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Kline: President's Address "Created Deeper Divisions"

U.S. Rep. John Kline, who represents Inver Grove Heights and all the Second Congressional District in Minnesota, said Obama's presidential agenda is disconnected with reality.

President Barack Obama attempted to strike an optimistic tone about the nation's recovery from a recession and its future on Tuesday night during the annual State of the Union address.

But not all of those listening were too impressed as the President spoke about “rebuilding the nation,” referring to energy  policy, jobs, education funding, economic fairness and immigration reform, among other issues.

U.S. Congressman John Kline, (R-Second District), who represents Inver Grove Heights, had harsh words for the president following the address.

"Tonight, the President had the opportunity to rally our country toward the shared goal of a brighter future," Kline said in a statement. "Instead, he turned to the politics of envy, which creates deeper divisions among Americans."

The President spoke for more than an hour, emphasising the need to work together.

"No one built this country on their own," the President said. "This nation is great because we built it together. This nation is great because we worked as a team. This nation is great because we get each others' backs. And if we hold fast to that truth in this moment of trial, there is no challenge too great, no mission too hard."

Kline was unmoved.

"President Obama’s inauguration was a historic day of hope for America. At the time, I expressed a desire shared by many for Washington to put principles above partisanship," Kline wrote. "Unfortunately, Americans have since grown accustomed to failed policies and broken promises from the White House as 14 million have fallen victim to 35 straight months of unemployment greater than 8 percent," Kline said in a statement.

President Obama touched on a number of proposals during his speech,  including a veterans jobs corps, the end to subsidies for oil companies, and income taxes of at least 30 percent for those who make more than $1  million a year.

Kline said the past three years of the President's agenda have not matched reality, and seemed skeptical the fourth would be any different.

"This administration has given us stimulus spending that created  debt, not jobs," he said. "(He also gave us) health care “reform” that has led to 10,000 pages of business-stifling regulations; an activist National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with the power to tell businesses where they can and cannot create jobs; and the audacity to circumvent  the people’s elected representatives by granting No Child Left Behind waivers to states with special strings attached."

What did you think of the president's speech? Tell us in the comments below.

Jim Edward January 26, 2012 at 04:22 PM
When he was running for his first term he promised us Hope and Change. Well, he kept half of his promise. He did CHANGE things to the point where most Americans have lost all sense of HOPE. I honestly believe that he knows the average American is tired of his failed policies and unfulfilled promises. Why else would he want to pass a bill to grant amnesty to 11 million illegal aliens if not to garner their votes? He and his cronies are totally out of control. However, this next election appears to be a matter of "The lesser of two evils", as was the the last one, or so I thought. Damn, I sure guessed wrong on that one.
Al Tate January 26, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Jim/John, What is your solution then? What should be done by the next President? You think Mitt or Newt are going to do any better? That's comical watching those two clowns go at it. I'm all for something better but is better out there? And what will these two do to make things better? Therefore I ask John Kline - what is your solution? Bush didn't get it done, what makes you think the next Republican will?
ward tatro January 27, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Al, The question was "What did you think of the Presidents speech"? Not about Bush or a next Republican. Did you watch the speech? Did you believe him? Do you think the country can take another term with him on the throne? Some people never learn. Of course you do, and you will vote for him again.
Jim Edward January 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Al/Pal. I didn't say that I had a solution, but were I to vote in the next election it would be for "The lesser of two Evils". I'm not a party man, not Liberal or Conservative. How far back would we have to go to find the President that "Got it Done?.
Al Tate January 27, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I don't know who I will vote for again yet. I agree with Jim Edward though, either way, it's the "lesser of two evils". Of all the politicians in this country, the three leading right now are the best we can come up with (one democrat and two republicans?). Ron Paul all the way - but it won't happen unfortunately
ward tatro January 28, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Al, A quote from the comics: The lesser of two evils is better than the worse of two evils"
Hue Jorgan January 31, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Same speech he gave in 2010 and 2011. Yawn! Spending needs to stop. U6 unemployment # is 16%, workforce is smaller than a year ago. He killed Keystone pipeline which would've created 20k jobs. Drilling moratorium in gulf. 3 green energy companies go bankrupt last week. Fast and Furious. CBO report today says US will run another $1.1TR deficit this year, for the 4th straight year. Court case last week in Georgia where judge and SOS have intimated they will not allow Obama on presidential ballot for presidential election (of course media doesn't report this or most other things related to Obama). Yeah, he is wonderful...

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