Gov. Jindal, Senator Vitter react to State of the Union

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Posted on February 12, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Governor Bobby Jindal's Response:

“Tonight, President Obama doubled down on failed policies from the past while outlining his shortsighted vision for the future. Instead of committing his second term to growth and prosperity, the president confirmed that we have gone from the greed of Wall Street to the greed of government. It's about more, more, more. More government, more spending and more economic uncertainty.

“Government will never be big enough for President Obama. Taxes and spending will never be high enough for President Obama. Every policy championed by the President this evening is dependent on more money for government and more government control. Every debate in Washington is about taking more money out of the real economy and putting it into the Washington economy. It's government greed at its worst, and it’s unsustainable.

“This President believes in pro-growth policies, but the problem is this – he believes in growing the government economy, not the private sector economy. We’ve had four years of growing government, and the results have been disastrous. It is liberalism run amok.

“It is time to grow the American economy, not the government economy, and the President must now show real leadership. With four more years in office, he needs to step up to the plate and do the job he was elected to do.”

Senator David Vitter's Response:

“Well, on the positive side, I think President Obama focused on the right central theme – creating jobs. That’s probably because we actually had negative economic growth last quarter with unemployment still around eight percent. But I think everything he’s talking about is the same-old, same-old – more government programs and 'investment', code word for spending. For instance, if you look at how he wants to avoid sequestration, it’s more taxes and more spending.

“But there are a lot of very important things we can do that don’t involve that – including producing great energy jobs right here in America. If we just get the federal government out of the way and allow Americans to produce more American energy, those can be great high-paying jobs to really boost the economy,” Vitter said.

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