Published: Jan 26, 2011 1:56 PM EST
Updated: Jan 26, 2011 10:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON – Congressman Connie Mack (FL-14) issued the following statement tonight in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Mack said:
“The President has promised a great deal, but actions speak louder than words.  This President’s policies have drawn America into the worst, continuous recession since the Great Depression.  He neither repealed any of his bad existing policies, nor has he called for any dramatic spending cuts that are desperately needed to move our economy forward, and a freeze is not a cut.  If the President truly meant to move on a different course he would have at least repealed his failed healthcare plan which the American people disapprove of overwhelmingly.
“Finally, the President made no mention of the growing threat Latin American dictators like Hugo Chavez present to the United States.  This fits the pattern of this Administration’s coziness with Chavez from the President’s joking about taking Air Force One to visit Chavez, to Secretary of State Clinton’s recent chummy conversations, smiles, and handshakes with Chavez at the inauguration of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff.  Clearly, the Administration doesn’t take seriously the threat of Chavez allowing the building of Iranian missile sites in our hemisphere.  Enacting free trade agreements with our allies like Colombia and Panama are essential to our nation and Latin America’s prosperity and security. Ignoring Latin America, its’ dictators, and the need to stand with our allies in the region is allowing the criminals and bad actors to go unchecked.”