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. Babylove

    The nerve! The GOP have gotten besides themselves. I am sick and tired of reading about their reluctance to move on anything the President supports. Enough is enough alright- we the people want to see our nation on a progressive move, so enough stalling GOP!

    May 1, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. J.L.

    Not to be too cynical here but, seems like it's in the Republicans best interests to be against anything "good" happening with government. It increases their chances of making up ground ini November. If nothing gets passed, then they can tell voters, "you see, Dems can't get anything done!"... Even things that make sense, such as Wall Street reform... They chew out Goldman Sachs out one side of their mouth but out the other, they stand against Wall Street reform... Of course, that could have more to do with satisfying their base (i.e. rich folks) and then just playing lip services with the rest of the everyday normal joes out there...

    May 1, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. America Shrugged

    Ok Congresman Hoekstra, here's the challenge.. Get rid of the whackos in your party, the birthers, tea party folks and other assorted goof balls and win an election and you can put forth the GOP agenda. I hope it's not like what we've come to expect with the GOP mantra of limited gov ( we all know that's an oxymoron when GOP are in charge ) more de-regulation of wall street that nearly destroyed our country, and more tax cuts for the few in this country that don't need them and of which didn't really create any meaningful jobs in THIS country. Your party threw away what legitimacy it had when it held the majority for nearly 12 yrs and you folks did absolutely NOTHING. If you really want to earn the trust of the American people again, move towards the center, work with the President, and for god's sake, ditch the whackos who are ruining the GOP.

    May 1, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. tradewinds

    The more I hear from republicans, the more I cannot believe they actually say what they say! Instead of blaming the dems, why don't you implement all these great ideas, you say you have! The fact of the matter have nothing! No ideas, no plans, no nothing! Your party has been digging us into this black hole since 2000 and now you want it fixed in a year. All your big buisness buddies have raped the American people for years and now you want to be back in charge. Here's a little secret, you don't have to be the President or congress to do something positive for the American people! All you have to do is DO IT! Bags of wind is what makes up your party. Hollow, brain-dead bags of wind!

    May 1, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. paul

    You can "spin" all the Republican talking points you have, but the fact is financial reform, health care, and the stimulus were all needed AND are working. Millions of US citizens without health care, Wall st. and big banks taking advantage of the working middle class, and a stimulus program that stopped this country from entering the next great depression and the Republicans can do is say "NO". The fact is the R's are siding with Wall st., could care less about those without healthcare, and won't admit the stimulus has worked.

    May 1, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. some guy in New Hampshire

    Yes, and the public said "enough is enough" to the Republicans' agenda in 2006 and again in 2008. The Republican is still the same group with the same people repeating the same things they've been saying for the last 25 years - but not doing what they say when they have power. The rise in Republicans' poll numbers isn't the result of the public falling in love with the right-wing agenda - it's people in search of decent governance, which doesn't come from one party or the other party but from legislators whose primary goal is not to implement a canned ideological agenda but to solve problems using the best evidence and best available ideas. If we ever figure that out, politics will be less exciting and governance will be a whole lot more interesting.

    May 1, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. shawn of Michigan

    Where was this enough is enough attitude when Bush was in office.

    May 1, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. True American Eagle

    Rep Hoekstra and other fellow Americans,

    Firstly, President Obama is not even into year 2 of his presidency yet. So the "scapegoat politics" holds no weight. Secondly the last 24 out of 32 yrs of our nation's presidency has been dominated by Republicans. In addition, many of those years had a Republican house and senate. So the notion that 18months of Obama + 8yrs of Bill Clinton, screwed the nation and drove our country into the economic/fiscal abyss is totally absurd. Folks do your research and don't let folks who are jockeying for seats in November scare you.

    May 1, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Albert R. Killackey, The GOP died in 2008!

    The Republican corporatist agenda since Reagan has been tax-cuts and deregulation for global corporations and it resulted in the transfer of America’s middle class wealth, and jobs, into the global corporate economy. As if that is not enough, the Supreme Court Republican Five have now held that these global corporations are “persons” endowed with “free speech” and describe that to mean “Money Talks,” therefore foreign stock holders can influence our elections and lawmaking with legalized bribes. After all this, the GOP cries about Dems trying to fix the mess they made out of our nation. True Americans recognize these Republicans for the traitors they are and that is why the GOP died in 2008 and will be buried in 2010!

    May 1, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Eric

    Where are these Republican "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"? I haven't seen them, so I don't know how to judge them.

    May 1, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. bobden

    Since the repubs are unwilling to take part in our government, since they do nothing but say NO, then they should return the money we pay them for representing we the people. They haven't earned any of the money we pay them. They have only earned the money (bribes) they've received from lobbys and big corps.

    May 1, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Snafoo

    Note to GOP: if you can't keep up, please step out of the way. Someone has to do the heavy lifting.

    May 1, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Lee in Oregon

    Just the opposite.......enough is enough with the constant and consistent no no no republican party. We are sick and tired of it.

    Republicans you need to get with the program. There are urgent issues that need to be addressed in our country now not a year from now when the elections are over with.

    And that is exactly what Obama wants to do and that is what the majority elected him to do. So quit playing politics on the backs of Americans who need solutions to our problems that the no party got us into to begin with.

    May 1, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Jim in PA

    Let me get his blanket and warm his bottle.....the GOP is only good for crying and provides no solutions.

    May 1, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    BS!!! If we hadn't had the bailout, we would be in a huge economic depression right now left to us courtesy of the last GOP administration that left office just as the poo hit the fan!!! Right now we are focused on the "Drill Baby Drill" massive Oil Spill caused by GOP not regulating the Oil Drilling Industry. The American people are outraged over this!!! The rest is hot air from GOP windbags, literally!!!

    May 1, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Unbelievable!!

    If enough is enough, then the repubs need to get involved instead of just saying "no".. enough is enough, republicans. You are supposed to be working for the people, not for the "party".

    May 1, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    If you translate the Republican into English he is saying: "The obscenely rich and the major corporate shareholders in the very companies that are firing the workers are not getting enough at the public's expense. If Obama wants to have bi-partisan support he needs to open the golden trough a whole lot wider so the afore mentioned rich and shareholders can swil down the tax money faster."

    May 1, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. mar

    and 4 yrs ago it was G Dub's playground and every body is scrambling to try and fix what went wrong, it can't be done in one year and after the mess he made it may not be fixed in 4ytears but at least someone is trying, all Bush cared about was making a name for himself and he did, tyrant the great

    May 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. ms

    '..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.'

    Please explain what exactly the Republican party has proposed besides the usual tax cuts for the rich and more deregulation. Same worn out – sound bites.

    May 1, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Rosslaw

    Where was Hoekstra and his ilk when 740,000 people filed for unemployment in January 2009? And how about leaving the United States military "on the verge of collapse" as described by Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen. Oh yeah, and that little thing about the financial system going over a cliff. The only bright spot, in the alternative universe of the right wing, was that Afghanistan had for the entire Bush administration been the world's number one producer and exporter of opium. Did anybody tell Hoekstra and his fellow mental giants that was not really a good thing?

    May 1, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Phil

    did he just say "the painful plight of the people of Michigan"? Seriously!? Even the poor in this country have it way better than the majority of the rest of the world. So shut up, and quit your whining. Btw, if Michigan feels like they're in a bad spot, they can take that up with Bush and the Republicans that spent 8 years demolishing our nation.

    May 1, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Independent One

    Enough to the do nothing repubs

    May 1, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Sam


    GOP saying:
    1. Give us jobs; you didn't create enough
    2. No more bailouts (implying that the GOP had nothing to do with the debt and the bank bailout package)
    3. Lower health care cost

    Item 1, jobs - The GOP thinks that the government controls job creation? If so, then what's the role of free enterprise again?

    Item 2, bailouts - The GOP should be ashamed of what they've done but, no, now it is not their fault? Really?

    Item 3, health care - Didn't we just pass an insurance regulation bill instead of something else because of the GOP?

    Does ANYONE care about telling the truth anymore?

    Completely shocking.

    May 1, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. Bob in Florida

    More GOP BS. How can people keep sending them to Congress?

    May 1, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. etim

    this man mus b a joke and out of touch. The GOP policies brought the economy down. Since Obama came into office, his policies have turned the economy around and giving Americans back their life.Rather than criticize the democrats, he should be praising them for cleaning up the mess the GOP made. The GOP is failed woefully in when they were in power and the success and achievement of Obama is terrifying them because all the lies and spin of the GOP is being exposed.

    May 1, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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