WASHINGTON — President Obama has almost run out of people to blame for the sad state of the union, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., told WND.
After five years, he can’t blame Congress or the previous president.
So he is blaming the voters who gave him a Congress he doesn’t like.
Referring to the president’s threat to increasingly bypass Congress by issuing executive orders, Huelskamp observed, “If you say you’re going to go around the duly elected Congress, you’re blaming the voters.”
The plain-spoken Kansan told WND it is as if the president is telling the American people, “Hey, you know what? I don’t like the people you sent to me, and I’m going to ignore them.”
As President Obama prepared to give his State of the Union address before a national television audience Tuesday night, Huelskamp offered his own take on the country’s condition.
“The real state of the union is weak,” he said.
The congressman believes the nation weaker than when the president took office, and that Obama is really hoping people will forget he has been president for five years.
“What we’re not going to hear about is the 6.5 million Americans who are in poverty but were not when he came into office, and another 13 million on food stamps,” he said. “We’ve still got 24 million Americans looking for a full-time job.”
Obama has blamed the nation’s problems on gridlock in Congress, but Huelskamp suggests just the opposite is true.
“From my constituents’ point of view, and across my state and across the nation, they like gridlock,” he said. “They like Washington doing nothing.”
The Kansan said his constituents would be happy if Congress did less, and issued fewer bills and regulations.
“They won’t like what he says at all unless he is going to roll back something, and that’s highly unlikely,” he predicted.
One thing Huelskamp doesn’t expect to hear much about from the president is his “signature achievement” of Obamacare.
“The No. 1 lie of the year was, ‘If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it,’” the congressman noted.
He mentioned that he and other conservatives have requested an apology from Obama on behalf of the more than 5 million Americans who lost their health-care plans because of Obamacare.
But Huelskamp expects the president will instead make another attempt to sell people on Obamacare, and that would be a mistake.
“If he would say, ‘Hey, we made some mistakes here and it’s not working out well … we need to roll back and start all over on this,’ I think he’d get a lot of support.”
But the Huelskamp expects Obama will push forward because, “When you’re an activist, the answer is always the same – another program, another regulation.”
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