Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement tonight regarding President Obama’s address to the nation:“Tonight we heard nothing new. This is the first administration that has presided over 95% of the nation’s income going to the 1% most wealthy. It is as if there is a wink and nod to Wall Street, the biggest banks, and the most wealthy that the President will call them names, demonize them publicly, and say he is going after them, but his policies will make them richer than they have ever been and help them eliminate smaller competition. He has brought Americans less healthcare at vastly expanding costs though he has added tens of thousands of government jobs like IRS agents to harass working Americans.His policies have made the poor poorer; the wealthy wealthier; the middle class smaller; while the gap between the wealthiest and poorest has expanded. Wages have not grown though inflation has. At some point the President must come to grips with the fact that his historic and massive government spending and increased tax revenue has created less freedom and less economic prosperity, except for the nation’s richest. He always likes to talk about taxing the rich, but the rich are the only ones who can take actions to avoid taxes even if it means moving, while the middle class gets poorer picking up the slack.President Obama gave no signs tonight of relenting from his oppressive 70,000 plus pages of regulations each year that drag businesses, jobs and wages down. Let’s face it; a group that takes extraordinary advantage of the child tax credit in order to get back more than they put in is people who are illegally in the U.S. Now he wants to bring down wages of working class American citizens even further and give their jobs to people coming in illegally. Americans need the President to start formulating policies for them since he has no need to pander for votes any longer. Now is not the time for radical royal decrees and a more massive federal government. If the President had announced tonight that he is now going to start working WITH Congress for the good of the American people, by changing course and helping create full-time, non-government jobs, better wages, along with lower healthcare, energy and education costs, and work to get government out of people’s private lives for a change, that would have been a speech I would still be applauding.”
Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.