tv Former Governor George Pataki at the Iowa State Fair CSPAN August 16, 2015 9:18pm-9:40pm EDT
because that is what it is. that is why we are called the united states of america, because so much -- because we have so much talent and if we focus it on the right way and stop worrying about me being right and you being right in my way or the highway, we will be a different nation. we have to stop listening to these people who tell us that we cannot talk about god, we cannot talk about our faith. i wonder, do they realize that our founding document, declaration talks about certain inalienable rights given to us by our creator, aka god, do they know the pledge of allegiance reflects we are one nation under god, that many courtrooms on the wall say in god we trust, every coin on our -- in our pocket, every bill in our pocket, but we are not supposed to talk about it. what is that? in medicine we call it schizophrenia. it's time for us to realize
there is nothing wrong with living by godly principles, caring about your neighbor, developing your god-given talents so you become valuable to the people around you, having values and principles that govern your life. if we do that, not only will we remain a pinnacle nation, but we will have one nation under god, individual with liberty and justice for all. -- indivisible with liberty and justice for all. thank you. [applause]
.> term limits >> you speak why language. quite someone asked about term limits. about termne asked limits. they are not in the constitution because it was such a sacrifice to serve and it has become quite a cushy job. now, we have to adjust and i feel strongly about term limits. lengthen the term, let's say, to eightresentative years and they could be recalled every two years, if they were doing a terrible job. you have one term. when people get in, they start running for office the neck day.
in forlifetime limits the justices. increased they have in lifespan and we need judicial oversight that is not hamper independence and we do not have a system where we have all a oligarchy. an the supreme court should have term limits. absolutely. exley criminal justice system? -- >> the criminal justice system? >> it is huge. have 5% of the population and 20% of the inmates. we are doing something wrong.
we put people in prison who have done things that are not violent and do not require they be -- becauseto the prison they let up and they have relationships that lead to a life of crime and violence. andill have to find better different ways to punish people. gap?w would you close the >> i would close the gap by recognizing that we have the most powerful economic engine the world has ever known. gap. closed the fiscal boat ase on the same
greece. they had to cut the retirement that if it's. the people were not happy. they recognized where they were going. we print money. worse shape than they are. what do we have? enormous energy that we can utilize in appropriate ways. energy to put in exportation rules. we have the ability to liquefy natural gas to be exported. time, we can drive down the debt. with fossil fuels, we can generate money for research and
clean. these things do not have to be at war with one another. find theying to cleanest to utilize the energy. it would help tremendously. we have the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world , i would do something to repatriate the $2 trillion over there. be used for job creation for the people on welfare.
it does not cost us a penny and it does us a tremendous amount of good. in a mindset of recognizing that people are resources that need to be developed. people and million china has over one billion. and we have all of those people with one less person to be have one morewe taxpaying and productive member of society. people ind all of our a way that progressives will not be able to drive wedges between because we are all working.
those are just a couple of things. taxes and work with regulations that are absolutely killing us. of goodsses the cost and services disproportionately. there is a list of things we we have to let becauserest rates rise the average man does not have a place to put his money anymore. the only place to put money is in the stock market. it tends to be the more wealthy and it drives income disparity. we have to identify the real things and we have politicians
talking about making college free for everybody. it drives the gap further and accelerates the collapse of the system. you get into office, can you give us a timeline for the agriculture industry? >> 10 years. andtalk about renewables there are a lot of promises that extend out to 2022 and people made plans based on those kinds of things. i talk about welfare reform and a lot of people think i want to get rid of all welfare. is fix the to do economy and provide jobs that allow people to move up the
being here and suffering in the sun this afternoon. it's a little hot but i will only talk or an hour and a half. let me begin with a question of let me begin with a question of my own you are probably asking. they will be 18 people on this soap box during this state fair. the question is, why pataki? why another one? we have a parade of candidate. i understand that. my background is vastly different from anybody else in this race. my vision for what we can do as a country is different because of that background. i am from new york, but i don't have a plane. i have three tractors. i was out on a tractor last week moving hay. i'm the only candidate in this entire race in either party who was born and raised on a farm in my hometown of peekskill, new york, lived on a far most of my -- lived on a farm most of my
and i'm still working with my wife, our family farm in upstate new york today. that sounds great, but what does it mean? any of you live on a farm or work on a farm or grow up on a farm? it teaches you values. one of the things you learn early on in the farm is words don't matter. if you say you are going to do something, it doesn't mean anything unless you do it very doesn't matter what you say you are going to do. it doesn't matter what you claim credit for having done. the only thing that matters is what you actually do. if you cut corners, if you don't do what you say you're going to do, it comes back to bite you and there is no getting around ultimately doing the job well. talk to the candidates who are running for president. you are going to hear a lot good words. i'm going to do this. i'm going to do that. how many of you feel like i do, that it seems regardless of who gets elected, the government gets bigger, the taxes get
higher, the regulatory burden gets greater, and it seems that washington becomes more and more removed from people not just in iowa, but communities across america? that is their government, not our government. we have to take that government back. when i say i'm going to do something like reduce the size of the federal workforce by 15%, cut regulations, throw out a corrupt tax code that serves only the interest of the lobbyists and the powerful and the special interests and lower the rates for everyone, there are others who may say that too. but i did it. i did it as a conservative republican in the state of new york, one of the deepest blue states in america. with 3 million more democrats than republicans. i say am going to reduce the workforce by 15% in washington. i did that in new york state. throw out a tax code that serves the powerful and lower the rates on working families and small
businesses and americans across the board. i did that in new york. i lowered taxes by $143 billion, more than the other 49 states combined. get people off dependency on government. give them the opportunity to be independent and live the american dream and get on the employment rolls instead of the welfare rolls. you are going to hear that from a lot of people. i did that. and when i left as new york state governor, we had one million fewer people on welfare than when i took office because we did transfer people from the welfare rolls to the employment rolls, and we had almost 700,000 more private sector jobs. and by the way, my state assembly -- i'm a conservative republican. there are 103 democrats and 47 republicans in that state assembly. i had to convince them a credit legislators,ddick
-- democratic legislators many , of them from new york city, many of them very liberal, to give our policies a chance. we were last in jobs, last in taxes, and over one million people on welfare. i said, give my policies a chance. they gave me the chance and we changed new york state. two other ways we did that, when i took office we were the most dangerous state in america. when i left we were the fourth safest state in america, only a handful of states were safer than we were. i was able to convince democratic legislatures to support my tough on crime policies. reduce the influence of the special interests, and those who can afford to have a lobbyist roaming the halls of washington, and give the power back to you,
the people in iowa and across this country. i know i can do it because i did it in new york. the second thing, in my background that is unique, and it is something with me everyday, as i was governor of new york on september 11, i felt the horror. i knew victims. when i was leading new york through its recovery on that day with rudy giuliani and george bush, i felt the flames and could taste the air. i vowed then that this country so long as i have anything to say about it was never going to bow down to radical islam again. we were never going to forget the lesson of september 11. that lesson to me is clearer today than it has ever been. we thought before september 11 because al qaeda was overseas it did not pose a threat to us in new york. we paid a horrible cost, a horrible penalty for not realizing the threat posed to us
in america. today isis poses as large a threat if not greater to america, not just cities like new york but communities across america, and we have got to stand up and defeat radical islam over there before they can attack us here. let me give you two examples. think what happened in this country in the last few months. garland, texas. an american, radicalized by another american would have killed dozens of american citizens but for a texas cop. think of what happened in chattanooga, tennessee. an american radicalized by jihadists killed marine recruiters before he was finally killed. we have got to shut down isis or any radical islamic group possibility to recruit, to radicalize, or to proclaim an urge jihad anywhere in the united states regardless of where that message comes from.
i'm a great believer in the first amendment. freedom of speech matters. but you can't yell fire in a crowded theater. you cannot tell a fellow american to kill your other americans in the name of jihad. that's not protected speech. that's a crime. they have to be shut down and arrested whether they are preaching it on the internet, in our prisons, or from the mosques. protect america from freedom. and by the way -- by the way -- the response of this administration to our marine recruiters being shot was for them to take off their uniforms. america is not going to bow down when i'm president to radical islam anywhere in the world, and certainly not in the united states. our marine recruiters should not be taking off their uniforms. they should be putting on their guns and we will be a lot safer across this country.
it's not just enough to ignore the fact that isis has recruiting centers, training centers, planning huts, hundreds of millions of dollars, sophisticated weapons, social network capability and thousands of people with western passports. we have got to destroy their training and planning centers over there before they have a chance to attack us here again. let me tell you what i do first. directly aid the boots on the ground, which this administration is not doing. the kurdish army is fighting isis, but they are not getting the supplies, training, financing and help they deserve from us. the sunni shikhs in anbar don't like isis. they would like to fight them, but they can't get any help from baghdad and this administration does not send any aid directly to them. i would do that as president of the united states. we would wrap up our bombing efforts.
and if need be i would send in , american special ops to destroy those recruiting centers, those planning hubbs, hubs, those places where they are organizing to attack us here, destroy them, kill them there, and get out before they have the chance to attack us here. i don't say this lightly. i don't want a 10 year war. i don't want $1 trillion spent trying to create a democracy and -- in a part of the world are one has not existed. i have two sons. my older son when he graduated from college became a marine officer and served as a lieutenant for a year in anbar and iraq. my younger son after college became a lieutenant and served in the 10th mountain division and got back from afghanistan last september. i know what is like for a parent to lie awake at night when your loved ones are in harm's way. i also know what it's like to