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Saturday, August 21, 2010
Djou’s Statehood Day speech splashes across national media
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 8010 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Bloomberg: In the Republican address, Hawaii Representative Charles Djou urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow a vote on $1.3 trillion in spending cuts identified by Republicans, such as an end to the economic stimulus program and a freeze of federal salaries and hiring…“Even if the powers-that-be in Washington do not support less government and less spending, they should at least provide those of us who do with a chance to give the American people the common-sense fiscal discipline they are demanding,” he said. Republicans have stepped up their criticism of federal spending as the budget deficit has risen; it is projected to be $1.34 trillion this fiscal year and the national debt will grow to $10 trillion next year, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Wall Street Journal: Meanwhile, in the Republican weekly address, Rep. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii) attacked the Obama administration on the deficit, arguing that the president's team is focused too much on spending and job-killing tax hikes. "The current administration in Washington told us that borrowing and spending billions would create jobs 'immediately' and keep unemployment from exceeding eight percent," he said. "They were wrong. Instead, we've lost millions of jobs and unemployment remains near 10 percent." Mr. Djou said the deficit won't be fixed until spending stops and the economy grows and that won't happen if the White House raises taxes on families and small businesses. "It's time to change direction. It's time to listen," Mr. Djou said.

Associated Press: Republicans devoted their weekly address to accusing Democrats of out-of-control spending and taxing, arguing in favor of slashing government expenditures instead. "If we keep spending too much, borrowing too much and taxing too much — if we keep doing the same things, we're going to get the same dismal results," said Rep. Charles Djou, R-Hawaii. "It's time to change direction. It's time to listen."

Politico: Republicans countered Obama’s message by touting their “America Speaks Out” initiative, in which Republican members of Congress held town meetings with constituents nationwide throughout August. “As part of this national conversation, Republicans have proposed better solutions to provide the fiscal discipline economists say is needed to get Americans working again,” said Rep. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii) in the Republican Weekly Address on Saturday. Djou called on Democrats to take action on $1.3 trillion in Republican-proposed spending cuts, which include proposals to cancel unspent stimulus funds — and Troubled Asset Relief Program bailout money — as well as a freeze on government pay and hiring. “These common-sense proposals recognize that what our economy needs is more private sector jobs, not more public sector programs,” Djou said.

New York Times: In similar form, Representative Charles Djou, Republican of Hawaii, took Democrats to task for ignoring the minority’s pleas and proposals to reduce the federal deficit. Mr. Djou called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to consider the Republicans’ plan to use unspent stimulus money to close the spending gap and to extend the Bush-era tax cuts. “If we keep spending too much, borrowing too much, and taxing too much – if we keep doing the same things, we’re going to get the same dismal results. It’s time to change direction,” he said. “These are steps we can take right now to demonstrate to taxpayers at home and allies abroad that America is serious about getting its fiscal house in order.”

Voice of America: In the Republicans' weekly address, Congressman Charles Djou said the government should cut spending in order to reduce the need to borrow funds or raise taxes. He said continuing to spend too much will only produce what he called "the same dismal results."

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