Remarks at a Campaign
Fundraising Dinner for Senator David K. Karnes of
and gentlemen, the first order of business tonight is for me to express my deep
gratitude to each of you for coming here to help make possible a matter of
national importance: the election of Dave Karnes to the United States Senate.
You see, when it comes to the next Senator from the great State of
greetings to the members of the Nebraska congressional delegation with us
tonight -- Congressman Doug Bereuter of the First District, Congressman Hal
Daub of the Second District, and Congresswoman Virginia Smith of the Third
District -- and to Governor Kay Orr, who will view this wonderful event on
television back in Nebraska. Kay, I just have the feeling
that, come election day, the people of
we came here this evening to talk business, and that's just what we'll do. Back
Well, he kind of got carried away with it after a while, with the children all looking at him and so forth. And finally he was swinging on that rope, and he swung too far -- up over the top of the cage and dropped into the lion's cage. And the lion came roaring at him and jumped on him. And he started screaming, ``Get me out of here! Save me! Help me! Get me out of here!'' And the lion whispered, ``Shut up, or you'll get us both fired!'' [Laughter]
as I said,
At the same time, our defenses had grown weak. Real spending on defense had dropped, and research and development had been cut back. The Navy had fallen from nearly 1,000 battle-ready ships to under 500. We Americans watched as the Soviets amassed vast military might, then intimidated our allies and fueled regional conflict.
convinced that in 1980
Perhaps many of you didn't realize, paying your income tax in those inflationary days, that your purchasing power was going down; your money was worth less. But because the numbers of dollars were increasing -- if you were getting adjusted somehow that way, your tax was based on the number of dollars, not on their value. And so, the Government profited, and you were worse off than you were before you got, say, a cost of living increase.
today our nation has one big program to help every American man, woman, and
child; and it's called economic recovery. In foreign policy, we've let the
world know once again that
Back to higher taxes. Now, I know that other fellow claims he won't raise taxes. The truth is he just did. And not only has he hiked taxes as Governor of Massachusetts but in the last 5 years he's increased Massachusetts State spending at double the rate of Federal spending. He spent every dime and more of the revenue generated in his State by the Reagan-Bush recovery.
Back to weaker defenses -- the likely Democratic nominee has proposed cut after cut in the Pentagon budget, cuts that would undermine or eliminate crucial systems and lower morale among our men and women in uniform. Of course, that other fellow is trying to make it look as though he's for a strong defense, but when it comes to defense, the Democratic nominee is a sheep in wolf's clothing. Already, the truth about the Democratic nominee's record is beginning to be recognized.
And when the voters fully understand the difference between the shiny image and the tarnished reality, well, there's another story that sort of explains what it's going to be like. That's the one about the railroad engineer that got up one morning on the wrong side of the bed. His shoelace broke when he tried to put his shoes on; got down to the breakfast table, the coffee was cold; had trouble then getting his car started. He was running late. And then, when he finally got to the yards, started the train and pulled out, looked down the line only to see another train coming toward him at full speed on the same track, turned to the fireman, and he said, ``Have you ever had one of those days?'' [Laughter]
I'm convinced that, for all those who want to take
way forward is the way of low taxes. And believe it or not, with our tax cuts,
the total revenues the Government obtained from those lower rates began to go
up and is still doing that. The way forward is, as I
say, low taxes, high growth. And it's the way of a strong
Karnes has already proven that he's a winner. He was 1 of 15 Americans selected
from more than 18,000 who sought application to serve as a White House fellow
in 1981. Impressed with Dave Karnes' performance, the Secretary of Housing and
Urban Development asked him to stay on as Executive Assistant to the Under
Secretary. He's been a member of this administration, and I must say we were proud
to have him. And now, during his time in the Senate, he's stood with us on vote
after vote, working to keep
his background -- Dave manages the family farm and continues to do so even to
this day -- it's no surprise that Dave has taken the lead on crucial farm
legislation. He's promoted farm legislation that's fiscally responsible,
market-oriented, and fair. And he's worked tirelessly to help our rural
communities. And Dave is absolutely determined to see to it that
farms and the values they represent -- this brings me to the subject that's
perhaps most distinguished Dave Karnes in the United States Senate: his
unshakable commitment to family values. Dave has pressed for innovative
measures in education. As the father of four daughters, and with Liz's interest
in education -- she's on the school board in
know this is going to be a tough campaign, and so does Dave Karnes. And that's
why we need your help. But I do want to let you know that the momentum is on
Dave's side. He was down in the polls when this campaign first began -- down by
some 40 percent. But the people of
the kind of spirit I like. You know, it reminds me of reading about a poll
about another candidate in January 1980. [Laughter] It was taken at the
National Press Club luncheon here in
like I said at the beginning: When it comes to the next Senator from the great
Well, some changes have been made, and we're going to keep on making them. You just send Dave back here where he belongs. And I thank you all. God bless you all.
Note: The President spoke at in the Grand Ballroom at the J.W. Marriott Hotel.