Your Washington – GA 3 – Desk
From Congressman Lynn Westmoreland
Westmoreland: President Out of Touch with the People’s Priorities
Tonight, President Obama addressed both chambers of Congress and gave his sixth State of the Union. In his speech, the president proposed a tax-hike on investments, which is expected to bring in $320 billion in new tax revenue over 10 years. Below is Congressman Westmoreland’s response.
“Once again, the president has shown he is out of touch with the priorities of the American people in his speech tonight,” stated Westmoreland. “The people spoke in November to have their conservative voices heard and they want to keep the progress on the economy moving forward. The president’s tax-increase proposal is the most effective way to kill that progress.
“I have said it time and time again: our country does not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. We want jobs and stability, and the middle class is the one that would benefit from jobs bills and tax cuts- not tax increases. Raising taxes to bring in $320 billion does nothing to cut spending and addressing our nation’s 18 trillion dollar debt. When there’s a leak in the dam, you plug the hole and fix it- you don’t add more water. It’s another example of the president’s agenda of top-down economics that never actually fixes the problem.
“If President Obama wants to truly help middle class America, he will work with the Republican Congress to pass jobs bills, stabilize our economy, and simplify our tax code. Adding more taxes onto any American just grows the size of our government, and we need less government, not more. Solutions like passing a flat or FairTax and abolishing the IRS are bigger and better steps towards putting the priorities of the American people first.”