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. larry

    isn't he running for governor of Michigan and isn't he the one that likes to cite things that are classified to the media? This is the same old republican talking they ever say anything that is the truth? The republicans are standing on the side of Wall Street so who are they trying to fool this time?

    May 1, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Maude

    Lets give them some worth while: Get rid of the GOP and its hacks for good. Don't get your panties in knot Hoekstra, this country

    May 1, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. phoenix86

    America is finally getting a look at the real leftist / democrat agenda for the US. It is central planning, statist, big government, borrow, tax, demonize opposing opinions, marginalize anything not on the fringe left.

    This is the change Obama was talking about. There are still a lot of people out there who are naive enough to believe that turning over their family's future health and welfare to Obama and Pelosi is in their best interest. Soon, even they won't be able to deny the disaster of leftist ideology and the fringe left will be left with its Soviet brothers in the history of failed ideologies.

    May 1, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. JJ

    Enough is enough, the right and left need to put people first.

    May 1, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Bill in Austin

    I find it amazing that the Repubs only go back to 2007 when the Dems took over Congress to start laying the blame for the nation's ills. They act like the first 6 years of Bush and the GOP Conrgress was Valhalla. Does the Iraq War, tax cuts for the wealthy, unbridled spending, Medicare Prescription Drug fiasco, Katrina, etc. ring a bell?
    I might also remind them that Bush threatened to veto every Dem sponsored bill that found it's way to his desk in the last two years. These bozo's need to take some memory pills or quit being hypocrits.

    May 1, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Michael

    This bonehead is just another right-wing, Tea Party extremist. The scary thing is that he's in the mix for governor of MI this year. He is a Dutch nut and not to be believed.

    May 1, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Darth Cheney

    Enough is enough! We must obey our corporate masters, deny health care to tens of millions, let the economy free fall, and never ever challenge Wall Street!

    May 1, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Brandonious

    Wow, what a dishonest rambling diatribe. What have the republicans done, except get us to this point in the first place. They seem to forget who was in power when things went downhill. Since Obama has took over things have been on the road to recovery, no thanks to the party of no. Lies and fear, lies and fear. That is all the GOP has to offer.

    May 1, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Seattle Sue

    What a coincidence, this what I used to say when G.W.Bush , Hoekstra and the GOP was in power. As they said to me back then, Get used to it!

    May 1, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. John F. Leech

    It must suck to be in opposition, in a party that has no new ideas, policies, ideas, thoughts, or constructive input.

    The nation is solving problems and all the GOP can say is NO.


    May 1, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Kirk

    Enough is enough of listening to the GOP'ers whine like babies.

    May 1, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Dizzy Buzz

    Finally a career politician that we can look up to as a beacon of truth and good judgement that we can trust! Or not. 1. This congressman has held his seat since 1992 after accusing his predecessor of serving in congress for too long. 2. In 2004, Hoekstra did not meet his own term limits pledge by announcing that he would run for a seventh term. 3. Hoekstra announced at a press conference in the Capitol that weapons of mass destruction were located in Iraq. Nothing personal against this gentleman, but some might agree that our forefathers envisioned political positions to be acts of duty and public service, not a career choice.

    May 1, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. KJ

    How about enough of the childish behavior by Republicans? How about stop saying no and acting like spoiled kids? How about stepping up and acting like leaders?

    May 1, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Michele

    So, it would have been fine with Hoekstra to see his state sink even further into the mire of the recession. It is OK with him to let the Wall Street bankers run amok with taxpayers, AND it is fine with him that we have 40 million uninsured AMERICAN citizens. What a terrible evil joke this party has become on the public. I sincerely hope that in November we get rid of them all and begin to take our country back from the depths of this greed and stupidity. They hide behind their Bibles, OUR Constitution (neither of which they have read, by he way) and their hatred of Barack Obama.
    It's getting old, guys.

    May 1, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Michael

    Could anyone in the history of the world be more wrong about everything, all at once?

    This guy is either an idiot or just following the script. Sure, you can reasonably argue about deficet spending, but ask any 1st year economics grad and they will tell you its important to use stimulus spending during economic crisis. Sure, you can argue about the finer points of the health care reform and its really flawed, but thats the fault of the republicans who fought it every step of the way, and if we didnt do something, it would get terribly worse.

    And hes against financial reform? Are you KIDDING? Obama should be doing TWICE as much to reign in these out of control banks, and this guy thinks its just fine the way it is? What a tool of the special interests. This guy should be arrested for treason.

    May 1, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Bill

    The congressman needs to be reminded that the "people of Michigan, both young and old" were losing massive numbers of jobs before Obama even took office. Remember the Republican mantra from Bush, "foreign international trade is good for this country"?

    As far as bipartisanship, name me one thing, just one thing, that the Republicans have supported since Obama took office. Most of them would sacrifice the amputation of their little finger to regain power of both houses of congress and the presidency. Their thirst for power and control is that rabid.

    They are already blaming Obama for the oil spill, as well as the fact that employment and housing are not coming back fast enough to suit them. They forget that eight years in office from their "leader" started this whole downward progress.

    May 1, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. fbysea

    Bad, BAD democrats, trying to fix the many problems republicans brought about. How dare they?!!!! Republicans are standing with big oil companies, tobacco companies, gun manufacturers and Goldman Sachs and Enron..... Not the American people.

    May 1, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. cassamandra

    "enough is enough," eh? Right up there with the truthiest of truths. A rose is a rose is a rose. Cheddar cheese is cheddar cheese. And the GOP is the GOP and will always be a collection of malcontents with nothing to offer.

    May 1, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. frank

    Yes Pete, You and your party are great. Your party had nothing to do with all that ails us today, nope not a thing to do with it. And yes, only those Dems practice partisan politics, one only has to look no further than financial reform to see that. And most important of all, jobs; the GOP had absolutely nothing to do with the continued shipment of millions of our white-collar jobs off-shore, which erodes our economies buying power, nope, nothing to do with it. Your act may have worked on what makes up the core of the GOP base, but not on the University of Michigan's intelligent young graduates.

    May 1, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Bill from Lakeland, Fl

    The Republicans keep saying things like this:

    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.

    Just exactly what are those proposed solutions that would create jobs?They keep failing to produce them.

    May 1, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. To tell the truth

    I think america can use a lil truth from our politicians. When you see sumone doing gud or at least taking action on issues critical to this nation, u get jealous. if u work with the person by compromising and bipartisanship, the person is seen as successful and your chance of resuming to power is slim.. But wat repubs don't undrstd is dat America won't vote into power party with no accomplishment, no plans or vision. Just saying no, everythin the other guys do is not gud. Stimulus bill not gud..but stop financial bleeding n make economy growin again.. health care not gud..but got paid for n give 32M ppl health care. Financial reform not gud..but protect consummer. Repubs need another strategy bcos being incompetent may back fire.

    May 1, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Gil

    Yes, enough is enough! Enough of the Party of NO, No No, NO! Where are their alternatives? When will they sit down and talk rather than boycott When will the members of this G– forsaken party demand that they do something to hlep low, middle and just general Americans? Maybe they want to push "Drill Baby Drill" types of mentalities in light of the Gulf spil?. I see Sarah is having a program on Discovery which should be a lot of LOL!

    May 1, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. ronalde

    O.K. pete what are the repugs solution,cut taxes for the rich reagan tried it and it didn't work and you know the results when bush did it look at your state,ohio,penna,w.virgina these are the results plant closing,layoffs and high clowns need to come up with some fresh ideas for this country and stop complaining about the dems,for 8 years you did nothing but run up the nationla debt,nothing on the illegals,nothing on heathcare,now the dems are moving the country foward you have done nothing to help,lead,follow or get the hell out of the way.

    May 1, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Tom

    1) Stabilize the Republicant economic collapse and freefall
    2) Stimulate the Economy and stabilize the Republicant disaster
    3) Economic growth
    4) Financial System cleanup
    5) Continued growth and inventory reduction
    6) Rising employment
    7) Work with Republicants to lower chronically unemployed

    The Republicant alternative
    Do nothing and have 30 to 40% unemployment, uncontrolled financial system, continued transferred wealth to the most wealthy, 30 million without health insurance, a congress thatcan't do more than one thing at a time

    May 1, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. jilli

    "...including the recently passed health care law, the $800 billion stimulus package, and the financial regulatory reform bill currently under consideration by the Senate."

    Hmm...seems to me all those things will benefit the majority – that certainly goes against the republican ideology of protecting and benfitting corporations and the rich. No wonder Joekstra is speaking out against it all.

    Face it folks, our situation is improving, and the repubicans are on the wrong side of the upside. They're not going to get their wish, Obama and this country will not fail.

    May 1, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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