NC Lawmakers Respond To State Of The Union

Congressman G.K. Butterfield, a Democratic Representative for the 1st district of North Carolina released this take on the State of the Union.

"I fully agree with President Obama’s central message – Congress must focus its full attention on jobs and the economy. I also strongly support President Obama’s call to take responsibility for our deficits, invest only in what makes America stronger and to reform our government so that it’s leaner and more efficient.

In the end, this Congress’ success will be measured by whether it creates jobs, strengthens the middle class and reduces the deficit. These problems affect all Americans, and as such we must – absolutely must – all work together to meet these challenges."

Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“Our nation continues to be confronted with many tough challenges, and President Obama touched on many of these difficult issues tonight. Like the president, I believe that North Carolina and our nation can and will overcome these challenges by working together. In order to turn around our economy we must empower individuals, families, and small business, not expand the size of government and increase taxes. The president took a step in the right direction tonight by suggesting a lower corporate tax rate, but if he intends to couple this with a tax increase on the American people, then it is a non-starter.

“I applaud the president’s call for fiscal responsibility, and I could not agree more. However, these are mere words until we make the difficult choices necessary to begin paying off our enormous national debt. Calling it an investment does not change the fact it is nothing more than new spending that our nation cannot afford. The American people sent a clear message last November that they want spending to be cut, not frozen at the current, inflated levels like the president suggested tonight. We must stop the out-of-control spending in Washington or our economy will be no better off, and future generations will suffer the consequences.

“Lastly, I am proud of our troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have done a tremendous job in difficult circumstances, and they deserve all the support we can give them - both while they are serving on active duty, and when they return home from combat.”

Below is a statement from Gov. Perdue after the president's State of the Union address.

"The President tonight called for America to find a new focus on how we grow jobs and educate our children in a 21st century, global economy. Here in North Carolina, we have already embraced this way of thinking.

"Today we must not just welcome innovation, but incentivize it; we must not only encourage new industry clusters but actively grow them. In North Carolina, innovation and new industries are in green energy, military, aerospace and biotech.

"But we must not forget that our ability to truly carry out this kind of economic vision will hinge on how well we do one, single thing: educate our children. They are our future workforce, the thinkers and doers who will carry this state forward on the foundation we pour today. If we are to own the future, we must start with them."

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  • by Realist on Jan 26, 2011 at 04:26 PM
    With all these comments ,nobody has noticed the halo above pinochiObama ambaOs head?Pretty darn sure lavon has.They need to erase that and keep the stars!
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Jan 26, 2011 at 04:16 PM
    Well, thanks to witn for a new story...we will not have those high speed trains. Yep, Obamas Czar decided to shut down know, the number one producer of electricity...yea, WV...80 thousand minors, due to stream pollution for minnows...yea, they have rights too! So, let me get this straight, solar and wind produce less than 1% of energy in this country..we will have high speed train...ahhh...we have no money so who is steppin up here Mr Pres? Oh, so when our utility bills for electricty cost 8-9 hundred a that enought income distribution? Well, its coming. We rely on coal and oil for electricity, not alternatives...heck, we only use 2% wood to heat our houses in the guys really buying this? OK, homer simpson....just go with the flow. Folks, I am now a tea party supporter, this nonsense needs to end. This guy is a crazy, like the guy in Arizona if he thinks this is the solution....
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 26, 2011 at 02:22 PM
    obama addresses congress in the State of The Union, and then gets the hell out of Dodge. His campaign has started. As much as he will be traveling and campaigning for the next two years I guess obama will run the government by remote control.
  • by Big Red Location: Greenville on Jan 26, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    The speech was all fluff and no substance. If the Republicans are smart, they'll go ahead with their agenda that the American people sent them to DC for. After all, Obama is just going to give us more of the same for the next two years. Its just he, with the help of his lackeys in the media will have the luxury of blaming anything gone wrong on the GOP
  • by Rusty Shackelford Location: Pitt County on Jan 26, 2011 at 01:32 PM
    I think this more accurately states what Congressman Butterfield wanted to say: "Today we must not just welcome innovation, but incentivize it AND TAX IT"
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2011 at 11:58 AM
    The Democrats cannot pass a bill that does not contain earmarks that benifit their home state.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2011 at 11:53 AM
    Another thing about the high speed rail system that he wants is where is he going to put it? How many land owners will loose their farm land that they rely on to make a living? What if they refuse to sell it to the government? They will take it through iminent domain and they will get nothing for it. Who will benifit from it other than those in big cities?
  • by anon Location: downsouth on Jan 26, 2011 at 10:38 AM
    he is just antique farm equipment! that is all.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jan 26, 2011 at 10:08 AM
    Did anyone else laugh out loud when he said he was going to ban ear marks? He said this during the campaign and in numerous speeches and the very first Bill he signed as President had 9,000 of them. What is his idiotic fasination with high speed rail? He is so determined that we are Europe he has no common sense. Somebody should buy him a map and show him why rail transporation works in Europe and not here. Out country is too large and the population too disperse for rail to work. And his entire plan to freeze the budget is completely foolish. If his plan is to freeze our current inflated budget which runs a annual $1.5 TRILLION deficit is his idea of cutting spending and controlling debt, no wonder his party lost so much in November.
  • by Bruce the Shark Location: Greenville on Jan 26, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    Anonymous at 12:08- Bush went to either Camp David, Maine, or Texas. Camp David is already paid for and is just a short helocopter ride from the White House. The senior bush has a house in Maine and the junior Bush has his house in Texas. Big difference from flying all your friends to the Pacific so tht you can visit a mosque and expose your children to different cultures. He has played more golf then two Bush's and a Clinton combined. His Czars, kind of sounds communists) just keep adding to the large government by creating more and more government to help those that cn't help themselves. It seems he has lost touch with government and its purpose of doing just a few simple things for the people instead of providing them with everything from birth till death so that our primal instencts to survie are breed out of us. If you keep an animal in a cage long enough it forgets how to hunt for itself and comes to depend on the zoo keepers to feed them. All of these "social feel- good"

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