“I’m convinced that our future will be brighter than the past so long as we have a government that doesn’t make it impossible for that future to be bright,” he said. “And what we’ve found over the last three years is a president who continues to push government deeper and deeper into our lives, stripping us of our personal and economic freedoms, and at the same time, building a government that’s so big, it’s crushing enterprises and it’s putting a burden on the shoulders of the young people in this room.”
He noted that he sat with some people at a picnic table recently in St. Louis who told him about how high gas prices were affecting their lives. “People are hurting in this country,” he said. And he again blamed Obama and three top appointees, whom he has taken to deriding as the “gas-hike trio,” for creating failed policies that were preventing mining for coal, drilling for oil and natural gas, and construction of new oil pipelines. He promised to reverse them.