion dollar deficit. Tonight he does not talk about jobs or reducing the debt, fixing Medicare, Social Security, and yes, Obamacare. Instead he talks about taxing and spending our way to mediocrity or worse.
  • College Tuition. You never get value when you get something for nothing because nothing is ever free. Someone has to pay for it. Our president is punishing parents for saving for their kids' college while on the other hand taxing that same parent so that kids (who are not their own) can get a free college education. That is just plain wrong. President Obama is making millions of Americans dependent instead of responsible. Shameful.
  • Foreign Policy. The president made no mention of the threat American and the world faces with al Qaida. He refused to acknowledge the fact that the Middle East is in a Radical Islamic meltdown. Instead, he chose to tout his new policy of cozying up to the failed Cuban dictatorship. The world is a much more unstable and dangerous place today than it was even last year. We are witnessing Russian aggression, Chinese aggression and provocation as well.
  • GOP Response. To be fair — although Sen. Ernst was a great messenger — her message was not specific enough. It would have been nice to hear what exactly Republicans will do with their new-found power. We know how bad things are. We have to know about the plans necessary to deliver us from the funk we are in domestically and internationally. Missed opportunity.

Governance in 2014-15 is broken. The American people are sick and tired of gridlock and not solving problems. In 2015 it is time to govern in reality. Govern the way things are not the way you wish them to be.

It is up the president to set the tone and lead. I am confident that if the president reduces the temperature of his rhetoric, turning up the tempo of action, he will be met half way by a Republican congress that is ready, willing and able to get things done.

Bradley A. Blakeman served as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001-04. He is currently a professor of politics and public policy at Georgetown University and a frequent contributor to Fox News Opinion. Read more reports from Bradley Blakeman — Click Here Now.


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It is up the president to set the tone and lead. I am confident that if the president reduces the temperature of his rhetoric, turning up the tempo of action, he will be met half way by a Republican congress that is ready, willing and able to get things done.
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