60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin: “A President who had to learn on the job still hasn’t learned a thing.”
(Alexandria, Virginia) – 60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin, leader of the nation’s largest conservative seniors organization touting over 7.1 million supporters, responded to this evening’s State of the Union Address:
“It’s bad enough to elect a President who had to learn on the job, but tonight’s State of the Union Address demonstrates that going into the final year of his presidency, he still hasn’t learned a thing, clinging to a failed ideology that puts government in the driver’s seat of nearly every facet of our lives. Divisiveness, class warfare and a growing army of government bureaucrats will not fix our ailing nation, yet for three years this is all we have to show from President Obama.
“The facts are unavoidable, this Administration’s record is a journey of one wrong turn after another. The President added $5 trillion dollars to our national debt, and the results were the exact opposite of what he promised; an increase in unemployment, higher gas and energy prices, $500 billion in cuts to Medicare, the gutting of our military and a massive new entitlement program that he called a ‘signature achievement,’ but which received only 44 words in his speech tonight because of its overwhelming unpopularity with the American people.
“And as Americans head to their beds tonight, the occupant of the White House has yet to offer one single solitary idea to address entitlement spending, and the imminent insolvency of Social Security and Medicare. These critical programs are vital to America’s seniors today and retirees of tomorrow, and are crucially linked to whether our nation can right its financial ship of state and remain a world power. The negligence toward entitlement reform is a true disgrace.
“America hoped for more, in the end we got what we expected, a campaign speech that obscured three years of failure, and stridently clings to an agenda that has America racing to the bottom.”