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if anyone is tweeting we are using the hash tag wmnhist. and one quick announcement i am sorry to say that michelle bernard has been called away for a family emergency so she won't be able to join us here today. i will start with a special thank you to our friends and underwriters. thank you very much. on behalf of our partnership with the national women's history museum, honored host celebration for the first female speaker of the house
current democratic leader nancy pelosi. leader pelosi has worked diligently to strengthen america's middle class, increasing the minimum wage and financial aid for students, a new give bill for veterans, increased services for veterans, their families and care givers nationally and internationally she has led the effort to provide the first u.s. contribution to the global fund to fight aids, tuberculosis and malaria. leader pelosi's work obbehalf of women is unparalleled. her leadership in passing the lily led better fair pay act, her work as a champion for women's health, social
security, title 9, economic well being for women everywhere she has impacted every person in this tent and every woman globely. as speaker she has created new leadership opportunities for the next generation of american women ensuring a record number of committee chairmanships for being held by women, electing more women to congress and opening the doors for other women remain among her top priorities. so it is particularly fitting that we recognize leader pelosi today in this very historic house and garden for generations of women have fought tirelessly for women's right. in 1929 alice paul and the nwp moved into this building after securing the right to vote for american women. until the 19 -- [applause] and until the 1970s it was used
as both their home and their workplace. from the beginning this house operated as a center for women's political thought and activities and served as a base for them to lobby congress. over the course of many decades occupants of this house offered more than 600 pieces of federal, state, and local legislation. 300 of which were ultimately passed and all of which greatly impacted the lives of women. since the late 1990s, and now operating as a house and museum we continue this viting work of sharing their history and continuing quality with programs like this we continue to empower women by teaching women to demand their rights, to take on new leadership roles, and to recruit more women to run for office.
the emmy award winning rachel mad ow show i know is popular with everyone and we are delighted to honor leader pelosi and have rachel with us today. it is a long line of continuing the tradition of honoring women who work on issues that are important for women around the globe. we are proud to honor leader pelosi with our annual award in 2010 and this september we will honor former first lady laura bush. so today let's talk about leader pelosi and rachel madow show. immediately boosting ratings in its time period when it debuts in 2008. it was also named a breakout star of 2008 by the "washington post" and one of the top ten political newcomers by politico.com. the author, we are delighted to
thank you all so much for being here. i am used to talking to people but never seeing their faces. so i'm glowing to start with admitting my own bias here in the sense of fairness which is also sort of admitting my, i guess my concurpt interest. you are the member of congress for my brother. my parents were married in the chapel at the presidyo when my father was a captain of the air force and when it ceased to be a military base. you are the reason it was returned to the people of the state of california and the city of san francisco for their use. when i lived in san francisco you were my member of congress. and as a gay kid growing up in the san francisco bay area, in the 80s amid the devastation of the aids crisis coming of age and realizing i was a gay person at the time of the aids crisis it is almost unimaginable context for
somebody growing up, when you first twonet congress in june of 1987 and in your first remarks as a member of congress said that you were there to fight aids, for me as a gay person as a care taker for people with aides, as an aids activist, you became the person who all of us believed that no matter where we lived that you were our member of congress. >> thank you. >> 25 years in congress you are the most powerful woman in american politics ever. you craft what you call the marble ceiling. and i wonder if you can describe how it works and how it works more poorly now that you have cracked it. >> first of all, thank you for
your very kind introductry remarks. for honoring us with your presence here today. i couldn't wait to get here to see you. and that your connection to san francisco, fox bay area, the heart of san francisco, is one that we take great pride in and brag about, exaggerate, and again are so proud of you. if my voice is changing there's like an air conditioner here that comes on and off. but i want to thank you for giving us this opportunity to come together to talk about issues that are are of concern to women in america. and that includes everything. and as rachel has demonstrated that even includes national security of our country. congratulations on your book. it's very important that women
's opinion and leadership. [applause] so it is an excitement to be here. and the hiv aids issue is one i feel a personal responsibility for coming from san francisco 25 years ago, actually that comment that i made on the floor of the house will be saturday, i was elected, and when i talk about aids after my comments were over my colleague said why did you say that? what are you talking about? why would you -- the first thing they know about you is that you are here to talk about aids. i said well i said it for a simple reason. because i am and that is what i told my constituents i would do. and that is my responsibility. here we are 25 years later, i never would have thought at that time, that projecting 25
years forward we still would not have a cure. we've made great progress in improving and maintaining the quality of life, ending discrimination. doing those kinds of things. but in prevention and care and research and the rest, we still have so much work to do. 25 years. science is our friend and it's an answer to our prayers. so thank you for acknowledging the aids hiv work. to all of you thank you very much for giving us this opportunity today. >> on the issue of aids, taking that as an example about how politics has changed, talk about the reaction to your initial comments when you said essentially how dare you bring that up on your first day. now everybody knows you're going to want to work about that. think about the comments, or the lack of interest from
president reagan at the time, the hostility from conservative figures over the issue of aids. by the end of jesse hems career he was talking with bono about not only changing his attitude but supporting investment around the globe. you look at the contrest of ronald reagan and disregard, fast forward to his vice president's son yet he led on the issue of pep far. on the social conservative issues can you imagine whether gay rights, whether it's abortion, whether it is women's reproductive health more broadly and these other issues, can you imagine a similar transformation happening in any other conservative figures? >> yes, i do. i always say to us it is inevitable, to them it is inconceiveable. it is our job to shorten the distance between the inevitable
and the inconceiveable. but it takes not only our work inside to mabnufere and persuade the outside mobilization is absolutely essential. and almost every issue that you can name, the american people are ahead of the elected officials. and you mentioned bono. yesterday i had the privilege of being in new york city with some of my colleagues with bono who honored me on my 25th anniversary. it but both of them had worked on the aids issue and we started working with bono on the debt forgiveness issue, the millenium challenge to end the debt that so many countries were oppressed with in the world and that is the initiation of communication with jesse helms was on the debt forgiveness. we said to bono when he first
came to us you have to be bipartisan. you are going to have to reach out to some of these people. the next thing you know jesse helms is at a u 2 concert. but it did take, you're a trip away. you have the access, you created the awareness among a broader audience as a rock star with a young following and you took action and that's how we miveed this. so it took a lot of convincing people on the merits of the path we would follow. it took a lot of outside mobilization to get it done. and that's exactly what will happen. we saw that with the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. we see now in the marriage equality where there's most recent as today polling is very different than it would have been even a short while ago. and i have confidence with young people because they're
free of some of the burdens that an older generation has about some of these cultural issues. and that's why i'm so proud of president obama because from day one was ending discrimination in the workplace for women, lily led better and almost the last bill that he passed was repeal of don't ask don't tell and in between many other pieces of legislation that was liberating for people. and again, as i say i think the public is way ahead of elected officials. >> you have been able to talk in a way that i think is very much energized democrats about the connection between policy and social justice like you just were, policy and important outcomes for the country. one of the policy fights that you won which i think had profound political impact but doesn't get a lot of attention was right after george w. bush
was reelected in 2004, he was inaugurated. he went out around the country on a barn storming tour to privatize social security and that went great. >> and when he started to do this he thought he was going to win and the poll numbers looked good. and you were a key part of what i think has to be universally acknowledged as a democratic defeat of that republican initiative. how did you beat george w. bush on that subject? >> it was a decision that we made that we were going to preserve social security. this is the pillar of our society of security, retirement security for our seniors. and all that meant to the rest of the families. and so when i had the opportunity to become leader, of course it was my goal to
obtain the majority and we went to some people on the outside to the public -- the private sector and said if you were, i don't know these things but if you were tylenol and you wanted to be advil -- i don't know which was first but if you were number two and wanted to be number one what would you do? they told us four steps initiative and -- but anyway the point being that say december after we -- senator kerry had lost the presidential , by january president bush gave a really a gift to those who wanted to protect social security by saying that he was going to privatize social security. i remind you, he's newly elected, 58% in the polls that's very high especially after a tough fight, and he was swrr much up here.
and our members working with senator leader reid in the senate with our members house and senate we decided that we were good-bye going to go out there to do this. we had to be unified. it took discipline. and i think you may recall that at the time we made a decision -- i know thank you to our hosts, they were so much a part of helping us with this. but at the time we said president bush wants to privatize social security. democrats want to preserve social security. and that was the fight. the people said why don't you have a plan of your own? important democrats were saying democrats in the house don't have a plan of their own. exactly. our plan was social security.
and the private sector advisers said if you start saying we're going to have to do this, tax that, you will be confused with what he was doing. you must not offer another plan. it has to be about his plan. my colleagues who were here will tell you that on a weekly basis members will say is it time for us to have a plan yet? and believe me we probably had 250 plans house and senate combined. is it time for us to have a plan? i kept saying to them never. in terms of contrast and because our members trusted us we were able to keep people
together, president bush really a lovely man -- we disagreed in terms of policy but he would say i'm going to 23 states in 23 days and i would say i want you to go to 46 states in 46 days. because we are going to be there to inknock late against your message, to protect social security and educate as to what we said doesn't work. but at the end of it -- he said well i achieved my goal. and i said you did. and he said my goal was to raise awareness as to the challenge of the social security. well, that's a different goal than what he said. but he gave us the issue for us it wasn't an issue it was a value, it was who we are as a country. and we were going to fight that
fight even if it meant taking the slings and arrows of our friends who were saying why don't you have a plan? poor dears they don't have a plan. some saying how can you possibly come here without a plan? we have a plan. it's called social security. so with that, that really -- by september he was at 38. and but we worked -- we worked with president bush on many issues. we passed the biggest energy bill to pass in our country, lowering the cafe standards, the emissions. now with conservation and efficiencies and the rest, huregely important bill. we worked with him on his version of a stimulus package. but to make sure it was refundable so that poor people and poor families and families with children could get stimulus too. we worked with him on pet far. that was a great thing that president bush did.
it would not have happened without a democratic congress funding it from $4 billion to $8 billion and some of the people who worked with that, some of our colleagues who worked on that issue know that it was the house -- the congress -- that made that possible. and we worked with him on possibly the most unpopular bill that anybody will ever vote for, ever, because we were told if we had not acted there would be no economy in four days. mr. bernanke, do you agree with the characterization that secretary paulson has given to the state of the financial institutions in our country? and he, an expert on the great depression said do not act immediately, we will not have an economy by monday. this is thursday night. we did that. we worked with president bush. the republicans did not want to
vote on that. i don't want to get partisan. but they didn't vote on that. it took the democratic vote to make that happen. we had some republican votes but not nearly what would be expected for such a vote. so in any event, we worked with president bush every place that we could. that's why it's so odd to see even though you had differences of opinion that you don't decide that you're going to find solutions and get results for the american people recognizing different branches of government and different parties but we all are americans and have an obligation to get results and get the job done. so that's what we did. we stuck together. we took the heat for -- remember? as people would say poor dears they don't even have a plan. that was the plan. >> the stimulus. health reform. student loan reform.
repeal of don't ask don't tell. the give bill. the number of of major pieces of legislation that you not only saw past in the house which we could also include cap and drade, the dream act there. but those that became law is -- and i don't mean to flatter you but it is the quiped of list we name large bills after. your speakership was sam ray burn-esque. and i wonder how you connect that list of accomplishments to the idea of political capital. and do you think having accomplished so much made it harder for democrats to compete in the first mid term election after president obama was
elected in 2010? just the magnitude of what you had been able to do legislatively make it easier for republicans to claim that the pendulum needed to swing back? >> i think that if i had one word to describe what made the difference in the 2010 election, it would be money. money. this is really important to note. people said you did this. we had 9.5% unemployment and it's very hard to explain a health care bill or environmental law when people don't have a job. and they don't want to hear that it would be 15% unemployment right? it would be -- and ana is here someplace. ok. but it would be 15%. president obama was a job creator from day one. the recovery act, 3.5 million
jobs saved or created. go on from there. but if you don't have a job you don't really want to hear how bad it could have been. and that's a screen that's hard to get through. but pu put into that unlimited undisclosed special interest money coming in like the last weeks of the campaign, that is really insurmountable and that is something unu.s.able. -- unu.s.able. >> in any event i think it's really important and i think that we came to do a job. we didn't come to keep a job or have a job. we came to do a job. we would never say we wouldn't do health care. yet all of those, health care industry was wall street whether it's people against labor. the people who are against
collective bargaining. all that kind of money coming in against us we can contend with if it's -- we know who it is and it's within the limits of the law. but undisclosed, you know, special interest money coming in at the end, that was too much. but we would never trade our accomplishments for anything. but i will tell you this -- because we believe as with social security and medicare, health care for all americans it is a right not a privilege and that was a fight that was important to us. but on the money -- i'm going to make a promise to you and this is a promise that i made at the invitation of president bush, the father, we were at the university of texas a&m, i
was stationed at the site of the bush library and the president's school of government and public policy he invited me there to talk on president's day. you can imagine what the republicans thought about. and what i told that lovely audience that day and supposed to be the most conservative school in texas, i don't know. they were lovely. what i told them that day is we must reduce the role of money in politics. we must. we must increase the level of civility in campaigns. and here comes the promise. when we do, i promise you we will have many more women elected to public office. [applause] and young people and minorities represent the diversity of our
country. so i think we were something like 250,000 votes from having the majority. they won this big number of votes but in terms of the majority it was only 250 votes here, 300 votes here. and that came from millions of dollars just being poured in the last days that would go unanswered in terms of the misrepresentation. but not to relitigate that. just to spring from that question but really we have to look to the future and say we have to take back our democracy. this is a government of the wealthy. that's not what our founders sacrificed their life, liberty and personal freedom for. this is something else. and nothing in this debait, the voice and the vote of the many determine elections. not the checkbooks of the very,
very few. they said that three people gave more to governor walker last night than all the money raised by tom barrett. whatever side you're on maybe you're the one that can raise more of the money. it's not about that. it's about it's gone too far, it's over the edge. we have to pull it back. when we do, one of the benefits will be much more diversity and people able to take a chance and run their views will be reflected in the congress. . .
democratic plan b that i do not know about. am quite humane apart from >> let me say this. let us look at where we are. we are in a situation where money thatn le endless does not have to make a decision about one rate or another. and endless it up in less secret money pouring into the --- sp igot of secret money pouring into the country. it is suffocating the system. you have voter suppression by
some of the same people who were collected in 2010. 20 states have initiatives in place. you have poisoned the dialogue. suffocated the system, suppressed the boat. what does an average person say? i do not even know what you are talking about. they turn off to it. that is a victory for the special interest. we might as well go to those people and say who do you want to be president? who you want to be speaker? there is no way to contend. we have to disclose. it is really important. they did not pass it in the senate.
as shareholders as employees. they're saying the businesses, are you putting sicker monies and to campaign to? the want to know. the shining a bright lights of the people know -- they want to know. they are shining a bright light so the people know. we had a hearing, an alien viper oozing slime. it is just that. disclose, whewin, reform, and decisions. thl the
we have a fabulous candidates to win. this is our thing. building ladders of opportunity. take responsibility to have opportunities for success. small business entrepreneurship are the pillars of that. our members are going there. i m reluctant to go into politics. we have a plan. i tell you this without any fear
of being called a name, and nothing is at stake. say what you will about the issues. we have always had differences of opinions. we have differences of region, age, whatever. that does not mean that we cannot find a solution. that is why i was so complimented when he invited me to give the president day presentation. it is different than it was now. we have a motto in san francisco "do not agonize, organize." that is the deal. we're going to organize our way
to victory. >> on the issue of the time you have spent in congress, you came 25 years ago. you have written about how you expected to have a 10-year timeframe. then the next chapter of your life would start. what did you think the next thing you would do would be after the 10 years tax did you ever think about-- 10 years? did you ever think about leaving? >> i did not come here to be a lifer. i figured about 10 years would be inappropriate time. then i would hopefully have grandchildren, which was my goal in life. one of them is here. i really was not thinking.
i did not even know i would be running for congress 25 years and five months ago. it just happened. the opportunity presented itself. and one member of congress who decided that i should be -- a woman member of congress decided i should be in congress. when she did that they said who said she could no in somebody? i told her i should run. i did. i did not know if i would do win. i did. we lost in the meantime. we lost the congress. we lost 94, 96, 98, it 2000.
.000 i thought i know how to win elections. eiger up in campaign mode. -- i grew up in campaign mode. we have an election in 2000 in california. we won five seats that year. at that we would have won the house. they lost seat to the rest of the country. at that one in five hits lives in poverty. that is my driver. i cannot stand the fact that my kids are so blessed in every way, with love and care and all of that. to these children some of them even though they are living in poverty have love and protection. they do not have the same kind of opportunity. that is my driving force. one issue led to another.
then i got the chance to be in the leadership. we won. i became speaker. one of the things i really want to do before i leave here, it will not be finished. we must get much farther down the road on the issue of child care in america, affordable quality child care. [applause] here we are at the house and use them for these women of such courage is such a remarkable thing. in any event, women got the right to vote a little over 90 years ago. during world war ii women were in the workforce.
then there was a higher education of one mwomen. the link that is that in there is affordable quality child care. that is something that really has to happen regardless of your income level or you're thinking. there should be affordable quality child care in our country. it almost was there. president nixon was about to sign the bill and there was an intervention for more conservative elements. not much has happened since then. i think that is really important. the growth of america is going to benefit from the increased involvement of women in our economy and in the leadership of our financial institution and in our small business.
the national security of our country will be strengthened by the increased involvement of women at all levels, including at the highest level of our national security, whether you are talking about the academic world, politics, or government. the answer is almost always "women." more women in power. if we want to grow the involvement of women as they educate with innovation in the classroom we really are the best. the best as it to come for our country.
17 ceo's in the fortune 500 are women? you cannot tell us the talent is not there. we talked about money, and increasing civility, and the kind of conversation where women can thrive in succeed. it is about making our own environment. we are playing on someone else's field. i've been supporting women, as it has been so nicely pointed out, wanting to increase the number of women in congress. there were 20 when i went. now we are closer to 80. that is not enough. we tried this incremental thing, and that is not working for us in the right way. let us make our own environment, one in which women could be more successful in elective politics, and at the same time at full participation in every aspect of our lives with child
care. we have to make it easier for women to succeed. not easier because we cannot do the hard jobs, but easier because the arena that we are in has been defined by others, for the purposes of others, and not really to give power away. nobody has ever done that, and they will not give it away now, so you just have to go take it. [laughter] [applause] >> are we near the end? >> that was it. that was excellent a perfect note on which to end. >> i want to take -- tell you one more story. i cannot leave this will belmont house and museum without telling this story again. -- the sewall-belmont house and museum without telling the story again. i will give you the abbreviated version.
when we walk upstairs and we see susan b. anthony and alice paul, and imagine the courage of all the women that came here, i want to tell you the story. many of you have heard it. the first day i went to the white house representing the democrats in the house of representatives, i went to the white house, and i had been there a million times. if i did not think about been apprehensive. i go into the room. as i said at the table, i realize this was not like any other meeting i had never been to at the white house. in fact, it was not like any meeting that any woman had been
to let the white house because it was a meeting of the president, the vice president, and the leaders, house and senate, democrat and republican, to talk about the legislative agenda. women had been at the table, appointed by the president, and that is a wonderful thing, but i was sitting there with my power derives from the election of my colleagues, so my voice at the table had a different authority, for lack of a better word. [laughter] >> anyway, if there is president bush, gracious and lovely, and he says welcome, and as he is speaking, i feel really close to in in my seat. i have never felt that before. i was closed in. he must've been thinking what is going on, but he might i been thinking that any way. [laughter] -- have been thinking that anyway. [laughter] >> all of a sudden i realized on that chair with me was susan b. anthony, you name it, they were all there, so is no truth, they were all there on that the chair with me.
i could hear them say, "at last we have a seat at the table." [laughter] [applause] >> i did. [applause] >> i did. as soon as they said it, i thought we want more. [laughter] >> not that we needed any reality on it, we all know we stand on the shoulders of many that gone before us, and that other stand on our shoulders and will continue to do so.
as women advance we want to continue to have something very different, not incremental, but kicking open the door for something much better for women, and in closing, and this time i mean it, let me say what an honor it is to be a sewall- belmont house and museum. it is always a pleasure, but isn't it great to be here with rachel maddow? [laughter] [applause] >> isn't she wonderful? let's hear it for rachel maddow. [laughter] [applause]
>> thank you. >> you are so great. [applause] >> joan wages, president and ceo of the national women's history museum. we are often asked why women's history, and today is living proof that we are able to preserve the stories of the congresswomen, the extraordinary courage she has demonstrated throughout her career. elisabeth stanton says the best protection anyone could have is her courage. nancy pelosi demonstrates to get -- back to us every day, and we are so proud to have union service to our country. we are so thankful to rachel maddow for taking time out of her busy life, and, of course, she is another woman of courage. [applause] >> to the sewall-belmont house and museum, to page harrington, we are so grateful to be partnering with you on this lovely day, and thank you for
the beautiful weather, by the way. we are so honored to be in this house where so many incredible women have walked through the door, so we are pleased to partner with you on the dance. peter -- defense. peter and judy, we did to the early appreciate your support, and last, but not least amount to each of you for coming here to show you appreciate what women have been doing to break down the barriers for all of us, and you are here to celebrate women, we thank you. [applause] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> newly elected president of the american federation of state and missed all employees discusses his plans for the union and other related issues. newsmaker sunday at 10:00 a.m. at 6:00 p.m.. >> we have pulled into the refueling that morning. we had more of the ship to appear. >> kirk lippold.
>> i was doing routine paper work went at 11:18 a.m. there was a thunderous explosion. you can feel all of the destroyer thrust up into the right. we seemed to hang for a second in the air. it was doing this are the three dimensional flexing. ceiling tiles popped out. everything lifted up about a plot and slammed down. i grabbed the underside of my desk until the ship stopped moving. >> more on kirk lippold sunday at 8:00. >> the chief executive of a makers for nissan says the monetary union will stick together through the turmoil.
carlos talks about the economy, the future of the electric car and the state of the automobile industry. this is one hour and five minutes. >> i would love some coffee. >> let me thank you all for coming back to the breakfast. it is great to see so many distinguished new yorkers ready to get at this hour. thank you for coming. i want to thank one of the two icons of the business community for being our guest this morning. i want to thank our wonderful sponsors, the boston consulting group for their continued support. we will give the opening words to how thejavier.
correct good morning. i am the managing director. i 0 lead our detroit office and global practice. i am from detroit. welcome all of you. welcome to this view points. i am happy to welcome carlists from be renault-nissan alliance. we are proud to sponsor it this series on both the east coast and west coast. we have done that since 2008. i would like to take the opportunity to bank our sponsor for being with us in this series in new york. i do not want to spend the next few minutes giving you a list of
the accomplishments which you are all familiar with. i would like to give you a few traits of his personality. the first thing i would like to say is probably the most american of the japanese business leaders. he succeeded to be nicknamed mr. 711. he is the only foreigner of the the equivalenta, of our marvel comics. this is the only real equivalent of iron man and captain america. he is very competitive. i am not sure that carlos remembers that. we met in 1997 in paris when he was about to make a speech at a conference where bill gates was the lead speaker. i am sure that carlos decided
that evening to become as famous as bill. it became a reality in 2003 when he was deemed the man of the year after turning around nissan. he was recognized around the world. cnbc named him the leader of the year. if you take renault, nissan, and the russian side, one count out of 10 sold in the world -- one car in the world are sold by the nissan-renault alliance. nissan 2 gained% market share. for someone who travels across
continents several times a month in his corporate jet, i think carlists has -- carlos has no anxiety. this is the first no volume car pronounced in the world. clearly he has no anxiety about the future of this technology. in 1990 when he was visiting north american he acquired an integrated one. it was very successful. i think he decided never to do it again.
when confronted with nissan he made sure it did not fully integrate so he could be up three companies, renault, nissan, and nissan-renault. adieu, i willer and y give it to today's discussion. >> thank you very much. thank you carlos for being here. we should start with electric cars. there is no one in the world to has been as big of an a proponent of electra cars as you. you have invested billions of dollars ramping up 11 factories in eight countries. wired magazine said you are either a brilliant visionary or
you are crazy as a loon. which is it? why electric cars? collects every time you face a challenge you are dealing with that. the statement i have had them for all my career. the last time i had them was when we had the alliance with nissan. s we got, of statement if you have $4 billion and you want to throw them in the ocean, it to be better to put them in nissan. you are always considered as thinking foolishly. let me go back to the elector carl. -- car. we have gone back to this.
we have been held as an industry, as extremely conservative this sticking to our short-term interest. there is an interest today, it too much dependence on oil. we have the solution. it is zero emission car. when we start something like this you cannot expect that the first three months people are going to be here. they're going to have to sell the concept. people are going to get accustomed to it. this is not only driven by consumers. it is driven by governments. this probably did not receive too much publicity. the state council of china decided that there would be 5 million of debt to cars in
china from zero. 5 million. they do not take too many objectives. all car manufacturers are being told that if you want to expand your operation are build a new plan, the best come with a new energy car. i think the future is zero emissions. we are going to have to be patient enough and strategic enough to maintain that. >> i want to come back to china in a minute. let's stick to the u.s. market, the one the people in this room know the best. last month, the numbers were around 500. you have to be disappointed. at one point, you said you were going to sell a least 20,000
electric cars in 2012. it looks like you will not get there. >> i am looking at global sales of minicars coming. >> global you are talking 6000 or 7000. >> last year, we sold 25,000. today is the most sold electric car in history. this year, our forecast is double. if you focus on one particular market and say you only sold 500, it is disappointing. we cannot get all of our cars right of every month. the trend is a trend for people getting accustomed to it, infrastructure being built, the range anxiety being put in perspective.
a lot of people still have range anxiety. all the people buying the nissan are extremely happy. that is important for us. the problems have been zero so far. for an innovative car, the amount of problems we have to face is very small. >> at the moment, if you are talking about maybe one 20th of your 1% total global sales. do you get shareholders saying carlos ghosn is trying to save the world. how about focusing on the 7 million cars? >> the shareholders do not say that. they cannot say that. i just got my shareholder meeting with renault. they are happy. the results of the company are good. we're hitting our targets. we're growing a lot.
of theot growing because electric car, but it is one engine of growth of the future. we need to take care of the next six months of results, but making sure we have enough fuel and engine for future growth. future growth is coming from this kind of new technology which a certain point will become a bigger engine of growth. in china, 5 million electric cars in 2020. this was announced three weeks ago. this will be tremendous. >> let's talk about china. you have a joint venture. how much of the 5 million cars do you think you can capture? >> if i can capture most of them, i will be very happy. there will be competition. you cannot only say i have an electric car and you will come see it at the auto show and then
it disappears. you have to have them on the street. the only zero emission car on the roads of the united states is a leaf. you have hybrids. the only zero emissions cart is a nissan leaf. other people will have to come with plug in cars, particularly when the government in china says 5 million. a lot of investment will have to be made. people have no choice. kraft general motors announced it was not going to take -- >> general motors announced it was not going to take its election -- electrical technology to china because it was concerned about intellectual theft. does that concern you? intellectual property theft in china, the idea you have to have a choice. >> china it is the largest market for car manufacturers.
18 million cars sold, the second-largest market in the united states with 13.5 million cars. with the perspective of growth in the chinese market which is significantly higher than many other countries because they're building infrastructure and have a low rate of the number of cars per inhabitants. you can go into it country like this with one of the largest economies in the world. being afraid to share the technology, you have to decide to go in or not. when you go in, you go with a partner you respect. we have no complaints to make about bringing a lot of technology and cars. >> you are not worried about intellectual property protection in china. not at all. >> i have no facts behind the
spear. i am talking about my industry. -- i have no facts behind the fear. >> you mentioned range anxiety. how is that going to be solved? you can get 60 miles or so. >> how we will solve it is with new technology. a lot of investments are pouring into batteries. battery is the technology of the future. we know how to produce energy. but we do not know how to store it. the technology is how to store energy in a significant way especially when you need high- value intensity. when you are using a computer, you do not need a big battery. when using a car, you need these big objects to move it. a lot of investments are being
made in korea, japan, the united states. >> we have not seen the break through yet. >> it is coming. you do not see it until the product is on the market. in terms of the chemistry and components, a lot of breaks are coming in. our main objective is not so much increase in the range. we want to be able to continue to sell electric cars without incentives given by the government to the citizen. that is the number-one priority. second, we will increase the range. we know how many miles they do when they charge the car and how much time charges in japan. in the united states, people are driving the leaf on average 22 miles a day. the range of the car is 100 miles. even if you are in the worst condition driving only appeal --
uphill with the windows open, you are going to get 45 or 50 miles. people are driving 25 miles a day with the present technology. not saying the electric car is for everybody. we're talking 10% of the market, mainly people using a short distance many times. it is a problem for people who will never by the electric car. i do not have to worry about people who will never by the electric car. i have to worry about the 10% of the people who want to buy an electric car telling me to do this a little better. it reduces the cost. these and the people i need to worry about and make sure i am giving more with the electric car.
people driving the electric car love it. i can give you many names of people very famous in the united states using them who say we need to continue and get out of this addiction to the old transportation mode. >> you operate in two of the toughest economies in the world , in europe and japan. let's start with europe. tell us what you think the picture is in europe. reading the headlines, it looks discouraging. >> the obvious question is whether in europe will be breaking. i do not think so. i think the euro will stay. i think europe will find solutions to hold it together. parts will some countries leave? >> it depends on what you mean
by leave. if they have to leave, it will be to be on the side and then come back under certain conditions. it is not leaving. it is managing the situation to except some modification on the margin. i do not believe europe will be breaking. i think the euro will stay there. i have no doubt that the next three to four years in europe will be at best stagnation. we're going to struggle. we are prepared for tough times on the european economy. >> stagnation indicates no growth. >> i mean within 1%. you will be within the range of 1%. >> not worse than that? >> it can get worse. my best scenario is 1%. you have worst scenarios that we
need to be prepared for as companies. we need to plan for the worst and hope for the best. at the moment, we're planning for the worst. the worst is now. the market is down. the car market is down more than 15% in france. it is down 9% in europe. >> it is because people are not spending? >> it is so much uncertainty. everyday you do not know if the euro will stay or not. you do not know if greece will get out or not. governments are changing. europe has changed every single government so far. every single government lost the election. people are in an environment of uncertainty. they are looking for things to restart a normal life. it is normal they are constrained on expenditure, particularly on cars. >> when does the uncertainty and
-- end? >> how hopefully people will understand armageddon in europe will not take place. there will be a reasonable solution. we may have three or four years of tough times of cutting deficits and being cautious on resources. we have to work through this. europe will be tough. for companies, is a challenge -- it is a challenge. you need to do better than your competitors. you will go through tough years. you will make sure you will be strong enough and resilience enough to make it through for what comes after. >> in japan, you have a situation where the currency is as strong as it has ever been, much stronger than you thought it would be in your public statements. how do you operate an auto company in that kind of environment? >> i am always stunned by the level.
i have been vocal on it. i am the first person to mention this and attract attention to the government. companies usually -- in japan, they have major corporations that are strong and competitive. companies do not suffer as much. companies adapt. i am going to go and invest in china or thailand or mexico. that is what i am going to do. a lot of major companies are doing that without saying something, but they're doing that. you are dreaming investments outside of japan and draining jobs outside. you have the problem of the population and the deficit. you have questions about energy. we're still waiting for a vision of replacing nuclear power with what?
this is a country living not from natural resources but from people. the only thing japan has is technology and people. energy is extremely important. there is no clear answer. i think the duty of people economically responsible to the company is to say what we think and propose solutions. then let them make their own decision. >> you have had to move a lot of production outside. >> we still produce 25% some of our cars in japan. it is probably one of the smallest between the japanese. >> toyota? >> we are not leaving. we're making sure we are not
being hurt too much by the level of the yen. when you sit down with so-called experts in the exchange rate, they will tell you why the yen is soft. as a common sense person, a sense of security translates into the vigor of an economy, a vision for the future. we have none of that in japan. we're stunned by the fact that the yen is $79. that is an historical high. the average has been $110 or $112 over 20 years. the company is suffering. my duty is first to make sure nissan gets through the turbulence to protect the company, without forgetting the
fact we are a japanese company in need to keep our roots in japan. we need to fight to make sure our base in japan stays. >> you talk about this being a japanese company. you are the ultimate international businessmen. you did this remarkable turnaround at the sun -- nissan, in part by going against things. central to japanese corporate culture. -- against all the things that were central to japanese corporate culture. i remember people saying this is the wave of the future. there will be more executives like this in the future. there have not really been. in japan, there were four. howard stringer has had mixed results. the poor fellow at olympus are chased out of the country. what can you do that no one else has been able to do?
>> i think japan is being misread. i have been in japan since 1999. i still work in japan. i go every month. i continue to be the ceo of a major japanese company. i have a lot of love and respect for the country. i have the weakness to think it is shared in a certain way. i am still there. i am not being chased out of the country. japan likes change if changed his results. it is simple. -- if change its results. it is simple. what saved me is after i announced the changes nobody liked and thinks is crazy and will never work is i am committing on the results. in one year from now, this company which has not been
profitable in 10 years, it is not profitable by the end of next year, i am out with new members of the executive committee. people are saying i will hit the wall. i say to wait one year. that is gone. the experience is finished. if some people are favorable, they say let's wait one year and then we will see what happens. after one year, we got the results. a lot of people who were against the changes said to wait for the second year. the sec result -- the second- year results were much better. you cannot save yourself by cutting costs. we came with new products. we expanded. every single time we overcome the obstacles. the key to japan if you want to make change is to produce results. if you produce results, if you have it open to you. i do not think japanese like
speeches where you promise the moon and will see results in 10 years. show us the results in the short term and make sure you stay with them. i can tell you if you follow this, there is absolutely no reason you are not going to stay and prosper and change. nissan has been an amazing case. we have done everything people told me was unfeasible in japan. we have done everything and continued to do it because we were able to demonstrate every year this was better for the company. >> which are the important metrics for you? >> i am disappointed. you are not reading the newspaper.
sales in the united states are different. in terms of revenue, number of cars we are by far the second- largest car manufacturers, japanese car manufacturer. we're number one in china, we're number one in russia. we want to be number one and all emergency -- emerging markets. in the united states, we are number three. we're about to be number one in europe. we are moving ahead. hopefully one day you will see us above 10% market share, the first goal of nissan in the united states. >> i think you were the only person to run two fortune 500 companies at the same time. how does that work? there must be some pull between the two places, particularly when you have serious problems in europe.
>> if i am doing this, it is because in my opinion it was the best option for both companies. shareholders can say i do not want to share my ceo with someone else, let's find another solution. they do not. every team of years, -- two years i am being voted. the shareholders do not stop it. they see the advantage of having somebody maintaining two companies with the strong identities. i think the synergy works. 13 years without one single conflict. our industry will have a lot of casualties when it comes to mergers and acquisitions and alliances. we have been the only case where for 13 years people can criticize, but we are still
there. this system works. it will continue to work because it is based on good respect for basic principles, particularly in terms of crisis. for me, it is tough. every month your moving from one continent to the other. at the same time, it is stimulating. you are living in different countries and cultures of the same time. companies also have pressure. when you move from one company to another, they are completely different. -- companies also have culture. >> you have managed japanese, french, iran michelin in the u.s., if you have managed americans. who are the most difficult to manage?
>> it depends on the angle. i am trying to be jesuits and not answer. i am a product of the jesuits. when you ask the embarrassing questions, if you answered by another one. -- you answer by another one. it depends for what. i think being ceo and a japanese company -- in a japanese company is remarkable. i feel so good about the japanese company. you have the impression you can do anything you want. people are so different to authority. they respect what the ceo says. typically ceo's in japan are not talkative. people are cautious about what they say. it is surprising for me. i am coming from a latin
environment. usually when you give an order, people tell you yes but do something different. you spend a lot of time trying to bring them back to your decision. in japan, if you say something and it will be done. whether it is wrong or right it will be done. you assume the consequences. it is refreshing as a ceo. you are being taken seriously. everything you say will be done. you are much more cautious about new orders you are giving. in a latin environment, you are less careful. in any way, people are not going to follow. there is going to be interpretation. you will spend a lot of time explaining what you want. that is it. i have seen it in brazil and the latin environment. >> and france? >> it is a lot and environment.
-- it is in latin environment. >> levy succeeded by one person or separate ceo's -- will you be succeeded by one person or separate ceo's? >> it is and interesting topic. when the issue came, i asked my team to give me the age and seniority of the ceo's. i am the second most senior ceo of the car industry. the number one is unbeatable. he has been there since probably i was born. >> i want to make clear as an employee of news corp. i am not asking this question because -- >> i am being open. i say let's take a look at that. the most senior guy, everybody
looks at me and says someday he will have to leave and someone else will come. the new look at age. you classify all of the ceo's by age. it happens i am still one of the youngest. there are two people younger than me between the major car companies. i think we have counted 20 car companies. i must be numbered 17 in terms of age. people say you do not have to worry because you are still young. it is not a question of age or sonority. it is whether the shareholders are happy with you or not. do they consider you are bringing something unique that others do not bring. at a certain points in time, if that is not the case, you will have to leave. i see contract by country -- contract. contribution by contribution. i am now the ceo of nissan and
renault. it is working well. it is up to the shareholders. >> when the time comes, would you advocate for one or two ceo's ? >> i would not wish for anybody to go through what i have been through in terms of personal life. anything going on anywhere, you are responsible for it. in a certain way, it is not normal to beat when ceo of two cos. i would not represent -- recommended. it is up to the shareholders to decide. i would not recommend it. from time to time, you have to do it because this solution is the best. but personally, i would not recommend it. >> the u.s. auto industry has gone through difficult times
over the last five years. at various points, people have approached you about getting involved. i know you had conversations. was that something that attracted you? do you think you could have helped u.s. auto industry? >> nobody in mentioned -- envisioned something like this to happen. you do it because you see it for your company. you see a win win situation. expanding to a u.s. partner can make a partner benefit and the alliance can benefit. i think we could have done a great job except i do not believe you can do something like this if you do not have a mutual appetite for the move. if you do not have a mutual
appetite, it does not work. i think if somebody does not share your vision, you probably leave it on the side and move forward. every single operation we have done was based on mutual belief that being together was better than being alone. >> do you think you could have run three companies? >> you just have a different organization to run it. the amount of synergies you can squeeze out of two or three large players in the current industry are tremendous. the key is how you make it happen. how you make people from different companies working together from different cultures. this is the key. we of 13 years of experience.
-- we have 13 years of experience. not only are we making the japanese and french working together. it is a global company. we have people from america. our last partner, today we are developing products and technology together. we have three teams. i am meeting with them every few months. we have a cooperating committee. we're going through projects. it is going smoothly. i think you can apply this. i think it is the way of the future for a simple reason. you are talking about globalization. how can you be global and local? the only way you can be global is if you are local. i can go all over the world because i have my home, my village, my family somewhere. if i did not have that, i would not be able to get through the
world. the roots are important. is because of routes ofroots, you can look at the plant without fear. you need to make sure companies are not threatened in their identity and you are bringing synergies on the table. they will go for alliances and cooperation. if you think the other guy will be you out and you will be working for somebody moving into another country, it will not work. i looked carefully to what was going on at that moment between dimer, mitsubishi, and chrysler. i was looking at it from the reaction of the people. the people of mitsubishi our neighbors. dave cozzens, friends, and brothers of the people of nissan working. they were telling stories about the loss of the identity.
when people think their identity is not being respected, nothing will happen. the respect of identity is essential. when you answer this, there is no limit to what you can do. >> why were you able to do it and armor was not -- dai mler was not? we said what the principles work and start to that in terms of behavior all the time. let me give you an example. i would never make a decision whether is no win-win between the team -- to companies -- two cos. you do not say today renault winds and tomorrow -- he did not
say today renault wins and nissan loses. you cannot say tomorrow nissan winds and renault loses. people do not remember when they win. they remember when they lose. then you have grievances where people think it has been a handicap. not giving people any reason to remember the negative stuff has been one of the basic elements. you need to be strong. you need to btell people i will not go that way. it may be faster, but i will be there down the road. if one loses and the other wins, at a certain time you will fall. what we are having great debates about a lot of things -- >> we're in the middle of an election and having great debates about a lot of things. did the government to the right
thing bailing out the industry? >> you can look at what happened before 2007, i do not think anyone was expecting the united states government would become a shareholder of general motors, chrysler. we talk about mergers, acquisitions, alliances. i do not think anybody has claimed after the fact this was one of the scenarios possible. i think the only reason it has been explained well by the person in charge, that president obama's put in charge. he said the only reason we have done it is for jobs. the perspective of losing 1 million plus jobs. it is not the job only if you are losing. you are losing suppliers. people are worried. people were coming to me saying my competitors were in trouble. when my competitors are in trouble, i am scared to death
because i have the same suppliers. if they collapse and disappear, i am out of business. we were all scared. the fact the government bailed out the industry, not only do people understand the government is here to preserve jobs. for the competitors, it was the right move because it saved the industry and allow all of us to continue. >> it was the right thing to do? >> i think so. after, it is obvious. companies are doing better today. i am not trying to be in politics. i am talking about the fact. this would have been a disaster in terms of employment and also for the industry. a lot of suppliers would not have made it. >> let's open it up to questions and comments. please identify yourself before asking the question. right here, please.
>> you did not say what the concrete results are of your alliance in terms of synergies. as i look at it from the outside, they are two companies and have not done much together. that is probably wrong. the second question is does the merger in the future follow the alliance? >> the two companies do a lot of things together. we of common platforms and engines -- we have common platforms and engines. we produce for each other. with komen information systems, komen purchasing. -- we have komen information systems, komen purchasing. it is based on cooperation and projects.
. to put all of the engines on nissan cars in europe are from renault. nissan has been the most growing japanese carmaker to the last three or four years in europe. one reason is the engine and technology is there. we did not have to wait for technology. we went to russia. renault to 25%. we have a clear signal from the russian authorities you cannot move up from 25%. after three years, they like what they have seen. they said we want you to take control but have nissan joint. they considered nissan a good addition. we announced we would be moving above 3% ownership. part of it is owned by renault.
part of it is owned by nissan. the alliance has done a lot. it is not very visible. it is all the things the consumers do not care about. that is fine. the last thing we want to do is have to the brands -- two brands converging. the second question is if we would go to a merger. i do not think i will see a merger, even after i retire. if there's anything, it will be in the long run. i think the odds will be difficult to seek a merger. renault is a french company. nissan is a japanese company in its roots. the other is a russian company in its roots. this you need to maintain. the organization by which to maintain that can change, but you should never eliminate this basic element for a company like ours.
>> christie hefner. yet spoken eloquently about the balance between global and local with 3 spot -- with respect to the cultures and synergies. i am curious about your thoughts of the portfolio of brands and how you think about them across countries. in a world where marketing is changing, whether those strategies become more multinational, more local, or the balance is consistent. >> i think you are going to have -- you are seeing today both. we are becoming more global. i can mention one or two campaigns we're doing on a global basis. we're becoming more local. we're using different tools. if you want to have a strong brand, reno one of the basics to
make sure your message is consistent globally. -- we know one of the basics is to make sure your message is consistent globally. you need to use tools to project the image and promised to the customers. it eased to be the same no matter what country you are in. -- it needs to be the same no matter what country you are in. the culture and needs are different. you need to develop the concept in a different way in china, the middle east, or brazil. i am seeing both developments taking place. more tools are going to central marketing. there's more empowerment for people on the local level using websites and specific tools to reach communities. >> other questions?
>> i am with the environmental defense fund. you have talked publicly about transitioning fleets in developing countries to zero emissions. do you have a vision for how that will be financed? root world to use the government's -- what role do you see the government's having in the transition? >> i do not see them doing it without the help of the government. we would never try to make this investment if we did not feel from the beginning there was a tremendous amount of interest from different governments. a tremendous amount of interest comes from the fact that many countries today are paying to the consumer a consent -- significant amount of money. it is probably the equivalent of
$9,000 in china. everybody is saying we want this experience to be successful. we are ready to support the consumer to get there. i think the duty of the industry is to think if we can keep this for a few years, we're lucky. you need to increase the volume and scale of production to cut costs. when you cut costs -- >> it is 2 or 3 years enough? if you have subsidies for two or three years? >> if you contain it to 2015, we will be ok. we will be competitive. -- you can maintain it to 2015, we will be ok. we will be competitive. i am not one to make you an engineering speech. electric cars are more simple to make than a gasoline internal
combustion engine. the industry started to make electric cars. this is the way the industry started. the battery was not at the level and you did not have the elements, you moved to a very complicated technology which is the internal combustion engine. now technology allows us to make it more simple. there are less parts on an electric car. it is an innovative technology, but there is less technology in an electric car. we know objectively electric cars should be less expensive than internal combustion. 75 million internal combustion engines being produced and sold every year. 20,000 electric cars. >> you have talked about the battery problem. you have not talked much about the infrastructure problem. re.it is going to get thei
as the batteries and motorists are evolving, the charging systems are evolving. you have slow charging it with your own plug. i have one in my garage in paris where i can charge for three hours. it is not a problem. in the united states, a lot of people live in their own house and have their own garage. a plug is easy. it takes eight hours. if you want shorter time, you have the fast charger. that is starting to beat balky equipment, $15,000. now is becoming smaller and less expensive. we're talking about $5,000 on the latest innovation. but the fast charging, you charge in 25 minutes today. if you have a gasoline station
and the government says they have to have a fast charger, it is a maximum of $10,000 investment. you are not adding a huge surcharge. you will get this consumer. now you have a network established with one fast charger. the range inviting will go down. little by little, you will have all of these things. -- the range anxiety will go down. the charges -- chargers will get less expensive and faster. you will charge in the short amount of time. -- in a shorter amount of time. the first generation of cellular phone, two kilograms. $10,000 for a telephone. eight hours to charge it. 20 minutes for speaking. people look at it and said it was never going to work. they were looking to the first
stage performance of the technology which was revolutionary. we're looking at the electric car st. like the telephone, is bulky and big, but it will change. a lot of people are already getting investment going. we know we will have full dependency. >> you mentioned the twidgy in your garage in paris. it is about the size of this table. do you drive it around paris? >> this is anxiety. [laughter] you do not have to worry about it. you can put it anywhere for a motorcycle. it is a great car. when i charge it, i would pay one euro.
when you talk about reviewing the car, you are talking about 100 years. people will see the difference between the cost and convenience. it will become a fact of life. >> to people you notice you -- do people notice you driving around paris? >> nobody cares. [laughter] >> i have a media question for you. you are covered intensively by the media in japan, france, and the u.s. what is the difference in the coverage. what bugs you about the "wall street journal"? [laughter] >> ok, next question. >> the media is very different from one country to another, obviously. but they all have something in common.
when you have a positive article, and - one is being prepared. you go up and down and up and down. with the media, a lot of attention in any country. in some countries, positive articles are more frequently than in others. the political articles are probably more frequent in the -- the positive articles are probably more frequent in the united states and other countries. they are important to deal with, but you need to get used to it. it is a very special instrument. you want to make sure you have low expectations. i am sorry to say that. you will not be disappointed about how objective the media will be.
when you overcome this. you overcome it with age. when i came to japan in 1999, i was lucky not to be able to understand japanese. even less to read japanese, because there were plenty of negative articles about what i was doing. people would come and say did you see this? >i would say i did not want to read it. i am going my own way. as long as you keep yourself to your own objectives, listening to your own people, you are going to be fine. >> and did you want to say something nice about the "wall street journal"? but look at where i am today. >> -- >> look at where i am today. >> on the electric car, what investments are you making? where is the high-end engineering work being done?
what other factors in deciding where you want to invest? >> most of the top level engineering for the development of batteries and electric cars and components in japan. some of it is being done in france. --re now building facilities we started building facilities in japan. we have facilities coming on board in the united states in tennessee. we have a battery plant in tennessee. we have a car plant in tennessee. the leaf will be assembled in the united states. it will help with the cost. we have a base in france for renault. we have a base in japan for nissan. the most advanced technology is taking place in japan and france. the development to make new cars and a continuous
improvement takes place in a different production centers, the united states, the u.k., france, and probably some in china. >> we have time for a couple more questions. one here and then across the table. >> the car is the second-largest investment for a family after a home. you spend probably 20% daily of your time on your car. entertainment, communications, how will that impact the car industry going forward? a lot. -- >> how lot. there is a lot of competition with partners. life has been changed these companies. the telephone has become a box for applications and marginally telephone.
the car is being seen as an object or the next big box of application will be centered around this. not a lot of people do not have a car. there are going to be a lot in the emerging markets, this is the first thing people want to buy when they access acquisition power. they want to buy a car. the competition to be able to communicate, work in the car -- we now have systems allowing you to sit in the car and the car will drive by itself. the only problem i have to solve its liability. that is what your asking the person to stay in the car. you can imagine a car of the future driven by itself. the person sitting in the car has nothing to do, just to make sure nothing wrong happens.
you want to use this time. communication, the ability to do things from a distance is an essential element. there is another essential element. the population is getting older. one of the big handicaps of the older population is at a certain point time, people cannot drive. if you can release people from the necessity of life and just ask them to stay in the car while it is driving by itself, a large segment of the population is still going to be interested in car buying. we have a lot of research going into how to make the car much more communicative and how to reduce the task you have to do in a car to get the job done. the job done is the transportation. >> [inaudible] >> yes.
on top of this, the cost base goes down. when you are connected, you will be more efficient, even driving your car. >> the last question right here. >> can you talk about your partnership with new york city on a taxi? is it unusual to work with a municipality to design a vehicle? how does that work strategically? " we're very happy with the decision of the city. it has been a brutal competition. there was a competition on a. we're happy we prevailed in the competition. the city has all the data about how people use cars and what people want to see in taxis. this cooperation with the city to establish the specifications for a car has been extremely positive. we learned a lot. we will be benefiting from it.
after the city announced all the taxis of new york are going to become nissans and part will be electric, we have many other cities in the world interested in the product itself. for us, is a huge market. it is not only about new york. it is about many others. i think more and more for the car industry, the public- private cooperation can carry a lot of potential not only for the companies but also for the public'. in 2013, you will see a new car in new york. you will see the difference is huge between the taxi you are using today. you will see the difference with the new tax will come. you will see how much of a good job the city has done with us in making the car it for what new
yorkers want. >> the final word goes to our sponsors. mike rosenberg from isa. >> on behalf of our partners, i want to say thank you to kathy and her team for doing a great job putting this together. alan, you asked three questions. to all of you for showing up. to carlos, for showing that today. i teach strategy and globalization. and do a lot of work on things. you do a lot of work on all of those things. nissan has had a clear strategy. you have boys had clear ideas we do you have always had a clear ideas. is what we teach in business school. you are making ground by looking ahead. you say it is not a bet on the
lecture cars. it is the cold calculation about the future. carlos, thank you very much. thank you all for coming. have a great day. [applause] >> before you leave the room, we will be back here on october 31 with the ceo of ebay. please join us. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> for anyone who did know about it, they thought about it as the place where star wars was filmed. it suddenly came on the radar as it began getting planned in other countries. i started taking techniques are used in tunisia and expanded on them until it got to the point where my twitter followers
essentially became my newsroom. rather than being in a studio with producers and researchers and someone talking to an ear piece giving me the latest information, i was sitting on a park bench with my phone having dozens of twitter followers playing those roles for me so i could do rolling anchor coverage of the revolutions and defect tracking. >> you can see the discussion on how social media is changing the way the media covers the news tonight at 8:00 eastern on c- span. at the national education association's annual meeting in washington this week, the head of the union called on members to reelect president obama. his speech also focused on the changing demographics of students and criticism teachers are facing in tough economic
times. it is the nation's largest labor union with over 3 million members. this is about 20 minutes. >> to meet public education begins with access and equity. that is why it is public. that is why we need it for all. [laughter] [applause] makes americaon strong. studying history and civics helps students become good citizens. part of the democratic republic. public education is the vehicle to teach american values and ideals, values like a just society, equal opportunity, and democracy. in a nation where equal opportunity is one of our most deeply held values, education is the key that opens the door to economic opportunity for people
from all backgrounds. that is why leaders from thomas jefferson to martin luther king, jr., to president obama have understood the importance of education in our society the other is student learning. the academic side of education. not to fit the confines of a standardized test bi. but a rich curriculum that includes art, drama, a science. a whole universe to inspire our students. education should prepare young people for the future and help them discover their passion. there is more. there is more to education than academics. when we talk about the why, the
purpose, and we have to address the needs of the whole child. that means issues like health care, good nutrition, state school and family environments. all of these things impact learning and students developments. we are not only their teacher or their bus driver. we are an adult in that child's life. when never know when we might have an impact on their development or their growth as a person. we have to see them as more than a student at a desk. one year i asked all my high school math students to each write me a letter about their goals for my class, their aspirations. i said please tell me one thing i do not know about you that you
think i should. that night as i was reading 160 letters written just for me, one of them jumped out. i remember where she sat. she was not doing particularly well. we were six weeks into the school year. she said "one thing he does not know about me is that my dad died two weeks before school started. i know school is important. it is just hard to fill that. eel t hat." academics are important but that is not all a student needs. sometimes kids just need somebody to listen, to understand, to encourage. you know those things cannot be measured on a test where you bubble and an answer. [applause]
all of the issues i mentioned, we cannot address all of them ourselves. what we can do is create partnerships and work with other people to meet all of those needs. we cannot set education policy by ourselves but we do have the power to influence. one way is through the political process. we are going to talk a lot about that over the next few days because the election this year, public elect -- public education is critical and is the turning point for the middle class in america. the first item on that list, we have to do everything we can to re-elect president barack obama. [applause]
president obama has earned our support in his first term. more than 400,000 educators working with students. he expanded access to health care to 30 million americans through the affordable care act which, thankfully, was up held by last week's supreme court. [applause] he issued an executive order to open the door of opportunity to hundreds of thousands of students who are eligible for the dream act. just last week he led the way to ensure student loans remain affordable. we know the other side will outspend us in this election. we cannot allow them to outworked us. we will re-elect president obama. are you ready? [cheers and applause]
yes, we must engage in the political system. that is not enough. to help students succeed in the challenging times we must also harness the strength of our associations to take charge of the teaching profession. we need to support our members to define what good teaching looks like so others cannot reduce good teaching to standardize test. we cannot allow that to happen. we must have a real say -- a real say in how educators are prepared, trained, and evaluated. we are all leaders in our union and in our profession. we know how to bargain for a contract, how to mobilize our members for any election, how to advocate for legislation.
we needed to keep doing all of those things with the attacks that are coming, we must do it and do it well. my question to you is this. are we willing to assert our leadership and take responsibility for our professions. the demands of our work are changing as are students change. the world around us is changing ever so fast. i say it is time for us to lead the next generation of professionals in leading the next generation of students. i am so tired of others defining solutions without ever asking. those who do the work every day in their professional life. i want to take advantage of this opportunity for us to lead. i am not going to ask folks on the outside for permission. i will not ask if i get to do this. if we are not ready to lead, i
know there are many others ready, willing, and waiting to do it for us. maybe i should say do it to us. there are plenty of people outside our profession who have their own ideas about what we should be doing, how we should be evaluated, and how we should improve public education. their ideas like privatization, unregulated charters and vouchers. frankly, our current system allowed the market for those ideas to exist. we are part of that system -- a system that has not successfully addressed the dropout crisis. it has allowed kids who are in port to be in schools that do not meet their needs. to be placed in a classroom year after year with the least qualified and least experienced teachers.
it is not enough to say most teachers are good. if there is one classroom with a teacher who is not prepared or qualified, we cannot accept that. this country is not about equal opportunity for most, it is about equal opportunity for all. [applause] let me be clear, this country is not about all the educational opportunity you can afford -- it is about all the educational opportunities our country can provide, not for some but for all students in america. [cheers and applause]
we proudly stand for equity. when we say equity, we are not talking about the bain capital private equity corp.. when we talk about equity, we are saying that every child, every classroom teasers a great teacher and a great support professionals. if the solutions they are attempting to impose on us to not work for students we serve, we must take the responsibility to define solutions that do work for every student. let's use our collective powers to raise the level of preparations for those coming into our professions. let's improve the practice of those already there. we are professionals. professionals are always looking for ways to raise their game. we know and cheering students success in the fast-changing economy requires more from all of us. i know that teachers are willing to take responsibility
for student's success, and they want a voice in how they are trained, supported, and evaluated. let's demand every educator receive the professional development and support they need to help students succeed. instead of waiting for somebody to tell us what the teacher -- how to do our jobs, let us be the change we are waiting for. let's lead a movement for new academic standards.
let us define the measures of professional practice, evidence of student learning, we needed them both. let's learn to use data and technology in new ways. we will hear this week about a great program through which educational support professionals are visiting student's homes, building relationships with parents and they are using data to fly the problems, design interventions, and track progress. we will hear about a project using technology to teach sciences with embedded assessments so teachers know in real time when students do not understand a point. these are just a couple of the many examples of what our hat -- what is happening around the country. our affiliates are leading the way to improve the lives of students. that excites and energizes me. it gives me hope because i know the power of this union. the world has changed and
society is asking more of us. our country needs more from us. we do not have to do it alone. why should we do it? because we have each other. we can do things together that none of us could possibly do by ourselves. not only that, we can do things nobody else can do. yes, we need help from parents, communities, business leaders, and we will work hard to create real partnerships with them, especially in the ethnic minority communities. we educate america. there are some things we and only we can do. we must do them.
a few weeks from now, the class of 2025 will enter kindergarten. imagine. almost 4,000,005-year olds. can you see their faces? can you see that incredible diversity? the eagerness to begin. the joy of getting to attend school. i know one of them quite well. his name is mason. my youngest grandson. just as i did so many years ago, his parents, my son and daughter-in-law are entrusting him to us. they are putting his future in our hands just as the parents of 4 million other children will be doing.
it is a long way from that first day in kindergarten until they graduate from high school. along the way there are so many things we must do. we must make the interventions to keep them on a path to success. we need to find a way to help them what we are doing is not working. the world will keep changing. the challenges are immense. the demographics of this group, they reflect the increasing diversity of our nation. technology, they have grown up using devices that i could not even imagine when i began teaching. i bet there are some of you in this room who are like me when i started teaching, we still had slide rules. remember those? and the careers? we cannot even fathom what kind of work many of them will do. as these students navigate through this changing world, i hope we will constantly monitor their needs to help them stay on course. i hope we will adapt and try
whatever tactics are necessary to reach everyone of them. i hope we will be willing to push ourselves to get better every day. i hope we will do these things because the dreams of these children are riding on us. yes, it is a big responsibility. is not a burden. it is a joyous responsibility that we readily embrace. we are 3 million strong and we are the greatest power in the world. the power to change lives. let's use that power. let's use our power of individuals and use our power through our collective strength, the power of 3 million people working together with passion and commitment to improve the lives of all of our students. let's use our power to change one classroom at a time. let's use power to make public
education stronger. let's use power to make our nation a better place, moving ever closer to our great and noble ideal of equal opportunity, not just for a fortunate few but for every single child. we educate america. thank you for all you do for the students of our country. thank you very much. [applause] >> also at the annual meeting this week the 2012 national teacher of the year rebecca. she urged teachers to teach be on standardized tests. she called again to remember they're important role in society. she is a seventh grade english
teacher in burbank, california. this is about 40 minutes. >> we have a special presentation from a special person. thing is my honor to introduce to you the 2012 national teacher of the year, rebecca mieliwocki. [applause] this woman rocks, she is real. i love her. you will love her. she is an english teacher in the gray said of california. -- in the great state of california. this is her second career. we have more and more folks who decide to do something with their lives and become a teacher. she teaches general education,
gifted and talented classes, and serves on the school leadership team. you can read her bio, it is long and impressive. but, it will not tell you what is in her heart. what i admire is this sense of urgency, this passion that she has, that she needs to help these kids right now, today. in a recent interview, she had this to say about her work. "i really love it. they will carry my dead cold body out of that classroom." i found that profound and a little creepy. this is a sign of for dedication. she cannot imagine herself doing anything else and you cannot possess that kind of commitment without being a strong leader. her colleagues look to her as an example of leadership in her
class rampant are lessons -- as an example of her class. she made us all so proud in april when president obama honored her at a white house ceremony for her achievement as national teacher of the year. you should have heard her speech. it is amazing. she gave voice to what is in the hearts of educators across this country. and here is a little of what she said. "i am not the best teacher of america, there is not one. every day, here in america, teachers with patience and creativity are opening doors for students, to reach deep within themselves and learn more, solve more problems, grow, nurture their dreams, and we do this with conviction.
this is not unusual. this is not a rare thing. this happens every day in america's classrooms and i need you to know that." that is what she said to the public. [applause] rebecca, mi amiga, i do love you for what you do. we are, like you, kind and compassionate and caring, funny, passionate people whose work it is to love someone else's child. nea, give it up and welcome rebecca mieliwocki, 2012 national teacher of the year. [applause] >> to what a large gorges group of educators, people that i loved. -- what a large gorgeous group of educators, people that i love.
i imagined you all make it to call me down the that is a lot of flesh. it scared me, it did not call me down. -- i imagine you all naked to calm me down. i would come home from a long day of driving my teachers crazy as school and come in and see my geometry teacher, my science teacher, and my english teacher
sitting at our kitchen counter drinking wine. that is not something that every 17-year-old girl wants to see a on a friday afternoon. i was not exactly a model student. now, here i stand, a model teacher. i am telling you, the irony is not lost on me. [applause] there i was, november 11th, 9:32 in the morning. i was up in front my class, i had a great lesson to run for the day. i had a gorgeous graphics on the white board, i am talking, i am teaching, i am pointing at things. things are good. the classes with me. i know this because one hand goes up, then another, then another. i think, they are with me. i got them. they're engaged. they're interested.
they're asking questions. i am teaching something really fascinating like reflexive pronoun. yay, english teachers. i keep teaching. as i am teaching, something causes me to stop for a minute because now not only is every hand in the air but half of them are stabbing at the sky to try to get your attention and the other half is reaching out to me, begging me, imploringly. please, call on me. i called on a girl. she simply points to my feet. it took me an eternity to look down and see what the entire class had known about for 10 minutes but i was far too wrapped up in what i was doing to notice.
the elastic waistband of my slip had lost all traction. there was no purchase. it had given way and hand slid slowly and completely down my leg while i had been teaching, puddling in a horrifying ankle scarf at my feet. [laughter] i will spare you the david blaine like maneuvering, but that moment is seared forever in the minds of those seventh graders. [laughter] you are asking yourself sunni,
hat -- you're asking yourself, how soon as lunch? i started because this story reminds us that sometimes we get so focused on what we're doing, we get so caught up in what we think is the right course of action that we fail to see some really important truth that is staring us right in the face. for too long time, this nation has been obsessed with high- stakes testing and the results they bring. [applause] results which can bring devastating consequences and enormous pride to schools but these test results cannot tell you if my teaching was masterful, if my students are knowledgeable, and they cannot tell us if our schools are strong. they cannot be what drives decision making in education and yet -- [applause]
and yet that is what the loudest voices have been clamoring for. that is what nearly every debate has been about. by 2014, every child in america will be proficient in language, arts, mass. that is a daunting goal, some might think an impossible goal. it is a goal that you and i have spent many sleepless hours trying to attain. we understand that when we help a child's reach proficiency at every grade level, we have to change the quality of that child's life and that committee forever -- and that community forever. [applause] aiming for proficiency means that we are creating children that are average and we all know that americans are not average. if every child in america was proficient, what then?
what would we have wished we had spent the last many years, time, attention, energy on? we will have desperately wished we have spent our time and energy on us, the teachers. here i stand, one teacher symbolizing millions. one enthusiastic hard working, humble, dedicated, committed example to stand for the millions of more just like me. one voice to represent us all. it is this voice that has been missing from all of the highly charged conversations in education. it is this voice that has been told to a whisper where people who have not stepped foot in a classroom make decisions that affect our profession. it is shocking that in our noble desire not to leave one's house behind, we might have accidently left all the teachers behind instead. -- it is shocking that in our
noble desire not to leave one child behind. if we truly want innovation and reform, we have got to stop talking about testing and start talking more about developing, supporting, and celebrating teachers. teachers are the architects of the change we have been waiting for but we seem to have forgotten what a great teacher can do that a standardized test cannot. great teachers design exciting relevant lessons that said kids up for success. kids will learn what we teach them, they will take and are content when we make it relevant for them. -- they will take in content when we make it relevant for them. you design learning opportunities for kids that mirrors their hobbies, interests, concerns, passions. you reach out to kids and help to meet them exactly where they are and take them to a place they need to be.
that means that our kids read and write and think, sing, draw, act, phil make, and a maid, write poetry, solve math problems, uncover scientific discoveries. they do it all by the sides of their dedicated and skillful teachers. [applause] we make the content we teach real, relevant, challenging, and we give kids the time, support to do that. we have given them everything they need to be successful in today's world. the best part is, it is visible, measurable, exciting, and you don't need a number 2 pencil to see it. [applause] great teachers have incredibly high standards.
i understand right now that the conventional wisdom says that if i can lift a child to proficiency, i must be a high the effective educators and my kids must be educated. there is a fierce desire for accountability. to be able to say that a public education is a good investment. i get it but i'm not satisfied with it. i am not satisfied with the means with which i am being measured because it limits us to a very narrow set of parameters and i want more for my students. [applause] you and i want more for our students because the world they will be forced to find work and will demand more from them. it is incumbent upon us to get more out of kids, more creative thinking, more problem-solving, expert communicators, the ability to see patterns, connections, solutions, a master of math and science, and great teachers teach kids resiliency in their quest for success because the road will not be easy.
they will stumble and they will fall, but great teachers teach kids how to get back up and keep trying as they try to make themselves better and move forward. [applause] when great teachers are asked to focus on test scores and pushed them to the forefront of our priority list, we gi kids a warped and weird education that honors neither the depth and breadth of human knowledge, but it is an absolute turning of our backs on the uniqueness of each individual child that we teach and i refuse to do that. [applause] we don't do that because we like kids or we are teachers, we do
that because many of us on our parents. i have a child of my own and i would never what than done to him. this is the whole child in matters and we know that, not just the part of the child that can find the right answer on a standardized test. grade teacher's help kids learn things but show us what they know and what to do with that information. we showed kids and we help them find what they're unique capabilities are and then take in information. then, to solve problems and create a better world they will live in. the most important part is that these kids need so much from us, but mostly they need courageous teachers. teachers that will not teach to the test but far beyond it. great teachers do. great teachers teach all children. wouldn't it be lovely if we can pick our students? wouldn't it? if we could create little all start learning teens of kids that could get a perfect scores
and ensure job security? wouldn't that be great? but that is a dreamy luxury that we don't have called private school. [laughter] it is a reality that you will not see in america because american public school classroom is the melting pot described on the side of the statue of liberty. this mirrors america and all this beautiful diversity. we take all comers and all customers are served. the literate and the illiterate. the english fluent and the english lerner, the ap scholar, the immigrant, the attentive, and the disruptive. they are all hours and we educate them equally. great teachers seek and accept every child, every child. we believe every child has the potential to learn and we help them tap into their potential
and grow in a safe place. walk into any classroom in america and you will see what i'm talking about. great teachers provide the american dream of opportunity for all. [applause] great teachers lead with not just their heads but with their hearts. what we bring is our wisdom about the ways kids learn best. what they bring in, that is something else entirely, isn't it? they bring in hunger, homelessness, learning disabilities, and it mixes with first crushes, the winning touchdown, and worry if they will get passed to the dance. it all comes in. we are expected to handle it with grace come understanding,
compassion, on top of the lessons we're supposed to teach that day. i need to tell you a story about max. his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and we watched her whether a way to a shadow of her former self. and said i was certain i would lose her when max was in my class. hise caring for max's mom, dad felt at work and was wheelchair-bound for six months. this was a family that had just failed to qualify for medical insurance because maxes' mom had not worked enough hours in her union to qualify. they were doing this on their own time. how on earth does a 12-year-old ray about whether his research paper is in good shape when his entire world crumbles' around him?
[applause] god bless him, but max made his pain visible to me everyway a 12-year-old boy knows how. he acted out, he's out out, he destroyed property, he was a festival of misbehavior. i was supposed to be teaching this hit english. what was more important to him was that i understood what was going on. no matter how hard he tried to get me to give up or send him to the principal's office, i was not going to do it. i spent far more minutes counseling him in the hallway that i ever did teaching him english. that kid learn something. he learned when the chips are down quality people hank in there with you. those quality people are your teachers. [applause]
is both you and i know that of all the tools we bring to our classroom the one most essential to the job we do into the development of young people is our love that. great teachers give it freely. just in case you have forgotten about my underwear, i started today by telling you an embarrassing story about my slip. it reminded me that sometimes our focus slips. in our zeal to transform public education we get led to believe it will come from one thing when we realize it is bigger than that and it will come from somewhere else. it will come from what staring me right in the face right now, teachers. if we spend the next 10 years focusing on testing rather than teaching we will have led to an opportunity to change education for the better and none of us can let that happen.
if we have the courage to do for america oppose the teachers what we do every day for our kids. if we tell them we care. if we support teachers when they struggle, there is simply nothing we cannot do. where the nation may have forgotten how important it is -- it is never too late to shift focus to what really matters. if we want real lasting change, if we want back to the pride and power that is an american education, then the revolution begins with us in great teachers know that. [applause]
as i go in around the country talking to educators and decision makers, the first thing i asked them is to tell me about the teachers they had that there were -- that was their favorite and there is never any hesitation. there is always a name on the tip of every tongue. if there is any hesitation at all it is because they are trying to tell me which one. there is the teacher that plays dodge ball with kids, the teacher that brought the homework to the hospital. there are all these stories. what i heard recently from a friend who teaches at l.a. unified and he told me about his first grade teacher misses wilson. he said in first grade every friday she would be at the lunch table in the cafeteria with a class. if you were good all week you could sit next to her. it was a great honor to be the first grader selected to sit next to her. he got word friday morning he was the winner.
he was sitting next to her and he was so excited just to get to sit with this favor lovely lady. that they were serving chicken legs. he sat and watched her polished off play after play after play of chicken legs. she put the whole thing in her mouth, worked it for a good five minutes and spat -- spit out the bones. [laughter] he had a whole new appreciation for misses wilson. even at my age -- we are 43. he has remembered that for 30 years. the stories tell me something. it tells me kids are watching us. it tells me they are watching everything we do and they are soaking it all up. every act of support, kindness, and a love that you showed
doing the job you love and do so well, they are watching us. remember that. remember that you are going to be remembered. it might be for chicken bones, but you are going to be remembered. all across this country, schoolchildren and grown adults carry their heroes with them. in the recesses of their minds and hearts long after you sat in their class. you are a hero to them and they remember you. you are affecting that even today. when the road gets difficult, remember when the political debate gets a fiery. remember that when the winds of blame and criticism blow most fiercely. you are a hero and he will be remembered. before i go i want to ask you to do a favor. given the size of this group we could be here until christmas. i will stay here.
i think you appreciate that. i know you are all incredible educators but i need you to join with me and be a good steward for our profession by seeking -- speaking positively about it everywhere and anywhere you get the chance. [applause] as much as we would like to say so, we do not have a lock on having a hard job or even a low- paying job. we do not face necessarily more difficult challenges that other people and other professions, but ours gets more scrutiny, more attention and more headlines. it is far too easy to wine and play the victim. don't [applause] is our job difficult? yes.
does that often have challenges? yes. are there factors that impact the results we get with kids? absolutely. let's not dwell there you and i. it prevents us from investing in a more hopeful destiny. for you, for me, for our profession and anybody brave enough to enter it. let's be positive together. share your success stories. post your students' work. called the newspaper. throw open the doors of their classroom to the community and anybody who would want to wander in and watch the magic you make with children.
complement a colleague. ask a principle tomorrow what you can do to make your school the best in town. showed the world the beautiful, brilliant, capable hard-working face of our profession. show them who you are and be proud. you have been born with a gift for teaching. you have been given a gift of working with school children. you have a front row seat to the future and you build it one child at a time. every day you spend in the service of educating another human being is your opportunity to change the world and they get a better place we all live in. you will be remembered for a long after we have left this planet. i am in this journey with you and i could not be more proud of our profession and more honored to be with you this year. thank you very, very much. [cheers and applause]
doing routine paperwork when there was a thunderous explosion. >> you could feel violently pressed up into the right. it was like we seemed to hang. we came back down the water. lights went off. everything lifted. i grabbed the under side of my desk. >> more with kirk li ppold. >> william bennett, the former education secretary under reagan talked about the court's credibility about the decision to up all the affordable care act. this is just under an hour.
>> a member of colorado's republican congressional delegation you will mean more as the summit goes on in 2010 it became a booster rocket that i significantly helpedntl turn over them from democrats republican in one election. we hope this has a similar booster rocket defect for a winnable congressional seats, one of which is the basic get district. it stretches north towards for
collins. after a spirited crime rate this tuesday between two good friends the nominee who you met last night is valuable to many other events with his efforts. he is on duty out there right now. we will take about his operation to turn this back to the republican column. please welcome a state senator. >> thank you very much. this past week the roberts court gave congress a blank check of
power over we the people in the 50 individual states. the court may have turned this into a referendum on obamacare. or shall i call it obamatax and a referendum on every state government and the freedom of every citizen. if the court cannot follow the constitution, we need a congress that can. that is why i am running for congress. we need a congress that will repeal obamatax and hold high the limited government of life and liberty. i am challenging the second congressional district. he is a part of the big central government agenda that is dismantling our constitutionally based, limited government
federalist system. i am running but it cannot do it on my own. i am running because i believe that is my role. it cannot happen without a big army at people. he is the richest democrat in the u.s. house. that is a daunting obstacle. i look out across the people here. i of look at the several hundred people who have already stepped up. i know we can make a difference. we have this. pick up a contribution on a look. joining the team. you can make a difference.
we best make that difference this year. if we can dislodge obama's champion we will make history. this the air we must make history. thank you very much. >> we hope sent to be the cali of scott and mike. congratulations on your primary when. we hope to soon be calling you congressman. andou're anything like me, i know i certainly am, you were tremendously impressed with former president senator rick
santorum who was part of last year's double header on opening night along with the governor of texas rick perry if you are anything like me and you participated in our caucuses, you were gratified to help him win a dramatic ups that and sweep those caucuses. if you're anything like me, yet also been gratified to see him strongly fall in behind the imperative to replace barack obama with a conservative minded republicans such as mitt romney. we are very pleased that he has set up the special video message to the summit since he and karen had hoped to visit in person but they are on a well aren't family vacation. let's hear from senator rick santorum by video. >> i am sorry i cannot be with
you. i certainly enjoyed my time there last year. i greatly appreciate the warm welcome. i want to thank all the folks for the wonderful surprise that we ended up winning. i do not know of any that was more of a shock. i would like to say thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to have our boys to be heard -- voice to be heard. that is one of the reasons we decided to start patriot voices, a website and an organization, to make sure your voice continues to be heard not just the route this election as
the campaign for candidates to make sure the conservatives are nominated and then elected. but also to make sure your voice on the issues that are facing three them an opportunity, making sure that we step to the traditional values of this come true. that vision continues. from a romney to house and senate candidates. we hold their feet of the fire and continued to be that voiced a strong conservatism. i wanted to to be encouraged to do your job out west, get them in gauging -- engaging primaries that i have been able to be involved in. we have picked up a few that
will be necessary for us to get the majority and lay a strong majority work with matt from me to make that happen. i want to spot -- and hopefully a strong majority work with mitt romney to make that happen. i want to thank my friends who help with this event together. this is the most important election in the history of our country. it is our watch. we saw an abuse of power recently with immigration. we sell everything from trying to undermine the family with his change in position of the marriage to the destruction of the company -- of the economy. this president is someone who has to be stopped from doing destruction.nd descriptio we need your help to get out
there and make it happen. two years ago we had a great election cycle except out west. we cannot let that happen this time around. i encourage you to join a patriot of voices to get involved in campaigns across this country and to make a difference for the conservative cause in this election. thank you very much. god bless you. [applause] >> senator rick santorum, not leaving the battlefield at all, continuing to fight under new colors for his conservative agenda that you and i largely share. i was trying to think what they called him -- the transit system, it don't they call it septa? it is what happens when you spend your campaign budget they
still have good intentions. we want to thank the technical producer for getting the sow enhanced so we could hear his support message. speaking of hearing things loud and clear, lot of us in colorado do not know what we would do with a out the radio and its sister station. the wholesale and radio network which will be very well represented at the summit today. we have got another salem host on tap for dinner this evening. his family rival, i am not sure whether the rivalry or the french predominate on any day. three are delighted -- or the friend predominate on any day. we are delighted. i want to get a moment to a
great friend of ccu from the very begaday we began. the general manager in denver for the purposes of an introduction of bill bennett. please welcome our great friend brian taylor. [applause] >> thank you. i appreciate all the work you and the unit do. also it to senator armstrong, thank you so much. this has grown to quite a vision. we appreciate that. it is a big week in media. and not always such great news. the you combine things like fires and the president coming in to town, these are the things
we live for. did he say if you're the 56 for 57 state tax -- we were the 56 or 57th state? my mom always says say something nice. rose garden is looking good this year. the golf swing has really picked up. i like his dog a lot. bo has papers. out want to point htathat to you. [applause] thank you so much. we are so proud to be a partner with this event. salem communications is a publicly owned broadcast. we are the parents company of knus.to 1710 we're also a christian
broadcaster. locally you will fine 94.7 krks is one of our stations. we are been a christian station for over 60 years. we are very proud of that. the relationship we have with we are so excited -- knus, we are so excited to have them part of our family. we do on their content like hotair.com. we also -- my mother is in the room. [laughter] also, a town hall magazine is part of the salem communications family. we want to take a moment -- i would like to throw out a little commercial for the fire victims. one of the thing so tragic to have to see what is going on -- as general manager of the local
stations is if you are a business owner, if you would like to donate $1,000 to the red cross, i will match you with advertising on our radio stations. [applause] thank you. i will have my staff meet you and we will put your commercials on the air so you can get a thank you. i wanted to have a little encouragement so we could help victims through this fire situation. one of the exciting part about the job that i get is to be able to interact with some of the hosts you get to hear every day. one of our newest programs we are proud to have is a longtime denver broadcaster who has joined us on the air. [applause] i think he will be up here later. also, we were talking about q q it -- hugh hewitt. and of course, bill bennett.
he is quite a guy. i appreciate the presence he brings to our staff and of the thoughts he brings. he is a conscientious man. when you put them in the room together, everybody gets along. when bill comes in the room, everybody stands at attention. he is a man's man. when he came in the matter that he had their shirts and ties and they were ready to surf. -- serve. he loves colorado. bill has -- i am amazed at how he attacks the challenge. and we all appreciate what he represents and the values that he communicates through his books and his commentaries.
i just want to take this time to have a value opportunity to introduce a premiere storyteller, a servant, a historian, a mountain climber, a family man, and friend. dr. bill bennett. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. i was trying not to be impolite. and i was just moving brian along because i have some things i want to say. good afternoon, western conservatives. good afternoon, western -- i was the secretary of education. [laughter] must you excess?
-- exist. i said no. knus has treated me really well. i am so glad bryan introduced me. he is a proper sized man. andros will criticize me in a few minutes. that is fine, too. i will do it before andrews does. for those of you who do not know, there are 54 peaks in colorado. i have climbed 33 of them. [applause] most of them were in the earlier days. i was at mount, the yesterday. -- mount columbia yesterday. when i climbed the mountain, it knows. [applause]
dejon and donna andrews have been great teachers of mine and france -- friends. bill armstrong one of the first people we looked up to and wanted to be with in washington. there are good men and women in washington. they are not in oversupply. we do not have too many of them. but they are there. the armstrongs are two of them. i am grateful to see my great friend, a patriot, a brilliant teacher. about 100 commentary's after john roberts decision on thursday. i read them all. bst.' was the est. he is a brilliant man. a friend. a rival.
the party dominates is friend. aristotle says there are three kinds of french ships. fred you have because they give you pleasure. friends you have because they are useful to you. in france you have because they encourage excellence in you. as a friend, they encourage you to be a better human being. for you come a desultory. most of all the third. i am happy and proud to call you a friend. i want to talk to about what happened on thursday and what it means to all of us. i am talking about the supreme court decision. i hope you do not mind if i do this. we have to talk about it. we have to get through this. we have to realize what the challenge is. i put myself through a fair number of arduous activities in addition to going up 14ers. i worked for cnn. maybe brian's mother could double the viewership for cnn. [applause]
bill o'reilly was at my house for dinner the other night with a group of people. i was not there. [applause] no, it's fine. there were lots of people there. i told bill reilly that i love fox. i love watching fox. in the conservatives can be on fox. i said, i am on cnn. i parachute in behind enemy lines. twice a week. i sit there on a panel 14 people. john kennedy says very courageous of you, bill. very anonymous said he. very courageous of you. no one is watching. what happened thursday in washington was a travesty. i cannot tell you how disappointed i am in john roberts. i cannot tell you how disappointed i am -- [applause]
i will tell you why. i will tell you why because i know him. a lot of friends of his our friends of mine. i have a dinner with him. talks with him. i had some doubts when he came in durin. and i have expressed them to people who were in the business of setting because in 1990, i heard the name david souter. i was the drugs are at the time. i called my friend bill kristol, my chief of staff for the department of education. i said, what you think of this david souter appointment? i said, let us go see sununu. i had a cabinet level position. bill was t steff today coil. we went to see john sununu. he said, what is the problem? we are worried about david souter. i said, i am worried about a guy
who lives at home with his mother all his life. i am worried about that. it is not that he needs to live at home with his mother all his life. the interests, the opinions are not those of a conservative. john sununu said i am not revealing anything i have not talked about before. he said he is that for. -- vouched for. we were worried about david souter . we were right to be worried. it turned out to be one of the most liberal justices in the supreme court. now, i told you about cnn. i watch cnn this morning. they have two financial people on. two economics people saying conservatives have it all wrong about obamacare. it will put money into people's pockets. i do not know whose pockets it will put money into.
who will get money out of this. this challenge has to be taken up. along with a host of other challenges. i then watched -- be ready for this. you heard it from me first. i heard a panel on msnbc. i am willing to do all sorts of things for you out. i am willing to go there so you don't have to go. you're welcome. [laughter] [applause] that is what offensive tackles are made for. [applause] i was the major problem in my job, chairman of the national endowment for humanities and secretary of education for reagan. in the drug czar for bush. they thought i was my security. they said, you look like a big irish cop. i said, that is agreed to look especially in washington because people need to be arrested. on msnbc this morning, he was
what was said. this is what happens. this is an example of how republicans and democrats can work together. ok? we have been hearing how bad gridlock and what a terrible thing it is. and how great it would be if we could work together. we just had working together, john roberts blessing the decision of the obama administration. there were two defense is in the first hour of this by two of my friends, good friends and neighbors. i have already written this down. they will hear from me. they said roberts maybe was doing something honorable, defending the institutional integrity of the court. he has two jobs. the constitution and the institution.
i do not see anything in the constitution or the federalist papers about an institutional responsibility. [applause] the their columns. they are good men. they are smart. they are wrong on this. all lacy is fidelity of the constitution. -- all i see is fidelity of the constitution. they say he was being tough on the commerce clause and the necessary and proper clause so he cannot use them to make government bigger. if you can do it all through taxation, you do not need the necessary and proper clause and the other clauses. if the man gets reelected, he appoints another justice or two, it does not matter what justice roberts believes. here's the really galling part. the notion that some sense of the institutional integrity of the court requires him to find a way contrary to his reading of
the constitution -- madison would have been appalled. the argument here is political. the worry would be if he found against the president that it would be seen as a politically motivated decision and people would regard it as political. the chief justice of the supreme court and the other justices are to have no regard for politics whatsoever. [applause] it is not good to antagonize people. you mean it is not good to antagonize liberals. you sure antagonized a lot of conservatives with that decision. [applause] if the issue is the credibility of the court, it took a beating yesterday with a lot of americans. [applause]
the on the responsibility that justice of the supreme court has is to render an opinion with intellectual integrity. based on the constitution and the reading of the constitution. that is it. i was just looking at my iphone. politico -- we may never know the answer to this question. a lot of people think reading the language very closely that john roberts originally was speaking for the majority and it was a majority composed of roberts and scalia. why my forbidding kennedy? he did so well this time. that was a five-cluster majority. then he switched. i am not saying he did.
if you read the opinions, that is the suggestion. one has to know why it he switched. no one has yet mustered a good constitutional argument. the only arguments mustard are political. that should not be the case. that should not be the case. as he said, roberts, the mandate is unconstitutional so we read it as a tax. it was not written as a tax. they denied it was a tax. nowhere in the language does it say it is a tax. the dissenting opinions of the minority say of course great differences to be given to the legislature and the executive in applying the constitution to legislation. if a constitutional way can be found to approve it, so be it.
the judges may be creative. they may be sympathetic. they may be inclined to regard and a voice and language in the direction of the legislature -- ambiguous language in the direction of the legislature. the court cannot rewrite the statute. that is exactly what happened yesterday. it was a blow to the american republic. it was a blow to the body of politics. let me just say a couple of more things. a bit of history. then, i will stop for questions. on the political basis, one of the really disappointing things here is that barack obama has been in a downward spiral.
almost everything he has done has been perceived to be wrong by the american people. robert saved him from then on thursday. -- roberts saved him from then on thursday. it does not make any sense. now, you will hear the vulgarity and profanity about what they have achieved. we will see another step forward for these obamacare legislations. i have gotten a lot of angry e- mails from members of my listening audience. they are mad as hell. ok. so am i. it is time to channel it into action because we now have such a clear direction.
chief justice roberts said the court is not here to insulate the american people from the consequences of its political decisions. that is correct. the american people made terrible mistake in electing barack obama. let us hope they have seen that and they will correct that. [applause] one might also say if the court is not there to help the american people, they are not there to calculate political consideration in rendering a decision based on the constitution. it should do its solemn duty. while we are mad, let us channel it. let us channel in a positive direction for this fall. this is a bad thing that happened. there is no white washing. it is not the worst moment in
american history. it is not the worst place we have ever been. i do not like it. i did not like it friday. i said to my audience -- people were saying, this is really bad. i said, is due on it for a day. -- stew on it. then sunday, put your shoes on and go to work. this country has survived a civil war. this country has survived a great depression. this country has survived the eve of world war ii. military historians know we were already. this country has survived 1968 -- a horrible year of death and despair. the first two years of the obama administration were worse than today.
that is when this monstrosity was passed and he had a majority. he had the house. he had everything. the senate. the president secy. -- presidency. there is work to do. plenty of it. think of the spirit of 1976. i will do it on tuesday. the boys have to be back in quantico on wednesday saw our second lieutenant is bringing up the whole squad to have a barbecue at our house on tuesday. [applause] i said on the radio the whole squadron -- your kid is a marine. he is not in the air force. ok. sorry. i am learning.
the spirit of 1976 will govern next tuesday and wednesday. let the spirit of november 20 can govern, as well. remember what happened in november of 2010? you are part of it. let us do it again. look, a couple on the considerations. we have they couldn't -- a good and very aggressive candidate for president of the united states on the republican ticket. a perfectly good and decent man. andwife knows ann romney ad swears by her and his boys. i asked rick santorum if he was with him. he said 102%. someone said i am so sorry you
dropped out. he said if i can come to romney, you can come to romney. [applause] tonight think about the future? i know the best way you are encouraged to think about the future is to think about your children and grandchildren. think about some of our other progeny's out there. think of chris christie. mark rubio. nikki haley. i think of paul ryan who used to carry my books. [applause] it is all true. now i say, i know paul ryan. i know paul ryan. [laughter] we hiked last year in colorado. i think i was that close to getting him to run. i ran out of steam and he went ahead and that was it. i lost the argument.
we have a great bench. i only mention the third of them. we have a lot of people coming along in the conservative movement. i am very optimistic. the other thing is one of the great blessings of my life. i have had the opportunity to write a three volume history of america. i wrote it because our major problem -- remember i am the secretary of education so i am biased. people do not know what america is. our young people do not know what this country is. [applause] they do not know that in the long story of misery and inhumanity, the american achievement is unique and is
high. like no other. they did not know that. i am not sure they know what to say in all this debate. the other thing i learned is about the american capacity for self renewal. we sometimes have to be pushed right to the edge, but we come back. you know what i see? i see the anybody's kicking in. i see the reform kicking in. -- the entire body is kicking in. i see the reform kicking in. we're going to get people to wake up by asking them to join us for the things we care about. and to link arms with us, as you heard this morning. the governor of arizona -- my gosh, what the past we have come to when the president of the united states meets with the president of mexico three times
before he meets with the governor of one of his own sovereign states. [applause] i said on the radio and people check it out. i said i challenge you to compare what lincoln said about south carolina on the eve of secession with what barack obama has said about arizona lincoln was not as hard on south carolina as barack obama was on arizona. if you want to put yourself in that mold, act in that mold. if you want to be that person come to imitate. when he goes back to america. -- let me close by to america. 1862 after the bloodiest day in
american history come abraham lincoln addressed congress. he said we shall nobly save or meanly lose this last and best hope of earth. when i became secretary of education, my wife was an elementary schoolteacher. she said, you are a teacher. you are a good teacher. go teach. i said i am the secretary of education of the united states. i do not do retell. i do also. [laughter] -- i do not do retell. i do wholesaled. she said do good retail and he will do better also. she said going into the schools, you might consider homework. why don't you do your homework before you make a pronouncement? i said, none of the other guys do. she was right. i went to 130 schools around the country. i had a great time. one story was in san diego.
a young woman said, you really love america. i said you know, it is hard for me not to. i grew up in new york. my mother was married five times. my brother and i had scholarships. i made it to the cabinet of the u.s. warehouses that happen? i will give that to buraku san obama. -- barack obama. he said no or else could that happen. he is absolutely else. -- absolutely right. before his election, there was press all of the world saying america will never do this. it will never elect a black man. baloney. you know that is true. i know that is true. i think we got the wrong one. [applause] but the notion of race does not matter. colin powell would have been a very great canada. everybody knows that. he is more liberal than i am. she said, you really love this
country. i said yes. she said why? i told her about my life story. she said, i do nothing that happens everywhere. i said i have a test. every country has case. one test is when you raise the gates, which we did people run? in or out? i have been to germany. i said we raise our kids and everybody runs in. we all raise our gates and everybody runs in. what is it they want? are they irrational? they are not irrational. something good is going on here. that is the gates test. she promised she would think about it. overtime and as i have reflected on my son's service and other things, there is another test. at the time we went into iraq during the stories -- hearing these stories, a radians were
saying, u.s. air force come here next. if you are in some horrible, place -- with a dictator's boot on your neck and you see a group of men coming over a hill in uniform and they are carrying a flag, you hope and pray is the flight of the united states of america. [applause] that is the lesson our kids need to learn. that is the lesson chief justice roberts need to learn. i do not think a lot of the u.n. -- redecoration of human rights and all of the other documents
that they use to issue their populations and -- po regulaproclamations. the language is where the echo is. they are the most imitated political documents on the face of the earth. the most imitated political documents on the face of the earth. my final comment is to chief justice roberts. you should stop to it. thank you very much. i welcome your questions. [applause] >> how right. bill bennett. when he climbs a mountain summit, he knows it has declined. you have experienced when he browses a political summit, it knows we have been aroused. we have our marching orders. we bring the lights up and there
are some standing microphones on each side of the hall. come to the microphone to put your question so that our c-span audience and our lives audience watching us can be in on the discussion. please identify yourself so that dr. bennett knows who's question he is taking. i do not see the first question. we will go immediately to the second question here all right. here we are. thank you. >> thank you, dr. bennett, for being with us today. my question for you is, we can overcome obamacare by turning around the president of the united states and the senate. how can we overcome the precedent that was set for us by the court when they set a precedent saying that we have taxing authority over behavior?
>> great question. i do not think people have questioned the taxation power that the government has. congress has the power to tax. week thatd this when t a constitutional amendment about taxation. i wish into rush limbaugh the other day. he was out -- i listen to rush limbaugh the of the day. he said do not worry about interstate commerce. all liberals need to do is use taxation. there is one good thing about using the taxation power over and over again. the people are remarkably sensitive to it. they do not like it. they did not like it the first tea party are round and they do not like it in the occasion of this tea party. if you think i am wrong, tell me why for so many years the obama
administration said it is not a tax. it is not the tax. it is not a tax. if they had confidence that calling it a tax was a winning position, why didn't they do that? you know why? if they did so, it would not have passed. it would not have passed. they backed off from calling it a tax because they knew that would not pass. the only guy who really called a tax made a difference -- that was the chief justice. that is a crying shame. they did not have the guts to do it. they did not have the candor to do it. the chief justice did not have the constitutional authority to do it. that is one power that congress has to which the people react. they do not like texas. -- taxes. >> am i next? [laughter] >> you are too far along to stop.
>> all right. the thing that upsets me the very most is that we as conservatives seem too willing to let the liberals have the moral high ground. for instance, someone will say well, we as liberals want to help the poor. that makes us more moral. i would love to hear conservatives come back and say, that depends on how you get the money to help the poor. through persuasion or coercion. >> do not even go that far. never yield the high ground of compassion. they do not deserve it. >> how do you make that click argument? >> here is one. if you are coming out of church, make it longer. if you are in a bar, say, how come conservatives give more of their time, money, blood, treasure, and everything else to support them liberals do?
[applause] liberals are prepared to give other people's money to the poor. conservatives give their own money to the poor. and their own time to the poor. never never yield. 26 cities around the country teaching abstinence. how many liberals are involved in this project? not very many. a few. it is all conservative people. they give their hearts and their time to talk to these kids come to mentor these kids. -- to talk to these kids, to mentor these kids. what did welfare policy due to the black family? it took one big step toward destroying the family. the single most valuable predictor of whether a child will grow up in poverty is whether that child grows up in a family or not. this is still an amazing society. if you are poor in america but
you graduate from high school, get a job, marry someone who has a job, and do not have babies before you get married, you have a 2% chance of living in poverty and an 85% chance of living at twice the poverty level. that is amazing. if you can it here to those conditions. liberalism has made it harder for people to adhere to those conditions because of what it teaches. we talk a lot personal responsibility as opposed to government responsibility. that is what we are talking about. that is what is going to save people. do not ever yield the high ground. i remember the school to a debate. you know, who want school choice more than eveeveryone else in te world? inner-city minority parents.
go see "waiting for superman." who wants to be delivered from bad schools? the people who suffer the most. >> let us take one over here, please. >> is it enough to just win the senate to repeal or do we need 60 votes? >> can you give the guest tonight extra time? i think you can do this through reconciliation. is an that -- is that right? they did it through reconciliation. you can also have president romney take a page jetta barack obama's book and say i do not like this bill. i am not with a supportive. agreed judy i am not going to support it. i thought the funnier when was
that romney will say i do not believe in capital gains taxes. we're not collecting them anymore. [laughter] tom coburn will have something to say about that. there is one thing to learn from liberals. that we told me once he do a great job in counter- terrorism. maybe we should subcontract work to the israelis. maybe we should subcontract the vetting of supreme court candidates to the liberals because there guys do not falter. they still let all the time. our guys will. i am -- our guys pulled. i am sorry. i know what it is. it is washington. thomas moore says to rich, the bible -- you have to tell me what the bible says. i am a catholic. i do not know.
[laughter] a father andrews, thank you. i know you are evangelical. i am on my way. when we become a christian? i said i am. i said, let us not do this. we were there before you wear. [laughter] -- you were. a jew funine until calls. you put liberals on the bench and they stay liberal. right? maybe we should have them vetting. they're people who keep shape. i think we can do this through reconciliation. i would like to see it repealed and replaced. i would like to see a solid program in its stead. i have been a little hyperbolic today. i want to apologize to david's
mother. maybe there were reasons she kept him at home. [laughter] no, no, entirely appropriate. [laughter] or that he chose. i just have been at this a long time and there are people you get a sense are conservative. there are some other people you get a sense are not. and i done? >> you know, i want to assure you folks he had lunch with donna and me. beverages on our table are the same as yours. he is on cold sober. we love you. [applause] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> also at the western
conservative summit, phil kerpen said voters need to take action because the nation is facing a lawless administration. he is the author of a book. this is 35 minutes. >> 1% -- all it takes is one% of the u.s. senate to be an incorruptible public servant and an unstoppable force by tom coburn. we are grateful to you. thank you for your methods today. thank you for the book. thank you for the example and leadership he said in washington, d.c. may your tribe increase. speaking of increasing the tried, we will put the entire sciences department of colorado christian university to work right away on cloning top coburn. how about that?
kevin miller's book has been amended to you today. it was my honor to be next in line with a little publishing company called mt6 media. they are represented in the exhibit. today. they published my book a year ago. i mention this hoping that those of you who do not have our books will add them to yourself as you shop here. i also mention it because any of us who have written a book and you have heard the resting title of coburn's book, we want to get our message into our titles.
we went to reach those who do not find the time to read the book. how about this book title from our next great summit speaker? "democracy denied, how obama is ignoring you and bypassing congress, never mind doug lamborn and the rest of the u.s. house -- how obama is ignoring you and bypassing congress to radically transform america." we have seen this repeatedly. we saw it very recently with his unilateral effort to enact an amnesty as part of the dream act. to radically transform america and how to stop him. phil kerpen is the author. he works on restoring in protecting american's core commitment to free markets, economic growth, constitutional
limited government, property rights, and freedom. he has work history in d.c. he has been fighting to protect our freedom and restore our constitution. he has worked with americans for prosperity, the free enterprise fund, and cato institute. democracy will be denied, he wants us, unless we do our part and stop the train. please welcome phil kerpen. [applause] >> i have a little video to wake you up before the speech.
four year five days away from transforming the u.s. >> can democracy be denied? one book fares to tell the truth. >> we are using politics to get everything they want. america rejected obama's liberal agenda. >> republican have won control of the house of representatives. >> he will not let that stop him -- >> until nancy pelosi speaker again, i will work my way around congress. i will take a backseat to no one. i was then my life working with you. i am not a newcomer. >> his promises of transparency proved empty. >> these negotiations will be on c-span. >> the almost complete breakdown of the rule of law in this country. every aspect of the government. >> i would like to work my way around congress. >> we need to investigate this administration, hold them
accountable, block their regulatory power. >> the truth will be revealed. democracy denied. own id today and take action. >> well, john asked me to wake south you up before my talk so i hope that helped a little bit. we are facing truly a lawless the fenestration, i think there is no other way to describe it. -- lawless administration, i think there is no other way to describe it. we sought immediately with the auto bailout. the unions will be made whole and if you do not take the deal we will destroy your life anyway we can. they took the deal and it set the tone, and since then i think we have seen and in ministration that has made clear
that they will get their way without respect to what the american people want, as we saw with the health care law, without respect to what the congress has done -- we saw many of their legislation now right rejected, capt. trade, car check. they are moving forward all the same. we see a president who when he does not like the law says i will not enforce it. i do not care. defense of marriage act? will not defended in court. immigration laws? we will do an amnesty by the fact door. -- back door. what we face right now is a breakdown of the rule of law. basic of our system which is that if you want to change the rules, if you want to change the laws, you go through congress. that is the way it is supposed to work. in fact, the founders thought this was such a critically important principle, that after
the preamble in the constitution they said all legislative power is invested in the congress, the house and senate. it is not in the bazaars, epa bureaucrats, irs, fda, and all the other federal agencies you have never heard of but you have to deal with every day. but that is the situation we're in now in this country and this administration is using all that apparatus to the maximum extent possible. milton friedman famously said if you pick any three letters in the english alphabet it is a federal bureaucracy we would be better off without. i do not think that has ever been more true than right now at the present time. we can address some of the things that are in the video that i talked about in the book. cap and trade.
this is something the president said would make your electricity bill necessarily skyrocket, and if you wanted to build a coal plant, you could, but it would go bankrupt. it crashed and burned. nancy pelosi forced it through the house to 17-212 ki, nearly a party-line vote. -- 217-212, a nearly party-line vote. the senate would not even touch it. the 2010 election, it is easy to forget that the 2010 election was one of the biggest landslide elections in all of history. 67 house seats changed hands in -- changed hands. less taxes, less spending, less intrusion in our lives.
almost two dozen democrats lost their house seats almost entirely because of cap and trade. one person literally shot a bullet through the bill in an ad called dead aim. it showed he liked guns and hated cap and trade. that got him elected to the u.s. senate from west virginia. literally the day after the election, the president was asked at a press conference what happens now with cap and trade and he said that was only one way of skinning the cat. that was a means to an end. i have other ways to reach the end. the end, of course, is the end of affordable energy. he said i have other means to the same end. then he went on about how the epa can do this under existing legislative authority and will just twist and rewrites 40 year-old environmental laws to make sure that they look like
they were about global warning -- global warming and electricity prices will skyrocket and they have. looking at dramatic increases in the price of electricity. most of the country will go up 20%. that is in the first round of these rules. the rules about mercury, for example. mercury in the air is that extraordinarily safe levels and 0.5% of the mercury in the air comes from coal-fired plants. 0.5%. the obama administration has said there are studies that pacific islanders who eat fish year round, if they are pregnant, the baby of a pregnant woman who eats 300 pounds of fish a year might lose a few iq points. it is the only time in history democrats seem to care about unborn babies so if this sort of a breakthrough in that regard. [applause] but because of these pregnant
fischer women, they're going to raise the price of electricity for everyone in the country. it will get much worse when they followed up with their greenhouse gas regulations. green has regulations will shut down coal plants in this country. that is conveniently scheduled to go into place just after the next election. it is not as the epa driving the price of electricity up. we have seen something very similar on petroleum. we have seen the price at the pump double under obama. does anyone remember what the price of gas was when obama came into power? $1.83 a gallon. but that some good right now? does anybody miss that? obama said i am for offshore drilling. 2008 the price of gasoline was $4. people went crazy.
i think about it as the do not go moment. obama said we are for it. president bush lifted the presidential ban on offshore drilling. nancy pelosi came and lifted a congressional ban on offshore drilling, and then three months after that the price of gasoline plummeted from $4 to $1.83. why? because markets were forward looking. they believed we were finally going to produce in these vast resources we have off the coast of the united states. the speculative bubble crashed. prices came down dramatically. obama kamen, got a very tragic but very can -- obama came, got a very tragic but very convenient excuse with the gulf oil spill, and imposed and the moratorium and the gulf of mexico. this was literally held in
contempt of court in the fifth circuit because the moratorium was illegal. it was based on the report doctored by white house staff, led by carol browner who was on a socialist commission -- she wrote a report that said we recommend against a moratorium. she changed to say we want a moratorium. deepwater rigs left the gulf permanently for places like brazil and egypt. even now, permitting his return to normal levels. i do not know if you notice this, because i almost missed it, but on thursday, the day the supreme court handed down when i think will go down as one of the most infamous decisions in history, the interior department quietly announced a new offshore drilling moratorium that no one in the public was even paying attention to because we were distracted with other
things going on. that is his cap and trade agenda. it has moved forward the same as if people rejected it. same thing with the union agenda. you remember the car check bell that allowed union organizers to come to your house and say you want to come to this -- you want to join this union and they could harass you and all sorts of ways. violence is allowed if it advances union purposes. almost all democrats support this. and they voted on in the previous congress, embarrassingly for them. the only republican support they had was arlen specter and he was not a republican for very long.
they gave up when the public found out. 80% think you ought to have a private ballot if you are voting on the union. because the union can be set every ounce of your life. before they gave up on the part check, they had won last ditch in the -- before they give up on the check, they had one last ditch attempt to save the bill. tom harkin -- they said what about having elections in such a short timetable that employers cannot make the case on why employee might not want to join the union and union organizers can use the time to their advantage? we can have them in the middle of the week, time it to maximum advantage. that failed also. that did not get any traction. that failed in the house and senate. now, illegally in my view, it is a lot of the landings to the
national labor relations board that made it up by reinterpreting the 1935 national labor relations act. made it up. made up with the gentlemen who rewrote the laws to favor unions without going to congress. he had written at length about this about how to gut protections for employers. he actually wrote the employer should be stripped of any legally recognizable rights without -- with respect to union organizers. lose to exacty clue quote. obama nominated him. he was rejected. obama recess appointed him anyway. he installed the ambush election rule that has not taken effect and unions can ambush and surprise employers and force people to join unions without really understanding what is at stake and what is going on. similarly, we now have for the first time in history and fcc
that asserts the power to regulate the internet. you may have missed congress passing this legislation because it never did. all three of these things have something in common. cap and trade advancing, card check and the fcc regulating the internet, they all happened because democrats in the senate refused to do their job and stand up to abuses of power in this administration because we have had to vote in the u.s. senate on overturning all of these abuses, and almost every democrat has voted against ending a to this of ministration almost every single time. -- standing up to this administration almost every single time. they've allowed virtually unlimited powers to the president, and i would suggest that if a man rules by dictate
as this man does, with executive orders such as his amnesty executive order, is there not a word in the english language for a man who rules by dictate? i will not say it because it is not polite, but that is what is occurring in this country. and congress is standing by and allowing it to happen and they are being deliberately complex said -- deliberately complicitous. there is an elegance and powerful legislative solution to this fundamental structural problem. it has been advanced by rep geoff davis. it has been called the rain back -- the rain back executive p