tv Politics and Eggs Breakfast with Senator Rob Portman CSPAN September 1, 2014 12:50am-2:01am EDT
we need to do a better job getting things across. this is also by explaining that it matters. there are choices and decisions to be made. i'm grateful very much for the warm welcome you have given me and listening to my speech. i think it's probably time we all got on with our dinner. i give her the questions and above all, please spend the next three weeks -- whatever your view -- debating, arguing, talking including with the people you work with in your businesses. this is an enormous decision, and i make no secret of my own views as prime minister of the united kingdom, as a conservative, but but also as someone whose name is cameron, whose grandmother was a llewellyn, whose family is scots. this comment to me, is a family. this, to me, is very personal. we've brought together over these centuries of whether it was defeating hitler, nhs, or all of the things worth having we have achieved extraordinary and brilliant things.
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on tuesday, republican senator rob portman of ohio spoke to business leaders at the new england council event in new hampshire. the senator discussed the current threat of isis, the american workforce, and the lack of bipartisanship in congress. senator portman has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2016. this is just over one hour. [applause] >> thank you, and good morning. this is a special time of year for us, and i would say if you listen closely, you will hear the pitter patter of cell --
size 12 nikes. friday,class arrives on and i was telling senator portman how we are very blessed this year to have a class size, 25 more students than we had lashed year. environment, that is a good, good thing. [applause] if you make your way up the hill top, you will see a brand-new residence area that we build, and it is a very unique building, you guess it is a living-learning commons. we have 100 50 beds, but we also have as much common space as we so there areace, two classrooms. they are gathering spaces, recreational spaces, cooking areas, places for students to meet, to eat, and to greet, so we are very, very blessed to have that, and i was telling
tom, when all is said and done between our waitlist and students that had been put up in year,s or tripled, this we have two empty beds on our campus, said that is either really good planning or dumb luck, so we are very, very happy. know, the college and our new hampshire institute of politics and political andary is a premier forum, frequently the first step for those interested in our storied tested time and political process. with the 2016 election on the horizon, the college will once again take a leading role in hosting a town hall conversations and gatherings like this one, where new hampshire citizens, the media, and our students can reap the
benefits of being first in the nation. council the new england for your continued partnership with the institute of politics. the new england council remains the leading voice for the region's business community on capitol hill, and they have the tireless work of fostering collaboration, in this ensures a england,ture for new looking to hire graduates from campuses like ours in their offices, in their factories, their laboratories, and their of ouroms, so on behalf students, our faculty, staff, and the benedictine monastic community who have studied, worked, and lived here for 125 welcome again into new hampshire's home for politics, and welcome, senator.
[applause] morning, and i, too, would like to thank our leader here, and his great not only for their kind words this morning but also for hosting, again, this event at the institute. as you know, the new england council has had a fabulous, fabulous working relationship with our president and the team here at the incident. -- institute. as we work on these politics and eggs, needless to say, we are very happy to be back. thank ourso like to series sponsors, whose banners you see around the room. the list is on the table. the people who make this possible not only the sting wished members of the new england council, but they have
great corporate neighbors here in new hampshire and new england, and we want to thank them for their generosity. before i introduce their guest this morning, let me just tell you of a few upcoming events. for those of you who often travel to washington, who have colleagues there, we are looking forward to seeing many of you at our next event in our capital conversations series, which is a huge success in washington, and on september 30, we well, jim mcgovern and have food in the nation's capital. and then on october 9, we are honored again to have so many of you who have been supportive in the past to join us for 2014 for the annual dinner. from all sixbors neighboring states. it truly is one of the regions most anticipated events, something that i think you would
enjoy. but, today, we are in delighted to welcome a special guest from which will probably be the nba championship city, maybe next year, senator rob portman as he visits this great state. native,portman may be a but he truly is no stranger to new england. having earned his undergraduate , aree in anthropology respected institution, which just happens also to be a member of the new england council, and michigan, to go to and he established a very successful career. law inn expert on trade both washington, d.c., and his native city of cincinnati. he began his career in public service by joining the first bush white house.
positions under president george h.w. bush, including associate white house counsel, with working with the department of veterans affairs. in 1993, there was a very , and he feltion very highly of it, to say the least. he went on to serve with honor and distinction. and he was serving for one year, and later as president george w. bush was president of the office of management and budget. the people of the great state of ohio recommended him to represent them in the state senate, and since then, he has established a reputation as a leader on a variety of important economic issues, balancing the federal budget, were forming the
entitlement tax systems, and as a member of both the senate finance and budget committees, he played a key role in the development of the senate republican jobs for america plan, which was unveiled this past march create this plan is meant to serve as a blueprint to create private-sector growth and strengthen our economy, and it recommends a range of reforms and policies to foster private-sector job creation, and i will just highlight a few, because i think it is really well thought out. , forthe regulatory reform businesses, investments, and stem education to close that skills gap, increased exports and expanded access to foreign markets, and a very comprehensive tax reform allowing businesses to grow and keep the jobs here in the united states. the senator has been a vocal advocate for reforming social security, health care entitlement programs, and to
help balance things. wanted england council to host him back in march during the annual spring event in washington, d.c., and let me also say to you today that we are truly delighted to welcome him to the new england area again. once again, please join me in welcoming my very special guests. [applause] >> thank you very much. >> jim, thanks very much. i said for a good democrat to endorse a jobs plan is a big heal for me. but it is great to be back. i was honored to speak to the group, and i was at the council when you are will -- were in washington. it is good to be back and talk a little bit more about that today , and have some politics with you. thank you very much for having us.
and i found out this morning why i was invited. a few months ago, jane and i were in the kitchen, and there was a big package that came from new hampshire, and we have a daughter of there, and we thought, our daughter is sending us something, that is great. it was an invitation to speak to you all. and i think the dr. for inviting son, andrew, is a freshman at fordham, and it was actually andrew who invite it me, so i appreciate andrew's reaching out. want to thank the institute, and it is good to be with a lot of good friends. jim mentioned that i have been in new hampshire some over the years, and i am here with a lot of folks who know me all too well, because there was the guy
who drove me around in 1996 for bob dole when i played surrogate, and i remember him that well, because at one point, i was sliding down one of the exit ramps on the ice, practically getting in the middle of traffic, but my best recollection was when we were up somewhere in northern new hampshire, with these campaign debates, and bob dole could not come to the debate, so he sent me instead, and it was me and about five candidates, none of whom you will remember, except maybe the guy known as the grizzly bear. he was from alaska, and we had a fun time. it was my first presidential debate in a republican primary. bunch -- bunch of folks who were doing their thing. ,nd the candidates come here and they have to be authentic, because people in new hampshire can look right through, and one
of the clashes of doing these debates, i think it is fantastic. you can see politics the way it ought to be. happeningt is legislatively in washington. that would be a very short speech. not a whole lot has happened, and there is a reason congress has a 10 % approval rate. i gave this speech in cincinnati, and some in the audience got, 10%, this means basically paid staff and family was in, and jane, who the audience spoke up and said, don't count on it. so i think instead of talking about what is happening in washington, we will talk about what should be happening and what can happen, and i am very happy about the future of our country, but i think we are in trouble, both on the international stage, as we have
seen over the last 24 hours in , buts like iraq in serious also the trouble here at home, and unless we change direction and come up with a new direction, i believe that america will continue to slip in , and the people of our great country will be affected, so that is what we want to talk about, however we on ourd this to get back feet. internationally, i watched the news last night, which was probably a mistake. a fire is burning early around the world, and seeing what is happening in ukraine in the last month, i was there during the president's election a few months ago, and at that time, the people of ukraine were crying out for american leadership, saying we want your help, we want your backing, and we would like to have some help to defend ourselves, and we had not been too much with that, and
steppedwe should have that up. certainly here in new hampshire with the tragic death of jim foley, and people are seeing once again that evil does exist in the world, brutality and tragic circumstances of his death reminding us of this group, isis, truly is a national security threat to our country. this morning, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of jim foley, and think again, it reminds us of the fact that without american leadership, a vacuum is created, and in that vacuum, chaos and violence tends to ensue, and we are reluctant leaders. sole superpower, but we do not always embrace that enthusiastically. aroundhink what we see the world, even in the last 24 hours, not only do the people of this country suffer, and we have
he managed. crises in places like northern with other religious minorities, as well as the sunnis and shia, but also america's national security, and if isis has the opportunity to establish this, it is certainly a platform. this is out of concern for us and for the freedom of other people, so i know americans are weary of war. that we only reluctantly accept our responsibility as the sole superpower, but the reality is we are the ones, and if we are not out there leading, don't expect others. that role, andt it was a great honor. we went around the world, representing our country, and we had the opportunity to talk about knocking down barriers to trade, promoting transparency,
promoting free markets, and often in public, not always, but often in public, our fellow trade ministers would say to me, thank goodness america is out there. because if we are not going to do it, who else is going to do it? and protectionism that work for some. but not the emerging economies. but as america, talking about the need for us, it is ultimately for the well-being of the citizens of all of these countries, and i think the same is true across the board. orther it is human rights democracy building or keeping the straits of hormuz open or the south china sea. well, we cannot be the worlds's policeman, and i agree with that. it is more like the sheriff. you have to get a posse. you can't do it alone, and that
posse of allies is what we need, and, quite frankly, we do not have it right now, because leadership,ing that leading from behind, it is impossible for us to do that with other countries who will work with us. so we can solve some of the real problems we face around the world. world canrole in the that isstrong here, and my only concern, and, frankly, i believe we are in deep trouble here at home. we will hope for the future, but we will look at what happened over the last several years, and i think, is this it? is this the new normal? it can't be. we are now living in the weakest economic recovery since the great depression, and when you look at the gdp growth or the jobs numbers, a lot of people say there is something here and there, but the reality is, this is remarkable.
is about 1% now, last year about 2%, and people say that is the way it is going to be, but it cannot be, because that does not show the upper mobility. american economy, the dream is really in trouble. the jobs foroned america plan, and i talked about it. some of thet has components to be able to get us back on our feet, and here it is. but the idea here is to take all taxes,institutions, from to energy, to health care, trade, certainly, and our ability to be able to compete globally by having a better education system. and you need to have regulations that make sense.
and all of these things, america is slipping behind on because we are not addressing the issues. some of our friends tell me, especially in the last couple of days, with a debate with a good conservative friend of mine, you talk about washington doing more. washington should be doing less, and here in this state, i imagine some of you agree with that. but i would disagree. i think we are in a moment in our history when washington is doing more to change these fundamental economic systems that don't allow for the prosperity and the free enterprise system we have become accustomed to over the years. the reason we are living through the weakest economic recovery is because we have not stepped forward and made the kind of changes that are necessary to unleash the entrepreneurial so i think the partisan
gridlock that we see in d.c. does have real consequences. we are missing the opportunity to engage in these issues and therefore to be able to tell people to get back on their feet. american dream is at risk, and many people understand that because you experienced that, and you do not see it today. i grew up in a small business family. when i was a kid, my dad left a job as a salesman am aware he had commission, a little retirement plan, and he gave it all up to go start his own business, as many of you all, and we started off with five people, and my mom was the bookkeeper, and this was in cincinnati, ohio, and it lost money the first few years, which was a little awkward, since he had borrowed money from mom's uncle to start the business, as he could not get a loan from the bank. does that sound familiar? an over the years, he found his
footing, and by the time he took overy brother the business, and we had about 300 people working there. i worked there. aere are people who turned wrench their whole career, mechanics, who retired with $400,000. that is the american dream. family,de for your something for others. and in gridlock and not dealing with these issues, i also look at it because the american spirit is in trouble. i am followinges closely, but it was about the american dream. and there wasn't nbc-wall street thatal poll that showed
over 60% of americans did not believe they would be better off. 76%. are record numbers. we have never seen anything like this. also, another poll asked young people, what do you think? are you better off? and, again, over 60% said no. and there seems to be almost a resignation right now in america. the same, you just have to live with this. it is no wonder that people feel that way. rates are up. health care costs and other costs are up, creating that middle-class squeeze that many of you feel, many of you hear about. if this recovery were as strong as the 10 recovery since world war ii, just as strong as the average, per capita income would be $6,000 higher and almost 14
million more americans would be working today. you what we have tried has not worked, and it is time to get busy with an aggressive reform agenda. yesterday, i was talking to a friend about this, and i talked to some people i know in ohio who have lost their jobs. ising to find something that comparable. some of them are working. and they said, my friends now self-employed,, and they have not been able to get back on their feet and find becameso they consultants, meaning they are self-employed, meaning really looking for work. and if you look at the labor participation rate, which means the percentage of people working , we are at record lows. this goes back to the 1940's. i said something recently in
connection with the situation in missouri. there was a discussion about the african-american community, and the point was made that the labor participation rate for african-american males was remarkably low. again, probably historic levels, going back to the 1940's. among men and women combined, it goes that to the 19th and's, and this is actually harder administration. on the board, and i am reminded of double-digit unemployment and interest rates. be, is not where we want to so i do think there is an opportunity for us to get back to the kind of growth that we have been used to since world war ii. this can't be the new normal. this is not who we are. jim mentioned this, and i told him he did a great job with it. this is important because it says that not only is there an
agenda here to win elections, but there is a blueprint for access, and i am working on majority in the united states senate. i am doing it because i think we have a chance in d.c. to break this gridlock. and to me, the only way to do that is to get the president to look at it and start discussing some of these issues. ittakes two to tango, so also has to be something the republican leadership in the house and senate are willing to do. i certainly hope that is true. and, by the way, this has been done before. ronald reagan never had a , and yet, 1986, working with tip o'neill and bill bradley and others, they put together this tax reform, which, in my view, was important over the next couple of decades. in 1983, again, working with tip o'neill and the democrats, there were social security reforms.
it was an incredibly important, vital program. the entitlement spending programs, but they are unsustainable in their current form, so this is not something we have not done before. bill clinton and newt gingrich did not like each other, and yet, they were able to work together, not just for welfare reform but also for other reform. and that is what can and should be done, and let me give you some examples. one is and all of the above energy strategy, which does among other things approve the keystone pipeline, to make us and to haveendent, the biggest public infrastructure project, but also all of the above, meaning looking at all of the sources. second, i think we can see an immediate expansion of exports.
people talk about the fact that the president is out there trying to negotiate trade agreements, but the fact is, you cannot be successful, in my view , without the ability to be a lot to take these to congress. every president in the united states since fdr has asked for that ability. it is crucial in order to work with the partnership, the agreement with the european, and yet, this president, although he called for in the state of the union, has allowed it to be blocked. presidential leadership, it is not going to happen. gettingould get busy american workers and american farmers back in the business of expanding our exports and creating jobs. last timee since the we had this, several years ago, there a bit over 300 trade agreements.
is because of the lack of visibility to negotiate. that is what happened in the first 100 days. there was newsy, about burger king, the latest company and maybe inverting. these are companies that choose to merge with companies, usually much smaller than them, and then they become domiciled in those foreign countries. a company in ohio did it last year. manufacturers in ohio merged. million, and we need to stop that. the way to stop that is to reform our outdated tax code. everyone agrees. if we simply say we're going to go after this on a case-by-case races, we will put a band-aid in place, what will happen? to see continue
investments and jobs going overseas, and more and more u.s. companies will become takeover candidates. i am a beer drinker. it is kind of early, but try to buy an american beer. the largest is sam adams. 1.4% market share. the rest are all foreign owned. you may object to that and say they may have 1.5%, so you have to be careful, but here is the point. hereis happening as we sit this morning. american companies and board rooms all across this nation are listening to people come to them and pitch to them that they should become foreign because the u.s. government is not doing the right thing to create an environment for success. and again, getting back to the discussion earlier about what we should be doing. this is the highest in the world among all of the developing
countries. change the system so it is competitive. what we should be doing. the president talks about it. and i think the responsibility goes both ways. immediately, the reforms to keep jobs here, and who is the beneficiary of that? all the studies show the same thing. the congressional budget office said it will go to who? the workers. this is all about the middle class jobs. things, not do these open up our ability to negotiate trade reforms, fix our tax code so it works, come up with a way to deal with energy so you can take advantage of the great opportunities we have, and all of the above strategy, deal with
health care costs, deal with the regulations, reform our education system so we can be competitive around the world. believe thethem, i best days are ahead of us. and one thing is putting a blanket over the entire economy. when i am in new hampshire, i hear about this a lot. frankie, more so than some other states. you cannot continue to spend the on your means and expect to succeed. you cannot do with your family budget or with your business. part of this economic land, i do not want to budget. last five one for the years is a problem, and the budget has to say, what are the priorities? of simpsonles, bowles, famously said this is the biggest economic crisis we face and the most predictable one. if we do not deal with this issue, we will have a financial crisis. record levels of debt mean with
this administration, we are seeing more debt being added to the nation's balance sheet than all of the presidents in history of this country combined. and the point that for young , they areduating looking at $40,000 per graduate in terms of the national debt, on top of the roughly $29,000 on average in terms of student debt. on top of the fact that obamacare does not work for them, because the payments come from younger people. on top of the fact that they are having a tough time finding a job, with many of the graduates not able to find a job. these are things that young people should be very concerned about, and all of us should be, because this is the american promise to make the american dream real. we have to deal with the deficit. resident kennedy once said
famously a rising tide lifts all boats. i think he is right, but not entirely. all of the growth we talked about today, about having policies and the policies and institutions, it was necessary but not sufficient. we also have to deal with an enduring issue in america, poverty. poverty started in 1968, and yet deep robert he is below our levels. and we do have an issue in this country, of a disparity of income. we do have an issue of the lack of upper mobility, people just not being able to get back on their feet, and washington plays a role here. right now, sometimes a negative role. subsidy, increasing the taxes. sometimes it is just too hard to get to that first rung on the economic ladder. be providingd
people with the kind of safety net programs that they need and a hand up, but not a handout. know, i have been involved over the years of looking at some of the causes of poverty, and 10 years ago, i wrote legislation called the second chance act, each deals with the issue of recidivism. people who get in this revolving and of this prison, recidivism rates are incredibly high. we all pay for it. in terms of crime and the communities, the taxes to termserate people, and in of those people's lives, not being able to turn them around, not being up to take care of your family. so this second chance stuff works, and it is one of the causes of poverty, with drug addictions and prevention and treatment.
we have been involved with it for the last 25 years, and we have talked about education reform. so i want to end with the story. and this is a story about cleveland, ohio, a discussion about people who are taking advantage of the second chance act, federal matching funds, where they are engaged in the community, and you have to meet certain criteria, all of which , so melvin is about my age. and he has been in prison a lot, five or six times. addict,s a recovering and he said, you know, robert, by the time i get out of prison, i get in trouble again and go back and get back into my old habits. he has been clean for six years. ,e now owns his own house where, by the way, he lives with his daughter. he has never lived with her
before. and he has a job. and he did it all because when he got out this time, he said, look, there is a program that you can join, and it is to give you a second chance, and it is to help you with the treatment and recovery you need and to help you get the job skills that you need. he has now got a job. he is a supervisor in a kitchen. he has now got the ability to take care of his daughter. he now has the self-respect that comes with this. that believesry in a second chance and believes in that our best days can be ahead of us. i certainly believe that. i think we can find this new direction. i think we must, and i think we will, and i thank you all for what you do every day to try to make your communities better and new hampshire a better place to live and work and to help restore the american dream. thank you, and i look forward to your questions.
[applause] yes. >> we have a couple of questions. can you identify yourself? >> a program instituted by roosevelt, and generally, it is $1 billion into the treasury that reduces the debt, and the majority of senators support it. a majority leader, the chairman of the banking committee. the program should be wiped out. your thoughts on it, and where it is going to go on september
30. to go hast is going probably already been answered by my first response, each is that not much is happening in washington these days, but i do support it, and among those reforms are to make it more transparent to make sure it is not interfering in the marketplace. when i was the representatives, i had a chance to look around the world and see what others do, and in terms of financing exports, everyone is more aggressive than we are, with the exception of the u.k.. if youina, for instance, can imagine, is very aggressive. it has made money over the years, so it is not something that taxpayers can look at and say this is costing us, because in the end, they pay back these loans, and my view is really very simple. over time, it would be great if they get out of this business of financing. that is not the reality. that is not what is happening,
and we would be shooting ourselves in the foot if we were to say, you know what? in this situation where america's economy is in trouble, we have aggressive countries around the world that are taking market share from us, we are not going to play in this game. i do think transparency is important, and the private sector is important, and that is why i have cosponsored the we haveion, and i think made a big mistake and will shoot ourselves in the foot. by the way, this goes along with opening up more. world has athe trade agreement with the united states of america. think about it. ,e have a number of countries and 10% of the world takes 40% of the exports. of the goods and
services produced by american americans, andy that is what we have to do to ensure that we're trying to level the playing field in terms of financing. and when we do that, what happens is we have the ability to compete. if weld do a lot better had that success in washington. system, jobulatory energy, using it more efficiently, so there are some things that i am really excited about. done, becausethis we can expand more exports. >> i will go. nice to see you.
>> without starting the quiet afternoon, could you give us an overview of your thoughts of what you would do in dealing with at least that characterization? in terms of the dysfunctionality? earlier, thissaid ,s going back over the history finding common ground, and it was not so long ago that we could figure it out, and to do it in a bipartisan way. and finally, it takes leadership. nothing big has happened in recent leadership without having involvement and engagement. , as you indicated,
the legislative branch. but what happens, and i will give you an example, people said ronald reagan was crazy to engage in that. and they beat up republicans. things like that. and reagan said, we will do it right there, and we look forward to this. that was in 1983. and is popular in 1982 1983. tough decisions in 1981, 1982, 1983. and after doing that, with the republicans, democrats providing ther to democrats, and in election, 1984, ronald reagan went on to win every single state. now, in today's political climate, that might be more
challenging, but i don't think we should throw in the towel. i think instead we should insist on principled leadership. i am not talking to people compromising their values. i am talking about establishing what the objective is. the idea is to have a competitive tax code. instead of saying these people are economic deserters and that we're going to take away this let's actually, fix the problem. every singleay, one of our competitors has done that, as an example. the last time we've lowered the rate was with ronald reagan. we wanted it to be below the average. now, it is the highest. it is not since the 1960's. , they have0's lowered their rates, all of them, except us, so i don't
think we need a huge adjustment to our system for parliamentary type democracy. somei think we need is leadership and for people to insist on it, and, frankly, i think republicans and democrats alike can do a better job of talking about the need to find common ground and why that is important. with the citizens we represent. >> thank you. >> i share a lot of what you just mentioned in your speech about the direction of the country and where we are headed and how we can change that direction, and i am wondering, and i agree that a lot of it is this dysfunction, and i am wondering if you can share with us what we think is more than a passing interest in some of the senate races that are happening and how you see those shaping up and how that could change and refrain from what is happening
in washington. >> yes, good question. thattioned earlier, it is the next generation does not think it is going to be better than the current one, and that is leading people feeling anxiety and uncertainty, but we are looking at other polls also, including a playbook from politico, and they were talking about polling around the country, and let's face it, it is too close to call. states that are literally, when you look at the average, the real clear politics, there are states, probably four or five of them were there is one point separating republican and democrat, so it is going to be a very close issue. i think in the end, it will be surprising if republicans didn't prevail, because there are seven states where there is a democrat representing not just a red state but a non-red state.
and there is only one state represented by a republican, and that is a loose date, and that is maine, and that is susan collins, and she is doing great, so i think at the end of the day, we are doing ok. i am very interested in it, because i think it changes the dynamic. i believe the current dynamic -- i think the press is not likely to come to the table. i look at what happened when bill clinton, again, without any great love for newt gingrich, was able to come to the table and say, let's see what we can do it again, and that is the motto i look to. if i think i was president obama, looking at my term in office, what is the legacy? are we going to be happy with 1%, 2% growth? with the lowest labor participation rate in the history of the country? are we going to be happy with
the kind of uncertainty and anxiety that we feel? i would think you and what to do some things to focus like a laser on jobs and growth and getting us back on track in terms of dealing with the deficit, and having had more debt to the balance sheet then all combined. to that, asegard well. at least on these things that we talked about this morning. some of the issues about obama opportunity toan look at these fiscal issues, and i think the next few years can be productive if you have a change. yes. wanted to talk to a little
bit about natural gas. it is a big issue in new england, trying to get more natural gas. i know there is energy efficiency and renewables. >> well, it is a great question and a huge opportunity for us. the saudi arabia of natural gas. any country in the world, and it is because partly of technology and partly because of the land that is available. we could be doing more, including offshore. it is important for us to be able to take full advantage of this. we are seeing this in ohio. there are three companies that of comeback, some from mexico, china. and i have been on over 150 plant tours. they say a lot of it is natural gas. just relatively inexpensive natural gas, but the sense that because of the supply, there is
this stability going forward, and he goes back to america, and that is great. so we are producing natural gas in ohio, making it an energy exporting state again, and yet, they are not able to deliver the gas. there is such a need for it. we saw that this last winter. and, frankly, it was pretty scary. we did not have the infrastructure or the grid to be able to ensure there were not brownouts, and obviously, we had a crisis. some of you were probably involved in it, and there was legislation on that with democrats to try to come up with a way to better predict what our propane needs are to avoid the high prices that we had and the scarcity of propane, so i think it is really exciting what has
happened, but we have to figure out a way to get the federal regulatory commission and others involved in infrastructure more focused on how do you truly take advantage of providing these avenues to begin to move these country in areas of the , where there is still scarcity. >> senator, with massachusetts. i am not going to ask a social security question, but i do want to turn again to the issue of bipartisanship. i certainly know from having observed the actions in those days that the effort to be bipartisan, to find common ground on a very tough political issue, you know, crime policy, you were part of that. you were very intimate to that happening on and a very successful thing that you mentioned today, but the
question i have for you is this. we haven't really talked about the money and politics piece. don't you agree that the fundamental problem in 2014 is that everyone in this country is just inundated with the inativity around politics the advertising, in the bashing of the candidates, to each other, and it is really what you're getting is a very, very low bottom of common ground, that there is just no way to find any positive things about your opponent during the campaign, and then you wonder, how do you pick that up when you have to work with these people? tone of theee the conversation changing? when you have these third-party influences and this fundamental shift. differences in a civilized way. question, andreat
i do not have an easy answer for it. spending money to promote whatever your position is, i think we will continue to have a lot of campaign rhetoric, both positive and negative, and the negative things to work, and that is why there is more negative ads and so on. i will say that the one difference that i have experienced, even since 2010, when i ran for senate, the ability online to be able to communicate, and the degree to which people are accessing online sources, and that could be positive or negative. but it does give candidates at least the ability and a relatively inexpensive way to get their message out. and my concerns about my own party, they are too often , and one reason i thought this was important, and
thank you, jim, for mentioning it, we need to stand for something, and we do. we do not always communicate that, but there is a way to do that. this was not even available in 2010 for people who were accessing sources online. i is incredibly powerful, so agree with you about the airways and some of the ads. at least candidates have an opportunity with the potential this is what i do, this is what i am for, not with somebody says i am against, and that is something i think we need to take more advantage of, and those of us -- i am sure you are doing that. i am doing that, and thank you for your help. and i would just make one simple comment. locking too many people up.
we are lacking ways to turn this around. is much more active, and there was an act 20 years ago that is actually working. much morealso about effective treatments, and we are learning more about that, and if we do not get at this issue, we are not going to be a one-two deal, in my view, with the causes of poverty. not just the drug use but also the poor communities. and with jessica and others on my team, i think we can make incredible progress, and i think on a nonpartisan basis. may be time for to more questions. >> thank you. i am also with the aarp.
ask the social security question, but i am just curious. there are problems with where social security is heading. if you take care of them right away, it will not be a catastrophe in a few years. yet, i think that is a place where you could start to optimize or build partnerships. what are your thoughts? said it really well, and i appreciate it, working with people. as i said earlier, i have been focusing on this. system, you subway grab it and you die. you have to grab it. if we do not, the company will go bankrupt. it is not a matter of ideology. it is a matter of math. that is why we need this, and the one i have been pushing, as you know, i am very frustrated
that we have not been able to make progress on it, but i will mention three things that could be done, and i will say this is the fourth. more means testing into social security and medicare. and specifically with regard to this, those who make over $170,000 per year, they may have to pay a little more. for dr. visits, but also for , for prescription drugs, and for those people who can those who have about $170,000 of income, and that, by impact onas enormous the social security trust fund,
the medicare trust fund, over time. it starts out small, but $60 billion in savings, and about $415 billion in savings, and if you do small things now, there are enormous impacts, and if you according to the congressional budget office, we are looking at another $10 trillion. this is in the next 10 years, then probably another 30, the most likely scenario, and then after that, it just goes off. there are some things that we can and should do, and this is in the president's budget. this is something that, frank lee, i have been promoting, and when i go to my democrat colleagues, they say they cannot touch anything on the entitlement side without raising taxes on the rich, and i say to them, wait a minute, this is raising taxes on the rich.
we are taxing them more. and they said, no, you cannot touch entitlements without taxing the rich. it makes no sense. there is no logic here. i think this is a small step but an important step, and we are looking at the second 10 years, and it is one that i have been out there promoting, sometimes to my political peril, because some have said that is not for social security. i want to save this program. i want it to be there for future generations, so i think that is a great example of what we're talking about, and that is number four this morning, about what we can have us we had just a little bipartisanship. good to see you.
>> as a former mayor, i recognize that the gridlock you talk about cannot take place -- you have to balance a budget also. collection have to balance a budget, but my point was, down in washington after september 11, i wanted to meet with cap art at the time, and obviously we he was thinking about politics at the time, and we went to washington, and it drastically changed, which you would not believe, especially after september 11, and i was kind of in awe. i was in the rayburn former office building, and i was kind of intrigued by it, and i had a chance to meet with him one-on-one. how often do you and the speaker of the house meet? inking that there were 70 challenges before us, and he said to me, mayor, we do not even talk to each other, and this was after the greatest crisis in the history of our
country, and i know you talk about leadership, but we had a republican president at the time , that was still the philosophy of washington, that we just do not talk to each other to solve problems. i would be interested in hearing from you, who do you work with in a bipartisan manner to solve some of these problems, to give you a sense of who you are as a leader. my sense is you are bipartisan, but can you talk to this issue? what you are doing on your side to try to change that? >> that is a great question. one thing i did not say is that almost all of these proposals have bipartisan roots, and as an example, we talked about regulatory reform. i have offered three bills in that area. al three of them passed, with 60 vote margin of we could get it before the senate. two of the three have passed the case,already, so in that
this is running down in arkansas, and it is on regulatory accountability. and this includes independent isncies, and the other related to where america has fallen to number 34 on the list in terms of how much harder and harder it is for america because of the federal government having so many rules. it puts accountability in the permitting process and assures that some of our liability is removed. bipartisangot a good group. there is claire mccaskill. we have also got legislation, as was mentioned, on second chance and on communities, so i do do a lot which is bipartisan, and i am very proud of that. i do not think we are going to solve our problems unless we make these things bipartisan. we have to find common ground. i have reached out to make some
concessions to the other side. you might remember as mayor, you do not get everything you want, and that is part of the solution. this is how you do it in your daily lives. jane will tell you. in our marriage, we figure things out. we do not always get our way. and with your dealings with that is all, and that is what we need desperately in this country. it is not that hard. yes, the local climate is more difficult today. the gridlock seems to be certainly ingrained with the washington politician line, but not too long ago, we were able to figure out how to do these do think a lot of republicans use him as an example of what they are looking for. well, ronald reagan used to say it is amazing what gets accomplished when you do not
care who gets the credit. i keep that on my desk, and i think that is a very deep thought, more profound than people initially think, because with washington and politics, who gets the credit, or who gets the blame, and it should be about how do you achieve the result. and then let's figure out how to get there. if we do that, i think america will do well. i think we have the education system and the people out there. people want to be able. we do not think it is going to happen now, and all washington needs to do is create that environment for success. washington does not create jobs. they should never try to do that. all she did should create an environment for success rather than an environment for failure, and there is an opportunity for us to take a new direction. let's embrace it. let's not throw in the towel and say this is the new normal.
going to be a voter have this american dream for these generations. let's say, yes, we always have, and any will require leadership. it will require finding that common ground. thank you all very much. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2014] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> the presence of the former chair, a fellow alum. >> i heard him say it was the best seven years of my life. we enjoyed it every year. seven years. district senator from 20 is also here, and i just want to thank him for being here. i have often said that you would go to the open end of the envelope. he is everywhere, and a great public servant, a great public
servant, and let me also thank the senator for finding time to be here today. obviously, there is a very serious issue, and we do not have enough serious lawmakers who think an awful lot about the problems, and then it goes a step further to say, i think we have some ideas. some of them are outside of the box. it may cause some criticism and arrows being directed to him, but he is willing to do that in order to move the country forward, to grow the economy so we have 4%, five percent growth annually, but the point is, we need people like the senator in the united states senate, so we are very fortunate to have him here today. leave ifsk before we we could have a moment of silence for james foley and his family, that they find strength in the coming days and months and years ahead, because as all of us know, our neighbor in rochester and a friend to many people, so with that, a moment
of silence for james foley and his family. [moment of silence] thank you very much for making this such a great success. we wish you a happy labor day. two i very much. -- thank you very much. [applause] >> a discussion on how voter id laws might affect the right to vote. racial innuendos are used in political campaigns. the mayor of lynn massachusetts talks about her cities challenges in de