Thursday, January 28, 2010

Former SEAL Scott Taylor Candidate VA-02

Scott Taylor Responds to President Obama's State of the Union Address

Congratulations to our Governor Bob Mcdonnell for delivering an eloquent Republican rebuttal to the President's State of The Union address last night.

I agree with President Obama's assessment that the national debt and diminishing jobs are critical problems we now face. When the President took office the unemployment rate was 7.7 percent. One year and $1.4 trillion dollars spent later, the unemployment rate stands at 10 percent and 3.4 million more jobs have been lost.

I believe freezing spending is a step in the right direction, however, Obama's spending freeze would apply to a narrow portion of spending ( around 1/8th of total spending). What is more disturbing is the fact that his freeze exempts the three entitlement programs (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security) that are bankrupting this nation. We are on an unsustainable path that threatens our future.

Despite overwhelming public opposition, the President restated his commitment to a flawed health care reform being forced on to Americans. I will never support a bill that gives un-Constitutional mandates for health care coverage.

I was pleased when I heard President Obama talking of building new nuclear power plants and drilling offshore, but was saddened when he talked of his support for the Cap and Tax bill (he referred to it as the "climate bill"). We have to take the handcuffs off our own natural resources. That means safely exploring and drilling off the coast of Virginia. I will fight for royalties of at least 37.5%; which the 4 gulf states now enjoy. If we are serious about building new nuclear power plants as China, India, and Russia have already planned; we must reduce regulations and expedite permits.

Also very concerning was that 40 minutes into the speech and for only 10 sentences the President mentioned Terrorism. We are in a time when Guantanamo Bay is being shut down, enemy combatants are receiving civilian rights, and tax dollars are being spent defending terrorists at trial. The President's 10 year budget plan would dramatically cut defense spending in real terms and as a percentage of the economy. We need to ensure the funding and constant innovating of our military to combat ever changing threats. It's much easier and cheaper to "keep up, than to catch up".

I look forward to campaigning on the principles that have made this nation the best experiment in democracy. The best is yet to come.

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