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President Should Focus on Spending Cuts, Not Tax
This week, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to the American people. While
we have heard many of these words and promises before, the real test will be whether the President
finally will lead and act on pro-growth policies.
Although I was pleased President Obama finally turned his focus back to the ongoing jobs crisis
in his address, I was disappointed that he continued to call for higher taxes to pay for more government
This is certainly not the “balanced” approach he has been promising the American people.
If the President was as committed to reducing the debt and growing the economy as he is to spending and
taxing, our country would be in a much stronger position today. President Obama and Congress must do
more to reduce the nearly $16.5 trillion federal debt, $6 trillion of which was added under his administration
Instead of detailing a plan to reduce the record-high debt, the President outlined a liberal laundry
list of new government programs and initiatives. I could almost hear the sound of a cash register in
the background with every new program.
Washington cannot keep asking hard-working Americans to dig deeper and pony up more money so the
federal government can spend more. Hoosiers and Americans across this country are taxed enough.
I urge the President to focus on fixing our country’s fiscal health. You don’t do that
by raising taxes. You do it by enacting bold spending reforms. You do it by reducing our debt. You do
it by creating a budget so we can live within our means. You do it by promoting pro-growth policies.
This is how we strengthen America and grow. This is how we get Hoosiers and Americans back to work.
here or on the image above to watch my speech reacting to the
President’s State of the Union address.
is Now to Restructure and Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security
President Obama also mentioned this week in his State of the Union remarks that he is willing to
restructure mandatory spending programs like Medicare. The President has made this commitment before,
but we have yet to see action. I hope this time will be different, and the administration will offer
a specific plan.
Hard-working Hoosiers and millions of Americans have spent a lifetime paying into our health and
retirement security programs. Congress and the White House must work to find common ground to restructure
and save these programs or we could lose the ability to provide benefits for current and future recipients.
Both liberals and conservatives have recognized that we need to restructure Medicare, Medicaid and
Social Security if we are serious about putting this country on sounder fiscal footing and if we are
to keep these programs from becoming insolvent. We need to make changes now in order to avoid more painful
Our country essentially faces two options: We can continue with the status quo and wait until a crisis
moment hits. At that point, these programs may be beyond saving. Or we can come together and commit to
the American people that we will act and no longer avoid or delay the challenging but necessary task
of fixing these programs to save them for future generations.
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of Bipartisanship Offer Obama Window to Move Agenda
Coats with Hoosiers
Met with Greenfield-Central High School
Junior State of America Chapter.
Visiting with a student from Greenfield-Central
Welcomed Indiana Association of United
Happy to welcome Chris Haug of South Bend
to my office.