tv Vice President Biden Remarks at U.S. Conference of Mayors Meeting CSPAN January 25, 2015 11:55am-1:01pm EST
>> senator ernst was an attendee at yesterday's iowa freedom summit that was organized by representative steve king and the group citizens united. it has been called the kickoff for the 2016 presidential race, with many potential candidates taking the opportunity to speak to an audience gathered in des moines. speakers included ted cruz, chris christie, scott walker, rick santorum, and mike huckabee. iowa is getting a lot of attention early, since it is traditionally the first state to hold presidential caucuses during the primary process. this morning, we talked to a reporter about the event.
>> a string of gop speakers urged iowa republicans not to buckle to the establishment. this is the headline. joining us from the moment -- from des moines's is jennifer jacobs. i appreciate it. a lot of your reporting over the last couple of days -- let me begin with those who were not in attendance, most notably mitt romney and john bush. >> right. some of the republicans i talked to said they wished those folks had showed up to my like they should have been there. i could have made their case. they would have been willing to listen. but no one really missed them, in that they wish they were there. they were just thinking, they should be here. however, in iowa, as soon as people show up the next time, usually, all is forgiven. so maybe this is a political risk for some candidates to not show up. the next time they show up in
iowa and give a speech to a big audience, all is forgiven. >> wondering whether this has any long-term impact -- his event put together by steve king before the iowa caucuses. >> i think this is an introduction. a lot of these speakers, this is the first time on the presidential speech -- stage. carly key arena -- fiorina ben carson. this was a chance to let people know a little bit about who they are. people now have a year to decide. >> we have some of your tweets and analysis on the bloomberg policy website. is donald trump serious about this? >> i think he is. i have interviewed him in past cycles, and this was the most serious i have heard him. he really rattled off his plans. he said he does not have any
distractions at this point. his reality television show, "the apprentice," his contract is up. his projects around the world, he can separate for them. the conclusion from people last night was, even if donald trump is not officially declare, he has found his niche. he is the flamethrower. he can say what other conservatives cannot say. even if he never runs, he will have a place on the stage. a media will always be listening to what he is saying, and so will conservatives. >> you mentioned mitt romney and jeb bush were not there. that is who donald trump took a nap, saying that romney is a loser. and carly fiorina went after hillary clinton. beyond that, a lot of criticism aimed at the president. >> people were surprised at that. why not go after hillary clinton?
sara healy did a little bit. what of the potential presidential candidates, fior was the onlyi onena -- fiorina was the only one, and she got big applause. the focus was more clamping down on terrorism rather than going after democrats. >> how serious do you think this residential bidders? >> no one i talked to last night thought that she was serious. i am not sure why they would think donald trump may be serious and sarah palin stepped back. maybe it is because she needs to come here more often and present herself a bit more. no one i talked to seemed to think she would be in their top five list. they found her irritating. she was, really for sure. she was very witty. -- she was comic relief for sure.
>> who was the audience? >> scott walker had that audience. i would say he helped his cause the most last night. ted cruz probably was the number two crowd favorite. they went bananas for him even when he walked out on stage. they were the best received by this audience, which really did lead hard right. there were a lot of constitutional and religious conservatives. among that audience, cruzan walker -- cruz and walker were the top favorites. >> what is next in iowa? what are you looking at? >> rand paul is coming, and he gave me a schedule last night. he was pending reminded that she was kind of reminding folks he will be back less -- next month. there is an agricultural summit that is noteworthy.
i do not think, of 25 speakers yesterday, a single person mentor -- mentioned agriculture, this huge issue in iowa. republicans will be turning to that with a big agricultural summit. they invited all the state gop candidates, as well as the democratic field. >> final question for you. any moment, any event, anything you want to share with our audience to take away from nine hours of speeches yesterday in des moines? >> i thought he got really big points for that. the audience really responded to him and wanted to shield him, so they stood up and started applauding him and sharing and they turned and faced the hecklers, almost shot them down with applause. perry was really related.
he ended up finishing his speech doing well with that. as he was walking off stage he gave this fist-pumping cheer. the audience loved that. that was probably the most striking moment, that the protesters got their word in too. they got the attention they were looking for, which was to point out they don't like some of the gop positions on immigration. >> jennifer jacobs, chief political reporter for the "des moines register" -- this is a headline this morning, itching for conservative votes. the first big event of caucus season. thank you. >> thank you. >> another event that could have big implications for 2016 is a meeting today hosted by political donors. that is happening in palm springs, california.
ted cruz, marco rubio, and rand paul are scheduled to attend. the form is being moderated i john carl -- by john carl and will be made available online. the koch brothers have been a big part of the debate over campaign finance, drawing criticism from some democrats over their influence. today's event is a shift in approach from the brothers' previous seminars by making it accessible online. another potential candidate who we heard from is florida governor jeb bush. he spoke to the national automobile dealers association in san francisco. he spoke about energy security and foreign-policy. this is an hour. [applause] >> thank you. thank you so much for that great introduction.
it is a joy to be here. since i've been here, a lot of the members have asked me about how my family is doing. i thought i would give you a quick update. my mom and dad are doing well. my dad is 90. mom is 89. they just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. [applause] i told my mom that they will be the longest lasting first couple in history. the problem is that the carter's look quite healthy and they are two years behind them. i want to encourage my mom and dad to continue to live well and healthy.
you may have seen that my dad on his 90th birthday jumped out of a helicopter, once again proving that if you have a joy for life and you live life to the fullest, you can live a life of purpose and meaning that with all due respect to all the people here who have wonderful dads, i have the greatest father in the world. i have to admit it. [applause] a lot of people ask about my brother. he has been out of the limelight. since you asked, marvin is doing spectacularly well. [laughter] george and laura are doing well. he has become a painter, who would have thunk it. he is good at it. he is a person of determination. when he sets a goal, he works hard to achieve it. i like the fact -- i admire the fact that he has self-restraint. something for me to would be hard to do. i think he has been respectful of his successor.
he has not been out on the television sniping away, making challenging president obama. it might be tough for him to do that. i don't know. i respect the fact that he has allowed the president to serve. it is a noble tradition that i hope continues in this country. i love my brother and his service for our country. [applause] my son george just got elected to a statewide office in texas. that is a big job. he got the highest percentage of anybody running for statewide office. i'm very proud of him. the other thing that i would say about the bush family is that my dream came true. i have three grandchildren and one on the way. they are the joys of my life. every sunday, we get to have sunday fun day with two of our granddaughters.
one of them is georgia helena walker bush, named after a great granddad. i simply call her 41. [laughter] i have a blessed life. i am not the first bush to speak to this group. action, i'm not the second even the third. i am really glad you did not skip over me. thank you for that. other than grandkids, there is another thing i'm actively involved in. i've set up a leadership pact. i did this to play an active role in promoting ideas and supporting individuals who i believe restore -- are focused on restoring the promise of fair and free opportunity in america. you did not come here for a political ad and you will not get one. your checkbook is safe here today as well. i do want to speak about the urgency of this cause and why i am willing -- willing to lend my voice and efforts.
i have sensed that americans are frustrated. all the polling shows it as well. we are in the fifth year of a recovery, 60% of americans believe we are still in a recession. they are not dumb. it is because they are in a recession. they are frustrated to see a small portion of the population on the economies escalator. portfolios are strong, but paychecks a week. -- are weak. millions of americans want to move forward in their lives. they want to rise. they are losing hope. they are withdrawing from the task of building families, family formation rate is at an all-time low, building careers and building communities. far from spreading opportunity our government now gets in the way each and every day. another law, another tax another fee, or another regulation. it all stands in the way of a new business, new invention, a new job, and most importantly, rising income for american families. the great stories that were told here today of successful
dealerships, it's harder today to do exactly what you have done to achieve success. we have created a complicated society on top of people's aspirations. today, fewer and fewer people are rising up. i know you know what i mean because your industry has to do with this. your research shows that regulations add dealers at 3.2 billion dollars in costs. those are passed on the buyers. this is an average of $2400 per dealership employee per year. those costs to comply, the regulations, could have gone for higher pay to allow people more disposable income. it could've gone to create more jobs. another great example sadly is the rules on dealer financing. they went forward with a rule without notice, without a public hearing, not knowing whether it would work. the worst part of this is that unelected bureaucrats have more power than congress in this particular case.
they are trying to repeal the rules. i hope that you continue to stay involved. [applause] every day americans don't see leadership or adult conversations about the nation's problem. they are growing frustrated. we should be promoting policies which help america move up the income ladder based on merit hard work, and kurt success. -- earned success. those policies should tear down the ceilings that block people's aspirations. it is time to challenge every aspect of how government works how it taxes, how it regulates how it spends. to achieve earned success, americans also have to have the skills to do so. this means fixing our tired education system and bringing job-training into the 21st century. in spite of the fact that we are in the figure of a recovery and
-- fifth year of a recovery and during the deepest downturn since the great depression throughout this entire time there have been around 3 million jobs unfilled because of the skills gap that exists in this country. we need to restore america's leadership in the world by restoring what an effective president must have, the trust of our friends and the fear of our enemies. most of all -- [applause] i truly believe that this great country is on the precipice of the greatest time to be alive in america, but we need to begin to fix complicated things to allow all people to rise up rid our nation's economy used to grow with 3.5% to 4%. the kind of growth made it
possible for median family incomes to grow each and every year. we had a stable and growing middle class. standards of living were rising for all americans, opportunities for new businesses and industries to rise up was the norm. the new normal is 1.5% to 2%. if we grow at that rate, we are not going to be able to build capacity for people to pursue their dreams as they see fit, people whose streams will be limited and the demands on government will continue to grow. if we were to grow at 2% more per year on top of what the new expectations are, compounded out for 10 years, we would create a germany of economic activity in the 10th year. no amount of ecstatic -- exotic
forms of taxation proposed by our president or the progressives in this country comes close to the kind of revenue governor -- government would get if we were to grow at 3.5% or 4% per year. how do we create an additional germany? we need to reform our health care system. obama care is clearly a job killer. we need to invest in the long-term things. [applause] to allow the united states to continue to grow at a faster rate than we are growing now. ultimately that requires reforming our entitlement system and having the courage to do so rather than to kick the can down the road making it harder and harder for the next generation to do anything. these costs will overwhelm our country.
all of these things and other things important to do to improve the business climate of require a climate of consensus and compromise that is nonexistent in washington, d.c. right now. i have three suggestions. i'm trying to figure out things i can talk about that aren't necessarily political, but could help us sustain economic growth over the long haul. we need a patriotic energy policy based on north american resources and american ingenuity and innovation. we need an economically driven -- [applause] we need to fix our broken immigration system and convert it to an economically driven one that would create opportunity for all americans. and finally, we need to [indiscernible] as i look over the horizon, i see great social strains if we
don't get education right. we are the most energy abundant country in the world. we have more btu's of cold and saudi arabia has -- coal than saudi arabia has of oil. we have billions of barrels of reserves of oil. we are the source of energy for conservation and renewables. last year $300 billion left our country to countries that either are unstable and could hate us if there was regime change, or do already hate us. the united states is fast coming the largest producer of oil and gas in the world. [applause]
we can be energy secure with north american resources and energy innovation. the most transformative innovation over the last generation of time beyond the commercialization of the internet has been the combination of two existing technologies that have been around a long while. applied together, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking has created a revolution. those that serve communities where the oil revolution is taking place, you know exactly what i mean. the liens and billions of dollars invested in our own country, and jobs being created every day. it is not cool to talk about this in san francisco. you might get a protester. it is cool in places like north dakota and west texas and south texas. it creates significant economic activity.
notwithstanding the lack of coolness, this revolution allows us to re-industrialize our country to create highways jobs again for us to lead the world. it will lessen our greenhouse gas emissions. it is saving consumers millions of dollars on utility bills and billions of dollars on additional dollars at the gas pump and probably stimulating car sales to. the revolution is creating hundreds of thousands of highways jobs, and billions of dollars of investment in our country. this lessons are payment deficit and diminishes the need to have a heavy hand around the world. our foreign policy should be about the strategic interests of this country not the fact that we are not secure with energy. what should we do? the first thing we should do is
approve the xl pipeline. that is a no-brainer. . washington should not try to regulate hydraulic fracking out of business. it should not be done with the intent of paralyzing it. we should open up federal land and water to accelerate energy security. we should help mexico with the modernization of their oil sector. our objective should be energy security with canada, the u.s., and mexico. we should continue to consume less. finally, we should let market forces decide where to invest. we shouldn't resort to government-sponsored venture capital. that is an oxymoron. [applause]
a real energy strategy would give us 1% of additional growth over the long haul, creating higher income for middle-class families. the second a got is to recognize our immigrations than is broken and we need to fix it to an economic driver. the aging population with fewer workers means lower growth. the slow-growing developing countries to the last you decades have struggled with lower fertility rates. japan has a declining population, europe, and now china is starting to feel the impact of its one child policy. our fertility rate has dropped and family formation rates are at a all-time low. we have a big demographic challenge of people my age getting older each and every day
, so our pyramid is like this, and we are not fixing entitlement problems. this will choke off growth. unlike other parts of the country -- the world, where immigration is a problem, we have a history of allowing people to come in legally to embrace our values in a way that creates prosperity for all of us no country can do this like america. our identity is not based on race or exclusionary believe. -- police -- beliefs. you can be as american as anyone else. [applause] immigrants are an engine of economic vitality.
immigrants starts to times as many businesses as nativeborn americans. they have higher family formation rates. they have higher first time home owner rates. in communities with large immigrant -- large immigrant populations, they also by a lot of cars. there are many jobs unfilled which could be filled by illegal -- legal immigrants, creating growth for all of us. we need to control our border. a great nation needs to control its border, not just at the border, and also the 40% of people who come here legal -- legally and overstated their bounds. we need to find out where they are and politely ask them to leave. [applause]
law enforcement should be a partner with the federal government to make this effective and compassionate. we need to verify the means by which businesses do not hire illegal immigrants. when you move from a family reunification model to an economic growth driven system, it would mean we moved back to what every country in the world has. spouse and children as the part of family, and not have adult siblings and adult parents. we have had this for 40 years. we have created chain migration, which crowds out economic immigrants in ways that people do not realize. if we never this -- narrow this across the spectrum of our economy, we could create significant economic activity or this country. it would be like we were the tennessee titans. it would be like us owning the titans and we would get the first 400,001st round draft picks.
we would get the dreamers and investors. we would get a hard-working people that sign this unwritten contract to be able to pursue dreams in this country. it would be a catalytic converter of high sustained economic growth. finally, we need to find a way to gain status for those who have lingered in the shadows. nobody is suggesting an organized effort to deport -- the cost of be too extraordinary. we need to find a way where they pay fines, learn english, work they get in the back of the line, but the, out of the shadows with full productivity. the final thing i would say, if we are going to be successful, and i truly believe this, we need to embrace and the shared values that have made is unique and exceptional.
i have doubt that americans all believe in a set of shared now use. if we are to be successful immigrating immigrants, we have to believe in those shared values as well and ask them to do the same. that means that in places like arizona, we need to restore a sense of heritage and history, why it is special to be american , believe it ourselves, and asking the newly arrived to do the same thing. nothing would stop america if we did that. [applause] i am not an economist, but if we got those right, the pessimism that exists would begin to subside immediately. people would begin to take more risks on behalf of themselves and families. this is rates would grow. there is one thing we need to do to sustain this. when a child is born in this
country, that they have the god-given ability to learn and have the chance to do so. too many young people today are functionally illiterate or have no sense of how to calculate math, no sense of our history, and they are left behind areas with innovations exploding into our lives, and automation exploding into our lives, we are seeing increasing numbers of people who don't have the skills to get their first job. it seems to me with an 80% graduation rate for high school, and you have 0.25% -- 1/4 children passing certain tests universities now struggle with young students that don't have the skills to be able to start taking college-level work.
this is a huge challenge. yet there is nobody marching in the streets for those left behind. this needs to be not a federal program, but a national calling. a great country like america needs to make sure people have the skills, drive, and determination to rise up. when that does not happen, they believe the system does not work for them. what should we do? we need to transform the system that is organized in a strange way for 2014. monopolies, highly politicized focus on economic interests of adults, but it is not customized to the needs of every child. we need to change that. in florida, we started on this journey. i challenge the status quo in this regard. we did some crazy things. we graded schools.
that result was that every kid mattered in the schools because there were rewards for improvements. there was a different consequence between abject failure and mediocrity. we started seeing achievement because kids that were languishing behind became important in this grading system. we eliminated social promotion in third grade -- this insidious idea that the self-esteem is more important than reading. that is what we have in america today. [applause] the tragedy of that is heartbreaking. think of it. if you can't read, you are not going to be able to acquire knowledge, yet we have done this generation after generation. too many young people -- the gas
grow and a job out. in florida, we eliminated that and replaced it with a policy of strategic imperatives to make sure that children learn. we cut in half the functional illiteracy rate. fourth grade readers on our tests went from 29/31 to 6/50. don't tell me that kids in poverty cannot learn or that kids of color cannot learn. if you hear someone tell you that, challenge them. say that god has given them the ability to learn but it is up to us at to organize ourselves to make sure that they do. if we get that right, nothing would stop the united states of america. [applause]
we are starving for leadership in the public realm. each and every one of you are leaders, and your families, your businesses, your community. without leadership, you would not be as successful as you have been. but there is a dearth of leadership in the public today. it is important to have leaders because people believe that this -- dysfunction is permanent in washington dc. we have been republic for 239 years. we have had a few years of dysfunction, but most of the time, it has worked well. in times of far worse than this, the civil war, the world wars, this is not the worst time to be alive as an american. but this dysfunction seems to be permanent. i reject it. effective leaders come in many forms from both political
parties. president kennedy led through vision and inspiration when he challenged americans to land a man on the moon. lyndon johnson used hands on a leadership that produced the most historic civil rights legislation in our country's history. and a 25% income tax cut in just six weeks after the assassination of president kennedy. he did whatever it took to get the job done. johnson, in that moment, led. what about ronald reagan? ted kennedy called him a good friend. he wanted to defeat his opponents, but not destroy them. reagan came into the office with a focus on two evil empires. one was the soviet union, and the other was the federal government intruding evermore on the lives of its it is.
he brought down the former it rained in the latter by doing something that would be today considered unthinkable. he embraced his adversaries. imagine that. he had a relationship with the speaker of the house. that relationship created the possibility of saving social security, meaningful tax reductions, because democrats and republicans forged consensus and focused on the broader long-term interest. that lesson is hugely important. two people can disagree vehemently, but if they see in each other honesty, they can find accommodations. president reagan led. how about my dad managing the fall of the iron curtain? as the soviet empire collapse, there were significant dangers that it would become violent.
the united states could have justifiably done a victory dance as the berlin wall fell. many people, critics of my dad were critical of him not going to berlin to dance on the wall with young or letters. instantly, he knew that it would be -- instinctively, he knew that it would be the wrong thing to do. there was no bloodshed. that was because my dad did not do a victory dance. he steadfastly supported cole when nobody else in europe show the same kind of commitment. the reunification of germany took place because my dad left. we need that leadership in washington dc today. leaders have the humility to share and accept the when things don't work out. too many people in washington
blame the dog eating their homework over and over. it is time for people to accept responsibility because, guess what? we make mistakes. to create a culture of leadership, you have to accept responsibility for the errors that you do make. we have to show determination. leaders force others to learn skills, as well. leaders build on their success. when they succeed, they don't rub it on the faces of their critics, they look for the next way to build consensus for the next challenge. my believe is that we are on the verge of the greatest time to be alive in this country. the amount of science exploding into our lives will allow us to live far longer than what anybody could have imagined. the advancement of technology allows us to live lives that people could not have imagined. we have the capability, we are a big country.
we have the capability of solving these problems. with leadership, we will solve these things. when we do, this will be the greatest time to be alive as an american. i hope you join in that effort to transform our country so that our children and grandchildren will have the same opportunities that we had. god bless you all and thank you for allowing me to come. thank you. [applause] [applause] >> thank you for being here. >> this is not the crowd i used to.
>> there are a lot of people. you formed an exploratory committee. there is over 4000 people out there. let's get the toughest question right out of the way right now. [laughter] what is your favorite car? [laughter] >> i just bought a ford fusion. [applause] for the record, this is what you call a no-win situation. but i'm excited, i love the car. is working really well. i do drive. just let everybody knows. haven't had any tickets or anything. but i don't get to use it so much. what i will do, i'm going to the dealership so that i can get my two our course on the technology. [laughter] it should be easier.
>> i recommend you do not get a speeding ticket. governor, there are 17,000 franchised dealers in this country and they have one million employees. they would love to hear you make a big announcement on where you are going to be on january 17, 2017. >> i hope to be buying another car for my wife. [laughter] any suggestions, my e-mail address is email@example.com. [laughter] i have not set up an exploratory committee, i am seriously can entered the possibility -- considering the possibility of running. [applause]
january 17 is just another day for me. >> governor, i understand that you and mitt had a secret meeting last week? >> not so secret. [laughter] >> what you talk about? >> it was yesterday. i went to visit governor romney. i have the warmest respect for him. the meeting was set up three months ago under different instances. -- different circumstances. we talked about the patriots. we talked a little bit about politics, not as much as you would imagine. we talked about the future of the country. we talked about the need for more engaged foreign policy where the united states except -- accepts world powder status -- world power status.
it creates real problems for us and the rest of the world. we talked a lot about foreign policy. we share a similar view about that. [laughter] [applause] he shared his views. it was a good conversation. the awkward side of this about running, we put it aside. that is a decision he will make, and i will have mine. can i tell the rest of the story? >> do think i would stop you? >> i was going to salt lake city and it was leaked to the new york times. one reporter was going to the detroit auto show. another was there for another reason.
quintessentially, i ran into a reporter -- coincidentally, i ran into reporters. when i got there, there were lots of cameras. we were having a weird conversation, when i was trying to find the right car. all of a sudden, i get overwhelmed by people asking for people -- from people asking me to sign baseballs and paper. it was the first day of the sundance film festival. people were waiting for movie stars to show up. so it became kind of like a fellini movie. i got through it and had a nice conversation. >> what is your vision for our country? >> i believe that we are on the verge of restoring american greatness. it will require not just talking about it, not reacting to the
overreach of this administration, but trying to force consensus on how we can create a more optimistic country by creating higher sustained economic growth. and focusing on the fact that you can have growth, right now we are going good, but there are people being left behind. if you are born poor in america, you are more likely to stay poor than in any other time in modern history. the middle is getting squeezed. bigger policies to deal with this issue of the lack of people moving up, and the fact that people in the middle does to the system working for them, is what we need to fix. you can do that by tax reforms and regulatory reforms. taking advantage of the strengths of the country -- those are problems we need to fix. taking advantage of the nature
of our country in terms of scale, geography, immigrant heritage, fast resources -- vast resources. all of those things, executed properly, would allow us to grow at a steady rate. plus, having a president that recognizes that there has been i partisan consensus about the role of america in the world. right now, we do not have that consensus. this president, with all respect, does not see the u.s. being a superpower as a good thing. i am very respectful because i did have a dad and brother in that office and i saw how they got torn apart, that he is wrong on that. [applause] >> lamy turned to foreign policy. what are the implications of the paris attack and isis? >> the immediate implication was that the president missed a huge opportunity to show solidarity
with our oldest ally. not having him or vice president biden or even mrs. obama going -- i'm not sure why they didn't. it would have shown solidarity to encourage europe to change some of their policies and to continue to work with us to protect our homeland and there is as well. this has to be a cooperative effort. the idea that people -- an example of leadership is when it is not popular to do something. you read a poll and the polling information is underwater. in the case of foreign policy, americans are fatigued. we have had two wars.
the president has reflected that sentiment to a certain extent or acted on his policies of believing that it wouldn't create any political problems. when you start beheading americans in a far-off lands because a void was created people's attitudes change pretty quick. you can't run of foreign policy by following the polls. you have to persuade the american people even if it is tough because of the economic situation, that we have to be engaged in the world. it doesn't mean we have to have boots on the ground in every instance, our presence in the world is hugely important. our enemies need to know that if they cross a certain line, the united states will engage in a partnership with their friends. that is not happening right now. [applause] isis is the creation of that
pulling back. isis was called six months ago a junior varsity team. which is just ridiculous. they have solidified their position in vast swaths of land in syria and iraq. our efforts to create a coalition are nonexistent. we called the president -- we called syria to engage with them, he had a chance to do it two years ago. the likelihood of isis forming as fast as it did had we engage them. each and every time he had a chance to engage and protect american interests, he pulled back. now, we have a huge problem. the implication should be that it could happen here. and we should -- and we have to keep our guard up. we have to explain to people how
important it is to protect the homeland. [applause] >> so much of our economy is intertwined with the taxes. what would you change about our tax system? >> first, if you could lower taxes as low as they could go, and eliminate as many deductions as you could, similar to the 1986 law, it would unleash capital investment in this country that would create jobs. there are two reasons why that is the case. one, it limits of the power of the government. if you have to higher compliance officers and lawyers and accountants to be able to comply with the law, or you get in line
to get your tax credit, instead of saying, here is my dream, -- it is a far better system. i was told by the cfo of cbs the drugstore company, pays 1% of all corporate taxes. the rent their places and they are all us-based. they are big corporations in this country that pay no taxes and do it consistently. bringing equity into the equation would be hugely important. then there is most of the heartbeat of our country's growth, it is not in the corporate world, it is in the llc world. jeb bush and associates is a conglomerate of four people. we went from three to four last
year before i left, we had a 25% increase, there are other companies where, if they did that, that would be so many jobs. the personal income tax rate has gone extraordinarily high. and not just focus on the high-end end, but focus on the middle class. it has to be brought and less -- broad and less power to government by eliminating loopholes. [applause] in alabama, you don't have the live in tax. that's in california. [laughter] this is not just a federal issue. states it better be careful thinking that there is -- that you will constantly get income from higher and higher taxes.
there is a point where people move. there is a point where people say, i just got a ride it out. -- going to write it out. -- going to ride it out. it forces us to check the states. because people will move. >> i have another really tough question. what you like to do for fun? >> fun. i love sundays. that's my fun day. i do not work on sundays. i play golf. i have breakfast really fast so i can go to mass. you can't ask the priest to accelerate that. [laughter]
please don't tell father davis that i said that. [laughter] that our grandkids come, and we cook on the grill, we watch football, and we talk about fun things. sunday is my fun day. and i also like to read. >> how has the affected your life? >> we were brought up in the visible church. -- episcopal church. i converted to my wife's faith. it has an important effect on my life. bush's arts at spilling our regards on things that are right it. it is not easy to do. but it gives me serenity in a world of turbulence. it is really important.
it creates a moral architecture that simplifies things. there are views i have that are grounded in faith that are not negotiable. it just simplifies things, particularly in public life. i think people expect you to have thought it through, and if faith drives it, you express your views and a loving way, not a harsh or judgment away. but you stick to your guns. as governor, during tough times my faith was hugely important. today, it continues to be important. [applause] >> nobody can deny that washington imposes restrictions on three enterprise. what can we do now that is not being done? >> roll it back. a lot of the president's efforts
are done by executive order to cut the government shutdown about six years ago. after stimulus, the first budget, the affordable care act, it has been -- they are basically maytag repairman. nothing gets done. the president is happy with that, the house last session past something like 350 bills out of the house, most with bipartisan support. the strategy was, don't let any democrat vote, or god for bid they would actually have to vote has been they would be held accountable.
there are scores of things that the next president has a duty to roll back the things. [applause] in some cases, roll back the things where he does have the authority to do things. the law allows him to do things and he does it. the next president has every right to undo that. appointing men and women who have practical business experience is kind of important. having political hacks run all this stuff is not the right kind of ideology. [applause] many of the rules that are implemented have -- there is a process of impact statements for economic costs. you have to do a cost-benefit analysis. we need to take that seriously.
there are a lot of well attended rules that have minor benefits but massive costs. rule after rule falling into that category. going through a thoughtful honest process grounded in principle to be able to deal with that. we need to reform the administrative procedures act, or whatever it is called in washington. to speed up the process, to be able to permit things and grant permission to do things. do you honestly think we could build an interstate highway system in america? i don't think so. but we could if we were serious about it. there is no reason by our great country cannot do big things. right now, it is hard to build a bridge, it is hard to repair the lining of the panama canal, it
is hard to build infrastructure with the standing that people have. the costs are way too high, the uncertainty is to clear. it stifles the investment that creates income increases for the middle class. >> how about this? what is a do over you would like to have in life? >> i said some really stupid things in my life. [laughter] i said something when i ran for governor in 1994 that was taken out of context but i should have been's martin enough to say it differently. somebody asked, what are you going to do for me? i was young and rambunctious. i said, probably nothing. [laughter] i said, -- that was the wrong
answer. what i said was probably nothing, but what i think we need to do is create a society where everybody gets the same starting line and we should strive for equal opportunity. but there is a better way of saying that. it so easy to open up wounds. you can have a provocative -- provocative thought but you don't have to say it in a way that hurts people or turns them off. that is the problem today. we don't work hard to use language. the bigger the idea, the more you have to use language that doesn't scare people. or insult them. i've gotten better at that. that's what happens when you get older and your life experience through trial and air, this is called wisdom.
when you're 41, is great, but there are some things that we said 20 years ago that we all regret. >> i have two sons. and i want to ask you about family. do you ever get in fights with your brother? >> yeah. i mean, look, if his podium was here, it would be that big blue one. he would have 1000 people from the press traveling with him. but say this was in orlando, not san francisco. i would introduce in and make some wisecrack, and he always got the last word. he always used it. i've gotten my revenge post-presidency, but during his time as president, i learned quickly, do not diss him.
because he has the bigger microphone. [laughter] >> what is the most important message republicans can bring? >> hope. it optimistic message. grounded in the potential greatness of our country in the long haul, it has to be grounded in an optimistic message, not a reactionary message. there are a lot of things to be grumpy about. things aren't going well washington is not working. the affordable care act is a monstrosity. there are a lot of reasons to be angry or grumpy and negative and then react to the overreach each time. we are not going to win votes as republicans unless we can lay out a hopeful, optimistic message that is based in
reality, that is grounded in policies that are real, that people believe -- that people can believe what actually happened. hope and a positive agenda wins out over anger and reaction every day of the week. the message should be about what the future should look like, not something nostalgic. does that make sense? >> sure. >> i can't say that i am a great singer or dancer. i am an introvert. >> really? >> yeah. who is an introvert in the crowd?
introverts are good to have around. i would rather read a book and then go out and get in the conga line. but i learned that in order to make your case, or in order to serve, you have to connect with people. you can't connect with people if you are back in the corner reading a book. you have to engage with people connect with them on a human level before you lay out your plan. >> from what i can tell, you connected with this crowd. >> well, i'm glad to be with you. [applause]
>> let's go back to the presidency. >> are we done with this? >> no. i know you are on the fence. >> i think i figured out exactly. >> i'm seriously considering the possibility of running. [applause] >> i've got you something that i think will help you make your decision. it's right here. [laughter] i think they will put it up. there it is. [applause]