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. Death Panel Sarah

    I think all these speeches should have to go to a "Lie Panel" before they can use them!!!
    If a congressman is lying, they get kicked out of congress!!!!!

    May 1, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Brad

    Such a surprise to see that politics will always be spun to whichever point-of-view fits the speaker best. Radio commentaries like this from both sides are a waste of effort. How about using the time spent to record this message and offer ideas and changes to make the status-quo better?

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

    I would suggest that enough is enough of what the GOP has ben doing sine Obama was elected.
    Enough filibusters
    Enough denying that the economy is better
    Enough denying healthcare to the poor
    Enough trying to protect big banks
    Enough trying to stop progress so they can say that there has been no progress
    Enough undermining the efforts of a good president for their own gains


    May 1, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Ben

    "he one thing the American people wanted out of health care reform was lower costs."

    I'm one of the American people, and that wasn't the "one thing" I wanted out of health care reforms. I wanted not to be denied coverage anymore because years ago a quack doctor misread a blood chart and diagnosed me with a "vitamin B" deficiency. I wanted to be able to go to the doctor and tell him my symptoms without being afraid that I'd get slapped with a "pre-existing condition." The Republicans have made it clear that they will do everything in their power to unmake this bill, and so in the interests of self-preservation I will have no choice but to vote democrat in the next election.

    May 1, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. j cyrus smith

    Enough is enough? Sorry Rep, but President Obama should KEEP striving to make our country better, stronger and more united, as opposed to the GOP agenda of denial, stagnation, delay and do nothing.
    The President has done more good and proposed and implemented more good initiatives in 18 months than most any president in history. If you don't like them, vote against them. "The dogs bark, but this caravan is passing on."

    May 1, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Jay

    Seriously?? Will CNN please call them the republicans out on LIES LIES LIES. I can't believe these people have the gall to say things that are so blatantly false and can debunked by anyone with a brain. C'mon CNN, you need to be unbiased and objective, but call people out so that your viewers get the facts. Understand that everyone can't think for themselves. Please make better efforts to call out repubs when they say:

    "dems are proposing endless bailouts with their financial reform bill"
    "the healthcare reform as a "government takeover"

    republicans are clearly not negotiating in good faith. I've never seen anything like this. A group of people with so much hatred for this country that they will obstruct and step on anything good that anyone is trying to do. If they really had good ideas and solutions, then put them forward and incorporate them into the bill. Don't just obstruct and attack the intentions of others.

    May 1, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Phil Newton -- Murphy, Oregon

    Hogwash, Pete.

    The people of this country have a lot of cleaning up to do after eight years of republican rule under the worst modern president ever.

    You ain't seen nothing yet.

    May 1, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. HD

    Is it OK if only the RICH can tell the Governments how to run the Country???

    May 1, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. TM

    Senator, once your party actually says something other than "NO", the rest of us will consider listening to you. You said NO to health care reform, you are saying NO to financial reform. You have done NOTHING over the last 15 months but say NO...Enough IS enough. Come forward with ideas, and be willing to listen, and you might have a chance to show your voters that you are worth returning to your seats in Congress. Just because the last President could not walk and chew gum at the same time does not mean that this President, or any other President, is or should be , similarly limited to addressing more than one serious problem at a time.

    May 1, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. doug

    Expect for idiot libs who just regurgitate the lies and hate from the mainstream media, decent, honest, thoughtful Americans are concerned over the socialist policies that this adminstration is forcing on us.

    Most Democrats want illegal aliens to roam free and vote in America, while they would like their republican neighbors rounded up and put in camps with their wealth taken from them. National Socialism is here in America, not unlike how it was in Germany 70 years ago.

    May 1, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Michael from Ventura

    Enough was enough YEARS ago! That's why your party lost the election!

    May 1, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. jbakaregit

    The title is dead-on - "Enough is enough." Mr. Hoekstra and the rest of his cabal will be out of Washington come November.

    Mr. Hoekstra, Obama and the Dems are doing exactly what they campaigned on (HCR, financial reform, getting the economy back on track, etc.). If you don't like it, too bad.

    Mr. Hoekstra, what positive benefits has the GOP given America? When you guys were in power, what were your accomplishments?

    Mr. Hoekstra, America is not going to put up with the GOP obstruction, fearmongering, and downright vile behavior. You were voted out in 2006 and 2008 b/c you didn't give a darn about the welfare of America, and you still don't. I don't agree with every decision the Dems make, but at least they are trying to get this economy back on track, these 2 wars (that your party started) ended responsibly, affordable healthcare for all, affordable education, etc.

    May 1, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Betsy

    Enough is enough of you just-say-no Republicans who ran the country into the ground for 8 years under Bush. You truly live up to your once-hero Spiro Agnew's line: "nattering nabobs of negativism."

    May 1, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. doolindalton

    Lies, lies and more lies. Right wing denial for its direct responsibility for a battered economy and an illusory denial of what the Obama administration has done to rescue it.

    May 1, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    BOO HOO HOO!!!!! Too Bad Pete! When the party of NO was in control, you shoved through whatever your boy Bush wanted and look where it got us! Welcome to reality!

    May 1, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. Albo58

    Instead of dumping tax dollars into social entitlement programs that are bottomless AND never seem to end, let's attack unemployment by EMPLOYING folks to help clean up the gulf coast states from the massive oil spill! It's a JOB that needs to be done and it will probably get worse before it gets better...

    May 1, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Michael Buck

    George Bush took this big American vehicle and crashed it upside down into a huge ditch full of polluted water. Obama shows up with a tow truck and now its his fault that the truck is a total wreck? The "Go P" party has been great at defelecting responsibility for the mess we are in. The Democrats foolishly tried bi-partisianship with greedy Rupublican obstructionists. Our nation is in big trouble. Thanks "W".

    May 1, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. darrent123

    The Party of No. Need I say more...

    May 1, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Peter

    Did this guy just pop into the world? What a short memory. Does he not remember that the economy tanked BEFORE Obama took office? Does he not remember that the bailouts were a policy started by Republicans in the Bush administration? He asks if we are better off today than 4 years ago. Of course not! 4 years ago, Bush's policies hadn't tanked the economy yet. Ask this quesiton instead: Are we better off today than when Bush was in office?. The answer to that is a resounding YES. Obama is doing a pretty amazing job bringing us back quickly from the disastrous effects of decades of Republican misguided policies, and this guy really expects us to want the Republicans in charge, again? You'd have to be an idiot.

    May 1, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Texas Granny

    We gave the Republicans 8 years to make things better & all it did was get worse every single year. So who is this yahoo to think the GOP sudenly has all the answers. You had your chance....

    May 1, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Republican leadership is a joke.

    May 1, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Matt

    I read this whole speech – that makes me like people who survived the Holocaust! Hoekstra has basically turned into a joke. I'm also amused that he omitted the fact that Michigan's job problems are the result of his party's corporate masters shipping every job they can to Mexico. Apparently, that's somehow the result of government spending.

    May 1, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Whatever

    It is at no surprise that the republipoos will try to put blame on President Obama. First and foremost it was the Republipoos whom got Americans in this debt; it was Republipoos Governed states whom stated they were NOT accepting stimulus funds to help their states recoop, build, and create jobs, it was the republipoos whom stated that if you lower taxes on the rich and give forgien trade companies large loophole incentives; the money will eventually trickle down to the unemployed and poor. It was under the republipoos government that allowed big mortage companies to give loans to people whom could not afford them, and it was under the republipoos to rage war on lies (which most of the government spending is going) STOP the war and bring our money back to the American people!

    May 1, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. paris patt

    O, Mr BIG MOUTH, Exactly what are those Smart< common sense solutions that the Republicans have offered???? Instead of saying what the democrats are trying to accomplish is wrong, GIVE the PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY SOME LEADERSHIP, AND SOME IDEAS THAT WILL WORK TO GET US OUT OF THE MESS YOU IDIOTS GOT US INTO!!!

    May 1, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. BK

    At least they are doing SOMETHING. I have yet to see Republicans do anything but disagree with existing plans. None of them give any alternatives that are better; they just slam what is being done.
    You don't like what is being done? Fine. Give us a better idea!

    May 1, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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