Transcript for SOTU: GOP Response
Greetings from the home of Super Bowl 46. The status of loyal opposition imposes on those out of power some serious responsibilities. To show respect for the presidency and its occupant. To express agreement where it exists. Republicans tonight's salute our president for instance for his aggressive pursuit of the murderers of 9/11. And for bravely backing long overdue changes in public education. I personally would add to that list admiration for the strong family commitment that he in the First Lady have displayed. To a nation sorely needing such examples. On these evenings president's naturally seek to find -- sunny side of our national condition. But when President Obama claims that the state of our union is anything but grave he must know -- his heart that this is not true. The president did not cause the economic and fiscal crises that continue and America tonight. But he was elected on a promise to fix them and he cannot claim that the last three years have made things anything but worse. The percentage of Americans with a job is at the lowest in decades. One in five men of prime working -- and nearly half of all persons under thirty did not go to work today. In three short years an unprecedented explosion of spending -- borrowed money. Has added trillions to an already unaffordable national debt. And yet the president has put us on course to make it radically worse in the years ahead. The federal government now spends one of every four dollars in the entire economy. It borrows one of every three dollars it spends. No nation no Hannity large or small public or private can thrive or survive intact with -- is huge is hours. The president's grand experiment in trickle down government has held back rather than sped economic recovery. He seems to sincerely believe we can build -- middle class out of government jobs paid for with borrowed dollars. In fact it works the other way. The government is big and bossy is this one is maintained on the backs of the middle class and those who hope to join. Those punished most by the wrong turns of the last three years are those unemployed or underemployed tonight. And -- so discouraged they've abandoned the search for work altogether. And no one's been more tragically harmed in the young people of this country the first generation and memory. To face a future less promising than their parents did. As Republicans our first concern is for those waiting tonight to Begin or resume the climb up -- latter. We do not accept that ours will ever be a nation of haves and have nots. -- -- always be a nation of haves and soon to heads. In our economic stagnation and indebtedness -- only a short distance behind Greece Spain and other European countries now facing economic catastrophe. But ours is a fortunate land. Because the world uses -- dollar for trade we have a short grace period to deal with -- dangers. The time is running out if were to avoid the fate of Europe and those once great nations of history that fell from the position of world leadership. -- 2012 -- a year of true opportunity. Maybe our last -- restoring America of hope and upward mobility. And greater equality. The challenges are matters of ideology or party preference. The problems are simply mathematical. And the answers are purely practical. An opposition that would earn its way back to leadership must offer not just criticism of failures than anyone concede. But a positive and credible plan to make life better. Particularly for those aspiring to make a better life for themselves. Republicans except this duty gratefully. The roots back to an America of promise and to a solvent America that can pay its bills and protect -- vulnerable start in the same place. The only way up for those suffering tonight and the only way out of the dead end of debt into which we've driven. Is a private economy that begins to grow and create jobs real jobs at a much faster rate than today. Contrary to the president's constant disparagement of people in business it's one of the noblest of human pursuits. The late Steve Jobs want a fitting name he had. Created more of them and all those stimulus dollars the president borrowed and blue. -- here in Indiana when a business person asked me what he can do for our state I say first make money. Be successful. If you make a profit you'll have something left to hire someone else and some to donate to the good causes we love. The extremism. That stifles the development of homegrown energy. Or cancels a perfectly safe pipeline that would employ tens of thousands. -- jacks up consumer utility bills for no improvement in either human health or world temperature. As a pro poverty policy. It must be replaced by a passionate pro growth approach. The -- all ties and calls all close ones in favor of private sector jobs. That restore opportunity for all and generate the public revenues to pay our bills. That means -- dramatically simpler tax system fewer loopholes and lower rates. A pause in the mindless piling on of expensive new regulations that devoured dollars that otherwise could be used to hire somebody. It means -- maximizing on the new domestic energy technologies. That are the best break our economy's gotten in years. There's a second item on our national must do list. We must unite to save the safety net. Medicare and Social Security -- served us well that must continue. But after half and three quarters of the century respectively. Is not surprising they need some repairs. We can preserve them unchanged in untouched for those now in or near retirement. But we must fashion a new affordable safety net so future Americans are protected to. Decades ago for instance we can afford to send millionaires pension checks and pay medical bills for even the wealthiest among us. Now we can't so the dollars we have should be devoted to those who need the most. The mortal enemies of social security and Medicare are those who in contempt of the plane arithmetic. Continue to mislead Americans that we should change nothing. Listening to them much longer will mean that these proud programs implode and take the American economy with them. It'll mean that coming generations are denied the jobs they need in their youth and the protection they deserve in their later years. It's absolutely so that everyone should contribute to our national recovery. Including of course the most affluent among us. They're Smart ways and dumb ways to do this the dumb way is to raise rates in a broken grossly complex taxes. Choking off growth without bringing in the revenues we need to meet our debts. The better course is to stop sending the wealthy benefits they do not need. And stop providing them so many tax preferences that distort our economy and do little or nothing to Foster growth. It's not fair and it's not true for the president to attack Republicans in congress as obstacles on these questions. They and they alone have passed bills to reduce borrowing reform entitlements and encourage new job creation. Only to be shot down time and time again by the president and his democratic senate allies. This year it falls to Republicans. To level with our fellow citizens about this reality. If we fail to act to grow the private sector and save the safety net nothing else will matter much. But to make such action happen we also must work in ways we Republicans have not always practiced. To bring Americans together. No feature of the Obama presidency has been sadder than its constant efforts to divide us. To curry favor with some Americans by castigating others. As in previous moments of national danger we Americans are all on the same boat. If we drift. Quarreling and paralyzed over a Niagara of debt we will all suffer regardless of income race gender or other category. If we fail to shift to a pro jobs pro growth economic policy they'll never be enough public revenues. To pay for our safety net national security or what oversized government we decide to head. As a loyal opposition. Who put patriotism and national success ahead of party or ideology. What any self interest. We say that anyone who will join us in the cause of growth and solvency is our ally and our friend. We will speak the language of unity. Let us rebuild our finances and the safety net and reopen the door -- the stairway upward. Any other disagreements we may have can wait. You know the most troubling contention in our national life these days isn't about economics. For policy at all. It's about us as a free people. In two alarming ways that contention is that we Americans just can't cut it anymore. In word indeed the president and his allies tell us that we just cannot handle ourselves in this complex perilous world. Without their benevolent protection. Left to ourselves we might picked the wrong health insurance the wrong mortgage the wrong school for our kids -- Unless they stop us we might pick the wrong -- ball. A second view which I admit some Republicans also seemed to hold. Is that we Americans are no longer up to the job of self government. We can't do the simple math it proves the -- affordability of today's safety net programs or all the government we now have. Will fall for the con job that says we can just plow ahead and someone else will pick up the -- Will allow ourselves to be pitted one against the other blaming our neighbor for troubles worldwide trends or our own government has cause. 2012 must be the year we prove the doubters wrong. The year we strike dealt boldly not nearly to avert national bankruptcy. But to say to a new generation and America's still the world's premier land of opportunity. Republicans will speak for those who believe in the dignity and capacity of the individual citizen. Who believe that government is meant to serve the people rather than supervised them. Who trust Americans enough to tell -- the plain truth about the fix -- in. And a lay before them a specific credible program of change big enough. To meet the emergency we -- facing. We will advance our positive suggestions with confidence. Because we know that Americans are still people born to liberty. There's nothing wrong with the state of our union that the American people address this free born mature citizens. Cannot -- it right. Republicans in 2012 welcome all our countrymen to a program of renewal that rebuilds the dream for all. And makes our city on -- hill. Shine once again. Thanks for listening the night.
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