PDT Staff Writer
For the first time in a number of years, Jean Schmidt, former U.S. Representative from Ohio’s Second District, did not get the ear of President Barack Obama at his State of the Union Address.
A familiar sight year after year was Schmidt handing the president a letter asking for support for a $2 billion loan guarantee for the American Centrifuge Project at Piketon. In last year’s primary election, she was defeated by the eventual general election winner, Brad Wenstrup. Wenstrup followed Tuesday night’s Address with comments from the Republican side of the aisle.
“Unfortunately, we heard more of the same recycled rhetoric and empty promises from President Obama during his State of the Union address tonight. In 2009, he pledged to cut the debt in half, yet it has nearly doubled under his watch. In 2011, he promised reduce burdensome regulations that prevent businesses from flourishing, yet he has put forth numerous regulatory proposals that have added even more bureaucratic red tape,” Wenstrup said. “Four years have passed since the President was first elected, and the economy he claimed he could save has not even begun the recovery process. We have more than 12 million unemployed, we are still deeper than $16 trillion in debt, and have yet to see a budget plan from the Administration that will put America back on the path to prosperity.”
Wenstrup continued - “My constituents in southwest Ohio are frustrated with the President’s job-killing policies. The proposals he claims will solve our nation’s problems are in fact hurting the middle class, as well as the poor who long to liberate themselves from poverty. As a former small business owner, I understand that tax hikes on Ohio small businesses mean they will have fewer resources to invest, grow and hire. The answer to fixing the debt problem is not raising taxes, but implementing smart, common-sense spending cuts. President Obama has failed to provide the leadership needed to put our country back on track. House Republicans are committed to tackling the debt and getting our economy growing again.”
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.