In his State of the Union speech last night, President Barack Obama said “we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.” It is time for every Mississippian to stand up and insist that our members of Congress support that agenda fully.

For generations now, Mississippians have benefitted immensely from national public investments in infrastructure, education, economic development, and all the national efforts to afford everyone “a fair shot.” But now the Republicans in our congressional delegation insist that such a national effort is no longer possible and that Mississippi’s continuing great needs must go unmet. We must demand more of our leaders. The needs of our state require continued federal investment, and we expect our congressional delegation to work with the president and deliver results, not excuses.

Working Mississippians and their families have a long tradition of doing our “fair share” and then some. Most Mississippians appreciate the opportunities our society has afforded us, and we do our best to pull our own weight and help others along too. But the Republicans in our congressional delegation continue to support a leadership that would have denied even a meager payroll tax break to working Mississippians had the President not stared them down.

When the President talks about playing “by the same set of rules,” he gets to the heart of our problem. When a billionaire’s secretary is paying a higher tax rate than the boss, the rules have got to be changed. The Republicans in our congressional delegation need to stop pandering to a the selfish loudmouths who exploit every loophole to avoid paying their “fair share” and take the advice of Warren Buffett—a man who knows a lot more than John Boehner does about investment.

MS Democratic Party Release
1/25/12