tv Newt Gingrich Trumps America CSPAN June 18, 2018 1:00am-2:02am EDT
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tempore providing educational resources the kids were not receiving their classrooms. the young conservatives movement promotes the idea that limited government free to present a strong national -- for the next strong national defensestrong ne generation. the foundation's program is shaped by the leading conservatives whoy give their time, talent andon resources to reach students today. our guest is one such leader who played a critical role for nearly three decades. the speaker of the house of representatives has been a longtime ally and regularly addresses the programs and conferences to bring his time before, during and after. also addressing the student supporters at the center in santa barbara california and along with his wife filmed one
of the many documentaries rendezvous with destiny. we are honored to host him for the first time at the headquarters here in virginia. it's no surprise he understands the importance of educating young people with different principles that make ari great. newt gingrich is a teacher who did that stop teachindidn't stoe left congress. first elected in 1978 he represented the sixth district in 1995 he was elected speaker of the house where he served until 1999 in9. his first speech he asked and told the audience he felt compelled to public peservice at an early age people have to be dedicated to protecting life, freedom and people. i have an obligation to do my share of the child and what a
job he did. he's known as the architect of the contract that led conservatives to victory in 1994 for the first timeour decades. congress passed welfare reform the first balanced budget in a neration in first tax cut in 16 years as he rose through the ranks in congress he remained committed to educating people speaking to audiences throughout the 1990s. he held a press conference from the students on capitol hill and was covered by every major news network and broadcast on c-span. he launched the center in 2003 and served as the general chairman. as an author has published 36 books including 15 fiction and nonfiction bestsellers and his latest books come to america.
today he's a fox news contributor. contributor. "time" magazine man of the year from 1,995 cents leaders make things possible, exceptional make them inevitable. please help me in welcoming speaker newt gingrich. [applause] >> thank you very much. also an intern with us. i'm delighted to have the chance to talk with him and i think that the foundation played a veryy important role in the. as a test case for those of you that are students at the present time how many of you would say that there is a liberal bias on
yourn campus? is there anybody here that would say there is not? that's thehe largest school i've heard from that doesn't have a bias. anybody watching this would have a sense of what this is all about and why the foundation matters. we are in a long-term struggle that is literally a cultural war. how many ex- uk directly conservative answer on your test would give you a lower grade? if you have professors that
would mark you down. the news media is an outlet of the university. as the universities became more liberal, the media follow that pattern with the kind of news media that we have today. although the intensities are different w. how many of you in 201 2016 f-foxtrot r. e2016 fossellarecl? how many of you were confident donald trump would win? about three of you.
that book focused on trump but if weathered pretty well and is very relevant because large parts have changed. i realized as i watched what is going on but a great deal of what we are living through isn't as a personality but things happening in america. then you have to look at the larger portion to fully understand the trump presidency. i have a theory about why the left is so hostile to. and it goes back to election day. think of all of your friends who are liberal. atbo about 8:00 they were abouto pop the champagne.
salary is going to break the glass ceiling, they were going to get a supreme court justice. they were going to have policies on the lt, weakness overseas, raise taxes. life was good. two hours later was that h witho may have lived through this and have seen this in whatever room you were in. they are suddenly staring at each other and didn't realize not onlys she not going to be president, but that means donald trump is. going to be president. and i believe what happened i a traumatic event that the intensity and speed of change was so great that most today suffer from a political variance ptsd.
he tweets every morning so people go to bed trying not to think of the nightmare that is occurring and they begin a happy new day and they see and suddenly realized he's still president. it's one thing to say we are political components, but there is a deep personal part of this and it'see because he usurped te kingship. of course he basically ignores all that and what people don't
appreciate is he grew up in the media market which is the toughest most competitive and he learned if he were willing to fight he would get coverage every day and he likes coverage. so he spent the last 33 years fighting. he wakes up in the morning looking for a fight and he gains energy from it. so that is part of why we have this noise level but then there are huge things happening. we now have the lowest black unemployment rate. you would think liberals would be three because after all, this means in a group that expresses deep concern, there are now more job opportunities than ever.
there are more vacancies and there are people looking for work. you would think that is good. thees federal reserve in atlanta estimates this quarter the economy will grow%. if that happens that isn'tce as ft as ever under obama that us back into the range of having a boom. at the canadian firm they said virtually every company in canada is looking at moving people in the united states because the new tax code makes us the most competitive in the world. you are better off to the year than anywhere else in the world, which is an enormous shift with
a huge amount of money coming into the factories and create jobs. at the same time you have the deregulation process with more thanalf of the other presidents since world warer ii combined. ib do?oes that we are seeing the economy starts toto take off before the tax cus because they were sending signals that saiou ought to increashe wants toincrease youro more things. the government isn't going to harass you and try to put you out of business so they are already starting down the road. there are very interesting things happening outside of government that are going to control the dramatic change.
my favorite, we have a whole chapr on space. how many of you would be interested if there is an opportunity to go into space from any of you woulddy be willg to do i just curious. there are i think 200 people now that are frozen on mount everest and you can get off and every year people show up at yosemite andn everest. moving from space is a very rare thing to the pioneering and colonization.
and large part of it as an entrepreneur he fits in butt isn't the government per se. there's a book called space there and give it to their ends that i recommend. we haven't adjusted to the fact there are people on the planet are wealththat are wealthy enoue equivalent of the country that they have that many assets. so in a way if completed two flights a day taken up to about w60 miles siggerud have about 5
minutes of being weightless from 60 miles up and he spent a fair amount ofun money into this thi. he's gotot hundreds of people wo puhaveput down $250 to reserve . paul allen was the cofounder of microsoft word about $46 billion he decided to give a totally different route. he's building the largest airplane in the world basically the 74 74747 joined together ate rry 50,000 feet and his goal is to make going into space at the same convenience as getting on the domestic airliner.
that is a near space example at them from south africa. one of the projects he says openly and publicly his goal is to colonize mars which is very different from the model to have a handful of astronauts that exclusively train. he's talking to lots of people like us showing up as pioneers. so he figured out early on the single biggest problem with space. it is how the commercial flying
would be because of course we reduce cost dramatically seized in designing his rockets so that they will take off and then return. some of you may have seen the video of the rockets tha to look like t a ballet. his goal is to have every rocket used atve least ten times. welcome he will take at least 40% of the cost of getting to space and so suddenly yo suddena different cost structure with different things in different opportunities. ample of the wribrhers real and henry ford is jeff b's who's been a space fanatics and he was about 12-years-old and he got rich for the purpose of going into space. amazon worked better than he expected and he's now the wealthiest man in the well at least for the present.
they are not asking permission and there are varying levels of support. this is what you see happening everywhere. there is y a firm you can look p to defend online learnin disseng system invented by the guy sebastian who invented the google self driving car and earth view and taught at stanford and offered advanced computing online. he had 400 students registered, and 53,000 pple who signed up online.
this made the faculty mad because they were paying tuition. a considerable number of them finished the course and when he didfi the final, the t student was number 400. there were 399 other people online who do better and he said he had a sobering realization that as much as he likedli his lectures, they were not the most effective way to learn. the most effective is to have a relationship where you could ask the computer over and over if you didn't get it because the computer would never get bored. it's hard to ask three, four, five times because you get intimidated by your self and even if the professor is willing to come in you are not the professor doesn't care. so he wanted to experiment with it so he built an online learning system and found the
faculty hated it because it was a threat. they don't get that excited when the next cycle starts to make them obsolete. so he had the courage and they literally set you could for his material at the university of california system. so he said i'm not even going to try toe get accredited and he signing he started signing contracts. for the purpose of hiring new they are certified by those companies and he's discovered people would say that we get this straight i can get a normal degree or a degree google recognizes fogooglerecognizes te
probably will come online in two or three years because we have a good understandinghr of that. but i look aroundnd see i all these opportunities coming down the road and then you see the left. and the goal is to control whether it is a government-run health system or school system you can go downm. the whole lis. the world i'm describing to you isn't a happy, fun, exciting or optimistic terrifying world. what if people gotot to go out d just be happy and what if they didn't really need a bureaucracy where they could go out and find a job and they didn't have to have somebody give them food stamps.
theef. the idea of making america great again by employing it to everybody so that you end up with any american of anyou background having the opportunity to pursue happiness which violates the model that we shouldn't be considered as individuals. the left model is all of you should be broken up into groups and we should then decide which group you belong to and which group you should be mad at. so it's a model of divisiveness and taking the country apart and not putting it together. and those are going to be very impressive. in texas the poll came out senator cruise is carrying the vote against the hispanic democrat. the governor is tied with the latino vote in both of them at higher percentages than they would have gotten foure. years o
because again if you have the lowest rate in history, people talk to each other. maybe it's a good idea so there's a lot of things going on that really represent a profound change. what we talk about one last ar area. i think it is very funny that the europeans and canadians, though i have no idea how the meeting is going to do today but they h decided to they are going to gang up on trump. the fastest growing economy of the united states.
but they have control of assembly the truth is they are not that excited about being reformed. when they were aong history of the railroad workers have been striking two days a week for months just to send a signal that we are not happy. imagine the chaos that caused. so they are not necessarily the people in a very good position to decide that they will lecture us but in addition,rump mentioned something very profound. from world war ii until 2016 we used the american economy to prop up worldwide alliances. so if we needed your help, somehow you got a big deal and from then it made good sense because the soviet union was a
major competitor and number two, because we were half the world's economy and we were the one that hadn't suffered. the last 25 years, that has disappeared. we agreed to let them into the world trade organization under the hopes they would become a part of a rules-based modern system and they are not. the director of national and which is o under obama said two years ago that the chinese stole $460 billion in intellectual property in one year. that's more than our total sales in china so they've taken the position we are going to defend our intellectual property. that is going to need to
friction. he said we are not going to play that game where you charge more than we do so that's going to lead to fction. if you have an american president who has a baby system that's going to create tension because it is a huge change. we are formidable and it's a little bit frightening to. they cannot compete. they might b be about two able 0 or 50 years but if we go back at growing to 4% a year or more they are not going to catch up. so these are the kind of changes that are underway at our amazi
amazing. trump has a deep belief in his ability to lea and negotiate and one of the things i think people in the press corps don't get, he listens to everybody. so when he was sent to saudi arabia. keith picks people's brains and he will be feeding back b information that didn't work and he has enormous levels of ener
energy. the traditional model which is a leading to the bright staffers, three from the brookings institution writing a paper. the volume of information that he take in his astonishing. and his willingness to be tough his astonishing. john paul use as they do not be afraid. i have no idea what is going to happen in singapore. i think it is possible that they
will have a successful meeting and it's also possible that that morning at the breakfast time they will say it isn't going to work and they will walk out and i think that is the range of options to. there was a little house where reagan and gorbachev met in 1987 and there's a great scene we have a movie straight out of the news rooms where ronald reagan was holding out foror missile defense and gorbachev was offering everything we can have armarmsitlimitations, this treat you've got to give up your missile defense. he kept saying i'm not doing i. so he said i'm not going to give you anything.
so he was in his face saying you did this, you mad a mistake and it's clear he'ss really angry. they came back and said this is a terrible mistake all he has to do is give up that missile defense. six months later gorbachev came to washington and agreed to every single thing that he wanted and gave up on trying to stop the missile defense.
they were in the zones the government hasn't been able to screw up yet. most of america is still relatively healthy but the impact slowed everything down. they have the current regulatory environment and tax environment we would be 50% further down the ad than we are right now. when i talk to people about how it is at its lowesin history the common response is that isn't trump, that was obama's doing.
we were told it was impossible to get to 3% and if elected thee would be a depression, and we were told we should get used to the new normal. search your search engine and see how many show up saying people shouldn't be complaining. carter went onon tv one night wh what became known as the malaise speech. all of you that are miserable, i blame you. they said a recession is when -lur brother-in-law is unemployed and depression is when you are unemployed.
it's veryy similar. they convinced themselves carper had the best economy you could get a. it's very hard to make the argument we still have the growth, and obama did bring us out wit a long period of one or 2% growth but what's the differencwhat is thedifference b creation between 2% growth and what's happening. trump claims he added $7 trillion although he wouldn't qualify with the policies because it is so much more fun to say. it is a style that he has that
he learned very early on as anin entrepreneur but it's going to be very hard to argue if this continues. we have a lot of things to do to make this continue but if it continues what you are going to see is at what point do i get to tell you that's baloney. and i'm confident that if they work out an agreent in singapore and they walk out the front and announced they are getting out of the nuclear weapons by wednesday, the headline will be dramatic effort by kerouac kim jong-il despite the personality.
but it's because he applies common sense and if you apply common sense it just falls apart. i takeiohetory he the woman he got to know who have been advised to have an abortion and his daughter was with him as she was telling the story and that was the decisive moment. also a story he would contemplate legalizing marijuana. you can't assume she's going to walk in the room having spent 30 years thinking this stuff through. ronald reagan originally was an fdr democrat and as late as 48 made commercials for hubert humphrey when he was the anti-communist liberal running against the procommunist federal we forget how bad the period was and he became an anti-communist
and her father was a right-wing medical doctor and her throug ta series of conversations, he began to be more and more anti-tax and he was hired by general electric corp. the education of ronald reagan. he had the hi head of the government relations and i worked with him for years and i understood what he was doing from rs the first time. he learned how to deal with people. he went around and gave 375 speeches to a blue-collar audiences with q-and-a and picture taking.
ronald reagan went flying back then he refused to fly. i think they got caught in a thunderstorm and he just decided that was it. he didn't fly again until the fall of 65 he gets a call one evening from his brother in san francisco w. they said you know i don't fly and i can't get from here to san francisco that fast. they said you get to decide if you want to be governor. the next time he goes out on an airplane which tells you how ambitioushe he was working for generall electric, he's riding a he didn't gamble. he read books and he keeps
giving conservative books of friedman sees reading these conservative economics. trump made money, invented things like the apprentice, the best-selling toy in america and . he doesn't drink. it's not like he was hanging around being wasteful, just she's a business guy, not a politician. morning andat thought i am donald trump. of course i can do a better job otherwise i wouldn't be donald trump. [laughter] that is what propels him. i don't hold him to any kind of an ideological checklist.es i would say when he makes a decision there is a difference
when it's a big decision, the iran agreement which before he entered the agreement is what can we do and he said you either come up with a better deal, just had two and a half years. when you ge you get down to lite things he is on break of. he's basically is priest. onll things. he balked in response to an evolving reality running as a republican populist in a field with 16 other people and over
time he realized if he was going to put together a base he had to have a frame of reference is a. one of you has to go all the way over here now. >> thank you for coming. i met with the former national security adviser and he wanted me to send my regards. when you were the speaker of the house you wrote the contract with america and you seem to have an uncanny ability to work with president clinton and get things done.
there is a deep partisan divide with at least two parts to what's going on. it is these differences about the nature of america and i think that makes it a real challenge. second, you have to have a personality that it can deal with. i would have had no idea how to deal with barack obama. barack obama got up every morning knowing that the
greatest person on the planet have just woken up and he would treat with contempt. there was no way to break through a. i talked to ryan when he was speaker. if i had been speaker i don't know what i would have done because obama by personality was so hard to deal with. clinton for all of hisor astonishingly open. you could talk with them and about a third of the time he would fly, but you've just got to get hard to get used to that. the next day you go back at it
again. the democrats right now don't want to work with trump. the goal is to fail. i think they will cave, but they have no interest of being cooperative and in that case, you don't worry about it much. what i would have done more of, i would have figured out issues that made it expensive and bring up issues in such a way that the leadership was constantly under pressure because ofrd the membes were saying i can't stay with him i will get these back home if i go with you. that is the kind of pressure that breaks apart that kind of partisanship.
[inaudible] >> they will continue the pressure to reduce the total number of regulations and they will continue to try to find every possible way to make the government more efficient. i suspect they will do some attrition that you have to handle that pretty carefully because if you are in the middle of a cancer research project, you don't want to freeze to mean you can't find two more cancer researchers. the government will be somewhat smaller by the time they are done with the exception they are expanding homeland security and the defense system and i think that will continue and given the rise of a more dangerous world they won't have any more choice and they will have to invest in more.
>> we are about halfway through the first term with a substantial amount of the first term left where do you see the economy going in this first or second phase of the presidency? >> i divided it into two parts. thte rs half is what we've accomplished and the second half is what we have to do. i think if he continues down the road, deregulation if they continue to be tough trade negotiations the economy will continue to grow pretty dramatically. i wouldn't be shocked to have three and a half or 4% growth the next three, four or five years. somebody had a great line last night somebody said this will be
a great project for somebody that is good at math. if you assume the american economy is quickly for 200 years averages over 3%, actually close to 3% compounded and you look at the last two years of bushnd last eight years of obama even though we were slowly recovering at a rate below the historical kaleidoscope so if you figure that out on a compounded basis if we had stayed 3.5%, what would the economy look like today? it would give you the gap that we could grow into so when people say we are close to the end because after all we can't grow much more, actually by historical standards we are 15 or 20% smaller than we would have been. we were growing unbelievably
fast and if bush hadn't come out for a tax increase in a bizarre way they were splitting the republican party and slowing down the economy which helped elect the first republican house in 40 years. >> you talked about how the age of artificial intelligence like the american workforce is going to have to be more agile in response to it if you went back to 1800 with a substantial number of people engaged.
the would have overwhelmingly the majority engaged in farming and if you had said to them we are going to be down to the current members i think it is three and a half or 4% with a massive surplus we have to sell somewhere because the farmers are so productive that the average person would have thought they were crazy. it's a cycle of desirable things at a rate slightly faster than unemployment. i also believed b believe by tht humans are right at the edge anf on average but to be 100 much healthier.
partly because people were borne out fiscally. physicallyt worn down. henry kissinger would be bored to death. he would just be bored to death and think we are crazy. so you will have people that live longer andon have greater range of options and it requires thinking through two things. one of his we have to build online convenience systems allow you to learn conveniently so if
you want to go to valley for six weeks and take courses online i don't care if you need to be available with two hours a week a professor is available, think about how i'm efficient instructors are and then you have to rethink the finances. a rative o mine thinking he might retire from 25 years it'sa pretty large amount of money if we have to be thinking in terms of each of o you on average will have five to seven or more jobs in your lifetime. i don't just mean internship so you have to think about how you are going to change and evolve and i've reinvented myself four or five times and
people would just learn to do that, that's my guess. i have an ia for your next book and i think that you are probably the most qualified to hand this. it could be the guide to handling of the ever-changing tg nature of world events. it could be to have the infinite number of possibilities events taking place at any given time and given the problem it's your job to come up with the most viable way of handling this problem and those who should never run for president.
>> anybody can run for president who has the guts to do it and they don't do it because of some rational process. in the end it's who has the makings to be president. there would be a whole series of crisis and the library has done this. theyud take the operation and te students a man to put them in the situation room and say you're not going to get the information they got you have to make the decision and think it through. >> you touched a bit on the conservative fiscall policy and
attitude towards the government regulationla and i think a largr portion of america is starting to agree with you on that. a lot of people consider themselves conservative fiscal fiscally. what do they need to do to combat and adapt to that? >> i think it works itself out in different ways. you could argue that the whole question has moved particularly in your generation towards what we call the left and on the other hand i would sugge abor i moved tohe right and the development of technologies that allow you to see the baby at an earlier date has had a devastating effect on the acceptability after the first 20 weeks so it's a more
it takes people like yourself who are willing to do the work and makehe arguments. i'm honored to be here. thank you for letting me talk. [applause] [applause] >> thank you for being here today and for watchingn c-span. for more information you can go the speaker willeakg photos in our lobbies. please exit and line up. there's stuff left over in the kitchen if you like to help yourself. i know you need to get back in for your next session. you have a copy of the book and
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