An open letter to President Obama (Part 14 of my response to State of Union Speech 1-24-12)

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President Obama’s state of the union speech Jan 24, 2012

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President Obama c/o The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

I know that you receive 20,000 letters a day and that you actually read 10 of them every day. I really do respect you for trying to get a pulse on what is going on out here.

The Heritage Foundation website ( ) has lots of good articles and one that caught my attention was concerning your State of Union Speech on January 24, 2012 and here is a short portion of that article:

Obama Education End-run Around Congress – Lindsey Burke

President Obama’s call to reward excellent teachers and raise standards sounds great, but his administration has been orchestrating and end-run around Congress, which will ultimately limit the power of states and local leaders to implement policies that will achieve these goals. The president might not like the fact that conservatives in Congress are engaging in a thoughtful process to save states from the bureaucratic nightmare that is No Child Left Behind, but his solution – granting waivers from the White House and imposing his preferred education policy from the White House – will only bind the hands of state leaders down the road by giving more power to the Department of Education.

President Obama is pushing states to adopt national standards and test, putting Washington in control of what is taught in every public school across America. By contrast, conservatives in Congress have offered several proposals, including proposals by the House Education and the Workforce Committee to provide more flexibility from No Child Left Behind to states and local leaders to determine how education dollars are spent. There are also alternatives like the A-PLUS proposal, that would allow states to completely opt-out of No Child Left Behind, and provide genuine relief.

Not Rewarding Jobs Outsourcing, But Punishing Companies for Trying to Compete – J.D. Foster

President Obama says we shouldn’t have a tax code that rewards companies for moving jobs overseas.  He’s right, and we don’t.  In fact, we have one of the most punitive tax systems in the industrialized world for taxing the income companies make abroad.

In fact, only a few years ago, about half the industrialized countries in the world had a system about as punitive as our own.  Today, almost every one of those countries have joined the ranks of competitive nations and adopted a simpler, more pro-growth, less protectionist system called Territoriality.  Increasingly, American tax policy makers have recognized the U.S. needs to follow suit and adopt a territorial system of our own for taxing U.S. companies operating abroad.  Not to reward them for moving jobs overseas, but to avoid penalizing them for trying to compete in global markets.

President Obama wants to go in the other direction.  He wants to punish U.S. companies who try to compete abroad.  When U.S. companies compete abroad, they make their entire enterprises more competitive, including their U.S. operations.  What President Obama proposes appears and sounds like a policy to advance U.S. jobs and U.S. prosperity is, in fact, just the opposite.


You are looking for places to cut in the government and I can not think of a better place than eliminating the Dept of Education. This needs to be returned to the states.

Thank you so much for your time. I know how valuable it is. I also appreciate the fine family that you have and your committment as a father and a husband.


Everette Hatcher III, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002, ph 501-920-5733,

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