President Obama Must Take the Next Step (1/27/11) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

President Obama Must Take the Next Step (1/27/11)

As I was watching President Obama's State of the Union speech, I was encouraged to see Republicans and Democrats sitting together instead of on opposite sides of the aisle. We need more of that.

In his speech, the President said the two parties can and should work together on legislation that would spur the economy, create an environment for good, private sector jobs, and put our nation on a stronger footing for the future. I hope he means it because it is absolutely what must occur.

But President Obama said something else that sounded almost right, but not quite. He said he recognizes that spending is out of control, and yet his response was to propose that we lock in spending levels we all know are completely unsustainable for the next five years. Americans don't need a spending freeze at unsustainable levels. We need dramatic cuts.

Some of these cuts will be inconvenient for many, others will cause some hardship, but failure to get our spending back to what we can afford will result in devastating hardship for all of us, the likes of which most of us have never seen. The President must – must - take the next step of cutting our spending levels until we have returned to a place where we can afford what we are spending.

I'm Bill Lamb…and that's my Point of View.

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