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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) made the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“There’s a simple question that middle class families should ask themselves that reveals the true state of our union: Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?” said Senator DeMint. “By nearly every measure, Americans are worse off than they were before President Obama saddled our children and grandchildren with trillions in unsustainable debt. Unemployment is still at record highs, millions have given up looking for work, health insurance is getting more expensive, and the housing market still hasn’t recovered.”

“The President talked a great deal about fairness, but he has a long record of unfairness to middle class families who are struggling. There’s nothing fair about taxing hard working families so President Obama can give billions to politically-connected corporations like Solyndra. There’s nothing fair about forcing millions of Americans out of health care plans they like and into Obamacare. There’s nothing fair about a President appeasing liberal environmentalists by killing the Keystone pipeline while denying thousands of Americans good jobs and raising the cost of energy.”

“President Obama offers class warfare, envy and dependency on Washington. Instead, every American should have equal opportunity to earn success and to keep the fruits of their labor.”

“With a national debt larger than our entire economy, America is on the verge of fiscal catastrophe. We must take bold action to stop the spending, debt, and growth of government that is suffocating our economy.”

“Obamacare is the number one job killer in America, and we must fully repeal it to jumpstart our economy. We need a simple, flat tax that treats every American equally, eliminates loopholes for special interests, and ends corporate welfare. We need to stop Washington regulations that are hurting small businesses and now threatening the dynamic success of the internet. And we must stop spending more than we’re bringing in and finally balance the budget.”

“America’s best days can still be ahead of us, but we must make the hard choices now to secure freedom for future generations.”

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