Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, reacted quickly to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, saying he "still doesn’t get it."
“After a record 35 months of unemployment at 8.5 percent or above – the longest such stretch since the Great Depression – the President still doesn’t get it," Bono Mack said in a statement. "Businesses all across California tell me the same thing: they are over-regulated, over-taxed and over-litigated."
In his third State of the Union address to the nation, Obama said economic success will hinge on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers and a renewal of American values.
"Tonight, my message to business leaders is simple: Ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country, and our country will do everything we can to help you succeed," he said.
The President reiterated his support for the "Buffett rule," which was named after billionaire Warren Buffett. The rule would require people making more than $1 million to pay a minimum effective rate of at least 30 percent.
Bono Mack apparently didn't think the President went far enough with his plan for manufacturing and making "Made in America" matter again.
"I’m glad that he talked about it tonight – but raising taxes, imposing new job-killing regulations and increasing government spending isn’t the way to do it," she said.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, said Obama has "failed to deliver on economic growth promises, has squandered $800 billion in stimulus funds and vetoed jobs and affordable domestic energy bills passed by Congress."
"The president tonight outlined a laundry list of popular programs without regard to what they cost and his own record in office," Issa said. "... What is clear is that he is pursuing a partisan class-warfare agenda aimed at dividing the American people."