I attended the state of the Union Address on Tuesday and wanted to share some of my thoughts with you. President Obama’s speech was full of great ideas but empty on the how do we do its. The most obvious “How?” that was missing was, How do we pay for it. We cannot go on spending almost 50% more than we take in. Deficit spending burdens our children with crushing debt and holds back the economy so that the American dream is much harder to achieve.
Since the President has been in office, the cost of everything from a gallon of gas to college tuition has gone way up. Unemployment remains high and hope remains low.
In Texas, it’s a different story. We have low taxes, less government regulation and a balanced budget. Our unemployment rate has been well below the national average, and from 2002-2011, we created nearly a third of the country’s highest paying positions. In District 27 alone we have seen unprecedented growth. We’ve added jobs at the Caterpillar plant in Victoria and are looking forward to boom in Corpus Christi with the TEPCO steel plant, M&G, and Shlitterbahn. Washington and the President could learn a thing or two from us, and that’s what I am working on every day.
How to proceed on Immigration Reform…
Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to discuss comprehensive immigration reform on TV with fellow Texan, Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee. We both agree that our immigration system is broken. Where we strongly disagree is what to do with the 11 million undocumented citizens already living and working in the U.S. The last thing I want is create a magnet for people to come here illegally and just wait it out until we grant another round of amnesty.
Honoring a True Texas Hero…
On Wednesday this week, I went down to the House floor to honor the life and service of an outstanding hero and fellow Texan, Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle. Chief Kyle, born in Odessa, was a husband and father of two. He was recognized as the most lethal sniper in our military history, and was awarded several of the highest military honors, including two silver stars and five bronze stars.
In a tragic turn of events, Chief Kyle was killed by a fellow veteran whom he was trying to help recover from combat induced PTSD. Officer Kyle was laid to rest this week in the Texas state cemetery, and I send my family’s thoughts and prayers to all of his loved ones.