Rep. Rob Bishop Responds to President Obama’s State of the Union
"The President's premise tonight was a good one, and one with which I typically agree. I agree that all Americans should have an opportunity to succeed and to achieve their dreams despite race, religion, or socio-economic status. Unfortunately though, his outline for how our country ought to go about helping Americans get ahead is fatally flawed. It is clear that he has no firm grasp on history, U.S. or international for that matter. If he did, he would not be setting the United States up to repeat mistakes made by other unsuccessful leaders. Anyone with an understanding of history would not insist upon rehashing failed programs of the past.
"History tells us that acting unilaterally sets the country up for failure, not success. The Constitution is not something to be disregarded or ignored, it's the rule of law governing our country. The President seems to have forgotten this somewhere along the way. If he truly wants to get the country back on the path to success, he ought to reconsider his decisions to dictate laws via executive fiat that only serve the interest of few and not the entire nation.
"The President did get something right in that energy production is up, but it has little or nothing to do with him or his Administration. The production occurring can be attributed to ingenuity and dedication on behalf of hard working Americans and policies set into place before this Administration. His touting this as a personal accomplishment is cute, but it's far from reality. I did however appreciate his willingness to cut red tape. The irony is that most if it has been tape put in place by his own Administration. Further irony is that energy production is in fact soaring on land that the President doesn't control, but if you want to see where he really stands on energy production, look at his policies for public land use. Tonight, instead of unleashing the vast energy potential found throughout the 660 million acres of federal land, he instead said he intends to "use my authority" to lock up federal lands by executive fiat. We need to look no further than Kane and Garfield County, Utah to see how damaging it can be to communities when the President comes in and locks up land as a national monument. Communities across the West live in constant fear of unilateral monument declarations. This is unfair and undemocratic, and I urge the President to abandon these scare tactics and work collaboratively with Congress. Just today it was Democrats who voted against creating new land protections, specifically new wilderness areas, so we see that this has nothing to do with bipartisan policies about public lands, and everything to do with capitulating to the pressures from special interest groups to lock up land by executive order.
"If this year is supposed to be President Obama's "year of action" I remain very concerned about what he has in store for our country. The past five years by default must have been his years of inaction and revisiting them we are reminded of his disastrous policies on education, the economy, national defense, energy, and many more. President Obama's lack of interest in learning about history tells us that he is doomed to repeat mistakes and failures of the past. I will work to support policies, Democrat or Republican, that protect the freedom and power vested to the people and states by the Constitution and I will work to thwart efforts that deprive Americans of the type of government our founding fathers intended."