On Friday, Speaker of the U.S. House, John Boehner and Republicans in both chambers should have shown their disapproval for President Barack Obama’s big government agenda by boycotting the State of the Union address, said Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Founder and President of the South Central L.A. Tea Party and BOND Action.
“Barack Obama has shown over the past 6 years that he gives lip service to working with Republicans, but is unwilling to compromise. Obama is running roughshod over Senate and House Republicans. They should have sent a loud and clear message to the president by boycotting the STOTU. This principled stance would have delivered a powerful message to the nation and reminded Obama that he is president and not a king,” Peterson said.
After the President’s State of the Union address, Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R- WA), the House GOP’s highest-ranking woman, gave the official Republican rebuttal to Obama’s address who affirmed that Obama was making it tougher for many Americans.
Rogers said, “The President talks a lot about income inequality. But the real gap we face today is one of opportunity inequality… and with this Administration’s policies, that gap has become far too wide and we see this gap growing every single day.”
Most Congressional Republicans addressed and spoke in the same tone although Tea-Party Republicans such as Senator’s Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT) had different views of the President’s speech.
Nevertheless, Peterson said that the GOP missed a chance to show President Obama that his policies are not working and they should have boycotted the address to show their dissatisfaction and to show Obama that he is only the president, not a dictator, and that only Congress makes laws.
“The GOP missed a golden opportunity to change the focus of the debate in Washington and spotlight real solutions for America. Instead, John Boehner allowed himself to be used as a prop,” Peterson said.
“The president presented the same old re-hashed tax-and-spend agenda, yet he was applauded 85 times, mostly by Democrats. The national unemployment rate is 6.7 percent, but for blacks, its 14 percent. There are more than 90 million Americans out of the labor force, rates not seen since 1978, but Obama’s centralized government solutions to “fix” the ailing economy would only cripple it.”
“Republicans know that Obama’s plans won’t work,” Peterson said. “The U.S. Constitution gives them the power to stop his massive overreach, but they’re too cowardly to oppose him. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and the GOP leadership are so terrified of being labeled “racists” that they keep letting Obama have his way.”
“We need bold men and women to step in and fill this leadership vacuum,” Peterson continued.”
“Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Mike Lee laid out clear and solution oriented rebuttals promoting plans to empower individuals rather than the government. Empowering the American people is the right prescription for fixing our nation.”