In recent months President Obama has made comments that seem to question the character of the American people. He’s made statements like: "We have lost our ambition, our imagination and willingness to do the things that built the Golden Gate Bridge, Hoover Dam…" and, "You know, we've been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades…" and, "We've kind of taken it for granted that people will want to come here…"
It seems to me that his questioning and criticism of the American people is greatly misplaced. In fact, the President should look to his own Administration to find the real reasons our nation’s innovation has been stymied. We don’t lack confidence in ourselves or our ability as a people, we lack confidence in the President's Administration, an Administration which imposes new and onerous regulations, unprecedented in our history.
Small business owners spend too much time trying to keep in line with all these new regulations and wondering what’s coming next, and too little time finding ways to grow their companies. This is precisely why I’m working hard to put in place a moratorium on regulations that adversely affect small businesses.
President Obama should heed the words of former Education Secretary William J. Bennett: "It is our character that supports the promise of our future - far more than particular government programs or policies."
Clearly, it is the Obama Administration that seems to have lost its way, not the American people. I applaud our small business owners and all workers and I know that America’s best days are still ahead of us.