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they are going to tell you that the greatest challenge facing american workers and families is income inequality. now folks, sometimes i think the greatest challenge we face economically because we will never be economy when we punish productivity and rewarde a responsibility -- your responsibility -- irrespo sibiulity. don't work too hard or too much we won't hurt you -- or we will hurt you. with obamacare we have people who run businesses whose goal is not to see how big they can grow it to make sure they can keep it small because they want to make sure employees don't work more
than 29 hours a week. think about how ridiculous it is to say stay small. that means, don't hire, don't expand the inventory don't put more stuff on the shelf, and fewer people have jobs. the unemployment rate is less than it was a lot of people that used to have one good paying full-time job member of work to full-time or part-time jobs -- now have to work two part-time jobs. that is not economic advancement, my friends. [applause] endorsement -- and congressman keene mentioned that i am an advocate of the fair tax. it is fair and family-friendly
and flat, and the only plan, a and well researched plan, that does something that more than ever we must do to save the great republic and that is get rid of the internal revenue service. end the irs. [applause] this week, the president said that his proposal is to start taxing people that stated for their kid's education. i am scratching my head. you took it to a new government sanity when he said that she told -- see it to a new level of insanity when he said he wants to give free college to everybody. does anybody else get the disconnect here?
will distribute somebody else's money and punish people that did not get a boat or a vacation home because they put that money in a savings account for their kids or grandkids to go to college while saying they want more people to vote in college. with the people that made sure. -- we punish the people that made sure. when they don't about the minimum wage -- when they talk about the minimum wage, why would you propose that americans that were hard wood best have a wage that would be called minimum. why are we not talking about getting people not to win minimum wage for a maximum wage? here is how this works. we need to get the minimum wage to $10, the ceo says it will close a half-million jobs but
say that is not the worst. can anyone live on $10 an hour? no. when people asked me if i support the minimum wage, i support something better than that, the maximum weight. that -- wage. and here is how it works. i asked him what he would like to make it our? -- an hour? let's find what jobs pay $50 an hour and get you train to take those jobs and instead of a minimum wage you will be making a maximum wage and we need to talk about how to get people who reach for the stars instead of diet for the floor. dive -- dive for the floor. [applause] if we really want to make some
sausage, one of the critical things is to redistribute our because the founders never intended that so much power would be centralized in washington in the federal government. i got your many people saying this -- do not hear many people saying this, but they like it and they want tuesday. -- to stay. washington, d.c. has become a moto. check in the -- roach. motel. people check in but they don't check out. [applause] washington would have been a king but he went too far. m. it is time to the leadership in this country and we say that if we have to limits for the executive branch, we need to
limits for the legislative branch so that you cannot stay in the congress a career -- and make congress a career. you will go, you will serve, and you will go back home and move under the laws that you pass for the rest of us. welcome to america. and by the way, i think we ought to have -- i know this will be controversial but i will stand and tell you why it will work. we determine limits not only for the -- need term limits for the judicial because no one to where a black -- ought to wear a black robe for the rest of their lives and believe they are unaccountable. [applause] let me say thank you for iowa because you had some judges that
the door you and you sent the home that that would ignore you and you sent them a home. we need to move the power to the states. the founders that only established it in the constitution, they were so afraid someone would mess it up that the edited 10th amendment saying that if there -- they added the 10th amendment saying that if there is not a power specifically of the constitution, it resides with the states. why is the federal government getting involved in an issue where there is no mention in the constitution education? there is no federal role in education. [applause] and instead of common core, we need to apply some common sense and a good dose of constitutional law and andend
it.some of you of her huckabee supports common. -- may have heard it that might huckabee supports common core. what common core might have been, it has worked into a -- awrped into a frankenstandard and anyone who tells you that i support common core is being dishonest. and that is ok. but the artist because i have written it 100 times -- be honest because i've have written it 100 times and him saying it to you. education is not a federal function, it is a local function. it should be the decision of mom and dad and not the government and your choice whether you want to homeschool, send to
government schools, or private schools. [applause] and i cannot say strongly enough that we need to return to that simple understanding that the constitution frames for us in the process of our government. i got into trouble was week, not for the first time -- this week, not for the first time. because i said that one branch of government does not reserve the other two -- usurp the other two. ninth-grade civics for those of you who took it. there are three branches of government and all are equal. one does not override the other. how many of you are unhappy when the president says i have a phone and a pen? well, i have a constitution, and
it says you cannot act independently. it is tough work, it is sausage making, but you have to go to the legislature and persuade the people to pass a law that you can sign and enforce and the drug. you if it -- the judge will tell you if it conforms to the constitution. and if the law does not conform to the constitution, it does not immediately be calm the law of the land -- become the law of the land because the court cannot make a law. they are the supreme court, not the supreme being. that means they are the highest court but they have to work in concert with the legislative and executive branches. that should not be hard. if you think i am pessimistic about america, i am not. i am optimistic. and it part of it is because
what i see happening in this room today. hundreds of people gathering to hear speaker after speaker and still having enough energy to put hands together and clap. [applause] [laughter] i find it amazing. what amazes me even more is the dedication that fellow americans have protect and preserve our freedom. [applause] last week, my wife and i were in the atlanta airport. were having a bowl of soup. a gentleman came up and not beside the table and gave me an artist -- knelt besides the table and give me an earnest look. he says that he wants to thank me. he says, i am a soldier. i am a green beret. and he says, a lot of my friends appreciate you standing up for us and speaking out for us. and i listened to him and i
said, young man, you cannot understand. -- do not understand. you should not be thanking me. i am thanking you. every breath of free air i enjoy is because of folks like you that put on the uniform and dodge bullets and bombs. i have not done anything. you are the one. [applause] i talk on television. it is not that hard. i have run for office, that is kind of hard. i have gone, that is really hard -- governed, that is really hard. what the men and women in uniform do every single day is not just hard. what they do is the impossible. if we all anyone our -- owe
anyone our profound thanks, it is not like me or the others that came on the stage. while i appreciate the applause and accolades, i want to tell you something. we need to all remember that the real american heroes are not politicians. they are the soldiers, sailors marines, the members of the coast guard, the members of the air force, will keep us free and keep this country the greatest land on doctors. -- god's earth. thank you and it is an honor to be with you tonight. [applause] >> you want more?
there are not any more. the is literally -- there is literally no one left. i am overwhelmed by green day and hope most of you -- by today and hope most of you are as well. this was an unprecedented event in iowa and the united states, there has never been an event with as many people speaking in one day. it is a testament to the iowa caucus and two steve king. -- to steve king. [applause] i am so honored to be standing here with him. i am going to do a couple of pieces of housekeeping. i want to thank everyone who came to spend the day with us, we could not have done it without you. i want you to take what you learned today and put it to us e. i want to thank the staff, they worked unbelievably hard.
julie, who is here somewhere. julie, you did an amazing job you when your team did an amazing job. the citizens united staff, the crew exemplify professionalism in putting something like this together. i am honored that the cosponsors helped us out. tom cole media, red state -- alcohol media, red state. thank you for supporting us. we look forward to seeing you again next year. maybe just before the caucus again. i want to say one last thing mike huckabee will be doing a book signing in the hallway. go out and turn right, he would love to have you come and visit
and have a chance to look at his new book "god, guns grits, and gravy." which i do not need any of what i love them. -- but i love them. >> i would reiterate the things that dave said. but put in more four dave. this does not happen without dave and his organizational ability. whatever i may do, he laid the schedule at and make sure we stay on it. the speakers came a long ways to deliver a message, most are coming back to iowa again and again and again. and so i asked you a question this morning from this stage and it was, you believe the next president will be speaking from the stage? my question is, do you believe the vice president did speak --
maxed president did speak from the stage? [applause] jubilee the next vice president spoke from the stage -- do you believe the next vice president spoke from the stage? what about the cabinet? is it a hard choice? it is a hard choice but you get to weigh in. let's take this seriously and get candidates there do and opened the doors -- their due and opened the doors. let's pull this together so that we can boldly country together. -- whole the country together. thank you very much. [applause]
rubio." stephanie says," there is no republican that will for the middle class -- work for the middle class." you will have another chance to see senator cruz at the event in iowa and other featured speakers tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern when we will re-air portions of the event on c-span. on tomorrow's "washington journal," we continue to look at the 2016 presidential race with steve and fergus. they will discuss potential gop candidates and how iowa and new hampshire factor into the process. then we will hear from a democratic strategist will discuss -- who will discuss
beehives these seems moves. -- the scenes moves. >> there are a few of the comments we have received on the state of the union address. >> i heard a lot of great things talking about science and nasa. as a scientist i can appreciate the president's position on expanding nasa's role. there are great people who do good science. it is exciting to look to the future. >> a couple of points i wanted to raise. i thought the rebuttal he gave to the republicans off the golf was really spectacular -- cuff was spectacular. i am happy to see that after 50 years of doing something the wrong way, we're opening up trade with a nation that has been important in the hemisphere
since the inception. but the same thing with foreign policy, we have been doing the same thing in afghanistan and iraq and the middle east as a whole and have been getting the same results. every 10 years be going away country and there is a repercussion -- we go into a country and there is a repercussion. and he said that he is using drones responsibly, and the idea that he has killed hundreds or thousands of people without congressional authority. christ a few things -- >> if you things about the state of the union address. i actually have to argue the opposite because they have said that unemployment has gone down, the economy is improving. i do not thin that is the case because people have to remember, with unemployment, you can only have your extension for so long and then you do not qualify, so when those people get dropped
they are no longer counted as unemployed. that is not really an indicator of the economy going up, it is just people falling through the crack's. if you look at it from thatperspective, the rate of unemployment is probably 10 point something percent higher than it is estimated at as far as the figures >> continue to let us know what you're thinking. call us, e-mail us, or send us a. during the c-span conversation. like us on facebook and follow us on twitter. christ c-span, created by cable companies and brought you as a public service. >> of the eye is the senior
republican on the federal communications commission and he is our guest. welcome. the debate on that neutrality is a moving target right now with hearings on the hill and the sec getting ready to do something. what has the debate work into it this point? >> first, thank you for having me on. you picked a good time. the agency is embroiled in high-profile issues. the net neutrality debate has morphed into a political football which is unfortunate because it obscures common ground, mainly that everyone believes in a free and open internet. and i embrace the internet freedoms the freedom to access lawful content, the freedom to
use applications of one's choice, the freedom to attach personal devices to networks, and the freedom to of transparency. -- have transparency. the question is how to embrace that is regulation? -- with regulation? i believe that the bipartisan system has served well, the clinton administration decided it would be a communications service and not telecommunications. it was the germans that recognized -- chairmen that recognized that the light touch was good for broadband deployment. i stand with those that realize that light touches the best way to go. we now stand poised to consider what is called title ii or common carrier regulations.
in my view, that kind of heavy-handed regulation would be a tremendous mistake for the american consumer. for one thing, it would impede investment and innovation. and you can compare america to europe to get a sense of that. secondly, it would disturb broadband deployment in some of the most employment areas, underserved and unserved areas. that is why you see rural advocates, minority advocates saying that title ii is not the best way to connect to digital opportunities. whatever the chairman proposes and me about 40 on, my dog will go back to a free and open internet that reflects the four freedoms. >> during the conversation is howard -- joining the conversation is how word.
>> it is basically a done deal, you see any way it will not happen? >> it is unclear as the chairman has not made a formal proposal and the devil will be of the details. the question is not just do we apply title ii, he says there is a quantum over for parents use considering a -- of forbearance the is considering applying as well. the announcement has led some to believe this is a foregone conclusion but i believe we are not a rubberstamp, we aren't independent agency. -- our and and -- are an independent agency. >> on these big issues, there is been dissent and they have had
little effect. do you anticipate having much effect on that neutrality? >> it depends on what the chairman's proposals are. i have been outspoken about title ii. but if they decided to retain the independence and chart a course different from the one the president suggests, there is a flexibility that we can take advantage of. >> president obama and his statements -- you talked about president obama and his statements. do you feel he went too far? >> i strongly believe it] that the independents is something that is prized and rightfully so. -- believe that the
independence is something that is prized and rightfully so. it is in flux and we make decisions based on a sober reflection of the facts in front of us and not political considerations. i think that is jeopardized the extent that you have an elected official not just suggesting a policy course but prescribing a particular legal course. the perception will be that we are just another political agency like a cabinet department. that will be truly long-term detriment of the agency, the industry, and the consumer regardless of the political affiliation. >> was this unprecedented? as is been an unprecedented move on the president's part?
can you think of another issue? >> without question. i looked for one and could not find one. >> would a light touch lead to litigation? if you just pick and choose certain aspects? >> it depends on the particulars but what we do know is that the title ii regulation will lead to litigation for a number of different reasons. number one from an administrative aspect, the administration has not see that the questions necessary to build record -- see all the questions necessary to build the record. there are questions about which to forbear from in the legal standard for granting it or not renting it. that -- not granting it. there are issues that have gone
unexplored from a legal perspective. the wireless industry, the wireless marketplace is competitive. if we were to apply title ii to the industry, there is a section of the communications act that prohibits the fcc from classifying private mobile services as title ii services. how do we get around that? there will be briefs in the courts of this country and it will create uncertainty that again will not be good for the advocates for net neutrality or the consumer. >> in meeting with the companies and interest groups, are you getting the sense that they are resigned to this light touch approach? >> i do not think so. there is some optimism that the agency will take an independent look at the question.
in addition to that, there are legislative efforts underway as we speak to cry and find a legislative solution. the -- ryan and find a legislative solution. when they struck down the attempt to regulate the internet management, i said instead of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, we should turn to congress and see if elected officials can make in th -- make a solution. we have leaders on the senate and house are going to come up with a solution that would work. i commend them for trying to engage in that process. i think that process is one of the agency would do well to give breathing room, to take a pause from the february vote since there is no emergency and that the process play out. >> is there a chance there could
be a pause? >> you would have to as the chairman. >> -- ask the chairman? >> do you think sharon wheeler is trying to force action -- share man the alert is trying to force action -- chauiirman wheeler is trying to force action from congress? >> you would have to ask him. >> when you talk to people outside the beltway, people that are not attorneys, there is a feeling you have to do something to protect the open internet. if you people do not understand -- a few people not understand title ii. you think that conservatives have lost the public battle on this are they doing an adequate job of communicating to the
public?what it is they want to do -- are they doing an adequate job of communicating it to the public what they want to do? >> i would argue that the issue has been miscast. i have said that net neutrality is a solution in search of a problem. i have yet to have anybody point out what the systemic failure is that requires the fcc to adopt title ii or any neutrality regulations. but me tell you -- let me tell you what i do hear from entrepreneurs and students all across this country. what they want is greater broadband competition. neutrality is a handy slogan, but when you dig under the surface, they want more choice.
that is what i have consistently advocated for the fcc to focus on instead of what i consider a distraction that will invite litigation. it removes barriers and allows companies to maintain -- not have to maintain our copper networks. it removes some of the legacy regulations that are holding rural broadband deployment back. there are all of these broadband policies we could be focusing on who bring greater competition for the american marketplace which would solve the problem. >> one more question, you are in the general's office before the sec. -- fcc.
do you see the title ii approach having major legal problems? you see it surviving appellate review? >> it is difficult to forecast in the absence of an order with reasons you can discuss and without knowing the particulars. but what i will say is that the extent that title ii is the solution and forbearance is a part of the equation, the litigation risk would be substantial. give you one example, only one iron the fcc would have to find that the broadband marketplace is so on competitive that net neutrality regulation are required. hundreds of forbearance, the fcc would -- in terms of forbearance, the sec would have to apply high standards. i do not know how i particular judge might view the attempt to thread the needle but it will have legal peril and that is
part of why i do not want to go down the path of greater litigation. and the timeframe, parents takes at least a year and longer to resolve. you have a briefing, oral arguments, report. we are not talking about a decision that will be over in february, we are talking about a process that will extend beyond the obama administration. >> you have mentioned the president and broadband, he has been talking about that. what is your position on cities developing broadband? >> a great question, and a timely one. my position is this. i have serious concerns on the sec's authority -- fcc's authority. if you take a look at the case law, it casts great doubt on the ability of the fcc to act
without a clear statement from congress. when i look at the landscape of section 706, it is difficult for me to see how they would have the authority. putting the policy question aside, for the sake of argument, say they have the authority. the question should be resolved at the state level. the municipal project runs out of funds, as some have, the state could be rough responsible for bailing out the project -- be held responsible for bailing out the project. if the state wants to do that, that is their prerogative. first and foremost, the legal question is the one i focus on. >> you interpret what the president has been advocating -- how do you interpret what the president has been advocating?
>> worst of all, it does not change -- first of all, it does not change what the law is. it is clear that the fcc has to show clearly and i do not see where that is. >> do you expect to do something more in reaction? >> this is one of the areas we are spraying into dangerous territory's -- spraying it into dangerous territory's -- straying into dangerous territories. i hope that they will make the appropriate judgment. >> i want to veer into auctions, that is a major issue with a major auction planned. the fcc will be looking at the
sale of tv spectrum for broadband. at the consumer electronics show, you called for a pause in work on the auction. there was a lot of question as to what they meant. what did you mean exactly? when you said there should be a pause? >> what i meant was that i think the time is right for the fcc to take stock and make sure we get the incentive auction right instead of trying to get it done right now. there are a couple of different reasons. first and foremost, we are in the middle of the spectrum auction in which wireless carriers have put up $44 billion in bids for mid-band spectrum. that is a great thing for treasury and helps to satisfy priorities but it needs to be very priorities we want to make
the auction a success will have to raise the capital. what i've heard is that for those people to do that at a sufficient level, they cannot turn around on a dime and raise the funds. give them time to write the balance sheets and give them a chance to bid, a pause would be salutary. it is good to reconsider the decisions in terms of structuring these auction. thus far, this auction, unlike previous auctions, have been run in a partisan manner. we should learn from the 83 auction, open eligibility to allow anybody to bed, keeping the rules simple -- bid keeping the rules simple, and to make sure that everything is
transparent so all bidders can understand. that process will take a while to sort out. >> the auction starts in 2016, maybe a year from now. do you see an incentive auction in 2016? >> i am not sure what the specific date will be, but my goal is simple. i want to have a successful incentive auction that respects the spectrum auction of 2012 treats stakeholders fairly, and meets the priorities that congress set for us. and i think that for us to be able to do that, we need to step away from the very complex structure that has been set up and take a fresh look at some of these questions. >> again it will take longer for it would be difficult to see an auction in 2016 right?
>> there are a lot of moving parts, no question about it. some of the proposals that have been keyed have been very complex. the common deadline was recently extended in part because of recognition. there is legislation in the d c circuit that has to be resolved and if we do not settle that, the good portion timeline farther. -- could push the timeline farther. >> what is your beef with netflix? [laughter] >> i am a subscriber to netflix and i enjoy it, but putting on my commissioner's hat one of the meetings last year was that netflix had taken action to undermine the development of standards for streaming video. netflix had encrypted traffic that would frustrate the operation of the open caching
software. i wanted to give netflix a chance to respond so i sent them a letter. initially our discussions were productive. i met with them and read the letter they submitted. during the meeting, they promise to submit information that they were not encrypting in a way that would give them competitive advantage over rivals and it was not intended to undermine open video standards. so we waited and we waited and the information never came. so we ask him again, would you agree to abide by the promise? and they said no, our response is our response. the reason that i like this issue is not because i believe regulation in this area is necessary, but when a company comes to t and demands public utility regulation in the name of openness but at the same
time is trying to secure a competitive advantage over rivals by undermining open video standards, i think that nobody needs to be called to account. that is the heart of the dispute with netflix. courts with netflix, amazon, hu -- >> with netflix amazon, hulu the way we receive television is changing. how is that going to affect how they regulate? >> that is a fascinating question. having grown up in the era of three broadcast channels, i did not have cable and satellite, it is stunning as a consumer to see how things have progressed of light. -- of late. you have netflix and other companies bring innovative things, hbo and dish and others
have announced top offerings. you do is producing -- youtube is producing its own halftime show for the super bowl. in light of the innovation and diversity of programming that we see, it seems that the burden is on those who would want to impose the legacy video regulation of some of these innovative players. the threshold should be higher than normally. to the extent that the commissioner has heard questions , we approach it with an open mind but my presumption would be to allow the marketplace to thrive and the viewers to benefit. >> what you'd be helpful to rewrite the telecom act -- would it be helpful to rewrite the telecom act? >> it would be useful to recognize that convergence is a
reality. companies are competing to provide the same service. it would give the fcc the flexibility to recognize when statutory and regulatory requirements have outlived usefulness. quite a bit of effort is that to make sure -- is spent to make sure when to apply regulation that reflects the marketplace and that harms the industry that is meant to serve the consumer's. we are introducing an innovative service and that is not something the agency wants to. we need statutory flexibility to modernize regulations. >> i wanted to ask about life at the fcc. we have seen what some say is a historically large number of 3-2 partyline votes. why can't you guys get along? [laughter] >> there is no doubt that the
trend is troubling. as having -- having served as the commissioner and a stuff for under five chairman, i can say that it is unprecedented. there is not a spirit of collaboration and consensus as there has been. there have been more 3-2 partyline votes in the past year to the previous decade combined. that is not a good thing for the agency and ultimately for the american public. it is difficult to pinpoint what the cause is but what i can tell you is that there were cases where the republican commissioner make a suggestion and be told no, that is a redline and we will not cross. and then when a democratic commissioner makes the same suggestion, it is accepted, no questions asked. that is not the way it should
be. a good idea does not have party affiliation. in december, we adopted a proposal on the incentive options. of the 11 proposals i made that were rejected, one was to extend the deadline to give parties a chance to digest. i was told no. in the quiet of the consumer electronics show in january, i found out that the agency did what i had asked. that does not speak well of the agency when we end up shutting out certain commissioners along party lines. the use of delegated aut to bypass authority is an unfortunate thing. when there is a serious and substantive policy debate, the five commissioners have been nominated and confirmed should -- who have been nominated and
confirmed should be on the record. to the extent we are denied that opportunity, it is not just to the detriment of the republican commissioners, the democrats want to have a say as well. at the end of the day, i believe that a consensus product is a better product, more likely to stand up in court, or likely to have political legitimacy and stand the test of time. that is what i will carry into the future. >> one follow-up question, it sounds like you feel that problems come from the chairman's office. do you see anything the republicans have done that the runways that you could make the process smoother as well? some say that the republicans are too quick to vote no on things and that is why you're
not getting -- you have a smile but i feel i have to ask you that question. >> ice while in part because the historic complaint about minority commissioners is that they did not vote fast enough or at all. if you look historically, i have consistently made it a priority to vote early on items, sometimes before my colleagues. that is because i do not think it is be bottled for years on end as has been the case -- issues could be bottled for years on end as has been the case. what you will find is that, more often than not, i have constructive proposal on the table that would allow us to all claim victory, who all have a role in shaping the final product, to make it better, more litigation proof.
it was rejected for what i consider arbitrary political reasons. i was for a public for a long time about the proposal i had on the table which would've had bipartisan support. i was told the proposal would not be considered. working within the preferred framework, here are some suggestions i had. a lot of those were declared redlines, even though the chairman comminuted democratic requests -- accommodated democratic requests that were identical. i will never stop being creative and innovative and constructive proposals on the table -- senior creative and innovative and constructive proposals on the table. communication issues are not political issues. that is the spirit in which i embrace the job. >> february 5, the fcc receives the chairman hans's more on net
neutrality. net neu -- thank you. >> c-span, created by america's cable companies 35 years ago and brought to as a public service. >> andrew keen, on how the public is being used by internet companies for profit. >> in the industrial age, people went to work in factories. they were paid for their labor they were nine through five, and they went home and did what they want. today we are all working in these factories, like google and facebook, we are unpaid labor. we are not rewarded, it is not a knowledge that we are creating the value -- acknowledged that
we are creating value. we are being himself as the product because what these companies are doing is learning more about us from our behavior up from our photographs: from what we buy. they are learning about us, creating this panopticon. they are repackaging us as the product. not only are we working for free, then we are being sold, so what is the ultimate scam. -- it is the ultimate scam. >> sunday on "q&a." >> president barack obama talks about jobs and the economy and discusses strategies to strengthen the middle class. so the early summer cap -- senator lisa has the republican
response. she don't about the xl pipeline -- talks about the xl pipeline. >> in the state of the union address, i talked about making sure that middle-class america gets ahead. after 12 years, the economy is creating -- tough years, the economy is creating jobs. the deficit is treating an energy production is booming -- flanking and energy production is booming. now we have to choose what we want the future to look like. will we accept our economy in which a few new spectacular or what we commit ourselves -- will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates opportunity for everyone?
i think the choice is clear. thanks to the recovery, the economy is more lives. wages are rising. let's restore the link between artwork an opportunity for every american -- hard work and opportunity for every american. the idea that the country does best when everyone gets a fair shot and placed by the same rules. middle class economics health workers feel secure, makes it easier to afford childcare, a home, and retirement. middle class economics means allowing americans to upgrade skills through programs like apprenticeships and community college so we can continue to earn. middle class economics means building the most competitive economy in the world by building the best infrastructure, opening
markets and investing in research so that businesses keep creating new jobs right here. we can keep doing these things like closing loopholes in our tax code that stacked the deck's for special interests and the superrich and against responsible companies and the middle class. this is where we have to go if we are going to succeed. are those in congress that disagree with the approach and i look forward to hearing their ideas. but what we cannot do is simply pretend that things like child care or college or not important or there is nothing we can do -- all not important or there is nothing we can do. we have made it through hard times but we have laid a new foundation. we have a future and i'm eager to get to work. thanks everybody. >> i am senator lisa murkowski
of alaska. this past week, president obama laid out his plans for america. as a part of his speech, he called on congress to pass an infrastructure bill that would create jobs and make the nation stronger for decades to come. i welcome that message and the fact is, we have already started . for two weeks, the senate has been working hard on a bill to approve the queue stone accell -- keystone xl pipeline. this would create thousands of jobs, kerrycarry oil in the safest way, and keep energy affordable. after more than 200 days of presidential indecision, it is important to act. the world is watching to see if the united states will lead as a energy superpower.
i believe we are ready for that role and our leadership can start with the approval of keystone xl. the republican congress has only been in office a few weeks but already we have made strides to make congress function again and get washington back to work. we are fulfilling the promises made in the recent elections considering legislation in an open and transparent matter with both republicans and democrats offering ideas. here is an interesting fact. more amendments reported on in the senate this past week than were voted on during all of 2014. our approach is one that allows members from both parties and restate the chance to have their voices heard. once congress approves the keystone pipeline, we will have an opportunity to put forth an additional energy solutions that
will grow our economy and help hard-working americans. they're focusing on energy as it is vital to our prosperity and a strategic assets that we can use to assist our allies and trading partners. it is in our interest to continue making our energy abundant affordable, clean, endeavors, and secure. i'm confident we can reach those goals by strengthening our supply modernizing infrastructure, supporting energy efficiency, and ensuring federal accountability. as chairman, i will do my best to ensure the senate approves broad energy legislation this year. the last time that happened was that in 2007. that was a time of scarcity. america is producing were energy than ever before. we have seen firsthand the americans applied matters to global prices.
only question now is whether we are going to take the steps necessary to keep energy affordable. we can start by looking to alaska. had tremendous amount of oil just waiting to be produced. we have prolific resources in our reserves and offshore. if we unlock just a fraction of the non-wilderness portion, we could bring about a huge range of economic benefits. some may consider this controversial, but it is not. it is time that we embrace the opportunities before us. republicans have a positive agenda that will help to eight jobs, keep energy affordable and increase our security. over the next two years, it is our hope that president obama would be a partner in our efforts and he will start by finally probing -- approving the keystone pipeline. thanks for listening.
>> on "newsmakers" representative jeb hensarling. it talks about president obama's tax proposals and other financial issues congress is likely to consider. watch an interview tomorrow on c-span. now some of the speakers from the iowa freedom summit posted by steve king and citizens united. republican party leaders and potential 2016 candidate spoke come including dr. ben carson, donald trump scott walker, newt gingrich, tedovernor rick perry, and sarah palin. we begin with. or carson -- with dr. carson. [cheers and applause]
>> thank you very much. thank you. thank you so much. kandi and i are delighted to be here. can is out there somewhere. i always feel so welcome when i come to iowa. they're so many people here who actually have common sense. [laughter] that is not something that is ubiquitous throughout our land. a lot of things i could talk about in my 20 minutes. i will obviously not cover all of them and someone will say you didn't cover -- look, 20 minutes is a finite time. i want to talk about education. it made a difference in my life. it is the great divide in our country. anybody who gets a good
education can write their own ticket. it doesn't matter what their ethnicity or background is. we have to start emphasizing that concept. the can-do attitude that helped america to propel its self to the pinnacle so fast. i was a terrible student. i was one of those people known as the safety net. no one had to worry about getting the lowest mark on a test as long as i was there. i took care of that. [laughter] i tried to act like it didn't bother me when they laughed and called me dummy, but it did. not enough to make me study, but it did bother me. [laughter] i was still going home playing basketball, baseball, football. my mother, who is the hero in my life, she was one of two dozen children. she got married at age 13.
she and my father moved from rual tennessee to detroit. -- rural tennessee to detroit. she was a factory worker. she discovered he was a bigamist. she had a third grade education and tried to raise two young sons by herself. the interesting thing about my mother, she never became a victim. she never felt cipher herself. that is a good thing. the problem is she never felt sorry for us either. [laughter] there is never any excuse we could give that was good enough. she would always say, do you have a brain? if the answer was yes, you could have thought your way out of it. i asked that same question of us in america. do we have a brain? do we have the ability to think logically to solve the multiple problems we have? my mother asks god to give her
wisdom. what could she do? the wonderful thing about god is you don't have to have a phd to talk to him. you just need faith. [applause] he gave her the wisdom, at least to her opinion. my brother and i didn't think it was wise at all. turning off the tv and making us read the books. what kind of wisdom is that? as far as we were concerned it was child abuse. [laughter] and then we had to admit to her a written report. iowa freedom summit written -- two written book reports per week. which she could not read, but we did not know that. [laughter] i was not a happy camper. you had to do it. back in those days you did but -- what your parents told you.ial psychologist
saying to let the kid express themselves. [applause] don't you find it interesting today how the government tries to insert itself into everything? they want to tell you how to take care of your children, what you should feed them, how you should discipline them. everything about them. i would be happy to accept advice from the government if they were doing everything perfectly. it seems they cannot even run their own house, how are they going to run your house? this is a problem. [applause] at any rate, i was reading the books. interestingly i started reading about people of great accomplishment. i noticed something they had in common.
that vision and willingness to work hard. i began to understand the person who has the most to do with what happens to you in life is you. it is not someone else, not the environment. at that point i stopped listening to the naysayers. the people saying the system is stacked against you. i didn't have time for them. i was going to use that time to look at all of the incredible opportunities that existed for a young man in inner-city detroit. there a lot of things, but you had to do them. they did not fall into your lap. it made a big difference. i started reading. in a year and a half i went from the bottom of the class to the top of the class, much to the consternation of all those people who used to calmly dumb who were now coming to me asking how to work this problem. i said, youngster, sit right down -- i was perhaps a little obnoxious. [laughter]
but it sure felt good to say that to the turkeys. [laughter] you think about the human brain and what is capable of. we need to start putting more emphasis on that. we need to look at ways that we educate our populace. we look at all of the failed inner-city schools, and yet in the same inner cities you see private schools, charter schools, our schools where people are doing great, high graduation rates, college particular nation rates. -- college graduation rates. why are we trying to get rid of the things that don't work? [applause] that is the problem, a big problem. special interest groups. there should only be one special interest group.
the people of the united states of america. once we understand that, once we understand that we can do so much better. it was interesting that when alexis to tocqueville came to the united states to study they were fascinated on why were doing so well. in the end he concluded that america is great because america is good. if america ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great. he was right on target. as we began to throw away all of our values and all of our principles, and we forget who we are, we will go from being great to being nothing. we have to to fight that. [applause] one of the other issues i want to touch on, immigration. you know, we have laws in place, common sense works great.
we already have laws to demonstrating how a person becomes an american citizen. it has to be done by congress. not by the president. not by the supreme court. [applause] do we have an illegal immigration problem? >> yes. >> can we fix it? >> yes. >> of course we can. you have to realize there wouldn't be people coming here if there was not a magnet drawing them in there. you have to reverse the polarity of the magnet. get rid of the things drawing them in. including employment. if you employ someone who is
illegal, instead of getting a pass from the government you should get a criminal activity on your record, because it is a crime. [applause] you have to seal the border. do we have the ability to seal the border? >> yes. >> of course we do. we just don't have the will. i think whoever wins in 2016 i'm pretty sure it will be a republican, i think they should make it their goal to seal the border within one year. [applause] these are common sense kinds of things. where is compassion, you say? there are millions of people
here illegally. who have to hide in the shadows. i don't think they should have to hide in the shadows. we look to the north of us and we see canada. they have a well formulated guest worker program. people get registered appropriately. they come, work, pay taxes, low -- they go back home as they please. no one has to hide in the shadows. we can do something like that with stipulations. we should not offer jobs unless americans will not take them. number one. [applause] number two, in order to get a guest worker permit, you have to apply outside of america. [applause] you can not be here. you should not get an advantage for breaking the law. [applause]
it still allows people -- they can easily go and do that. they probably have an advantage because they know people who want to employ them. they may have established a good work record. that person can offer them a job and they can come in, take it, and pay taxes like everyone else. until we can learn to think that way we will not win this argument. when we do it by the law, we integrate compassion, but we use our common sense. that is what will make america work. what about the waste and fraud? there is a lot of waste and fraud. i will give you an example. medicaid. we spent $400 billion a year on medicaid.
a quarter of americans benefit from medicaid. a quarter of a million of americans are 80 million americans. do the math. $5,000 per medicaid recipient. you have heard of concierge practices. the boutique practices for people who are well off. they average 2000 to $3000 year. we could have boutique practices for these people if we didn't waste so much money. think about what i'm talking about. i am talking about a revamping of the system. it is imperative that republicans embrace a simple effective system that puts people and their health care providers in charge of the health care bringing the health care system into the free market
system. that is what controls price and quality. we do not need the government controlling health care. [applause] that is why i have been such an opposer of obamacare. even if it worked i would oppose it. it doesn't. why would i oppose it? because i do not believe in taking the most important thing a person has, and their health and health care, and putting it in the hands of the government. if they have control of the most important thing you have it is not long before they control your whole life, and that fundamentally changes america. [applause] i'm a big believer in waste not want not.
i remember my mother working two or three jobs at a time. she did not want to be on welfare. she only had a third grade education, but she noticed most people who went on welfare never came off so she did not want to go on in the first place. she struggled, worked hard, and occasionally accepted assistance. she was creative. she would go to goodwell and buy a pair of pants with a big hole. this is back when that wasn't fashionable. [laughter] buy a couple of patches. people would say, where did you get those jeans. she would go out and take us out to the country. she would ask farmers if they could pick pick bushels of apples and corn. three for you one for us.
really good stretch money. she understood the value of money. if my mother was in the secretary treasury, we would not be in a deficit. [applause] a big part of our problem is that the government is too big. they're wasteful. they don't care what they do with our money. i remember once i was doing a consulting job for the government. in terms of my fee, they said charge anything you want. anything you want, it doesn't matter. i imagine this goes on all the time, and it is problematic. in 2010 if you take the income
of everyone who makes middle-class and above, it is a lot of money. the federal budget that year was $3.5 trillion. 60% of everything the middle class and above makes, just to run the federal government. who thinks that is fair? i don't see a single hand. that is absurd. that means the government is too big. there is one well-known politician who says you cannot cut one penny or it will be a disaster. anyone know who that was? nancy pelosi. that is crazy. my suggestion, is that we cut down the size of the government by attrition. thousands of government employees retire every year.
don't replace them. do that for four or five years and you have the government down to a reasonable size and people have real jobs and are not stumbling over each other doing the same thing. then they do not have time to stick their noses in everyone's business. [applause] then, this national debt, $18 trillion and rising at a rate of $500 million a day, think about that. that is ridiculous. it is compromising the quality of life for everyone who comes after us. that is what i'm concerned about. my whole career has been spent trying to preserve life syria to enhance the lives of children. -- to preserve life, to enhance the lives of children. i look out and i see this monster called the national debt threatening the life and quality of those coming behind us. i hope none of us is able to sit down and watch that happen. we will have to deal with it through economic development. we will never cut our way out of it, but that means we do have to
cut down on the size of the government, and the federal government, use our natural resources. god bless this country with an enormous natural resources. we are the number one producer of oil. the federal government has no business owning all of this land. it is crazy. [applause] all of the natural gas we have. we have the ability to liquefy natural gas meaning we can export it. we had these archaic energy exportation rules that date back to the 1970's. we need to update those and use those energy resources to enhance our economic position and to pay down our debt and
also to put putin back in his little box. [applause] what my life has been surrounded -- taking care of children. that drives a lot of what i do. no one should ever be surprised to know that i am pro life. if i spent so many hours trying to save people's lives, why would i be in favor of people of obliterating people's lives? [applause] in closing, we today enjoy our freedom because there were those who proceeded us who are brave.
they were not afraid. we have to have courage in this country. we cannot allow the progressives to shut us up through political correctness and through all the things they do. [applause] if they want to act like third graders and call us names, the fact of the matter is we have a job to do. we need to realize that freedom is not free. you have to fight for freedom every single day. the next time you saying our national anthem and you are looking at the flag, and you get to the end of the first stanza and it says the land of the free and the home of the brave, please remember that it is impossible to be free if you are not brave. thank you. god bless. [applause]
president? >> still considering it carefully. i have a surgical personality which means you have to dot all the i's across all the t's. we are in the process of doing all those things as he listened carefully to the people. >> dr. carson, what is your stance on [indiscernible] >> i don't think that we need to dichotomized when it comes to fuel and energy in this country. we have reached the point where you have one camp that says we can use our fossil fuels and another that says it has to be green energy. guess what? we have a brain. we can multitask. we can do both at the same time. >> dr. carson immigration may
play a role. where do you stand? >> i'm a profound advocate of good education. look at where is the evidence pointing? the evidence shows that education that is closest to home, local education, seems to be the most effective education. i would tend to be much more in favor of education that is controlled at a state level and by local been disabilities and in what -- local municipalities and in which parents have a saying of what is happening with their children's educations. >> [indiscernible] >> that paper bears as much
resemblance as our views on afghanistan did years ago. things change. >> [indiscernible] >> a lot of things have changed since then. may think that shows you is new to me. anyone who is a thinking person who is looking at things as they evolve will also involve those opinions. -- will also evolve those opinions. >> what do you think of doctors or women who obtain abortions? do you think there should be fin es? >> i really don't want to get into that. i would rather talk about how to purge a culture of life in -- i would rather talk about how to
encourage a culture of life. that is what we are going to have to do if we're going to solve that issue. >> you do not think abortion should be criminalized? moral persuasion? >> we need to concentrate on how to promote a culture of life. that is what we need to do. >> [indiscernible] >> i have no idea. it doesn't matter. we are two years away from the election. it doesn't matter who the front runner is. >> are you considering making gay marriage legal across this country? if you do run, with this be an important issue? what do you recommend? >> i think people need to stand up for what they believe in obviously. you will need to elect people as the representatives who believe
the same way that they believe. that is the way our country was designed, as a representative type government. anytime the people don't like what is going on, they had to elect the right kind of representatives. this is a touchy issue. in 32 states, the people did in fact decide that marriage is between a man and a woman. a few judges come along and say you people do not know what you are talking about. he will change it to whatever we want. that was not the intent of the way our country was set up. there is a possibility if you get the right number of people who believe that way that you can overturn the judges orders. but again, the thing that we have to remember is that we are
a country that abides by the rule of law. whatever the law is, we have to uphold it. we cannot pick and choose the laws that we want to uphold based on our are still feelings. >> there are unconstitutional laws. >> such as? >> maybe the states were wrong in their gay marriage bands. -- bans. is equal marriage a civil right? >> what you have to remember is we, as citizens, have the right and responsibility to get involved and advocate for our positions. that means we have to put our representatives in the house and in the senate in place who agree with the way that we do things. that is appropriate way to do
things. civil disobedience is not the appropriate way. >> [indiscernible] >> it is certainly not the way i feel. i don't think it is over. i don't hear the fat lady singing. i think we need to continue to stand up or what we believe. part of the problem as you know is political correctness keeps people from discussing issues. that is the purpose of it. keep you from engaging in eight discussion while you slowly change the fabric of the country in the direction that you want to go in. that is what the progressives have done. this is one excellent example of that. what we have got to do is get people to stand up for what they
believe in. i believe in justice and fairness for everybody. i don't care what people's sexual orientation is. if two adults want to be together, i'm not going to stop them. if they want to have a legal contract so they could share property and have visitation rights, i don't have a problem with that. what i have a problem with is when people try to force people to act against their beliefs. because they say they are discriminating against me. they could go right down the street and buy a cake, but no, let's bring a suit against them because i want them to make my take -- cake. we need to get to a place where we can be tolerant. you cannot expect people on the right to be tolerant while people on the left are totally
intolerant. we need to get back to a state of fairness, liberty, and justice for all. >> one more question. >> what would that look like? are you a proponent of [indiscernible] >> we have wonderful technology. drones, all kinds of electronics. sensing devices. we could do it if we wanted to. it doesn't necessarily just involve fencing to do it. you look at some of our great secure areas around the country. how did they secure those areas? you could use those same kinds of technology to secure the borders. again, an excellent place to use technology as opposed to -- even on the oceans, we have
monitoring and abilities that will allow -- one of the reasons it is so important, a lot of people focus on people from central and south america. i'm much more concerned about isis and other terrorist groups who would love to come through our borders anyway they can get here and we cap take upon our nation. this is a matter of national security. there is some degree of urgency to it. thank you. >> the iowa freedom summit also heard from real estate developer donald trump. this is about 25 minutes. [applause] >> thank you. wow.
thank you so much. that is so nice. isn't he a great guy. he doesn't get a fair press. it is not fair. i'm here. i have great respect for steve king. [applause] i respect likely citizens united and david and everyone and tremendous respect for the tea party. [applause] also, the people of iowa. they have something in common. hard-working people. they want to make the country great. i love the people of iowa. that is the way it is. very simple. with that said, our country is headed in the wrong direction with the president who is doing an absolutely terrible job. the world is collapsing around us.
many of the problems we have caused. the president is either grossly incompetent, a word more people are using, and i think i was the first to use it, or he has a different agenda than you want to know about -- which could be possible. in any event, washington is broken. our country is in serious trouble and total disarray. very simple. politicians are all talk and no action. they are all talk and no action. it is constant. it never ends. ima conservatives, very -- i'm a conservative, and i am a republican. i'm disappointed by our republican politicians. [applause] they let the president get away with absolute murder.
we're going to do this. nothing happens. look at obamacare, a total catastrophe. it kicks in in 2016 and it will be a disaster. people are closing shops. doctors are quitting the business. i have a friend who was a doctor and he says he has more accountants than patients. he needs that because it is complicated and terrible. he has never had that before. he will close his business. he was very successful. it is happening more and more. look at obamacare. obamacare has a $5 million website. i have many websites. they are all over the place. but for $10. ok? [laughter] [applause] now, everything about obamacare was a lie. it was a filthy lie. [applause] when you think about it, are
they prosecuted? does anyone do anything? what are the republican politicians doing about it? about the dock there's. -- he lied about the doctors. he lied about every aspect. you can keep your plan. i don't even say it anymore. everyone goes location location. you have heard this about obamacare. it is disgraceful. a big, fat, horrible lie. deductibles are going through the roof. unless you are hit by an army tank you will not get coverage. people had plans of they loved and now they don't have them anymore. it is a real, real disaster. someone has to repeal and replace obamacare. they have to do it fast and not just talk about it. now, we have to build a fence. it has to be a beauty.
who could build better than trump? i built. -- i dbuild. i build nice buildings. i build nice fences. fences are easy. [laughter] i saw the other day on television people walking across the border. walking. the military is holding guns and people are walking right in front. it is so terrible. it is so unfair. so incompetent. we don't have the best coming in. we have people who are terminals. we have people who are crooks. you could have terrorists. you can have islamic terrorists. you can have anything coming across the border. we don't do anything about it. i would say if i run and if i win, i would certainly start by building a powerful border. [applause]
again, politicians talk about it without doing anything. benghazi. benghazi. benghazi. everything is benghazi. what happens? nothing. irs, e-mails, i get sued all the time. it is hard for person who is successful. i have done many deals. most of them have been successful. you will see that when i file my statements. you will be very proud. okay? [laughter] i have said very strongly it is hard for someone who has done tremendous numbers of deals to run for the lyrical office. -- political office. any office, not just president. you have beaten so many people and created -- obama, what did he do? no deal. he did one deal. a house. if you did that house, you would be in jail. [applause]
he got away with murder. thousands of irs e-mails were lost. if you are in my world, you would know that e-mails cannot be lost. they cannot be lost. why are our politicians not finding out where the e-mails are? [applause] they talk about executive orders and immigration. they talk about stopping it at the border. believe me, if i did something you would have a border. then you have a president who does an executive order. no one even heard of an executive order. he does it to let people come in and no one does anything about executive orders. why didn't they go to court and ask for a declaratory judgment? when you know some is going
after you and it is in writing -- he's been saying, i will approve this and that. why didn't our republicans get a declaratory judgment? from the courts? good start the process six months earlier. instead they havea weak lawsuit -- have a weak lawsuit by the time it is finished in eight years everyone will forget and we will be in a different mode. and our country will be further destroyed. we have to do something. jobs, china, i have made so much money fighting against the chinese. one of my best deals was against the chinese and they respect me for it. i know that. -- i know them. they say, we cannot believe what we are getting away with. we can't believe how stupid your leaders are. they told me that. they don't know i will make a speech, but why not. [laughter] they tell me that.
are the folks who sell so much goods, the goods you sell are incredible. i don't know if you know what is happening with the devaluation of so many countries. china is going crazy with devaluation. i never thought they would have the guts what they are doing. they are devaluing down to nothing. that will make it impossible for you to sell your product. it will make it impossible for you to compete. they are getting away with it. they would not have done it two years ago, but now they feel we are so weak as so many different problems they can do it. you watch this devaluation of all of it. the euro. china, mexico, everyone is devaluing. when you hear the dollar is getting stronger it sounds good. be very careful. the very careful. we will lose more and more business to foreign countries who know what they are doing. they have it set. don't forget china became the number one economic power a year ago.
that was unthinkable. to think that would happen. it was unthinkable. it happened and it is very sad. we spent $2 trillion in your rack. -- in iraq. we got nothing. they don't even care until they started getting their ask kicked -- their ass kicked and then they asked. and then they got isis. isis took over the oil. for those of you who know and love donald trump -- and there are some of you. [cheers and applause] have i been saying for years keep the oil. now isis has the oil. the stuff that isis doesn't have, iran will take. i walked on the streets of new york and i see so many wounded warriors.
we have to help those people. our veterans. our military. we have to build our military. we have to do it fast. [applause] we have incompetent people. they put people in charge that have no clue what they are doing. it needs money. we have to make our country rich so we can save social security. i will probably be the only republican that does not want to cut social security. i want to make the country rich so social security can be afforded. get rid of the waste and fraud but you deserve your social security. you have been paying your social security. [applause] i like congressman ryan and the people talking about cutting social security. the democrats are eating your lunch on this issue.
you have to make the country rich and strong so you can afford it, and so you can afford military, and all of the other things. we have a game changer, nuclear weapons. we have to get strong fast. we cannot let iran get a nuclear weapon. we can't do it. [applause] we cannot let that happen. in the old days i would have said, 100, 50, 30 years ago, pull out and let them fight each other. we are in syria. we're fighting isis, but isis wants to overturn the government. let them fight and take out the one that remains. okay? [laughter] think of it. think of it. isis is fighting them and we are bombing them, but we want syria to fall. there are so many things. the one game changer we have to be careful with, that we never
had to think about too much before other than a certain number of years ago is the nuclear. it is not just soldiers in uniforms shooting rifles. you can take out the east coast of this country, large sections of the midwest, things that were unthinkable. the power. we have to be in a position where that never, ever, ever ever happens. we have never had this before. [applause] we are spending a tremendous amount of money in afghanistan trying to do the right thing. we have leadership -- no leadership respects us. leadership of other places never respect stupid people. okay? that is one thing you will find. the same thing is happening
there. i never knew that afghanistan has tremendous wealth and minerals. different. not oil, but minerals. we are fighting here. on the other side of the mountain, china is taking out all of the minerals. they are taking it out. trillions of dollars and billions of dollars of minerals. we are fighting here, and they are taking it out, looking at us and saying, thank you very much sucker. it is very crazy. we have to quickly rebuild our infrastructure. if we do not, the other day in ohio a bridge collapsed. bridges are collapsing all over the country. the reports on bridges and the like are unbelievable. what is happening with our infrastructure? i go to saudi arabia, dubai, i am doing big jobs in dubai.
i go to various places. i go to china. they are building bridges on every corner. they are building the most incredible things you have ever seen. they are building airports in qatar. they like to say "cutter," but i say "cut-tar." they are building an airport the likes of which you have never seen. in dubai, an airport the likes of which you have never seen. then i come back to laguardia where the runways have potholes. the place is falling apart. in the main terminal, to have a floor so old it is falling apart. they have a hole in it, and they replace it with asphalt. you -- i just left dubai where they have the most incredible thing. my pilot said this is an honor.
i said, it is not an honor, they are smart. you look at lax, kennedy airport, and our airports generally. you look at our crumbling roadways. look at all of the things. i will give you an example. this is not part of what i was going to say, but i ride down the highways and someone makes the guard rails. the ones that go like this. they are bent, rested, and -- rusted, and horrible. have you ever seen more than 20 feet that is not corroded, event, or crushes in the heat. they of the doing this for 25 -- they had been selling this for 25 years. why doesn't someone stop them and get something that works? someone made a lot of money on that. they don't know what is happening. we have to make our country great. we have to rebuild our country. we have a long way to go. we are in such serious trouble
because we know so much money. we know it to the chinese. -- we owe it to the chinese. we owe it to other countries. no american company comes to bid. north korea. when they have a problem we go and protect them. what are we doing? why aren't they paying us? i ordered thousands and thousands of sets. in this case, television from south korea. why aren't they doing something to justify what is going on? we have a very important election coming up. we have a presidential election. we have good people. nobody like trump, of course.
but these are minor details. [laughter] we have some good people. they cannot be mitt. mitt ran and fell. [applause] i liked him. look like him dislike him the romney care. that doesn't work. more importantly, he choked. something happened. let me tell you something -- that election, and like a dealmaker who cannot close the deal, i know many of those guys. ora a golfer who cannot sing a tournament. -- sink a tournament. i think beating obama would have
been an easier one than the one that is coming up. sad to say, but true. you cannot have romney. he choked. the last thing we need is another bush. i made that statement strongly. i will be accused of -- but i said it. i mean it. the last thing we need is another bush. is in favor of -- it's bad. he is very weak on immigration. bremer his statement? they come for love? -- remember his statement?
they come for love. what? they're coming for love? they are coming for a lot of reasons, but it is not love. [laughter] and when he runs, you got to remember his brother gave us obama. i was never a big fan. abraham lincoln coming back from the deck could've won the election because it was going badly and that economy was in shambles. and then he appointed justice roberts. jeb wanted justice roberts. justice roberts basically proved obamacare in a shocking decision. you cannot have jeb bush. he is not going to win. so mitt and jeb -- you cannot have those two. that's it. so simple. [applause]
summing up, it's important. i think any president candidate that run should not be allowed to use a teleprompter. [applause] we got one that uses teleprompters. he is reading it. give me a break. [laughter] you do not test the mettle of a man or a woman unless they get up on stage and talk. that is what we ended up getting. speaking of teleprompters -- the king of teleprompters. bing bing no problem. we have got to do something about these teleprompters.
in looking at the situation, i built an incredible company. the will see that. a wonderful company. i employed thousands of people. and i love doing what i am doing . they certainly, i wish i wasn't doing this. our country is in such trouble. it would be so easy to fix. if i run for president and if i win, i went totally succeed in creating jobs defeating isis and stopping the islamic terrorists. you have to do that. [applause] reducing the budget deficit is so important. have to do it. securing our southern border and i mean seriously securing it. [applause] stopping nuclear weapons in iran
and elsewhere. saving social security medicare, and medicaid without cutting it down to the bone, because it isn't fair to people that have been paying for their whole lives and other people. it is not fair to future people coming up. we can do it. repealing obamacare and replacing it with something far better for the people and far less expenses. believe me, there are plans that are so much better for everybody. everyone could be covered. i'm not saying to leave 50% of the people out. the plan is a basic disaster. as bad as -- [applause] fixing our countries infrastructure.
bridges, schools highways, airports. no one is close to trump. i got best hotel in north america. think of this one. in building one of the great hotels of the world on pennsylvania avenue at opposite the white house between the white house and congress. i got it from obama. believe that? everyone wanted it. i couldn't believe it myself. it will be tremendous. [laughter] and so many other things. i know what needs to be done to make america great again. we can make this country great again. the potential is enormous. i'm seriously thinking of running for president. i can do the job.