Vice-President Joe Biden is in Nashville today to keynote the Tennessee Democratic Party's annual Jackson Day event. Tennesseans are known for their good manners and graciousness and so we welcome the Vice-President to our state. I can't help but think, however, that it would have been better if he had come to visit immediately after the catastrophic floods that devastated Nashville and the surrounding areas, instead of waiting until today, when there's a fundraiser and checks to be picked up. Funny that he scheduled this keynote speech 44 days before the Tennessee floods, but is now billing his trip as a "flood damage tour."
Nevertheless, we welcome the Vice President today. Tennessee is a great place for the Vice President to see that the failed economic policies of the Obama Administration are not the way to solve the problems of the economy. Here in Tennessee, instead of the big spending, big government, job killing agenda of the Obama Administration, Tennesseans have tightened their belts, and are struggling to find jobs that will enable them to support their families.
The Obama Administration continues to talk about the "policies of the past" and insist that a return to those policies will lead to disaster. This kind of argument just shows how far out of touch the Vice President and his liberal Democratic friends are with reality. We in Tennessee know that low taxes, less government, and less spending are the ways to grow our economy. We know that working with small businesses to create jobs will do more to help our economy than anything the Obama Administration has tried to do.
Tennesseans are facing an unemployment rate of 10.4%. We know we have a long way to go to recover economically. We also know that the policies advocated by the Vice President and the Obama Administration are not the way to do it.
Tennesseans can show the Vice President what policies WILL work. We have done it in the past and will do it in the future.