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we are not buying national investments for future generations. no, what we are buying is serfdom. what so many in the establishment do not get over this fight in the extension of the debt ceiling is not just about debt. it is not just about spending cuts. it is not just about confidence in our bonds and our debt. it is about the size of government and the role of government in our society and our lives, the same applies to the states, by the way, and it's hard to imagine some states are doing even worse than the federal government, and some states are doing much better. as utah's governor, i cut taxes across the board which amounted to the largest tack cut in my state's history, and what has been the result of this and other policies that we undertook?
utah's economy expanded three and a half times faster than the united states as a whole and faster than 48 other states. the pew center named utah as the best managed state in the nation. foshes called utah the number one state in the country for business, the number one state for debt management, one of three states to maintain its aaa rating. progress is possible. i came today not to give a political speech, but simply to introduce myself and my family. if the faith and freedom coalition were to understand one political thing about me and the state i served it would be this: utah had some of the greatest people in the nation. in utah, people know the difference between freedom and serfdom. the surfing of high debt and the toll these take on our liberty, economy, and our lives, and
that, ladies and gentlemen, i believe will be the essence of the election in 2012. since i've spoken of ronald reagan today already, let me close about one more thought about that great man. in this year marking the centennial of his birth, america finds itself at a cross roads bringing to mind the famous speech support k bair goldwater's presidential candidacy. the time of that speech was "a time for choosing". this too is a time for choosing. this is a moment when we will choose whether we are to become a declining power in the world eaten from within, or a nation that regains its economic health and maintains its long loved liberties. ladies and gentlemen, this is not just a time for choosing new leaders. this is the hour when we choose
our future. thank you so very much for having me here. [applause] ♪ ♪ ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the president of the iowa faith and freedom coalition, steve shefler. [applause] >> good morning. it is a deep honor to introdoes our next speaker, a young man i first met in 2008 after being
elected to the republican national committee. since that time, my respect for him has grown day by day. his leadership has breathed fresh air into the ability of the republican national committee to coordinate voter turn out to replace the socialist agenda of the obama administration with our freedom loving constitutional base republican president. because i saw these unusual leadership abilities in him, i supported reince early on in the committee. he's a grass roots volunteer at 16 years of age and worked as a republican conservative act vision for over 20 years. in 2007, he was the youngest person ever legislated as chairman of the wisconsin republican party. during that period, he led the party to a historic victory in the 2010 election defeating left wing liberal senator, russ
feingold with tea party candidate ron johnson. in addition to his leadership, they picked up two congressional seats, picked up the wisconsin senate knocking off the leader of the wisconsin senate, picking up the wisconsin house, and in the process knocking off the speaker of the house. in 2010, he was elected as chairman of the republican national committee where he has worked tirelessly preparing the party to defeat president obama in 2012 and make him a one-term president. please welcome to the stage my friend and the chairman of the republican national committee, reince priebus. which[applause] ♪ >> well, thank you very much. thank you for that warm welcome, and i've got to tell you, it is an honor for me to be here, and
i consider it an absolute blessing to be invited here. it's true. steve got it right. my name is really reince priebus, and i know it's a bizarre name. i promise you, i'm as normal as they come. to prove that, my son's name is jack, daughter's grace, and my wife is sally and my sister is marie. i got reince. that's what happens when a greek and a german marry. you get my name. [laughter] i want to thank the faith and freedom coalition for that kind introduction. he's been fighting in iowa for the values that unite all of us of all states, integrity and government, high miranda moral values, and respect for constitutional authority. i want to also thank ralph reed,
a good friend of mine, a prodigy of the conservative movement in america. he's lent immeasurable voice and vision to the values that underlie the republican party, the values that make america, america. he's distinguished himself as a true guardian of freedom, faith, and family, and as a foundation of our country, so i ask you to join me in thanking ralph reed for his compassion, courage, and his commitment to the causes that bring us all together today. thank you, ralph. [applause] now, more than ever, our faith is fundamental to addressing the challenges that lie before us on matters of the sanctity of life,
we understand that protecting the unborn is not merely a political issue. it's a miranda rule issue, and our faith tell us that we have a moral obligation to give a voice to the voiceless. [applause] on matters of family, we understand that the fight to preserve and protect the sacred institution of marriage is not just a political issue; it's a miranda rule -- moral issue, and our faith tells us that we have a moral obligation to defend marriage as a sacred union between one man and one woman. [applause] on matters of foreign policy, we understand it's standing by our democratic allies are not merely a political issue, but it's a moral issue. [applause] israel today, israel today, a
friend and beacon to a free society in the middle east has been abandoned by this president pressured to accept the unacceptable with regard to borders and hostile regional enemies, and our faith tells us that we have a moral only gracious to -- obligation to stand by our neighbors, not desert them in times of need. [cheers and applause] above all, above all, i believe that the greatest moral measure of moral leadership comes down to one simple, but substantial question. do we leave our children and our grandchildren an america that is freer, stronger, and more prosperous than we found it? are they better off than we are? the answer to this question, unfortunately today, is no.
for the first time in a long time, more americans believe that the next generation, your chirp, my children, our grandchildren, will be worse off than we were at their age. there are many threats to our freedoms in the world today, all worthy of a fight. foremost, above all of that, i would say come down to three things as outlined by paul ripe in his pathway to prosperity. number one, a government that loses its sovereignty to its bondholders cannot possibly garp tee freedom -- guarantee freedom or prosperity for anybody. [applause] a government that buries the next generation, our kids, in an avalanche of debt cannot claim
vees taj and a government that stive stive les growth with taxation and regulation cannot complete an economic climate for expansion. [applause] indeed, i believe that a culture of complacency has settled in around washington, d.c.. too many leaders are content doing not what is right, but what is easy. they lack the will, the capacity, the courage to make the hard decisions today that will put the country back on a path to prosperity tomorrow. these are times of great consequence. if we do nothing, if we are come place sent, we are come police sit in perilling freedom and
opportunity for prosperity for the next generation. the fight to return of sovereignty is fundamental to freedom, and when i listen to this president and harry reid and nancy pelosi, i do not see leaders gearing up for a fight. i see leaders running away from their obligation to this country, to the people of this country. you know, my son the other day, his 6-year-old little guy, very cute, follow-upny, very talkative. he said to me, daddy? are you president obama's worst enemy? [laughter] i know, a pundit in the making. the truth is, of course, no. i think we know that he's a gifted politician. there's no doubt about it, but you know and i know that good politics do not inherently create good policies.
good speeches do not create good jobs, and winning debates, winning the speech award doesn't mean you're winning the follow threw award, and that certainly doesn't mean you're wiping the future -- winning the future. [applause] this president's legacy is going to be a legacy of failed leadership. does it feel like we're in the midst of an economic recovery? does it feel like we're better off today than we were three years ago? does it feel like we're winning the future? no, we're losing the future. we're falling behind. we're leaving our children and grandchildren a destiny of debt and a future of uncertainty. confronting that reality and acting with principle and purpose to change it is one of the great moral callings of our time. [cheers and applause] don't be afraid to see what you
see is what president reagan told us. well, i see a president who said that america needs to live within its means. he said we need to reduce the deficit and address the debt ceiling. he said we need to reduce wasteful spending in washington. the president says and the president says and the president says, but this is what we've seen. we've seen a government on his watch, nobody else's; he's the president, that borrows $4.5 billion a day every day just to pay its bills. you heard the ambassador talk about the fact we borrow 43 cents on every dollar to pay our bills, but i told you about my little guy, jack, whose who's
six. on the trajectory charted on this country, when my son is my age, we will spend 42 cents on every dollar made in america to run the federal government, 42 cents on every dollar to run the federal government. as ewe know, the last two years nondefense discretionary spending rose, the past two years, tough economic times, that spending rose 25% on this president's watch, and if we do nothing, by 2040, our our debt will equal twice the size of our entire economy, so, ladies and gentlemen, that is the economic definition of bankruptcy, the greatest nation on the face of the earth, and here we are talking about bankruptcy and
going broke, and at the end of the day, a country and an economy that is controlled by china cannot compete with china. [applause] on his watch, on his watch, this is happening to our country, and perpetwall lie raising the debt ceiling is not the solution to the problem. i don't think the president needs a blank check or a credit card without a credit card limit because the day will come, the day will come when that ceiling collapses, and with it will fall the foundation of the american dream, our economy, our economy was not built on blank checks. our economy was built on ingenuity, hard work, and sacrifice. [cheers and applause] it was built on the backs of
americans who go to work every day and americans who came together to make america great. this president seems to think that hope is the solution. hope is a sound bite, and let's dpais it, hope is not hiring in america today. [applause] this is an irresponsible and unsustainable economic course that this president has put us on, and he is putting freedom in peril. we are in a battle, ladies and gentlemen, we are in a battle for freedom for america. this is the same battle of freedom that founded our country. this is the same battle of freedom that james madison reaffirmed in the bill of rights, the same battle of freedom that founded the party, and here we are today in 2012 in
a battle for freedom in this election. we are in a battle for opportunity, a battle about america that we want to leave our kids and our grand kids, so the question remains. do we want to be a country that leads, or do we want to be a country that follows? do we want to be a country of makers, or do we want to be a country of takers? do we want to have a country with more people riding the wagon, or do we want to have a country of more people driving the wagon? this is a battle for freedom that we're engaged in, and we must win this battle. we must win this battle for the future of our country, and right now, the president's advisers are charting a course for the first billion dollar campaign for president, and i happen to believe that he's going to need
more than a billion dollars to wipe the election unless he's serious about jobs, the economy, debt, and the deficits in this country that are crushing our ability to lead. [applause] now, all of you have been a tremendous help to the conservative movement in this country. i know that you have completed over 50 million voter contacts in 2010. you've made a difference in over 6 # congressional -- 62 congressional districts across this country, and i see the faces of committed conservatives who will implement an unprecedented voter registration and voter education program throughout this country. i'm here to tell you that we want to partner with you. we want to work side by side with you to win this battle of freedom. i will tell you right now, the republican party is not in
competition with the conservative move. . the republican party is part of the conservative movement, and we will continue together in 2012 in the conservative movement to save our country, and i want you to know -- [applause] i want you to know that i promise you on my life i did not run for chairman of this party for some title or to be able to give a speech or to run around the country. i promise you that's not what motivates you, and i know that none of you are here for the same reason. you are not here because you are worried about the future of the republican party, and i say the same thing to when i speak to groups within the republican party too, that we're not together because we're concerned about the party. i ran for chairman. you're here today because you are concerned about the future of the country that we love. that's why we do what we do.
[cheers and applause] i believe like you that our country's in trouble. this suspect about the republican party, not at all. it's not about the republicans, not about the democrats anymore. this is a different kind of election. we've all heard speeches about this is the most important election of our lifetime, but this president has been a disaster to our economy. he's been a disaster and a threat to freedom in our country, and he must be defeated in 2012, and i will tell you that i am here for one reason. i am here for one reason, and that's to make barak obama a one-term president in this country. [cheers and applause] [applause]
i want to close by reaffirming the way i started. the truism that our faith in being fundamental to addressing the challenges that lie before us, i believe as you do that the strength of america, the true greatness of america is rooted in the faith upon which our country was founded. our faith, our faith is the foundation that unites us. we have opportunity to turn to our faith in time of convenience, but faith in our god and faith in our savior as we all know is not a convenience. it's the fop dation of a -- foundation of a good life, and faith, and in faith, there's wisdom. in faith, there's power, and in
faith, there is courage, courage to do what's right. in these trying times, i think we'd all be well served to come to our faith as we confront the challenges that lie ahead. listen, all of us, every one of us in this room, everybody, the cameramen in the back, the roars, everybody that can hear this, we've all been blessed in different ways in our lives. we are blessed to be here in this awesome country. [applause] what i've talkedded about is not a political -- what i've talked about is not a political case against this president. i talked to you about an economic case against this president. he has to be defeated for the future of this country, the country that we love, so while all of us might have different opinions on different subjects, and we may not agree on everything, and we've all been
blessed differently, we are all united in the fact that we love our country and that we're here today to start the business of saving the america, the beacon of hope that we all love so dearly, so with that, i thank you, and i look forward to working with you over the next year and a half. god bless you. [cheers and applause] thank you. ♪ [applause] ♪ [inaudible conversations] >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome one the america's
leading concern from the "wall street journal" john -- [inaudible] [applause] >> thank you. during the revolution, they wrote about the difference between patriots and sunshine soldiers and summer patriots. you are the true pay tree yachts, the fact you are here on a summer weekend means your dedicated to this cause, and this cause is america's future, the country is in peril, moral values under assault, rule of law is in jeopardy, and our economy is continuing to sink, but we have been this way before, and my message to you today is to take you back and describe to you exactly how you and people just like you manage to rescue this country before and why it's possible for us to
win. you know, there are many ronald reagan stories, but here's one i don't think you've heard before. in the spring of 1977 after ronald reagan lost the republican them nation, he had a reunion of his aids and staffers in california, and it was a depressed gathering. the democrats won two it one majorities in both houses of congress. the future looked bleak, reagan was full of optimism quoting the old scottish poet saying i am beaten, but not blind. he said the following. i know the conditions look bleak, but let me describe to you why i not only think we can win, but will win. he said, conservatives lose when one of two things happens, and lose when two things happen at the same time which is the people we entrusted with leadership violate our principles, go back on what they promised the american people,
and the liberals are smart enough to run someone who will pretend to be a moderate. that's what jimmy carter remitted. he said, he can't run as a moderate. they will not let him. the leadership of his congress in washington and the people who pay the bills of the democratic party, the labor unions will not let him. he will govern from the left. if so, we know he'll fail. that's why we believe in the constitution and moral values and free enterprise. we know he will fail. if he fails, people notice. if they notice, they will become concerned, get upset. they may form groups and have protests in the streets, and if they notice and they ban together, we will have an opportunity to have a conversation with the american people so if we return to our old principles, if we return to the moral values that made us great, if we reconnect with the
grass roots and tell them we've learned from the mistakes of the past and will not repeat the mistakes again, this time we will mean what we say and stand for what we believe in, then we can win, and was reagan right? you better believe it. two years within that speech, carter brought us 21% interest, 10% unemployment, the iranian hostage crisis, the march around the world, and the collapse of the country's moral fiber. reagan went around the country with one of the best campaign pitches i've ever heard. he said, you know, a recession is when your neighbor loses his or her job. a depression is when you lose your job, and recovery is when carter loses his job. [applause] i think we're going to hear a variation on that theme again in 2012 the the story is not over
yet. reagan swept into office carrying 44 states with a republican senate. history repeats itself. sixteen years after reagan's speech came 1992, and, of course, what had happened? a president in office who violated the basic campaign principle, george hw bush and the no new taxes pledge. remember that? that was thrown away. the economy was sluggish, and a very smooth talking snake oil salesman named bill clinton ran around the country campaigning as a moderate, and he won because ross perot split the movement and carried 21% of the vote, and, of course, we can forgive the american people. they did not realize his trade table was not in the full upright and locked position. [laughter] george hw bush lost to bill
clinton, and ronald reagan who had not yet been fell to the alzheimer's had one final reunion with his staff. he met with them, and he reminded them of the speech he gave 16 years before saying, you know, every 16 years every generation, the american people forget what it's like in liberals have a majority in both houses of congress and they have the white house. they are about to be reminded again. bill clinton got elected, the democrats are in charge in congress saying they will govern from the middle, and i'll repeat here what i said 16 years before. they cannot govern from the middle, but from the left. ..
and the american people noticed and went out and protested and went to the polls that november 1994 and you know what happened then. he might've been a part of that. well, here we are 16 years later and you know where? has happened all over again. 16 years of 1976 to 1982. barack obama got to let the campaigning as a moderate. the democrats in congress. we learn from our mistakes. we'll govern responsibly. how is that working out for us? now, the 2010 election put a holding action with the republican house at least damage is limited. we are seeing the damage every day. this morning we heard only
54,000 jobs created last month was a 200,000 jobs necessary to keep pace with the growth of the labor force. unemployment at 29.1%. i will tell you i talk to to democratic strategists this morning and they said all over washington you hear democrats say my lord, we're going to have to be on the ballot with this guy. i believe barack obama has two choices. he can either pursue the agenda of the last two years comeau just create economic uncertainty, for his job creators of the capital emergence. they don't create jobs because they're worried about regulations and the health care problems in taxes coming down the road and the regulations. or he can shift to a more responsibly fiscally conservative path. i know which path he wants to take it whether or not he takes the right path with the wrong path, i believe we have a chance, just like we have in
1876 when ronald reagan reminded us that johnny carter would be like in 1993 would bill clinton would be like. we have a chance to reconnect with the american people the csa made mistakes in the past come of that we've them. this time were going to get it done right. i will leave you with this -- [applause] sometime in the future, you are going to meet with your children or grandchildren and they will ask you, what did you do in 2011 and 2012? and they believe you'll be able to say, you know, i was one of the great and the peachtree at. we stood against socialism, stood against government and the nationalization of health care. we stood against erosion of moral values and we kept america free. that is your charge. i know you're out to it. your parents and grandparents did it with jimmy carter. he may have done it with bill
clinton. we can do with barack obama. thank you very much. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the chairman of the national public and congressional committee, congressman pete atkins from texas. [applause] >> thank you very much. a hearty welcome to each and everyone of you who have not only come to washington to work for a drug so -- [laughter] to dive right into what is now not just the new majority, but a new way of thinking here in washington d.c. i'm delighted that you're here. i'm aware we have not only a large group of college students, activists who are in our campuses, who are prepared to go and ensure that barack obama is one president. but perhaps more importantly,
each of you here are conservatives who are ready to fight not only with her freedom, but you know what we can do together by working together ultimately can be picked three, not only has the with the 87 new freshmen in the house, but the united states citizen we can we can win a majority in and the united states presidency. today what i'd like to do is talk about several things, which i believe are important for us to remember. i have always believed that it's important for us to tell our story. it is very important for us to understand that today the marketplace is full, full of misconceptions not just about republicans, but actually where our country is. today we have a debt of $14.3 trillion. that we have in this country exceeds our gdp for the first
time. we're going to raise the debt ceiling and it will give republicans an opportunity to fight for reducing spending. but spending has been increased 84% in the last two years. 14 million people of americans are unemployed today and there were, as you know, only 54,000 jobs added in the may unemployment report with unemployment increasing to 9.1%. all of this the american people got a chance to see at the last election firsthand. and this is why republicans and conservatives in tea party people who are conservatives also, but within it t. into themselves gathered together to say that nancy pelosi and the way she and barack obama and harry reid were running the
country was unacceptable, not only to washington, but our country. and that is why republicans said we are going to among other things read the bills. we are going to have -- [applause] we are going to have members of congress who understand both the bills fire and come back home and sell those to the american people and listen -- listen to the direction we believe the american people want. republicans understand that the 10th amendment is about the opportunity for local communities and states to make as many decisions that they can with the belief that better answers for people come and local people make decisions rather than washington d.c. we understood and sold, i believe very effectively, that we were headed down a pathway
that was not only more government and what i believe is socialism, but that we were faced with an opportunity to go and sell the free enterprise system. the opportunity for americans to not only be participatory and what they did, but as a philosophy to understand that if people can make their own decisions closer to themselves, they can be responsible for that success. the free enterprise system is about entrepreneurship. it is about self-reliance and perhaps more importantly about american exceptionalism. american exceptionalism, free enterprise and the opportunity for us to grow to create a price system is that fat clue what i believe and do not believe what has made our country successful. now more than ever -- thank you.
now more than ever, i believe republicans and conservatives and those of you here today need to remember that the will to win means that we cannot take the past and allow it to continue into the future, but we are going to have to be engaged fully. but our engagement is going to have it be in areas and opportunities to where we go and make the american people understand what the problem really is. it is not just socialism. it is not just big government. it can be the demise of the american culture and way of life. whether we are talking about social security, medicare, medicaid, debt, spending, foreign policy, the republican
party, conservatives in washington under the leadership of the john boehner are leading the way is with ideas that we would like for you to sell. yes, we listened to do and we are listening in terms of how we go about not only fell in the problem, but how we work with you and realistic answers. i would like to take just a minute and gave you a more graphic understanding of what i mean. only 31% of likely voters believe that the best days lie ahead for america. 53% believe america's greatest days are gone completely from our past. so, we have a choice. and our choice, i believe needs to be that we need to frame the issue and tell america actually where we are and that if we will
choose by choice the free enterprise system, that same system which you and i grew up in comment that i dedicated my first 16 years of private-sector experience without missing a day of work, that that is a future that we can have them hauled and bring back people's ideas about america not only having a competitive advantage, but more importantly, we can begin to believe in the dream. so, how many of you have heard of the resilient during? how about the switzerland dream? well, the facts of the case are the world has not either. it is the american dream. [cheers and applause] it is the american dream of the
satisfaction that comes from entrepreneurship and hard work and individuals. about yourself, a chance for you to exhibit yourself and such a way that your eighth and freedom together means that our country has a bright future. ladies and gentlemen, i want you to know you've taken time to come to washington to hear not only the latest in relation about where we are and we were going, i need you to engage in and help us sell the site. the site takes place at home in dallas, texas ramtron, we have lost our own communities. we have grown accustomed to selling what were doing him what the problem is and what the answer is in our own churches, in our own neighborhood, in our own areas.
i want to challenge you today, please, please take what you are learning here today and take that back home and lets open ourselves to others. there is a reason why. as hard as we thought this last election, there will be one third more voters that will turn out this election cycle. at a time without we've made all the calls and evolve our neighbors this last cycle, we still have the need to reach out and do even more work. our goals are your goals and that is we must retain a republican majority in the house. we must win a republican majority in the senate and we must make iraq obama a one term president and we must end up in a direction to where conservatives have won the
marketplace answers and that is very simple, that we keep lee believe in american exceptionalism that we will not dip our flag nor yield ourselves to any other country that wants to take our jobs, our children's future for the opportunity you for the best answer to be there with a country stands for freedom, free enterprise and more importantly, faith and freedom together. a thank you for allowing me to be here with you. i urge you to take the story you have heard here, to go back and help us sell the site. thank you and god bless each and everyone of you. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back to the stage the executive drag her of the faith and coalition, mr. kerry mark.
>> i have two important announcements i want to share first. we are just here for amazing speeches and a phenomenal lineup that we've heard the same. we are here to learn the basic blocking and tackling that is needed to beat the left in 2012. we are going to be vetted our breakout session this afternoon. our workshop starts at 2:00. we have phenomenal speakers that are here that are going to teach you how to beat the left. make sure you are a part of those. secondly, we have a limited number of gaelic tickets still available. we are going to sell out. we have a few more for saturday evening at 7:00 with herman cain, the terminator. we're going to have a great time if you want to get those tickets come and make sure you get this purchase today. there's a few left. now, it is an honor to introduce majority leader cantor, not only
as a fellow conservative, but as one of his constituents. virginia has been blessed with great leaders in our history from james madison to patrick henry. however, we've never had a virginia and served as leader. and quickly, leader cantor has become one of the brightest conservative voices of his generation. majority leader cantor has worked tirelessly to build a republican majority in congress, to battle the obama agenda and restore america's fiscal house. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome a true conservative in the house of representatives and my congressman, majority leader eric cantor. [cheers and applause] ♪ >> thank you. thank you very much. thanks for that warm welcome and
for the opportunity to be here today to address the faith and freedom coalition conference. you are terrific. we need more and more activity on your part, so thank you for being here. i want to especially thank ralph reid and his entire team for making all of this had been for this incredible event a success. and frankly, and standing up for the greatness of america for this time. [applause] you and the faith and freedom coalition to leave in america and so do i. you know, it is our shared focus, our faith, family and personal responsibility that is the core of who we are as americans and what we've got to rely on now to get our nation back on track. you know, we in america have a
rich history of standing tall in tough times and we go that extra mile to propel ourselves forward when we need to. whether it was the american revolution, the industrial revolution or the internet revolution, we have the unique ability to apply creativity, intellect and leadership to solve any problem. and now, we face new obstacles as our country finds itself at a crossroads. and before i is a choice. believe me, it's a choice of who we want to be as a country. do we want a future with more taxes and more government? no, you are right. or do we want to see more growth and more jobs? we saw the former urban
democrat-controlled washington and active for nearly trillion dollars stimulus program, which drove up our attack and failed to get people back to work. it took a sweeping republican elect drillbit jury to stop president obama, to stop harry reid and stopped nancy pelosi from imposing one of the largest increases in taxes in american history. [cheers and applause] now, as the summer of 2011 approaches, far too many of our families, neighbors and friends are still out of work. to be strong, to lead and to grow, we've got to empower people with back to get washington out of the way. [applause] and that's why house republicans promised to focus on jobs from the very beginning.
from day one, we have said it is empowering people, empowering small businesses in order to get our economy growing. and beginning in january, we attempted a two prong strategy called cut and grow. we've come together to demand first of all the washington tightened its belt and stop spending money at this and have. [applause] because why not? america's families are having to do that. they are having to meet around their kitchen tables every month to see how to make ends meet. but what about washington? the fact is the government wages and benefits now out pays the other and large amounts of mrs. got to stop. so we republicans have come together with a plan. i know my friend paul ryan is
here here or will be in his book forward a budget with the budget committee. and we've got that plan to put our fiscal house back in order, including a plan to save medicare for the future. [applause] but sadly, while the president and democrats in congress demagogue her proposal, they have no plan. they seem content to pursue government rationing of health care while our safety net programs are predicted to go into bankruptcy by the trustees who ran the program as well as the congressional budget office. the house republicans are committed to leaving. but we also know that spending cuts allowed aren't enough to address the debt crisis. they aren't enough to put people back to work. we must grow the american economy. on last week we unveiled our plan for america's job creators because i'm not plan we show
that we believe growth policies designed to help small businesses, entrepreneurs and investors is the key. not washington, to getting people back to work. [applause] now, then it's truly the only way we're going to get to for higher sign back in the window of main street. it's not by waving a wand here and watching it. it is about getting the entrepreneurs, the hard-working people of this country back into the game and creating an environment for that to happen. now, because really if you think about it, it's the families. it's a small businesses. it's the working men and women in our country that are at the heart and soul of what makes our economic engine code. and washington has got to get out of the way. just look at the job numbers
today. just look at it. the president and his party have abdicated their leadership and i'm here to tell you that house republicans will not. we will stand with the peep hole. [applause] now, talking about leadership, i am proud to stand before you today to say that we have the most pro-life, profamily house majority in history. [cheers and applause] and thanks to your help, we are going to continue to defend and protect these important valleys throughout this congress. since january, we have at it to repeal obamacare, including its federal subsidies of abortion. in addition, in addition, every single member of the public
in-house, every single republican in the house voted in favor of a permanent ban on cabinet funding of abortion. [applause] and we're not done. and that's what we need your help. we need your help to continue to fight for life, for if they inform families because fighting for america in clue putting first these values, these core principles on which our nation was founded. and fighting for america also in clute standing by our allies. and with those across the world who share our values, central to america's safety and security here and now and in the tough region of the middle east and is
central to our interests words in the future is israel. [cheers and applause] now, prime minister benjamin netanyahu spoke to a joint site are of congress where he made an impassioned plea for israel a country in and its neighbors. they say there is that the lemma. there is a plan that that israel faces. i want to tell you a story that i think illustrates that toma bats. a palestinian woman from guys that are bad soroka hospital metonymy bershad and in the desert of israel. she goes there for life-saving skin treatments for burns all over her body. after the conclusion of her extensive treatment, the woman is invited back for a follow-up visit studio patient clinic.
the one day, she is caught at the border crossing wearing a suicide belt. her intention, to blow herself up at the same benefits saved her life. now, you've got to ask what type of culture leads one to do that. and sadly, it is a culture filled with resentment and hatred. it is that cultures that underlies the palestinians and the broader arab world's refusal to accept israel's right to exist as a jewish state. and this is the root of the conflict between israel and the palestinians is not about the 1967 line. [cheers and applause] and until israel's enemies come to terms with this reality, a
true peace in the middle east would be impossible. so standing together with those who share our values is critical to a better future. america must continue to stand tall on the god-given right and principle of liberty and freedom. [applause] and to protect back, to protect that we must recommit ourselves every day through strength and prayer to promote leadership, to abide by our faith and family and make sure that we remember that those are the things that tie us together as a nation. those are the very essence of what makes it the fabric of our country. that is the strength of america that is what will allow america
to lead this world to a brighter future. [cheers and applause] we have much more work to do. we have a lot to look forward to. and i know that you are committed because they now is the time to start and this is the place to begin. so thank you. thank you first-inning talk to those values. thank you. god bless you and god bless the united states of america. [applause] ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome from the lone star
state, congressmen were recovered from texas. [applause] >> all right. it's good to be here. good to be in america, right clicks not necessarily washington d.c. but i'm one of those who believe god has a way of preparing us for things that are coming in a feature we don't really know are out there. when i was elected to the district judge in texas and we had a fantastic huge number of defendants, silence or alleged felons that were out on bond, one guy had 20 years he'd been waiting. i was going to move in through so at every hearing and just that one case after another. i called them up, called the defendant's name. are you the defendant? yes, your honor. you understand a trial date is such and such a date? then we move onto the next one. i was running through this pretty fast. the employer and defendant.
i said the defendant and his lawyer said the judge, my client is so we are going to need an interpreter for the trial. they said that's fine. we'll have an interpreter for the tryout goodwill have one for future hearings. today i've got to do is make sure he knows when his trial date in kindness. i looked him in the eye and said can you read my lips? he looks me in the eye and went -- last night now, that was good practice for washington. people will look you in the eye and just lie to you. i didn't know that was preparation for washington all those years ago, but it was. then we get here and we have a president that says about for example, if you like your help here, you can keep it. wrong. if you like your.or, you can keep it. wrong. they kept snubbing.
a year ago, this administration budget with israel's enemies to make them disclose all their nuclear weapons. we never voted against israelite god. that is outrageous and it was no surprise that a couple few weeks later the flotilla challenged the blockade. that is what happens when a nation's enemies at their strongest ally distancing itself from them. so that is when i started pushing, prepared a letter to pelosi and try to get a lot of democrats to. i got one, but i didn't have enough to make much difference. so i approached the speaker on the floors. we need the world to see that both sides of the i/o will stand up and applaud the prime minister of israel so they understand that we are their friend. she said that's that's a great idea. such a crowded time.
i had a letter with about 60 republicans who say to boehner, he came down the aisle and said friend minister, i've been working for a year to get you invited to be here, so don't screw this up. he said i'm not going to screw this up. i said don't forget the whole time you're talking, our national motto is above your head. in god we trust. he said a dirty thought about that. well, judges don't take about that. we've got a judge in texas that you can't use any divinity. it is outrageous. and in fact, we have people that are here to help set this thing out. people from family research council, people from the faith and freedom coalition. and i was invited with major friend steve king to come to iowa. we had a judge, not judges on the iowa supreme court that says any no-confidence case, there is
no evidence that from biology, nature, anywhere that a marriage between a man and woman is better than same. where did they learn biology? and they made it an end on bond decision. that means you don't know who wrote it. a lot of times that is so judges can cover for each other on appellate court. well, guess what. there were three up for retention election and due to the work of so many people with faith and freedom coalition, family research council people in iowa, steve king, those three were not retained. they are not around to make those goofy decisions. [applause] we were elected to the public servants. federal judges were pointed to be federal servants.
and for those ignorant out there in the federal judiciary, we need to have a better governor on bands than the senate has been. they need to ask them, are you aware of and franklin speech at the constitutional convention? and never leave you with this. this is just a part of it. you've heard it. i've lived a long time and the longer that the more convincing proofs i see of this truth. if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice is impossible. an empire kid draws. we've been assured in the secret grading that except the lord build the labor in vain. they firmly believe this. i also believe without his concurring aid we will succeed in our political building no better than the builders of babel.
banks for inviting me to come and to speak. last year i think i was the only press that ralph scott and some of the comments i made, but he's getting plenty of it and he had a great lineup of speakers. speaker boehner, kevin mccarthy, eric, failed leadership at the house and what's going on in washington today. i want to thank all of you for being here because had it not been for you all, we do not be in the majority house of representatives right now. we would not be as close as we are in the senate to take it over there. we are going to need you for a special time. at that time is going to be in november of 2012 because i'm telling you right now -- [applause] you know, i have people coming to me all the time thing you know, ben, i am praying for you.
i pray for you every morning or i pray for you every afternoon. and i am sure all of you pray for your leaders. i am telling you it is a time to go to two a days. one of days are good, but you need to go to two a days because what is coming up in november november 2012 is going to be the biggest thing to me that's happened in this country for a long time. and we've got to make a change on pennsylvania avenue because i'm afraid if we don't that we're not going to recognize the country do we have grown up in and have lived in and been so proud of because it's going to be different. and i think if you attack somebody, you know, in november of 08, to you think in two years we will to car companies clacks you know, do you think we would spend 800 million on a stimulus
plan that has yielded no jobs, actually cost jobs? do think we would've increased the debt ceiling by another $2 trillion come back less than a year later asking for another $2 trillion? do you think we would have gone against our best ally in the world, israel? now, i do think anybody would have believed this. and so, what has happened is that we have come into a new age that none of us are familiar with and we've got to do something to change that. and i am proud to have been a part of the candid recruitment that we did to get a visa of a, republican members. i was part of that. i was most proud of what we would go out and tacked to people about running for congress, we have people coming
in to tell lies the majority them, have been 90% that does. i don't really want to do this. but i feel like i have got to do it or if you like i've got to do it for children and grandchildren. i'm talking about grandmothers. i'm talking about grandfathers. i'm talking about business people that i'm talking about folks from every walk of life, 40 of them are at least half of them do not have any legislative experience. they got business experience. and so, they are able to take a real-life situations and make up common sense government. we don't really need any more new laws. we just need to make sure we enforce the ones that we have. [applause] now, but they say this.
speaker boehner in november, when he took over, the first meeting we had come to speaker boehner said this, that the white house refuses to read, were going to be. we're going to tell the american people the truth and that's what we've been doing. you know sometimes the truth is ugly. sometimes people don't like to hear the truth. but he said were going to tell the truth and that is what we've been doing to the american people. we've been trying to tell them the truth of our financial situation than what extremes. i don't know if extremes is a good word, what is going to have to be done to strengthen that out. i think we now have the courage in washington to do what we need to do. but i want to encourage you to stay involved. i want to thank ralph for doing us and all the attendant
qualities that have taken the time to come here because we need you. we need you to obfuscate elected and then we need you to hold us accountable when we are like. because some people get to washington -- [applause] some people get to washington and forget who they are. i tell new members come of the day before the election i want you to look in the mirror. i want you to see who was in that mirror. and the day after the election if you lose some look in the mirror, i hope you see the same person he did the day before. if you win, i hope you see the same person you did the day before. if you when you go to washington, but cannot mirror everyday to make sure you see the same person. when you see somebody different, go home. [applause] because you are refugees. i'm running over and i don't want ralph to come hear me off some of the just thank you for all you do.
i hope you continue to do it. god bless you. thank you very much. [applause] ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome a great conservative leader from virginia, state senator, steve martin. [applause] >> good afternoon, folks. as chairman of our nation's very first state in freedom coalition, it is my privilege to be here with you and it's great to see how many folks have turned out for this weekend. it is my privilege now to introduce george allen, our former governor from the state of virginia and u.s. senator. i'm very pleased to be able to do so. george allen arrived in virginia and the house of delegates in the early 80s as an original
modern-day conservative, limited government and insurgent. i joined him after the election of 1987. at that point they were only 34 republicans out of 100 not all are conservative. so we had to fight together. this site we knew we might lose the battle, but we had to set the stage for future successes. budget amendment cutting government as best we could. but then george allen was elected as our governor. as our governor uses up is to force the adoption of the real parental notification law, i adopted welfare reform with father had identification requirements, work requirement, the parasite appeared be abolished truth in sentencing, india and the revolving door approach to our criminal justice system. we could count on george allen for conservative, profamily,
limited government, free enterprise leadership and i am thrilled that george allen will be returning to the u.s. senate. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome governor george allen. [applause] is ♪ >> hello, hello. well, ladies and gentlemen, faithful freedom loving patriots, good afternoon. it is great to be with all of the well and a i am going to talk about aids and freedom in these great principles that go together. pursuant to thank senator steve martin for his very kind introduction and steady loyal friendship and through the several decades. in fact, i noticed that there now, but steve has been a true, trusted conservative leader of virginia and 70 of those efforts would not download as governor.
we had a democrat majority, but steve stood there strong for these ideas. he was essential in the welfare reform that we pass. but we passed the true parental notification bill where parents would be involved if they are young, unwed daddy was contemplating abortion, steve is just a great ally. in the senate what we are able to do was protect life as we did in virginia and make sure taxpayers for funding abortions in virginia, america or anywhere else in the world. we like our virginia values and bringing them to washington. the reason i'm so glad to be asked by ralph reid to speak to the faith and freedom conference here is perfect. i told ralph, this is the way i was raised and that will explain that war. he said earlier today he was looking at this conference as like an nfl minicamp paradise that great, perfect. i understand that because growing up in the allen family, our parents would impress upon
us on the importance of the four f's in life, family, faith, freedom and football. not necessarily in that order. however, were going to say how these really do apply. as far as in the football family, family does matter a great deal. it's the only constant, cohesive units in the coaching profession because he go from job to job in place to place in our parents would always tell the allen kids, there is nothing more important than family and that is so true. you learn some of those later in life if it didn't make sense when you're a kid may be. the concept and importance of faith is inculcated into allies with grace before every supper and purse before and after every game. i'm all for teens my father coach. my father had the first chaplain in the nfl, tom skinner. the concept of freedom was most impressed upon us by my mother
and in her way she would teach us the blessing of freedom. in times when we are moping around because my father has been fired or lost a game board of the stress was, my mother what i'll say gosh, it's not that bad. at least there's not homes following us. at least somebody is not shooting or windows because there's a light on. like many of you out, we still hear voices of our mothers and fathers still in their teachings and those teachings later in life have a great deal of meaning and become poignant. and my view of life was informed in a football family with sports in training camp said on the sidelines and flak for unread and sports myself in watching this going on in washington. watching what is going here in washington. my goodness, nothing to cheer about what decisions coming out of washington. a lot of this hits home and viewing america's future through the eyes of our children. just last year, my wife suzanne
and i watched her oldest daughter graduate from college and she started her career or at least hope to start her career finding a job. and it took a while for a lot of her friends as well. some had to move back home, which was a real tough thing for students after four years of independence. but she has found a job in many of her friends still haven't found job. so you look at it that way and then you hear people say well, you know, you people graduating from college these seers recognize still has diminished expectations. i'm thinking my goodness, this is america. in america, where only limited by imagination and ingenuity and diligence. as one of my motivations and people ask me why do you want to run for office again? there's many reasons i decided to get off the sidelines and fight for america's future.
these use of private have allowed me to spend more time with my wife and children commit to a meaningful memorable things that it allowed me to reflect, renew and resolve advanced ideas and reforms that are absolutely necessary to get our country back on track to become the land of opportunity for all. this is for future generations and it is a crucial time in the course of our history. we see an ascendant that every single vote counts whether it halterman stressed the by one foot on christmas eve what the stimulus spending are failing to rein in the unelected bureaucrat and epa, every vote counts. still though ms ctu, it is not an easy decision to run for public office. i did not like losing. i have learned though that sometimes you can learn more from the same thing you from winning. our father as was always taught to us that when you get down to get back at.
during my last campaign, and never should have said about the young man working for my opponent, calling him a name. he was just doing his job. i was wrong to do that to him and it diverted our campaign away from the real issues than they care about. speaking of families, my family had to endure tuk-tuks and insults because of my mistake and they never want to have them have to go through something like that again. now however, that campaign, because of the campaign be learnt more about my mother's experiences and the legacy of my grandfather. his middle name is felix. my middle name is felix, honoring him, felix from roseau. during world war ii in tunisia, he was dressed out of bed in the dark of night but i'm not the zen incarcerated. i sat in the chair mounted those this terrifying experiences the
imposed still leaving scars. she had an intern for the concert to believe the best way to protect her children was to conceal my grandfather, her fathers jewish faith and ancestry. this revelation really did bring our family closer together. for me the core principle of freedom of religion was no longer just a matter of them might and jeffersonian philosophy. it became deeply personal and 70 days and see in the heart wrenching realization that my mother for all these seers stilled or the scars and fear persecution and being tormented by what those experiences were. during all this made me even more sensitive and more committed than ever to the principle of religious freedom and the dignity of every person, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or religious beliefs. they reinforce my belief that
when injustice and the ugly head of anti-semitism arisesfrom the leaders most of it otherwise people will think it is condoned or acceptable. ladies and gentlemen, these last five years have given me the opportunity to reflect on all that is happening in our great country. i've been able to listen to people like you express all sorts of fears and frustrations. so many people are anxious. they're worried about families, losing jobs, losing their homes. they are fearful of the out-of-control spending and national debt will father children of the opportunities we inherit. my friends, when used to happen is we as americans need to get in control of our destiny. we are vulnerable to others because of the high levels of dangerous debt and because of our policies. i truly believe the elections in 2012 will be pivotal in determining tree of our country. whether people will have the
opportunity to achieve the american dream continues to decline where we begin sending again. friends, it is time for an american combat. it is a combat based on foundational principles and an agenda that has the principles of freedom of opportunity for all and personal responsibility at its core is a post about perceived emotions dictate, band-aids, redistribution and dependency on government. there is an urgency for action. we can't dawdle anymore. first what we need to do is bring an end this, offers any federal government. we need to trust the people in the state that the 10th amendment exists. the people in the states, rather than -- [applause] good, we trust the people in the states rather than the phantom menace social engineers in washington and their judges to invest in the senate floor as,
with the people. second, we need to make our country competitive for investment and jobs by reducing the taxes on job creating businesses. we also need to regulate the unelected rockers and the regulars because they are stifling our innovation. third, but we need to do for serious about it and was money, creating jobs, national security and reducing dependency on foreign oil, we need to unleash our american energy resources and creativity. [applause] thoughts, american our number one in the world for cancer research is. we need to start looking at these reese is a thin this blessing, not a curse. [applause] friends, 2012 is our generation's rendezvous with destiny. the full freedom lovers, we need to file.
file as we advance our print photos, ideas and reforms. smile because what we are doing is we're helping our fellow americans have that opportunity to pursue and achieve their dreams. that's why we care. that's why all of you for virginia or florida are here. and so, faith and freedom are a great god-given rights. i hope and pray that america will continue to be blessed if you thought your character and let a saudi solitaire now that we will always stand strong for families, save a freedom. thank you offers lots of victories are americans greater economies. thank you all. he's not used back ♪
>> founder of the freedom coalition, ralph reed. >> how is that for a morning session? we were kind of thinking about just not stopping, just going all day, no break. during lunch and come up during lunches then. seriously, thank you all for tossing it out through the morning session. what an incredible lineup of speakers. and tonight it gets even better. what i want you to do if you have 30 minutes to eat and then there will be breakouts. i want you to come to my breakout if you can. i'm doing to break out at 2:00 on the keys to the very. then, i want you to buy kill a petri banquet ticket already if you haven't before it's all about. i'll see you at my breakout or another breakout and then there
>> bringing you live coverage of the second annual faith and freedom coalition conversation. they are taking a break that happened sooner than an tis paletted -- anticipated. many of the speakers are in the congress and went to vote. the second portion will happen later this afternoon in the declared republican candidates speak tonight. you can see live coverage beginning at 7 eastern on c-span. speaker include, tim pawlenty and donald trump which is on c-span at 7 p.m. eastern.
[no audio] >> people continue to highlight the regulations making it difficult for them to move forward on anything. one person put it to me this way. he said there's an elephant in the middle of the road. it's the federal government, and it's getting harder and harder to get around that elephant. you know, i spent 13 years working in a family business, and i understand the rewards as well as the heart aches, and during this time, this is when
we need to be helping our small businesses and giving them that certainty so that they will be willing to take a risk, and as was mentioned earlier, 70% of new jobs are from new businesses, and we need policies to give small businesses the certainty to create those jobs. >> we've had 27 jobs reports since the stimulus, and every one of those job reports has been gunned realming. it's not 10 reports, 15, or 20, but 27 jobs reports, and every one says that the program is underrealming. you have to ask and answer this question. when will the white house realize their underperformance an lack of planning and failure is a real obstacle to job creation? house republicans have articulated a wide ranging set of alternatives that are
thoughtful and robust and dynamic and that can fundamentally change the trajectory of this economy, just without question. i think the white house has to realize at this point, it is my hope that they realize at this point that simply hope for a change is not an economic policy . >> i have the privilege of serving in the 19th congressional district of new york, and about three weeks ago, we had a meeting in westchester county of the westchester county association consisting of local businessmen and women, entrepreneurs, local government officials, and also students. we have a wide range of our citizens represented there, and i asked them a question, a simple question. did any members of the audience feel that new york state's own high tax, high regulation model had led to increased opportunity
and development of the economy and in growth in new york? i can tell you that not one hand was raised, and they sent a clear message to the members of congress present at that breakfast, and they send a clear message that we share in the house republican conference that we send to president obama, to our administration, and to the senate, and that message is that we must tackle the challenges that we face without raising the burdens on the american people of taxes and regulations, and we do have a plan. we have presented a plan for prosperity and job growth, and i hope and trust that president obama, the administration, and the senate will work together with us to assure that americans have the confidence and the working capital that they need to know that they will not be burdened or punished for success, and that they will have growth, jobs, and opportunity. >> here on c-span2, we've been
bringing you the second annual faith and freedom coalition conference. live coverage continues this evening with remarks tim pawlenty, mitt romney, and ron paul. we'll also hear from donald trump starting live at 7 p.m. eastern on c-span. ♪ [cheers and applause] >> hey, everybody, good morning. [applause] how are you doing? good, good to be with you today. listen, i want to share with you a story. it's an unpleasant story. for those of us who served in the congress for awhile, we were there in 2008 when we had a financial crash, and then we watched the recession start. we saw millions of people, friends, families, constituents lose their jobs. we saw trillions of dollars of
wealth just vanish because we had a great recession. you know, consequently, usually the bigger the recession you have in this country, the bigger the recovery. where's the recovery? but i want to tell you something. when that 2008 financial crisis happened, it caught us all by surprise. we didn't see it come, and so ugly crisis legislation emerged from that. i want to ask you a question. what if your congressman, your senator, your president saw that financial crash coming, knew it was going to happen, knew basically when it was going to happen, why it was going to happen, but more importantly, what if your representative in congress, your president knew what needed to be done to prevent it from happening and had the time to do so, but decided not to because it just wasn't good politics? what would you think of him?
>> wouldn't like him. >> you wouldn't like him. [laughter] that's where we are right now. we have the most predictable most preventable economic crisis in our history, and what are we doing? we're playing politics. we have a leadership deficit in washington right now. [applause] we have a debt crisis coming. we know that government cannot keep spending money we don't have, and yet, we see what we are doing to our children and our grandchildren. we know without a sled of doubt we are giving them a lower standard of living, less prosperity, less opportunities. we are living at their expense right now, and we know doing it this way is hurting our economy today. it's costing us jobs now. it's telling entrepreneurs and businesses don't invest, don't
take risks because gosh only knows what government's going to do to you next, and so we don't have a leadership deficit in the house, and i'll tell you why. the house of representatives is taking this moment seriously, and it's really because america sent people like mr. ribble, sent us 87 freshmen to come to congress not for a career, but for a cause, the cause of liberty and freedom and getting america back. [applause] i got to tell you, having people like them on the committee is like a breath of fresh air, so in the house, we step forward. we put out a plan, a budget to get this situation under control. we do four things. number one, we cut spending. $6.2 trillion of spending. [applause] we just think it's this novel idea that we ought to get government to live within its
means and that we should give our children a debt free nation, and we put in a plan that literally pays off our national debt. [applause] number two, like in the mid-1990s, we had great successful welfare reform, but we reformed one successful program in the federal government. we need to finish reforming our welfare system. [applause] but we want to have a welfare system geared not towards keeping people on welfare, but getting them back on their feet in the lives of self-sufficiency. [applause] that's what this country is about. [applause] if we go down this path or this tipping point of having more takers than makers in america, then we will back a european social welfare state. whatever that is, that is not the american idea. third thing we do, we fulfill the mission of health and retirement security. medicare is going broke, going
brumentd. it has to be saved, and so we have this novel idea that if you've already retired or if you're about to retire, you're about 55 years old, you already planned your life around this government. in order to do that, you've got to change it and fix it for my generation, those of us 42 and below. the way we propose to do that is to have a system the one that works in congress like federal employees have. it's a system that says you get to choose among the benefits offered you and subsidize it. not as much if you're wealth. doing this, saving it from bankruptcy for the next generation preserves the program for the current generation. [applause] there is an alternative, and the alternative is bankruptcy. it's to program collapses and
obamacare. the dirty little secret, president's new health care law takes a half trillion dollars from medicare to spend on obamacare. how many times have you told your congressman in a town hall meeting or talked to him around the restaurant and says i wish they would stop raiding social security. well, guess what, they just started that with medicare now. what's worse is they put a new board of 15 unelected bureaucrats in charge of price controlling and rationing medicare to current seniors. they rate it, ration it, and then don't try to save it. we save the program, end the raid, and stop the rationing. we think that's the better way to go in saving the system. [applause] fourth thing we do is grow the economy. now here's the difference. washington doesn't create jobs.
the private sector creates jobs. entrepreneurs create jobs. people create jobs, and when you so much government, so much government activism, so much government regulating, and so much government spending, you don't know what's going to happen next. there's so much government inspired uncertainty in our economy that it's putting a chilling effect on job creation, so pay off the debt, keep our tax rates low and stable and predictable, stop picking winners and losers in washington so the regulatory system and get the system under control so people with flourish. here's what it all comes down to. the way in which we address this debt crisis, how we handle this going in will determine what kind of country we are coming out of it, and so let's just know that we are # in this moment in america, i see it as a great opportunity in america, and it's a moment where we can
decide do we believe in those founding principles that made us so great, or are we going to put those aside and go with a different plan? a social democracy european kind of a system? what's so unique about america is america is not just a country or a land mass or maine to california, wisconsin to florida, it's the idea, and the idea of america is that our rights come from god and nature. they come before government. [applause] it's the only country founded as such, and so our rights are not given to us from government. our rights are ours naturally given to us by god, and so knowing this, applying these principles, liberty, freedom, self-determination, government by consent of the governed, applying those principles to the problem of today renews america, keeps us exceptional. at the end of the day, the way
in which we address these fundamental problems in america will determine, a, are we going to keep ourselves as that opportunity society with a safety net, that society that is characterized by more prosperity, by upward mobility, by equal opportunity, or are we going to abandon that? go down the other path, the one we're on now, where more and more people are dependent upon the government for their livelihoods and driened of their insentsive to make the most of their lives, and we become a government, a society where the government sees its job as equalizing the results of our lives, as pursuing equal outcomes versus equal opportunity? the difference is stark. the difference is we go into managed decline, into managed stagnation. we go into a society where the government has such a profoundly
bigger role in our every day lives in managing our economy. look, it's not -- it's not a fixed pie. the world, the economy, america is not a fixed pie where the government has to simply redistribute the slices. we need to grow the pie. we need to grow opportunity. we need to have a system of prosperity where everybody has a chance of reaching their destiny and fulfilling their potential, and you know what? america gets this. the people are way ahead of the political class up here in washington. they know this. [applause] and so while we have a leadership deficit on confronting these issues in the white house and while we have one. united states senate, which for the second year in a row didn't bother to pass a budget, i want you to know the people you sent to the house take this very seriously, and we've done this in the house and will keep leading in the house, and if we do our jobs right, we'll give
you that choice you deserve in 2012 so you can decide what kind of country you want to live in this country for the 21st century. thank you very much, god bless you, and have a great day. [applause] thank you. ♪ >> thank you. thank you very much. [applause] thank you. ralph, thank you very much. ralph is a pretty tough guy, eight minutes, he said. [laughter] i said, look, ralph, with my accent, you know, i ought to get a couple extra minutes. [laughter] to which he said, hey, look, i'm letting you do it without an intrerper. [laughter] you ought to be grateful. i am tickled to be here because i admire what you do, and it is so important to the goal that we
all have, the goal of electing a republican president that replace president obama next year. [applause] there's a great story, i think a couple y'all are old enough to remember ed sullivan? a couple of you, the show on sunday night, the most watched show on television, 12 million americans one sunday night in the 1950s were watching ed sullivan. he had conrad hilton. he created a business, the bill gates of his day. hilt comes out and he said if you can tell the american people one thing, what would you tell him? conrad hilton never hesitated or flinched. he said, put the shower curtain inside the tub.
[laughter] now there's a man who knew what mattered to him. [laughter] we got to be focused starting today through november of 2012 on what matters to us, and what matters to us is making sure that our children and grandchildren inherit the same country that we inherited. now that's -- [applause] those are the stakes of the election. those are the stakes of this election. the day you're going to hear from a lot of people who will run for president in 2012, offering themselveses to be our party's nominee, and a lot are great people. i had the honor of serving with a lot of them. one of them is going to win our nomination i suppose, and i'm going to tell you something, whoever wins our nomination, i'm not going to agree with him or
her on everything. that's the one thing i know for sure. you're not going to agree with them on every single thing either, okay? now, i want to talk about what that means to us as a movement and a party to achieve our goal of an legislated new republican president. you know, ralph talked about the fact that i was political director of the white house for ronald reagan. that's pretty big stuff being from mississippi. i will tell you that, and i'm reminded when i think about reagan, twice in my adult lifetime, republican candidates for president have received about 60% of the vote in the presidential election because if we get our act together, most americans agree with us on the issues, but i'm going to tell you what, we've never had an
occasion where 60% of the people agreed on everything, that 60% of the people agreed with ronnel reagan on everything. in fact, one of the great things i learned from ronald reagan is if you have the right kind of character and if you will be for what you're for, but understand and tolerate the idea that not everybody's going to agree with you on everything that there's millions of people who will vote for you that don't agree with you on this or don't agree with you on that. [applause] that's right. reagan used to say -- remember, reagan was a fellow who agrees with you 80% of the time, your friend and ally, not a 20% traitor. [laughter] now, we're going to nominate somebody for president that doesn't agree with you on everything, and you're not going to agree with them on everything, but i'll tell you what, they'll agree with you a lot more than you agree with
barak obama. [laughter] [applause] you know, i'm from mississippi, and when our great mississippians, fred smith, the founder and ceo of fedex. he has a great expression. he said the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. ..k, we got to stay focused on the main thing. the main thing is winning the election. >> yeah. >> we can't change the country like we want it unless we win the election. okay? remember, purity in politics,
for voters in 2004. they lost that one to the liberals in the minority and and followed it with their own minorities. in 2006-2008. a majority government. in the next few minutes we will find out in a speech from the throne read by the governor general, david johnston, just what exactly the government has planned for the next four years. before that start let's get an idea from parliament hill. let's start with the host of power in politics he joins us from the lobby just outside the house of commons. what's the mood there, evan? no, i know you have just come back from vancouver where the mood and hockey crazed vancouver is nuts. it's not quite playoff fever here. it's kind of like a hockey game with home team knows it's going to win. this is stephen harper's majority. on budget, in the past there was a lot more trepidation and nervous is because they were not sure what would happen and what would pass.
when i talk to conservative they feel confident. they know the budget is going to pass. they know that their agenda which will include all those things we have talked about so often, law and order, legislation, budget, the war in libya, they know it's going to pass. the mood here is a lot of confidence, a lot of happiness and it then on the other side, all sorts of new faces and we're all busy studying all the new faces. they are very excited. they are all inspired to be here. this is a brand-new day here in part. allots the first. peter, there's a lot of excitement but stick to hockey this day, the home team feels it's got it in the back. >> we will be back to evan. you will have some guests for us to talk to us will in the next few minutes. if this is a two chamber kind of day. the speech from the throne, the house of commons where the mps have just been elected will take
the seat. but down the hall is where the speech from the throne is read. it's in the senate. the senate chamber. outside the senate today is rosemary barton, the mood down it that end, another chamber that has a conservative majority expect this is where all the pomp and circumstance takes place. this is where the governor general arrived with the prime minister and this is where all the mps, and i think we'll see a lot of those new faces come to an check it out for the first time been so. it's excited from that perspective. in terms of content, peter, no one is going to be overly surprised from what they here today. i mean, this is a prime minister who does tend to slip a little tidbits into speeches that catch people off guard. we remember of course the o canada potential change to the lyrics of al qaeda, that sort of backfired on them. but in terms of the broad stroke, we expect the throne speech will reflect what we heard throughout the election. and so no one is really on the
edge of your seat, if you'll in terms of what we're going to hear from the governor general today. it will be interesting as evans said because it is the first one stylistically how he goes about reading and how he delivers it, how he enjoys it and we're told he will probably not show up in -- there were people joking maybe he could write up on his bike since he likes bikes. that might take away from the ceremony a bit. >> and he of course once again is david johnson, the governor general who just took over the governor general spot late last year, so not quite out of his first anniversary it as rosemary mentioned, it is his first speech from the throne reading. so we'll be interesting to watch about. let's bring in our senior political correspondent terry. he is on the parliament hill as well in our pure just off the hill. terry, you heard the run down from both rosie and from evan in terms of what to expect
politically. how are you looking at this two-day? >> i think some people will be surprised by the wide gap between promise and delivery. because i think a lot of people may not know that this is going to be an extremely minimalist session of parliament, although the throne speech may include a long laundry list, i won't go into it, items the government wants to achieve. you will not see it in this session because it's so short. listen, they rise on the 23rd, they have the budget on monday, that leads precisely 13 days of actual sitting days to do parliamentary business. there's very little they can actually accomplish until the fall. they will do with the budget of course and the budget will include the item about indian political subsidies, then they'll be a motion to extend the mission in libya. but that's just about it. all the rest of what voters were led to expect during the long campaign, the cry package, all
the rest of the items on the governor's agenda, that will all have to hold. all the rest of that laundry list we will have to wait because we're not going to get very much done in june. >> okay. certainly in terms of new legislation. but in terms of the broad strokes, the outline of the many other things you just mentioned, we're likely to hear those in the speech from the throne? >> absolutely. those will be foretold in ringing tones in the throne speech. budget because it's in the throne speech doesn't mean we won't have to actually see it happen. because even just getting the budget passed that's number one item of course. but that involves all the parliamentary procedure. that involves the first reading, secondly, third reading. it doesn't happen that quickly. everybody has got to a debate on it and so on. and plus a debate on the throne speech if so. it's going to be a while before voters who voted conservative
will see a result of what they voted for. >> it's interesting, when you think back to 88 after the famous free trade election when the house was called back the speech from the throne, it was a real fast when. it was one page. >> we are just settling down to listen, that's right and then it was over. this one were expecting 30, 40 minutes, something like that. depends on how fast the new governor general cares to read it. and i think the government will want to set a new tone that we're in charge now. we have our majority and the stuff we want to do with them a duty, and most importantly we're going to be true to our budget. so they will do the whole laundry list. they will give notice that they intend to carry out what they campaigned on. but not right now. >> we will get back to you later. it was interesting, too, i had forgotten about what rosie mention a couple of moments ago. every once in a while i'll
governments like to draw something and whether it's a speech from the throne re: budget that was really not expected, and rosie is right, there was one a couple of speeches back on the part of the harper government when they talk about changing the words to the national anthem, and that just blew up in their face within 48 hours, that decision was reversed and we never heard about it again. anyway, we will be looking for it. the unexpected in his speech, as much as it is, in fact, expected at this point. let's check back in with evan. he has a guest with them. >> just on that, i was big with former president of the treasury earlier today and asked him about anthem and he said believe me, after that there will not be those surprises this time. we learned our lesson. consider the lyrics now chipped in stone to the national anthem. i've got one of the new members of parliament for the conservative party, kelly leach. she is with me.
talked about because of her representative. here you are about to have your first speech and you've been through a lot. we've spoken before. your impressions now as you are about as a member of parliament see your first drink you. >> this is truly a humbling experience. you know, i ran in the election obviously but take your first steps into the house of commons yesterday and now today the speech from the throne, you really realize what a privilege and honor it is to be a member of parliament. and where the true responsibility to the canadian public, and the ambience and i guess the excitement of it all is almost overwhelming. >> interesting a lot of canadians yesterday saw the election, the new speaker, andrew scheer. 32 years old. a lot of folks suggest we're into a new phase, a lot of new faces here. a new generation almost. you are part of that in a sense. what you hope to bring to parliament?
>> like you said it is a new generation, and i'm hopeful that my professional skills that i can bring that decorum as we talked about at length yesterday in the house of commons to the house of commons. i would never want a mother to come to my clinic and feel uncomfortable about what i said in the house of commons. and so, for me this is a huge responsibility. to my constituents and also to the canadian public. >> i have to ask you because you have done surgery, orthopedic surgery -- >> correct. >> the stakes are pretty darn high. what is your level of nerves now as a member as you go into that, versus your old profession? you and i have spoken about this, why would you leave the profession when you have trained so hard for this, something, it is a tough job as other mps are walking in right now, how do you compare those to experience a? >> my first in the operating room i was a little bit nervous. it's your first actually doing
surgery on your first patient. and i felt the same way yesterday and i feel a bit of that today. it is nerve-racking. i spend most of my time in a room with two people, who are asleep as opposed to the live audience here, and yourself. >> nobody is sleeping now. >> no one is sleeping now. i'm looking forward to it. this is a historic event. we have a strong, stable conservative majority government. we'll be putting forward legislation to pass a budget. just next week, and the next phase on jobs and growth, this is exciting. >> how do you reconcile, and i wonder some folks watching, it is a majority government but nonetheless, only 40% of canadians voted for conservative. so how do governed as a majority win a majority of canadians didn't vote for the party? >> i guess another analogy to my practice is i learned about kids and my clinic because i listen, and i think it's incumbent upon all of us as members of parliament to listen to her constituents, to make sure what they spoke to us about whether
that's creating jobs, or making sure the first 100 days of sitting we pass our omnibus law and order legislation, making sure we deal with stopping along gun registration. we make sure there'd addressed here in the house of commons into first few months. >> people are starting to file in. lots of mps are filing in. i know you're in your the first time. some of your colleagues fighting and. do you have a sense, i know you -- do you know what your first question will be? have you thought about that yet? have you thought about what they will first hear from you and how? >> i'm just getting settled. i have met with each of the ministers that a report to, and had great conversation. i'm looking for two and i'm very excited. but i'm just looking forward to making sure i'm sitting in my seat, to hear the first budget and i am there to support it and the passing of it and make sure canada's next phase of our
economic action plan is put into action as soon as possible. >> there you have it. great to see. a member of parliament, parliamentary secretary, feeling that sense of all hear as many of the new mps are. we are about to get down, peter, as we wait to see if there are any surprises in the speech from the throne. back to you. >> thanks very much. interesting to hear from kelly leach, who was not only just an orthopedic surgeon, she was one of the top orthopedic and remains one of the top orthopedic surgeons in the country, if not in north america. her advice and counsel sought by others in that same profession. and also a long history with a conservative and formally the progressive conservative party, she was a back room or of some stature. so it's not totally new to her, certainly it's new to in being in front of the cameras. as in the apartment. let's go back to the other end of the chambers. the other end of the hallway outside the senate chamber.
rosemary have somebody who is very familiar to audiences in this country but also a new member of the senate. >> indeed, there. i'm with the center, not a conservative senator in the senate. this is the first majority throne speech. what you think that means? what does that mean to conservatives listing this time rest of us i think is a great moment in time and history force. the thing i find really fascinating, and i guess this speaks to the fact i been on parliament hill way too long, is that you have a lot of members of parliament of all parties on all sides, and a lot of names of the parliamentary press gallery who have never covered a majority government. >> and you are one of them. >> exactly. in the old days this was the regular way things happen. every once in a while you might a minority and that was -- icicle take a change of just frame for everybody to understand what majority government does and how it functions, and there's a
different kind of relationship. so, i think overall what you are going to just feel, if anything, is that sense of i will call it confidence which we can now move forward. here are the things that we believe in that we've been telling you about in budgets and other strong speeches and on the campaign trail. and now you will see it in a coherent form. and this is how we are going to move forward spirit most people say with a majority government there's a focus on policy because you can finally do the things you have promised. >> when you think about this, this has been frustrating not just for the politicians, the senators, the journalist but for your public service for everybody. nobody can make a plan. if the government is about to fall every 30 seconds know it can leave home, know what to decide whether they'll have dinner on tuesday night. so i think you'll see a real coherent predictable approach to this. i think you'll see all of the things that prime minister is talking about dealing with the economic uncertainty which is still very real when we look at the circumstances south of the
border, and this is our largest trading partner. this matters to us. we need to keep the house in order. some of his law and order agenda as it's called i think that you will really see spelled out. and, of course, the center before. i think these issues are there. he's been so clear, now a chance to sell them, sell them out. >> there has been talk is well that there will be not a western focus but a lot of the things that have been promised that we may hear reiterated here today, scrapping law gun registry. things that play to the western base of the conservative party. let's talk about the board issue for an. is that something that you perceive as something that needs to be done? do people tell you they want me to? >> this is a huge big issue. we're living in a global economy. and so for farmers or producers, these days to be able to sell their crops when they need to do people want it, we're asking our farmers to turn on and on and say okay, this your don't grow
wheat, you've got to grow lentils because the demand from india is huge. you've got to as quickly as you do that, find markets and mechanisms. so there does have to be way more flexibility. and yes, that's a western issue but things like the gun registry come you go to any real community across this country and its real. that issue is important. i've had this discussion all of my life, quite literally because you live in big cities like toronto, you know what a gun means bigger usually means someone has pointed out your head in the middle of the commission of a crime. what they can means to me is as i grew up with this is, on the farm, make sure that every wild animal came up to get your chickens, you could deal with it. my father was a hunter. we ate what he shot. we had deep freezers full of moose and elk and everything else. so it's a completely different mindset, psychology about it. so yes, that does have to be done. interview with the law and order agenda so that people in urban
settings also feel like crying as their focus is when they're looking at that instant that someone is responding to the and doing something about it as well. >> i thank you for your time. i know it's not your first one but enjoy in what. >> it is a majority want and it will be a great day. thanks. >> good to see the senator. flipping through a book of mine the other day, going through some old photos and senator mentioning so many of us are used to the fact that minority governments right now, because we've had a string of them for the last five, six, seven years. before that the norm was of course majority government. as we went to a string of both conservative and liberal governments. the last time before this latest one was 1979. they are stirring up an old photo album was a picture from the 79 election campaign where pam and i were on the same play.
she was working for cbc radio them. she had hair down to her waist. i had hair therefore a lot of things have changed in those many years. let's take a quick check outside first of all so, you know, what's going on. the guard of honor is getting ready, and placed in front of the peace center block, getting ready for the route of the governor general, which is still scheduled for about 10, 12 minutes away. we will of course tell you that on a beautiful sunny day at the nation's capital when it begins. back inside, evan has another guest with them. >> peter, i'm joined now by robert chisholm, the mp from dartmouth. international trade critic. good to see you. >> that was the other tracks. that's right. tell me something, how does it feel -- who you are about to embark the official opposition. there's some history here about to be made. gives us a sense inside the cox
how your feeling on a day like this. >> people are very excited. i think humbled by the conference the canadians have shown. it's a big responsibility, but boy, right from newbies like me to the old hats, we are really feeling up to the challenge. we have something to prove to canadians. we have to work hard to gain the confidence and that's what we're going to send that to do the next four years. >> questions about the backside, a lot of very new people, a lot of people young, some 19 year old, some university students, a lot of controversy about some of your colleagues who never even went to the writing. how did that shape the dialogue if we got to this day and how are those in peace adjusting? >> i don't know. you talk to the probably more than i have, but i'm just impressed i the talent, by the maturity of the people from québec, from across the country for that matter.
i think people, people are underestimating what's come out of this election in terms of who is sitting on the opposition benches, and you know, we've got some great women and men that are really going to show canadians exactly what it's like to be a good official opposition, and perhaps the government. >> i may have spoken to more than the new. some folks might wonder, don't all get together and meet? but it's so new, even you are still learning some faces and names. >> absolutely. and i've been tending to business in my constituency, and i was up last week for a couple of days for a caucus meeting, and then i've been up for the last couple of days. so, i really haven't spent much time with the members of congress. but i will over the days and weeks ahead. i'm looking forward to it because there's some great folks there and i know i'm going to learn a lot from the.
>> you are of course the credit for the international trade. the conservative who you a century will be shadowing, there's some fundamental issues. there's trade with asia, trade with latin america and trey graham it's there. what for you will be the key issues you will be watching as international trade becomes fundamental growth of the canadian economy? >> well, the position has always been an survey my position and will be the official position going forward is we want to make sure that the deals that are being negotiated are in the best interest of canadians, our best interest of producers, of municipalities and provinces to that's our job is to examine legislation, examine these agreements, hopefully we get to see some of the details before the actually get locked in. but our job is to make sure that the deals are in our best interest, best interest of canada, whether that be the deal
that is being worked on with europe, whether that is panama or jordan. those are things that are coming up, and we're certainly i'm going to do the job, and my colleagues i know will be a big help, to make sure that we represent the interests of canadians, canadian workers, canadian business people to get a good deal. >> robert chisholm, dartmouth, good luck to you. you're about to step in. the doors are right behind. we are watching all the mps, the ministers start to stream inside. charlie and the ndp. it's getting very busy here. as we await the arrival of david johnston and the governor general. >> ask mr. chisholm about his writing about the other famous resident from there? has he heard anything? does he know what the status of crosby is? >> let me ask them. peter of course, we're all
wondering about the great pearl harbor resident who was born there, cindy crosby. we're wondering if he really is back on the ice, if his concussion is allowing him to practice. what you know? >> let me just say that i'm just so proud as i know most canadians are, people survey from pearl harbor, that sydney has taken time to make sure that he is ready, to make sure he is healthy, and this is a great signal for young hockey players across the country. don't fool around with these concussions. i've got to tell you i played a lot of hockey in my youth, and i got knocked around a few times. you know, some people say i got knocked around a few too many. but anyway, i'm just really proud that sidney crosby has taken the eyes. >> i know you can't get hockey out of your head. and not just because of vancouver, but as you know david johnston was a former hockey player at his university at harvard. hockey will --
>> and david johnston was a very good hockey player, too. thanks very much. still a couple of minutes away from david johnston, the governor general are right on parliament hill. we have time to slip back down to the senate chamber where rosemary barton is with us. rosa, what do you have? >> i have this feature but i'm not allowed to do anything about it until the governor general start. but here's a copy of it. either with a liberal leader in the senate now. so we were joking that neither of us have seen a majority government before, and i do my job and not in your job. how do you think it would change what you do? >> i think we'll still do what we do and that is look at legislation carefully, but i think what it will give us a chance to do as a sin is conduct some serious long-term studies on major issues. that's what the senate does best. so i'm looking forward to that part. >> but you know longer have a majority in the senate either. so you aren't necessary going to prevent anything from happening and you don't have the power
that you have before. is that discouraging? how you approach this? >> it's not discouraging at all. we have a lot of good people, and we're going to continue to do what we've done before. we have to measure success or failure differently. it's not a question of whether you win votes but it's what you can influence public opinion. and i think we have. i think on some of the issues like parliamentary reforms, standard reform, some of the things we have said begin to take root and people are beginning to think about it. i think -- so it is that, a question at raising issues and we will continue to propose amendments and we'll vote against government tells if we think that they are wrong. but we are realistic. we realize we don't have the numbers to actually pass this amendment and less where are able to persuade some government members to join with the. >> one of the things we're expecting to hear in this page, i haven't read by so anyway, don't say anything -- >> no i won't.
>> senators term limited is that an idea that you support? do you think that makes sense because i do support term limits, i always have. but you have to see in the context of the difficulty with what the government is document is they talk about term limits. they've also talked about the election of senators and i think the minister the other day was using we will have a redistribution of senate seats. so when you put all that together, you realize that you are making changes to the institution of parliament. and the constitution requires that when you do that, you consult. that's been the missing piece. the unwillingness of the harper government to discuss their plans openly with the providence. and we hope that they will do that, and with respect to term limits we've had a term limit bill before us before. we looked at it and we said we don't think you can do this by act of parliament. so rather than take a chance, you should refer the matter to the supreme court in canada as
the government in canada can do, and they refuse to do that. although interestingly they did it when people question whether we could have a national security regular pics if you can do for a national securities regulator, why wouldn't you do when you propose to make a major change to house apartment? >> some interesting things to, for your. >> i think you'll be very interesting. i'm looking forward to. >> you're running off to see her new granddaughter, so congratulations. thanks very much. that's the most important thing to do. >> there you, peter. >> rosemary, thank you very much. and congratulations to the senator for his new grandchild. just before we leave rosie, if you are still there, hold that up again because i just want to let viewers know while, you know. just focusing on your eyeballs are. >> wonderful. >> it worked out well. here it is. this is the speech from the throne. just those who are saying come on, open it up and tell us what
is it. see what it says, in barcode into delivered by the -- it's an arrangement between, this goes back to all governments, not just in service one and the media will give us advance of these things, but really, until they are announced officially we don't say what's in them. so thank you for that, rosie. let's take a peek outside and have a look. the canadian flag flying high above the east tower. that would be -- that's not the east tower. that would be either the east bloc or the west block of parliament hill, because the main flag at any moment if it hasn't already changed to the governor general's standard as he arrives on parliament hill, along with sharon johnson, the governor general's wife. they will be met by -- that is the east block of parliament hill. been refurbished as most of the builds on parliament hill have
the house of commons has elected members, what we went through unnamed second with a federal election in the senate and was also brought up in the discussion that rosemary barton just had with the liberal senate leader committee issue of term limits. the senators are appointed here they had no election. it's for the general governor said in the queen's it's when she is in the country and reading the speech from the throne. because they go to the senate because they are not allowed in the house of commons because it is for people and their representatives who have been a lot goodbye to people. so you have the two chambers in this debate going on now about changing the senate, not just a term limits for how long senators would be fair, but how they actually arrive in the senate. will there be elections? select senators to the chamber would totally change the very nature of the way things operate. we may be heading into a long drawn out debate on that issue
and it becomes, as others pointed out before, this becomes a constitutional matter. you've got to get the agreement of a certain number of provinces for the population in charlottetown. we really go back to those kind of days and those kind of debates in those kind of ministers meetings. who knows whether that is the road that we are possibly potentially heading down in the next little while. so we'll see how that ended on the minds obviously have some people on a day like this, how far will this speech from the speech from the throne drove, describing the kind of changes that may take face in the senate, along with all the other issues that rosemary, evan and terri before the discussion that could come up in the speech. having come if you are still on the land, just on the point of the senate, simply because this is one of those were days when we get a glimpse of side to see
senators that were sometimes you've been asleep in the senate chamber. i've seen that happen on the speech from the throne. how far do you think were growing in its four-year mandate of this government in discussing changes to the senate? >> well, you said it best, peter. once you start talking about this, there's two levels. there is the political ladder and trim level. political level is the base wants in action. this has been a long-standing path act in 1993. they want a triple senate, but it's very least, term limits. term limits seems possible. there may be term limits without any constitutional challenge. but that is the word. if they hornets nest with the open that up and it has to do with feelings they want representation in the senate. atlanta, canada. once you get into the
complicated world of constitutional business, no one can predict the outcome and we all know that in the next year will have six provincial election so the whole provincial federation ship will change. i got here, peter is there'll be something on the political angle about term limits and that for now will be a modest goal is that they get. >> thanks, as then. >> welcome at various david johnson arriving on parliament hill for what will be the first reading by him at a speech from the throne. and he is accompanied by his wife, sharon johnson in the two johnsons who have been very active now in the role and traveling the country, traveling the world. the general has been to afghanistan. he was in britain during the royal wedding a short time ago. now received his first 21 gun salute that the guard of honor.
>> the commander of the guard of honor -- [inaudible] right on your screen you see that every once in a while and you're probably wondering, what is that? to fellow crew has long campaigned for a different site than one we have. it turns out often on days like this and has his flag, which she laid too many like it's part of the official kind of decoration of parliament hill. it is wanted feature will do is put his forward as to what he think should be reflect good in the nation's flag. i then mentioned the governor general's love of hockey at a
time of year when many canadians are fascinated by what is happening in the playoffs and certainly the rally round the two teams in canada this week. the canucks have done extremely well in the past couple of days. that said he is responding to their team. also in winnipeg with the rebirth of the nhl in winnipeg and the team beyond the ice they are. the governor general's background, and then mentioned this time and he was a very good hockey player. he was a very good hockey player. he played at harvard. also played university of cambridge. he was twice selected for the all-american hockey team and as a member of harvard's athletic hall of fame. trust me, they don't give those distinctions easily. and he stuck it -- they still
a few members of the band. we're often been passed by by former governors general it's usually just the guard of honor at the god formal inspection, but this is something the new governor general has sort of added to the moment, saying hello to those who have been providing viacom me. the final salute you for entering parliament.
>> the governor of the senate. the district with the defense staff, bill elliott with the rcmp commission. governor general now performed the first procession that had to dash towards the senate chamber, but not directly because he'll be slipping out of you in a few moments time and is hooked up with a wireless microphone and everything in order before heading into the senate. [inaudible conversations] walking down the hall of honor.
kept walking in this direction you'd end up in the parliamentary library. the veer off shortly. right here the offices behind the senate chamber. and here we go, having a look inside the senate chamber. there is senator wolin, where rosemary barton was talking earlier. many of her senate colleagues so i want them operating with the rules against that. rosemary is the expert on those kinds of things. did they ever actually try to stop people from using those in the senate or the house of commons chamber?
>> well, not yet. your tongue because i don't want them to stop because otherwise i can't talk to them while they are down there. >> i seem to recall at the beginning when these things became popular, which i guess is a while ago now, but there was some initial attempt to prevent members in both of these houses from using them. but they don't go anywhere. >> a lot of them gave sort of a behind-the-scenes video during the question. or in the senate. a lot of them not only use blackberries, but a lot of ipod. so i think i'll have a hard time stopping them from using them. >> six of the justices of the supreme court.
now, as just terry mentioned earlier, you know, often on a big speech from the throne, this place is packed on the floor. all kinds of guests from past governments, special dignitaries , premiere sometimes. that center aisle as well. but this one not so much. i guess partly because it became so predict will in the events filling today's is the short session, the opening session just for a few weeks. the broad outline on monday, much the same as the budget that didn't get passed before the election was called. it seems like it's not quite the day of excitement that often
throne speeches have been. terry, do you want to weigh in on not quite >> yes, and. it is déjà vu all over again. it is the budget will be familiar and is going to be a really anticlimactic front of people. of course the senate chamber will select one of the mps getting. it's not a complete snooze because we've already touched on some of the issues, which are extremely too big to handle, like democratic reform. as we pointed out earlier, peter, some of these changes, if they are passed like term limits for senators, for example, like mps and said a three-way county might have 338 to accommodate ontario, alberta populations and it really is going to change the face of parliament and democratic institutions, one of which is really democratic, namely the senate.
so these are two big to handle. we party discuss the constitutional challenges. at this time i think once this gets going, rather in this very brief jam session, you'll keep them with the pencil to really change the error of our parliament and then i think there'll be a lot more attention turning even as today there's a little bit déjà vu. >> thanks. >> mrs. johnston to the center. ♪ >> will you please be seated? >> this is going to take a minute because we have to go through the formalities first of
inviting all the members of parliament to come down to the senate chamber to listen. >> you will proceed to the house of commons and the quaint that house that it is the pleasure of his excellency, the governor general that they attend him immediately in the senate chamber. we see on the ability to convince -- >> translator: it is the pleasure of the attorney general that they attend him immediately in the senate chamber. >> the gentleman asked asher is out of the senate chamber and he will walk down to the house of commons to give that instruction
to the parliamentarians in the other chamber. the governor will await their arrival. if you're wondering why we have a knack didn't flag today, it is because the current flag is tied up on duties getting ready for the royals visit of the duke and duchess of cambridge. so for blair armitage, this is his day in front of the cameras on an important moment in this new parliament. just leaving the senate side, the center block, the center block, the center block to the rotunda area, gorgeous spot on parliament hill.
and entered the house, and died and walked down what is affectionately called, mr. zero. because of other portraits,, the official portraits that are hung on the walls here. john turner, left-hand side. going by fairly quickly here. you've got to catch them fast. and had to the oak doors and a leading house of commons and do the same as tap three times.
[inaudible conversations] and the doors open. a lot of anxious and he's inside your jester do it through the process of the lack and a speaker. andrew scheer is his name and he is a young guy. youngest speaker ever been parliament. so the black rod tells ptosis argentine scott msh for the speaker of the house of commons. this is the sergeant arms for house of commons.
>> mr. speaker, a message from the general. >> places on his shoulder on the table there and parliament when it is in session. the act dean matcher of the black rod, winner of the chamber . there you see the local party in the background there, stuff done in the backend corner. they have never been down there. interim leader bob rae. the mvp off to the less they
speaker. there he is, andrew scheer. they will not be allowed right inside the senate chamber. there's not enough room for all 300 of them, but certainly many of the new ones will want to be there to get the first speech when they're thrown right inside the senate chamber. this is the class of 2011. 308 select members. this is one of those days where they all tend to walk out together to their individual party groupings, but that kind of thing is going on. the shaking of hands, introducing themselves to each
other. [inaudible conversations] elizabeth may has promised the 101st support for her caucus to the new rules of quorum in the house of commons. seem to be at play in the formal rules this time around, the kind of thing that is often said on day one of any parliament to see how many days it will go. and if you're wondering why we saw elizabeth may with a cane at that moment, she is awaiting hip surgery. remember, hip surgery was just before the election can gain and he had a vigorous campaign. kathy kane and he is still using it if not all the time, certainly on occasion now. well, here is black rod arriving
inside the senate. and we are just moments away from the formal reading of the speech from the throne. as soon as all the mps get in there, as many as can get and come the speaker of the house of commons will have his moment in the senate. 32 years old. >> me please are excellency? the house of commons house of commons has selected major
speaker. a little able to fill the important duties assigned to me. if in the performance of his duties i should at any time fall into error, a china faults may be imputed to me not to the comments you service i am and who threw me are better to enable them to discharge due to their queen and country, humbly claim undoubted rights and privileges, especially they may have freedom of speech and debate, access to excellency person and all seasonal times in the procedure where excellency the most favorable construction. [speaking french] >> translator: the house of commons has selected major speaker, though i am able to fulfill the important duties in the performance if they should at any time fall into error, it may be imputed to me and not to the comments whose servant i am and who threw me a better to enable them to start their duty to their queen and country,
humbly claim other rights and privileges, especially that they may have freedom of speech and their debates, access to excellency person at all seasonable times and that their proceedings may be from your excellency the most favorable construction. >> mr. speaker, i am commanded by his excellent to the governor general to declare to you that he freely confide in the duty and attachment of the house of commons to her these% in government. and not doubting their proceedings will be conducted with with stem, temper and pretense. he grants upon all occasions lévesque nice and allow their constitutional privileges.
i am commanded also to assure you that the common shall have access to his excellency upon all seasonable locations and their proceedings as well as your words and actions will constantly receive from him the most favorable construction. [speaking french] >> translator: i have been commanded by his excellency governor general to declare to you that he freely come by through the attachment of the house of commons to her majesty's person and government and non-saltine that their proceedings will be conducted with with stem, temper and prudence, grants upon all occasions will recognize and allow their constitutional privileges. i am commanded also to assure you that the comments shall have ready access to his excellent
the upon all seasonable occasions and that their proceedings as well as your words and actions will constantly receive from him the most favorable construction. >> speech now being brought to the governor general and we begin the reading of it. >> honorable senators, members of the house of commons to my ladies and gentlemen, i begin by congratulating all parliamentarians on this opening day of the 41st parliament of canada on behalf of her majesty,
queen elizabeth ii, queen of canada who sent their congratulations and weren't good wishes. many of you are returning to your duties as members of the house of commons and over 100 if you are about to take your places as elected representatives for the first time. together you have been a trusted profound responsibility to serve the public interest on behalf of all canadians. [speaking french] >> translator: since my isolationist governor general, i have had the privilege of meeting with canadians in their communities and every bohol and last citadel. it has been an honor to answer this unique call and i want to share with you something of what i have learned in my travels across this remarkable country of ours. i have learned that regardless
of age or affiliation, all canadians want to help create a better future for this country. each of this aspires to be canada, where everyone can succeed and contribute, where excellence and opportunity coexist. i have met with canadians from all walks of life and discovered this common ground. >> will celebrate the 150th anniversary and i invite all canadians to imagine ways to build a smarter, more caring nation as we urge this wonderful miles to. i believe in order to achieve our vision, we must work together to support families and
children come to reinforce learning and innovation and to encourage philanthropy and volunteerism. each of us can answer the call to service in her own way and together continued this bold experiment that we call canada. today we expressed their desire for a strong, stable national government in this new parliament. but this clear mandate, our government will deliver on to its commitments. it will implement canada's economic action plan to build in the congress already made. we will continue to focus on jobs and growth. it will bring the federal budget back into balance. it will invest in our system of universal health health care. it will support the communities and families that work so hard to care for each other. our government will defend the rights of law-abiding citizens in promote canadian values and interests at home and abroad. our government will be here for
all canadians, individuals, families and for all regions of the country as together we move canada forward. jobs and growth will remain our governments top priority. transcode through canada's economic plan, our government took direct action to create jobs and protect canadians during the global recession. on monday, as our first order of business, our government will reintroduce our budget in order to implement the next phase as canada's economic action, our low plan for jobs and growth. we will get back to work on the things that matter most to canadians.
good jobs, security for our family in a prosperous future. our governments plan builds on five years of hard work to create the right conditions for the growth and job creation, is stable, predict the bull, low tax environment. a highly skilled and flexible workforce, support for innovation and new technology and wider access to markets abroad. this approach has allowed canada to meet the challenges of the global recession, the next phase of our governments plan is designed to help us day on track during the recovery. since 2006, canadians have benefited from significant
brought his tax cuts. these cuts have given families the flexibility to make the choices that are right for them. they have forced -- rather they afraid businesses to grow and succeed, creating jobs on which canadians depend. our government will continue on this path by introducing new tax credits for individuals and families and by keeping taxes low to create jobs. it will also complete work already underway with the government of québec to reach an agreement on past harmonization no later than september 15, 2011. >> however there is more to be done. the global economy remains fragile and risks to our
recovery persist as well canada's workforce is aging and will no longer grow as it has in the past. the demographic challenge will depend on economic future and put long-term pressures on our penchant and health systems must be addressed. in the years ahead, our prosperity will depend on making sure all canadians have the skills and opportunities to contribute to innovate and succeed our governments plan will provide assistance for workers who want to learn new skills and seize opportunities. it will remove barriers for older workers who want to continue their careers. it will lay a foundation for long-term growth by helping a new generation gain the critical skills they will need to thrive in the workforce. the success of canada's job creating business demands both hard work and good ideas and we must create the right conditions for both to be rewarded.
our government will introduce and seek swift passage of copyright legislation that balances the needs of creators and users in order to improve canada's productivity, enhance economic competitiveness and increased standard of living, our government will continue to make targeted investment to promote and encourage research and development in canada's private site during inter-universities, colleges and tech geeks. it will look for ways to support innovation while ensuring federal investment in research and development is a set this and maximizes results for canadians. it will also release and implement digital economy strategy that enhances digital infrastructure and encourages canadian businesses to adopt digital to elegies and provide digital skills training for their employees and new hires. >> translator: in addition, our government will continue to cut red tape for small
businesses so that they can focus their attention on growing businesses and creating jobs here at this be achieved while maintaining the highest standards to protect their environment and the health and to give canadians. our government will also continue opening ne government o continue opening new markets for canadian businesses in order to create good, new jobs for canadian workers since 2006. we find free trade agreements covering eight countries as associations covering him 50 more are underway. our government will team to complete negotiations on a free trade agreement with the union
by 2012. it will also seek to complete negotiations on a free trade agreement with india in 2013. in all international forums in bilateral negotiations, our government will continue to stand up for canadian farmers and industries by expanding supply management. >> the united states is our most important ally and friend. we will work with the administration for the sheer provision for parameter, security and economic competitiveness. we will strengthen our collaboration to streamlining secure our border and enhance regulatory cooperation, assuring people and goods can flow freely and safely between our two
countries. our government also understands the importance of attracting foreign dinners to our economy, foreign investment helps canadian companies grow by introducing new technologies in part says, launching pads to strengthen growth and innovation here at home. provides new opportunities to connect firms to the world or our government will continue to welcome foreign investment that benefits canada appeared our government will also move forward with partners to establish a new national security regulator come subsequent to the supreme court decision on the extent of federal jurisdiction. nearly three years ago the world faced an unprecedented financial crisis, drawing on strong fundamentals and values of the hard-working canadian firms that refuse to let difficult times to find them, our economic plan helped canada or merge quickly from recession, working close
with provinces, territories and communities, government moved swiftly to develop targeted time-limited program that created jobs right across the country. hard work, determination and responsible choices allowed us to make extraordinary investment when times were tough while avoiding levels that threaten other countries. we must now take the same approach to future growth. we must eliminate deficit and return to balance budgets to ensure that our economy can continue to grow and create jobs and the federal government will have sufficient flexibility for future choices. our government had committed to achieving this by 2015 in order to accelerate the return to a balanced budget and of the many the deficit when your earlier over the next year we will undertake a strategic and operating review of government
spending led by a new cabinet subcommittee established for this purpose. this review will be focused on reducing cost of government while keeping taxes low and preserving transfers to individuals and provinces for essential things like tension, health and education. our government will also complete stimulus package is promised and continue specific measures to restrain the growth of government expenditures. >> translator: our government plan will put us on a strong footing to rebuild paying down the federal debt. further cannot reduce taxes on families and continue investing in priorities. there is no greater priority for canadians been caring for their loved ones. canadians believe that their parents and grandparents have worked hard and deserve a secure
retirement. they want their children and grandchildren to grow up with every opportunity to lead happy, healthy lives. many canadians struggle to realize that is why our governments to tax plans will permanently enhance the guaranteed income supplement for some 680,000 of canada's most vulnerable seniors. this increase, the largest in a quarter-century will help the seniors make ends meet. at the same time, our government will continue to help canadians save for retirement and will work with provincial and territorial partners to implement the registered pension plans.
>> tremendous time and resources required if caregivers come to individuals and families divided responsibilities and caring for parents or relatives. these family caregivers make special sacrifices, often leaving the workforce temporarily and employment income. the new family caregiver tax credit will support those who care for a dependent family member who is affirmed. in addition, government will remove the path on eligible expansions that caregivers can claim under the medical expense tax credit. our government will support parents in providing their children with opportunities to go personally and discover their creative passions by establishing a children's arts tax credit. canadians want and expect the health care system to be there when they and their families need it most. canadians want better results from the health care system.
at the same time as an aging population are not unprecedented pressure on the system's ability to deliver. set 10 >> translator: commitment to respect and provincial jurisdiction and working with the provinces and territories to ensure that the health care system is sustainable and that there is accountability for results. it will maintain the 6% escalator for the canada health transfer while working collaboratively with provincial partners to renew the health accord and continue reducing wait times. as has been done before, our government will enter into a separate agreement with the government of tibet, regarding the implementation of the renewed health corner.
our government will hold a debate on the future of this important mission. as part of our ongoing efforts to promote human rights, our government will create a new office of religious freedom to help protect religious minorities and promote the pluralism essential to the development of free and democratic societies. we will also take action to strengthen our national sovereignty. our government is committed to protecting the integrity of our immigration system. it will introduce measures to address marriage fraud and abuse of our system that can victimize unsuspecting cay canadians and vulnerable immigrants. we will introduce legislation to combat human struggling that places migrants in dangerous conditions and underminds trust in the canadian system. >> translator: government has made canada's north the corner
cornerstone of its agenda. sovereignty comes through presence and actions, not words. our government will continue to exercise leadership in a stewardship of northern lands and waters. it is also committed to working with the northwest territories and the private sector to complete the highway by linking cities there by realizing prime minister baker's vision of connecting canada by road from sea to sea to sea. canada's natural environment shapes our national identity, our health, and our prosperity. our government has expanded protected lands and marine areas to an unprecedented extent so that future and current
generations can continue to enjoy them. in this, the 100th anniversary year of our national park system, our government will create a significant new protected area. it will work with provenn issue, regional, municipal, aboriginal, and community stakeholders towards establishing an urban national part in the rouge valley of eastern toronto. looking to the future, our government will engage a broad range of stake holders on the development of the national conservation plan to move our conservation objectives forward and better connect all canadians with nature. >> our government is committed to developing our resources to
protect the environment and promote clean energy projects of national or regional significance such as the planned lower churchhill project in canada. it will engage the provinces, territories, and industry on ways to improof the regulatory and environmental assessment process for resource projects while ensuring meaningful consultation with affected communities as well as aboriginal communities. among our heritage, canadians also cherish or shared history. anniversaries are an important part how a society marks its collective progress and defines goals for the future. a key milestone is the bicentennial of the war of 1812. we will remember how those of diverse backgrounds and various regions came together to fight for canada ensuring the independent destiny of our country in north america.
we will also celebrate the 200th anniversary of the settlement that marks the founding of manatoba in the early days of the modern west. next year, we'll observe her majesty's diamond jubilee celebrates six decades of service as queen as canada, and canadians look forward in just a few weeks time welcoming the duke and duchess of cambridge on their first tour since their marriage this spring. >> translator: the government of canada has no more mondaymental duty than to protect the safety of our citizens and defend against the pressed national security. >> we'll move quickly in comprehensive law and order legislation to combat and define terrorism. these measures will protect children from sex offenders, eliminate house arrest with serious crimes and give law
enforcement officials, courts, and systems the legal tools they need to fight criminals and terrorists. our government will continue to protect the most vulnerable in society and work to prevent crime. it will propose tougher sentences for those who abuse seniors and will help at-risk youth avoid gangs and criminal activity. it will address the violence against women and girls. our government believes the interest of law-abiding citizens should be placed ahead of criminals. canadians who are victimized or threatened by crime deserve their government's support and protection, and they should have the right to take reasonable steps to defend themselves and their property when the police cannot be there to assist them. our government will reintroduce legislation to clarify and strengthen laws on self-defense, defensive property, and citizens arrest. our government will also continue to implement its response to the air indian report.
>> translator: in addition to guarding the interests of our nation as a whole, our government will continue taking action to address the needs and aspirations of every region of the country. local communities are best placed to overcome their unique challenges, but government can help create the conditions for these communities and the industries that sustain them to succeed. >> canada's rural communities are rich in culture and generations of canadians worked hard and played by the rules. they should not be the target of unfair laws. we'll work to introduce legislation to end the wasteful uneffective long lost registry. canadians are crucial to the economy, and the government stood behind canada's agriculture, forestry, mineral, and manufacturing sectors, and
we'll continue to support them as they innovate and grow. we ensure western farmers have the freedom to sell wheat and barley on the open market. canada's average peoples are central to canada's history, and our government has made it a priority to renew and deepen our relationship. the contribution of canada's aboriginal peoples will be important to our future prosperity. concerted action is needed to address the barriers to social and economic participation that many aboriginal canadians face. our government will work with aboriginal communities, provinces, and territories to meet this challenge. it will help open the door to greater economic development by providing new investments in first nation's land management. it will promote canadians vees to clean water and deploy clean energy technology in aboriginal and northern communities. building on the work of the
national panel on first nation elementary and secondary education, our government will engage with partners to make concrete, positive changes to give first nation's children a better education so that they can realize their dreams. we will also expand adulthood basic programming in the territories to help increase education and employment levels. >> translator: our government will also introduce legislation to ensure that people living on reserve have the same matrimonial real property rights and protections as other canadians. canada's diverse communities are connected by shared values and aspirations and by the willingness to lend a hand. this has been markettedly evident in the response of ordinary canadians to recent and
devastating floods and wild fires. our government recognizes the resolve and courage shown by canadian communities in the face of adversity and will stand by them in their times of need. >> we will provide the principled accountable leadership and good, clean government that canadians deserve. in first taking office, the government introduced accountability legislation as its first act in the 39th parliament, and will now move forward on its long standing commitment to democratic reform. reform of the senate remains a priority for our government. our government will reintroduce legislation to limit lengths and encourage provinces and territories to hold lerkses for senate nominees. canadians expect fairness and accountability in the full range of government institutions that serve them. our government will reintroduce
legislation to restore fair representation in the house of commons. it will take steps to phase out direct taxpayer subsidies to federal political parties over the next three years. it will support transparency for first nation's communities by requiring their chiefs and counselors to publish their salaries and expenses. our government will support the efforts of the public service to modernize the way it works so that it can continue to provide the highest standard of service to canadians. >> translator: vacancies on the supreme court of canada, our government will engage parliamentarians through a transparent process first used in 2006. our government will also ensure that citizens, the private sector, and our partners have improved access to the workings of government through open data,
open information, and open dialogue. >> as canadians, we take pride in our history and look forward to our future as the true, strong, and free. from our earliest days, we've always come together to advance our common purpose, each of us ready to do our part to move canada forward. >> translator: building on the careful investments and decisive actions of the past five years, our government will move swiftly to deliver the next important phase of the economic action plan. our government will reflect the courage canadians show in meeting the challenges as today and their determination to rise to those they see on the horizon. members of the house of commons, you will be asked to appropriate
the funds required to carry out the services and expenditures authorized by parliament. >> honorable centers and members of the house of commons, let the work of our great democracy support canadians as they go about fashioning a 21st century destiny limited only by their ambition and imagination. may devine providence guide you in your deliberations and make you equal to the trust bestowed upon you. >> and with that, governor general david johnson completes his speech running seconds under 30 seconds, about the average length of speeches from the thrown, and for the most part went about as expected. there was something that happened during that speech, though which wasn't seen on camera, at least not on the live cameras, and that was a protest
inside the senate chamber. in fact, right on the floor of the senate chamber just behind the supreme court justices whose heads you see at the bottom of the screen, right behind those justices in the red robes. there was somebody wearing a page's outfit, and from the information we've got, in fact, it was a page on parliament hill, whether it was a senate page or a house of commons page, and these are young people hired to move messages back and forth, was holding up a stop harper sign and was quickly escorted out of the chamber. let's check in for more information on that. rosemary barton is outside the chamber. >> yeah, this is highly unusual. they've posted a picture of the senate page that was removed, and a number of senators were tweeting from inside the red chamber that it was a page they were familiar with. i can tell you she's dressed
like any other page as you can see there on your screen from the white gloves and the name tag. she went up behind the supreme court justices, pulled out this sign, and one of our web reporters who is in the chamber saw this with her own eyes as well. she was escorted quickly out down the side stairs where i am. it's beyond unusual. it's unusual that she is would obviously put her job at risk. i imagine the first thing that will happen is she'll lose her job and take a moment like this at such a high ceremony to protest against steven harper and the conservative government. totally unheard. i haven't seen anything like it especially by someone who is employed by the house of commons to try to contribute to democracy in some way. i guess she was, but that probably wasn't the best way to keep her job. >> no, no, that's for sure. you're right.
it's unprecedented in my memory. somebody in the house of commons was a staff on parliament hill. there's demonstrations from the public galleries at different times, especially the house of commons side, but that is extremely unusual. what her name is, we don't know. what happened to her sense, we don't know, but i think rosy is probably canadians cat a-- accurate assuming she won't be back on the job after that. there are pictures, and there you go, you get a sense of what kind of coverage that will provoke, and we'll take away a bit from the message obviously that the government was hoping to get forward today through the speech from the thrown. all we can tell from that picture in terms of name is that her first name is bridget, the name that's on the name tag there. bridget marcel, at least that is the name on the name tag.
if we get more information, we'll get it to you, but a unprecedented incident on the floor of the senate chamber right in front. we don't know from the tweets that i've seen from senators, they are tweeting from the senate floor, and some of the ghosts in there. they don't think the general saw it, but the prime minister probably did. let's get some content reaction now in terms of what we heard. i don't think there were surprises in the speech, doesn't seem to be to me, but a lot of ground was covered. terry, first, you're cents in all of this? >> well, i'm struck, peter, in the speech by how much we focused over the last several months, particularly the final weeks of the minority government on details, and what we see in the thrown speech is, yes, they are coming back to the same details, but there's also a huge amount of big stuff, much more substantive stuff in the thrown speech that we have not talked about it. not that it's new, but we have
not talked about it. we're talking about details like tinkering with crime registration, getting rid of the gun registry or getting rid of the board, will we achieve balance in the budget? get rid of the deficit by 2014 or 2015? all of these seemed like big issues at the time, and now they seem like details when you compare them with the rest of the con dent of -- come tent of this speech representing a substantial agenda for the majority government. i'm talking about the perimeter security deal with the united states. they are going to go back at that, that will affect canada in a thousand different ways. free trade with europe. it's a snooze. let's face it. boring. who wants to talk about free trade with europe? well, this government does. it would be a big deal if it can be achieved, and they say, well, we can do it by 2012, at least that's the target. then, maybe a free trade deal with india, and to say nothing of what we already discussed, big issues of democratic reform
introducing term limits to the senate, not radical, just opening a can of worms as we already discussed going into the speech, and, of course, the prospect of having more members in the house of commons to represent population growth in ontario, bc, and alberta. we have these details are familiar, but maybe we've taken our eye off the ball a bit, and the term speech reminds us there's very big issue and big agenda items tonight plate of the new government. >> got you. you're right about that, big issues and big items. full details yet to come on how they will actually do a lot of these things. >> right, yeah. >> but that's normal from the speech of the thrown. >> there's a lot of details to be worked out. i mean, free trade with the european union will to the come if harper campaigns for free management in powell reintroduce and dairy. that is one example of blocking
the passage, but, yeah, the big picture is something to pay attention to. >> as important as it is, i didn't hear you volunteering to cover those talks? >> well, i did say it was boring. maybe -- i got a bad knee too, peter, when it comes to free trade talks. it really acts up. >> all right, back to you in a bit, tier rei. we want to check on the content of the speech. evan, you're first up. >> a lot of what we expected about the agenda is what we expected it to be. they talked about the deficit. they talked about senate reform term limits and elections. they promised that. they talked about ending the subsidies for the sub subsidies, facing that out. they talked about a deal with quebec on the hst, about $2.8
billion finalizing that by september 15. that's important because the notion of redistributing, maybe adding more seats is something quebec doesn't like, also the regulators, another thing quebec doesn't like. one thing that jumped out at me, peter, worth talking about. it was buried in there, and it said they will remove barriers for older workers so they don't have to necessarily retire, mandatory retirement. this is difficult to square because one of the ways they're going to deal with the deficit a year earlier is through early retirement and forcing out worker attrition and various things. how do they let workers work longer and then try to force them out into mandatory retirement. we'll have to figure out what happens monday in the budget on that. that struck me as interesting. behind me, peter, there's a lot of commotion.
everyone is gathering to hear the first reaction from the opposition leaders to this. the other thing there will be is the passage of the copyright legislation. i talked to minister moore, the heritage minister about that, and they promised to introduce a bill called seasons two as soon as the fall starts. it will not happen this session, but it will be the exact same bill as before so really the big ticket items that terry talks about. the perimeter deal, those are the things to talk a lot about, but there's still a couping things here we have to figure out where they square the circle on these, peter. >> you're right about the retirement issue on how it conflicts with bringing down the deficit with early retirement. you have two conflicting things on the retirement age and problem with pensions and the cost of pensions so by increasing, you know, the retirement age issue, stops that pension question at least for
awhile on the stopgap. as you said, they got to square the circle or circle the square or do something to make those two lines meet. okay. we'll keep an eye on that. we're looking for jack leyton, the leader of the opposition, his early comments on what he's heard from the speech from the thrown and the liberal leader, bob ray, what he has to say. let's zip back down to the senate side and see if rose mary barton heard more on the page who got her protest right on the floor of the house of the senate. >> yeah, well, it's safe to say it was highly organized, peter, because moments after we left, a press release came out on the page in question. a woman who you correctly identified, a 21-year-old, a recent graduate realized she couldn't do anything here to
stop "the harper agenda" and believe his choices were not good for her generation. she talked about fighter jets, corporate taxes, and wants more of an emphasis on green jobs, better medicare, healthy environments, and included her cell phone numbers to arrange interviews with herself. obviously, well thought out, well planned, well orchestrated, and she knew this would get the media's attention. >> all right, thanks, rosy. let's listen to what he says. >> there would be a change of tone and the government would be working with the other political parties to accomplish things, to accept their ideas, to talk about solutions, but instead of that, what we got was just the same old ideas. now, we were listening for new initiatives to create good new jobs, but there was not much there. we have tax cuts again for the
big banks, but not for small business. the people that actually create jobs. there was no mention either of doing something to make retirement more secure for people. there was no mention made of climate change or the cost of every day living for people because people are having trouble making ends meet, and i don't think the government is aware of that. >> are you disappointed the speech didn't talk about the new tone we need in parliament? meaning the government is prepared to work with other parties on solutions and work in a different fashion. it was a recitation of what they proposed to do before, not really much of an outreach to other praters to say let's work on problems together. that's disappointing. we didn't hear anything about real job creation, the good jobs that needs to be part of helping people get out of unemployment and build the future of the country, nothing on the canada pension plans and retirement security in a significant way,
and that's a huge problem for cay canadians. family doctors, things we need now for health care. everything was way off in the future. the cost of living, just basically addressing canadian's needs to meet their needs day-to-day and month-to-month. climate change, really nothing, so i will say there's good things in the budget, but in the speech in the thrown that we look forward to, but quite a number of disappointments. >> translator: why should the government have changed its tone or its direction when it got a strong mandate from canadians, and that was the tone they used in the campaign? well, because they received 40% of the votes, 60% of canadians voted against them, and that's why we needed a change in tone, even on election night the prime minister said he would be working differently. he would be working with the other parties, but there was no mention made of that in the
thrown speech today, unfortunately. >> translator: now, there were some references to the royal family. they took the time to mention that queen elizabeth is the queen of canada, that there's going to be a royal visit, is that completely harmless or what? >> translator: well, i think it would have been a little strange had there been no mention whatsoever of the fact that members of the royal family will be visiting canada in a few weeks so i don't really find it was strange to have heard those references. [speaking in french] >> translator: well, with respect to the senate, one may wonder why the prime minister as his first action decided to appoint non-elected people who
had been rejected by the voters, to appoint them to the senate, and i note there's no reference to that in the speech from the thrown either. is he serious about this? i don't know. >> you said yesterday again, they didn't vote for harper, but what did you expect? how do you see this government looking different than before? what did you expect? >> well, i don't see the government looking different than before, and that's the problem. i don't see any significant change. we did see something we pushed for which is to deal with the hst payments, to deal with the unfairness demonstrated to quebec. we pushed forward on that, but not really much else, and i would have thought that after an election where issues were raised, where canadians in large numbers voted against the government and did so for certain reasons, they would have tackled retirement security in a direct way and making sure
people have family doctors, deal with the basic affordability and jobs issues, but they were not there, and that's disstressing. [speaking in french] >> translator: do you think this is a promise of honesty or evidence of honesty the fact they only talked about their promises in the speech? >> translator: well, did we not learn something in that election campaign? that's what i'm wondering. we had a discussion all across this country, and people expressed their views about a certain number of important issues such as retirement security such as the need to have more family doctors, such as the need to create jobs and to help small business so there were all kinds of good ideas that came out in the election, and i wonder why the government did not decide to just select a couple of those ideas and work with the other parties to try and resolve the issues.
>> more years with this? >> well, we'll see. our job is to try to convince the government, working with canadians all across the country, we need action on key issues, the clarity here today they left behind. the need for family doctors, the need for more jobs. we see the government backing off that agenda rather than seizing them and get something done. we'll do our job to press the government to take action here. >> translator: for quebec, mr. layton, did this meet your expectations? >> translator: no, not really because for either quebecers or canadians because they have the same concerns for their family. yes, well, there's some very important issues for quebecers, and they were not properly addressed here. he talked about flooding, but didn't mention what they plan to
do about that. they just used the word; that's it. >> translator: now, the reference to the copyright act, they said they want to see that passed as quickly as possible. what do you think about that statement? do you think that means they're rejecting debate on this? >> translator: well, certainly that's one of our concerns because the government has not balanced the interests of the creative sector of our society, and those of the big companies that are active in that area, and we have to resolve the issues, but we need an approach that's balanced so i think they'll be a major debate on this when they introduce the bill, and we're prepared for that. >> well, we're hearing there's been progress. the good news there is that discussions are still going on. we're dealing with rotating job
action at the moment so the full impacts are not there yet. let's hope we encourage all sides here to work towards a resolution. the fact the meetings are still going on and the different aspects appear to be under significant and serious consideration, that's good news for all of us, and i just say let's work hard all over the weekend and see if we can't get this one started out. >> translator: with respect to canada's post, we have found out that the negotiations are continuing, that's a good thing. we hope that they will continue. we're encouraging the government on the other side to try and work things out. canada's post is at the table. they're still talking, and i think we should try to resolve this as quickly as possible for the workers and for the businesses and the people who depend on it. >> translator: apparently
there's a number of free trade agreements including with europe. now you're political party has some reservations about free trade. what do you think about this? >> translator: well, we don't want to create a situation where our public services will all be privatized. it's friday afternoon. we're not in favor of privatizing all our public services without any debate, and that's why we have to look at those bills and those free trade dpreements very -- agreements very carefully and the ndp will be doing that because in a number of those discussions, the agreements will ask, for example -- well, with respect to municipal services, they say they have to be open to
competition for example. in order to sign the agreement, water services from a municipality have to be open to competition with big european companies. now, are canadians in favor of that? should we not have a discussion about the implications of this? so i think it's up to us to ensure that these things are discussed before we sign any kind of agreement like this. what about human rights? are they protected adequately? what about the environment? is it a race to the bottom? are we going to actually improve the situation of families and workers and so on? those are very important questions for us to be looked at with respect to those free trade agreements. now, with columbia, we saw a number of problems, and we don't want to see any repetition of
those problems. >> [inaudible] [inaudible] >> translator: do not feel you're in a bit of a straight jacket as the official opposition now? >> translator: no. we've already accomplished something important. we're talking about the $2.2 billion to resolve the tax harmization issue of quebec, and that's one of the things we debated during the leader's debate, so we are pressing the government to take action, and we won't give up on that. at the same time, we are disappointed to see that a number of our practical and perfectly achievable discussions
and propositions were not accepted by the government, but we will certainly continue to try and convince them to do that. >> [inaudible] >> jack layton taking questions in the lobby outside the house of commons. we'll break away now and we await the other leader of the liberal party should be up next. we have 8 minutes left of the show. get in as much as we can. rose mary's reaction that the first leader of the green party. here's what she told rose mary. >> peter, i'm here with the leader of the green party, ms. elizabeth meg. good to see you. what stood out to you? >> this is the most ceremony yal and somber thing that occurs in
our system, and that was not the right place. it was surprising and i have to say given what the youth of our country are facing and the fact of the speech made no reference to the climate crisis, at all, climate change was not mentioned. i certainly can sympathize, but it was not the right place or the right time. i have to say the speech from the thrown reflected tightly and tracked with the budget from march of 2011 with the only difference of the addition to change the public financing reforms for political parties brought in, the commitment to get rid of the law gun registry. there were a few new pieces. the commitment for an austerity program i really urge the group working on it to make it transparent and invite others in so that we can all see where there are efficiencies to be made in government and where the cuts will occur. i think that will help. >> there was not anything surprising or different in the platform. from that perspective, they were
transparent. >> there was a great deal on the war of 1812, but no climate change. we had a great deal of information on the war of 1812, but nothing on climate change. given the feature, i would have wished the prime minister picked up from the advice of our auditor as she left her post saying, look, we have neglected issues; and one she mentioned he had content. there was good content to make changes to deal with the crisis of the first nation, but the other big point, there was nothing on climate change. >> good to see you. good for you to be here on your first time. >> it's great to be here on the floor in our ancient ceremonies pressing up to the bar looking in at royalty, those of us who are commoners. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> back to you, peter. >> all right from elizabeth to the liberal leader. >> there's no sense of federal leadership there.
with respect to the environment, there was nothing there at all about stainability and the kind of changes needed now to slow down climate change, with respect to external affairs and foreign affairs, there was no mention made of diplomacy, only our military, and we live in a world where the work of our dip mats may, in fact, be more important in the future than it has been in the past, and that is something that was not acknowledged in the document, so there really were no surprises, but at the same time, there was a tone of come complacency, and even worse, with the bill on crime. no recognition of the fact that many, many people believe that the measures proposed by the conservatives are really reactionary and don't address the real causes of our social and economic issues now.
[speaking in french] >> translator: well, would you like me to commend the government? i think that's up to you to do it if you wish, but i'm here to say that what i saw was a certain tone of come complacency in this, and quite frankly, i believe that in terms of the challenges facing canadians, i think we have to remember that 60% of canadians did not vote for the current government. they talked about a big mandate, but in many opinion, they don't have a big mandate. they want a majority of seats under our election system, but the fact is that the majority of canadians do not really share the priorities and view points of the conservatives. >> translator: there was mention made of it, but no special or specific measures
were outlined. there was no mention made of poverty either or violence that affects a lot of people who are, a lot of people in canada, or anyceps of what should be done. now, we will continue to explore what the conservatives have in their mind in this regard, and we'll see what happens. >> [inaudible] >> translator: what does it mean? well, who is against stability? what exactly does that mean in practical terms? they talked about the work done by our armed forces, but didn't refer to our diplomats or the people working in the area of developments, and i see a certain lack of imagination in terms of what they will be doing to secure the future for us. >> [inaudible]
>> well, the challenges we face in the world today, economic instability, growing gap between rich and poor in the world, pockets of violence all around the world cause of enormous instability in the world, the question of environmental change not really addressed at all in the document. you look at these questions, the support for international institutions, the word united nations was never mentioned. none of the national institutions were ever mentioned. as i said before, the word, "poverty" was never mentioned. that is lacking a political element, a political framework giving one a sense that this government really understands the nature of the world out there and the need for canadian leadership and full participation. i didn't get the sense that they had that there. >> and that's bob ray, the leader of the liberal party adding to the list of opposition leaders who clearly did not find
enough in the speech from the thrown to rally their support behind it, not unexpected, especially in a majority government situation. here's our coverage coming up over the next little while here on both cbc television and the cbc news network. power and politics with evan solomon beginning at 5 p.m. eastern time, an hour away from now, a full analysis of the speech from the thrown, and also tonight, the national with diana swain on cbc television, and don't forget the coverage on monday at 4 p.m. eastern on cbc news america and cbc television, full coverage of the budget and how it impacts you. that's our special coverage today, the speech from the thrown, the new harper majority government. i'm peter mansbridge.
that the minority would be on equal footing of the majority. >> mr. speaker on c-span's q&a. you can download this and others online at c-span.org/podcasts. >> the head of regulatory affairs for the obama administration says that a recent small business administration estimate of the cost of federal regulations is deeply flawed. in testimony to a house energy and commerce subcommittee, cat also said that environmental or worker safety rules oven benefit the economy. many of the republicans on the subcommittee raised their concerns that the regulation were hampering job growth. this morning's hearing ran about three hours. >> good morning, everybody. this hearing will come to order, and i'll open with my opening statement. we convene this hearing of this
subcommittee to get an update of how the administration is implementing president obama's executive order announced on january 18 entitled "improving regulation and regulatory review." to do so, we welcome back mr. cat sunstein, head of the office of regulatory affairs. within the office of management and budget, he testified before this committee at our first hearing on january 26, a week after president obama signedded the order and publicly committed to striking the right balance between regulation and economic growth. he agreed to come back in three months to discuss how his office improved the regulatory review system to reduce burdens on the american economy and industry. president obama's executive order confirms agencies must adopt only those regulatory actions whose benefits justify
its caused tailored to impose the least burden on society that take into account the cost of accumulative regulations maximizing net benefits, that specify performance objectives and evaluate alternatives to direct regulation. this calls on agencies to review significant regulations already in place. expending upon the requirement, the president announced in a "wall street journal" op-ed that his action requires a government wide review of the rules already on the books to remove outdayed regulation that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive. now, this is incredibly important given that the federal register stands at an all time high of over 81,000 pages. in 2010 alone, federal agencies
added more than 3500 final rules to the books. i hope you'll share with us a number of examples demonstrating how the commitment put into action and how agencies will relieve small businesses of expensive and burdensome regulation that promote job growth. this morning's report of the 9.1% unemployment rate with significantly less job creation in may than april adds to the urgency of this task. after all, regulations total $1.75 trillion, a cost according to the small business administration, greater than the federal budget projected at $8.1 trillion for fy11 and profits that total $1.46 trillion in 2008. in addition, i hope you can give us a sense of how you are enforcing the other requirement
of the executive order. he's the traffic cop. enormously expensive regulation has sped through the review process on his watch with little or no opportunity for meaningful public comment. this leads me to believe that ioira is left out other process or has not been effective. on may 18, 120 days after the executive order issued, each agency was required to submit to oira is plan of regulations that would identify in their retrospecktive analysis as candidates for reconsideration or review. agencies were supposed to consider all of the burdensome regulations identified by the stake holders in the private sector before submitting their plans. now, on a hearing on january 26, i agreed with you when, "one idea we have had is that the public has a lot more
information than we do about what rules are actually doing on the ground." as i've said before, however, it is important that rhetoric is masked with measurable results. epa alone receive approximately 1500 comments on its rules and regulations. the chamber of commerce weighed in on roughly 20 regulations proposed or finalized over the past two years at the environmental protection agency, yet epa's plan for regulatory review includes only two of the 20, and in both cases still fails to address the fundamental complaints made by the industry. the environmental counsel of the states, a group that represents the secretaries of states environmental agencies identified more than 30 groups of regulations for review. these are not big business leaders. these are the state officials that run almost all of the
programs under the clean air act and clean water act and undertake about 90% of the enforcement actions. unfortunately after reviewing the plan, it appears as though epa officials in washington overwhelmingly disagree with or simply ignore the folks that actually implement the regulations that have identified as being burdensome. not only did epa apparently ignore the stake holders, but imposed over 900 new regulations on the states since the beginning of this administration. he has spoken repeatedly about the need to create a new regulatory culture across the executive branch, and i think all of us will agree with him, an unprecedented amount of authority is delegated to the executive agencies in this administration. new regulations affecting many sectors of industry and aspects of all the american life are being promulgated under the same flawed system that produced the
regulations identified today so hopefully we can take steps towards changing this culture, and we look forward to your testimony, and with that, i recognize the ranking member. >> thank you very much, mr. chairman. in january of this year, president obama issued an executive order directing federal agencies to develop plans for improving the regulatory system. as part of this order, the president urged agencies to expand opportunities for public participation in the regulatory process and to look for ways 20 make regulations more figure and effective. you'll be pleased to know both sides of the aisle support these goals. this subcommittee has a valuable role to play in reviewing implementation of the order, and i want to also join you in welcoming mr. sunstein back
today. the last hearing disappointed solved into a picky criticism that individual members might disagree with, but i think it's worthwhile for this committee to continue to focus on the regulatory reform efforts of the administration and see if we can make real progress so i know we're taking away, once again, from your efforts to implement this program, but it's important for us to hear it. since our first hearing on the executive order in january, i think from what i've heard, executive branch agencies have developed preliminary regulatory review plans that the administration has provided to the subcommittee and posted on the white house website for public input. my initial review of the plans reviews a range of efforts to make the executive orders score goals. agencies are stream lining and modernizing reporting requirements to save industry and government time and money. they are more precisely
tailoring regulations to save money for regulated industries. they are creating broader opportunities for public participation in the design and implementation of regulations, and they are improving the review process so i hope we can hear about some of those things today, but i also hope we can hear about how or what the administration intends to do next to actually streamline now that they are taking input to streamline and modernize and eliminate unnecessary regulations. having said that, i will say the administration appears to be working hard to implement regulatory reform, and after hearing the distinguished chairman's opening statement and also the sad unemployment news of this morning, i wish the majority rather than complaining in vague terms about the regulatory reform efforts and the unemployment rate would actually sit down with the minority and with us together
develop a jobs bill. we've been talking about this since january, and if we really want to reduce the unemployment rate, let's stop fickling about the edges. let's sit down and target craft a jobs plan. that will benefit the american public, and if we started now, we might be able to decrease unemployment by the end of the year, and with that, mr. chairman, i yield back. >> i thank the gentle lady and the gentleman from texas is recognized for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. chairman. welcome back to our committee. we welcome you back and always glued to see you here. we welcome the changes that are coming from some of the agencies. i do still want to hear more about what the administration is doing and if they are doing anything to slow the continuing on the slawght of regulations being prom mull gait -- promulgated. we went dop to the white house today and the president said he wanted to clear out the
regulatory underbrush, so i took that as a positive sign. he said the regulations should not be obscure, they should not be difficult for people to understand. what is hard to understand is how the administration wants to continue to be appty employer, and at the same time be pro-jobs. it just doesn't seem to be working out as we saw this this morning's unemployment numbers. businesses are playing with uncertainty as to what the kneeing regulations will be and what's handed down next by washington. i understand the use of regulations to ensure safety and promote the predictability of the market, but you must know every day people come to washington to tell their congressmen or women about the fears of the avalanche of regulations to increase their compliance cost. i hear from business owners talking about how regulations coming from hhsepa bank examiners and more, and i don't see how the review will be a delivery to help them through the problems they are having,
and i might add the problems are delivered by the united states congress. while some of the regulations may be necessary, i feel that many in washington don't understand or comprehend the effect this has on job creation. when compliance cuts go up, that cuts a business' bottom line and that means jobs are likely to be lostment i'm afraid this review has for some purpose just been for political purposes m i think that this was the reaction of a president who doesn't understand how to create jobs so this is his attempt to appease business. after all the public relations and the role out of the review, the higher ups at the white house will have little interest in continuing the review, particularly after special interest groups and outside groups castigate the white house for reviewing regulations in the first place. a special area of regulations coming up liked medical loss review and other organizations, in all cases, the federal government took something
working in practice and proving that it can't work in theory. now, these pieces would ensure more consumer benefits, lower cost, and encourage care organization where patients and hospitals and doctors work together for financial savings, but because of the way the regulations are written, there's still systems that encourage fraud. planned solvency is at risk. there's the ultimate consumer protection. if your plan is bankrupt, you don't have much health care delivered, and then accountable care organizations -- that's the unicorn that turns out that nobody really -- not only nobody believes exists, but nobody wants to adopt it because it's so difficult and erroneous. i hope you folks over at office management of the budget and your counterparts at the federal trade commission will understand this and perhaps allow doctors in this country once again to practice medicine. i'll yield back the balance of my time, mr. chairman. >> gentleman yields back and the
gentlelady from tennessee, ms. blackburn is recognized for one minute. >> thank you for being with us again. i think everyone will agree the number one issue facing our constituents is jobs and the greatest obstacle that we're hearing about jobs is regulatory overreach, uncertainty through the regulatory process, and this is not surprising. when you look at the epa alone, they have finalized 928 regulations since the start of this administration with more than 6,000 pages of regulations released last year. now, saying you want to get rid of some of these regulations and issuing more is counterproductive to jobs. it is killing the growth of jobs, the figures this morning attest to that. i would encourage my colleagues to remember you don't do a jobs
bill to create jobs. washington doesn't create jobs. it is the private sector that credits these jobs. it is our responsibility to create that environment for jobs growth to take place, and mr. sunstein, i have to tell you, all the regulations coming out of this town are not helping employers whether it is health care, whether it is banking, whether it is regulation from the ftc, the fcc, the epa, this has to stop. we look forward to working with you to get these regulations off the books, not add more, and i yield back. >> gentlelady yields back. the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i welcome mr. sunstein back for comments, and then there's a dialogue about specific agencies and challenges as well as a
bigger picture approach, and see how we can get this executive order properly implemented because one of the concerns i have as wreef, you know, still gotten in over two and a half years into administration now, we still continue to seek slow job growth. today's numbers showed a dramatic decline from the numbers that just came out in may, and the increase in unemployment yet again, and frankly when i talk to employers not only throughout southeast louisiana, but big employers all over the country, they tell you about the limitations and the inability to create jobs and impediments to job creation is the limitations that have nothing to do with protecting people or the environment, but about agendas driven by bureaucrats in washington. that's not how regulations should work. we pushed legislation through to help create jobs that are just lingering over in the senate, but in the meantime, you have
the ability, you have a task to go out and actually reform this process, but you have the ability to do it, and i hope it's more than window dressing, and i look forward to the conversation, and i yield back. >> i thank the gentleman, and the gentleman, the ranking member of the full committee, mr. waxman from california is recognized for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. chairman. the subcommittee is returning to the subject of executive order and regulatory reform issued in january by president obama, and the implementation of this order is overseen by the office of information of regulatory affairs, and we're fortunate to have the administrator of oira with us. he can tell us about the administrations regulatory review activities that have occurred since our last hearing. the state and focus of the hearing is to learn more about the agency plans for regulatory reform which the white house
released for public review and comment, but if we're going to have an honest discussion about the cost of regulation, we need to consider all of the relevant facts to examine cost and reduce them wherever possible, but we have to give equal consideration to benefits. yesterday, we were supposed to mark up a bill called the train act which calls for an analysis of the accumulative impacts of epa regulation. the markup was postponed, but the bill illustrates what's wrong with approaching regulatory reform in this committee with this majority. the act focuses exclusively on the economic cost. it mandates analysis of the impacts of the regulation on jobs, electricity costs, manufacturing and trade. it's all appropriate, but it ignores the dangers of unchecked pollution on health, the environment, and global climate change. the one sided approach is what
we should be doing, and the one-sided approach was clearly illustrated by the opening comments by my republican colleagues. a statement was made that the greatest obstacle of the jobs is regulation. i can't believe that. no economist would sunlight that the -- suggest that the rescission is the problem with jobs. the regulatory overreach as it's been called is something that's not new. if it is existing, i've heard my colleagues on the other side say the president wants to slow job growth. that's absurd. no president of the united states wants a bad economy for the american people. this president inherited a terrible economy in great part because of the bad judgments and policies of the bush administration. we need to look at both sides of the equation looking at regulations. we need to maximize the benefits
while min mizeing the cost. good case in point is the clean air act along with health care has become one of the republicans whipping boys. we've considered proposal after proposal to weaken the clear air act, and the theory that reducing pollution is a job killer. reducing pollution is a job killer? well, we shouldn't have to pick between jobs and clean air. that's a false choice. with the committee wrote the clean air act amendments in 1990, we heard horror stories about how the law would impose ruinness cost on industry and lead to widespread unemployment. none of this turned out to be true. ranking member and i asked the epa to do a balanced analysis of both the costs and benefits of the clean air agent. the results showed that the law has been a stunning success. epa found that implementing the clean air act creates american jobs and bolsters the global
competitiveness of american industry even as it lowers health care costs and protects the american families from birth defects, illnesses, and premature death. the health benefits of the act are legion. the clean air act prevented child illnesses, 850,000 as ma attacks, 674,000 of chronic bronchitis, and 5,000 premature deaths with health benefits expected to reach $2 trillion by 2020. is that something to ignore? the environmental technology industry now generates $300 million in annual revenues and supports 1.7 million jobs. i've seen the value of regulation over and over again. following the collapse of the financial markets in 2008, the economy entered the deepest
recession since the great depression. millions of americans have lost their jobs. the cause of the financial crisis was not regulation. it was the absence of regulation. hearings last year showed deepwater horizon oil spill created widespread economic dislocation caused by too little oversight and regulation, not too much. where we can identify regulations, they should be identified and regulated, but as this review continues, remember that sound regulations are vital to protecting the nation's economy and well being. >> i thank the gentleman, and with that, we welcome mr. cass r. sunstein before our subcommittee, and before we start, let me make comments considering your testimony. you are aware that the committee is holding an investigative hearing and when doing so had
the practice of taking testimony under oath, and do you have any objection to testifying under oath? the chair then advises you under the rules of the house and the committee, you are entitled to be advised by counsel if you desire to be advised by counsel during your testimony. in that case, if you would please rise and raise your right hand, do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you god? you are now entitled and may give a 5 minute summary of your written statement. >> [inaudible] >> i think you need to put the mic on. there you go. >> thank you so much, mr. chairman, and thanks to you and members of the committee not only for your strong commitment of the reduction of unjustified regulatory burdens, but also for your generosity and kindness to me and my staff over the last
months as we try to work together on these issues. my focus on these opening remarks will be on the process of retrospecktive review on regulations and the look back as we call it. i will devote a few words to the effort to control regulatory burdens going forward, something addressed in many of your opening remarks. in the january 18th executive order, the president in the first sentence refers specifically to two topics that's come up in the last minute. one is economic growth and the other is job creation. those are central factors in the process that he has inaugurated. for the process going forward, that is with respect to new rules, i'd like to underline four elements of the executive order. first, it requires agencies to consider costs and benefits to ensure that the benefits justify the cost and to select the least
burdensome alternative. those ideas are central going forward, and they will be followed to the extent permitted by law. second, the executive order requires unprecedented levels of public participation. it asks agencies before they issue rules to engage with state, local, and tribal officials, and there is a reference earlier to cost imposed on state and local government to effect stake holders and expert and relevant disciplines. what i'd like to underline here is the requirement that agencies act even in advance of proposed rule making to seek the views of those who are likely to be affected. third, the executive order directs agencies to harmonize, simplify, and coordinate rules with the specific goal of cost reduction. fourth, the executive order directs agencies to consider flexible approaches that reduce burdens and maintain freedom of choice for the public.
those are directions for all of us going forward within the executive branch. what many of your opening remarks focus on is the lookback process. last week in compliance with the executive order, 30 departments and agencies released their preliminary plans to this subcommittee and the public in an unprecedented process. some of the steps outlined in the hundreds of pages of plans already eliminated hundreds of millions of dollars in annual regulatory costs including, by the way, costs imposed on employers. over $1 billion in savings can be expected in the near future so these are not mere aspirations or plans to plan. these are concrete products that have either been delivered already or that will be delivered in the very knew future. over the coming years, the reforms have the potential to eliminate billions of dollars in regulatory burdens.
many of the initiatives represent a fundamental rethinking of how things have long been done. we've heard in the last month since the executive order was written that red tape and paperwork and reporting burdens exert a significant toll on the economy including on small business. there is an effort throughout the plans to try to reduce those burdens. there is also an effort to rethink rules that require the use of outdated technologies in a way thats consistent with the innovations that are now occurring and may even promote innovation. many of the reforms have already saved significant money. the epa has recently exempted milk and dairy industries from its oil spill rule. there's a long tail there. the punch line of the tail is over the next decade, the milk and dairy industries will cry not at all over spilled milk and will save over $1 billion in the
next decade. a few additional illustrations, several of you referred to burdens on employers. we are very alert to that. i'm permly very alert to that. last week the occupational safety and health administration announced a final rule that will remove over 1.9 million annual hours of recordkeeping and paperwork burdens to save over $40 million in annual costs, and that may be a lowball estimate. ..
that's very expensive. this would save potentially over a billion dollars in the next 20 years. these are just illustrations. there is a reference to you, mr. chairman, to a cultural change. we are determined to create the cultural change while a great deal has been done in a short time, an unprecedented effort and while substantial savings that are dependent cheap, the agency plans are preliminary. they are just rats. they are being offered to you, other members of congress, elected representatives at all levels in the pub emphatically including the business community for views and perspectives. suggestions are eagerly welcomed. we need your help in order to make these plants as good as possible and to do as much as
possible to promote economic growth and job creation. agencies will be carefully assessed -- assessing comments and suggestions before they finally are planned and we have a number of weeks, in fact month in which to do that. to change the regulatory culture of washington, we need a constant exploration, not a one-shot endeavor but is working and what is not. we need close reference of the evidence and data in very close reference to the views of stakeholders about what is actually happening on the ground. to quote the opening words, we are trying to promote public health and also economic growth and job creation. >> the investigation before you start is different. we ask questions that pretty much are asking for yes or no answers and sometimes they are
criticized, but we ask for a direct answer. it is a little bit different. we're trying to seek information. so we would appreciate a direct answer, yes or no. establishing ground rules, what to make sure you are the administrator of iraq and you are complying with executive orders with regulatory reform. >> that would be a yes. as the administrator you have a role in ensuring this very important executive order, which is 13563 and 12866. is that correct? >> yes. >> you're the man. now when you have a rule and it has economically significant impact to the economy, that particular rule would require more attention than one is not economically significant. >> absolutely. because there is huge implications on the impact to
the economy with this regulatory framework and also risk analysis should be done in supporting documents. we agree there. ira officials have repeatedly claimed during the obama administration, regulatory reviews have been shorted and regulatory reviews of previous administrations. is that a fair claim to say what the administration has been touting? >> no. >> economic impacts are much larger than the previous administration. your staff i and has remained -- your staff has remained small. i have a graph appear if you would stop wiggling. looks like it is pickling quite a bit. i will show you two charts. the first one shows ira is reviewing more complex regulation. the second one shows the agency spends less time in review of
regulations. this be contrary to what we just talked about in which each is to create. so isn't it true your office review are shorter in duration? >> do we have a printed chart? >> we do. for this task is an h.r. that is not moving, quivering. so i guess the question is, is it true your office reviews are shorter in duration but those under previous administration based upon the craft? >> well, i want to check those numbers. in the first year we were last in the recent past i would want to check. >> why are so many regulations issued after a short ira refuse to public comments that they violate the executive order principles? >> i don't agree with the premise of the question. we had about the same number of rules in the first two years of the bush administration and
actually 2007, 2008 the bush administration imposed higher costs than we did in 2009, 2010. >> i have here a study by the senate that i will insert into the record. disintegrates the economic analysis that reviewed by ira shows the quality of analysis declines when the reviews were shortened. >> i am familiar with that. >> not really. i think the important thing is not how many days on the calendar. i believe the same study shows new to the nation in quality between the bush administration and neocon at. we are eager to increase quality and get better and better. >> the executive order cited earlier, the 12866 requires
agencies to quote identify for the public in a complete, clear and simple matter to sensitive changes between the transmitted to ira for review and subsequently announced as well as those changes in the regulatory action made as a suggestion or recommendation of the ira. despite claiming to be the most transparent in history, we understand the position of the administration is this requirement only applies to the formal regulatory review process. is that correct? >> i believe that is correct, that we are following the death of the bush administration and its predecessor with respect to the interpretation. there has been continuity across republican and democratic administration. i'm not sure what you mean by informal, but what you said sounded great. however, most liberals are
submitted on an informal basis before the draft was officially submitted. with respect to significant rules issued since the passage of the ppa ca, which he be willing to provide the changes suggested by ira during the informal review process? >> it's actually very rare that the rule is submitted informally. that is not the normal practice. it is extremely unusual. all i would say that happens sometimes is there are interagency discussions about rules resubmission and we don't have the authority to make changes in those discussions and sometimes the agency decides they are informative. in other words, informer review is extremely rare. but it's not extremely rare is the interagency discussions and there is no change is made because there's no rules typically purchase discussion of of policy issue.
>> you say it's rare, but it was a health care policy? >> and former review. no, discussions but typically not informal review. >> you say it's fair, but you're saying it did occur. >> i'd want to go back and see because my own involvement as dander during formal review. i would want to go back and see whether -- >> obviously we would not agree on that point because we think it's pendulum in the health care reform. >> i i think there is informal review, which is very rare, where someone sends a very real and says needs? in the health care context, hhs would labor. >> mr. sunstein, if you would follow the because you're saying right now you're not sure if you could remember this correctly. with that, my questions are complete. i would recognize the ranking member. >> thank you, mr. chairman.
mr. sunstein, some think the informal review is a term of art in your mind and what your meeting is informal review at the somebody actually sent text over and it was reviewed and sent back, versus general discussions about potential rules and policies. but that be correct? >> exactly. >> mr. sunstein, i think to ask you about the cost of regulations because we keep hearing about the other side of the aisle of federal regulations has more than $1.75 trillion. as i understand, the basis for that figure is a set number 2010 study called the crane and studied by: mark crane that stated the annual cost of federal regulation totaled approximately $1.75 trillion in 2008. omb reached a different conclusion finding regulatory cost of two dozen eight ranged
from 62 billion to $73 billion. so i guess i am wondering, how does omb calculate its estimates for total regulatory cost? >> thank you for that, congresswoman. what we do is to aggregate the cost of all the rules in a year and then over a ten-year period we can multiply the number of rules issued by the cost that we generate and then you could have a ten-year aggregate costs as a result. the study to which you refer with the 1.75, extraordinary 1.75 figure is deeply flawed as a report by the congressional research service this april suggests it has become a bit of an urban legend. the particular number. we share definitely the concern. one implication of that analysis is the united states would be richer if it adopted regulations more like those of sweden or canada, even though both the world bank and the oecd rate
those countries have had a more restrictive environments. >> crews have not? >> the cream city with a 1.75 trillion should say i respect those. >> they said we should have regulations for sweden in this country is? >> that is the urban -- it is an implication of their analysis that we would be doing better if we had regulations. >> the administration does not agree with that. >> one of the reasons why put the crs review showed them what others have demonstrated is the estimate was so high in the study because the authors only utilized the highest cost estimates in their calculations, correct? >> yes. >> now, additionally what i assert is the authors of this study did not calculate the monetary assets of regulation,
where there are benefits and the lmb found in 2008 annual benefits and regulations range from $153 billion to $806 billion. is that correct? >> yes. >> can you tell us a regulations could benefit americans save money? >> okay, there are various different ways. i referred to the milk rule which is deregulatory. i can save money. there is concern about rising gasoline prices have worse now. if you have more fuel-efficient, consumers can save money. we recently replaced a new fuel economy label, which clarifies the saving. so a rule that promotes fuel economy can save consumers a lot of money. if you have a law that saves lives, that saves money in the sense that healthier and living people are good for the economy
family values people health and longevity. so when those three different ways we can have significant an assist from regulation. >> so really it seems to me -- i don't want to be implying that more regulations would save more money for fewer regulations would cost or save more money. in truth, you have to look at it on a continuum. sometimes regulations are not cost is and they should be fixed or repealed, but sometimes regulations protect the public and can save money. so you have to look at it regulation by regulation, which is what the administration is trying to do. is that correct? >> thank you very much, mr. chairman. i yield to. >> dr. burgess recognized for five minutes. >> thank you very much. mr. sunstein, are you familiar with the paper in 2003, lives in
willingness to pay? >> i have a vague recollection. >> age 14 of the paper and this is quoting under the life eaters approach, older people are treated worse for one reason. they are older. this is not an injustice. so i guess the question here -- some people describe this as the senior discount. your office oversees regulation. will you be doing an analysis of the upcoming health and human services rule for the independent payment advisory board in light of this philosophy? >> i am a lot older now than the author but my name i'm starting to think i don't know what that young man wrote. the things written as an academic are not a legitimate
part of what you do as a government official part of the team. so i am not focusing on sentences that the young sunstein wrote years ago. the answer is no. >> is still it doesn't point an important philosophical approach in minneapolis are concerned about the independent payment advisory board right now. this is the only plan promulgated by the administration and therefore by the democratic party, the only plan put out for dealing with the cost increase the medicare program over time. and the difficulty -- i was a physician and my former life. one of the difficulties i had with the independent payment advisory board was for the first time some central planner, maybe it. another went planner, they central planner pushing data points on a spreadsheet in
far-off washington d.c. will be old to tell me where to get my care, went to get my care, but the most important thing is when i've had enough and if that is based upon the fact that i have old and we are dealing with the health care program that deals with seniors in his comment that is a troubling relationship. i appreciate very there and we will take that at face value and incorporate them into the board the president has popularized as his approach to saving money in medicare for the future. our last hearing earlier this year and again i appreciate you coming back we talked about the permitting program. shifting from hhs to epa. here's an example of the mandate that is inconsistent with the executive order or regulatory efficiency. epa's proposed a federal
influence plan for greenhouse gases that would affect the state of texas and probably exclusively the state of texas. a plan that is going to be implemented because texas did not meet the requirement under a state implementation plan for the epa said it was necessary to step in. "the wall streetthe wall streetl process earlier from this year before you testified that this was a result of the epa's notice for 18 years at the texas plan did not address subject to regulation among regulators weren't able to answer congressional for the intent of the court 18 years of the future and as a consequence now the epa will come in and regulate at the federal level all the power, production electricity
production in the state of texas. this seems incomprehensible that the executive order were going to streamline the process. >> i appreciate the question. the executive order is designed to reduce costs including those that involve greenhouse gases. that is something we are very focused on. my understanding of the texas situation is this a minute there is an intervening supreme court decision, a badly split court that they were a pollutant in the clean air act. >> i don't think they said they were a pollutant. >> my recollection is greenhouse gases are a pollutant and the epa could not conclude they were. >> were trying to help bp with legislation. >> well, justice scalia said of his enact a debate within the court and when the court said that, it wasn't as if the epa thought it had made a mistake
for 18 years, but instead had to do something to allow permits to be given out in texas so people can build and so it was responding to my understanding it difficult situation caused by the confluence of the supreme court decision in the permanent crack this. >> you may be a difficult situation because then they came back and said you can't do a state implementation plan. we are going to take that at the federal level. texas is the only state singled out. the wall street article called to appear political revenge, an effort to intimidate other states from lawsuits. >> ought to use something that nicely connects the enterprise engaged in, which is we are looking back at regulatory practices in epa has one rule i hope will benefit taxes, that is going to eliminate redundant regulatory requirements that costs a lot of money. >> the gentleman's time has expired. >> to raise the question.
>> ester chairman, i would like to submit this for the record. >> by unanimous consent so what are. >> mr. chairman, i'd like to review it before it is submitted for the record. >> advice numbers they have 15 minutes. >> while we're waiting to review it, we'll take our next -- jacob will start. the gentleman from california, mr. waxman is recognized for five minutes. >> thank you commenced or chairman. i believe government can help set the rules that will make society and our economy more productive, more competitive, provide more jobs and also protect the public health and safety and that is often exactly what regulations are wrote about because sometimes be here dedicated antigovernment, anti-regulations. you wonder what they think would operate in its place except for
whatever industry wanted. which may or may not be the best of the economy and the public. but i want to focus on what i think you are here to talk about and that his efforts to ensure that executive branch agencies employ transparent regulatory process that produces common sense balance regulations. that should be our goal and a police were going to look at this topic. in january, president de palma directed agencies to undertake a thorough look back at regulations within their jurisdictions and to examine ways to make is more efficient, more effect tears, more reflect to input from the public at large. at this point, it you receive the back action plans from 30 departments and agencies. is that correct? >> can you tell us about the ideas that have emerged from these departments and plans? >> happy to do that.
there has been a lot of discussion in the last decade about conditions of participation from the department of health and human services, which are conditions imposed on hospitals and that there is. a lot of these haven't been re-scrutinized in mind of what is happening on the ground impossible redundancy and changes in medical practice in hospitals over time. hospitals are often concerned the federal government is too hard on them, hammering them a little with respect to regulatory requirements and hhs has a very detailed discussion of steps they are taking to reconsider those requirements. in the context of hazard communication from the department of labor, there has been long question and come employees in particular that these requirements need to be harmonized by what is happening in other nations so they can do
business across international lines and so things are simpler and less burdensome for them. they propose several and their plan says they will finalize it in a hurry. there's been a great deal of discussion about medical devices and innovation in the united states and whether these often more companies will try to bring medical devices to market have an adequate process within the fda or whether it's too bureaucratic and time-consuming and difficult. the fda announced a number of initiatives to try to speed up the process. that should save a lot of money. one thing with potentially a very large payoff involves exports. we know american companies often small companies have the best opportunity to grow if they are able to export. one thing we've heard a great deal from in the last year and a half from small business in particular is that it is too cumbersome and difficult to navigate the system. too many restrictions and we
have taken away some of those restrictions and will take away more. that should promote economic growth and not in the long-term. >> we hear from many members who are first treated constituents at that regulations don't make sense. the purpose of the administration's review is to see if they are right or if they are right, revises regulations and bring them up to date, make sure there's basic common sense and they try to accomplish positive economic goals as well as protection of the public. what happens next in this review process? by the end of the summer do you expect the agencies to a final regulatory look at plans in place? >> late august. >> what will happen next? >> my expectation is we'll have three tracks. one is things that are completed
and as i say we expect to billion dollar since david should be able to be achieved in the very short-term. other things on fast tracks in the sense that the rule-making apparatus has 31 moving. maybe a proposed rollout we can propose relatively quickly and that's the second track, which is potentially rapid for many of the tools. then i seyfert track for the rule-making apparatus has to be inoculated. i hope this will be able to prioritize with the views of people on this committee and your constituents and affect its stakeholders and prioritize things that will be able to complete in the relatively short term, even though the work is being a non-curated these days and through the summer. >> it appears to me to regulatory committee review process creates a more effect is
efficient in response to federal government. i applauded. seems to be something both sides will seek government succeed should be welcome. i certainly want to encourage your effort and be willing in congress to do whatever we need to do. >> thank you so much. >> i think gentleman. we have a pope. we had just under 10 minutes. remind members be the second panel here. and so i encourage all members to come back. mr.'s police. >> thank you, mr. chairman. mr. sunstein, last sunday for sunday for a test that i asked you about the rule you oppose the deepwater moratorium on drilling. i think he said i didn't fall under the purview of the tapes of cruelty would review under the executive order. when the rule came out, scientific experts the president himself pointed disagreed with it. they said it would reduce safety in the polls.
they said it would be to some of your best crew base leaving the country. they turned out to be true unfortunately. we glossed over 13,000 jobs. they busted dozens deepwater breaks to foreign countries. of the scientific experts the president appointed for actually correct unfortunately because the terrible consequences have been in so we bless those jobs. safety was surely not improved. and yet under the rule, if you are still under the position that it would not fall under your purview. i would ask is the rule maybe not properly drawn if an actual rule onto the process cost the country 13,000 jobs in according to the scientific experts would actually reduce safety and still doesn't fall under your purview. is that something you should really got? >> great question. anything that has an adverse impact we are very focused on.
our domain is the domain of regulatory actions as defined under executive order 12866 and for technical reasons of moratorium doesn't count as regulatory actions. >> showed the executive order be updated, amended, revised to take into account those types of rules as well. again, i'm talking about a rule that cost 13,000 jobs and did nothing to improve safety and didn't even fall under your purview. >> i should say anything that cost jobs in that domain or any other domain is definitely a legitimate part of the look that process. >> kind of the fcc is one of the entities who said even though they don't fall under the purview, they would like to be included and i think there is another independent agencies that they would like to be involved in this. have you gotten any request from