August 21st, 2010
11:42 AM ET
8 years ago

GOP: 'It's time to change direction. It's time to listen'

Washington (CNN) - In this week's Republican internet and radio address, Rep. Charles Djou, R-Hawaii, speaks out about federal spending, the federal government's debt, and the need for fiscal discipline.

“If we keep spending too much, borrowing too much, and taxing too much – if we keep doing the same things, we’re going to get the same dismal results," Djou says. "It’s time to change direction. It’s time to listen [to the American public]."

(Read Djou's full remarks after the jump)

Republican Weekly Address
August 21, 2010
Delivered by Rep. Charles Djou, R-Hawaii

“Aloha. I’m Congressman Charles Djou.

“90 days ago, I earned the privilege of serving the people of Hawaii’s First Congressional District. Of course, it didn’t take me nearly that long to figure out that Washington does a lot more talking than listening – and a lot more spending than saving.

“For every problem facing our nation, the answer from Washington has been to spend and spend, and – if that doesn’t work – spend some more. The current Administration in Washington told us that borrowing and spending billions would create jobs ‘immediately’ and keep unemployment from exceeding eight percent. They were wrong. Instead, we’ve lost millions of jobs and unemployment remains near 10 percent.

“No price tag has been too high for Washington, and now we’re all paying the price. Altogether, we now owe more than $43,000 for each man, woman and child in the United States. That is a frightening number.

“Even more frightening is the fact that the current Administration in Washington intends to use this fiscal crisis to impose job-killing tax hikes on families and small businesses. But we will not fix the deficit until we cut spending and have real economic growth – and we will not have real economic growth if we keep raising taxes on small businesses. According to the non-partisan Joint Tax Committee, Congress’s official tax scorekeeper, half of small business income in America will face higher taxes under the president’s plan.

“If we keep spending too much, borrowing too much, and taxing too much – if we keep doing the same things, we’re going to get the same dismal results. It’s time to change direction. It’s time to listen.

“All throughout this month, Republicans have been meeting with our constituents to hear their concerns. These town hall meetings are part of our America Speaking Out project, which gives Americans a megaphone to make their voices heard and share their solutions for turning things around. To participate in this nationwide effort, all you have to do is log on to, post an idea of your own, or comment and vote on someone else’s. As we speak, thousands of ideas are percolating on America Speaking Out.

“As part of this national conversation, Republicans have proposed better solutions to provide the fiscal discipline economists say is needed to get Americans working again.

“Led by Congressmen Paul Ryan and Jeb Hensarling, Republicans on the House Budget Committee – a panel on which I serve – have identified more than $1.3 trillion in Washington spending we can cut right now. From canceling unspent ‘stimulus’ funds and TARP bailout money to freezing government pay and government hiring, these common-sense proposals recognize that what our economy needs is more private sector jobs, not more public sector programs.

“Of course, this is just a start. Much more needs to be done to make sure Washington has gone on its last spending spree, but these are steps we can take right now to demonstrate to taxpayers at home and allies abroad that America is serious about getting its fiscal house in order.

“When Congress returns in September, Speaker Pelosi should bring our $1.3 trillion in proposed spending cuts to the floor for immediate consideration. Even if the powers-that-be in Washington do not support less government and less spending, they should at least provide those of us who do with a chance to give the American people the common-sense fiscal discipline they are demanding.

“Visit to learn more and have your say. May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America. Aloha and Mahalo.”

Filed under: Charles Djou • GOP • issues • national debt
soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. ruty

    Does this moron think Obama started this wild spending? What rock did he just crawl out under? Lower taxes? For who? the Rich? I think Bushie tried that! Let's give the working man a break on taxes. The rich make the laws-that is why they don't pay taxes.

    August 21, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Facts are not fair to the GOP

    If the Fox republican party takesa over in November we will have their rules:
    1. Workers are not important, big corporations are.
    2.Social Security and Medicare need to be turned over to big business.
    3.The preemptive Bush Doctrine will become our world diplomacy tenet.
    4.Debt is good if it is from tax cuts to the wealthy.
    5.the 1st, 10th and 14th amendments to the constitution need to be changed.
    6. Lower income brackets should remain at 35% and wealthy people pay 15%
    7.Women's reproductive rights need to be eliminated and monitored by the government.
    8.Health reform and Wall street reform need to be eliminated.
    9.We have to be afraid of Hispanics, Muslims and Blacks.

    August 21, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. B

    I will tell you what the Republican solution always starts with. Slashing spending on long standing entitlements that have been the foundation of
    middle America. Building up the military as a setup for the Next generations WAR. More lives lost and hundreds of billions of borrowed money from China. Giving More tax breaks to the top 2% of the richest corporate heads with the false promise of creating jobs.

    We have seen this movie before and it still doesn’t work for most Americans.

    Will we ever learn from history?

    August 21, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Augsbee

    Huge number of Americans are happy with the idea of bigger government, not having to work, not paying bills or worry about the medical, most people are happy we borrow and the next generation be the ones to worry of paying the money back, they do welcome government controlling their lives, so I don't think the GOP has a chance. This new generation doesn't care either, they are happy in their basement on the internet all day (men & women). I think the GOP has fallen on deaf ears.

    August 21, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Derek from Boston

    Its time for change. It is NOT time for a change back to what we had during the last Presidency. And it is time to listen. Listen to exactly what Politicians are saying. Because if you ever stop and thought about what they say, you'll realize that none of them know what they are talking about. And if you're talking spending cuts and don't mention seriously cutting Defense spending, then you are saying nothing.

    August 21, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. diridi

    Listen, GOP messed this nation like a "Hell". Cost of the Iraq war is enormous...this moron, and idiot, and thug know this??? It practically looted the nation, and into bankruptcy....ok. it is not pres. Obama who did dig into this, it is GOP....G...O...P!!!!! Republican Thugs, and idiots, and bastards, and SOBs, did this mess to my more Republican thugs., whatever they say....their sin is we are aware....Please pray for the nation....and our American People....God bless my readers of this snippet....

    August 21, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Augsbee

    Notice usually there is a huge amount of people writing comments that this administration continue to give away money, they are happy with Pelosi pushing for more money and they usually make no reference to a job and of course they are the ones angry at Bush Tax Cuts because they can't even comprehend how it impacts businesses, jobs (but then they don't believe in working so why would they care),

    August 21, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Independant Vet

    ruty # What rock did you just get hatched upon, from all the heat ?

    I take it you are related to our wost President in History. I hope you are Rick . An I see with out ? You are as a good Liar as Barrack . Another one looking for a hand out.

    Now go back an read the head lines over an engage brain. If you know what that is. If not , keep supporting our dead beat , Illegal Lover . But while you are hear , go read , Pickfordvs Glickman , how your president is pushing the race card , to a new tune of 2 Billion , for some 46,000 black farmers that don't exist. See where your tax dollars are flowing.

    August 21, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Republicans and tea-baggers worship their only god - money (in THEIR pockets).

    August 21, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. mtrought

    He maybe a social genius like his friend Palin because you dont really need sensible people on social media. You need sensible people and even geniuses to run the affairs of the country though. I really feel it for the GOP not being able to find a sensible and credible candidate. Look who came to the top. Out of the 59 million people who voted GOP in the 08 election they could not find a better candidate from amongst themselves. They found an half wit from Alaska and an out of sorts old timer

    August 21, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    Tax cuts for the wealthy haven't created jobs or savings in 10 years, it won't work !!

    Trickle down is the repubs peeing on the little people that support this country by paying their taxes and getting NO loopholes and NO super-deductions.

    August 21, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Mah

    Everyone knows America Speaking Out is a joke. HAW HAW!

    August 21, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Steve

    I think he's right. It IS time for a change. Time for us to go from having a minority of Republicans elected to having NO Republicans elected! (Unless we only elect the rational ones, which may leave one or two in office!)

    August 21, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Chris

    Djou said : "if we keep doing the same things, we’re going to get the same dismal results. It’s time to change direction. It’s time to listen. "

    Keep doing the same thing and expecting different results is pretty much the Republicans anthem. The answer to everything is more tax cuts and more deregulation – the same worn out old dogma that got us into this mess in the first place.

    As for listening – I cant imagine a more emphatic and direct rejection of hard core conservatism by the public than the 2006 and 2008 elections put together. So what does the GOP take away from that? They're not being conservative enough. They become a party of extremists taken over by the fringe elements who rant and rave about Obama having a faked birth certificate, death panels and terror babies.

    August 21, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Sue

    Thats all you Republicans can say, stop spending, come up with some solutions, we never hear any good Ideas from the GOP.....just what Obama is doing wrong......the GOP will cut spending all right, they are going to do a way with Social Security and get ready for that one if they get elected......

    August 21, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Independent leaving Obama and Dems

    I am an independent who voted Obama and Dems in 2008 - I am not totally convinced of the GOP approach, but I am 1001% convinced that Obama and the Democratic controlled Congress are driving the car over the cliff and they need to be replaced -so I am one independent switching away from Obama and the Democrats.

    I have many many things that I strongly disagree with Obama on – health care; bail outs; tax cuts; deficit spending; Afghanistan; pork, immigration; and the approach to creating jobs. I no longer have any faith in President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and the Democrats to turn this economy around – no faith whatsoever, To keep Obama in office is a grave mistake and will further hurt the country and its recovery.

    August 21, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Donald

    To the gop, debt isnt our biggest country problem, its the elective leaders thats not welling to work with each other for the better of the just to get back in power. sounds familar? the scare tactics only work with ur base.

    August 21, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. Liz the First

    The republicans are the ones who need to start listening, to reality! they lie about everything thinking the American people are stupid enough to believe lies if told frequently enough. and sadly, a large group do. the repubs are the ones who caused the mess we're in now and the need to spend to try to clean up their mess! the only thing repugs care about is tax cuts for their rich buddies and starving government to death so it won't be able to regulate their business empires. folks, if you really want to play russian roulette every time you buy food at the grocery store, then vote rethug!

    August 21, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Obama has hurt us in too many ways

    The Obama presidency has been a disaster; It has set this country back 10 years. The hurt to the US economy and our standing in the world has been dealt a serious blow by the missteps and follys of Mr Obama and his tax and spend and tax and spend cronies. It is time to take back the country - Obama's socialistic plans have been a disaster - the Democratic base is made up of people who pay zero taxes and contribute NOTHING to this country - they are the leeches of society - constantly looking for hand outs and a free ride. Obama is a walking talking disaster - he has wreaked more havoc on this country in 18 mnths than Bush could have done in 8 years, The experiment with the inexperienced black leader is oficially a government disaster - FOUR AND THE DOOR

    August 21, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. malabar

    do u really thnk the Republicans wud even have a shot this Nov if they WERE NOT listening? apparently millions of people want them to say no. thats not inaction, u may not like it, but it is an ACT of defiance straight frm their constituents. and u cant blame fox news, if they were the culprit they wud have viewership in the tens of millions everyday. i voted 4 bills 2nd term, and hillary in the primary. i knw the hate and blind rage that libs and dems resort to if EVEN QUESTIONED OR CHALLENGED on a single thought. i am gay and latino and i can tell u both parties use character assasination, campaign on fear and division, and cudnt care less for members of the opposing party. there is no civility or respect. blame and point fingers all u want, independents see it frm both sides plain as day. Obama and Palin are just people. stop putting so much emotion into their lives and urs might get better. they are smokescreens, channels. we give them power, we take it away.

    August 21, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. Steve

    "It's time to change direction." What?!? From any kind of movement going forward to stagnation as the GOP proposes?

    "It's time to listen." To what?!? "No" again? Like a petulent three-year old? Or are you going to actually make some policy proposals?

    Yeah... I like the sound of crickets...

    August 21, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. JerseyMike

    I, for one, I am glad that the Republican solution is to cut taxes and to reduce government spending. As to Mr. Djou being a "moron", I would take his views over the moronic tax and spend agenda of the idiots in the white house and leading the house and senate. It is not rocket science. In order for a business to hire an employee, it must have money to do so. If you increase the taxes on a business, you decrease the money available to hire employees. And, yet, Democrats who push big tax, big entitlement programs do not understand why their agenda is destroying jobs. And, by the way, bailouts for public union employees is not helping the economy. A public sector job takes away resources from the private sector and – again – requires higher taxes. .

    August 21, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. B +

    August 21st, 2010 11:57 am ET

    I will tell you wtat the Oblah blah Democratic strategy always starts with. More spending on entitlements that have been the disaster and casue of the recession in America. COntinue the fighting in Afghanistan so the Next generation can throw its lives away like we are today . More lives lost and hundreds of billions of borrowed money from China. Giving continuing tax free rides to the people who are not paying any taxes now with the false promise of creating jobs.

    We have seen this movie before and it still doesn’t work for most Americans.

    Will we ever learn not to trust the eloquent black spokeperson whose only real skill is reading from a teleprompter?

    August 21, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Gil

    Yes, what we needed to do was not to get bogged down in two expensive wars that are resulting in all negatives and wasted trillions. Of course, there was no GOP outcry then or now about those wasted trillions of dollars and no conviction of the greatest criminal, bush!

    August 21, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. once upon a horse

    I agree that we need to lower taxes and start spending less. How about lowering taxes on the middle class though and not the upper 2% with that then maybe more Americans will start spending again. I am waiting to hear the GOP plan for saving the economy. So far I have heard nothing.

    August 21, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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