Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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Tonight’s address before a joint session of Congress by President Obama might be the most predictable presidential speech in modern times. Budget & tax experts at The Heartland Institute have offered a pre-buttal:
“President Obama tonight will just offer again the same tried, failed and proven-wrong theory that economic growth and recovery is based on increased government spending. What drives economic growth and recovery is incentives for increased production, which Reagan understood so well, but Obama’s leftist ideology won’t allow him to even consider. If any supposed tax cuts do not involve reductions in tax rates, permanent not temporary, they won’t do any good either.
“President Obama’s strength has always been speechmaking. The problem he has now is that no amount of talk will reverse the majority of Americans’ opinion that he and the Democrat Congress of his first two years are responsible for the current staggering economy. The public’s hatred of Obamacare is just one of many indications that the president’s course thus far has been a disaster for the economy and the nation as a whole.
“Unless the president makes a firm commitment to reverse course and remove the enormous weight of taxes and regulations he has added to the economy, tonight’s speech will change nothing. Unfortunately, it is exceedingly unlikely that he will do so.”
“We’ve recently seen our government shut down Gibson Guitar Co. with no criminal charges being filed. We’ve seen the National Labor Relations Board try to block Boeing from opening a new aircraft factory in South Carolina. We’ve seen our government shred established bankruptcy law and harm bondholders to take over major automakers and hand partial ownership to labor unions that helped ruin the automakers.
“We’ve seen our government hand corporate welfare to mammoth financial firms to the disadvantage of smaller financial firms and Main Street businesses. We’ve seen laws thousands of pages long enacted with burdensome regulations that will take years to be written. We’ve seen money printed out of thin air and more money borrowed with no concern for future taxpayers who will have to pay it back.
“If President Obama wants to improve the economy and grow the number of jobs, he should consider the fear such actions create and end these practices.”
The Heartland Institute is a 27-year-old national nonprofit organization with offices in Chicago, Illinois; Washington, DC; Austin, Texas; Tallahassee, Florida; and Columbus, Ohio. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information, visit our Web site or call 312/377-4000.