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. conoclast

    The "Facts Gap" just keeps getting wider and wider doesn't it. It seems painfully evident that there are those in congress who simply do not respect the truth and generate their own "facts" to support talking points for their respective bases. There used to be a thing called Intellectual Honesty; what ever happened to it? Bad governance is just like a bad teacher, doing more harm than good.

    May 1, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. John

    That's right! Enough is enough! Time to go back to the policies of Reagan and Bush! You know, the same policies that bankrupted the country, cost millions of jobs, gave an inordinate amount of tax relief to the rich and prompted companies to shift their jobs overseas! Yea, let's go back to that!

    Give me a break, you fool. Where were you when Bush and his pals were busy destroying us domestically as well as abroad?

    May 1, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Tim

    YOU want to accuse Democrats of "borrow and spend?" Get a grip. Every single complaint you're registering here is the exact same complaint that Democrats leveled when Republicans controlled Congress. I am by no means saying that Democrats are saintly; but quit being so sanctimonious. Republicans are anything but my "hero alternative." I don't trust you guys, either.

    May 1, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. lance corporal

    where was all this outrage at the massive spending of the bush WH? who created the massive deficit? who sunk us in to this hole? bush and the republican controlled legislature! where was all this conservatism then??? liars and hypocrites only interested in their wealthy/corporate supporters and leading the masses around by the noses with fear

    May 1, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Darcy Krause

    Pete Hoekstra, It is beyond my understanding how you can continue to blame our President for the state of Michigan's economy. Since the downward trend has been persistant in Michigan for a very long time, it seems reasonable to assert that Michigan's law makers are far more responsible for the current conditions than a man who has been President for not even two years. You and your Republican cronies in Washington have continued to stall needed reform on every issue, even stopping debate on financial reform. A former Republican thinks Eisenhower (Dwight in case you have forgotten) would never recognize his party given the antics of the past few months.

    May 1, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Todd

    The republicans under George W. Bush started the bailouts before Obama took office. If a republican was in the white house, I wonder if Mr. Hoekstra would have a different stance. In addition, it is easy criticize what someone else is doing. If Mr. Hoekstra or anyone else has a better plan to get the country back on the right track, I would like to hear it. It really should not matter who it comes from. We need to work together to move our country forward. Partisan politics are tearing it apart.

    May 1, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. sally/wisconsin

    Unbelievable. Trying to blame OBAMA for Michigan's financial woes? For the high unemployment? Seriously! How about years of the auto industry turning out cars no one wanted? How about all the Bush-era tax breaks that didn't "trickle down" to the little people?

    The Republicans keep saying Obama is trying to do too much. Having a lot to juggle all at once is what you get when your predecessor did NOTHING to improve America and much to put us where we are today.

    May 1, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Alan Graham

    Typical Republican garbage, not one concrete idea on how to create new jobs. Just trying to blame the Bush era financial crises on Obama.
    Blah , blah , blah.

    May 1, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Peter

    Typical of the Republicans, he states:

    "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."

    Is this the same common sense that lead us into two costly wars and ruined the world ecomony???

    May 1, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Frozone

    Republicans will try their hardest to ruin this country.

    May 1, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. BillE

    So whats new. The GOP saying no. They don't have any valid fixes for anything so they just say no to everything.

    May 1, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. ariveria

    does anybody know why the republicans hate the united states of america and the american way of life

    May 1, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Djinn

    Where was this hypocrite when Bush was putting our country in the toilet? I am sure all he had to say then was "yes!!" I agree with his "enough is enough," however I refer to the corporatizing of the GOP and their resistence to change that supports the people they abused under Bush.

    May 1, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Chris

    Every week these no name republicans come out of nowhere, spew their garbage and go back into hiding never to be heard from again. Who are these morons?

    Yea you are so right Mr Republican congressma. I long for the Bush days back. 700k jobs lost a month, dow tanking like the titanic, insurance companies still being able to deny sick people coverage, wars built on lies that nearly drag this country to hell.

    Oh yes, lets vote back the republicans! Ok now i have FACTS for you..

    The Obama era; GDP growing for 3 consecutive quarters, jobs growing again, consumer spending up, home sales up, auto sales up, healthcare reform done, credit card finance law done, iraq war coming to end in a few months, no major terrorist attacks. Obama 2012!

    May 1, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. forwardgal

    Wow...this guy amazes me to no end! He really has guts saying this is all about Obama....and the dems had control of congress for the 2 yrs. before? What good did that do? Bushie and co. vetoed or didn't support ANYTHING for that time. Are you kidding me? What a joke this guy is along with all his buddies in the GOP.
    How stupid do they think we are? (Oh, that's right; the same ones who kept voting in Bushie and buddies and who think Palin is a 'bright star.') This has been building for the 8 yrs. before Obama took office. It's simply exploding NOW....trickle down, anyone? Were/are some dems guilty of collusion with GOP? Of course, they were/are. They all want $$$ in their pockets and love that lifestyle they've grown accustomed to since taking office.
    Meanwhile, they continue to fight tooth and nail against ANYTHING Obama wants while offering NOTHING in its place. What losers! Give it up you pathetic whiners and losers.

    May 1, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Dan

    Again we see blame placed on Fannie Mae/Freddie mac for giving out bad loans and no concern for the mortgage backed securities and their opaque derivatives. One must understand this key problem to properly craft financial regulatory reform.

    May 1, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Shane

    You're right. Enough of the disgusting GOP lies! If you cared, Mr. Hoekstra, about jobs for Americans then you and your GOP thugs wouldn't be so happy about American corporations creating jobs in China & India, and not in America. You're a vile pig, and GOP are the minions is Satan!!!!

    May 1, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Enough is enough – of the Republican's obstructionism, blind partisanship, and extremism. The GOP needs to stop acting like they're the ones running everything. They are the minority party, but they keep telling the Democrats what to do. The Republicans refuse to compromise or cooperate one little bit. With them, it is always "My way or no way!" They offer no real solutions, just criticsim and complaints. Their agenda is all about returning the Republican Party back to power – and they don't care if they have to bring down the whole country to do it. Ever since they lost the election, and the country rejected their hardcore neo-con approached to politics, they have only moved further and further right. Now they are a party of fanatics and extremists.

    Enough is enough – and it's the Republicans who need to stop it.

    May 1, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. bn

    Unemployment- the classic *lagging* economic indicator. with decades of statistical evidence for that, no one with half a brain expects changes in employment patterns to suddenly precede GDP shifts. go back to school.

    May 1, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    JERK,,, you weren't against the Bush Stimulus package in 2008?

    You're only against what Dems propose???

    May 1, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. truth

    The Republicans need to be run out of office. The media need to be censored to tell the truth based on analytical information and not due to fear of republicans backlash. It is time the leaders of this nation stop destroying this country for the sake of hate. Enough is enough. Gupta, Crowley, King, Ketry, Cooper, and other CNN correspondents and reporters are supporters of nation destroying by republicans.Larry King is the only person on CNN that is fair. Why is it that only Olberman, Maddow, and Schultz tell the truth? Similiar to Fox, CNN is playing to the undereducate and the uneducated audience. Don't you all realize that American citizens need to unite? Stop the rhetoric please.

    May 1, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Josh

    A conservative doesn't want more change? No, say it isn't so.

    May 1, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Terry From West Texas

    This Conservative has a good point. Why should the American Congress keep working on America's problems? I mean, get real! Sure, we have global warming, the national debt, the Great Recession, unemployment, banking regulations, oil drilling regulations, illegal immigration, overpopulation, impure foods, dirty water, unhealthy air, terrorism, the credit crisis, crappy schools, crumbling infrastructure, outsourced jobs, dwindling benefits, crooked politicians, fixed elections, corporation bribery and deception, false advertising, unaffordable colleges, and a bunch of other stuff to worry about, but Conservatism has been putting off those problems for years. What's another year going to hurt?

    May 1, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Tired of GOP Revisionist BS

    Who really authored the Bailout Bill? Representative Eric Cantor (Republican-Virginia). Who signed the bill in record time due to the urgency of the situation? George Bush! Republicans keep trying to change history and blame the Dems.

    May 1, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. American Expat

    Hoekstra: hmmmm is this the same one who claimed that those elusive WMDs in Iraq were actually discovered? Maybe we should all have a little hesitation in believing anything he says?

    May 1, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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