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House Proceeding 04-27-09 on Apr 27th, 2009 :: 0:36:20 to 0:56:35
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John R. Carter

0:36:17 to 0:36:42( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: change their course, and demand accountability in exchange for our hard-earned taxpayer dollars. thank you, mr. speaker, for this time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. the gentleman from kansas. mr. moran.

John R. Carter

0:36:20 to 0:56:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John R. Carter

John R. Carter

0:36:43 to 0:37:04( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: mr. hunter from california. mr. inglis from south carolina. under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2009, the gentleman from texas, mr. carter, is recognized for 60

John R. Carter

0:37:05 to 0:37:27( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: minutes as a designee minority leader. mr. carter: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you very much. i appreciate being here. we celebrate today, or shortly, i think in two days we celebrate 100 da of president obama's

John R. Carter

0:37:28 to 0:37:48( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: presidency and his rankings are way up there and we all respect him on his first 100 days but i'm going to talk about those 100 days bause i have a different viewpoint than others might. i highlyespect the man but in turn, you know, you do have -- you can view the world differently and i view the world

John R. Carter

0:37:49 to 0:38:10( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: differently than mr. obecause mand the majority party. and so i -- i'm going to talk and i hope i'll be joined by some of my colleagues, a little bit about the way i look at the last 100 dayand actually farther back than 100 da. the way i look at the last six months. of what's gone on in this

John R. Carter

0:38:11 to 0:38:31( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: country and where we're going and what concerns i have. now, i want to make it very clear, i'm not doing this to get on mrs. napolitano's hit list. i'm doing this to just express my opinion. the first thing that -- when you start trying to look at this new administration and the direction

John R. Carter

0:38:32 to 0:38:53( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: we're taking the country, you've got to start, i think, with our foreign policy. and i think literally the first thing or almost the first thing the president of the united states did when he became president of the united states

John R. Carter

0:38:54 to 0:39:15( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: was to order the detention facility at guantanamo bay to be closed down and of course we have now -- we're now having the debate as to what we're going to do with the prisoners that were there as a result of putting the spotlight on gitmo, we put a

John R. Carter

0:39:16 to 0:39:37( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: spotlight on the argument of whether or not certain behavior is torture or not torture and it's clearly -- this is a matter of opinion, and as of yet, we have not had official release of documents that tell us what resulted from these various

John R. Carter

0:39:38 to 0:39:58( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: procedures like waterboarding as far as iormation gained by our intelligence folks. but the argument was, this was a great thing to do to close down guantanamo bay. i disagree. i think it was almost the perfect place for us to keep these folks. because quite frankly, i haven't seen anyone, certainly none of

John R. Carter

0:39:59 to 0:40:21( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: our european allies have stepped up yet and said they're willing to take them. we've had a few that stepped up and then their political leaders said, whoa, time out, we're not going to do that. we have a fellow that's got a private prison somewhere in the country this morning who said he would take them, and then -- i'm

John R. Carter

0:40:22 to 0:40:42( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: not sure who the official was who said, oh, no, you're not going to take them. right now, we don't have place to put them. i would volunteer the williamson county jail because i know that they'd wish they were back at gitmo. but i don't think they're willing to take them.

John R. Carter

0:40:43 to 0:41:03( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: we're in a dilemma on whether or not what has happened to these folks in this detention facility is in factorture. i think the general consensus in the press is that it is. but did it result in something that saved the lives of americans? that's a good question. hopefully that informaon will be released in the very near

John R. Carter

0:41:04 to 0:41:24( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: future. i know the president had it requested and i hope that we get that full information. so we as americans can get a good picture of whether or not this was really a good thing we did. we closed down something that was all over the news, all over the talking points of the democratic party.

John R. Carter

0:41:25 to 0:41:48( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: of course that being the president -- elected in the democratic party, as he said, he won and he gets the opportunity to do that. that's the first thing he did. other things in foreign affairs he's done, he's made some trips overseas to europe, was very,

John R. Carter

0:41:49 to 0:42:09( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: very warmly received by our allies in europe and they cheered for him and patted him on the back but they didn't give him what he asked for. he asked for some help, some real help in afghanistan and let me say, i just came back from a meeting with the e.u. myself and there's a lot of folks over

John R. Carter

0:42:10 to 0:42:34( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: there that have, certainly are standing in harm's way in afghanistan, most of those are yeern -- eastern european countries, but there are a few like great britain who stand in the gap, but the president didn't get what he was looking for in the way of assistance over there and quite frankly, i think the europeans should step up for him.

John R. Carter

0:42:36 to 0:42:57( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: . and when i told them when i was over there, the way we look at it where i come from, when you are making ham and eggs, the chicken is involved but the pig is committed. and we are looking for folks that are committed. doesn't mean they will go the

John R. Carter

0:42:58 to 0:43:18( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: without restrictions in their ability to perform as some of our allies have done in some of the battle areas that we are fighting terrorists in. oh, by the way, one of the things that obama administration has done through ms. napolitano, we aren't supposed to call these folks terrorists anymore, but

John R. Carter

0:43:19 to 0:43:41( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: i'm having a hard time rembering what i'm supposed to call them and what the new politically correct term she invented is. the president went to -- visited with the central and south american leaders. he has opened the doors or attempting to open the doors to

John R. Carter

0:43:42 to 0:44:02( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: a regime that has been a very, very evil gime since i was a -- guess i was a freshman in high school. believe me, that's a long time ago. fidel castro, we thought he was going to be the savior of

John R. Carter

0:44:03 to 0:44:24( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: mankind when he came back to the united states in 1956, 1957 until we got to realize he was what all dictatorsr and that is tyrant, who totally and completely persecuted any opposition that might arise in his country of ca.

John R. Carter

0:44:25 to 0:44:45( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: and he has slaughtered innocents for 50 years. and his brother doesn't seem to be moving in any other direction but backing up fidel. and yet, we have opened the doors now to cuba and let tourists go down there. we're going to work with these

John R. Carter

0:44:46 to 0:45:07( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: people. and of course, we asked them if they would release the political prisoners down there, some of whom have been there forever. and president obama thought that he heard fidel caso say, ye he thought we could work something out, but now they have come out and officially said they thought that the president

John R. Carter

0:45:08 to 0:45:29( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: misunderstood what fidel said. and so, we didn't get anything out of that. but maybe -- let's hope and maybe this will be good for us. but i always have a problem that when you acknowledge tyranny and you legitimatize tyranny, then how do you fight against tyranny?

John R. Carter

0:45:30 to 0:45:51( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: it's an interesting dilemma to be in as a leader. we've got hugo chavez, who has been probably the biggest hater of thicountry since he came into power of anybody in my remembrance. i don't believe that dictators

John R. Carter

0:45:52 to 0:46:12( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: of the second world war that we fought the second world war against said as many bad things against the united states of america has hugo chavez has said. he has written a book called "the open veins of latin america qus which is an attack on the united states, blaming every woe

John R. Carter

0:46:13 to 0:46:35( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: on the united states of america. i think he gave an autographed copy of that book to the president of the united states when he was there. and they shook hands in agreement, not about the book, i'm sure, but about the acceptance of the book. and from a foreign policy standpoint, i don't think we laid a good foundation there, not a foundation of being the

John R. Carter

0:46:36 to 0:46:57( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: voice for freedom in the world. but then good men of good character can disagree and i certainly think that the president of the united states agrees with that position. and certainly he's an american citizen and rightfully able to do so, just like i am. when the psident -- when we

John R. Carter

0:46:58 to 0:47:23( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: had visitors here from great britain, it's about the time we sent the bust of winston churchill, which was supposed to be a permanent gift, but somehow got sent back. the president met e queen. he shook her hands with both hands.

John R. Carter

0:47:27 to 0:47:47( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: and then bowed to the leader of saudi arabia, king abdullah. the view of the world is just different from the heights tt the president views it and from the lowly position we view it here in congress, at least from my standpoint. but i guess that's enough to

John R. Carter

0:47:48 to 0:48:08( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: talk about the foreign policy. but the truth is, we're trying to be open and trying to reach out to folks and asking them to let's all be friends and hopefully we all will be. if there's one thing that you have to look at this 100 days that the president has been

John R. Carter

0:48:09 to 0:48:31( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: president that defines this 100 days more than any other thing, it's the new way we're going to handle an old problem that has been in the economic cycle of this country that has been coming up for many, many years and that is the idea of a recession and a possibility of a depression and how do you handle

John R. Carter

0:48:32 to 0:48:54( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: it. the best guidance some think we have ever had was given to us by franklin delanoe roosevelt, who was elected in 1932 and served the lo the united states in the history of the presidency of the united states.

John R. Carter

0:48:55 to 0:49:18( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: it brought upon the limiting amendments that we have that limit two terms for president. but he served many more than two terms for president, but he served from 1932 until 1940 when the world and the whole subject matter of the world at that time was the great depression. the great depression, however,

John R. Carter

0:49:19 to 0:49:40( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: got overshadowed by the german invasion of poland in the beginning of the second world war. and so the perio the presidency of franklin roosevelt, you take the great depression of 1932 to 1940 and the next phase, which the

John R. Carter

0:49:41 to 0:50:01( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: american soldier did an excellent job and the americ president di of defeating tyranny around the world. i i'm sorry, i didn't realize -- i thought you were there for the next speal order.

John R. Carter

0:50:02 to 0:50:23( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: i will yield. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado yield? mr. perlmutter: i send to the desk a privileged report from thcommittee on rules for filing under the rule. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 365, waiving requirements clause 6-a of rule

John R. Carter

0:50:24 to 0:50:45( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: 13, resolutions reported from the committee on rules. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. mr. perlmutter: i thank the gentleman for his courtesy. mr. carter: i apologize. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas will proceed. mr. carter: thank you.

John R. Carter

0:50:46 to 0:51:08( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: i guess the -- going back to a little bit of the history of the great depression, the interesting thing was that the -- in 1932, the unemployment rate -- and i'm not good at quoting figures, but it was double digits, somewhere in the 20's or 30's, something like 25%

John R. Carter

0:51:09 to 0:51:31( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: or 30% of the population was unemployed. in 1940, that same number was still unemployed. and yet, we had adopted the keynesian version of economics. and the biggest spending spree in the history of the country

John R. Carter

0:51:32 to 0:51:53( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: took place from 1932 through 1946. but this administration has managed to have spent all of that and more than all the other presidents combined in the first 100 days. now, i don't want to be totally

John R. Carter

0:51:54 to 0:52:15( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: unfair, because part of that came at the tail end of the bush administration with a democrat congress. and so, i don't think it's completely fair to lay all of that off on president obama. but the facts are just the president's budget is going to create the largest single deficit a budget has ever

John R. Carter

0:52:16 to 0:52:36( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: created in the history of the republic. you know, one of the things that we discussed, there's a long debate and it was debated out pretty heavily and the presidential election was whether or not we are going to

John R. Carter

0:52:37 to 0:52:58( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: have earmarks. we still debate what is an earmark, is it good, is it bad, everybody's got an opinion. we haven't resolved the issue, but the president said he would veto any bill that had an earmark in it because he didn't believe in earmarks. and he's in a large crowd of people that continues to believe that way.

John R. Carter

0:52:59 to 0:53:22( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: and we have this debate on this floor in committee and elsewhere right now. it goes on continuously. but e president did the omnibus spending bill. he signed it with 9,000 earmarks in it. so as we look at this 100 days,

John R. Carter

0:53:23 to 0:53:43( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: we've got some promises and some promises made and promises kept that we need to look at. and there's just a lot of different ways to view what's going on. i will say this. i'm very -- i will tell you that the president has got as good a popularity ratinas anybody has ever held the office in the

John R. Carter

0:53:44 to 0:54:05( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: first 100 days. i give him absolute credit for that. he certainly knows how to be popular, and he is popur. but, you know, we had thousands of peopltake to the streets last weekend, weekend before

John R. Carter

0:54:06 to 0:54:28( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: last, and the tea parties and it was not targeting -- probably targeting the congress as much as anybody, but they were certainly not happy with the state offfairs in the united states. we signed the stimulus bill,

John R. Carter

0:54:29 to 0:54:49( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: $787 billion. obama's inauguration cost the taxpays $49 million, which was triple the amount of money that was spent on the bush administration's first inauguration. there's still $50.5 million budget shortfall on the

John R. Carter

0:54:50 to 0:55:12( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: democratic convention in chicago. so spending has become something $1.5 trillion, this year's budget. now we're looking at a new

John R. Carter

0:55:13 to 0:55:36( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: budget, $3.6 trillion. we've talked aut $1 trillion before on the floor of the house. $1 trillion is a stack of brand new $1,000 bills, somewhere between 63 and 65 miles high. that's a whole lot of money, a whole lot of money.

John R. Carter

0:55:37 to 0:55:57( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: so as we look at this 1t days -- you can look at it in a different way. i will say this. the president has certainly kept his cool. he is an excellent speaker. he dazzled our allies.

John R. Carter

0:55:58 to 0:56:18( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: and he makes people feel comfortable, and that's a lot that we need in country. my problem i have with presint obama most of all is i fear the ki of overwhelming expenditure that we have to deal with from the obama administration. we are getting so far in debt

John R. Carter

0:56:19 to 0:56:35( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: that our great, great-grandchildren are going to vice president problems paying this bill. i see i'm joined by one of my colleagues, vin brady. he is one of the people that i look up to in this building,

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