Republican response : Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell invokes Jefferson

Posted on Jan 28 by Tatiana under

Just as President Obama recalled episodes from American history in his State of the Union address, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell tonight invoked Thomas Jefferson while making the Republican response to the president’s address.
McDonnell used Jefferson to sound the familiar Republican theme of small government.
“It was Thomas Jefferson,” McDonnell said, “who called for ‘A wise and frugal government which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry …. and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.’ He was right. Today, the federal government is simply trying to do too much.”
McDonnell hit efforts by Democrats to jump start the economy — efforts he called lacking.
He said that last year “we were told that massive new federal spending would create more jobs ‘immediately’ and hold unemployment below 8%.”

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