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Monday, September 3, 2001
Volume 37--Number 35
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 Addresses and Remarks

         Induction into the Little League Hall of Excellence in South 
         Steelworkers picnic in West Mifflin--1237
    Radio address--1223
         Air Force One, last flight of Tail Number 27000 in Waco--1246
         American Legion convention in San Antonio--1240
         Mission San Jose Grist Mill, dedication of in San Antonio--1244
     White House Web site, launching--1247

Communications to Congress

    Cyprus, letter transmitting report--1240

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
        Crawford, TX--1224

Interviews With the News Media--Continued

        Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building--1247

Letters and Messages

    Labor Day, message--1249


    National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month--1246

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--1251

     Checklist of White House press releases--1250

     Digest of other White House announcements--1249

     Nominations submitted to the Senate--1250

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Monday, September 3, 2001
Volume 37--Number 35
Pages 1223-1251
Week Ending Friday, August 31, 2001
The President's Radio Address

August 25, 2001

    Good morning. Congress will shortly return to Washington to make its 
final spending decisions for 2002. A new budget report released this 
past week shows that despite the economic slowdown that began in the 
third quarter of last year, the Federal budget is strong, healthy, and 
in balance. In fact, the 2002 budget surplus will be the second biggest 
surplus in American history.
    The report also shows we are funding our Nation's priorities, 
meeting our commitments to Social Security and Medicare, reducing taxes, 
and still retiring record amounts of debt. This is a great achievement, 
and it happened because Congress worked with me this spring to agree to 
a responsible total level of spending.
    Congress also worked with me to cut income taxes for the first time 
in a generation, the right policy at exactly the right time to boost our 
sagging economy. The faster our economy grows, the stronger the Federal 
budget will be.
    The greatest threat to our budget outlook is the danger that 
Congress will be tempted this fall to break its earlier commitments by 
spending too much. The old way in Washington is to believe that the more 
you spend, the more you care. What mattered was the size of the line in 
the budget, not the effect of that line on real people's lives. My 
administration takes a new approach. We want to spend your hard-earned 
money as carefully as you do. And when we spend the people's money, we 
insist on results.
    Today my Office of Management and Budget is releasing a report 
identifying 14 long-neglected management problems in the Federal 
Government and offering specific solutions to fix them. For example, the 
United States Government is the world's single largest purchaser of 
computers and other technologies for gathering and using information. In 
2002 we will spend $45 billion on information technology. That's more 
than we've budgeted for highways and roads. Yet so far, and unlike 
private sector companies, this large investment has not cut the 
Government's cost or improved people's lives in any way we can measure.
    Another example: The General Accounting Office has, year after year, 
found that the Federal student aid programs are run in ways that make 
them vulnerable to fraud and waste. And year after year, virtually 
nothing has been done to make sure that Federal aid intended for needy 
students goes only to the needy.
    With the help of congressional leaders like Senator Fred Thompson, 
we are going to take on these problems, and others like them, with a 
focused, targeted reform agenda. We'll introduce greater competition 
into Government and make Government more attentive to citizens.
    Americans demand top-quality service from the private sector. They 
should get the same top-quality service from their Government. I've 
asked Cabinet Secretaries and agency heads to name a chief operating 
officer who will be held accountable for the performance of that agency. 
These officers will make up the President's Management Council, to build 
a leadership team that listens, learns, and innovates.
    Taxpayers work hard to earn the money they send the Government. 
Government should work equally hard to ensure that the money is spent 
wisely. I will work with Congress to build a Government that is 
responsive to the people's needs and responsible with our people's 
    Thank you very much for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 4:03 p.m. on August 23 at the Bush 
Ranch in Crawford, TX, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on August 25. The 
transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
August 24 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office 
of the

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Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this 

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Monday, September 3, 2001
Volume 37--Number 35
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Week Ending Friday, August 31, 2001
Exchange With Reporters During a Tour of the Bush Ranch in Crawford, 

August 25, 2001

Ranch Tour

    Q. Shouldn't you be doing that with an axe?
    The President. I've got my earplugs in.
    Q. Oh, lucky.
    The President. What?
    Q. I was just asking, shouldn't you be doing that with an axe?
    The President. No, that was Abraham Lincoln.
    Q. My mistake.
    The President. I'll tell you what we ought to do. What we're doing 
is, we're cleaning this out. We're making a trail from the top to come 
down, over here. Do you all want to walk in here? It's kind of neat in 
here. These cliffs are pretty unusual from this perspective. And then--
this is a very long canyon. I'll take you down, if you want to see where 
the mouth of the canyon is, and the trail was cut up in here. And then 
I've got another canyon, right next door, if you'd like to see that, 
that we've improved. It will give you a flavor for the ranch.
    But what we're trying to do is to make these really beautiful 
cutouts available for anybody who wants to walk up in here. I think 
you'll see that we make them pretty accessible without disturbing the 
natural beauty of the place.
    If you want the details, that was a dead hackberry. H-a-c-k--
    Q. He's writing it down.
    The President. Anyway, what will happen is, is that when the rainy 
season comes--this all gets damp in here--we'll fire up this pile of 
leaves and stuff and burn it. This canyon--you can see, behind you, all 
the erosion--this gets a lot of water coming through here. There's seven 
of these on the ranch, and when it rains, these all flow down toward the 
bottoms. Eventually, in this case, these canyons feed into the middle 
fork of the Bosque River. The guy from A&M we had out here, he spotted 
about 17 or 18 different variety of hardwood down below.
    So what do you want to do?
    Q. Come down.
    The President. Come on down here, or do you want to start from the 
bottom and walk up? We'll start from the bottom and walk up. I've got 
room for five people. We'll get the scribblers, AP and Reuters.
    Q. Thank you.

[At this point, the tour continued. When the transcript resumed, the 
President's remarks were joined in progress.]

    The President. ----just use the cedar that we cut. Used a crowbar to 
dig the hole. We'll put another one below and then make sure the steps 
are--I've got a little more work. Do you see those two? Those are dead 
right there. Those are ash. Do you see the two trees there, the dead 
trees? I'll cut them out.
    And so basically, what we've been doing in here, is we've been 
cutting out the dead trees, the trees that have fallen down, and some 
undergrowth, just to open it up, so that when you sit out here for a 
picnic, you've got a pretty good view of this beautiful canyon.
    Q. Are you trying to make a hiking trail for people to use?
    The President. Yes.
    Q. Now would the doctor and the nurse both normally be here, or is 
it the chainsaw that brought them out?
    The President. No, they're with me--like when I ran this morning, 
they were here. They go everywhere I go on the ranch.
    Q. Not that they don't trust you with a chainsaw, huh?
    The President. Well, they don't trust me with my running, either. 
    Q. Won't the rain erode the trail? How do you stop that?
    The President. Pardon me?
    Q. The rain--won't the water erode the trail? Do you have to keep 
redoing it?
    The President. No, actually we're not going to put it on the creek 
bottom. You'll see, there's a series of flats, as you come up the 
canyon. The canyon is not uniformly steep. And so there will be--one 
side of the canyon will be steep, and the other side will

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be relatively flat. We've cut out a trail, mainly cedars. Cedars are a--
you know, some of the big stands of cedars are important, because they 
become nesting materials for things like the golden-cheeked warbler, 
although we don't have any on this property.
    On the other hand, the little cedars, they crowd up on these 
beautiful hardwood, and they soak in a lot of water. I mean, they take 
30 percent of the water, more or less, that is taken in by these trees, 

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