Last night, I was in the Capitol listening to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. The State of the Union is an annual opportunity for the President to lay his agenda before Congress and create a framework for finding common ground. The best way to do that, of course, is to generate a spirit of mutual trust, demonstrate a commitment to good-faith negotiations, and indicate a shared understanding of our Constitutional responsibilities.
Unfortunately, what I heard from President Obama last night was hostility toward our foundational principles, condescension toward a co-equal branch of government, and a general aversion to common sense and bipartisanship.
Specifically, the President remains committed to a philosophy of “trickle-down government” - a view that Americans can only succeed if the government spends money it does not have on programs that we can ill afford. This view has burdened our economy throughout his Administration, prolonged the recession and is putting America at risk of a fiscal crisis in the next few years.
The fact that he is threatening Congress with executive orders if we do not follow his agenda is even more alarming. In response, Congress should insist that President Obama faithfully execute our current laws before trusting him to execute new laws. And if he refuses, we must hold him accountable.
I will continue to be an advocate for a new approach – a better approach, focused on more freedom, more opportunity, and more innovation. I will work in a bipartisan way when possible and stand on principle when necessary in order to keep my promises to the people of Idaho.