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Words from Washingotn

State of the Union

Under the Constitution, the President of the United States "shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."

In recent history, this Constitutional requirement has been met every January when the President addresses Congress and the nation to deliver an assessment of the State of the Union and to outline his goals for the year ahead.

On January 25th President Obama delivered his third State of the Union address. As a parent and grandparent, I share the President's desire to build a stronger economy and a brighter future for our nation. We have very different ideas, however, about how these goals can be achieved.

As I listened to the State of the Union last week, what concerned me most was President Obama's call to continue massive government spending at current levels. Over the past several years, we have witnessed unprecedented levels of spending by Washington D.C. I voted against the budget busting bailouts, the stimulus spending bills and the trillion dollar government takeover of health care - and I am flat out opposed to continuing down the path of more spending.

It's time instead to cut spending and set Congress on a path toward debt reduction and smaller government.

Since the beginning of the year, I have voted to cut Congress' own operating budget, repeal ObamaCare, stop the broken earmark system, end taxpayer funding for Presidential elections and political party conventions, and roll back government spending to the pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels of 2008 or less.

More of the same government spending is not the way to boost our economy - as we have seen with the failed stimulus spending. The government-knows-best mentality that has permeated Washington D.C. must end in order to allow for private sector job creation and get our economy back on track.

In order to get serious about our economy and increase competitiveness, I support stopping the spending, implementing a true all-of-the-above energy plan, ending the blockade of fair trade deals and repealing ObamaCare.

- Congressman Doc Hastings (R-Pasco) represents Central Washington's Fourth Congressional District.

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