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Statement from NYSYR Chair Peter Giunta following President Joe Biden’s second State of the Union Address

By February 7, 2023Statements

“Joe Biden’s second State of the Union Address may have been lacking in substance, but it was certainly chock-full of empty promises. In fact, it made clear that the American people are no better today than they were when he first entered office a little over one year ago.

For young Americans, the old adage that hard work pays off couldn’t be any further from the truth. Our nation is in the midst of an unprecedented affordability crisis, making upward mobility near-impossible for our generation to achieve. Eggs, milk, and bread have gone from being considered “the basics” to now being considered luxury items. Gas prices remain the highest they’ve been in years and owning an expensive all-electric vehicle is unimaginable for many. Owning a home is often a sign of “establishment,” but accessibility to first-time homeownership has all but been forgotten by this administration.

Under Biden’s presidency, the state of the union is far from strong. Violent crime remains at a 20-year high, and, while this administration fights law-abiding gun ownership, they’ve allowed criminal enterprises to flourish. At our southern border, a humanitarian crisis continues to worsen by the day while deadly narcotics, like fentanyl, and weapons are smuggled across undetected. Our adversaries mock Biden daily by remaining one step ahead of our intelligence and defense communities.

Tonight’s address is similar to what I suspect much of Biden’s legacy will be like: no substance, lots of promises, and incredibly forgettable.”