Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
Attending her first State of the Union Address, as a newly minted member of the Senate, Nebraska’s Deb Fischer was less than impressed…ditto for her fellow Nebraska Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Fischer said she was “disappointed” President Obama failed to deliver any realistic ideas to cut government spending.
“The President focused his speech on plans to increase spending under the pretext of job creation,” Fischer announced in a YouTube video (see excerpt below) following Monday night’s one hour address.
The state’s senior senator, Mike Johanns, complained about four years of “stirring sound bites” that amount to little more than “calls for higher taxes and increased spending.”
While the President’s speech also addressed immigration reform, winding down the war in Afghanistan and greater gun control Fischer and Johanns along with Congressmen Adrian Smith and Lee Terry aimed their post game comments at pocket book issues.
In a statement to Nebraska Watchdog, Terry briefly applauded the President’s “focus” on the economy. But the Omaha Congressman quickly added, “We need to do more. We have too many people out of work.”
Smith said he was glad to hear the President talk up tax reform but warned that changes in the tax system should not be a “money grab” by the government.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry noted the President’s “reasonable and responsible plan” in Afghanistan—34,000 troops home by this time next year and an end to the war by the end of 2014.
But similar to his Nebraska colleagues Fortenberry accused the President of lax policies here at home.
“It is very hard to understand why the President will not lay out a specific course for controlling spending.”
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