tv Road to the White House CSPAN October 3, 2011 12:30am-2:00am EDT
>> we must never excuse people the welfare system. the reason i talk about this is not believe in the welfare state, but because i do. we can never protect it if believe it is not fair. it is too easy not to work and there are people taking something for nothing. if at the same time, people who find a safety net full of holes -- no wonder people are angry. , it is our job, it our mission to say no more. it has all got to change. we need a new bargain. based on burton's of values. our society way our country is running.
let us confront head on the big face of building a bargain in our economy. one built on values of hard work, something for something, in it for the long term. we need a new era of wealth creation in this country. not happen with the old set of rules. we cannot spend our way to a new economy either. we are competing, not just with france, but with china, india, and brazil. do not believe those who would of economy we have help us compete in the world. we cannot pay our way as a country unless we invent things, make things, and sell real services and products. [applause]
built credit defaults swaps, but on industry. on low wages and high low carbon and high tech. on a real engineering. of course, the banks are important to britain. they employ people across the country. still be important to country in the future. change so they are part of the solution to our economic future, not part of the problem. [applause] you have been told that all growth is the same. always of doing business are the same. they are not. you have been told the choice in politics is a party that is pro-
business on one hand or anti- business on the other. all parties must be pro-business today. that is not a real choice anymore. what they tell you what the 21st century toys is, are you on the side of the wealth creators or the asset strippers? the producers or the creditors? producers train, sell, things britain doesn't brilliantly but not enough. -- things britain does brilliantly but not enough. creditors take things out of the business. this is not about one industry that is good and one is bad, or one always a predator and the other always destined to be a producer. it is about different ways of doing business. ways that the rules of our economy can favor or discourage. look at what private equity has done, what it did to our care
homes. stripping assets for a quick buck and leaving tens of thousands of elderly people like commodities bought and sold. [applause] they may not have sold their own grandmothers for a fast buck, but it certainly sold yours. they are the values of per tinge business. it must change. it must never happen again in the new economy we build. [applause] we must learn the lesson that growth is built on producers. for years, we have been neutral in that battle.
they have been taxed the same, regulated at the same, celebrated at the same. they will not be by me. we need it the most competitive tax and regulatory environment for british business we can have. when i am prime minister, how we tax, how we regulate, what we celebrate will be in the service of britain's producers. [applause] as some will try, do not let anyone convince you that this is an anti-business choice. it is the pro-business choice. pro-business on the side of the small business that cannot get a loan. on the side of the high-volume manufacturing that cannot build a business because the short- term costs. pro-business on the side of the
british company losing out to its competitors abroad went their government steps in and hours steps aside. -- hours steps aside. -- ours steps aside. [applause] that includes companies like bae systems being sold down the river by this government. [applause] just like sheffield managers before them. localnp -- the local np did not seem to help much. the boundary review means this
seat will be represented by a tory after this election, so there is no change there then. [applause] supporting the producers, that is what it means to be pro- business today. that is why i say, all major government contracts under our government will go to firms who commit to training the next generation with decent apprenticeships. [applause] it is also why i say the new bargain in our economy must be built on corp., not conflict. raising productivity, working together, helping firms to compete, that is the most important future for trade unions in this country. we must challenge irresponsible, predatory practices wherever we find them.
we need investment in energy and britain today. our energy companies have defied the laws of gravity for too long. prices go up, but they never seem to come down. i believe the environment and climate change is a crucial issue for our future, an essential part of the new bargain. responsibility, commitment for the long term, that is what my kids will want from us on the environment. when they grow up and ask, where we the last generation not to get kind of change where the first to get it? there is going to be upward pressure on energy prices over time. that makes it all the more important we get the best deal for customers. let us break -- let's break the dominance of big energy companies. let's call it what it is and
let's get a fairer deal for the people of britain. [applause] as we challenge the predators, let's celebrate the today's producers, wherever we find them. if people -- celebrate britain's producers, wherever we find them. let's praise them. let me tell you what one of the problems is with these stories. they do not understand who the real wealth creators of a country are, or the values of our economy needs to succeed. sometimes, i listened to them, i think that ceos and executives of the only people who create wealth. of course great business leaders make a huge difference to our country and i applaud them. the small businesses that are the lifeblood of our economy are
also well graders. the scientists and innovators are also a wealth creators. the young apprentice there's -- apprentices are also wealth creators. the wealth of our nation is built by the hand, not just of the elite, but every man and woman who goes out and does a day's work. [applause] torries are not building a new bargain that supports the right people with the right studies. think about young people do not the right thing, wanting to go to higher education and how much harder they are going to find it facing debt. at the same time, george osborn
planned cut in corporation taxes for the banks. it is the wrong choice. i heard this in the debate is a day, some would like no fees at all. i understand that. it would not be responsible to make promises i cannot keep. that is nick's job. [laughter] [applause] let me tell you seriously but we would do. if we were in government now, we would be cutting the cost of going to university from a maximum of 9,000 pounds to 6,000 pounds. for the young people who want to get on and contribute to our country, my message is simple, i will not let it be priced out of your future. [applause]
we cannot afford to carry on with so many young people locked out of opportunity. 3000 of our brightest young people at state schools get the grades to go to our most competitive universities, but they never go. that cannot be right. it creates a sense that there is nothing in our society for them. i went to a fantastic local school. it was a tough area, but it was a school that changed lives. the problem with our schools is not just investment, it is also about values. bright children held back when aspirations are low or when closed circles at the top of society shut them out. in any one year, more than 1/4
of our schools do not even send five kids to the most competitive universities. is anyone telling me that there are not people at those schools who are good enough to go? it has got to change and we will change it. [applause] here is my challenge to those schools and universities, raise your game. to the school's not doing enough, let your ambition, lift your fight. to the universities, i say open your eyes, your doors. say to the very brightest children at every school, if you get the grades, you will get a place. [applause] it is not just in our schools that i want to change the values
that are rewarded. it is across society. the new bargaining must demand responsibility from all. we have got to put an end to the idea that those at the top can take whatever they can, regardless of what they give back. it is why we must and the cartels of the way top pay is set. every pay committee should have a worker on the board. [applause] the some think for some think deal requires that sacrifice so --mething for something deal requires that sacrifice as well as prosperity is shared. have you realized how uncomfortable david cameron is when talking about responsibility at the top of our society? he found it easy to be tough on
you. he called a tough decision. tax credits were cut, he said they could not be afforded. help paying for child care was hit, he said it was the only thing he could do. when you have had to pay, it is always necessary, it is always permanent, and never be reversed. and yet, at the same time, we have a government straining at the leash to cut tax rate for those earning over 3,000 pounds a week. only david cameron could believe that you make ordinary families work harder by making them poorer and the make the rich were carter by making them richer. -- work harder by making them richer. [applause]
it is wrong, it is the wrong priority. it is based on the wrong values. how dare they say we are all in it together. [applause] we need a new bargain at the top of our society. and in our benefit system, too. so it rewards the right people with the right tos. -- values. it is not delivering that at the moment. if you think that means stripping away welfare, you are better off with david cameron. at the same time, we have to
face the truth. even after reforms of recent years, we still have a system where the reward for work is not high enough. where benefits are too easy to come by for those who abuse the system and too low for those who do not. if what you want is a welfare system that works for working people, i am prepared to make the tough decision to make a reality. take social housing, when we have a housing shortage, which is have to be made. do we treat the person who contributes to their community at the same as the person who does not? my answer is no. our first duty is to help those who show responsibility. that was the principle on which the welfare state was founded. [applause] i say every council should
recognize the contributions people are making. david cameron likes to talk on welfare. do you know who the biggest bleeder cars for changes? time and again, -- leaders are four changes? time and again, it is those who try to get on. it is cancer patients who lose their support. it is the couple who has saved and now lose the tax credit. it is the single mom, working as a dinner lady who loses help with child care. it is wrong and we need to change that too. [applause] while those who do the right thing might be hit hard, the demands on those who do not work are not tough enough. under labour there was a
something for something requirement that every young person out of work would be required to work. that is gone because the government will not make the commitment to help our young people back to work. it is wrong and we would change that too. [applause] decency, fairness, helping those who do the right thing, i believe in a benefit system with bellies. i believe in the value of work. labour, think about that word. the party of work. under my leadership, we will make welfare work again in this country. [applause] it is not just our benefits system that we need to change, we need to change the way
government works. and our public services as well. millions of public servants deliver a fantastic service every day of every week. [applause] but we all know that sometimes powerful organizations out of the control of those workers can become unaccountable and work, not in the interest of those who need them, but in their own interests. that is what vested interests are. a responsibility is to make governments work better for people. the patients, frustrated when they cannot be seen by the person they want. the victim of crime who just want their case properly investigated. you know what it is like. you stand in the line, you hang on the phone, you went on the --
and then what do you get? the computer says no. we need to change that. to give power to the public. public to the elderly people who choose their own home or a care home. [applause] or the parents i know, struggling with their counsel and their child's special needs. they want to know who else is struggling with the same challenges. we must take on the vested interest wherever they are because that is how we defend the public interest. [applause] there is no greater public interest than our national health service. cherished by all of us, founded by labour, saved by labour, and now defend labour did by --
defended by labour against this government. [applause] why does britain care so much for thenhs? because more than any other institution, the values of the nhs are our values. the nhs offers the highest quality care when you need it. i saw it this year with the birth of our son of sam. nobody asked me for my credit card at the door. [applause] when i look at everything this
government is doing, frankly, it is the nhs that shocks me the most. why? because david cameron told us he was different. you remember. the posters. david cameron knew the british people did not trust him with the nhs. he told us he was not the usual type of tory. he asked for your trust. then he got in and within a year, with in a year, he had gone back on every word he had said. [applause] no more top-down reorganization -- he betrayed your trust. no more hospital closures -- he
betrayed your trust. no more long waits -- he betrayed your trust. and the biggest trail of all, devalue-- the values of the nhs, the trade. hospitals under his bill will be fined millions of pounds if they break the rules of his free- market health care system. what are we seeing? the old values that have failed our economy now being imported to our most prized institution, the national health service. let me tell david cameron this, it is the oldest truth in politics. he knows it, and the british public now know it too. you cannot trust the tories on the national health service. [applause]
this prime minister. tax rate come on the on the closed circuit of on welfare, he is not a new set of rules, he is the old set of rules. [applause] wrong values for our country the wrong values for our time. that is david cameron. you know that britain needs to change. every day of your life seems fight to make ends , to do the best buy your kids, to look after your mom and dad. will be a tough fight to change britain. i am up for the fight. the fight for a new bargain. new bargain in our economy so that reward is linked to effort.
a new bargain based on your we can pay our way in the world. a new bargain to ensure responsibility from top to bottom. a new bargain to break open the closed circle and break up interests that hold our country back. i aspire to be your prime of the same, but to write a new chapter in our country puzzle history. the promise of britain and lies in its people. tragedy of britain is that it is not being met. my mission, our mission, to fulfill the promise of each so that we fulfill the promise of britain. you very much. [applause] ♪ [applause]
>> which parted the u.s. constitution is for you? make a video documentary five to eight minutes long entellus the park that is important to year. be sure to include more. it is due by january 20. >> former president bill clinton spoke saturday at event commemorating the 20th anniversary of a launch of his 1992 presidential campaign. he talked about some of the parallels between his presidency and president obama as. -- obama's. this event occurred at the old
i want to thank my friend of summiteers for introducing me 20 years ago and being here again. thank you, rodney slater, who, the first of the year, we will have been together 30 years. for his service in arkansas and in washington. thank you, james carville, forgetting our heads straight for the day. [laughter] and for keeping your eye on the ball and never quitting when people told you it was a lost cause. i want to thank chicago for playing for us and playing for us again tonight. [applause] i want to thank fleetwood mac for "don't stop thinking about tomorrow." nick fleet would actually sent us a contribution to support us this reunion weekend. i want to thank al gore for
calling in and being the best vice-president this country ever had. [applause] he was great. i would like to thank my daughter who was here last night and you had to leave this morning for that great film and for a wonderful life time of reminding me what politics is really all about. i want to commend president obama for appointing the best secretary of state i can imagine. [applause] you know, i have had a great time these past 10 years being a has been and watch hillary be a center -- be a senator and run for president of the united states. when we met many years ago, 40 plus, to be exact, as soon as i
got to know her, i thought she was the most gifted person in my generation. i still feel that way and i am very proud of her. [applause] i was doing really well until i watched those films. in spite of what james carville said, it feels all little nostalgic as i look at all of you here. george washington said once that he had gone blind in the service of his country and had the spectacle. so have i.. i want this anniversary weekend more than anything else as those of you who have been your from the beginning, to be a day of thanks from me to you of gratitude on all of our parts
for the chance we had to serve and do something for our country that has done so much for us. for the young people of america, of reassurance and rededication to the idea that we absolutely can get out of the fix we are in and be better than ever. [applause] i am very well aware that the videos you saw, especially the last days of achievements at the end, would never have been possible without my family, my friends, my staff, my fellow arkansans, and people across america who helped me, including people i have known for many years. someone said to me once that i may have been the only person in the history of the republic ever to have been elected president because of his personal friends.
and i took that as a great compliment. i thank you all from the bottom of my heart. [applause] 20 years ago, we set out on this great journey in a remarkable time, knowing after the next presidential alexian, whoever was elected week -- would be the first to serve a full term in the aftermath of the cold war. it cast a pall over the victory of world war two and shaped so much of what people in america and the former soviet union and all over the world did in organizing their lives for decades. it was obvious, as you saw a in the films, that we had to rekindle the american dream, we had to build our economy in a way that would give as a bridge to the new century. we had to do it in a way that would keep the world's leaders
-- the world's leading force for peace, prosperity, freedom and security. we decided to go forward with some very simple ideas. the most important of which was that we should put people first. that the idea of opportunity for all, responsibility for all, a community for all americans was more than a slogan. it was in direct opposition to the idea that government would mess up and you would be better off on your own with a winner- take-all strategy. it did not work very well then and it has not worked very well since. [applause] we believe that investing in global economics was better than trickle-down economics. [applause] we believed even if those had to pay more in taxes, that was
better them burdening our children for generations to come. [applause] those beliefs gave us a whole new direction in policy. a budget that actually reduced the debt while cutting taxes on lower-income working families so no one would ever have to work and raise children and still be in poverty. that one budget listed more than 2 million children out of poverty the very first one. [applause] we believed that we had to dramatically increase our investments in education and information technology, in science and biomedical research. we believed trade could be a positive, not a negative for america. we only have 4% of the world's people, we've got to sell something to somebody.
[laughter] but we believe in trade and in force. when we forgot the enforce, we got an awful lot of trouble. we believe america could be a great manufacturing company again and after years of decline, in six east of the eight years i served, we had a gain in manufacturing jobs, something i remain proud of them look forward to happening again. [applause] we believe the most important job in any society is raising children. that is what the family and medical leave act was about, enabling people to succeed at home and at work. if you fail in the one, you're going to fall behind. it's been a very important principle we need to work for again. we believe in children's health insurance policy and in slowing the inflation in medical costs. those eight years for the only times in 30 years when health- care costs had not gone up at
three times the rate of inflation and we increased the number of people had medical insurance before left. [applause] we believe you could improve the environment and the economy at the same time if you did it in the right way. i still believe that. [applause] i think it is not a burden on the economy -- on the economy that 43 million more people agreed to clean air. that struck me as a pretty good thing. [applause] we believe we live in a world where we needed more friends and your enemies. we built all of these networks of cooperation with the asia- pacific region, our neighbors in latin america, expanding nato all kinds of networks of cooperation. all we basically did was what we were supposed to do.
for 235 years, things have been changing and americans have confronted new challenges and they just did what they were supposed to do. with barely any precedents, anywhere in the world, our founding fathers created a democracy that was strong enough to meet the challenges of each new era and limit the enough to avoid the kind of abuse of power our founders were -- our founders were running away from. we survived the civil war, a great depression, two world wars, relentless waves of social and economic change and social conflicts. to emerge as the people who started us intended, a more perfect union. where we widen the circle of opportunity, deepen the meaning of freedom, strengthen the bonds
are community. every year, it seems more and more people we used to think of as too different to except become part of us and are no longer part of them. [applause] so now, the big challenge to our more perfect tuning it is a terrible economic crisis, more different and deeper and difficult than the one i faced. it is about way more than money. i am looking at your s some people i have seen that i have known all my life. most of us didn't have much when we were kids. but most of us never doubted that no matter what happened, we could support ourselves. no matter what happened, even if we did not have a big trust fund, we could make a living and put food on the table, feed our
kids, send them to school, have clean clothes on their back. this is about more than economics. this is about human dignity. [applause] i think that is really important. when we have one of these so- called recoveries or gdp grows and 90% of the game goes to 10% of the people and 40% goes to 1% and every year there are more and more people who are robbed of that dignity, that is not the american dream. [applause] i was thinking the other day, i tried to make a list of everything i had ever done and it never earned money. my memory is not what it was used to be. i went to work a grocery store when i was 13. the guy i was working for let me set up a small business on the side. i sold all of my used comet
books. how stupid. it would be worth $200,000 today. i made about $30 and thought i was the richest fellow i knew. by the time i got out of law school, i thought of other things to earn money. i never made much money, but i learned something from everyone. i learned something about the work and the people i was doing business with and i learned to give people their money's worth, both my employers and customers. it was all part of dignity. when i lost an election, i thought i could make a living. too many people have been true -- have been deprived of that dignity. not just our fellow americans. it's estimated almost 300 million people around the world today are aggressively and desperately looking for full- time work. so they can support their children. i say that because i think we face a momentous choice today.
if we want national prosperity and personal dignity, we have to decide whether it can best be strengthened by yet one more assault on government as the source of all our ills or by building a partnership between our private economy and a smart government to build shared prosperity. you know where i come down on that debate. there is not a single example on our planet today, not one, not one, or an anti-government strategy has produced a vibrant economy with stromboli that broadbased growing prosperity. -- with strong and broad based growing prosperity. but we had a years in the united states where the smart government and private economy produced a lot of shared prosperity and it can again. [applause]
that is how we had 22 + million jobs and a 40-year low in unemployment and a real increase in income for middle-class americans and, most important to me, when the labor market's got tight, we had for years in a row or the bottom 20% of working families in comes in percentage terms rose as much as the top 20% and a hundred times as many people moved out of poverty in those eight years in 12 years before or eight years after because we had a partnership. [applause] it is tougher now. the financial collapse occurred in september of 2008 was the tail end of a bad economy, not the beginning. the day before that collapse, this economy had only produced in seven years and eight
months, 2.5 million new jobs. the day before that collapse, median family income was $2,000 lower than it was the day i left office after health-care premiums had tripled and college costs have gone up 75%. then, it turned out, the economy which bottomed out in the middle of 2009 went lower than we do. the president was in office for more than a year and the stimulus package had passed before it turned out that instead of an almost 4% contraction in the economy, it went down 7.5%. so, what does all that mean? it means to get out of this fix, we have to do three things. we need a short-term growth strategy, even if we have to borrow the money to do it.
the federal government can borrow money at less than 2%. you know i hate debt, but you cannot get blood out of a turn up. you cannot balance the budget in a stagnant economy. [applause] we need a short-term growth strategy. we need long-term plan to deal with the debt when growth returns. and, in the middle, we have to clean up the housing mess or we are never going to get the show on the road again and return to a full growth economy. whether you are a republican, democrat, liberal or conservative, one thing is indisputable. the president has offered a plan for short-term economic stimulus. he has offered proposals to make the housing crisis less severe, and he has offered his first down payment, and it is a big one, to reduce long-term debt by $3 billion.
it is up to congress to act on those plans and if they don't like them, come up with a better idea. [applause] one thing i would like to ask all of your ideas on is this -- it became clear to me, first when i was governor -- keep in mind you all cat reelecting me what our economy was lousy. until the year i ran for president, we only had one month when our unemployment rate was below the national average, but you knew we had a plan to change it. we were bringing back manufacturing. we let the region in job growth and in 1992, coincidentally, and i did not know this is going to happen on october 3rd when i was standing here, we ranked first or second in the country in new job growth all year long. but it took a long time. we had a strategy to do it.
you have to have a strategy for new jobs every five years. my personal favorite is changing the way we produce and consume energy. you can create jobs in every town and every small community and every big city in the united states doing that. the opportunity is not limited by party philosophy or geography. i like that. i think a commitment to rebuild the manufacturing base will. i think a commitment to increase exports will. we can do better. but we have to do that. there is no example of a country in the fix we are and that can balance the budget without a combination of spending cuts, the people who can afford paying more, and growing economy. if you do not have economic growth, there is no combination that can get blood out of a turn up. -- out of a turnip.
why am i saying all of this? we made a decision here 20 years ago, all of you who three or lot in. let's face it, on that day, my mother was the only person who thought i was going to be elected president. [laughter] hillary and chelsea were undecided. though leaning positive. we just made a decision the country needed a new kind of politics, a new kind of economics, a new commitment to get into the next century with the american dream alive and well. a commitment that would restore the middle-class and give people who were poor a chance to work their way into it. we decided to stop the politics of pitting one american against another by race, by ethnicity, gender, by income, by anything else.
while we just work together and see how that works out? [applause] so glad we started here. in 1977, in january on a very cold night, i heard my first reception as a public official when i became attorney general. as governor, with the help of rose crane, who is still out there, we began the effort to restore the old statehouse to its original condition. many people have worked on that and then a brilliant job of giving us what we now treasure. it symbolizes our past, present, and future. not 30 years after this building was built -- a little more than 30 years.
right after the civil war. when most white males, or the only people voting back then, were disenfranchised as a result of having fought for the south, we had a governor's race here. between a man named brooks and a man named baxter. it was not clear who won. it was close enough that they were shooting at a share. one group was over there by the capital hotel and the other was trying to lodge here at the capital and they were shooting at each other. the president of the united states was ulysses grant. having been the commanding general of the civil war, his authority was so great he finally just said baxter is the governor, get over it and stop this mess. president grant then came to capitol hotel, stood on that balcony you can see today.
the arkansas river came in very close to our streets and they had a grand parade going by because they figured we had to stop fighting and get the show on the road. i will tell you folks, in memory of one of the most important moments, we had to stop fighting and get the show on the road. [applause] when we walked out of here, we started this seven-day week, 24- hour campaign. our first headquarters was an old paint store on seventh street. i drove by today just so i could see it one more time. then we moved to the "arkansas gazette" building. the "gazette" has recently closed. in its glorious -- in its glory days, it was one of the most
progressive papers for civil- rights in the country. i kept hoping the ghost of its progressive past would somehow sprinkle angel dust on our campaign and give us a good break. this journey begun here worked out pretty well for americans. i am grateful for all you have done. i want to just do two more things. first of all, those of us here, we are not alone in this effort. those who could not be here, we are not alone. i have signed some 600 letters of condolences since i left the white house on the passing of people who helped me become president or who worked in one were both of my administrations. it began in the campaign when we lost my mid-atlantic fund-
raising chair and the incomparable paul tully. in my first term, we lost ron brown who i love like a brother and he may be the best commerce secretary we've ever had. [applause] it has continued to the last two months when we lost maria he lay and va rudolph. i knew i was going to be a good governor in 1979 when i took my first trade mission abroad when we went to hong kong and stayed in some high-rise hotel. i thought i was somebody. i had never been anywhere before. .
thank you. i want to say something to the young people that are here. i have a lot of time to study what is going on in america. i am home alone a lot. my wife has a traveling job. job. so i keep reading all of these surveys that say young people in the united states are getting discouraged. they are afraid they won't have a better future. at one level i understand that. cause things were pretty good for a long time, and now they are not. but to all the young people i would say, it's all right to be realistic. but to be discouraged about your future is a decision in advance to be disappointed. no one has a right to permanent prosperi prosperity. it has to be earned.
no one has a right to a life free of challenges. it would be boring anyway. at some time and another every people are called upon to re-examine the premises of their nation's life. how people treat each other. what rights are extended to what people. and what they do to make a living. and create a brighter future. to be young today and to live in a time of uncertainty and difficulty but also a time of enormous opportunity. a time when you have the responsibility to reimagine the future. the uncertainties of the current moment do not have to exist a decade from now. it will be determined by the
decisions we make when we answer that big question, whether government is the problem or a necessary part of the solution. but first you must make the decision not to give up. [applause] and -- and not to give up in politics. nots to -- not to give up in economics, and not to give up in life. harry and linda thomson who couldn't be here today, made a lot of good movies but a lot is when people said i was deader than a door nail in the '92 campaign. i was buried so times i swear they would say i was the first
buried in grant's tomb. if you doubt what i say, go home tonight and watch a replay of the razorbacks game. you are cheering and i watched it and i was ecstatic we are playing one of the best teams in america. and down 18 points at halftime. we are toast; right? not a shot. someone forgot to tell the players to give up. so they kept playing the game. and every young person here should remember that. pessimism and cynicism save you a lot of time. you don't have to go through the effort of changing things and you get to be disappointed right
away. but if you really want to restore the american dream. if you want to rebuild the middle class and give more people their shot again. if you want to live in a country where immigrants can be a part of our humanity again. [applause] you got to play the game. at the core of this country there has always been an idea, if you work hard and play by the rules. you get a chance to live the dream and give your children a chance to chase theirs. no guarantee but a chance for all. in order to do that, we have to believe, we have to think, and we have to act. that's what we try do for eight good years. and for all of you who took me
through those two campaigns. our earlier days in arkansas and those eight years in washington, i am profoundly grateful. now another young president is facing similar challenges. i will say this, i suppose i will pulling harder for him because he showed such good judgment in picking his secretary of state. but i would be pulling for him regardless. because underlying those challenges is the same old debate. about whether government is the problem, or we need smart government in a changie ining economy, working together to create the opportunities for tomorrow. for all of you who have helped me, i would like to end this ceremony by giving everyone a gold watch. some of us are old enough to earn it.
but america, america has never been a retirement party. and it isn't now. america is a constant invitation to suit up and play again. [applause] >> and so -- [applause] if you really are proud of what we did, help a kid stay in school. hire someone if you can. start a business if you can. make your voice heard. and remind people that conflict is necessary in life. and can somehow be great for a political campaign. but america got to this point through cooperation. through striving relentlessly, repeated
repeatedly, through all the disappoints and setbacks and difficulties for the more perfect union of our founders' dreams. maybe i am crazy as i age. but i am not pessimistic. i still believe in the promise of this country. i still believe in every place -- every place in america can be a place called home. [applause] and if you really believe in what we did here all those years ago, if you are still proud of it. and most importantly if you want it to happen again and give your kids and grandkids and for some of you your great-grandkids, what you know in your bones they deserve. play again.
god bless you. [applause] ♪ don't stop thinking about tomorrow ♪ you it will soon be here ♪ yesterday is gone, yesterday is gone. ♪ why not think about times to come ♪ and about the things you have done ♪ if your life was great, think about what tomorrow can do. ♪ don't stop thinking about tomorrow, don't stop, it will be soon be here ♪ it's better than before, yesterday is gone, yesterday is
>> rick perry held a town hall meeting friday at the opera house in new hampshire. this was his first town hall meeting since announcing his candidate. -- candidacy. new hampshire is scheduled to hold its first primary in february. the date has not been officially sets. this is about 45 minutes. washington, throwing money away. but i picked it up. i think i know how it must feel
down in texas. it is hot. [laughter] >> i want to thank jim foley for inviting me down. i appreciate that. me down, and john stevens for his kind words. i would also say -- a show of hands. how many veterans are in the audience tonight? let us give them a big hand. [applause] thank you to all of our veterans for all you do. i am here tonight to ask -- i have asked rick perry, and he has agreed to sign the thompson presidential pledge, which you see here. i would like to give a little
background. new hampshire is a state which has no sales or income tax. this is becau of my father, in big part. [applause] 40 years ago, he galvanized the pledge in new hampshire. he promised the people before they voted for him that he would veto a sales or income tax. today, new hampshire is one of two states that does not have a sales or income tax. excuse me. the pledge is a promise to the people of the state of new hampshire that before you vote for the individual, they have signed a pledge, making a promise to you, the people. a number of weeks ago, i was holding a brand-new granddaughter. i looked in her eyes and thought
to myself, "this granddaughter is already -- she has a $48,000 debt with the national debt, for every man, woman, and child." it is this next election which is the most critical in our lifetime to be sure that we have a conservative republican in the white house. it is absolutely important. this pledge, which the governor will sign in a minute, lays out cutting taxes, cutting spending, cutting the size of government, protecting our borders, becoming energy iepdent, and upholding the constitution. i believe everyone in this audience wants that. i believe every person running for president should sign that. they have all been asked. you see the individuals appear that have signed -- mitt
romney, rick santorum, buddy roemer, and christopher hill. i thank you for coming to new hampshire and signing the pledge. [applause] i forgot to tell the governor that the act was my father's when he campaigned for years ago. i know things are busy in texas. [applause] but in new hampshire, we have the biggest axe. >> thank you, and i know how to use it, sir. i want to say how great it is to be back in new hampshire.
thank you. thank you, sir. i am proud to sign the thompson presidential pledge. it provides the kind of conservative reform we need in this country. it is the reduction in taxes, the spending and the size of government we are seeing grow on an almost exponential basis. it is the commitment to secure our border. it is the commitment to make american energy independent in eight years. and my solemn commitment to uphold and protect this constitution of the united states. [applause] i want to thank you. i want to thank you as the author of this pledge. on behalf of all the nservatives across this country, and for people who believe in those principles, i want to say it is a great honor
to be with you. jim is a marine of some renown. thank you for your service to this country. you and other men and women are defending our freedoms today. the greatest privilege in my life. -- in my life was to wear the uniform of our country. [applause] our country is in trouble. when one in six wk-eligible americans cannot find a job, our country is in trouble. i am not just talking numbers. we are talking about fellow americans, neighbors.
friends. our relatives. the fact is there is nothing ailing america that the rebirth of freedom cannot cure. [applause] i am going to bring that prosperity back by enlisting america's greatest american -- greatest economic advantage, and that is freedom. freedom from too much government, too much spending, too much borrowing, too much regulation. imagine for a minute and america -- an america where we can set our people free. employers who are free from over regulation would once again be able to invest in the economy and create jobs. americans would get back to work, stop worrying about whether they could meet the mortgage payment, put fd on their table, put fuel in their
gas tank. families would be able to get a head again and plan for the future. the key to psperity is liberty. the larger government grows, the smaller our circle of freedoms. it is time to set the american free again from the burden of big government. your father understood that, tom. freedom works. it has been working that way in my state for some time. as john shared with you, my home state, this june of 2009 -- 40% of all the jobs created in america were created there. our credit rating went up at the same time, i might add. [applause] i have a government based on a few guiding principles. your dad would love this best of all. do not spend all the money.
second, have a tax burden that has as light a touch on job critters as you can. three is a regulatory climate that is fair and predictable. fourth, a legal system that does not allow for over-suing, so you can create jobs. [applause] we cut our property taxes by a third. we cut our taxes on small businesses. we cut state spendingor the first time since world war ii. i was proud to sign the budget that said we can operate within our needs. we do t have to raise taxes just so some people can say you cannot live without government spending at this level. we are doing it in my home state. since i became governor, we have created more than a million jobs
in texas. the simple truth is freedom works. freedom has always worked. sadly, washington has forgotten that fact. it is time to get ameri working again. we have to cut the taxes for the families and employers. we have to freeze phaedra regulations. we have to stop the generational flecked with this monster is and record debt. if you elect me president, i promise to things. on my first day in office, i will walk into the oval office, take out a sharpie, and sign an executive order to do away with this bunch of obamacare. [applause] thank you.
while you are up, let me share with you the second thing i am going to do. i will go in that office every day and try to make washington, d.c. as into -- as inconsequential in your life as i can. [applause] i believe in this country. i believe in our purpose. i believe in her promise. i believe that our best days are yet lived. there are young people in this audience his best days are going to be ahead of them. their future is going to be better than ours. we're going to write history in the days ahead that are some of the greatest exploits in america's history. with your help, we will get america working again, get this country moving forward. i will say one more thing. thank you for loving yo country enough to be here, to be engaged, and to get our country back and working again.
god bless you. [applause] >> your water is over here. thank you, governor. >> i think we are going to do a few questions. let me get rid of that, because they may start -- i may start sweating in a minute. that is a good thing. john, i will let you moderate. let's go. >> fir question, front row. right here. >> about the tax on small business -- as president, what would you do to alleviate that so we can grow? >> in my state, you have a record to back it up, not just hear somebody talking. we reduced our franchise tax from 1% to 0.5%. every small businessman and woman knows something.
if you have a regulatory climate that is unpredictable and burdensome on them, you have a tax structure where they cannot keep more of what they work for, they are not going to risk their capital. the government's job is this. the government never creates the jobs the government takes money from the private sector and spread it around. we need to get back to understanding truly that the engine of this country is in small business, men and women who are willing to risk their capital. the way you build the confidence for those individuals is to create an environment -- as i said earlier, the government does not create jobs. government can create an environment that is positive for job creation, or they can put up barriers, which are
higher taxes, higher regulation, allowing a legal system that causes flowerless -- frivolous lawsuits to flourish. those are the things we will do. lower the corporate tax rate. lower the personal tax rate. the idea that we have $1.70 trillion offshore that has been generated by american companies that they will not bring back into this country to invest or create jobs because the tax it at 35% -- that money will never come back. lower the taxes. there is a model for this working. in the last decade in texas, we have lowered our taxes. we have lowered our regulatory imate. we have put protections in our legal system. we just passed "blues or pay -- lose or pay." you are not going to spend time
at the courthouse. you will be out there doing what small businessmen and women do. when you are confidence you will not be over regulated or over litigated, you will hire people, expand your business. that is the way this country can get back on track, and get back on track in a hurry. pull those regulations that are killing jobs. either get rid of obamacare, and lower the tax burden on americans. it is that simple, but you have to have a president that is committeand courageous to do that. i will do that. [applause] phyllis, how are you? >> thank you for coming. >> absolutely. >> thank you for coming to derry. right now, the senior population is the highest population in the country. seniors -- there are the most
seniors on food stamps, welfare. anything that helps reduce their burden, they are doing it. but they have not had - from social security, they have not had a raise in three years. what are we going to do to help the senior population? >> one of the big costs seniors have is the cost of energy. whether it is buying gasoline for the automobile, putting its electricity or oil or however you heat the a/or cool -- you do not have a real problem with the cooling appear. we have that down in texas. energy cost is one of those things. freeing up our domestic energy production will do two things. it will get this country working and more people put to work than
anything we canrobably do. to do that, i am talking about removing onerous regulations we are seeing out of the epa and other agencies of government that our job-killers. -- are job-killers, and free up this country. we have centuries of energy in this country -- oil, gas, coal, and wind. allow those sectors to compete against each other. that will drive down the cost to seniors. they are on fixed income. everything we can do to drive down those fixed costs for senior citizens -- and frankly, there may be a lot of individuals, if they so choose, that will go back into the work force again if there are jobs available, either part-time or full-time. i will suggest again this goes back -- the woes of this country, the problems america
has, are associated with over taxation and overregulation, particularly out of washington, d.c. our state's need to compete against each other. that is what we do. we should compete. i shared with john one of the ways new hampshire can become one of the most competitive states from a standpoint of being able to create jobs, in my opinion. you already do not have a sales tax and are relieved of personal income tax. make this a right to work state, and i guarantee you will bring people into this state by the thousands. [applause] let me wrap up and say one more thing. right to work is not an anti- union bill. it is a pro-jobs bill. our friends who have chosen to be in unions will have access to more jobs, making it a right to
work state. >> governor, welcome to new hampshire. >> thank you, sir. >> you have said that you disagree with the national academy of science's conclusion that burning fossil fuels is the primary cause of global warming. this position is supported by an overwhelming consensus of data. in california, you said we should find out what the science is before putting american jobs in jeopardy. but you were asked twice for urces on climate change, and you ducked the question. what sources of information do you rely on -- >> i am ready for you this time. >> for your views on climate change. >> just within the last couple of weeks, a renowned nobel laureate, who also joined the chorus that has time after