President Obama has had three years to improve our sagging economy and help middle-class Americans. But rather than helping, his policies have just made things worse. Our debt has increased, unemployment is up, families are struggling with higher energy costs ... the list goes on. It's time for the president to stop opposing job-creating projects like the Keystone XL pipeline and work with Republicans to put in place policies that will get Americans working again.
The president has spent a lot of time lately talking about tax "fairness" - the president's term for tax hikes designed not to decrease the deficit or generate revenue but to drive wedges between Americans for the sake of the president's political advantage. This strategy will backfire, however, because envy and class warfare have never been part of the American values the president touted in his State of the Union. Republicans believe we need to focus not on tearing down but on building up by creating an economic environment in which every American can flourish.
With unemployment over 8 percent, more than 13 million Americans out of work, and small businesses struggling under the weight of government regulations, Congress and the president should be doing everything they can to spur private-sector job creation. Unfortunately, the president chose to pass up 20,00 jobs - plus the prospect of tens of thousands more - when he rejected the Keystone XL pipeline. This is not the way to get Americans back to work. Senate Republicans are committed to fostering private-sector job growth by reducing our deficit, reforming our tax code, eliminating onerous regulations, and supporting projects like the Keystone pipeline.
President Obama may have inherited a tough economic situation, but instead of making it better, he's made it worse. After three years of the Obama presidency, our country is $15 trillion in debt, 13 million Americans are unemployed, and small businesses are struggling under the weight of government regulation. Republicans have a plan to make things better by doing what the president has neglected to do: encourage private-sector job creation and create an environment in which businesses large and small can flourish.

In the Weekly Republican Address, Florida Senator Marco Rubio explains the failures of the Obama administration. He contrasts those with the promise of America that he and Republicans believe in, if the government stops doing the wrong things.

Sen. Rubio says, "As you know, earlier this week, President Obama delivered his fourth annual address to Congress. It was an opportunity for the President to talk about his accomplishments over the last three years and to lay out his plans for the year ahead.

"And he missed on both counts.

"You didn't hear much talk about the success of his Administration—and that's because there isn't much.

"Yes, this President inherited a significant national debt, but over the last three years he's made it worse. Our national debt has grown by nearly 50 percent since he took over, and now, for the first time since World War II, our national debt is larger than our country's economy.

"Yes, this President inherited an economy where unemployment was too high, but over the last three years he's made it worse. Today our unemployment rate is higher than the day he took office. In fact, since he took over, it's been stuck over 8 percent every single month.

"This President didn't talk about his record for one simple reason; he doesn't want you to know about it. But you do know about it, because you feel the failure of his leadership every single day of your life.

"The bottom line is this President inherited a country with serious problems. He asked the Congress to give him the stimulus and Obamacare to fix it. The Democrats in Congress gave it to him. And not only did it not work, it made everything worse.

"President Obama has a year left in the White House. So what are his plans now to make things better? What does he plan to do now, that he didn't do before? Well we got our answer Tuesday night. He plans to divide us against each other. To pit Americans against other Americans in the hopes of generating enough votes to get re-elected.

"He tells Americans worried about their jobs that the way to help them is to raise their bosses' taxes.

"He tells those who are hurting that the only way they can be better off, is for others to be worse off.

"He tells all of us that the only way for some of us to climb up the economic ladder is for others to be pulled down.

"This divisive rhetoric, this effort to gain political support by convincing some that they will be better off if we punish others, this stuff has never worked anywhere it's been tried.

"People end up fleeing countries who adopt economic policies based on these flawed principles. And more often than not, they come here.

"They come here because this is not who we are.

"Americans have always believed that all of us can succeed.

"That those who have made it fairly, can stay there. And those who are trying to make it will have a real chance to join them.

"This is what has made us different. This is what has made us prosperous. This is what makes us exceptional.

"And now, for the first time in my adult life, we have a President who's asking us to abandon our economic heritage.

"To become like the countries people come here to get away from.

"To become like everybody else.

"Yes, people are hurting. Yes, there is a growing gap between the rich and the poor.

"But the way to solve it is not to embrace the 'trickle up poverty' economics of other nations.

"The way to solve it is to embrace the American Free Enterprise system.

"No economic system is perfect. But the American Free Enterprise system has empowered millions of people in the past. I know, because I saw it with my own eyes.

"My father was a bartender. And I thank God every night that there was someone willing to risk their money to build a hotel on Miami Beach and later in Las Vegas where he could work.

"I thank God that there was enough prosperity in America so people could go on vacation to Miami or Las Vegas. Where people felt prosperous enough to have weddings or Bar Mitzvahs and, by the way, could leave tips in my Dad's little tip jar. Because with that money he raised us. And he gave me the opportunity to do things he never had a chance to do.

"Now, we had help along the way. I had student loans and grants from the government to help me get my education. And I went to our public school system.

"That's an important role for government to play. And so I also thank God that we had an economy prosperous enough to afford to pay for these things as well.

"So, I'll just close by saying, I hope this year will be the beginning of our work towards a new and prosperous American century.

"Because I know that this idea of a nation where anyone from anywhere can accomplish anything, it's not just something I read about in history books. I've seen it in my own life. And there's no reason why we cannot continue it here, if only we do the right things."

American families and businesses may have to stick to strict spending limits, but apparently Democrats in Congress feel that shouldn't apply to them. Despite our nation's soaring debt, it has been nearly three years since the Democrat-controlled Senate last passed a budget. It's past time for Democrats to get serious about their responsibilities and ensure that the federal government has to stick to a budget just like American families do.