Remarks at a Fundraising
Reception for Senator William V. Roth, Jr., of
you, and thank you, Bill, for that most generous and kind introduction. That's
the fine thing about this job -- people start talking that way about you, and
all you can do is sit there and modestly take it. [Laughter] But thank you all,
and let me say a special thank you to
We're here tonight not just to hear about a friend of his State and of his nation but to help make sure that one of the most visionary and effective men to serve in this century is returned to the United States Senate in November. And I'll bet you know I'm talking about Senator Bill Roth.
know, when I think of what having Bill Roth in the Senate has meant to the
country, when I think of the landmark legislation he's sponsored and the way
that that legislation has changed not only our nation but the entire world, it
reminds me of something a great Hollywood producer, Sam Goldwyn, one of the
founders of MGM, once said when he got worked up about a script. Sam Goldwyn
had a way with words. He said, ``That story is
wonderful. It's magnificent. It's prolific.'' [Laughter] Well, yes, wonderful,
magnificent, prolific describe the career and contributions to America of Bill
Roth. For 22 years, he has served in Congress -- 18 of those years in the
Senate. How has he changed
Bill has been a leader in uncovering government waste. He was a strong supporter of the Grace commission [President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control in the Federal Government] and has pushed for implementation of the commission's recommendations -- recommendations that went department by department throughout the entire Government. And out of 2,160 recommendations, we have, to date, implemented 1,426, or 66 percent of them. And we estimate that this year alone we have saved about $41 billion. Bill Roth deserves a lot of credit for these achievements.
another area, the environment, last week the news magazines finally caught up
with Bill. Both Time and Newsweek ran stories on ocean dumping. Well, for years
Bill has been working to stop ocean dumping and the burning of toxic waste off
Some candidates talk about family and traditional values. Bill works to foster and protect them. He led the fight to save IRA's and to encourage their use for college education. He's among the Senate's leaders in the fight against child pornography. And he helped persuade the Motion Picture Association to tighten the rating guidelines for movies that portray drug use.
of course, without Bill Roth's help, would there or could there have been the
Roth-Kemp tax cut? That tax cut ushered in the longest peacetime economic
expansion on record. Since our expansion began,
Let me give you an idea of what rising incomes and lower inflation, together with the lower interest rates that have come with low inflation, have meant to American families. According to the National Association of Realtors, in the year we took office the average American family made only 74 percent of the income it needed to buy a home. For many families, particularly new families, affordable housing was quickly becoming a memory of the past. Today the average family makes 114 percent of what it needs to buy a home. The American dream of owning a home is in reach of American families once again.
have to add something here. I was surprised myself -- I didn't know too much
about the statisticians -- as to what they considered the potential employment
A certain candidate recently said that if he has his way next January the Reagan era will be over. Does he want to end the era of lower tax rates and higher real income for families, record numbers of jobs, low inflation and interest rates, steady growth, and respect -- not just lipservice -- to families? The American people may have a thing or two to say about that.
same candidate claims that he has balanced 10 budgets in a row. But as one
newspaper wrote recently, his budget is ``not balanced in any recognizable
sense of the word. His budget includes almost a half a billion dollars of new
borrowing, drawing reserves and tapping pension funds, and the kind of creative
accounting that nearly sent
this brings me to a pivotal point. Electing a new President is only half of
deciding which way
of us can contribute to Bill's campaign in his or her way. The foundation of a
successful campaign is hard work and the dedication of loyal supporters, like
Priscilla and Dick and every one of you here. Yes, if anyone in
For all you're doing for him and for our beloved nation, thank you, and God bless you all.
Note: The President
spoke at in the atrium at the