WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Charles Djou, R-Hawaii, delivered the weekly Republican radio and Internet address on Saturday, Aug. 21, in which he called for Democrats to change their fiscal policies and called for a $1.3 trillion in GOP-backed spending cuts, including freezing government hiring and salaries and rescinding unspent stimulus funds.
“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,” said Djou. “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.”
Djou said the stimulus increased government debt without decreasing unemployment.
“The current administration in Washington told us that borrowing and spending billions would create jobs immediately and keep unemployment from exceeding 8 percent. They were wrong. Instead, we’ve lost millions of jobs and unemployment remains near 10 percent.”
Djou recorded on Thursday the weekly Republican radio address to the nation. For the first time in American history, both the President’s radio address and the opposition party’s radio address were delivered by individuals raised in Hawaii.
Congressman Djou is the first Republican from Hawaii ever to deliver the national weekly radio address. Every Saturday, the President of the United States delivers a national radio address.
President Obama’s weekly addresses are available here: http://wwwwhitehouse.gov/briefing-room/weekly-address/.It is customary for the opposition party to offer a response.
This year, for the first time in Hawaii and American history, both addresses will be delivered by citizens raised in Hawaii. President Obama and Congressman Charles Djou both attended Punahou School.
Link to the video here: