Tonight, President Obama will make his first State of the Union (SOTU) address of his second term. Rumor has it he will focus on the economy, and will not mince words in the speech.
As always, Tea Party Patriots holds out hope that the President will look at the evidence and recognize the direct correlation between deficit reduction and economic growth. We welcome his willingness to not mince words, as our nation doesn’t have the time to play soft ball.
However, if he is to convince the American people he is starting off his second and final term with any sincerity towards solving America’s most pressing problems, President Obama must address the following questions:
- Will he publicly and strongly push the Senate to, for the first time since 2009, pass a budget proposal by April 15, thus following the law and giving the American people the opportunity to examine the spending priorities of Senate Democrats?
- When it comes to tax reform, the President has decried loopholes for the wealthy, yet recently continued over $60 billion in special interest tax loopholes supported by both parties. Will he work with Congress to enact real, lasting tax reform, like that seen in 1986, which eliminated loopholes and lowered rates, creating a fairer, more efficient code?
- Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the President believes America has a spending problem. What specific spending is the President willing to cut in 2013 and 2014?
- If the President is intent on continuing his push for tax increases to offset parts of the sequester, because he believes it is bad policy, will he explain to the American people why he invented the sequester in the first place? And if the House refuses to negotiate on tax increases, will he follow the law and enact the cuts in sequestration?
- Will the President correct the media and his own Press Secretary’s misreporting that government spending cuts caused the preliminary GDP contraction in the 4th Quarter of 2012, when spending in fact went up by .8% in the 4th Quarter?
- What unnecessary and harmful regulations will the President eliminate to help the economy grow? Will the President work with states and Congress to open up more opportunities for energy cultivation and production?
- What long-term reforms to mandatory spending will the President commit to?