Remarks at a Campaign
Fundraising Luncheon for Representative Connie Mack in
you. Connie, I could have listened all day. [Laughter] Thank you all very much.
Connie and Priscilla, Governor Bob Martinez and Mary Jane, Jeannie Austin, Alec
Courtelis, Tommy Thomas, Jeb
Bush, and Paula Hawkins, ladies and gentlemen, I thank you all. The Florida
Republican Party fills my heart with sunshine. You know, it's always great to
actually, the truth is, you know what keeps me young -- it's cutting taxes.
[Laughter] The other thing that keeps me young is helping elect outstanding
Republicans, and that's why I'm here today. I came to campaign for the next
United States Senator from
of course, Connie Mack's grandfather and namesake was the grand old man of
baseball. Back then, if Connie had told his grandfather that he wanted to go to
since his election to Congress in 1982, Connie has stood with us for reducing
taxes, spending, and government; strengthening our defense, expanding world
freedom; and restoring a strong, proud, and free
George Bush and I took office, the other party, which had long controlled
refused to believe the so-called experts who announced that fuel shortages and
gas lines were here to stay, that we had entered an age of scarcity and
Americans would have to learn to get by with less. Instead we deregulated oil
prices, said goodbye to Federal price fixing and fuel rationing, and helped put
Well, we pushed ahead and cut the tax rates, as you know. And the result was that inflation was slashed to a fraction of what it had been; interest rates were more than cut in half; the economy boomed; employment soared; and Federal revenues actually increased. The top tax bracket has now been lowered from 70 percent to 28 percent, and in the Senate, Connie Mack will help keep the rates down and work with George Bush and his fellow Republicans in Congress to cut the capital gains rate and open our economy for more jobs and growth.
But what about the Democrats? The $64 billion
question is this: Should we expect that if the Democrats' all but certain
Presidential candidate is elected that he would raise taxes? Yep. In fact, he
just did. Not only has he hiked taxes as Governor of Massachusetts, but in the
last 5 years he has increased
November, if the people of
Connie Mack knows that to fight the deficit you must control spending. He
supports the balanced budget amendment and the line-item veto, which your
Governor has and which I had as a Governor, but which -- for some reason they
just don't want to give it to a President. He helped lead the fight to pass Gramm-Rudman, and that law is already helping to put a lid
on Federal spending. Connie knows that the American people are not undertaxed; the Federal Government overspends. Isn't that
the kind of man
You see, the new liberals -- or the liberals, not new -- the liberals in Congress have opened a new front in their assault on limited government and fiscal responsibility with a tactic designed to circumvent the budget process and slip past Gramm-Rudman. Their new strategy is to try to enact their multimillion-dollar social agenda by requiring private businesses, primarily small businesses, to carry out and directly pay for expensive social programs.
Now, here's an example: Senator Kennedy has tried for years to pass an exorbitantly expensive program of socialized medicine, and it hasn't happened. So, now he's proposing -- and the expected Democratic nominee has endorsed this plan -- that the Government pass a law requiring private companies to directly pay for a federally mandated health insurance program, a program not targeted to the needy and which would not provide for the retired or unemployed.
to the Congress' own budget office, this law would cost the American people a
whopping $27.1 billion a year. But the political angle of this scheme is that
the tremendous expense of this mandatory program will not be called what it
obviously is, a gigantic tax, a $27 billion tax, mostly falling on small businesses, that would reduce jobs, growth, wages, and
economic opportunity across every segment of American society. The fact that
the liberals try to disguise their big government ideology inside a legislative
Trojan horse is proof that they haven't given up. It's up to conservatives like
Connie Mack to just say no to big government and to lead the fight for greater
opportunity and prosperity for
In 1988 the American people face a choice, really the same choice we've faced before, and much the same choice most of the world has recently had to make. And each time the people have made the same decision to continue in the direction of economic freedom, entrepreneurship, and individual opportunity, and to move away from the heavy hand of government which seeks to control the people and the economy.
Now, I have to tell you, this reminds me of a story. Actually, it's an old baseball story. You see, one day, old Lucifer down there from his headquarters called St. Peter in Heaven, said they wanted to challenge him to a baseball game. And St. Peter said, ``Sure, let's play. But to be fair, I have to tell you all the great ones are up here. We've got Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Satchel Paige, Roberto Clemente. We've got all the best players, and our manager is the legendary Connie Mack. You won't have a chance.'' Well, old Lucifer says, ``That doesn't matter, we'll win anyway.'' And St. Peter says, ``How do you expect to do that?'' ``Well,'' he says, ``simple, we've got all the umpires.'' [Laughter]
You see, we can either have an economy that puts the private citizen at the center -- the consumer, the worker, the entrepreneur -- and lets each individual be the judge of what to buy or sell, where to work, where to invest, and what to create; or we can put the Government at the center of the economy and let bureaucrats and politicians call the balls and strikes and decide who's out, and who's out of work, who's out of business, or who will get the big contract and be home free.
is euphemistically called government-corporate partnership is just government
coercion, political favoritism, collectivist industrial policy, and old-fashioned
Federal boondoggles nicely wrapped up in a bright-colored ribbon. And it
doesn't work. This kind of approach was tried in
Connie Mack and the Republican Party stand for opportunity and jobs. We represent working people and entrepreneurs. The liberal leadership of the Democratic Party represents big government at the expense of the American worker and taxpayer. But the fact is that the Democrats have controlled both Houses of Congress for 27 of the last 33 years, and now more than ever it's time for a change.
Let me add to those figures I just gave you with regard to the other party. When we took office in January 1981, the Democrats had controlled both Houses of the Congress for 44 of the preceding 48 years. But in the 1980 election, we won control of one House: the Senate. And for 6 years, we had that. Now, we're back to the Democrats having both Houses. We couldn't have achieved the economic recovery we have if both Houses had remained in Democratic hands as they are now. We must get the Senate back if we're to continue our economic growth.
let's talk for a moment about foreign policy. Let me offer here a simple,
straightforward message: No more
just came from a meeting with Cuban-American leaders, and I want to tell you
what I told them. In Communist Cuba, a man like Armando Valladares
is considered a criminal. In the
yes, there is an unbridgeable gulf between the Governments of the
can count on Connie Mack to defend freedom, to defend
Connie Mack cares about people. Ask Anatoly Michelson, who immigrated to
when I look at this tremendous group here today, all of you, I just wish I
could take you all back to
So, thank you all. God bless you all.
Note: The President
spoke at in the International Ballroom at the Omni International
Hotel. In his opening remarks, he referred to Connie and Priscilla Mack; Robert
and Mary Jane Martinez; Jeannie Austin, Florida State Republican chairman; Alex
Courtelis, chairman of the luncheon; L.E. (Tommy)
Thomas, former Republican State chairman; John E. Bush, Dade County Republican
Party Chairman; and Senator Paula Hawkins. Following his remarks, the President