Abbott, Obama speeches highlight clash in ideas

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s inaugural speech and President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address highlighted a clash between the ideas of the two leaders.

“Any government that uses the guise of fairness to rob us of our freedom will get a uniquely Texan response: “come and take it,” said Abbott in his inaugural address. “For too long Washington has tried to remake America in its image. In Texas, we offer a different approach: We don’t put our trust in government; we put our trust in the people, and I will make sure we keep it that way.”

Abbott wants to block a state-run a healthcare exchange through the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” Currently, the federal government has an exchange set up for Texas. Abbott’s blueprint for the state shows the governor also wants a law to stop Texas from using any resources to carry out or enforce the federal healthcare law.

The governor’s push is in contrast to Obama’s comments touting changes in the industry.

“Today, we have new tools to stop taxpayer-funded bailouts, and a new consumer watchdog to protect us from predatory lending and abusive credit card practices. And in the past year alone, about ten million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage,” said Obama.

The president also talked about the minimum wage. Abbott had called a move a plan to raise the minimum wage a job-killer, during the campaign.

“But things like child care and sick leave and equal pay; things like lower mortgage premiums and a higher minimum wage – these ideas will make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of families,” said the president.

“The bottom line is the campaign is over. [Gov. Abbott] needs to get past the politics and start to get to the governing and the only way we’re going to get anywhere with that is if people work together,” said Edward Espinoza with Progress Texas.

“We have a president that likes to do whatever he wants to do and doesn’t go through Congress,” said Abbott supporter Manuel Veyna III.

“Now don’t get me wrong, we Texans aren’t spoiling for a fight, but we won’t shrink from one when the cause is right,” Abbott said.

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