May 1st, 2010
11:11 AM ET
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'Enough is enough,' Republican says of Dems' agenda


Washington (CNN) - Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Michigan, used this week's Republican internet and radio address to slam several initiatives championed by President Obama and congressional Democrats - including the recently passed health care law, the $800 billion stimulus package, and the financial regulatory reform bill currently under consideration by the Senate.

(Read Hoekstra's complete remarks after the jump)

Remarks of Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Michigan
Weekly Republican Address
May 1, 2010

“Hi – I’m Congressman Pete Hoekstra from Michigan. Today, President Obama will deliver the commencement address at the University of Michigan, my alma mater. This is a moment filled with optimism and pride – for both the graduates and their families. I join with Michiganders across the state in welcoming President Obama to our home.

“We also welcome the opportunity to show the President – first hand – the painful plight of the people of Michigan. Like countless Americans, they face fewer jobs and fewer opportunities today than when he took office. The Democrats have run Congress since 2007, and yet when the residents of Michigan and across America ask themselves are they better off now than they were four years ago, the answer is – inevitably – ‘no.’

“The problem is worst among our young people. Many of the graduates President Obama will address will soon learn first-hand how tough it is to find a job in this economy. In fact, the share of young Americans out of work – 37 percent, to be exact – is the highest it’s been in more than 50 years.

“Americans are asking ‘where are the jobs?’ Washington’s answer, ‘trust us,’ rings as hollow today as it did a year ago, and a year before that. In Michigan and in Washington, sprawling government expansion has weighed heavily on the backs of people already pushed to the breaking point.

“Enough is enough. We simply can’t go on like this. That’s why Republicans have proposed smart, common-sense solutions to create jobs, reduce spending, and clear the way for American opportunity and ingenuity to lead us to a better future.

“But Democrats in Washington have repeatedly chosen to go it alone with their partisan, big-government, tax-borrow-and-spend agenda. We saw it with the economic stimulus spending, the-cap and-trade bill, with health care, and we’re now seeing it again with the bailout bill President Obama and Democrats are trying to rush through Congress.

“The American people have spoken loud and clear: They’ve told us ‘No more bailouts. Never again.’ We’ve heard you, and that’s why Republicans have been working in good faith to guarantee this legislation would protect taxpayers from being forced to bail out Wall Street banks yet again.

“Of course, we’ve seen this tired partisan playbook from Washington Democrats before: it’s exactly how a trillion-dollar government takeover of health care that Americans strongly opposed became the law of the land.

“An Obama Administration report released last week says that under the new health care law, national health care costs will increase – increase – by $311 billion over the next 10 years. A month ago, they said it would lower costs. Today, they admit it will increase costs. Why didn’t the American people get the real truth before the bill was passed?

“Need another example? Remember how President Obama pledged that his trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ would create jobs immediately and keep unemployment below eight percent? Well, our economy has lost millions of jobs since then and unemployment is near double-digits nationwide – and above 14 percent here in Michigan.

“The one thing the American people wanted out of the ‘stimulus’ was jobs – it didn’t happen.

“The one thing the American people wanted out of health care reform was lower costs – it didn’t happen.

“The American people want financial reforms that end the bailouts, don’t kill jobs, and address the root causes of the financial crisis. But do you think we can trust Washington to deliver?

“The House passed a bill that makes the bailouts permanent, and the Senate bill kills jobs, hurts small businesses on Main Street, and does nothing to address the government mortgage companies that caused the meltdown by giving too many high-risk loans to people who couldn’t afford it.

“Republicans are standing with the American people and the people of Michigan by fighting for an end to permanent bailouts, ending wasteful Washington spending, and proposing a plan that would address the root causes of the financial crisis. We are standing for real solutions.

“Today’s graduates at the University of Michigan are looking for the economic freedom and opportunity of every previous American generation. Let’s give it to them.

“Thanks for listening.”


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soundoff (220 Responses)
  1. Bob (Illinois)

    This clown is really cherry-picking his "facts". He should go do some homework!

    May 1, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. 1Love

    What a total mis-representation of the truth. 1) Jobs have ALWAYS been the last thing that happens duiring economic turn-arounds. Why would a company hire anyone if there is no one to buy the product? 2) The president himself stated that the unemployment number could be worst than 8% that he was TRYING to keep it no more than 8%. I could go on but I will end with this overlooked fact from the honorable representative from Michigan – how many auto workers (and their supply chain) would be added to the unemployed lines if not for the bailout money?

    May 1, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. jacquie

    And exactly WHERE were you when Bush was driving the economy in the ground, getting us into wars, and letting Wall Street ruin the rest of the economy? Sorry sir, we are picking up the pieces after 8 years of waste , fraud, abuse and crime from the Republicans. The jobs were killed because you guys killed the economy....and frankly...the banks and businesses are having a pretty good year...so where are the jobs? Being shipped overseas to help all your rich buddlies. The Meixicans are taking the menial jobs. So what's left? All the manufacturing jobs are overseas. So how exactly are you going to bring jobs to Michigan? By obstrucitng everything the Obama admin does? He held out his hand, you gave him a fist. So ok, now you are irrelevant. I like it that way. Why don't you give us all a ring a ding ding when you can actually come up with an idea for jobs, cause your vague...we got the common sense solutions sounds like another give away to a corporation.

    May 1, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Indy

    What a bunch of hogwash ! It is up to each state and the Governor to create employment in their own state. If it were up to the President that would be too socialist for tjhe right.If the Republicans have the almighty answer for job sreation they should be puuting actions to their words. You do not need the Presidents approval to create jobs in your state. The "American People" are not as stupid as Republicans think, and realize that their elected state officials are suppose to create jobs instead of lockstepping every progressive move the Presidents administration makes. What a complete cop out this Republican speech is !

    May 1, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. David Davidson

    "That’s why Republicans have proposed smart, common-sense solutions to create jobs, reduce spending, and clear the way for American opportunity and ingenuity to lead us to a better future."

    Read "tax cuts for rich people."

    May 1, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. No More Myopia

    For once, he got it right. Enough is enough. Enough of GOP "no, no, no" on everything, constantly blocking any progress on anything. So typical. How about the economy in Michigan, bub. Guess who caused that? I'll give you a hint. It wasn't the Democrats.

    Looks some village is missing it's you know what?

    May 1, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Tired of the Republicans

    Pete - you have done a wonderful job of protecting Michigan - your rants are not useful ... you seem to forget that it was your pathetic party that got us into this ... and you were one of George's best buddies on the Hill == you are a piece of work ... it is too bad that so many are out of work in Michigan – perhaps you should join them

    May 1, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Dennis

    Grand Obstructionist Party playing the same old broken record. Move on people...get some work done.

    May 1, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Joe

    Uh, about that "tired partisan playbook," just what is it that the Republicans have to offer besides "NO, NO, NO?" And by the way, the big bail out started under President Bush. Where was all your righteous indignation then?

    May 1, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Dan in FL

    Rep. Hoekstra's comments opposing bailouts is quite interesting in that if it weren't for the auto bailouts, many more people in Michigan would be out of work. But wait, he's only referring to the Wall Street bailouts, not the auto-maker bailouts. Sounds like hypocrisy to me.

    So what exactly are the Republican's "smart, common-sense solutions to create jobs, [and] reduce spending?" Cut taxes? That will increase the deficit. Cut spending? Serious cuts will eliminate jobs. There is no easy solution, just lots of simplistic rhetoric on both side of the aisle.

    May 1, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. John

    As usual the repubs sprout solutions without the specifics. Once, just once, I would like to hear for the record what the alternative plans are. But instead we get the "common-sense solutions" which for most dimwits equates to solving the problem. I see plainly what the dems plan is for the financial reform, what is the repubs? List them and then one can compare and contrast.

    May 1, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Former Republican

    Wow, talk about disingenuous projection. "Enough is enough," indeed, of Republican lies, obstruction, and blatant hypocrisy.

    The American people need Wall St. reform, health care, campaign-financing balance, etc. No thanks to Hoekstra and his GOP nonsense these days.

    May 1, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    There is no such thing as a common sense solution to any current problem that has been offered by republicans. Unless he thinks that trying to bring government to a halt is common sense. This is just more crap from the person who released state security secrets.

    May 1, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. larry in Pa

    Does that include car companys in Michigan ??? What a joke... and you call yourself a member of congress.... you should start representing the people of Michigan instead of just your own warped right wing ideology.

    May 1, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. John in Cal

    Why is it the Republicans can only seem to complain and never say how they would fix problems that don't include all the old talking points that we all know now don't work because we've seen what they have already done to train wreak this nation. If they are so sure that they know whats' right, why for gods sake did they do the wrong things?That speaks of incompitancey or something more sinister. Whos orders are they following?

    May 1, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. T

    This is the same slime ball who on the day of the near Christmas Day terrorist attack was out fear mongering and raising money for his campaign. I'm really tired of little men like Petie slamming this and that and having no alternative to offer. Oh yeah, just say no to everything. Even legislation you co sponser if Obama is for it. A Democracy is about alternative ideas existing beside one another and the other side RESPECTED. I thnk it's pretty same to say 2000 to 2008 didn't work out too well. So why do these dimwits think they are so right? I'm sure i will get called a loony or weak on defense liberal as that seems to be the standard attack since you can't yell and shout me down since we aren't in person.

    May 1, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Patrick

    Do they realize that they lost the last election?

    May 1, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. DownTownBrown

    “Enough is enough. We simply can’t go on like this. That’s why Republicans have proposed smart, common-sense solutions to create jobs, reduce spending, and clear the way for American opportunity and ingenuity to lead us to a better future."

    Please do go on! Oh, you'd rather just bash the other side than actually propose ideas.....still. The GOP is great at hollering, but if they think they're reaching students through pure rhetoric, think again. If the republicans want more than just the middle-aged white voter, they'll have to pony up some more ideas than "Obama is ruining our country" and "Lowering taxes will create jobs, solve the economy and supply everyone with chocolate covered lapdances."

    I'd invite all the tea-partying anti-tax, anti-government folks to go take a look at Colorado Springs. That city is a representation of what happens when you follow hard-core conservative economic principles (eg, NO TAXES!).

    May 1, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. john316

    "Enough is Enough" translation is "Just say No" . The Republicans are on a "Tea Pot" to No-where and devouring their own in the wake. They are headed so far right that Goldwater is starting to look like George Soros.....with Sarah Palin driving the train.......

    May 1, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Larry

    Hoekstra, like every other Republican–YOU LIE!.

    Ohio, Indiana and Michigan have been job-challenged for years, long before Obama took office.

    This financial crisis was brought on by your incompetent buddy Bush. He did more than anyone in history to destroy this country.

    Look at the facts thru honest eyes, if you're capable. We're tired of you Republicans skewing the facts for your own political gain.

    May 1, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Canuck

    Where was this guy when Bush was spending billions on wars that made no sense to any thinking person? At least the Democrats are trying to assist the American people.

    May 1, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. capricorn116

    I can't believe this guy represents Michigan. Obama's not at fault for the Great Recession. Bush and Obama did what needed to be done. Question for Hoekstra is will you start doing more than give us talking points and blame.

    May 1, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Paying Attention

    There seems to be some critical information missing from this one-sided plea for votes. The recession occurred under a republican president's watch for one. A president who threw caution to the wind when it came to spending. Why on earth would ANYONE who isn't a diehard republican TRUST republicans not to spend our country into poverty?!?! We joined 2 costly wars under Bush. The current national debt was severe under Bush and though it indeed has worsened under Obama, the vast majority of our fiscal situation is owed to the Bush years as well. It's well known that under Clinton and a republican congress our country was at it's best in many ways but most specifically in terms of money. The notion that any of the problems of today would be any better under McCain and Palin's(!) watch is laughable.

    May 1, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Carl in MI

    Michigan is worse off because of the Automotive industry tanking, and not because of anything else. This guy is an idiot. Trying to make it sound like it's all the fault of Democrats.

    Our state went so deep into the red when Gov. Engler.... A REPUBLICAN... was in office it's no wonder we haven't elected another Republican as governor. Rep Hoekstra is vying for that job and is nowhere near qualified to fill it. I'd never vote for this loser. Ever.

    He's just another typical Republican trying to create fear and to pass blame onto Democrats for the lousy Bush Adminstation and the days that Republicans controlled the US Congress. Our nation and our state still haven't recovered from their failures.

    May 1, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. bk

    All I can say is, "Where would Michigan be without the General Motors bailout?"

    May 1, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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