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House Proceeding 02-22-10 on Feb 23rd, 2010 :: 2:01:55 to 2:25:20
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Steve King

2:01:55 to 2:02:16( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: but we are the party of k.-n- o-w. and the american people need to demand tt also. that is absolutely critical. mr. king: i appreciate the gentleman from georgia sticking around. the marine from georgia, thank you very much, dr. broun. i want to move along into a component of this, that is on

Steve King

2:01:55 to 2:25:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Steve King

Steve King

2:02:17 to 2:02:37( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the front of my mind and the first part of this is so that, mr. speaker, so that you and the people on the other side of the aisle -- i know your constituonal position, nonpartisan standpoint, how did we get here is the question.

Steve King

2:02:38 to 2:02:59( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: why is it that america is watching as the white house has rolled out was it 14 pages, no legislative language that are supposed to be a bipartisan negotiating standard, why is it that the president of the united states has refused to give up on

Steve King

2:03:00 to 2:03:21( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: obamacare which others call reidcare, some call i pelosicare. a health care policy put together by those three rulers and leaders that are untested in a single-party government and this is what you get. and you get something that is put together behind closed doors in smoke-filled rooms with guards outside the doors and

Steve King

2:03:22 to 2:03:42( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: they are trying to put together some kind of package that could garner 51 votes and 218 votes in the house of representatives. meanwhile the president is chastising republicans for not wanting to work in a bipartisan fashion. so what has hapened? and i'll make the point, mr. speaker, that the president of

Steve King

2:03:43 to 2:04:05( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the united states has lost his mojo. he doesn't have it anymore. he had the most juice of any president an i can think of when he was inaugurated. the nation was on the verge of euphoric because they elected the first black president of the united states, new way forward, all about hope and change.

Steve King

2:04:06 to 2:04:27( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: hope and change are defined differently depending on what they heard from the president of the united states. one side, the extreme liberals believe the united states was going to jerk the trops out of iraq and believed he would never engage in foreign conflict and spend the money on social programs and the other side

Steve King

2:04:28 to 2:04:50( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: believes that the president might be somewhat stable on national defense and wouldn't spend so much money and everyone believed that the president would work in a bipartisan fashion, but it didn't happen. and when the president of the united states, today's president of the united states, mr. speaker, was working in a complicit fashion with george

Steve King

2:04:51 to 2:05:11( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: bush when tarp unfolded a year and several months ago, it turned out to be $350 billion and another $350 billion. we see it as one package, but it was not. under the last month of the administration, $350 bilion was approved for tarp.

Steve King

2:05:12 to 2:05:33( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: henry paulson came to this capitol september 19, 208, before the presidential election and did what i call his chicken little routine. he said the sky is faling, the sky is fallin and the only way we can prop the sky back up, give me $700 billion and maybe i'll be smart enough and wise enough to do this, but if you

Steve King

2:05:34 to 2:05:54( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: tie my hands and put any strings on this money if you try to alter the deal, the whole sky is going tocrash down and the whole world will collapse. he presumed we thought about it for 24 hours and we had to bite the bullet and take the bait and

Steve King

2:05:55 to 2:06:15( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: set the hok and real us in. that was one of the first things that happened. it wasn't the first. through the course of this, president obama, then senator obama, was right along the way, supporting for, voting for every irresponsible spending that took place as a united states senator

Steve King

2:06:16 to 2:06:37( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and then as a president elect, then as president of the united states, that's when he really turned up the heat and opened the floodgates and the spending moved on and that's when we saw the nationalization of these eightuge entities. that would be thre large investment banks, mr. speaker. it would be

Steve King

2:06:38 to 2:06:59( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: insurance company, it would be freddie mac, fannie mae, and that's six of the eight. and the american people are watching this and they're thinking, we have a constitutional republic. we elect our representatives. their job is to use their best judgment and their best source of resources to come to the best conclusion as posible and make decisions for the american

Steve King

2:07:00 to 2:07:20( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: people because they can't all be investment bankers and can't know what is going on on the inside of wall street and can't know what the united states treasurer is doing. and they can't understand necessarily all the advice that's coming into the white hous or members of ongress' office. we can provide input.

Steve King

2:07:21 to 2:07:42( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: but we trusted the judgmet. that's how our founding fathers set this up. this is a constitutional republic. every one of us who has a unique franchise and 435 members of the house and 10 members of the senate have a unique fran chase. and we put our best effort,

Steve King

2:07:43 to 2:08:04( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: second, our best judgment. and our best effort is clear, work as hard as diligently and efficiently as you can. our best judgment includes the input of the american people and from the experts and the data and analysis and the studies and the testimony and the hearings that come before these committees so we can come to a good conclusion.

Steve King

2:08:05 to 2:08:26( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the american people trusted those conclusions, but they saw tarp come down the pike. then they saw the takeover of some of the large investment banks like the investment brokers like bear stearns, bank america, ctigroup, a.i.g., binge, binge, binge, freddie mac

Steve King

2:08:27 to 2:08:48( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and fannie mae taken over by the federal government and geting more uneasy, and then, mr. speaker, as the american people have this not in their gut, along came the nationalization of general motors and chrysler and that's when the credibility of the white house tanked because even though the american people don't necessarily

Steve King

2:08:49 to 2:09:09( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: understand wall street, they understand cars. most of us own one or more of them, we own pickups, to. people who own pickups don't know about cars. we market them, we fix them,

Steve King

2:09:10 to 2:09:31( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: race them, buy them, sel, them. americans have a love affair with cars and the president of the united states nationalized two huge important auto makers, took them over. he dictated the termites to the bankruptcy court and the hearings that were held before bankruptcy changed not one single dot or cross on a t from

Steve King

2:09:32 to 2:09:53( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: a proposal that was dictated from the white house going into the bankruptcy court acorting to testimony in the judiciary committee. the president dictated the terms and the president apointed a car czar, 31-year-old car czar that has had never made a car,

Steve King

2:09:54 to 2:10:15( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: sold a car, we don't think he has ever fixed a car, we don't even know he owned a car at the time, but if he did, we ought to look and see if it was an american car or foreign-made car. . . we ban to lose faith quickly when the government took over the automobile business. when the speaker of the house

Steve King

2:10:16 to 2:10:36( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: made the point that she would not give the automakers bargaining control over the unions, over the united auto workers union, when she said that and that term stuck and the president of the united states and others leveraged the bond holders out, the secured creditors that had hard collateral investment in these

Steve King

2:10:37 to 2:10:57( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: companies, and they had secured collateral that they could foreclose on, they were aced out and one of the reasons that the were is because those secured companies that held those were some of the investment banks that were bailed out by tarp. so they had leverage that said, give up your positions because we've got the money and we can control your boards of directors.

Steve King

2:10:58 to 2:11:19( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and so the white house dictated then the terms of these bankruptcies to the automakers and they took the secured credit away from the investors and they handed it over to the labor unions and additionally to that the president of the united states fired the c.e.o. of general motors and replaced the

Steve King

2:11:20 to 2:11:40( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: board of directors and general motors down to the last two, all but two directed by the president of the united states and the american people were repulsed by the very idea that the president of the united states would be engaged in nationalizing companies. and as i look at this i just had a little piece of a document that i've printed off of the

Steve King

2:11:41 to 2:12:02( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: website of the socialist website, the democratic socialists of america, and i'd encourage, mr. speaker, tha you and others that are interested in this should go to the website, and there you will find some of the text of the strategy, that appears to be the strategy of the white house. social redistribution, it says. social redistribution, one of the goals.

Steve King

2:12:03 to 2:12:24( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the shift of wealth and resources from the rich to the rest of society will require -- this is the democratic socialist website, the shift of wealth and resources from the rich to the rest of society will require, number one, massive redistribution of income from corporations and the wealthy to wage earners and the poor and the public sector in order to provide the main source of new

Steve King

2:12:25 to 2:12:45( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: funds for social programs, income maintenance and infrastructure rehabilitation, a massive shift of income from corporations and the wealthy, in other words share the wealth, mr. speaker. right off the socialist website. item number two says a massive shift of public resources from the military to civilian uses. we've seen that, too. and furthermore it says in the

Steve King

2:12:46 to 2:13:09( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: socialist website,he nationalization of major corporations, it says they don't have to do it all at once, they can do it gradually, they want to nationalize the oil refinery business, they want to nationalize the energy industry in america. all of that on the socialist website, mr. speaker. all of that looks stunningly like what we've seen happen over the last year and a half and the

Steve King

2:13:10 to 2:13:31( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: american people had had enough. eight large entities, the last two were the automakers and the automakers were the ones who gave the american peoe the insight into what the rest of those decisions were and right after that came the stimulus plan, $787 billion poured into the economy for a purpose that only 6 of the people think it

Steve King

2:13:32 to 2:13:52( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: plowed, only 6% think that the stim plus plan worked and right behind that came cap and trade, cap and tax. this is another plan to punish american business, punish everybody in america that uses energy under the extremely my opic and ill informed idea that anybody's trying to save the plan et, trying to save the planet. i don't want to sound like a

Steve King

2:13:53 to 2:14:13( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: broked record. i'm quoting a person in the house of representatives, mr. speaker. you're not going to save the planet if you're going to use false data, data that has been either jiggered or data that's been sorted and selected to produce the results that they want. it looks like the data that produced the hockey stick graph is selected data and the

Steve King

2:14:14 to 2:14:36( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: language that came out of some of the leaked emails said we have to hide the decline, michael mann wants to hide the decline, phil jones wants to hide the decline. well, the american people understand now that it wasn't just something that they didn't understand. cap and trade, the science behind that, if you call it science, is another one of those things the american people thought they didn't understand

Steve King

2:14:37 to 2:14:57( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: but surely the experts did, like sury they didn't understand wall street but surely the experts did. now they found out the american people knew more about wall street than the people of wall street did because they want fiscal responsibility, they're not skimming the cream out every quarter and come what may letting the economy get unstable and perhaps crash. same with cap and trade, cap a tax, the pseudo science behind that.

Steve King

2:14:58 to 2:15:19( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: they understand now that the results have been rigged to some degree. they don't quite know what. and right behind that came comprehensive health care reform, socialized medicine, mr. speaker. and the american people rose up again and ey filled the town hall meetings in august and they kept them full into september and we came back here and argued

Steve King

2:15:20 to 2:15:40( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and fought this legislation and as that unfolded and finally on the senth of november the version from the house passed here on the floor and the following month on christmas eve a version in the senate, a significantly different version, passed there with the 60-vote super majority.

Steve King

2:15:41 to 2:16:02( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: christmas eve the elves were justice putting away the last gift they had put together, the last toy for the kids, and they were to go to bed to sleep while santa delivered but harry reid had to have a vote over in the united states senate and so the christmas eve gift to the american people was social idsed medicine senate style -- socialized medicine senate style. now we have a house version and

Steve King

2:16:03 to 2:16:24( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: a senate version and the american people rose up and not a single pundit on christmas eve on the day that that bill passed had said that there was a chance for scott brown to win the united states senate race in the special election in massachusetts which was scheduled for and did take place january 19 of this year. not a single pundit predicted it

Steve King

2:16:25 to 2:16:46( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: at that date no one saw it coming. some polls -- poles showed him down 30%, others showed him down 21% on that day. his ponent went dark, the -- stopped the campaign and people thought that everybody would be distracted over christmas and so there wasn't any point in doing politics during that period of

Steve King

2:16:47 to 2:17:07( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: time from christmas eve on through new year's eve and on into the new year, when you finally get back into the rhythm of things. but the thing that didn't get anticipated was that, oh, we talk politics, all right. you can talk about, when you get together for the holidays and we do several king christmases to get it all taken care of in their right way, we talk about politics, we talk about rming

Steve King

2:17:08 to 2:17:28( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and we talk about the weather. so do all kinds of americans and so do people in massachusetts. so when they came through the other side of that and when the intervention that we had, scott brown obviously won the election in massachusetts in the scott heard around the world and that was the death nail for socialized medicine in america and the president of the united

Steve King

2:17:29 to 2:17:49( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: states immediately refused to receive the message from the people in massachusetts and he insists on pushing obamacare back over and over and over again. while that was going on, excuse me, mr. speaker, i think i need to make this point that from that 19th of january there were

Steve King

2:17:50 to 2:18:10( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: a lot of other maneuverings that went on. senator harkin said they had already negotiated a settlement between democrats so they could figure out how to pass a bill, before scott brown won the election. and that strategy, i presume, was predicated upon an assumption that they would have 60 votes in the senate. but in any case, they contemplated the idea that they might have to try to move

Steve King

2:18:11 to 2:18:32( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: something true on reconciliation, the tactic that they used in the senate on rare occasions that democrats called the nuclear option but it's not too handy to call it a nuclear option today and what they have done, mr. speaker, even though the blizzards shut this down down for a week and it was -- town down for a week and it was hard to get business done, they've been meeting behind closed doors again and even

Steve King

2:18:33 to 2:18:53( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: though the american people revolted at the idea of cooking up this toxic stew called obamacare, this toxic stew that started with socialized medicine, single-payer government runit all, this big old dated 15-year-old tainted soup bone called hillarycare, dropped it into her pot to kick

Steve King

2:18:54 to 2:19:14( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: up this health care bill and then they saw that and nobody wanted it, nobody wanted plain old straight single-payer that president obama as a candidate obama had promised he was for to the american people. so they started throwing in some other kind of vegetables and things to change the flavor of -- or the looks of it a little bit. so they give some opingses out

Steve King

2:19:15 to 2:19:35( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the other way but it still turned out to be the same soup bone in there that cooked up this toxic stew and this toxic stew called obamacare is something the american people don't want. they don't want the t of any toxic stew and once it is, no matter what you add to it, it's still toxic, it's still tainted.

Steve King

2:19:36 to 2:19:56( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the american people don't want a pot full and they don't want a bowl full, they don't want a cup full, they don't want a spoon full, they want no measure of this national health car plan that's been cooked up. it's tainted, it needs to be thrown over the side, thrown out and we need to start over. that's what 47% of the people said they want to start over,

Steve King

2:19:57 to 2:20:19( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: another quarter of them say just throw it out and do nothing and there's maybe a quarter of them that think, i think the number was 23%, think that there ought to be obamacare should be passed , that's a pretty low percentage. thomas jefferson said large initiatives should not be passed on slender majorities. now they're trying to pass a large initiative through wouth a

Steve King

2:20:20 to 2:20:40( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: majority and i say that because, mr. speaker, the american people have spoken. the american people have realized now what they have produced in the past election, this they know they've got a new election coming up here in november of this year, the political center of america has moved and the elections haven't caught up to reflect the movement of the political center

Steve King

2:20:41 to 2:21:02( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: but no one doubts it will happen. they're just as confident that there's going to be a significant seats picked up here in the house of representatives and so i'm going to make this point, mr. speaker, and that is, nothing good can come from the president insisting to push obamacare back out in the middle of the table on thursday. nothing good can come from

Steve King

2:21:03 to 2:21:24( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: closed door secret meetings planning a strategy called reconciliation/nuclear option that is the equivalent of holding a gun to the head of republicans, figuratively speaking, and then saying, listen, i have all the cylinders full, the hammer is congressed, this is reconciliation-nuclear option, and now you can either

Steve King

2:21:25 to 2:21:45( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: accept that that we offer to you, obamacare through this version, or if you don't, we're just going to pull the trigger, drop the hammer and run that reconciliation package through the senate and over here to the house where the house would be sitting with two senate versions passed and then they would pass the recciliation, the changes that the house insists on the senate bill, not the house --

Steve King

2:21:46 to 2:22:06( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: excuse me, the speaker and the house democrats insist on the senate bill, and if they change it, if they pass that, they would then hold it and not message it to the president, they would wait and then they would pass the senate version of the bill, message that to the president, ask him to sign the senate version and then the

Steve King

2:22:07 to 2:22:27( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: reconciliation-nuclear option package would go to the president of the united states and he would sign that right afterwards and probably in the same bill signing ceremony and the second bill amendments the first bill -- amends the first bill. that, mr. speaker, is how honest this is and i'm not suggesting that it is. that should give the american people an idea of what's going

Steve King

2:22:28 to 2:22:48( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: on here and it is something that repulses them and me. the voice -- the job of the speaker is to bring out the will of the group, not to bring out the will of the speaker. and we have some negotiations to take place before we go to those -- to take place. before we go to those i want to make a point that is useful to me.

Steve King

2:22:49 to 2:23:10( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: it was something that was originated in the mind and the thought process of my friend from minnesota. this is -- this is the declaration o health care indeendence, it recognizes that -- it recognizes six points up above of what nt wrong and those six points are that everything that's going on righ now, except for what republicans

Steve King

2:23:11 to 2:23:32( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: have done, has denied our american liberty, it has -- init -- it increases our taxes, it cripples the economy, it creates a new tax, it creates a bureaucracy that will device ways to increase the spending, and it empowers bureaucrats to do what they will to us and it costs us quality and choice. those are the negatives.

Steve King

2:23:33 to 2:23:54( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and, are this, and this declaration of health care independence, these are the things we say are forward. we're going to consider working with people who believe in these principles, these principles are, number one, we're going to protect the doctor-patient relationship. number two, we're not going to add to the debt.

Steve King

2:23:55 to 2:24:17( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: number three, we're going to improve not diminish the quality of care. what we do is going to be transparent in its negotiations and in its meaning with no favegtism to anyone with any state, equal protection under the law, we're gng to treat people the same whether they're members of congress or whether they are your regular citizens that don't have the privileges that we have here, we are not going it fund abortion, we are

Steve King

2:24:18 to 2:24:38( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: not going to fund illegals, there will be no new mandates on the states, individuals or businesses employers. equal protection and we're going to utilize the marketplace of ideas and choice with competion. that, mr. speaker, is what this declaration of health care independence does. it currently has at least the signatures of 96 members of congress, somebo printed that

Steve King

2:24:39 to 2:24:59( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: there was a small number of people that have supported this. that's only two days of trying. 96 republicans have signed this, not a single democrat what has come forward and been willing to sign it at this point. we need to send a strong message to the leadership that going cheek to cheek with the president of the united states and dancing a tango and acting

Steve King

2:25:00 to 2:25:20( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: like we want to do busess and we don't have any rules for the road, these are the rules of the road and i will, mr. speaker, make the announcement here that i will not vote for a bill that doesn't honor and respect these parameter and i want to start with single stand alone pieces of legislation and i want to start with tort reform and i

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