For too many, there is a growing fear that the American dream is slipping. Parents fear they won’t be able to pass on to future generations a country as great as the one they inherited. For these Americans, nothing they’ve heard tonight is very reassuring. It's not too late to save the American Idea, but here’s a quick look at the facts today:
A Weak Economy
Our economy is weak. Flat wages, 46 million Americans in poverty, and a debt crisis on the horizon. Too many people still don’t have jobs or have given up looking for work altogether. Businesses are burdened by the administration’s excessive regulation. The Federal Reserve playing with the money system is widening the gap between the rich and the poor. And our corporate tax rate—the highest in the industrialized world—makes it impossible for businesses to grow and prosper. This year, Republicans will craft a bold, pro-growth vision for the country to get our economy back on track.
A Collapsing Health Care Law
Two weeks from tonight, the House will hold a vote to override the president’s veto of our bill repealing Obamacare. This law is an unmitigated disaster, with millions of Americans seeing premium spikes, higher deductibles, and even loss of coverage. The president promised that those who liked their plans could keep them, but that has proven to be categorically false. Thousands of Americans lost the plans that they had. We’ve now demonstrated that there is a clear path to repealing Obamacare without 60 votes in the Senate. Obamacare will either be repealed by a Republican president in 2017 or collapse under its own weight. This law will be gone—it’s just a matter of time.
A Job-Killing Energy Agenda
The president has shown time and time again that he is flat out hostile to all of the affordable kinds of energy. His administration’s attacks on coal have been particularly atrocious. More than 40,000 jobs have been lost in coal country because of his regulatory assault on the industry. President Obama vetoed legislation to build the Keystone XL Pipeline after a drawn out, seven-year review by the State Department. His administration opposed lifting the outdated oil export ban, but House Republicans were able to overturn the ban last month. House Republicans will continue to fight for pro-growth energy policies that lower costs for consumers.
After the State of the Union, tune in to watch Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina deliver the Republican Address to the Nation at sotu.gop.gov.