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. Craig Vale

    Yet another repuglathug that never said a word during the Bush years now finding fault with everything Obama does. Maybe we could have an awards dinner for the hypocrite of the year and this blow hole will get his 15 minutes of fame then.

    May 1, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Duane Bernard, Tucson, Az

    Enough is enough ...... of the Republican Party. They spent eight years spending money and fighting useless wars without taking care of America ...... now when the new administration is trying to fix the mess ..... instead of helping with new ideas and solutions the Republican Party just "says NO". Enough is Enough!

    May 1, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Just wait until November we will show you, we are behind our President 10 0 percent!

    May 1, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. keeth in california

    Why is it when Democrats push their agenda and rip off Americans, it's called Socialism, but when Republicans push their agenda (first stimulus, tax cuts for the rich, no-bid war contracts, Medicare doughnut hole, etc), it's called "Good for business"? Hoekstra doesn't have our best interests at heart; he just wants to feed from the trough again. Democrats or Republicans, it doesn't matter...we all get ripped off. Next election? Same thing, different party. Lather, rinse, repeat ad nauseam.

    May 1, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Doug

    “The one thing the American people wanted out of health care reform was lower costs – it didn’t happen." OMG, a whole month has gone by and we don't have lower costs yet?

    Most of the reforms haven't even take effect yet, let alone had time to influence the cost of health care. Get off your soap box Mr. Hoekstra. Stop trying to mislead the American people, or just do us all a favor and resign from office.

    May 1, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Al

    go go go go away you are not welcomed in this world at all. i wish you would just finally realize that.

    May 1, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Emilio

    CNN is helping to promote the outrage and disrespect being shown towards our democratically elected president by an angry group of mainly older white folks who resent his very existence.

    May 1, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. JonDie

    Enough is enough indeed.

    Let's go back to that glorious period from 2001 to 2009, when our Republican leaders launched a war against the war, that created a trillion dollars of debt and enriched their supporters while killing or wounded 50,000+ Americans.

    Let's go back to the Hurricane Katrina days, when our own Republican-led government deliberately and with malice aforethought let Americans die stranded in their own country.

    And certainly we want to let Wall Street run our country once that they can loot our bank accounts and push the country into a truly second Great Depression.

    And certainly we need to give our oil companies a free hand to make record profits...from record high gas prices...even as the oil companies destroy the livelihood of thousands of Americans.

    What are we waiting for?

    May 1, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Dis-gusted

    You can't have it both ways. When Bush wanted whatever, the Repubs rubber-stamped anything he desired. He used up all the surplus and then some, and now you want to fault this president for having to spend because of the mess the Repubs left the country in. To use your words; "Enough is Enough."

    May 1, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Jonny

    YES! Enough helping people!
    Enough doing the right thing for this Nation and the World!
    Enough pissing off the rich and powerful, taking away
    their exuberant wealth to better the country! Don't they need more houses? No one should be able to count the number of homes they own, like McKane't-

    May 1, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Bobby

    Not a word about about "smart solutions" repubs are offering. The economy is growing again, and jobs will follow. I don't want another republican in office, another economic meltdown, or more wars. Fool me once...

    May 1, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. NC

    Give me a break, lies and more lies. Republicans can't have it both ways. It is not up to the government to provide jobs. Some of the jobs are never coming back because they were based on greed and fraud. Republicans are at the heart of the greed and fraud that is the problem. People buying houses, cars and the bling they could not afford, fraud and fraud.

    May 1, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Jeff

    What are your real solution's? I haven't heard one from the GOP since 1980. Newt's contract with America? A sales pitch that never got implemented because the GOP was too obsessed with impeaching Clinton. Your party had years to do something and didn't do anything but run this country into the ground all in the name of free markets. Hoping that corporate America would "trickle down" some of that wealth to Main St. Instead it got used to employ workers in Mexico and Asia and million dollar bonus's to CEO's.Your party is one of greed, divisiveness and ignorance. Have fun getting voted into irrelevance this fall.

    May 1, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Jonny

    There are no worse bitter losers than Republicans. They simply cannot let go of Obama winning the White House and the Dems huge wins in 2006 and 2008. Simply can't stand that they may actually be doing the right thing and they cannot let the American public figure that out! All their arguments and tired talking points diatribe have been lies and the lies have been exposed again and again and again.
    That is what is enough already!

    May 1, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Independent

    Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Michigan, you imply that the American people can not trust Washington to fix our problems, aren't you part of the same Washington crowd we can't trust? And being a Repub haven't you and your political party proven since Obama took office that you and your cohorts play politics as much as the Dems do? The only difference, your party is in the minority and the only answer the Republican party has is "NO" to anything that the Dems place on the table. Your party will not even begin to offer conciliatory solutions in the form of admendments to any bill the Dems put forward. So Mr. Hoekstra, it seems you and your party affiliates are no different than the Dems with the only difference that now you are the minority group. Since this is all true, your entire radio rebuttal to President Obama's radio address is entirely moot. Keep playing party politics Mr.Hoekstra, and maybe you too will be voted out of office.

    May 1, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Terry

    Where were all of the Republicans when George Bush burned through a two trillion dollar surplus that Bill Clinton left in the Federal Treasury? Where were the Republicans when George Bush falsified the CIA Intelligence Reports in order to invade Iraq? Where were the Republicans when George Bush and Hank Paulson gave $350 Billion to Wall Street firms, AIG and Goldman Sachs" Seems to me that the Republicans have tunnel vision when it comes to Republican issues, and a "cry baby attitude" when it comes to the Democrats. Frankly, the Democrats are doing things that benefit average Americans, not just Halliburton, Goldman Sachs, AIG, and Blackwater. I find it interesting that Halliburton is now linked to the Oil Rig Accident, for which the Republicans will no doubt have an excuse to cover the reared of one of their supporters.

    May 1, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. mamacoo

    Excuse me. But just like Republicans followed their agenda for eight years why wouldn't you expect for the Democrats to follow theirs? The American people elected Democrats BECAUSE of their agenda. Eight years of Republican policies and agendas almost ruined our country. So far, besides health care reform, President Obama's only agenda has been to clean up the mess left behind by George Bush and Republicans. Are you suggesting Mr. Hoekstra that the President do nothing about the two unfinished wars, the economy ?

    Yes jobs are important but so far all we have heard is people whining about what the President Obama hasn't done. How about asking when businesses, those who have the power to create jobs, will start producing new jobs? They are after all still receiving the Bush tax cuts that were supposed to produce jobs. I surely hope you are not advocating spending more of our tax dollar on bribing businesses to do the right thing?

    May 1, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. lulu

    " 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." ???
    What would those "smart, common sense solutions" be specifically?
    Please be specific because you haven't yet.
    When Obama took office our economy was already in a tailspin & yet you expected an instant recovery from unemployment & mortgage disasters resulting from the previous administration?
    Obama's financial reform bill does not include bailouts, but accountability on Wall Street. Or haven't you read the synopsis?
    We're still waiting to hear from you about some specific improvements to the Health Care Bill (that wouldn't increase costs).
    Can you ever present a substantial contribution to solving a problem, as opposed to negative repetitious rhetoric? Maybe use some of that "American ingenuity" for a change...

    May 1, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. E-Socrates

    So enough is enough".. What a hypocrite Hoekstra is. No different that most of the selfish, greedy, selfrighteous republicans. This cretine.. Where was he when his leader Bush, and Cheny, were sinking this country? Doesn't the mediocre individual know that when there is no boundaries at home.. his children will ended up doing as they please? Banks and Insurance companies all they care is to make profits irrelevant of any thing. Now I understand why the republicans supposedly hate communism, even though it is a political system that never will set roots in any society.. and that is because in a communist country there wouldn't be Enron or oil companies extracting oil from federal land and not paying royalties or insurance health companies chosing who they will accept to cover. Anyway.. this mediocre individual.. why he didn't take out his tongue from between his legs and said something to Bush when he brought us to Iraq based on lies and deception? At least during Obama 4,380 young sildiers didn't die for a lie neither 36,000 are wounded physically and emotionally. I hope this neophite Hoekstra would move to Bush's ranch and spend his time biking with one of the most ignrant Presidents this country had.

    May 1, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. glassguyvt

    Sounds like the GOP doesn't want to do any work. I still haven't seen anything interesting from these people...where's your thought process gop?

    May 1, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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