Flores on opposite side of the aisle after President Obama's speech

POSTED: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 4:02pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am

WASHINGTON -- Democrats and Republicans may have sat together last night at the President's address, but Central Texas Congressman Bill Flores says he is on the opposite side of the aisle when it comes to many of Obama's ideas.

Flores says what he got out of the speech: too much spending.

"For Washington to make the decision about what to stimulate, it doesn't work. The proof is in the pudding. We've spend $700 billion plus, and we've had a decrease in the number of jobs," said Flores.

Flores says we need to balance the budget and help small businesses make investment decisions by showing them a long-term tax plan. That would mean a lot of cuts and lowering taxes.

Obama agreed last night, budget work must be done,but says he doesn't want us to forget about investing in research, education, development and health care.

"Instead of re-fighting the battles of the last two years, let's fix what needs fixing and let's move forward," Obama said.

Flores says a lot of those issues, like education, can be solved on a state level.

"What I would be in favor of doing is going back to more of a block grant system where we give education block grants to states, and then ill let the state decide the standards and what they think is best for the population," Flores said.

So even though the theme last night was working together, Obama recognized the hard work that needs to be done to meet a lot of needs. Flores says as long as the President can walk the walk, he's on board.



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