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MY SOTU Reaction

My reaction

As expected President Obama performs well in this type of setting, he is an excellent orator. He says he gets it, understands the frustration of the American people, and embraces the need for a new era of cooperation must extend beyond this one night.

Great words; expertly delivered. Most support the call for a spending freeze but is it enough? Many acknowledge the need for a renewed effort on research and development. Everyone should support the call to make the United States the standard in terms of educating our young people, to ensure they can compete and lead in this generation and into the future. Infrastructure spending to improve our transportation systems seems reasonable as well. The call to remove burdensome regulations and medical malpractice reform is welcomed as well. Many can also support the call to simplify the tax code and reduce the corporate tax rate.

The words and promises sound good I certainly can support tax reform, less onerous regulation, tort reform, reduced spending, as well as eliminating wasteful spending where found. I call on all of us to support these ideals. I believe this Congress led by Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan can do these things and more.

As Budget Committee Chairman Ryan said the Congress will work with the President achieve this. But there is more. This economy needs to be unburdened from the debt responsibilities we are passing to our future generations. A freeze in spending will not be enough to unleash our economy and spur job creation, “Our nation is approaching a tipping point., Ryan said

We are at a moment, where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.

We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity. And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed.

That’s the real secret to job creation – not borrowing and spending more money in Washington.”

This message from Chairman Ryan closely mirrors my views on our government. Put simply, less taxes, less spending, less regulation, smaller more effective government is what many Americans are calling for and what will reinvigorate our economy and create jobs and renew the greatness that is America.

Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann also spoke tonight. She also called for less regulation, less spending, less taxes. She spoke of job creation, a balanced budget amendment, a repeal of Health Care, an energy policy making us independent of foreign oil, and reminded all that there was an election a few months ago and the message of that election was to cut the size and scope of the federal government. “We believe in lower taxes, a limited view of government and the exceptionalism of America. And I believe America is the indispensible nation” Bachmann said.

All in all three very interesting speeches.  All called for less spending.  All called for tax reform.  All called for regulatory reform.  Yes folks, elections do matter.  Everyone is talking about a smaller government; now it is up to the Congress to act on it.