Remarks to Reagan Administration Political Appointees
The Vice President. Let me salute our able Chief of Staff -- the President's -- who is here and who has spoken. And you know the way Ken Duberstein came into this thing and took over, and he's doing an outstanding job. I'm delighted to be sharing this podium with him. I want to pay my respects to the members of the President's Cabinet and to all of you.
I won't speak too long here today. I don't want to be like the speaker at the Democratic Convention who gave the nominating speech. The Washington Post reported that one delegate at that convention hit another one with his sign during that speech. Just before the guy that was hit passed out, he said, ``Hit me again; I can still hear him.'' [Laughter] So, I don't want to do that.
I am happy to have this chance to speak to the senior appointees of this
administration, including many in the President's Cabinet -- the field
commanders, if you will, of the Reagan revolution. And more than most other
Americans, you have a special understanding of the importance of the election
that lies ahead. For the last 7\1/2\ years we've worked with the President to
build a better
Things are still moving forward. The revolution that you all helped engineer is getting better all the time, domestically and in foreign policy as well. Four years ago, the Mondale Democrats said -- and we all remember it, all of us who were here 4 years ago -- said that this economic expansion was fleeting, that disaster was around the corner. There was predictions over and over again that the young recovery then couldn't possibly continue. And here we are, 68 months into the greatest explosion of job growth in American history, and we're still going strong.
You know, we all know what will kill -- definitively kill -- this economic expansion that we've worked so hard to create, and that's the policies of those same Democrats I referred to -- the McGovern or Carter or Mondale Democrats, who were just itching to get back into the game, get their hands back on the levers that you now operate so ably. Given the chance, I am convinced that they would repeal the tax cuts that we've worked so hard to enact and defend, and that would defeat and simply bury this recovery.
You see, economic expansions don't die of old age; they die because of bad policies. And that's what this election -- really the critical thing that this election is all about. And I will readily concede that all the good things you've accomplished are not in focus in the minds of the electorate. Part of our job at our convention, and part of my job as the standard-bearer, and hopefully your job as surrogates, will be to get these good things in focus. Elections are normally determined by the state of the economy, and the state of the economy is A - 1.
sure you've noticed that our opponents, at the convention at least, and
certainly afterward, don't seem to want to talk about policy at all. They've
declared that this election is about competence, not ideology -- as if good
ideas and good execution were somehow inconsistent. As
you've proven in these last 8 years, that simply isn't so. In the last 8 years,
we've had some fantastic ideas: reducing tax rates so
been to a lot of different countries as Vice President, and I am absolutely
convinced that it is only the
Did we come up with these ideas then to help one group over another? No. Did we embrace the ideas because we were out of touch with the concerns of real Americans? No. Just the opposite, as a matter of fact. We took hold of these ideas and put them into action because they work. They produce the greatest good for the greatest number of Americans.
Measure us by our performance. In the last 6 years, more than 17 million new jobs have been created -- good jobs, at good wages. And last year, three out of four jobs that were created were in the higher paying categories, where the average salary was $26,000. Only 2 percent were low-paying service jobs.
And measure us by our performance. Real family income is growing after it had fallen under the Democrats. The average American family, the one that's right in the middle, is now earning $5,000 a year more than it would be under the Democratic policies.
us by our performance. Peace is breaking out all over the world. Earlier this
week, on the same day, the headlines announced not one, but two cease-fires in
very troubled areas of the world: one between
Our policies are working, and I want to build on those policies. With performance like that, it's no wonder that my opponent would have us believe that he supported these Republican policies all along. The other day, I referred to him, only semi-in jest, as the Stealth candidate -- [laughter] -- because no matter how much he jetted around the country, from place to place, no issues seemed to crop up on that radar screen.
We have a two-part mission in this election: to remind the American people what we've done, what we've accomplished, and then to convince them, given a chance, that there's going to be change as we move into a new decade, but that we can do even better. We must remind them that peace and economic growth are not blanketing our land by accident; they've not fallen out of the sky. But rather, they've grown from carefully cultivated seeds planted by the men and women in this room. And now the task is to plant where no flowers have bloomed before, to grow to heights previously unimagined. And we've got to keep this recovery going until every man and woman in this country benefit from this recovery.
And I have been very specific in offering new proposals for extending the Reagan revolution into the Bush era. I've proposed a cut in the capital gains rate to create new jobs by spurring the start of new business. It worked in 1978. It will work again now. It will raise revenues for the Federal Government, and I am convinced it will help people by creating more jobs.
I've proposed to slam the door on the deficit by using what I call a flexible freeze to rein in Federal spending and yet give the President some flexibility in how to allocate resources. And I'm asking the American people to instruct the Congress to give the President what 43 Governors have, and that's that line-item veto. It's time now, the Congress having failed, to give the executive branch a chance to do better in controlling spending.
I've proposed a comprehensive child care plan for
I've proposed merit schools and magnet schools to reward and encourage excellence in education. And I've proposed expanding educational assistance from Head Start for preschoolers to college savings bonds for college students. Education is the answer to our competitiveness. Education is the answer that will bring hope to those kids who really haven't had hope and opportunity before.
laid out a wide-ranging plan for cleaning up the environment and a
comprehensive plan for reducing
Burnett, one of the finest advertising executives of all time, used to have a
ten commandments on the art of plain talk. And one of his commandments was
forget about image and concentrate on substance. Project what you are, not what
you would like others to think that you are. And I take this commandment to
heart. If we state in plain terms the case for low taxes and high opportunity,
for a strong
that's where you all come in. As much as I travel and as hard as I campaign --
and campaign hard I will -- nobody can do it without the help of others. And I
can't get my case out there to the American people who need to hear it all by
myself. I need you, both to help the American people understand the record of
these last 8 years -- all I want them to hear from you is what we have done and
then, hopefully, what we can do in the future. And you know, when
know, that victory isn't important just for political reasons. It is literally
vital for the future of our country. And this election hinges on one crucial
difference. My opponent sees the task ahead is how to manage the decline of
this country. And I see it as how to open up further the golden promise of
opportunity that is
I've been proud to be a part of this administration, proud to serve this President. And now, on Thursday, I will be the standard-bearer of this party. And I'm asking you to take the hustings and to remember that you're not just political spokesmen, not just women out there spelling out what's been accomplished in the administration. You're messengers of hope for this new American revolution. And what's at stake is not just one election; what's at stake is a way of life. And if we can convince the American people of that, then I'm convinced that we will have the opportunity for the next 4 years to serve this, the greatest, freest, most wonderful country on the face of the Earth.
Thank you all. I need you. God bless you. Thank you very much.
The President. Thank you. Who's
tending the store? [Applause] Thank you. Thank you all very much. Thank you,
George. You know, each year at the State of the
Well, I want to welcome all of you to the White House complex. White House complex -- that's what our opponents have after 8 years of being out of power. [Laughter] The incredible thing is that they still can't take a hint. [Laughter]
really, the reason I asked you all here is because we've got 5 full months
ahead of us, and we're going to continue to advance our policies and programs
until we cross the finish line next January. Our agenda is still full. We want
welfare reforms that create incentives for work, and a U.S.-Canada free trade
agreement to create the world's greatest free trade area. We want a
comprehensive antidrug bill that includes the death
penalty for drug kingpins, a defense bill that supports the Strategic Defense Initiative, and effective new aid for the Nicaraguan freedom
fighters so they can secure their own freedom and remove the threat of
communism from the mainland of
as I said in the State of the
You know, years ago, when the news first came out that I was running for Governor of California, someone asked my boss Jack Warner what he thought of the idea. And it's been reported to me that Warner said, ``No, no. Jimmy Stewart for Governor; Reagan for best friend.'' [Laughter]
Well, if I say so myself, all of you who answered the call to serve here were very well cast. In fact, I don't know a finer group of public servants anywhere. Our work is not over yet. But I've been meaning to ask you, and I'd like to hear your answer: Tell me, so far, has it been worth it? [Applause] Well, I feel just the same way.
I want all of you to keep up your fine work. And to really appreciate what
we've accomplished, all you need to do is look back at where we started. In
1981, when we took office,
talk about jobs. We've delivered over 17\1/2\ million jobs in the last 68
months and raised employment to its highest level in history. They talk about
economic growth. We've delivered the longest peacetime expansion on record --
over 5\1/2\ years of growth. They talk about peace and security. We've
delivered a treaty that eliminates an entire class of
in 1980, when the American people saw that they'd gotten talk, not results, who
did they call? Well, they called me and George, the malaise-busters. [Laughter]
Well, since we've shown who talks and who delivers, there's no way that
know, there are only two things that the liberals don't understand: the things
that change and the things that don't. [Laughter] The economy and technology --
these things change, and under us, they change for the better. But
What do the American people believe in? Teaching right from wrong, putting criminals behind bars and keeping them there -- [laughter] -- and promoting excellence in education, and saying the Pledge of Allegiance, America's tradition of peace through strength, and upholding the Monroe Doctrine -- this is also what we believe in. And that's one reason why the American people are going to vote with us this November and why we're going to hold the White House with George Bush.
in laying out our record in the months ahead, each of us can be a force for
truth and a player in the national debate. The reason our record of success is
important is because that's the proof that our philosophy works, that George
Bush's policies work. The other folks talk; George Bush will deliver. The truth
is that what we've achieved is just the beginning; the best is yet to come. If
the people elect George Bush President so
Some people may cast their vote this year to thank us for the last 8 years. But I expect that most people will vote for George Bush this year because, after voting for him once or twice before, they know that he's their guarantee that peace and prosperity today will be followed by more peace and prosperity tomorrow. And frankly, I don't think the American people want to gamble their future on a blind date. [Laughter]
After 8 years of working together, we know that George Bush will be a great President who will continue and expand what we have built together. I've often said that George Bush has been the best Vice President in history, but you can also see that being number two must have been a new experience for a man who was captain of the ball team, who started his own business, and who piloted his own plane. He's been a great Vice President, but I think George will be an even greater President.
So, thank you all, and God bless you all. And, George, would you step up here for a minute? I figured with the convention coming up in which you will be the standard-bearer and so forth you could probably use that gavel. And if not there, from experience I can tell you there will be a lot of meetings with congressional leadership in which you can use that. [Laughter]
The Vice President. Thank you very much.
Note: The Vice President
spoke at in Room 450 of the