tv Tea Party Rally in Iowa CSPAN September 3, 2011 8:00pm-8:45pm EDT
across america. that is what president obama will speak about next thursday i hope the republicans aren't focused on everyone's jobs. right now, they are only focused on one person of the job -- the man in the white house. >> wartell hall meetings throughout the day monday -- more town hall meetings throughout the day on monday on c-span. >> next, former vice presidential nominee and alaska governor, sarah palin, speaks to a tea party rally in iowa. then, redistricting and african- americans. after that, a forum on whether marijuana should be legalized. >> 2008 republican vice- presidential nominee and former alaska and the governor, sarah palin, was the keynote speaker at a tea party of america rally in iowa. she criticized president obama's handling of the economy
and offered her own plan for recovery. this event is about one hour and 25 minutes. >> thank you. thank you. what an honor. thank you, iowa. thank you so much. thank you. the sign that says "thank you sarah," no, i can thank you. your love of country keeps us going. iowa, you are good people thank you. it is an honor to be in the heartland during this -- sharing this labor day weekend with you. i thank you for the invitation. the organizers put so much work into this. it is great to see you here today. last night was fine, but -- fun,
getting to run into some of you at the response. to see so many demographics represented and so many different states all across our great nation, we got to gather together last night. different political parties represented. todd reminded me as we walked out of that room last night, "we are not celebrating read america or blue america, we are celebrating red white and blue america. [applause] what brought us here today out in this field? why are we not watching the hawkeyes or grilling up some of venison or corn on the cob on this labor day weekend? what brought us together is a love of country. we see that america is hurting.
we are not willing to sit back and watch the demise through some fundamental transformation of the greatest country on earth, we are here to stop that transformation and to begin the restoration of the country that we love. [applause] we are here because america is at a tipping point. america is facing a crisis. it is not a crisis like a midwest summer storm -- it moves in and then it moves on -- this kind will relentlessly rage until we restore all that is free, good, and write about america. he -- right about america. [applause] it is not fear of a double-dip recession or a credit downgrade, it is deeper than that.
this is a spit -- systemic crisis due to failed policies and incompetent leadership. we are going to speak truth today because we need to start talking about what has not worked and we are going to start talking about what will work for america. we will talk truth. some of us saw this day coming. it was three years ago on this very day that i spoke at the gop convention. [applause] i was honored to accept the nomination for vice president that night. in my speech, i asked america when the cloud of rhetoric has passed, when the roar of the crowd fades away, what exactly is barack obama's plan? what does he seek to accomplish
after he is done turning back the waters and healing the planet. the answer is to make government bigger. to take more of your money. to give more of it to others and to take more orders from washington. to reduce the strength of america in a dangerous world. i spoke of this, but back then, it was only my words you had to go by. now you have seen the proof yourself. and it obama did not have a record while he was in office -- candidate obama did not have a record while he was in office, but president obama does and that is why we are here today. candidate obama pledged to transform america and for all the failures and broken promises, that is the one thing he delivered on.
we transformed from a country of hope to one of anxiety. one in five of working age men are out of work. one in seven americans are on food stamps. our mortgages are under water. in places like michigan and california, they are suffering from unemployment numbers that are greater than during the depths of the great depression. barack obama promise to cut the deficit in half. instead, he tripled it. now our national debt is growing at $3 million a minute. that is $4.25 billion a day. president obama, is this what you call winning the future? i call it losing -- losing our country, and with it, the american dream. these americans feel that fierce
urgency of now, but you feel it, sir? the tea party was born of this urgency. it is the same sense of urgency that propelled the sons of liberty during the revolution. [applause] it is the same sense of urgency that propelled the abolitionist before the civil war and the civil rights movement during the 20th century. the tea party movement is part of this noble american tradition. this movement is not simply a political awakening, it is an american awakening. [applause] it is coming from ordinary americans, not the politicos in the beltway. you, who grow our food, you run our small businesses, you teach our children, you fight our
wars. we are always proud of america. we love our country in good times and bad and we never apologize for america. [applause] you know, that is why the far left's irresponsible and a radical policies have awakened america so that we finally understood what it was we were about to lose. we were about to lose the blessings of liberty and prosperity. the working men and women of this country, you came out of the duck blind. you got off the john deere and took to the streets and the town halls. we ended up at the ballot box. tea party americans, one and elect oracle -- an electoral
victory of historic proportions in november. [applause] we the people, we rose up and we rejected the left's big government agenda. we do not want it, we cannot afford it, and we are unwilling to pay for it. [applause] that victory, remember, friends, that was one step in the long march to saving our country. we set a new crop of leaders to d.c., but the permanent political class tried to coopt them. the reality is, we are ruled by a permanent political class until we change that. they talked endlessly about cutting government, yet they keep spending more. they talked about massive,
unsustainable debt, yet they keep incurring more. they print, they borrow, they spend more, and then they stick us with the bill. then they passed their own backs -- pat their own backs and claim they solve the debt crisis. when we received our first credit downgrade, they promptly went on vacation. they do not feel the same urgency that we do, but why should they? for them, business is good. business is very good. seven of the 10 wealthiest suburbs are suburbs of washington, d.c. usually i will say poles and mean strippers or cross-country skiers. [applause]
but polls in those parts show that some people there believe the economy has actually improved. there may not be a recession in georgetown, but there is in the rest of america. the permanent political class is doing just fine. ever notice how so many of them arrive in washington, d.c. of modest means and then miraculously, throughout the years, become very, very wealthy. that is because they thrive -- derive power and wealth from their access to our money -- taxpayer dollars. the use it to build up their friends on wall street and their corporate cronies, and to reward contributors and to buy votes. there is a name for this.
it is called "corporate crony capitalism." this is not the capitalism of free men and free markets, of innovation, hard work, at 6, sacrifice, and rest -- this is the capitalism of connections, at government bailouts, and handouts. influence peddling and corporate welfare. this is the crony capitalism that destroyed europe's economy. it is the solution of big government, big business, and big finance. it is a detriment to all the rest -- to the little gy. -- little guy. otter ignores account for 70% -- entrepreneurs account for 70%
of small business in america. do you want to know why the permanent political class never really cuts anything? do you want to know why nothing ever gets done? it is because there is nothing in it for them. they have a lot of mouths to feed -- a lot of corporate lobbyists and a lot of special interest that are counting on them to keep the good times and the money rolling along. it does not surprise me. i have seen this kind of crony capitalism before. it is the same old kettl boy politics as usual. i defeated it in my own state. i took on a corrupt and compromised political class and they're back room dealings with big oil. -- and their backroom dealings with big oil. sudden and relentless reform sits well with entrenched
interests and power brokers. please, you must vet a candidate of 3 record. you must know their ability to successfully reform and actually fix problems they are going to claim they inherited. real reform never sits well with the entrenched special interests. that is what the true voices are up -- of reform are quickly demonized. look what they say about you. look what happened during the debt ceiling debate. we have been given warning after warning that our credit rating would be downgraded if politicians did not get serious about tackling the debt and deficit problem. but instead of making the real cuts that are necessary, they used enron-like accounting gimmicks. they promised that if they were allowed to spend those trillions
more today, they would cut billions 10 years from now. by some magical thinking, they figure they can run up a trillion dollar deficits year after year, but still, somehow, forget the unforgiving mathematics that led to the downgrade. they got a rude awakening for the rest of the world. even america is not too big to fail. when we violate did get slapped with that inevitable downgrade, the politicians and the pundits turned around and blamed us. independents, common-sense conservatism, we got blamed. they call us terrorists, suicide bombers, and hobbits? [applause] i could not understand that one. what is the president's answer to this enormous debt problem?
spend more money. only you cannot call it spending, you have to call it investing. watch what happens now wind fema and some of these other bureaucratic agencies -- they do not want to refer to the centralized federal government as the government. now it is called the "federal family." am i too old to ask to be emancipated i wonder? i never thought i would say it, but i want a divorce. [applause] the president's answer to our debt problem is to incur more debt. spend more money, only call it investing. they want more reliance on government to supply their every need. this is the antithesis of the pioneering american spirit that empowers the individual to work, to produce, to be able to thrive
and succeed with fulfillment and with pride. that, in turn, built our free and hope filled country. he wants to win the future by investing more of your hard earned money in some harebrained ideas like more solar panels and really fast trains. these are things a venture capitalist will call non starters, yet he wants to do more of them. they think these panels and really fast trains will magically save us. he is shouting, "all aboard obama's bullet train to bankruptcy." [applause] the only future and that barack obama is trying to save is his own reelection. he has shown that he is willing to mortgage our children's future to pay for it. there is proof of this.
look closely at where all that green energy stimulus money is invested. you'll see a pattern. the president's big campaign won't -- dollars that big returns to the tune of billions of your tax dollars. the technical term for this is "pay to play." between bailout for wall street cronies and union boss securities and green energy giveaways, he took care of his friends. now they are on course to raise $1 billion for his reelection bid so they can do it all over again. are you going to let them do it all over again? are you willing to unite to do all we can to not let them do it again so we can save our country?
to be fair, some gop candidates also raised mammoth amounts of cash. we need to ask them, what, if anything do their donors expect in return for their investment? we need to know this because our country cannot afford more trillion dollar thank you notes to campaign backers. it cuts to the heart of our problem. i speak from experience. confronting the corruption in the coney capitalism, i started 20 years ago. i do not play that game of hiring expert political advisers just so they will say something nice about me on tv, if you ever wondered. [applause] you know how that game is
played, i am sure. the reason is simple. like you, i am not for sale. [applause] because we believe in the free market. i believe in the free market and that is why i detest chronic capitalism. barack obama has shown us cronyism. it will lead to our downfall if we do not stop it now. it is a truth that grows our economic problems, our unsustainable debt, and our high unemployment numbers, and housing market that is in the tank, and a stagnant economy politicians are so focused on the symptoms and not the disease, we will not solve our economic problems until we confront the cronyism of our president and our permanent political class. [applause]
so, this is why we must remember that the challenge is not simply to replace obama in 2012, but who and what we will replace him with because it is not enough -- [applause] [crowd chanting "run, sarah, run"] folks, you know it is not enough to change up the uniform, if we do not change the team in the game plan, we will not change our country. we need sudden and relentless
reform. that will return the power to "we the people." this, of course, requires not just words. it is not good enough for the politicians to be throwing our way some kind of a vague -- vague generalities, it is time that they hold -- we hold them accountable. it is amazing to me that good conservatives run away from being honest and straight up with us about what needs to be done. they do not want to rock the boat. they cannot hurt future at election prospects, evidently. -- evidently. they are saying what they think we want to hear. instead, they should be telling us what needs to be said and what needs to be done. let us, today in this field, let us have this adult conversation about what needs to be done to
restore america. let's do that now. in five days, our president will gift us with another speech. in his next speech, he will reveal his latest news. his jobs plan. it will have a more lofty goals and resurrect -- rhetoric. more illogical fantasies and more continued blame and finger- pointing, but listen closely to what he says. all of the solutions, they are going to recall arawn more of the same -- more chaos, more friends and supporters. his plan is the same -- grow more government, increased more debt, give more of your hard earned money to special interest.
this is such a problem, but you know what the problems are. we can go on all day about the problems. talk about status quo in washington. status quo is latin for "more of the same mess we are in." status quo will not work anymore. you know the problems because you live them every day. let's talk about real solutions. i want to tell you what my plan is. [applause] my plan is a bonafide, pro- workingman's plan. it deals in reality. it deals in the way the world really works. we have to talk about what really works in order to get america back to work. my plan is about empowerment. empowerment of our states, our
entrepreneurs, and, most importantly, you. i have trust and respect for you. the way forward is no more politics as usual. we must stop expanding an out- of-control and out of touch federal government. all power and not specifically delegated to the federal government by our constitution is reserved for the states and for "we the people." [applause] let's enforce the 10th amendment. devolve powers back locally where the founders intended them to be. second, what happened to all of those promises about repealing the biggest all unfunded government mandates? we must repeal obamacare.
[applause] and rein in burdensome regulations. get government out of the way. let the private sector breed and grow. this will allow the confidence that businesses need in order to expand and hire more people. third, no more runaway debt. we must prioritize and cut. [applause] cancel unused stimulus funds. have that "come to jesus" moment where we live up to entitlement reform. the reality is we will have an entitlement reform, it is just a matter of how we are going to get there. we -- the world's capital markets will be at our throat and we will have no choice but to reform our entitlement
programs. the status quo is no longer the top -- an option. and, reform is our duty now and it must be done in a way that honors our commitment to seniors while keeping faith of future generations. [applause] i tell you what, i do not think anything has irked me more than this nonsense from the white house about not sending our seniors their check. it is their money. they have paid into social security all of their working lives. for the president to say, "we may not be able to cut their check," well, where did all of their money go, politicians? why is the commander in chief willing to throw our military under the bust, threatening that their paychecks may not arrive, but the politicians will still get their checks and their
retirement and he will still get his posh vacations? are you not sick to death of those skewed priorities? it is backwards. our seniors and our brave men and women in uniform being used as pawns. it is shameful. enough is enough. no more. [applause] of course, it is time for america to become the energy superpower. the real stimulus we have been waiting for is robust and responsible domestic energy production. [applause] we have the resources. the affordable energy is the key to any thriving economy. it must be our foundation. i would do the opposite of obama's manipulation of u.s.
supplies of energy. drill here, drill now, let the refineries and pipelines be built. stop cow-towing to foreign countries and dictators, asking them to ramp up production of energy to us. we have the resources here. we need to move on tapping our own god-given natural resources that are part of our reserves. i promise you this will bring a real job growth. not the phony fairy dust sprinkled with wishes and glitter. hard core, all of the above energy policy that builds the
link between made in america energy and our prosperity and our security. [applause] you know, there are enough conventional, a long and and natural resource development projects that are waiting for government approval. this could create more than 1 million high-paying jobs. it would not cause the government said diane. these projects would generate billions of dollars. can you a imagine that? a stimulus program that will did us out of debt instead of digging us further into it. and these are good-paying jobs, and i know that from experience. for years, my own family supported as todd, worked up on
the north slope. america's economic revival starts with america's energy revival. [applause] then fifth, we can and we will make america the most attractive country on earth to do business in. right now we have the highest federal corporate tax rate in the industrialized world. did you know our rates are higher than china? and communist cuba? this is not generated as much money as she would think, because many big corporations, they skirt federal taxes because they have friends in d.c. who write the rules. this makes us less competitive and restrains the engine of prosperity. some businesses spend more time at trying to figure out how to hide their profits than they do and generating more profits of that they can expand and hire
more of us. so to make america the most competitive place to do business, set up shop here, hire people here to attract capital from all over the globe that would lead to an explosion of growth, instead of chasing industry offshore. i suppose, to eliminate all federal corporate income tax. hear me out on this. this is how we create millions of high-paying jobs. this is how we increase opportunity and prosperity for all. but here is the best part -- to balance out any loss of federal revenue from the tax cut, we eliminate corporate welfare and bailouts. [applause] this is how we break the back of crony capitalism, because it feeds of corporate welfare, which is just socialism for the
very rich. we can change all of that. the message to job-creating corporations is -- we will on shackle you from the world's highest federal taxes, but you will stand or fall on your own, just like all the rest of us on main street. [applause] see, when we in power the job creators, our economy will soar; americans will get back to work. this plan is the first step in a long march toward a fundamental restoration of a strong and free market economy, and it represents the kind of real reform we need. and, folks, it must come from you, from the american people. real hope is in you. it's not that hopey-changey stuff we heard about in 2008.
we learned that. real business is in an individual, not in politicians, certainly. that hopey-changey stuff that was put in an individual that when barack obama was a candidate, it did not create one job. no jobs created --that is the first time it has done that since world war ii. i get frustrated when the media gets that wrong, talking about government creating a job. government cannot create a job. the private sector creates jobs. they are pretty fundamental. we have to get that record. ight. real hope comes from you. it comes from realizing that we the people can make the difference. you do not be entitled to make a difference. we can get this country back on the right track. we can do it by empowering the people and realizing, god has
richly blessed this exceptional nation and we do something about that realization. the permanentr political class to reform anything for you. they will not. they cannot. they cannot even take responsibility for their own actions. our credit is downgraded but it is not their fault. our economy is in turmoil, but it is not his fault. it's the tsunami or the middle east uprising, it's irene or those doggone atm machines. [laughter] folks, the truth is barack obama is adrift with no plan, because his fundamental transformation is at odds with everything that made this country great. it doesn't make sense. he doesn't make sense.
our president declares that he believes that american exceptionalism just as the greeks believe in greek exceptionalism. us on willlhe has make us just as exceptional as greece. friends, our country is better than that . we have to stand together. we can confront the problem and we can achieve lasting reform. and i can tell you from hard earned experience with bombs and bruises along the way, the road ahead is not easy. you will be demonized. they'll mock you. they will make things up. it will tell you to go to hell. so we will not respond, as tempting as it is, to anyone that has disdain for our free
market economy and for individual initiative. we will say -- we won't say, no, you go to hello. . we won't say that. you know why we do not have to say that? when we have time tested truth and logic on our side, we win. and when we refuse to retreat because we know that our children's future is at stake, we win. no, the road is not easy, but it is nothing compared to the suffering and sacrifice of those who came before us. a few weeks ago, after my visit to the iowa state fair, we were on the bus tour. i took my daughter piper and my knees mckinley to the world war
room in one liberty memorial in kansas city. standing in the rain, reading the inscriptions on those memorials, about the honor and the dedication to god and country, i thought of all those young patriots who suffered and died so far from alhome. revering our vets, with the next generation by my side, there was such clarity in our calling -- patriotic constitutionalists -- we have a duty, not just to the living but to those who came, who died before u s, and to the generations yet to be bored. our freedom was purchased by millions of men who charged the bayonets and they charged the canons. they knew there were going to die, but it was worth it for
them. sacrificing for future generation's freedom. there were the ones that were inth the trenches. they gave their lives so we could be here today. you and i are blessed to be borne the heirs of freedom. -- to be born the heirs of freedom. [applause] as presiendent kennedy said, we dare not forget that we are the heirs of that first revolution, the heirs of those who froze with washington at valley forge and held the line and get as byrd, who freed the slaves to close a shameful chapter, and to carve the nation out of the wilderness. we are the sons and daughters of those who stormed the beaches of normandy and raised the flag at iwo jima and made america the strongest, most prosperous, the
greatest nation on earth forever in mankind's history, the greatest, most exceptional nation." [applause] [hairhorn honks] we will never give up. we shall indoor because we live by them moral strength that we call grace. we have often skirted a press of this. a providential hand has always guided us to a better future. so let us seek that hand once more carrot ronald reagan said, if we ever forget that we are one nation under god, we will be a nation gone under." thee,e shed his gracce oe on america. we will not squander what we have been given. we will fight for freedom. we will fight for america. we are at the tipping point.