My Reaction to the State of the Union

The State of the Union, no matter who is President, is always an impressive spectacle to watch.  It provides our nation – specifically, our leaders – a chance to refocus on solutions for our nation. 


There were elements of the President’s speech I applaud – such as the proposal for clean, safe, nuclear energy and continuing down the path for earmark reform, particularly putting earmark requests online.   I also applaud the President’s strong statements in regard to consequences for Iran should they continue to head down the dangerous path they are heading.


However, too often, the President’s speech took on a tone of lecturing the American people – particularly those who have a different outlook on the proper role of government than he does.  He criticized the permanent campaigning of politics, even while he has been the entire time he’s been office.  He went after the Supreme Court for protecting free speech.  When it comes to national health care, he asked the American people to take another look at what he’s proposed – ignorant of the fact that they have, and they have soundly rejected it.


What most bothers me is that President Obama continues to say he’s welcome to ideas other than his own, but fails to acknowledge that Republicans have proposed reforms on health care – such as tort reform, medical savings accounts, allowing people to purchase health insurance across state lines, etc. – that would lower costs, increase competition, improve access, and increase freedom and choice for Americans.  But those proposals have been set aside for mandates, abortion fees, and government takeovers.  Americans want health care reform, but they want reform that protects their freedom and preserves the quality of care they will receive – not one that expands government control over their lives.


Finally, while I am glad that the President has finally acknowledged that holding the line on spending is a good idea, his spending freeze proposal is too little too late – not only would it not take effect until next year – it takes place well after the massive amounts of spending that have put us in this financial position in the first place.


“This brings me back to the central focus of my campaign for Congress – a return to the principles of limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty.  The quicker our nation’s leaders embrace those principles in the reforms they propose, the faster our economy will recover and our nation will return to prosperity.


Patricia Lightner is a Republican running in the 3rd District of Kansas.  You can find her on Facebook or by visiting her website at http://www.patricialightner.com.