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House Proceeding 09-25-09 on Sep 25th, 2009 :: 2:10:25 to 2:45:15
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Steve King

2:10:25 to 2:10:46( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: country more than a billion people. about the same geographic area of the united states. having trouble in a lot of ways competing in the technological and educational side of this, but some years ago they decided they were going to let their farmers, who are less controlled now than they were, be able to get engaged in the honey business without having government interference.

Steve King

2:10:25 to 2:45:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Steve King

Steve King

2:10:47 to 2:11:08( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: so in other words, government doesn't appoint themselves a few thousand beeepers and have them deliver that honey. they let them compete on the open market. what has happened? china has almost immediately began exporting honey. and competing against the honey here in the united states because they had some people that could be beekeepers. that's like a

Steve King

2:11:09 to 2:11:29( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: of free enterprise that sprung up out of china because they took the regulations their managed econo away and let people produce al they could produce and sell all they could sell and keep a significant share of the profits. here in this country, we have had that as a tradition across the breadth of this economy and it's diminished significantly, mr. speer. so the vitality of free

Steve King

2:11:30 to 2:11:51( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: enterprise brings about the best in us. the highest productivity and it's the most innovativeness and gives us a incentive to extend each of our educations. it gives the inventors an incentive to invent. it gives the people that are producing and doing the experiments on pharmaceuticals an incentive to produce better medicines. and those who invent better

Steve King

2:11:52 to 2:12:12( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: surgery techniques get to cash a bigger check. even though they are humantarians driven by a desire to do good in their work, when you really need to reach back for that extrbit of adrenaline, when it gets late at night, when the rest of the world is tired, or maybe you don't feel very good because have -- you are exhaust interested a long work, whatever

Steve King

2:12:13 to 2:12:33( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: it might be, that extra incentive of that profit makes a difference. . i'm watching around the globe there's a line of scrimmage that exists between freedom and the suppression of freedom. and so when the gentleman from

Steve King

2:12:34 to 2:12:54( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: utah humblsaid he didn't know that answer i think perhaps he didn't know the answer that i wanted him to give. that will happen. and -- but he understands very thoroughly how the rearrangement that took place after the fall of the berlin wall at the end of the cold war some countries and philosophies lined up on the

Steve King

2:12:55 to 2:13:16( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: freedom. those countries are among those countries where we were already had the holes dug to place the missile defense shield, poland, czechoslovakia. mr. speaker, have you faed to notice that the people who've achieved their freedom most

Steve King

2:13:17 to 2:13:38( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: recently love it and adhere to it the most? the pols love their freedom, the romanians love their freedom, the czechs love their freedom. they rember how it was under the boot heel of the soviet union. they understanthat and they remember clearly within their own families the fear of the

Steve King

2:13:39 to 2:14:00( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: occupation that took place before in many case world war ii and certainly during and after it. i recall in a trip over to that part of the world with mr. bishop a conversation with a man about my age whose father's first military operation that he was engaged in was auschwitz. not at auschwitz to liberate

Steve King

2:14:01 to 2:14:23( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: auschwitz but at achwi fighting for the russians. those thin don't pop easily in our history books, but this broad global concept of who's on what side of this line of scrimmage, who's on the side of freedom and who's on the side of suppressing freedom, we need to understand it. these forces know instinctively what the play out here on the

Steve King

2:14:24 to 2:14:44( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: globe, and so we wonder, what is the chess board that putin is playing on, the monopoly board that putin is playing on? he's about freedom in the soviet union -- i have to say russia, the former soviet union, their satellites have diminished since putin came

Steve King

2:14:45 to 2:15:06( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: into control. we met with personalities in russia. i am going to avoid saying their names. mr. speaker, you'd recognize many of them if not l of them. and they told us that there really no longer exists a free press in russia. not a newspaper that they can count on that has any influence that's free to print what it

Steve King

2:15:07 to 2:15:29( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: wants to print. there's not a free legislature in russia any longer either that they are -- the people who are controlled by putin and that they don't have free markets. we know that the mob has taken over a lot of that economy and there's a payoff that goes on inside of all of that. and so a russia that had an opportunity to take a step up

Steve King

2:15:30 to 2:15:51( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: after the implotion of the soviet union now is slipping into the darkness of the left communist state, taking away the freedom of its people and their ability to be effectively h -- freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and a freedom of their economy significantly

Steve King

2:15:52 to 2:16:13( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: diminished under putin. and they understand that and they sethat. the -- those leaders of freedom in russia today would have believed that the russian people would have stepped up by now and gone to the streets and taken their country back. it's not happened. i would encourage that they do so, take their country back. we thought it was happening

Steve King

2:16:14 to 2:16:35( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: during the days of yeltsin when he climbed up on the tank. we should not forget that we are the van guards of freedom here in the united states of -- vanguards of freedom here in the united states of america. when russia and under the

Steve King

2:16:36 to 2:16:56( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: belief that our community organizer in chief somehow is a master of foreign policy, well, he is the manager of foreign policy and he's the commander in chief of our military. military and want to help coach him on the foreign policy a little bit. i don't know why the press, mr. speaker, has not been more

Steve King

2:16:57 to 2:17:18( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: critical of the president's foreign policy. this huge blunder of just announcing that he's got to pull the missiles out of poland and czechoslovakia, take the shield away that could protect us almost at the same time. you notice the information was leaked out about the nuclear capabilities of iran, which we just heard in the previous

Steve King

2:17:19 to 2:17:40( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: hour. iran developing the capability that -- that they have the capability to develop a bomb now and they're in the process, we know, of developing the capability to deler it. and it doesn't take very much of a missile to drop one into israel and it doesn't take one weapon dropped into israel to annihilate the entire country. and they have said that's what they intend to do.

Steve King

2:17:41 to 2:18:01( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and we look at the president of the united states who -- whose foreign policy experience seems to have been before he became the commander in chief and the chief architecture of our foreign policy, his experience has been this, having raised in part in indonesia that would

Steve King

2:18:02 to 2:18:26( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: give him some sense of the culture but probably no sense of the global political -- global, political, military dynamic. but raised at least in part in indonesia. a president who has once traveled to kenya, which i don't know how broad that base is. when you once traveled to pakistan.

Steve King

2:18:27 to 2:18:47( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: i don't know how that happened. pakistan, excuse me, mr. speaker. and the foreign experience of our commander in chief seems to be a trip to germany to give a speech during the campaign. not anything has ever happened before that i know of in a presidential campaign. it looked like he wanted to be president of europe, the united stat and the world.

Steve King

2:18:48 to 2:19:09( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: very, very limited on foreign policy experience. and the lessons of history, the lessons so well drilled into us by chamberlain school of appeasement, when chamberlain came back from munich and waved the letter that hitler signed and said, i guaranteed peace in our time. that was the image of

Steve King

2:19:10 to 2:19:30( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: chamberlain gettg off the plane from munich. and what happened? within weeks the nazis invaded poland, they carved it up with the russians, and we were off and running into a global war that cost tens of millions of lives. and they rember that in that part of the world.

Steve King

2:19:31 to 2:19:52( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: they're afraid of going back into another war. the pols rember being run over by the nazis and then the russians and then occupied by the russians for all of these years up until 1990 or so. th situation that's going on, and when the gentleman from utah mentioned the ukraine and

Steve King

2:19:53 to 2:20:14( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: georgia, the importance of the sovereign state of georgia cannot be -- should not be diminished. we should understand that this chess game that i talked about, the central square on the chess board for putin is georgia. that's the nexus through which the energy flows, the energy that's produced in gas and oil

Steve King

2:20:15 to 2:20:35( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: wells east of georgia, east of the caspian sea, roughly 2.1 million barrels of oil through georgia in a pipeline, 1.2 million, a train that has constant tankers of crude oil being hauled through the nation of georgia on the destination to the tanker ships in the black sea.

Steve King

2:20:36 to 2:20:56( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and the natural gas that flows through pipelines through georgia to other places in europe. this georgia is the nexus. think, mr. speaker, of an hourglass and on one side of that hourglass is all of the -- a lot of t production of oil and natural gas that is east of the caspian sea flowing through

Steve King

2:20:57 to 2:21:18( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: this nexus of georgia with pipelines, raillines -- pipelines for gas and oil and rail lines that are hauling gas and oil and coming out at the other side is the black sea and going to land bases around western europe. think of the russians shutting off the natural gas to germany a year ago january.

Steve King

2:21:19 to 2:21:42( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: what it meant when they did that and to have the germans take the position that, well, it really didn't affect our foreign policy towards russia because they only got 30% of their natural gas from russia, can you imagine if hugo chavez had 30% of the natural gas coming into the united states and he turned the valve down anshut off our gas in january

Steve King

2:21:43 to 2:22:03( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and we had to our -- our furnaces would have gone dark on us and our houses would have gone cold? i mean, if that happened what would we do? if we didn't have the power to accept that, would we capitulate to th hugo chavez? my answer is i think yes. if we didn't have the power to do something about it or another alternative, we would

Steve King

2:22:04 to 2:22:24( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: have to negotiate. i'm going to suggest that the germans are negotiating with the russians because they can't do a confrontation and putin knows it. that's why he shut the energy off that was flowing through georgia for four days. he sent a message to europe that he can do that anytime he pleases. when he shut the gas off that was flowing through into germany that said clearly that

Steve King

2:22:25 to 2:22:46( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: putin could do that anytime he pleases. so if someone controls your energy and they can shut the vafble down anytime they -- valve down anytime they please, you end up being nicer to those folks. the alternative is being building a new pipeline around to the north sea that, where does it come from? russia. put them in more control.

Steve King

2:22:47 to 2:23:08( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: my answer would be, i don't want any of that. let's develop our own energy sources and not be dependent upon those energy sources that are coming from russia. but that is what has been putin's strength is when energy prices went up he found himself sitting on a lot of cash. that's unusual for a country whose economy falters because russia has a lot of energy, they've had a significant

Steve King

2:23:09 to 2:23:30( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: advantage. but we should remember, mr. speaker, that when the berlin wall went down in 1989 and the soviet union imploded within the next couple of years that the people that were communists, socialists, marxists, mouists, they didn't go away. they didn'look at the model

Steve King

2:23:31 to 2:23:51( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: of this dynamic vigor of the united states, the economy that's driven by our people and decide they wanted to be more like us. some did. not many. most of them went underground for a little while and then tried to find another way to get back in power. the former communists are there seated in the legislatures across that part of europe today.

Steve King

2:23:52 to 2:24:12( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: in small numbers and they don't get in some cases call themselves communists because they've been so stained by the history of it. they still believe the same thing. they still want to manage, they still beliehat their elitist mindset can tell us what to do. and take away the freedom of individuals to make their own choices economically and

Steve King

2:24:13 to 2:24:33( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: militarily and politically and culturally. in fact, persecute the churches while they're at it. we need to understand communists haven't changed. they're still out there. they might have taken on some different names. they might have declared themselves socialist democrats. they might have declared themselves to be progressive. they might just be the democratic socialists of

Steve King

2:24:34 to 2:24:56( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: america that are supporting progressives in this congress, but they are the same ople with the same ideology. and us freedom-loving people need to understand -- i should say we freedom-loving people need to understand that there are basic principles of americanism and free enterprise is one of them, and those who

Steve King

2:24:57 to 2:25:19( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: undermine free enterprise are undergoing anti-american activities because they're underming our vitality and our freedom and are taking away our ability to take this nation up to another level of our destiny. and that's part of this equation that's taking place here as the president of the

Steve King

2:25:29 to 2:25:49( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: united states, whom i happen to have this portrait of. i think it's a flattering one, actually, and well done, as far as the artwork is concerned. the president of the united states brings an ideogy to the task of community organizer in chief. and with a limited foreign policy experience of having

Steve King

2:25:50 to 2:26:10( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: traveled, lived shortly in indonesia and traveled to pakistan and then i understand to kenya and beyond that his trip to germany to give his speech there with the autobahn bismarck, i think that is the victory monument or the triumph monument that's there in berlin

Steve King

2:26:11 to 2:26:34( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: with that in the background -- not the -- that's not a lot of foreign policy experience to be playing on this global chess board with the world's number one economy, the world's number one military and with the destiny in the world hanging in the balance if you make a mistake. no one has a crystal ball, but this is a very high-risk

Steve King

2:26:35 to 2:26:55( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: endeavor taken on by our commander in chief and those who are experts on the military side of this. it's not quite universal but it's been a broad criticism the decisions that have been made and i have no idea -- i can't -- my imagination cannot tell me what he can possibly have gotten for capitulating on the

Steve King

2:26:56 to 2:27:16( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: missiles in poland and czechoslovakia. and so, mr. speaker, that brings me to the subject matter that has, i will say, rifted the american people over the -- rivetted the american people over the past couple of weeks and that's the issue of acorn. acorn being the place where the president got his start in

Steve King

2:27:17 to 2:27:37( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: politics, where barack obama first engaged in community organizing and his community organizing being part of -- and the most high profile he did was project vote, get out the vot that he worked for is

Steve King

2:27:38 to 2:27:59( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: close indistinguishable from affiliate of acorn. so acorn in chicago has always had aroad and deep connection. it's always been very active there from the early days when orn went out of -- originated in arkansas and emerged across the rest of the country, acorn has had a very solid presence

Steve King

2:28:00 to 2:28:20( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: in chicago. the president of the united states in his most candid moments might confess he wouldn't likely be the president of the united states if it hadn't been for aconcern. acorn's ability to register voters and get out the vote and bring about the kind of leverage within the inner city

Steve King

2:28:21 to 2:28:42( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: that allows acorn to influence votes at the inner city level. acorn is a corporation and its structure is something that seems to be a little mysterious. it's been reported their a 51 c 3 corporation, -- a 501 c 3 corporation, a not for profit,

Steve King

2:28:43 to 2:29:05( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: means they can't engage in political activity. we have seen a report from he the government committee that acorn has 361 affiliate they list 361 affiliates in their report. some of those may not be active affiliates and there may be some that didn't get picked up in the report done by the government committee.

Steve King

2:29:06 to 2:29:26( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: but acorn has turned into a conglomeration, a spider web of a conglomeration of affiliate, so when i speak of acorn, i'm speaki of acorn and their affiliates, 361 corporations,

Steve King

2:29:27 to 2:29:47( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: 1/3 of them 501c3 not for profits and other structures. organizations that share in many cases interlocking board of directors and an interlocking mission, to reach out and have become a vacuum that sucks up taxpayer dollars in many of the states and from the federal government, they

Steve King

2:29:48 to 2:30:09( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: have received over $53 million federal tax dollars since 1994, and i think that's a small piece of it until we examine all the affiliates. many of the states have contributed to acorn in one way or another by entering into contractual agree emmitts with them. acorn and acorn housing, for

Steve King

2:30:10 to 2:30:32( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: example, essentially in the business of brokering low-income housing. these are some things acorn has done, they've contributed to the toxic mortgage situation that brought about the economic meltdown just a year ago and they've de so by shaking down lenders, by demanding contributions from lenders, what large, major investment

Steve King

2:30:33 to 2:30:54( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: bank has not written at least one fact check -- one fat check to acorn. mr. speaker, i'm going to suggest they have shaken down many of the banks that have been bailed out and we should take a look and see which banks received tarp funds and look there and see which also contributed money to acorn.

Steve King

2:30:55 to 2:31:15( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: we need to bring all the finances together of the private corporations that are part of this funding for acorn as well as government. it's not enough just to audit what governmt sent to acorn, it's important to go to the private corporations as well and see what's happened. we know that acorn has gone in and intimidated lenders, lenders have written checks in

Steve King

2:31:16 to 2:31:37( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: order to, let me call it, influence acorn to stop demonstrating in their banks so they can do business. we know acorn personnel, including maude tall imagine, her first name actually escapes me, but talmadge is her last

Steve King

2:31:38 to 2:31:58( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: name, has bragged about going in to intimidate lenders in their offices and talked in other instances about shoving the lender's desk against the wall, surrounding the loan officer until he got tired of that behavior and commit to loaning certain amounts of money into these areas in the

Steve King

2:31:59 to 2:32:20( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: neighborhood. that's a shakedown asme corn was involved in that. we know while they're shaking down lenders, they were here in washington, d.c. convincing this congress that we should pass legislation to lower the standards ofannie mae and freddie mac on their secondary market. when that happened, it lowered the standards that undermined

Steve King

2:32:21 to 2:32:42( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the foundation of requiring credit for loans. when that happened, it laid the foundation, in fact it eroded the foundation for credibility and credit and began the downward spiral of the mortgage lending crisis and at the core of that as you look through it, you see acorn there over and over again shaking down

Steve King

2:32:43 to 2:33:03( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: lenders, coming to congress, undermining their underwriting requirements that fannie and freddie required in order for them to purchase theseundles of mortgage-backed securities that would be created by individual bad loans in bad neighborhoods that were promoted by acorn, who was getting checks from the lending institutions and getting agreements from lending

Steve King

2:33:04 to 2:33:25( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: institutions to provide blocks of money th into neighborhoods that eed up being bad loans. acorn's at the core of the financial meltdown and by the way, the president of the united states was at the core of acorn, as a lot of these -- a lot of genesis of this was being generated, headed up

Steve King

2:33:26 to 2:33:47( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: project vote, later on, hired acorn to work for him to get out the vote in the presidential campaign. so the president of the united states started out with acorn he trained their trainers he represented them in court to undermine, by the way, the integrity of the ballot box in my view, that's a motor voter which we would disagree with philosophically, headed up

Steve King

2:33:48 to 2:34:10( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: projet vote that the actions of acorn in chicago have been tied together integrally with the president of the united states all the way through. here we are now with acorn helping to, on film, apparently facilitate child pornography and being willing to work and

Steve King

2:34:11 to 2:34:32( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: advocate for what to do with illegal immigrant children brought into prostitution rings in five cities in the united states at a minimum. that being baltimore, washington, d.c., brooklyn, new york, san bernardino, california, and san diego. mr. speaker, that was appalling to this congress. it finally got us to the point

Steve King

2:34:33 to 2:34:53( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: of revulsion where we could finally vote to shutff funding going to acorn and their affiliates. that vote was a vote of 345-7 5 here on the -- -- 345-75 here on the floor of the house of representatives. just the day before, i didn't think it was possible but the

Steve King

2:34:54 to 2:35:14( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: american people saw the character and culture of acorn in that film, tho five films that took place inside those five cities. ewe understand there are more that have not been released yet. what happens? finally some of us that have been calling for investigations are starting to get a litt bit of movement. what needs to happen, mr.

Steve King

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

Steve King: speaker, is a full-court press on acorn and all their affiliates. we need to have the department of justice unleash their investigators to traipse down through all the activities of acorn and all their affiliates and work in cooperation with i.r.s. investigations with acorn and their affiliates, track every dollar that come

Steve King

2:35:36 to 2:35:56( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: swoose the affiliates and every dollar that goes out, the commingling of funds, the transfer of funds we need them to go back down into the embezzlement that took nearly $5,000 into acorn, covered up by the brother of the founder of acorn, brothers does do that, one of them commits a

Steve King

2:35:57 to 2:36:17( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: c the crime, which was a crime itself. then they misappropriated funds that were pension funds in order to back fill the hole that was created in their account big the embezzlement. all of this covered up by his brother wade. they covered it up and held it away from the functioning board of directors of acorn at the

Steve King

2:36:18 to 2:36:39( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: time. we have acorn producing over 400,000 fraudulent voter registration, complicit in the beginning and part and parcel of to the mortgage lending cry is embezzlement by its top officers, embezzlement/coverup by its top officers. now we have acorn helping to facilitate child prostitution

Steve King

2:36:40 to 2:37:00( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: rings and setting up houses of ill repute and helping to facile kit loans to do that and advocating that the -- let me just say the pimp and prostitute not claim all of the 13 or 14 presumably illegal children they were going to bring in from el salvador in

Steve King

2:37:01 to 2:37:21( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: baltimore, but just claim three of them so it wouldn't raise levels of suspicion, then they qualify fothe earned income tax credit and child tax credit, child tax credit up to three children, up to $1,000 a year per child and the earned income tax credit which would add another $3,000 to that most

Steve King

2:37:22 to 2:37:43( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: likely to gain the tax -- game the taxpayer for a check of about $6,000 just as a matter of fact and a matter of course. acorn would help with the income tax filings, they would help with gaming the taxpayer they would help with a loan for the house of ill repute, and they would turn a blind eye at

Steve King

2:37:44 to 2:38:04( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: a minimum to illegal immigration. this was baltimore. but in san diego they advocated to help with that. we have friends in mexico, you have to trust us, we'll get this done for you. unbelievable, no conscience. we saw the culture of it. all the partse've been talking about you want to the part of the prostitution,

Steve King

2:38:05 to 2:38:25( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: people would deny it. we had defenders over here on this side of the aisle. now they can't deny it because once you transpose the image of facilitating child prostitution as a matter of culture within the corrupt criminal enterprise of acorn and their affiliate, once you expose that, none of the rest of this is unbelievable.

Steve King

2:38:26 to 2:38:47( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: it's entirely plausible. and it is in fact entirely real. contained economy within itself where its tentacles reach out and suck in and draw down federal money, state money, contribution money, shakedown money from banks and other

Steve King

2:38:48 to 2:39:08( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: lending institutions and corporations to keep acorn off their back and once that money gets drawn in, then it becomes something that gets co-mingled and as it's co-mingled, it goes out to further their enterprise, corrupting the election process in the united states.

Steve King

2:39:09 to 2:39:30( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: if there's anything i'm aggressive on defending, it's the integrity of the ballot box and they have assaulted the integrity of the ballot box and the president of the united states grew up in acorn. he hired acorn, he worked for acorn, he hired acorn, he's a player and a coach. he wore their jersey, now he's

Steve King

2:39:31 to 2:39:52( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the egive lebt of the owner he -- equivalent of the owner, he sent them -- set them up to do the census, twice now the census bureau said acorn won't count the census. 400,000 fraund lent registration forms? can't we believe that acorn

Steve King

2:39:53 to 2:40:13( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: would pay a commission for everyone the census workers could count? they'd simply fill out forms and count people two, three, four, five, six times. even if they set up expectations and not a quota, the result ends up being the same, even though it's not as stark a violation of the law,

Steve King

2:40:14 to 2:40:34( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: can't have americans counted by people who can't handle voter registration f expectation that it has an even chance of being a legitimate ance of being a voter registration form. when they take your vote, when they undermine the integrity of the ballot box, that's more important itself than the constitution because even

Steve King

2:40:35 to 2:40:55( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: though the constitution guarantees the rights that we have, if americans -- the only thing that guarantees a legitimate election, the only thing that guarantees the constitution itself is a legitimate election process. if the american people lose their faith in a legitimate election process, the whole

Steve King

2:40:56 to 2:41:16( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: thing comes crashing down. if we don't believe our votes count, w decisions of government. think what would hapn if we elected a president of the united states or members of congress, united states senator, governors of the state and the american people believed that they were not the elected president, governor or congressman but they were

Steve King

2:41:17 to 2:41:37( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: simply those that happened to be on the side that was gaming the system. we wouldn't accept their decisions either. if we dot accept the decisions made by government, then the progress of the civilization comes to a halt and digresses and we fall into the depths of a totalitarian

Steve King

2:41:38 to 2:41:58( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: state eventually as well. legitimate elections are the underpinnings of our constitution and the guarantees in the constitution can't be sustained if we lose our faith in the election process and the worst thing that could happen in this country from a policy configuration standpoint would be to see the integrity of our

Steve King

2:41:59 to 2:42:19( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: ballot box further eroded by organizations like acorn, and so this is very important. it's very important that the president of the united states stand up and take a position on acorn. you notice he was really quiet about some things. he was quiet about van jones. van jones is a former green jobs czar. quit on a friday night.

Steve King

2:42:20 to 2:42:40( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: i guess it was saturday morning, 12:05 a.m. curiously the president d nothing to say and the press had no questions for the president on van jones and he is a self-alleged communist. and yet van jones drifting from the scene because he became too toxic and there was a little

Steve King

2:42:41 to 2:43:01( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: incident up in massachusetts of a professor from harvard who had a police officer called to his location and was trying to break into his own house. the president saw fit to beer between officer gates and profess crowley.

Steve King

2:43:02 to 2:43:22( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: we had the house of representatives to vote on acorn. we have the treasury department to start an investigation, at least it's implicite in their report. -- impolicity in their report. we have a number of ranking members of full committees on this hill that are doing what they can with the resources

Steve King

2:43:23 to 2:43:44( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: that they have. we don't have a single full committee chair that's announced investigations and hearings into acorn at this point. we've got congress doing a slow walk right now on acorn. we have the president of the united states who could get himself injected into a lot of different discussions but has not yet really made much of a peep out of acorn.

Steve King

2:43:45 to 2:44:06( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: now, if the senate says unfund acorn, if the house says unfund acorn, why can't the president say unfund acorn? that's what i'd like to know. if the president of the united states would step forward and say to this congress, investigate at my request and i'll turn over all the resources of the executive

Steve King

2:44:07 to 2:44:27( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: brancof the government and chase every dollar and every director and every employee that's committed an illegal activity and prosecute to the fullest extents of the law and bring about person walks and prison time for people who are breaking the law, it would happen. it would happen overnight. but he's not. he sat in his ivory towernd

Steve King

2:44:28 to 2:44:48( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: may have alluded a little bit to the inappropriate action that might have taken place and how we should get to the bottom of it but they are not yet serious, mr. speaker. they are not going to be serious until the american people make it the highest priority that they have. and it's hard to make it the highest priority when you're watching your health care on the chopping block in the

Steve King

2:44:49 to 2:45:09( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: united states senate, when he watched our national security be diminished significantly by pulling the missile defense shield plan from poland and czechoslovakia and not keeping faith with the people who have most recently achieved their

Steve King

2:45:10 to 2:45:15( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: freedom and empowering ahmadinejad and empowering putin and setting up a tone of

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