Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




Bringing LIBERTY to Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, July 19, 2008, 10:30am

A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning Radio Address

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Notes and Summary of the President's Address -- Energy and Housing

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This is a challenging time for families across our nation. I know many families are worried about rising prices at the pump and declining home values. So this week my Administration took steps to help address both these challenges.   (continued below)

How the President Differs from the American vision of "Liberty Under God":

  1. "The Housing Crisis" and "the Energy Crisis" cannot be solved by Washington D.C. until Washington realizes that both problems were caused by Washington D.C. in the first place.
  2. The Federal Reserve System has destroyed the dollar, our nation's currency, raising the prices of energy, housing, and everything else we buy. The government admits that $100.00 today is worth only $4.52 compared to 1913 when the Fed began.
  3. The government has been led by environmentalist lobbies, and has intentionally, deliberately and purposefully limited the supply of energy, raising its price, and creating the present "crisis," because environmentalists hate human comfort and industrialization.
  4. Government regulation and manipulation of the mortgage market is unconstitutional and has created the "housing crisis."
  5. Americans would not need mortgages for their homes if government were not taking two-thirds of everything they earn. Direct taxes take one-third of everyone's income, while indirect taxes take one-half of everything that's left after direct taxes. This destroys the ability of parents to pass this wealth to children in the form of a first home, causes mothers to work outside the home, and forces Americans into debt. Average Americans pay half a million dollars in interest over the life of a home.

President Bush's
Saturday Morning Radio Address

Another Perspective:
"Liberty Under God"

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This is a challenging time for families across our nation. I know many families are worried about rising prices at the pump and declining home values. So this week my Administration took steps to help address both these challenges. Your family may be worried; President Bush isn't.

The best way the Administration can solve the problem of rising gas prices and declining home values is to stop trying to solve the problem of rising gas prices and declining home values. These problems were caused by government in the first place.

To help address the pressure on gasoline prices, my Administration took action to clear the way for environmentally responsible offshore exploration of key parts of the Outer Continental Shelf, or OCS. Experts believe that these areas of the OCS could eventually produce nearly 10 years' worth of America's current annual oil production. So on Monday I lifted an executive branch prohibition on exploration in these areas. No apology for the executive branch prohibition on exploration in these areas. No admission of error. The problem was caused by the government prohibition.
Unfortunately, a full month has passed since I called on Congress to lift a similar legislative ban, and Congress has done nothing. This means that the only thing now standing between the American people and the vast oil resources of the OCS is action from the United States Congress. Partisan ploys. The real issue here is that the government has been causing high prices by its policies, and now the government will claim credit for "solving" a problem it created. With no admission of guilt or apology to the American people.
Bringing OCS resources online will take time, and that means that the need for congressional action is urgent. The sooner Congress lifts the ban, the sooner we can get these resources from the ocean floor to the gas pump. Democratic leaders need to show that they have finally heard the frustrations of the American people. They should match the action I've taken, repeal the congressional ban, and pass legislation to facilitate responsible offshore exploration. Republicans controlled the legislature for six years under President Bush. Why didn't they do what Bush is now chastising Democrats for not doing? This is pure political hypocrisy.
In the short term, America's economy will continue to depend on oil, but in the long term our economic future depends on promoting alternative energy technologies. So my Administration has worked to expand the use of alternative fuels and raise fuel efficiency standards. We're investing in new advanced batteries, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel cells. We're working to expand the use of clean, safe nuclear power, solar and wind power, and clean coal technology. With these steps, we're enhancing America's energy security. How does a politician know what our future depends on? Would a President in the days of whale oil have known anything about nuclear power? Why should politicians be predestinating our future?

Washington D.C. has no constitutional authority to "invest" your money in the energy businesses that promise to vote or make campaign contributions.

To address challenges in the housing market, my Administration announced steps this week to help increase confidence in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These two enterprises play a central role in our housing finance system, and we must ensure that they can continue providing access to mortgage credit during this period of stress in financial markets. Government should play no role whatsoever in encouraging people to go into debt.
So Treasury Secretary Paulson has worked with Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke, the companies, and the government regulators on a plan to strengthen these enterprises. I urge Congress to swiftly enact this plan into law. And I also urge Congress to pass legislation that strengthens the independent regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, modernizes the Federal Housing Administration, and allows state housing agencies to issue tax-free bonds to refinance subprime loans. These enterprises are completely unconstitutional. They should be abolished. They should not be bailed out.
Despite the challenges we have faced, our economy has demonstrated remarkable resilience. Exports have continued to grow, productivity growth has remained strong, and while economic growth in the first quarter of this year was slower than we would have liked, it was growth, nonetheless. Despite the challenges caused by the government . . . .
Thanks to the economic growth package we enacted, American families have more cash in their wallets. We now have delivered more than $91 billion in tax relief to more than 112 million American households this year. And in the coming months, we expect more Americans to take advantage of these rebates, and inject new energy into our economy. Economic Stimulus Packages
I have great confidence that our economy will pull through this difficult period, because I have great confidence in the boundless, innovative spirit of the American people. This is a Nation that has faced tough challenges in the past and overcome them, and we will do so again. With sound policies in Washington and the ingenuity of our citizens, our economy will emerge from this period stronger and better than before. "sound policies in Washington" is a contradiction in terms. A "housing policy" from Washington is both unconstitutional and unsound. An "energy policy" from Washington is both unconstitutional and unsound.

The rhetoric about "the boundless spirit and ingenuity of our citizens" is true, but hypocritical. Washington does not really believe the market we freely create can overcome all challenges. Washington politicians truly believe we are incompetent and selfish, and Beltway insiders are omnicompetent and all-benevolent.

Thank you for listening.  

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The Democrat Party Radio Address:

The The Democratic Radio Address was delivered by Senator Patty Murray of Washington, who suggested a dozen ways that government can tell oil companies how to run their businesses.

Government does not have the constitutional authority to run the energy industry.
Government does not have the entrepreneurial know-how to run the energy industry.

The provision of energy, like the provision of , groceries, clothing, consumer electronics, and everything else that Americans enjoy as part of the highest standard of living in human history, are the proper domain of "greedy capitalists," competing against each other for the patronage of consumers. The federal government has no Constitutional authority to meddle in the Market, which has succeeded beyond the wildest imaginations of those who signed the Constitution. Every action the government takes to make things better, makes things worse, creating a "crisis" that justifies more government control, making things even worse, diminishing our lives in the long run (though the politicians will always point to some short-term benefit to justify their unconstitutional intervention).

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