he leaves a widow and this young girl, frances. grover cleveland makes an enormous amount of money, and cleveland kind of takes care of the widow and the young girl. he pays for them, sets them up in a nice home for his best friend and former law partner. he becomes the godfather, if you will, for the girl francis. she calls him uncle cleve which should be part of the hint because that sound creepty to me. he pays to send her to college in a day and age when women weren't educated. as frances is growing up, cleveland's relationship with her changes, changes from uncle cleve, the godfather, to a romantic interest. cleveland starts sending her letters with poems and sends her roses, and it's the full court press on courting her. >> you can watch this and other programs online at booktv.org. >> you're watching booktv. and now former florida governor
jeb bush argues that the nation's immigration policy should be overhauled to reflect our current economic needs, but also should be b clear enough to enforce properly. this is a little under an hour. [applause] >> now, our love whered president finish beloved president ronald reagan passed away almost ten years ago. but as many in this audience know, it seems nearly impossible to follow political news without hearing some reference to our 40th president. his memory, his name and, fortunately, his legacy seem to be ubiquitous as our country grapples with the challenges of our time. for many years, probably starting with the day after president reagan left office in 1989, there's been a famous question often asked when this is a particularly vexing problem facing our country.
you've likely heard it before. we, the questioners often ask, well, what would reagan do? it's a good question to ask, because while times and technology and many faces have changed since president reagan was in office, some important fundamentals, those that speak to who we are as americans, have not. i believe that our guest today, governor jeb bush, understands this. and it's one of the reasons that after having left office just about six years ago he remains an extremely important national voice in the republican party. as we prepare to welcome the governor to the stage, let's first take stock in a handful of issues that we know were of vital portion to ronald reagan and square them up against the words and deeds of jeb bush on those same critical topics today. so what are the fundamental
issues? well, with taxes we know ronald reagan spent much of his life trying to cut them for the average american. he was convinced that it was the man or woman on the street who knew how to spend their dollar more wisely than a distant federal government, and he did all in his power to prove it by cutting taxes. when governor jeb bush was in office, he cut taxes on floridians by $20 billion. let's talk about the size of government. when ronald reagan was in the white house, he dramatically reduced the ate rah of growth in federal spending and strove to reduce the size of the federal government. when governor bush was in office, he vetoed more than $2.3 billion in earmarked for higher state spending and retuesdayed the size -- reduced the size of the state's government payroll by 13,000 people. when ronald reagan did that on the national level, he did it with a purpose in mind. it was to spur the free market,
create opportunity and provide incentives for businesses to frau. in his years in office, over 20 million new jobs were created in governor bush's state of florida, his similar philosophy and economic programs created a thriving state economy where 1.4 million new net jobs were added during his time in office. there are other fundamentally important issues where the two men match. stemming the rise of health care, school choice, and as i'm sure we'll hear this morning, addressing the issues involving immigration that affecting -- that affect all of us. issues that continue to resonate as important topics in the our lives, ones in which governor bush has demonstrated much-needed leadership today. it is for these and many other reasons that jeb bush stands a
as the only republican governor in the history of the state of florida to be reelected to office. he hails from a family that has gone out of their way to extend warmth and support to mrs. reagan, and all of us at the reagan library over the years. let us extend that warmth to him. ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming governor jeb bush. [applause] >> very kind. really honored to be here. [applause] whoo, thank you. thank you all so much. ambassador, great seeing you. thank you so much. it is an incredible honor to be in this beautiful place. i am, i'm just in awe of what you all have done here and truly privileged and honored to be here. i thought i would start my remarks by giving you a quick bush family update. first, i want to thank everybody for their or thoughts and
prayers for my dad. as he said, put the harps back in the closet, it wasn't time to go. [laughter] he's always had a pretty good sense of humor, and thank goodness he was right about that. and the harps are back in the closet. that's the good news. he's out of the hospital and regaining his strength little by little. yesterday he was at his library, in fact, with prime minister mull roney, and he's been there at texas a&m now twice in the last two weeks which is a good sign that he is regaining his strength. that's the good news. [applause] the bad news, the bad news is he's not going to be pampered anymore like he was in the hospital. he has a new caregiver. her name is barbara bush, and she's pretty tough. [laughter] so i'm always asked about my brother. you haven't seen much about him in the last several months. he's been kind of out of the limelight for a while. so since you asked -- [laughter] marvin is doing really well. [laughter]
thanks for asking. seriously, my brother george and laura have laid low in the last four years. they've maintained, i think, a tradition that is something pretty noble in our country which is when you leave the stage, you leave the stage. you stop chirping about what's going on. even if the guy that precedes you -- now, i can say this as a son, brother, excuse me -- even if he uses you as a prop to lower expectations to make everything look better during your time. my brother, i think, has maintained this tradition that president reagan did, certainly, and my daddied after him, and that's to leave the stage. they had a chance to serve, it was the great withest joy in my brother's life, and i'm proud of him for showing the self-restraint that i could never have. [applause] two other quick family updates. my son, george p., is proving that it's either genetics or
social upbringing, but something compels a bush to run for office generationing after generation. he's running for statewide office in texas, and i'm really proud of him. now i know what it's like, just thinking about it, i get emotional, when my dad was asked about what it was like for his sons to run for office and how he could almost barely complete a sentence. i'm in that same stage now of life, and so he he may be crazy for running, but i'm proud of him for doing it, and he's a great guy. and then the last thing i've got to tell you about in the bush family is something that i, you know, i was a -- i wasn't a grandfather for way too long. and all the grandfathers and grandmothers of the world that always share their pictures, have you had that experience? [laughter] now i'm the worst culprit. i was thinking about pulling out my phone to show you georgia he lain that walker bush. you think about her name -- [applause] this could be a place that would get that right away. i speak in some places, and i
mention her name and her initials, not everybody gets it, but here, of course, you would. she is the love of her life, and a couple of things about georgia, if there are any grandparents in the room, i find it amazing that we brought up our children, you know, whether it was through trial and error, it wasn't always perfect, right? we brought up our children, a little bit of a training program to take care of grandchildren, but once you get grandchildren, your children make you go through another training process to be able to baby sit. [laughter] so we've got to do it once, twice now. she's 18 months old. my hope is we can start doing this on a more regular basis. and when i'm alone with her, her nickname is 41. so one final thing about georgia that i think relates to some of the subject matter i'm going to talk about tonight, today, her -- she would be what you would call, i guess, in the politically correct world of
american politics, she would be a quad rah hyphenated american. so she is a iraqi/canadian/texan /mexican- ame rican. so she's got a lot of diversity which is really kind of the forward-leaning nature of our american ways, and 20 years from now when she pulls out the census form, she'll say not applicable, and that's the way it should be, i think, in our country where we take away identity politics and focus on the shared values that we have irrespective of where we come from. my little precious georgia may be a leading indicator of things to come in our country, and i hope that's right. [applause] as i said, it is an incredible honor to be with you all today. my first experience with ronald reagan was in business mark, north dakota, believe it or not, and it was at the state party
convention in 1980. it was in the late spring. you may have been there doing advance work. and i was the surrogate for the guy who was kind of in second place in that process. and i walk into this place, there are 4,000 people, and bismarck, north dakota, in 1980. i'm telling you, this was like half the town. half of north dakota, i think, at that time was there. [laughter] i for the first time heard then-governor reagan speak, and he spoke in such inspirational and aspirational terms that i first was like totally, you know, i'm all in. this was, like, exactly the kind of message that, what got a 27-year-old guy really excited. and then i realized, i'm speaking next. [laughter] and that was a little nerve-wracking, to tell you the truth, because there was no way that i could compare to the awesome speech that governor reagan gave. and so right before i'm getting on the stage, he'd completed his
speech, he asked for me. and i went back and said hello, and he said finish this was a fairly heated primary. not like we have now where they're bloodbaths and babies are dying in the streets in campaigns now, but by its definition it was a pretty heated primary, and governor reagan said i just wanted to meet you, and if you could pat -- i just want to tell you how much i respect your dad. wow. so i'm hooked for life after that. i am totally on the reagan team from that moment on. what an incredibly generous man. so then i go out to speak, and the good news i was still pretty nervous, but he lessened my nervousness quite a bit. the good news was that of the 4,000 people that came to hear the next president of the united states, only 400 of them stuck around to hear me speak. [laughter] it had gotten back down to its proper level, and all was well. you know, the election's over, and the president has been
reelected, and the new congress has been sworn in, and we have basically what we had before other than the fact we spent $4 billion to have a president be reelected, the senate remain in one party's hand and the house remain in the republicans' hands. we have, we have effectively, we have gridlock. we have now, we have variations on these new terms like sequester, and so last week in washington they called the snow that never came the snowquester. we have things like the fiscal cliff that we would have thought you'd jump off of and die. so we're going from crisis to crisis, and nothing in the election really changed that. because our beloved nation is divided, the direction we should take is undecided as well. and meanwhile, the power of compounding is not our friend. our recovery is the weakest it's been in modern times. our entitlement programs, everybody recognizes, are unsustainable, literally
unsustainable and grow in magnitude without change. our regulations are outdated, they're complex, they're costly, and they're certainly creating way too much uncertainty. our education system does not help enough young people gain the power of knowledge to be able to pursue their dreams as they see fit. our debt levels are way too high, and they're rising rather than declining. our tax policy has gotten way too complicated, and it punishes savings and success. and our social and economic mobility, something that used to define america, something that we've been proud of for legitimate reasons thatter respect i of where you start if you work hard and play by the rules, you can achieve great things, that has diminished. in fact, amongst the developed countries of the world, we are, we're the least economically mobile now. our country has changed, and our political system which is so important for us to begin to breakthrough is not capable right yet at least of being able to solve these problems.
so what should we do? first, i think we need to create a bipartisan path to high, sustained economic growth and desperately as americans, irrespective of whether we've got an r or a d by our name, we should demand respectfully, we should demand leadership. we should demand public leadership. high growth -- [applause] ..
or food stamps which has gone from 47,000,004 years or unemployment compensation that's gone through the ceiling and many other elements where the demand on government grows so not only are we not getting the kind of revenue that we need for the government but we are dramatically expanding the cost of government. the power of compounding can be your friend or enemy. right now it is our enemy. we put ourselves in peril of making it harder for the next generation to be successful but the debt load and inability to structurally change is at the point we have to change it. on the other hand if we decided as a nation high economic growth is something that we should aspire to just to put in perspective 82% increase in economic growth compounded over ten years to do the math on that he would think that's not that
big of a deal but in the tenth year incrementally creates a germany. it creates $4 trillion of additional economic activity. it creates millions of jobs and trust me it creates enough revenue to be about to find the things that we need the government to do other current effective tax rates in the country it would create a trillion dollars of additional recurring revenue for state, local and federal government. it seems to me that we could put aside our partisan differences and try to find a common ground to go back to the day's three and a half percent or 4% growth was what we aspired to and tried to create policies to make happen. that's $4 trillion of the activity of the would lift our spirits as well. our country has always been a positive place and president reagan exemplified this more than any other elected official he always believed they would have more opportunities and believed in the american spirit.
people interacting among themselves that we could create a better day and having that kind of growth we are spirits as a country collectively would be uplifted again. the best deficit-reduction program is a growing economy and strangely if you see the debate in washington today very little is about economic growth and a lot of it is about what my dad would say, eat your broccoli. it's about the austerity. it's about the toughest things that have to get done. don't get me wrong but they are much easier to get done in the context of high sustained growth where jobs are being created and are of purpose and value for people to be able to pursue their dreams. i have three suggestions i don't think our that partisan. they are not necessarily ideological that if we pause and say we will have the food fight on all the other stuff and there's good things to fight it out, trust me, the we could get to the point that we could have high year sustained growth one would be to create a patriotic policy based on american
ingenuity and innovation and north american resources. second, reform the immigration system and move towards something that would be part of the high growth economic strategy true to our heritage, respecting the rules law but moving it to the 21st century where our brand witches and turn mr. of the world will allow high achieving people with great aspirations to come and create opportunities for all of us and then a third, we need stem to stern transformation of reform anymore but real transformation education system so that more and more children can gain the power of knowledge and be successful in life. we are -- [applause] we are the most energy abundant country in the world. ten years ago or 12 years ago we were about ready to no longer have natural gas. it's amazing. people were building billion dollar plans to import liquefied natural gas into the country and today we have so much gas.
that's because american ingenuity and american technology, a greek immigrant combining the two existing technologies, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling created the greatest explosion of innovation in the last decade of times certainly competing in the commercialization of the internet. there should be dancing and parade celebrating this incredible thing that we are now on the press at this of being energy secure and all the benefits that have. but unfortunately i guess because much of this has taken place in west texas and north dakota it's not cool. the people i don't know who come there is a committee that decides what school and what is and, so there isn't the kind of celebration that there should be. there should be because this is something that opens up the door for tremendous benefits for our country. last year $300 billion -- [applause]
last year, $300 billion went out of the united states without any economic benefit. much of this goes to countries that hate us today or are unstable and could quickly learn to hate us immediately after there might be a regime change. this isn't an effective security policy where we take the patrimony of our own country to support regimes that don't have the institutions of space institutions in place that bring stability for its people. the great news is we could become the largest producer of oil and gas in the world within a short period of time and it's something that we should put aside differences and apply with enthusiasm create a strategy that would make that happen and if it did, imagine the benefits. we would have the lowest cost energy source in the world to reindustrialize the country. but less in the greenhouse gas emissions as power is generated with natural gas and less from
coal. it would save, and it is saving consumers billions of dollars on their utility bills. it would create hundreds of thousands of highways, jobs and literally hundreds of billions of dollars of investment from the infrastructure for our own country rather than just ship a transfer payment out like we did last year of $300 billion. what should we do? first i would think it is a no-brainer to approve the keystone pipeline for starters. [applause] >> the simple fact is that oil is either heading west to the port to go to asia or it's coming south to build the infrastructure that allows us to create jobs and our own country and enhance our national security. we should have rational regulation to make sure that it's done responsibly, but it should not be paralyzed. for some odd reason today, we have a hard time applying 21st century rules and regulations on
top of economic opportunity. we apply 1975 rules and make them even more complex and think that is the best path to do. my guess is to make the industry a permanent part of our high-growth strategy that we could use 21st century solutions to make this voluble and have proper rules are rounded. we should open federal land and water for drilling and allow it to take place. i don't know if you saw the news today there's been a serious decline in the last three years of oil and gas produced on federal land. if we want to become energy secure, then we should use those resources for proven reserves that exist. we should create incentives for using natural gas for transportation. it just cries out for logically the price of natural gas per unit of energy is one half or even less than it is for diesel, and the technology exists to be able to expand natural gas you could save 1.5 million barrels a day of imported oil and expand our own energy to be doubled to
create a more competitive trucking situation. we ought to have incentives for conservation in our homes and cars and businesses we should continue as we have been doing to consume less. the simple fact is conservation is the cheapest energy policy that we can get the energy that we do not use is the best means by which we can create a company into strategy. we should let market forces decide where to invest. we shouldn't resort to the government to venture-capital. it's an oxymoron. it doesn't work. [applause] it's been tried. it's failed. let's move on and the trust the interaction of people in their garages and labs in pursuit of their own dreams creating disruptive technologies that lower the cost of energy for the renewable rather than having people in some the bells of the department of energy thinking
that they know the best. that is the path to a bright future and that is the path of getting at least 1% growth per year over the next ten years so by the tenth year we are having economic opportunity if we embrace this energy policy which is there for the government to increase. they don't have to create the policies. it is happening. we just have to eliminate the barriers to accept the use of natural gas in our economy. demography is destiny. i have a question for you all. ten years from now you're going to be ten years older, right? and everybody wants to be here i hope. the simple fact is we are all getting older together. and we are not the same -- that fertility rates have dropped dramatically. we are beginning to have an inverted pyramid that does not -- it makes our challenges as it relates to entitlements and national security even greater. slow-growing developing countries have had for decades lower fertility rates. japan and europe particularly
and russia and now china is starting to feel the impact of the one child policy. we are better off than the rest of the developed world but our fertility rate has dropped to below to break even, 1.8. phyllis drop in the last three years of recorded history. and unlike most of the world, we have tried and true way to deal with this demographic time bomb. demography does not have to be destiny if you change course. on the path that we could take is to allow for a strategic reform of our immigration law so that we can bring young aspirational people that will rebuild the democratic era meant to make our entitlement system secure and jump-start our economy in a way that will create an uplifting of our hopes and dreams, but also directly impact, immediately impact economic growth. no country, no country can direct like america. our national identity is based on a set of shared values and i am so pleased the ronald reagan
library and this effort here is focused on civic education to remind us of what those shared values are whether we are native-born or not, they are essential for our success as a nation. in america race is not an identifier of national identity, nor is some exclusionary policy. it's focused on a set of values and it's what sets us apart from the rest of the world. it's our heritage that has created more dynamism and innovation than any of their country on the face of the earth. and in a time that we desperately need to engage and grow and be optimistic and prosperous, it seems to me we cannot put aside this huge powerful catalytic converter for continued progress as we have done over the last decade of time. i believe the people that want to come to this country, the energize the native-born americans like myself, and if they embrace the values of learning our history, of learning english, they will be a major contributor to our
economic vitality. the number of businesses started by native-born americans has declined from 1996 to 2011. it's actually declined. the number of business start-ups among the immigrants in the same period has grown by 50%. in 1999 american-born scientists were granted 90,000 patents compared to 70,000 patents in the united states from scientists that were born and other countries. by 2009, ten years later, more patents were granted to the foreign-born scientists in the united states than the native-born scientists. both parties i think are to blame on this. on the one hand, i think the democrats have seen this as a wedge political issue hoping it doesn't get solved because they think they win general elections and on the other hand, my party and many of your republicans view this as a primary election where we have fights about this in the primary to show who is the strongest in terms of border control in the net effect is politics has been driving the immigration conversation and i am so happy today to tell you
that is changing in washington, d.c. because we desperately need reform we need to continue to improve border security at tracking down 40% of the people that come illegally come with an illegal visa and the overstay their time. we need to be able to have used technology to attract those folks and politely asked them to leave when the legal fees sex by years. we should do what we can to make it easier for people to come legally than to come illegally. the great majority of people that come here come for good reasons. they come to provide for their families and because their children are hungry and they want a better life for their families that they can't come legally because we have no -- our system has been overwhelmed, and it is not working. succumb the system going forward must say that it is harder to come illegally in the there's a price higher to come illegally than actually have a chance to come legally. [applause]
we need to move to an economic growth driven system that means family based immigration should be coming back to where it was 40 years or 50 years ago to reuniting spouses and their minor children. the change has allowed for adults to claim their brothers and sisters and their older parents and then they get to make the same claims once they get a green card and migration that has called for immigration system and made it harder for economic immigrants to come to our country. work based visas should be increased based on the need. graduates of stem field should stay if they have a job or start up business the and we only need to look number i think to find a better way. at the same time the united states shares economic immigrants has dropped from 18% to 13% between 1991 to 2011. it's in canada from 18% to 67%.
india, even though canada has one-tenth of the population, they have more economic immigrants because they have developed a strategy to make this part of their economic growth and the united states could do the exact same thing. the h-1b visa should be expanded and a half a presidency should be made for them easier. in 2007 there was a million h-1b visa holders that were trying to get 144,000 idp if green cards that are given annually. there is a term to this so what we are doing is training people with high skills that could be the next generation of innovators that allow us to be competitive and successful. we are training them and giving them hope that they can stay and then they leave and where do they go? the digit countries competing as for the creation of high-wage jobs. this is madness. we need to change the system so that it's part of our economic interest in great tell that they stay in our country and make a
difference here. we need a guest worker program based on economic need again to help sustain industries like tourism and the agriculture. with better technology and more sophisticated enforcement i think we need to expand dramatically tourist visas because of the huge impact. that may be because i'm from florida. i guess i am biased in that regard but why wouldn't you want to have the visitors come and spend all of the money they want to in disneyland or disney world or some other places to be doubled to create immediate economic activity for the country? and for the millions are here illegally there needs to be a path to legal status achieved by paying a fine, learning english, not violate the law over an extended period of time. it's not the american way to keep people languishing in the shadows. ronald reagan would not approve of this. what would he do? he would work for a comprehensive immigration reform to give people a chance of living a life of dignity outside
of the shadows when they can make a full contribution to the success of our nation. and then finally, if we are to get this right, we need to have civics education elevated not just for immigrants although certainly that is important but for all of us. we can't have an immigration policy where multiculturalism is the core and the ground foundation of the nation. we have to have shared values and the only way to have shared values is for people to embrace them, understand them, appreciate them and that shouldn't just be for immigrants it should be for all of us. it is maddening to see the polls that show people don't know the three branches of government or that the constitution with the declaration of independence or all the things that we see. it's because our schools have not had the incisive focus on restoring civic education to
education and that should be part of any immigration strategy. so if we do these two things come and economically driven strategy, patriotic energy strategy my guess is we are getting pretty close to the 2% incremental growth that creates a rebirth of our country. but the way to sustain it is to ensure that every child gets in the kind of education that allows them to be successful in the pursuit of their own dreams. sadly today the greatest country on the face of the earth has more or less the following results. after spending more per student than any other country in the world, a third of our kids are college and work career ready by the time they complete their journey through 12th grade. one-third get a piece of paper that says you are a high school graduate. but if they go to a community college or a four year university, they have to take remedial courses. the have to redo english and
math they have to have something of value but in fact they have to redo the they didn't quite learned the first time and then in the third more or less depending on the state dropout. that is not acceptable for a country that wants to aspire to economic opportunity for everybody. it's why we have more economic mobility today. it's why we are creating a permanent a group of people who are stuck in poverty. they don't want their children to be there. we have to figure out a way to transfer our education system so it is your respective from the urban core 1/5 wherever you are live and your children and family come from low-income it doesn't matter. we will have the same expectations for every person in the system and every child to ensure we are getting the kind of learning games that breaks the cycle of despair and poverty
that exists today. this perhaps is the highest priority for the country. [applause] >> i am tired. i thought this for eight years and continue to fight it within the realm that you are supposed to play it's not fair because of broken harms and because children come from poverty. it's not fair to the teachers or it's not fair when in fact what's not fair is to have two-thirds of the children after spending more per student than any other country in the world ought to be a will to the college or career ready to get through 12th grade if they make it at all that is not fair. [applause] we greeted scores abc and f based on student learning. was incredible.
people knew what f was and the system began to move. california ought to consider doing that to deal with this achievement gap that exists. so you intervening early to make sure the gaps don't grow so big that kids lose hope. we focused on early childhood literacy and we put coaches to teach because the education doesn't do great job on that. we embarked on the biggest school choice of school choice programs both public and private in the country now being emulated by other states to put pressure on the system and in power particularly low-income parents to have the choices of people that live in affluence have to read the read the bottom of the pack in 97 based on the nation's report card has moved up dramatically above the national average to the extent by the way that low-income
hispanic kids in florida on the fourth grade reading test do better than the california average. all i am proud of the games that florida has made the there is a lot of work that has to get done. it is shameful that we allow a system that casts a way an entire generation. in for the's case we move the needle to put us in a place for continued improvement. my hope is that people realize while this is not necessarily a federal issue, this is something that should be of national purpose, that a little bit of our time and energy need to be able to challenge the system that has created these kind of dismal results before it is too late. even if we do those three things, we will still have the fight on the size and the scope of government, level of taxation, whether there is equity in that tax policy and all that. that's fair game. but those three things would create a greater chance of sustained economic growth and by chance is of great divide that
appears to exist right now might begin to narrow. the differences might not look as deep as they are today. but all of this is going to require leadership. this doesn't happen by osmosis. you don't change the path you are on without public leadership changing directions. too many people in public life i think try to find what the polls say and then try to mirror what people are thinking at any given time. leadership is hard to define the americans pretty much get it when they see it. we see it when someone thinks first of the greater good. what does the nation need to do and where does it need to go to a great leader everything else comes second. politics, personal pride, financial success, and even friends sometimes leaders are forged in crisis. sometimes they do their best work when nobody is listening
but we always see the results. it takes a strong leadership to produce gold results. we have seen that time and time again in recent history and it's certainly a lesson to remember as we look to the challenges we face in the near future for the country. effective leadership comes in many forms and from both political parties. president kennedy led us through vision and inspiration when he challenged america to land a man on the moon. lyndon johnson used forceful and some leadership to produce historic civil rights legislation the income tax cut in just six weeks after the assassination of president kennedy mix to 80 dead and threatened and praised and did what a hands-on leader does and his hands were huge and the stories about johnson grabbing people by the shoulder and just getting right in their grill to make them realize a one part and
it was. how about my dad and the managing of the fall of the iron curtain as the soviet empire was collapsing there were significant dangers that there would be violence of epic proportions to be the the united states could have justifiably done a victory dance over the soviets, particularly for example when the berlin wall fell. i will never forget watching my dad on tv and critics, the pundits were saying he should go over there and celebrate with the german people. had my dad done with the people of this year and now wanted to do rather than being a leader would have created greater fall more abilities for gorbachev to create an orderly transfer without will blood shed. amazingly so. a dictatorship of epic proportions in the 20th century fell without a drop of blood. it was an amazing defeat thanks to the fantastic leadership of ronald reagan and then the human
body of george h. w. bush to do the right thing rather than do the thing that might make him look popular. these are the kind of leadership skills that are necessary today for our country to get to be effective a strong leader must adhere to basic principles and be humbled in accommodating in pursuit of them. there is no greater example of that than the man for whom this library is named. almost six years ago -- [applause] almost six years ago senator ted kennedy stood here and praised the former president with whom he had engaged in so many political battles. he called ronald reagan a good friend and a gracious folk. he wanted to defeat his opponent, but he didn't want to destroy them. president reagan took office with two evil empires in his sight. one was a soviet union and the other was a federal government in treating ever more into the lives of its citizens. he brought down the former and helped renin the latter by doing what might be considered
unthinkable today to get he embraced his adversaries. two people can disagree. in fact they can disagree vehemently. but if they see in each other an honest broker motivated by good intentions and sincere beliefs they can find accommodation. there was the secret prisoner riggins success. he was considered the most bellicose of cold warriors with the most productive working relationship ever between an american president and soviet premier. together he and gorbachev signed the first treaty eliminating an entire class of nuclear weapons. he envisions the day all nuclear weapons would be eliminated. portrayed by the press and adversaries as a reckless talk but the court she was the most optimistic of during his time. for him the american dream wasn't just rhetoric, it was something he felt in his heart. president reagan and speaker tip o'neill were polar opposites in how they viewed the role of the
government. they clashed often the idea is even a slight cut each other from time to time in the press. but to quote his son thomas o'neill both men deplore more than anything, excuse me, more than the others political philosophy is stalemate. in a country the was so polarized by ideology and party politics it couldn't afford. they talked often and they had lunch and share stories. they might have had a pot or to when the evening. not during the day for sure. and together through this on this personal relationships, even though they had disparate views about the size and scope of government, they saved social security for a generation and passed the greatest overhaul of the tax code in a generation of time. president reagan had countless sessions with democrats and republicans. and it seems that today whenever such a meeting occurs it only --
precursor is the press conference where someone is like beating up the poor person that's going to show up to meet privately before the meeting even begins, which is why i am excited that president obama seems to have changed course in the last three days. [laughter] i am sincere about this. it seems he's invited republicans for the first time to dinner 12 senators and president discussing without press conferences before without much comment afterwards to see what each side has in terms of with their aspirations have. he had lunch with paul ryan. for the reasons we don't understand is ronald reagan would of done that, george bush would have done that and for the country to be successful we have to put aside some of this vitriol that exists and begin to recognize it just because the other side doesn't have our view
it doesn't mean that they are not motivated for love of country. we have to get to a different place where we can find a broad consensus based on principles. that's how we will win. ronald reagan for me is someone that is a role model not because of his great success. she is certainly that but also a role model for the political system that we have today. imagine a country with the energy resources that we have with the immigrant heritage that we have that has been our blessing. with the ability to solve the problems that seem intractable today. this country will take off. this country will be the inspiration for the rest of the world. we will regain or footing and rebuild the greatest country on the face of the earth and requires the kind of leadership that ronald reagan showed each and every day and that is why i am honored to be here. thank you very much. [applause]
thank you. [applause] >> you have five minutes. the want to take a couple questions? >> thank you so much, governor. we've got six minutes of time to take just a couple of questions. if you have a question you can raise your hand and two things, wait until we bring a microphone and if you can tell us who you are. so, if you would start right over here. >> governor bush, thank you so much for your wonderful talk. i was curious with your great results and education in florida, did you have to deal with a difficult teachers'
union? >> it's not the congressman, but it is the fea. the teachers' union is one of the more powerful forces in florida. i hope it's not as powerful as the teachers' union here but i wish i could tell you that we found a combination, but the reality is if you are advocating reform that change the system, people that are organized of the economic interest of the adults, that is their job, to collectively bargain for the adults in the case of florida the teachers' union represents teachers of course and they also represent other public school employees they do it well but to increase the school choice or how your accountability or other kind of things the we did, i didn't expect it and i didn't get it and so it was a political fight that required staying the
course and faithful execution of all the legislature passed. we were all in for eight years to kind of get the results that we had. teachers generally i think move towards seeing the benefits of the new system. the union and self didn't and they still to this day are opposed to most substantive reforms not just in florida but around the country. i wish it were different but it's part of the process of the fight. and sometimes you have to fight. sometimes you find a way to find a common ground. but when you don't, you have to sort it out publicly and that's what we did. we ran for reelection on the forms and got elected which gave me a path to continue doing what i was doing it apart from being a joy to serve it also allowed us to have enough time to show the kind of games we got and now whether states are emulating that around the country. >> my name is ellen parker.
i asked you when you were signing if you were going to save us. [laughter] >> that's a question i guess. i am optimistic that there is a growing consensus -- people's views of the political system are so -- people are angry and frustrated that i think it's beginning to change the system and i think the republican party has seen the need for a more positive, productive message not just to be against things but to go back to the days of being the place where the interesting ideas were developed and advocated, where reform was at the heart of what we believed. if we do that part of in the country is going to be saved by the american people, not by, you
know, aspiring elected officials or one that might ponder it later on. we can't wait -- we can't wait until 2016 to begin to change the direction of the country. it has to start now and that is the message. [applause] >> we've got time for one more question. >> from arroyo high. >> how are you doing? >> good. >> i'm a recent immigrant here. >> where you from? >> philippines. >> excellent. round of applause for the philippines. [applause] i was wondering what if the children was, like the legal parents came here with their child, what if they grow up and stay, will they be and then learn their fallujah occasion through high school to finish
their education and then do they stay here or do they leave? >> so, the law right now is in limbo. i'm not sure the president has this power but no one in the process of being challenged fasan either unilaterally extended the period of time for the so-called dream act of students you are describing to stay in the country for two years, but it doesn't offer a permanent solution to this. in the book that i've written, we propose a path to legalization for adults and a path to citizenship for their children under the theory that this isn't the right term, but the legal immigrants break the law that their children should not be penalized for that. and so, in your scenario i'm not sure that you're talking about anybody that you know.
[laughter] we will just leave it at that, you would be under the suggestion sadr being discussed right now in washington to reform immigration and then what we believe that you would be given a path, not you, but the person that you described would be given a path to citizenship over time, and one would have to get a ged or graduate from high school or enlist in the military. does that answer your question? >> yes, thank you. >> good luck. [applause] >> on behalf of everyone here we want to thank you so much for your presentation. >> thank you. [applause]
we are at the annual conservative political action conference in washington, d.c. and we are here with marji ross, president and publisher of regnery print based here in washington. but tv viewers may recognize this ross was with us last year for a conversation about publishing. how are you doing? >> i'm great. happy to be here. at the door here. >> let's talk about a couple bucks you have coming up in the spring season. first off, former lt. governor "beat chang obamacare." >> this is the first best seller of 2013. so we are very excited about that.
we released this book, "beating obamacare" as a paperback because we wanted to make it accessible handbook sort of a consumer's guide to what people can expect. a lot of people talked about what was going to happen with obamacare when it was actually starting to come into effect. now it's here and we have to deal with it and live with it. so that is she's an expert in this area, a former lieutenant governor of new york, one of the few people that has read the entire bill and she goes through it in a very common sense, easy to understand -- i was very impressed and remember reading the manuscript is very easy to understand explanation of what actually is in the bill, what these different laws are with the rules, what you can expect, with these different exchanges are, how it's going to affect people in their paycheck and their withholding and their insurance coverage that they get at their job, and so it's just a
very practical guide for consumers to find out what they are facing. is to get this is regardless whether you are conservative or liberal? >> actually, it is. she is not a fan of law but she walks you through in a very practical sort of consumer way what do you need to do to navigate this. >> okay. next book, "obama's four horstman." >> as you can see it is rather apocalyptic and that is the message here. i think a lot of the books that are out have come out in the past few months have talked about america at a crossroads for america at a point where we have a big decision to make. david harsanyi, who's a terrific writer and spokesperson basically says we have crossed that point. it's too late to avoid some of the disasters that we are facing so now we have to buckle down and figured out how to get
through. >> the last book you have you are holding a galley. >> this book isn't out yet but it's the next big book coming in april and it's called "the ultimate obama survival guide." this is a terrific read. it's very fun. it's also very practical. the first part of the book tells us all of the terrible things we are facing every second term of barack obama. and the second half of the book is a very practical survival guide. everything from how to buy gold coins to how to stalk your house with food and water, how to buy a gun and pick one and what ammunition to stock up on. he has covered all the bases in a very, very entertaining way. you will be scared and amused and prepared. >> i couldn't help but notice all of these books deal with obama's second term and there is kind of an understanding that for conservatives this is
something that they are going to have to live through. >> how did you go about acquiring the is in such a short period of time because he were not aware of who was winning the the election. >> that is what we struggled with and talked about in the second year and it's something that all current events publishers have to deal with. but particularly for regnery because we focus on only conservative political books. that is our niche, and we know every four years it is going to be an interesting challenge to try to publish an to the beginning of a new presidential term especially when you don't know as you never do whether it is going to be the incumbent or someone new to it in some cases it is going to be someone knew no matter what. and so, what we did is we try to sign up books that were very practical and talking about what people need to do to survive and thrive kind of matter who was in
charge. and then we knew that once the election was over we would hit one way or the other in the positioning of the book and even in the title and of the book or the subtitle of the book depending on who won. so if it had been mitt romney we would have had books that said well we are in ms. we have a chance now was getting out of it but a boy we have a lot of work to do. here is what we need to do. and the pivot for barack obama winning their reelection as while we are in a mess and it's only going to get worse from here. >> a little publishing in sight. thank you. nice to see you. >> here is a look at upcoming book fairs and festivals happening around the country.