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. Freeman

    Same old pep talk from the republicans but as usual no answers!!!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Texas Blue

    That dog don't hunt.
    We are still suffering the burdens of this thinking from 2000 to 2008, and we're gonna stand up against it.

    August 21, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Sick&TiredOfTheGOP

    No this moron does not think President Obama started the spending, in fact all of the GOP are very much aware of the fact that they, the GOP, are totally responsible for wrecking the economy, etc. The GOP's method is and always has been to repeat something over and over again until the American people believe the lies. Remember, it worked for 8 years, and now the GOP hopes that it will work again on the American people. Not this time GOP; the American people are totally aware of the truth and who is totally responsible for the wild spending on the credit card, the unpaid wars, you know the rest. The American people will not be insulted by the GOP Crooks again!!!!

    August 21, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. kat

    Obama may not have started it but he sure has made it much worse. With him the spending never ends. As far as entitlements go, they are way out of control, I have never seen so many young people living off taxpayers with programs like welfare and disability ( when they are truly capable of holding down a job), It's sickening what the government has done to our country. Get these sorry dems out of there.

    August 21, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. The Truth Please...I Just Want The Truth

    Do Republicans really want to cut spending? I mean for real?

    Or do they just want to redirect spending...taking the money that our President wants to spend on jobs, healthcare, etc. and use it to build a gigantic military empire?

    Ask ANY Republican if there should be ANY cuts in our military spending...see what answer you get.

    August 21, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. False and Biased brought to you by the GOP

    You mean the ridiculous spending brought to us by the GOP? The GOP never cuts spending - they just spend on different things like the wealthy, big corporations, and their buddies the private military contractors. Oh, but you want to cancel the spending that President Obama has been forced to do to keep our recession from turning into a depression. You want to cut off the people desperately looking for jobs when companies are not hiring. You want to stop the projects funded by stimulus money that are putting many in the construction industry back to work. They are doing several of these projects in my state and the construction workers are so happy to be back to work. Nobody liked TARP, but having several of our largest banks crash would have sent our economy off a cliff. The whining by the GOP about spending by our President to fix the mess THEY brought to us is appallingly hypocritical. That anyone wants to put the "tax cuts fix everything, deficits don't matter (when we are in office anyway)" crowd back into office shows that some in this country have very short memories or are very stupid. Our government will cut spending, but rushing to do that NOW when we are very slowly pulling out of a recession is shooting ourselves in the foot.

    August 21, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Mesa Mick

    This is how the "good chrizz-jun conservative" re-thug-lie-cants "listen" to Americans...

    "I'll listen to you but remember, I've made up my mind already so don't try and confuse me with the facts"...

    August 21, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    @ B, Facts are not fair to the GOP, and ruty"

    You better be careful because CNN post a few blogs and then EVERYONE from the dog house is going to come out and slaughter you!! AND, you're not going to have a chance to 'rebuttal' – it happened to me yesterday and 'everyone' missed the point I was making (not listening) and ran away with it!!

    When RepubliCAN'Ts state what the Democrats 'should not' be doing, they never follow through with SOLUTIONS!!! Not spending will not bring back jobs; keeping the tax cuts will not boost the economy because it's been that way for the past ten years; "fiscal discipline' is also NOT an immediate solution.

    In a sense, I almost look forward to the RepubliCAN'Ts taking over (which they are NOT) because then American will see MORE of the SAME and the American people who voted for them will realize they are still about NO solutions, NO suggestions, NO sense and will continue to be about NOTHING!!

    August 21, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. emma

    Should we not spend some money to break the stalemate of people not having incomes and not buying products and services? I am waiting for some evidence that the plan of the GOP to cut taxes, which was done by GWB, Cutting programs that benefit people in need? I am not convinced.

    August 21, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. DENNA

    He's kidding, right? Is he not aware that this mess we are in started while George Bush was president? Of course the right does not like to hear him maligned, so let's just say that it started BEFORE PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE. There. It is amazing that the Rethugs can criticize President Obama with a straight face since they systematically disenfranchised American workers with their policies. My guess is that the Tea Partiers are made up of people who are in the upper income bracket and poor whites who THINK they're in the same league. We finally have a president who is for the people and this good Christian, yes I said Christian, man is being maligned from one end to the next. I say that if this country gives the GOPers another shot at it, we will deserve the resulting mess. Maybe things are so bad in America right now because God is trying to get our attention and make us become the kinder, gentler nation that we pretend to be.

    August 21, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Tony in St. Louis

    The last time we followed the GOP "direction", I ended up paying 5 bucks a gallon for gas. Thanks but no thanks! I think we'll be fine with the current administration. When my gas hits $4 under Obama, ...I'll reconsider.

    August 21, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Gerry NH

    Obama did not start this mess in the US but everything he does makes things worst. Majority of Americans were against Obamacare, congress spends billions on a daily basis without any idea of how to pay for anything. The president and congress are doing nothing to help save America.

    August 21, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. aunt Bea and Opie

    Whos this Fnnn clown?The guy lending this country all that money?Meet the new boss?

    August 21, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Facts

    Review the correlation between standard of living and security and taxation in the countries of the world. You will see that there is a nearly perfect correlation between high taxation and high standard of living and security.
    If you want to fix the deficit, we should apply a retroactive war tax and a recoupment of the tax revenue that went to the top 1% for the 8 years before Democrats assumed the majorities in congress and the executive. Then restore the tax rates that prevailed during Bush 1.
    After that, we can start to look at what options are on the table. But coming along all-of-a-sudden in the midst of a recession (caused by Republican policies) and say "let's start fixing the debt" by lowering taxes is wholesale nonsense.

    August 21, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    I think Sarah Palin should endorse or back him. That way the Dems will be sure to claim his seat.

    August 21, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Larry

    Dismal results are exactly why we threw the Republicans out in 2008

    We real Americans having been working on the changes needed since then

    With or (and so far without) The Republican Party Of NO, helping in any way

    Djou ... another brain dead Republican mouth, with no answers, only the same old Republican talking points

    The GOP apparently thinks the American people have no brains at all, as the GOP continues its barrage of lies

    August 21, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. NovRepublic

    Yep, Mmm, mmm, mmm Come November Come! The American people are fed up with all of it. Health bill ball and chain...not reform, out of control spending and entitlements the backbone of disaster....the rights of illegal aliens (who have no rights ...ILLEGAL)...government taking over everything, Dems are in complete denial, they claim the Republicans are broken records while their record speaks for itself.

    August 21, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. Kevin Collins

    Where was all the GOP backlash when Bush was borrowing billions for the lies-based Iraq War, a $1.2 trillion Medicare prescription drug plan, geared-to-the-rich tax cuts, along with his not vetoing a single spending bill his entire first term and running up a record deficit just like daddy and Reagan did?

    August 21, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Paul Ernest Show

    Sickening proposition. Direction back to where we were? With GOP members insisting the government should let the real estate market fix itself. Meaning, allowing more and more Americans loose their homes, probably letting banks cancel newly, refinanced homes, and starting all over again. Allowing banks to bilk over $32 billion dollars of their customers money on insufficient funds, apologizing to BP and letting them off the hook, probably returning the $20 billion of clean up and compensation money, Privatizing social security so that it could crash in the stock market, running government for years on deficits and now can't seem to admit that is why the national debt grew so much. Running to China to mortgage our pride and sovereignty, by making us a debtor nation, like third world countries. Returning the country to the era of orange, blue and yellow, as indicators of national threat emergency, a simply political ploy of "scare tactics". Deception and fraud ought to be exposed, from the GOP.

    August 21, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. steven harnack

    With 237 millionaires in Congress now and many more trying to buy their way in it's pretty clear whom the Republicans think makes up their constituency. They are holding average Americans as hostages and the ransom they are asking for is the control of government for and by the monied class.

    August 21, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Sally

    IF the Republican Party had been listening for the past decade:
    1. We would not have been involved in two wars
    2. The economic meltdown would not have happened
    3. We would have had single payer health care for all that would not cause debt
    4. Sarah Palin would still be in Alaska trying to retain her Governors' job amidst ethics charges, and we would not even know who she is!
    5. There would be a flat tax rate...fairness for all
    6. The Patriot Act and its Constitution bending would be gone
    7. All children would be fed in this country
    8. Abortion would not still be an is a personal choice, not a governmental one
    9. Karl Rove would be in jail, and Bush, Cheney and Rummie would be on trial for war crimes

    Alas, the right listens even less than the left....they talk a lot, but this "Listen to the people" is another slogan...they listen to their corporate sponsors and themselves, not the regular people. Maybe we can show them in November, when not only do they not take over the House or Senate, but they lose seats to moderate Democrats.

    August 21, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. vette gal

    Our infrastructure is in dire need and if taxes continue to be lowered, we will never be able to replace or upgrade it. Lowering taxes hasn't worked in the past and it won't work now. Lowering taxes for the rich and large corporations has never worked....the trickle down theory doesn't work and the past years have proven that.

    I sincerely hope people don't forget the past 8 years of republicans lowering taxes for the rich, borrowing from China and spending ridiculous amounts of wars that never should have been. Wars for oil only.

    August 21, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. vic

    When republicans out of power they says “It’s time to change direction” every time we vote for them they take the country backwards

    We say this “It’s time to ignore republicans”

    August 21, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |

    In November 2006 and 2008,Americans spoke loud and clear.What is this bozo muttering about? Act three is coming this November. Teabagger/GOBP are whigs .

    August 21, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Pretzel Logic

    It's nice that they let this place holder congressman speak, considering he's pretty much guaranteed to lose in November. He's the one who benefited from the split Democratic ticket in HI. He won't be around long but nice that they're allowing him to spread propoganda.

    August 21, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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