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Senate Proceeding on Jan 21st, 2010 :: 0:10:10 to 0:22:50
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Lamar Alexander

0:10:07 to 0:10:27( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: up to ten minutes each. with republicans controlling the first half and the majority controlling the final half. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee. mr. alexander: madam president, during our debate, i heard a number of times from our friends on the

Lamar Alexander

0:10:10 to 0:22:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

0:10:28 to 0:10:48( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: other side of the aisle this question: for? well, they will be waiting a long time for the answer to that if they are waiting for the republican leader, senator mcconnell, to roll into the senate a wheelbarrow filled with a 2,700-page comprehensive health care bill,

Lamar Alexander

0:10:49 to 0:11:11( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: or for that matter a 1,200-page climate change bill or a 900-page immigration bill. if you have been listening carefully to the senate debate, you will know that on health care as well as on clean energy, debt reduction, and immigration, for example, republicans have been offering the following this

Lamar Alexander

0:11:12 to 0:11:32( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: afternoon to 1,000-page bills, going step by step in the right direction to solve problems in a way that re-earns the trust of the american comprehensive imm comprehensive climate change comprehensive health care bills have been first two fell of their own weight, and health care, if

Lamar Alexander

0:11:33 to 0:11:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: enacted, would be an historic mistake for our country and a political kamikaze mission for democrats. what has united most republicans against these three bills has not only been ideology but also that they were comprehensive.

Lamar Alexander

0:11:54 to 0:12:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: as george will might write, the congress does not do comprehensive well. two recent articles help explain the difference between democratic comprehensive approach and the republican step-by-step approach. the first which appeared in the

Lamar Alexander

0:12:21 to 0:12:41( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and was written by william chambra of the hudson institute explains the -- quote -- "sheer ambition" of president obama's legislative agenda as the approach of what mr. chambra calls a policy president. he says that the president and most of his advisors have been trained at elite universities, governed by launching a -- quote -- "host of enormous initiatives

Lamar Alexander

0:12:42 to 0:13:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: all at once, formulating comprehensive policies aimed at giving large social systems and indeed society itself more rational and coherent forms of functions." this is governing bites of several big apples and trying to swallow them all at once.

Lamar Alexander

0:13:03 to 0:13:23( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: in addition, according to mr. chambra, the most prominent organizational feature of the obama administration is its reliance on czars. more than the romanovs, said one blogger, to manage broad areas of policy. in this view, systemic problems of health care, of energy, of education and of the environment

Lamar Alexander

0:13:24 to 0:13:45( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: simply can't be solved in pieces. analyzing chambra's article, david broder of "the washington post" wrote this -- "historically, that approach has not worked." th progressives failed to gain more than a brief ascendancy. the carter and clinton presidencies were marked by

Lamar Alexander

0:13:46 to 0:14:08( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: striking policy failures." the reason for these failures as brod paraphrased cha this highly rational approach fits uncomfortably with the constitution which apportions power among so many different players, unquote. broder then adds this -- "democracy and representative government are a lot

Lamar Alexander

0:14:09 to 0:14:30( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: than the progressives and their heirs, including obama, want to admit." then james q. wilson, the scholar writing in a memorial essay honoring irving crystal in "the wall street journal" a few months ago says that it's the law of that's what causes the failure

Lamar Alexander

0:14:31 to 0:14:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: of such comprehensive legislative schemes. explains wilson, "launch a big project and you almost surely discover that you created many things you didn't intend to create." wilson also writes that neo conservativism as crystal originally conceived of it in the 1960's was not an organized ideology or even necessarily

Lamar Alexander

0:14:54 to 0:15:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: conservative, but -- quote -- "a way of thinking about politics rather than a set of principles and rules. it would have been better if we had been called policy skeptics ," james q. wilson says. the skepticism of wilson and crystal toward grand legislative policy schemes helps to explain how the law of unintended consequences has made

Lamar Alexander

0:15:15 to 0:15:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: being a member of the so-called party of no a more responsible choice than being a member of the so-called party of yes, we can, if these three recent comprehensive bills on health care, climate change and immigration are the only choices. madam president, it is arrogant

Lamar Alexander

0:15:37 to 0:15:59( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: to imagine that 100 united states senators, that we are wise enough to reform comprehensively a health care system that constitutes 17% of the world's largest economy and affects 300 million americans of disparate backgrounds and circumstances. how can we be sure, for example, that one unintended consequence

Lamar Alexander

0:16:00 to 0:16:21( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: of spending $3.5 trillion over ten years won mean higher costs and more debt? won't new taxes be passed along to consumers raising premiums and discouraging job growth? won't charging insolvent states $25 billion over three years for a medicaid expansion raise taxes and college tuitions? ask any governor.

Lamar Alexander

0:16:22 to 0:16:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and how can a senator be so sure that some provision stuck in a 2,700-page partisan bill in secret meetings and voted on during a snowstorm at 1:00 a.m. won't come back around and slap him or her in the face? such as trying to explain why nebraska got a cornhuskers kickback to pay for its medice

Lamar Alexander

0:16:44 to 0:17:05( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: expansion and my state didn't? jame his essay that respect for the law of unintended consequences is -- quote -- "not an argument for doing nothing one," mr. wilson said," for doing things experimentally. try your idea out in one place and see what happens before you

Lamar Alexander

0:17:06 to 0:17:30( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: inflict it on the whole country," he suggests. well, if "congressional record," you'll find that republican senators have been following mr. wilson's advice, proposing a step-by-step approach to confronting our nation's challenging -- challenges 173 different times during 2009. may i say that again.

Lamar Alexander

0:17:31 to 0:17:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: republican senators during 2009 173 different times on the floor of the senate have proposed a step-by-step approach toward health care and o nation's challenges. on health care, for example, we first suggested setting a clear goal. that is, reducing costs. then we proposed the first six steps toward achieving that goal.

Lamar Alexander

0:17:52 to 0:18:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: number one, allowing small businesses to pool their resources to purchase health plans. number two, reducing junk lawsuits against doctors. number three, allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines. number four, expanding health savings accounts. number five, promoting wellness and prevention.

Lamar Alexander

0:18:13 to 0:18:33( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and number six, taking steps to reduce waste, fraud and abuse. we offered these six proposals in complet it totaled 182 pages, all six. the democratic majority all six of our proposals and ridiculed the approach, in part because our approach wasn't

Lamar Alexander

0:18:34 to 0:18:56( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: comprehensive. or take another example. in july, all 40 republican senators announced agreement upon four steps to produce low-cost clean energy and create jobs. one, create 100 new nuclear power plants, or at least the environment in which they could be built. number two, electrify half our cars and trucks.

Lamar Alexander

0:18:57 to 0:19:17( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: number three, explore offshore for natural gas oil. and number four, double energy research and development for new forms of energy. this step-by-step republican clean energy plan is an alternative to the kerry-boxer national energy tax which would impose an economywide

Lamar Alexander

0:19:18 to 0:19:38( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: cap-and-trade scheme driving jobs overseas looking for cheap energy and collecting hundreds billions of dollars each year for a slush fund wit congress can play. or here's another in 2005, a bipartisan group of us in congress asked the national academies to identify the first ten steps congress

Lamar Alexander

0:19:39 to 0:20:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: should take to preserve america's competive advantage in the world so we could keep growing jobs. the academies appointed a distinguished panel, including now-secretary chu, that recommended 20 such steps. congress enacted two-thirds of them. the america competes act of 2007, as we call it, was far-reaching legislation but it

Lamar Alexander

0:20:03 to 0:20:24( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: was fashioned or another example. when i was governor of tennessee in the 1980's, my goal was raising family incomes forhat was then the ten -- the third poorest state. i found as i went along that the best way to move toward that goal was step by step. some steps smaller, some steps

Lamar Alexander

0:20:25 to 0:20:45( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: larger, such as changing banking laws, defending right-to-work policies, keeping deb and taxes low, recruiting japanese industry and then the auto industry, building four-lane highways so that suppliers could get to the auto plants, and then a ten-step better schools program, one step of which made tennessee the first state to pay

Lamar Alexander

0:20:46 to 0:21:06( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: teachers more for teaching well. i didn't try to turn our whole state upsid up upside-down all at once but working with leaders in both parties i did help a change and grow step by step within a few years, we were the fastest growing state in family incomes. madam president, according to a

Lamar Alexander

0:21:07 to 0:21:28( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: recent survey by on message incorporated, 61% of independents, 60% of ticket splitters and 77% of republicans answered "yes" to the following question. quote: "i would rather see congress take a more step-by- -- more thoughtful, step-by-step approach focusing on commonsense reforms." human experience has always

Lamar Alexander

0:21:29 to 0:21:49( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: taught that enough small steps in the right direction is one good way to felt you where you want to go. and also a good way along the way to avoid many unexpected and unpleasant consequences. tuesday's election in massachusetts is the latest reminder that the american

Lamar Alexander

0:21:50 to 0:22:11( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: people are tired of risky comprehensive schemes featuring taxes, debt and washington takeovers, as well as lots of hidden and unexpected surprises. it's time to declare that the era of the 1,000-page bill is over or the era of the 2,000-page bill is over or the era of the 2,700-page bill is

Lamar Alexander

0:22:12 to 0:22:32( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: over. a wise approach would be to set a clear goal, such as reducing health care costs, take a few steps in that direction, and then a few more, so that we can start solving the country's problems in a way that reearns the trust of the american

Lamar Alexander

0:22:33 to 0:22:50( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: madam president, i consent to include in the record an article from the "wall street journal" of monday, september 21, written by james q. wilson, an article by david broder from "the washington post" of

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