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Senate Proceeding 12-14-10 on Dec 14th, 2010 :: 2:51:35 to 2:53:50
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Lamar Alexander

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

Lamar Alexander: challenge head-o. the stakes are too high if i don't. madam president, i yield the floor to the senator from tennessee, senator alexander mr. alexander: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee. mr. alexander: i'm here tonight in the spirit of my late friend, the author of roots "roots," alex haley, who lived and died by these words, "find the good

Lamar Alexander

2:51:35 to 2:53:50( Edit History Discussion )
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Lamar Alexander

2:51:52 to 2:52:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and praise it." i'm here to commend senator warner, senator chambliss, and the bipartisan group of senators who have focused their attention on this urgent crisis that our country faces, the national debt. this is the way our nation is

Lamar Alexander

2:52:13 to 2:52:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: supposed to work, to see an urgent need, to develop a bipartisan consensus to go to work on it, come up with a strategy to deal with it and get a result. not just make speeches but get a result. we've heard the evidence. we've had the good examples set by five members of our body, two democrats, three republicans, who took a courageous step in

Lamar Alexander

2:52:36 to 2:52:56( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: their act on the fiscal commission the other day. we should follow that example. but i'm so encouraged by what i hear. this is the way the senate is supposed to work. let me conclude with just one example from history. i was -- picked up a book the other night called "the british overseas." it's a british historian's view

Lamar Alexander

2:52:57 to 2:53:18( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: of the american revolution. you can imagine what some of the comments might be, written several years. but it pointed this out, that at the time of the american revolution, the interest on the national debt of the british empire amounted to one-half of the national revenue of the british empire. in other words, at the time we won our independence, great

Lamar Alexander

2:53:19 to 2:53:40( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: britain had an unconscionable debt and it forced them into some imprudent decisions. one was the stamp act and one was the little tax on tea, which occurred at about that time. so big debts force big countries into bad decisions. the leadership that we've seen

Lamar Alexander

2:53:41 to 2:53:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: across the aisle is a good start toward a serious effort toward dealing with our debt crisis. i'm here today to commend those senators, both democrats and republicans, who are part of it.

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