At a time in our nation's history when Americans should be coming together to heal our more perfect Union, President Barack Obama is once again delivering a State of the Union speech that panders to the liberal elite, while creating more division among Americans.
President Obama says he wants to attract more jobs to America, get Americans the skills that they need, and ensure everyone has a chance of success. Mr. President, actions speak louder than words.
President Obama is proposing an answer to America's economic crisis. Well, I can answer that in one word, five letters: Texas. If only he'd listen.
I have worked with conservative leaders to build the best business climate in the world right here in the Lone Star State. What exactly does that mean? It means cutting taxes 51 times in the last decade. It means cutting the state budget by billions of dollars. It means stopping all liberal attempts at imposing a state income tax. It means having the lightest regulatory hand in the country. It means getting government out of your lives. And It means not caving in to unions who care more about lining their coffers than in helping to produce jobs.
And what has that commitment to fiscally conservative policies meant for Texas? According to the Texas Comptroller, Texas' GDP for 2013 will grow 3.4%, compared to 1.7% for the rest of America. Our economy is growing at twice the rate of the rest of the country. We've been rated the #1 state to do business. We're the nation's top exporting state - and have been for 10 years running. We are ranked 48th out of 50 states in per capita state spending. And we've created more jobs than any other state in the nation by leaps and bounds. To put that into perspective, for the last three years we've created more jobs than all other 49 states combined.
If President Obama would pay attention to the Texas Miracle, our nation wouldn't be falling behind China today. While many Americans continue to lose hope because they cannot find a job, President Obama continues to plunge our nation further and further into debt.
For centuries, Americans have given their lives, toiled with their hands, spent years learning - all in the hopes that they would provide a better life for their children and grandchildren. It is the foundation of the American Dream -- the Dream that President Obama is making more difficult to achieve with each passing day.
In Texas, we fight for the American Dream daily, and I will not relent in this battle. Texas is a place of big dreams and quiet miracles. It's a place where every day, anybody from any background can scale heights as improbable as they are breathtaking.
And maybe that's why Washington just won't pay attention.