Blackburn 'Welcomes' Obama to Tenn.: 'Free People Will Always Be More Successful'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | January 25, 2014 | 5:52 PM EST

"Take a look around, because this is what a thriving economy looks like," Rep. Marsha Blackburn says in her "welcome" message to Pres. Obama, who will be visiting her state on Thursday.

Responding to the news that the president will be coming to Nashville, Rep. Marsha Blackburn suggested Obama alter his "failed policies" and learn from Tennessee's successful economic model:

"Welcome to Tennessee. While you're here take a look around because this is what a thriving economy looks like. Despite what your teleprompter may tell you, our success is not a result of your failed policies. It's rooted in what's always made our state and country great- hard work, ingenuity and fiscal responsibility.

"We have the lowest debt ratio in the entire country, have been ranked the top state for Automotive Manufacturing Strength for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year, are continually ranked as the number one state in the country for retirement and are largely considered one of the best states in which to practice medicine."

Rep. Blackburn goes on to tell Obama that free people will always be more successful than those who are controlled by the government:

"Furthermore, in just a few short months hard working Tennesseans will be able to keep a little more of their income because of a fight I led while serving in the State Senate that prevented a state income tax. I knew then what I still know to be true today. When given the opportunity, free people will always be more successful at achieving and securing their own economic freedom than the government."

She also says her state will overcome Obamacare just as it overcame its disastrous experiment with government-run health care, TennCare:

"More than a decade ago we dealt with the failed experiment of TennCare, which was the precursor to Obamacare. TennCare tried to bankrupt our state just like how Obamacare promises to do the same for the rest of the country.

"Instead of letting the program ruin our economy, we banded together, made tough decisions and survived TennCare similar to how we will eventually survive Obamacare."

Blackburn closes by encouraging Obama to take her state's spirit back home with him to Washington, D.C."

"So enjoy your time in Tennessee and for the sake of the rest of the country, try to take a little bit of the Tennessee Volunteer spirit with you back to the White House."