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Senate Proceeding on Feb 3rd, 2011 :: 5:06:30 to 5:23:40
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Orrin Hatch

5:06:23 to 5:06:43( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: quorum call: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from utah. mr. hatch: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent the quorum the presiding officer: without objection. mr. hatch: mr. president, just over 30 years ago, ronald reagan

Orrin Hatch

5:06:30 to 5:23:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Orrin Hatch

Orrin Hatch

5:06:44 to 5:07:08( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: was inaugurated as the 40th president of the united states. it's hard to believe that three decades have passed since he stood in front of this capitol just yards away and announced to this nation and the world that america's moment not passed. and it's hard to think that we have been without him now for over six years. i think of him and his

Orrin Hatch

5:07:09 to 5:07:30( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: wonderful, lovely wife nancy 2008 often. i knew -- nanc -- nancy quite often. one of my first campaign trips with ronald reagan was with nancy. and i can tell you there never was a stronger advocate for a presidential husband or as a husband, period.

Orrin Hatch

5:07:31 to 5:07:53( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: as a man he had the rare combination of good humor and commitment to principle. as a leader of his party, he reminded the commitment to the constitutional ideals and as a couple ron and nancy were a pair for the ages. if there was any doubt that my colleagues have confirmed today in their tributes to president

Orrin Hatch

5:07:54 to 5:08:15( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: reagan on the centennial of his birth, that ronald reagan might have passed on, but he is most certainly not forgotten. not by a longshot. when reagan was president, he inspired great reactions from both parties. i can attest particularly with respect to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, but not all of those reactions were positive.

Orrin Hatch

5:08:16 to 5:08:37( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: yet today's bipartisan celebration of president reagan's legacy shows that he has become as much a part of the american story as his greatest predecessors in office. like other great men before him, ronald reagan seemed to embody the times during which he lived. the man himself, his personal story in many ways personified

Orrin Hatch

5:08:38 to 5:08:58( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: america's 20th century. ronald wilson reagan was born in the midwest and became a westerner moving to california like so many of his other fellow americans. the country that he grew up in looked very different from our own today. as michael maron recently

Orrin Hatch

5:08:59 to 5:09:20( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: reminded us in "the claremont review" books, when america entered the second world war, one-quarter of americans still lived on farms and half of those were either without electricity or only recently acquired electricity. america's population was at the same time both more diffuse and

Orrin Hatch

5:09:21 to 5:09:41( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: more concentrated than it is today. america's nonrural population was clustered in a few great cities. out -- outbreak of the second world war, two-thirds of america lived in brooklyn, new york.

Orrin Hatch

5:09:42 to 5:10:03( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: instead of concentrating in existing urban centers, new communities grew and suburbs expanding. that was the story of ronald reagan who was born in tinily tampico, illinois, population

Orrin Hatch

5:10:04 to 5:10:24( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: 7,072 and came to the world's attention in california, home of suburban life, and the american highway. he became a californian through and through. he loved his ranch and he loved being on the back of a horse. the large landscapes of california and of the entire west suggest the boundless opportunity that has afforded those who worked hard in this country.

Orrin Hatch

5:10:25 to 5:10:47( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: it was there that ronald reagan found his professional and political success. it was where he met nancy and raised his family. and it is where he was finally laid to rest. but ronald reagan did not have it easy. as he put it, he did not grow up on the wrong side of the tracks, but he could hear the train.

Orrin Hatch

5:10:48 to 5:11:08( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: he lived through the great depression. and, like countless americans before and after him, with dogged determination, and a good deal of pluck, he succeeded. at a time when college was a luxury, ronald reagan graduated from urica college. he went on to have a successful

Orrin Hatch

5:11:09 to 5:11:30( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: career in radio and as a sportscaster, but that was not enough. so he moved to hollywood where he became an actor. of all the roles that ronald reagan would play, we identified -- we eventually identified him most closely with the character of george gibbs in

Orrin Hatch

5:11:31 to 5:11:53( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: "neut rock any, all american," it should come as little surprise that we would associate him with notre dame and fighting irish. when he first appeared on the screen, newt rockny was at his wits end.

Orrin Hatch

5:11:54 to 5:12:16( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: rockny asked if he could run the ball. he answered how far. naturally he ran down the field, scored a touchdown and took his place in notre dame lore. there is no challenge too big. it is a good thing that he thought that way because he faced plenty of obstacles. with the outbreak of world war

Orrin Hatch

5:12:17 to 5:12:38( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: ii, his promising acting career was put on hold, he would go on to serve as president of the screen actors gild and later he worked in television as the host of general electric theater. it was that association with general electric that would set reagan on his path toward the presidency, going on what he called the mash potato circuit,

Orrin Hatch

5:12:39 to 5:13:00( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: he spoke across the country to the thousands of g.e. employees giving later what he called the speech. giving these after-dinner remarks, reagan honed his thoughts about freedom, the size of government and the soviet menace. in 1964 on the eve of a presidential election, he would deliver that speech to the nation.

Orrin Hatch

5:13:01 to 5:13:21( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: senator barry goldwater went on to lose that election in a landslide. today we know that conservatives might have lost that battle but would win the war. a week before the election, ronald reagan delivered a taped address, a time for choosing. he spoke as a partisan for

Orrin Hatch

5:13:22 to 5:13:44( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: liberty and urged his fellow americans to join him in that struggle. he completed his remarks telling ar national television audience, you and i have a renedevous for destiny, we will preserve for this the last best hope for man on earth. this speech resonated with the american people. it raised $8 million for

Orrin Hatch

5:13:45 to 5:14:06( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: goldwater, a large sum at the time. it made ronald reagan a formidable presence on the political scene. i knew barry goldwater. i knew him well. when i ran for the senate, he was one of two people i came to visit here in washington to get some advice from. i admired him so much. and it was a privilege to serve with him. the other one was chuck

Orrin Hatch

5:14:07 to 5:14:27( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: grassley, who was then in the house, and i count him as one of my dearest friends on earth. reagan and grassley, two great people. against the odds and conventional wisdom, ronald reagan ran for governor of california in 1966.

Orrin Hatch

5:14:28 to 5:14:50( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: now to the mistake of the california establishment, they underestimated the actor from the midwest and he went on to beat his more liberal primary opponent and popular incumbent governor. underestimating reagan was a mistake the washington establishment would make time

Orrin Hatch

5:14:51 to 5:15:11( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: and time again when he arrived here 14 years later. they never seemed to understand what was so obvious to president reagan -- for all of the superficial differences, americans of his age were not so different than the generation that fathered this nation, fought the civil war, worked through the great depression and struggled for civil rights. in the end, americans of today are committed to the same

Orrin Hatch

5:15:12 to 5:15:33( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: principles of liberty and equality that animated the authors of our declarations of independence and constitution. this shared commitment to our founding principles served him well because he took office at the time of great uncertainty, a time not unlike our own. a combination of factors seemed to be putting the aspirations of americans out of reach.

Orrin Hatch

5:15:34 to 5:15:54( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: to be blunt, america was at its heels. the prime interest rate was 15%. inflation was 12.5%. civilian unemployment was at 7%. when he ran in 1976, ronald

Orrin Hatch

5:15:55 to 5:16:15( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: reagan -- i think i -- when he ran, i was the first person he ever preprimary endorsed. at least that's what i was told, and i have cherished that memory for all these years. at that time, government regulations and tax rates were smothering american innovation and with it the american dream.

Orrin Hatch

5:16:16 to 5:16:36( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: abroad, the picture was just as grim. an imperialist soviet union had invaded afghanistan, it was supporting revolutionary movements across the globe. the american hostages had not yet been freed from iran. yet, when ronald reagan left office eight years later, he had left his mark. according to his biographer, lou cannon, when he came into

Orrin Hatch

5:16:37 to 5:16:58( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: office, there were 4,414 individual tax returns with an adjusted gross income of more than $1 million. by 1987, fueled by tax cuts, the breaking of inflation and explosive economic growth, there were 34, 944 such returns. when he entered the white house, only one in six americans owned a microwave, and v.c.r.'s were a

Orrin Hatch

5:16:59 to 5:17:19( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: luxury for the wealthy. away the -- by the time he left office, these were common household goods. he helped to restore our understanding of a limited judiciary that respects the traditions of the american people and their elected representatives, and he restored faith in our men and women in uniform. just before he left office, president reagan reviewed the troops at andrews air force base

Orrin Hatch

5:17:20 to 5:17:40( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: one last time. during that visit, he said that serving as commander in chief was the most sacred, most important task of the presidency barely five years after america left south vietnam, reagan spoke at the veterans of foreign wars

Orrin Hatch

5:17:41 to 5:18:02( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: convention and reminded america that vietnam had been a noble cause. the rush to blame america first in our conflict with totalitarian regimes and the days of holding our military men and women in low esteem came to an end with the reagan presidency. and although his greatest achievement, the collapse of the soviet union, would occur on his

Orrin Hatch

5:18:03 to 5:18:24( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: successor's watch, the writing was on the wall by the time ronald reagan left office. and his successor deserves credit as well. his recommitment to freedom during our twilight struggle with what was truly an evil empire quite literally saved the world and liberated millions and millions of people.

Orrin Hatch

5:18:25 to 5:18:48( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: it is no surprise that he will be honored in prague, budapest, and krakow, the home of his great partner pope john paul ii, later this summer for his role in exposing the great lie that was the soviet union. ronald reagan succeeded as president because he knew what he was about. in his farewell address from the

Orrin Hatch

5:18:49 to 5:19:10( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: oval office, he said, "i went into politics in part to put up my hand and say stop. i was a citizen politician, and it seemed the right thing for a citizen to do. i think we have stopped a lot of what needed stopping and i hope we have once again reminded the people that man is not free unless government is limited."

Orrin Hatch

5:19:11 to 5:19:31( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: there is a clear cause and effect here that is as need and predictable as the law of physics. as government expands, liberty contracts. i could not agree more. and that reagan revolution, the aspiration of citizens for greater freedom and greater futureses for the generations that follow, continues.

Orrin Hatch

5:19:32 to 5:19:53( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: i am proud to have been part of that revolution. president reagan took a flier on me when i first ran for the senate supporting me in my primary. i have tried to do him proud. i remember well the blistering hot day in the rose garden when he signed the hatch-waxman legislation into law back in 1984. in his signing statement, he

Orrin Hatch

5:19:54 to 5:20:14( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: joked that with this law, everyone wins, particularly our elderly americans. senior citizens require more medication than any other segment of our society. i speak with some authority on that. that's what he said. in my opinion, that law typified the commitments of president reagan. since its passage, it has saved

Orrin Hatch

5:20:15 to 5:20:36( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: the federal government and consumers hundreds of billions of dollars. some say trillions now. and it essentially created the generic drug industry and incentives for the creation of the next generation of saving drugs. i worked with him when he was in office, and as i work today for the citizens of utah, his principled example is always on

Orrin Hatch

5:20:37 to 5:20:57( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: my mind. we still have work to do. reagan understood the danger of what is today called progressivism but was then called liberalism. it knows no bounds. as he put it, no government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. government programs once

Orrin Hatch

5:20:58 to 5:21:20( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: launched never disappear. actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth. in some respects, ronald reagan belonged to a different age. he was governor during the student protests of the 1960's. he entered the national political consciousness during a presidential campaign where the possibility of global nuclear

Orrin Hatch

5:21:21 to 5:21:44( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: conflict was an imminent threat. when he became president, he was only a few years removed from the widespread urban riots and the end of the vietnam war. when he spoke at point duhook on the 40th anniversary of d-day, he spoke to the men who actually scaled those cliffs and liberated a continent. today, most of those veterans

Orrin Hatch

5:21:45 to 5:22:05( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: have passed on, but ultimately, reagan remains one of us. i think that his advisor david gergen got it wrong when he mused that reagan's legacy was how much he changed our minds. in my view, ronald reagan was a success because he understood that the american people did not need to change their minds.

Orrin Hatch

5:22:06 to 5:22:26( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: americans in 1980 had the same beliefs and hopes that we have always had. ronald reagan's genius was in giving voice to those hopes. ronald reagan was a big man, made for a big screen and eventually the biggest stage, and he played his part well. to borrow from hollywood, he knew that he had been -- he knew

Orrin Hatch

5:22:27 to 5:22:48( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: that even as time goes by, the fundamental thing apply before leaving office. president reagan addressed the nation one last time. speaking to the citizens of this shining city upon a hill, he told us he did it. we weren't just marking time. we made a difference. we made the city stronger.

Orrin Hatch

5:22:49 to 5:23:10( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: we made the city freer. we left her in good hands. all in all, not bad, not bad at all indeed. it has been said that ronald reagan had a love affair with the american people. he did, but it took two to tango ronald reagan loved his country, but i think his country loved him even more.

Orrin Hatch

5:23:11 to 5:23:32( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: and that includes people on both sides of this floor at the mr. president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the rol

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