Lisa Stickan, Chairman of the Young Republican National Federation, has issued the following statement on President Barack Obama's State of the Union address:
Tuesday night was business as usual as President Obama subverted his annual "State of the Union" speech into his campaign kick-off rally. The President offered his typical rhetoric but few answers for the American people.
Not surprisingly, the President offered lip service on American energy, just days after rejecting a pipeline that could make it easier to deliver oil from North Dakota to all Americans. Young Americans continue to look for the "hope" President Obama promised them in 2008, but a President who denied authorization to build a pipeline that would create 20,000 jobs and lower prices for Americans doesn't offer hope for unemployed Americans or those struggling with higher gas prices. We need more than "just words"; we need fewer regulations.
A President who demands tax increases on job creators isn't offering hope to someone unemployed or looking for a first job. Companies will simply continue to export jobs that should belong to the middle-class and college graduates to our competition overseas. With an increase in the capital gains taxes, we will see investors pulling out of the American stock market and choosing not to invest in our companies. We need more than pandering philosophy; we need pro-growth tax reform.
Thankfully Governor Daniels responded with a Republican vision that offers hope, optimism and a path to prosperity. The Young Republican National Federation is committed to work to ensure that the Republican vision prevails at all levels this November. Only when we have less regulation, lower taxes, and more confidence in the American people will we have the hope that we were promised.