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S.C. congressmen react to speech

Sep 8, 2011 9:44:00 PM - thestate.com
“What I heard tonight does not give me a lot of hope we’re going to be able to jump-start the economy. Most of the president’s plans to pay for his ideas require taxing job creators at a time we need more jobs. Some of the proposals may have merit, but the general tone of his speech was more campaigning than problem-solving.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca

“Tonight, President Obama stated he wants to use another $447 billion taxpayer-funded stimulus to launch his jobs program. The administration’s last stimulus plan added $814 billion to our national debt. More important, it failed to accomplish its goal. The unemployment rate ballooned past the 8 percent mark the administration promised the stimulus was designed to prevent. Employing this same failed approach will not only add to our nation’s debt, but will also fail to provide a long-term solution to America’s high unemployment rate.”

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Lexington

“You cannot create jobs by raising taxes on job creators, regardless of the accompanying temporary tax gimmicks. We must have permanent, fundamental tax reform. I hope the president will work with Congress to improve this plan and not take a my-way-or-the-highway approach. We cannot continue spending money we don’t have.”

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