SOTU misses the mark

On the surface, President Barack ObamaâÄôs State of the Union was a bipartisan call to action for a government facing unprecedented deficits and out-of-control spending.

However, if you dig a bit deeper, youâÄôll see Obama is simply doubling down on the failed policies that have wrecked our economy and destroyed jobs and veiling it in a centrist tone as he kicks off his re-election campaign for 2012. The five-year spending freeze will have little impact; the damage is already done. It will cement in place the out-of-control spending Obama instituted in his first two years in office.

Additionally, Obama claimed he would veto any bill that came to his desk with an earmark in it. This anti-earmark stance is one Obama has held since he began running for president in 2007, but he has signed every bill that has come across his desk that has contained earmarks. Change we can believe in, indeed.

Obama is going to try to sprint to the center over the next several months, but donâÄôt be fooled âÄî the irresponsible spending, the broken promises, and the tax-and-spend ways will continue. The changes heâÄôs proposing sound nice on paper but simply arenâÄôt what we need when weâÄôre facing these budget deficits and high unemployment rates. We need pro-job solutions and deep but necessary spending cuts rather than empty rhetoric and half-hearted promises like those offered by Obama that will do little to solve our problems.