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Delegation Responds To Obama’s Speech

September 9, 2011

Following Barack Obama’s address to Congress last night, several Republicans members of the Congressional delegation in Mississippi responded with their thoughts. Give Rep. Steven Palazzo credit for offering a video response.


Sen. Thad Cochran: “Mississippi continues to suffer from a stubbornly high unemployment rate, so I was interested to hear what new ideas the President might present. I appreciate the President’s renewed sense of urgency on the economy, and I look forward to reviewing the details of those proposals. At the same time, I hope the President will use his influence to help push legislation pending in Congress right now that could help promote American manufacturing and trade by creating a better environment for businesses to grow and create jobs.”


Sen. Roger Wicker: “The President’s proposals are not likely to make much difference in job creation. He has made matters worse with excessive spending, a massive regulatory burden on job creators, and an unwillingness to use our own natural resources such as oil, natural gas, and coal. We need fewer federal regulations and more American energy.”

Wicker wrote more on the issue in his weekly column here.


Rep. Gregg Harper: “Our nation continues to suffer from a serious jobless problem, which is why I support a pro-business legislative agenda that removes barriers our job creators face from excessive federal regulations. While I agree with the president that we must get folks back to work, I do not believe that another failed stimulus is the answer. House Republicans have advanced a number of job-creating proposals – many of which have passed with bipartisan support – that remain stalled in the Democratic-controlled Senate. I urge the president to support these initiatives which promote private sector growth, decrease job-crushing regulations and boost American-made energy production.”


Rep. Alan Nunnelee: “With unemployment above 10 percent in Mississippi and above 9 percent nationally, families across north Mississippi do not need another speech from the President. They need Washington to get out of the way and let the free economy grow so that our employers can create jobs, and hard working men and women across our state can find a good job. We cannot continue with more failed policies that use our grandchildren’s money to solve the problems of today. If we could simply spend our way out of our current economic slowdown, then we would have been out of this mess years ago. The only course is to pass policies that help the economy grow. Congress must create certainty in the market by adhering to strict spending caps and passing a balanced budget amendment that will lower our national debt. Congress must also pass an energy policy that allows America to harness its own natural resources and finally become energy independent. Lastly, Congress must stand up to President Obama’s job-destroying regulations, including his signature health care plan, which has frozen the job market as employers wait to see how much a new employee will cost them.

I appreciate the President addressing Congress tonight, but his words will not create one job in Mississippi, and recycling the same ideas are clearly not working as proven in the latest jobs report. For the first time since 1945, the economy did not create one new job in the month of August. It is time the President listened to what many in Mississippi have been saying for too long – stop the spending, stop the regulations and unleash America’s economy.”


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Charlie Stogner permalink
    September 9, 2011 9:14 am

    Did I miss where there was mention of first being shown how this can be paid for and where it specifically reflects a decrease in government spending?

    What a great symbolic move it would be if our Mississippi delegation would be the first to suggest a significant rollback in their salaries, more in their ‘perks’ and also in staffs.

  2. Bill Billingsley permalink
    September 9, 2011 9:55 am

    This was a stump speech for his reelection campaign, and it’s insulting to me as a voter that he thinks he can convince us that his way is the way to go by pumping us up with all the things he wants to do and then telling us that he’ll let us know how he’s going to pay for it a week from Monday. Who does he think he’s going to convince with that kind of presentation? Pass it right now, pass it right now, pass it right now – over and over he kept repeating that phrase. He’s simply trying to set the Republicans up to be the bad obstructionists that are keeping the country from moving forward. He already knows that the week from Monday details will include provisions that the Republicans in the House – and millions of clear thinking Americans – will reject, so he’s giving the gullible public advance warning of who to blame. We need to stay focused on replacing him in 2012.

  3. Dontreadonme permalink
    September 10, 2011 12:33 am

    I agree Bill, that is why the House should use Charlies advice, apply it to all federal employees, as a way to pay for it. Then pass the Bill so that Mr. Prez has to take full responsibility for the economy. If any one in Washington complains about the funding mechanism, remind them the Prez said we all must sacrafice something. 2012 is not far away.

    • Bill Billingsley permalink
      September 10, 2011 11:39 am

      Putting responsibility for the economy solely in the hands of the White House is like putting responsibility for your house for a month solely in the hands of Kid Rock. The damage that could be done before we could stop it might be too extensive to repair.

  4. FreeStater permalink
    September 10, 2011 1:11 am

    I love the response by that great conservative Thad Cochran.

  5. catty14 permalink
    September 10, 2011 6:16 pm

    The comments here were more about Obama than anyone else……. Truth is Palazzo is doing an excellent job and reflects the thinking of most Coast residents. A balanced budget ammendment would go far to stop all this pork-barrel; lobbyist-pushing, needless spending of money the government doesn’t have. It would also force future Congresses to toe the line. Picking numbers out of the air to support more failed stimulus programs is certainly not the way to promote sound leadership—-something we haven’t seen at all coming from the current Democratic White House. I just hope Obama and the Democrats keep digging away at the hole they are in.

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