I believe that there is a fundamental difference and I think it has been evident with most of the answers Mr. Carter has given tonight. That he seeks the solution to anything as another opportunity for a federal government program. I happen to believe that the federal government has usurped powers and autonomy and authority that belongs back at the state and local level. It has imposed on the individual freedoms of the people. And there are more of these things that could be solved by the people themselves, if they were given a chance.
But taking that one no from the Soviet Union, we then went back into negotiations on their terms. Because Mr. Carter had cancelled the B-1 bomber, delayed the MX, delayed the trident submarine, delayed the cruise missiles, shut down the minute man missile production line. The Soviet Union sat at the table knowing that we had gone forward with unilateral concessions without out any reciprocation from them whatsoever.
I am not talking of scrapping. I am talking of taking the treaty and going back into negotiations. And I would say to the Soviet Union, we will sit and negotiate with you as long as it takes. To not only have legitimate arms negotiation but to have a reduction of these nuclear weapons to the point that neither one of us represents and threat to the other. That is hardly throwing away a treaty and being opposed to arms limitation
I will tell you that I believe with all my heart that our first priority must be world peace. And that use of force is always and only a last resort. When everything else has failed. And then only with regard to our national security.
Meeting this mission for the responsibility of preserving the peace. Which I believe is a irresponsibility peculiar to our country. We cannot shirk our responsibility of leader of the free world because we are the only one who can do it. And therefore the burden of maintaining the peace falls on us. And to maintain that peace requires strength. America has never gotten into a war because we were too strong.
That we have only leased out and begun to explore 2% of our outer continental shelf for oil. There are vast supplies yet to be found. Our government has in the last year or so, taken out of multiple use, millions of acres of public lands. That’s probably 70% of the potential oil in the United States… is probably hidden in those lands. And no one is allowed even to go in to explore, to found out if it’s there. This is particularly true of the recent efforts to shut down part of Alaska.
This nation has been portrayed for too long of time to the people as being energy poor. When it is energy rich. The coal that the president mentioned, yes, we have it. And yet, 1/8 of our total core resources is not being utilized at all, right now. The mines are close down, there are 22,000 miners out of work. Most of this is due to regulations. Which either interfere with the mining of it or prevent the burning of it. With our modern technology, yes we can burn our coal within the limits of the clean air act. I think as technology improves we will be able to do even better with that.
When he was a candidate in 1976, President Carter, invented a thing he called the Misery Index. He added the rate of unemployment and the rate of inflation. And it came at that point to 12.5%, under President Ford. And he said that no man, with that size Misery Index had a right to seek reelection to the presidency . Today, by his own decision, the Misery Index is in excess of 20%
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I would like to ask the President, why is it inflationary to let the people keep more of their money and spend it they way they would like and it isn’t inflationary to let him take that money and spend it the way he wants?
I think this idea that has been has been spawned here in our country that inflation somehow came upon on us like a plague and therefore it’s uncontrollable. And no one can do anything about it is entirely spurious and it’s dangerous to say this to the people.
Since then, he has blamed to the people for inflation, OPEC, he has blamed the Federal Reserve system, he has blamed the lack of productivity of the American people, he has then accused the people of living too well and that we must share in scarcity, we must sacrifice and get used to doing with less. We don’t have inflation because the people are living too well. We have inflation because the government is living too well.