DJOU: “WE NEED MORE PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS, NOT MORE PUBLIC SECTOR PROGRAMS”
Washington, DC — Congressman Charles K. Djou (HI-01) spoke several times today on the need for the majority in Congress and the Administration to focus on jobs. At a press conference in the morning, Congressman Djou made the following statement:
“Good morning, I just went through and in front of the judgment of the voters two months ago, back in my district of Hawaii. The voters understand, as the American people understand, we need more private sector jobs, not more public sector programs. The U.S. Congress today is spending too much money on programs that do not work, with no plan to pay it back.
“What I understand, and what the Republican Conference understands, is that every single dollar the government spends comes from a family. And right now the majority is leading us down a path of fiscal irresponsibility and compounding it by refusing to pass a budget.”
Congressman Djou also took to the floor of the U.S. House to advocate for fiscal responsibility and tax relief for working families and small businesses:
“Mr. Speaker, the American people expect Congress to act responsibly and to be trustworthy. But how can this happen when this Congress has no plan?
“No plan for a budget. No plan to create jobs. No plan to turn around our economy other than to spend, spend, and spend some more of the people’s money.
“We spent more than a trillion dollars to ‘create jobs,’ but as of yet our unemployment rate still languishes at over 9.5%. Our nation is plagued with debt and not creating a budget further amplifies the problem.
“Mr. Speaker, we are spending too much money. Even worse, we are spending too much money on programs that do not work. And even worse than that, we have no plan to pay any of this money back. This problem is further compounded by this House’s refusal to pass a budget.
“It’s time to cut spending and enact real, meaningful tax relief and put more money in the hands of the American people.”
While the Administration continues to claim that the stimulus has worked, the reality is that 2.35 million net jobs nationwide and nearly 4,734 net jobs in Hawaii have been lost since the stimulus was enacted.