Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) reacted to President Obama's State of the Union Address Tuesday night. As expected, Paul said the president used his speech as a campaign platform and not a true State of the Union. That was a view expressed by many Obama detractors even prior to the address. Rep. Paul said, "Instead of offering solutions to the problems our country faces, the President was intent on delivering a campaign speech, further dealing in the typical Washington political gamesmanship that has gotten us exactly nowhere close to improving the lives of the American people."
It was clear that President Obama had his campaign face on. To be fair, most presidents facing re-election have done the same thing while doing their last State of the Union Address. Rep. Paul felt that most of the speech was devoted to "rhetoric" about job creation. He said the president was "bragging" about job creation when his health care plan was actually "job-destroying". He also said the Dodd-Frank bill "guarantees future taxpayer bailouts of large institutions."
In a statement many Americans will likely agree with, the Representative wrote about Obama's claims regarding the economy. He wrote that Obama wants "...an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. Yet he remains committed to the same old system of debt, deficits, bailouts, and cronyism that created our economic problems. The President speaks of giving us energy independence from unstable nations, yet he refuses to allow the type of development needed to achieve this goal, while at the same time his administration hands out favors to the politically connected - those given to the likes of Solyndra, who fail to produce jobs or energy but succeed in ripping off the taxpayers."
The libertarian leaning Paul has focused on his "End the Fed" mission for a long time. The people have a president who pretends that all is well with the Federal Reserve. He said that the president "...refuses to even mention the role the Federal Reserve plays in creating an economic system where some are denied a fair shot or even to support my efforts at bringing transparency to the Federal Reserve."
Rep. Paul pointed out that Obama didn't even bring up how crucial it was to curtail spending and balance the federal budget. He said that some call it "the greatest threat to our national security". He reminded readers that with his Plan to Restore America, $1 trillion in spending cuts would occur in his first year as president if he won the election.
In closing, Rep. Paul brought up his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and his detainment by the TSA in Nashville. He said, "In the area of foreign policy and civil liberties, President Obama's rhetoric may be different, but the substance of his polices - as shown by his administration's defense of the TSA's treatment of my son, Senator Rand Paul, is hardly 'change we can believe in.'"
You can read Ron Paul's entire reaction here.
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012