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Rep. Kline on State of the Union: Obama's Priorities Misplaced

Instead of focusing on the ingenuity and greatness of the American people, the president repeated the same broken promises that have kept unemployment hovering around 8 percent and hampered economic growth.

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Editor's note: the following is a press release from Rep. John Kline, R-Lakeville.

Last week, the president visited my home state of Minnesota and said, "We don’t have to agree on everything to agree it’s time to do something." Tonight, the president was faced with a unique opportunity to double down on that premise by rallying Americans from a variety of political persuasions and helping Congress chart a new course of working together to solve the most serious challenges our country faces.

Instead, the president outlined a case for more big government. Instead of focusing on the ingenuity and greatness of the American people, the president repeated the same broken promises that have kept unemployment hovering around 8 percent and hampered economic growth.

He could have agreed with the overwhelming majority of Minnesotans I represent by acknowledging Washington’s spending problem. Americans deserve to know how he plans to control wasteful spending, reduce the debt that threatens prosperity for our children and grandchildren, and expand opportunity for all Americans without raising taxes and killing more jobs. 

I join the majority of Minnesotans who tell me they disagree with the president’s uncompromising belief that bigger government is the answer to challenges we face. The American people, not the federal government, are the beacon of hope that makes America great. Our American dream can only be realized when every individual is empowered to pursue life and liberty and achieve their unlimited potential—unencumbered by government interference.

eileen February 13, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Thank you for listening to us, the people, on these issues John instead of getting on the "big government" bandwagon. When the needless spending is controlled we will be able to take care of the truly needy people, and even better, we will enable people to care for themselves and enjoy self-respect in the process. Thank you for being a voice of reason in our government.
Thomas Anderson February 13, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Mr Kline says "I join the majority of Minnesotans who tell me they disagree with the president’s uncompromising belief that bigger government is the answer to challenges we face". This is pure BS. Representative Kline should not be counting the voices in his head. President Obama got the support of an overwhelming majority of Minnesotans in the recent election and his popularity has only improved since then. Yes Mr Kline, the millionaires who fund your campaigns including the for-profit education industry, Hubbard Broadcasting and the Koch Brothers would ideally like to pay no taxes at all, but the rest of us who do not have Caiman Islands bank accounts are in this together and we all need to pay our fair share for the services that OUR goverment provides. http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00004436&type=I
Jon Childers February 17, 2013 at 06:29 PM
He only represents a majority of those who agree with him, not a majority of those he is supposed to represents. Things will change in 2 years. Too bad we go without representation till he is defeated.

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