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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, October 6, 1997 Volume 33--Number 40 Pages 1431-1485 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Resignations and Retirements Arkansas Candlelight vigil honoring the Little Rock Nine in Little Rock-- 1448 Hot Springs High School Ultimate Class Reunion in Hot Springs-- 1443 State Democratic Party reception in Little Rock--1445 Arts and humanities medals--1451, 1458 Education legislation, congressional action--1460 Food safety initiative--1476 Income and poverty report--1456 President's Advisory Board on Race--1462 Radio address--1442 Texas Democratic National Committee dinner in Houston--1437 San Jacinto Community College in Houston--1431 Weather forecasters--1470 Bill Signings Continuing appropriations legislation, statement--1465 Military Construction Appropriations Act, 1998, statement--1465 Communications to Congress Iran, message transmitting notice--1467 Communications to Federal Agencies Counternarcotics assistance to certain Latin American and Eastern Caribbean countries, memorandum--1469 Delegation of authority, memorandum--1469 Food safety initiative, memorandum--1479 Refugee immigration, memorandum--1468 Executive Orders Continuance of Certain Federal Advisory Committees and Amendments to Executive Orders 13038 and 13054--1459 Level V of the Executive Schedule: Removal of the Executive Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Department of Labor--1467 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Briefing Room--1456 Rose Garden--1476 South Lawn--1460 Letters and Messages National Arts and Humanities Month, message--1456 Rosh Hashana, message--1465 Notices Continuation of Iran Emergency--1467 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Correction: In the September 15 edition of the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Volume 33, number 37, we announced the availability of this publication on the Internet on the Government Printing Office Home Page. The address was incorrect. The correct address is http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Proclamations Fire Prevention Week--1481 National Breast Cancer Awareness Month--1474 National Disability Employment Awareness Month--1480 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month--1475 Resignations and Retirements Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman John M. Shalikashvili, USA Citation--1465 Remarks in Arlington, VA--1463 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Commission on Immigration Reform, report--1466 Death of Roy Lichtenstein--1466 National economy--1481 Senate Finance Committee action on fast-track trading authority legislation--1474 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1484 Checklist of White House press releases--1484 Digest of other White House announcements--1482 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1483 [[Page 1431]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1431-1437] Monday, October 6, 1997 Volume 33--Number 40 Pages 1431-1485 Week Ending Friday, October 3, 1997 Remarks at San Jacinto Community College in Houston, Texas September 26, 1997 Thank you. Well, Esmerelda may be getting a degree in mathematics, but today she got an A in public speaking. [Laughter] Let's give her another hand. I thought she was great. [Applause] Mayor and Mrs. Lanier, Mayor Isbell, and Commissioner Mauro, Chancellor Horton. I also see out there Mr. George Abbey, the Director of the Johnson Space Center, something that's very close to my heart. I've tried to promote the space program as President. I think Ellen Ochoa may be here as well. But I thank them for their work. And weren't you proud when we landed that little vehicle on Mars, and we got to see those pictures. I loved it. I'd like to say a special word of appreciation, too, to Congressman Ken Bentsen. He has done a very, very fine job for you in the United States Congress, and he has steadfastly supported our efforts to balance the budget, to restore health to the economy, but to do it in a way that kept educational opportunities increasing, not decreasing, for the people of this country and the people of this district. And I thank him for that. I'm very excited to be here today for a couple of reasons. First of all, I know we're actually close to the place where the battle of San Jacinto occurred. Right? And Sam Houston, in addition to having an interesting life which was amazing--he lived with the Cherokees; he led the Texas army in the battle for independence; he was a president of the Republic of Texas and a United States Senator; he also was a teacher. And if you have read much about Sam Houston, you may have seen that he-- and I quote--he said that his time as a classroom teacher was, quote, ``the most satisfying time of my life.'' I think that I would be remiss if I did not say to all the educators who are here, as I look at this sea of young people, I thank you for your devotion to education, and I hope that it will always be something that brings you great satisfaction. Here, so near the site where Texas fought a battle to win its political independence, you are all gaining your economic independence by being in this marvelous institution. And the way the community college system works here in Texas and across America, in my view, is a model of the way America ought to work. You think about it. This place, first of all, is open to all. Nobody gets turned away because they're too old or too young or because of the color of their skin or because of their gender or anything else. If you're willing to work and take responsibility for yourselves and your course of study, it's open to all--first thing. Secondly, it very much focuses on results, not rhetoric, because the graduates of community colleges, they either succeed--that is, they get a job, or they go on further with their education--or they don't get a job based on what they studied, and so you have to change the curriculum. So there is not much room for a lot of hot air and talk. You either produce or you don't. The third thing about the community colleges is that they're always about change, not the status quo. Because of the way they're hooked into the economy of every area in our country, they are--much more than educational institutions or institutions of any kind--supersensitive to what's going on in people's lives, because otherwise the students wouldn't show up after a while if the institution weren't relevant to the future, to their future, and to the community's future. So, open to all; rhetoric, not results; change, not the status quo; and the last thing that I think is very important is, it's much more about partnerships than politics. Nobody asks you whether you're a Democrat or a Republican. Nobody asks you whether [[Page 1432]] you like or dislike some person or thing. The whole thing only works when people are working together to build a community. I say that because I really believe, as I have said all over this country, that America would be better if we all worked in the way the community colleges of our country work, in the way San Jacinto works. Almost 6 years ago, I started my candidacy for President with a vision for what I wanted America to look like in the 21st century and a commitment to prepare us for that. And it's a pretty simple thing. When the century turns, when all of you younger people in this audience have your own children coming up, I want to know that the American dream is still alive for everybody who will work for it. I want to know that our country will still be leading the world for peace and freedom and prosperity. And I want to know that we are coming together across all the lines that divide us into one America. Opportunity for all, responsibility from all, a community of all: That's what I believe we should be doing. I knew then, and now I know even better than I did 6 years ago, that that would require both new policies and a new kind of Government. Policies that would be focused on the future, not the past; on unity, not division; on partnerships more than politics; on people and values, not power; on keeping America leading, not following; and that we had to start with a good economic policy because in 1991 the economy wasn't working for most of the people. I also felt then, and I feel more strongly now, that we have to change the very way our Government works. We'd have to make it smaller and less bureaucratic and more flexible. And therefore, we would have to liberate it from the ability of very powerful interests to cripple us and keep us from doing things. Now, we've made a lot of progress. We passed the first balanced budget this year since President Lyndon Johnson's last budget, the first balanced budget in a generation. The Federal Government is now smaller than it was when Lyndon Johnson took office. It's the smallest it's been since John Kennedy was President. We've gotten rid of 16,000 pages of Federal regulations and turned over a lot more things to working with States and local governments and the private sector. We passed a lobby reform bill to at least disclose what the lobbyists in Washington are doing and to limit their ability to do certain things with Members of Congress and the Government. But one of the biggest problems we have with our political system--I just want to change the subject just for a moment because I know it's of concern to almost all Americans, and it should be--is that, with the advent of modern communications and the growth of our country, the costs of political campaigns have soared astronomically, and with it, the burdens of raising money, and with it, the questions raised about how much money has to be raised to run for office and how it's raised. And I ask you all to think about your role in this. You might say, on the one hand, ``Well, I don't like those people raising all that money,'' and then ask yourself, how many times did you vote for a candidate who had the best television ads or the candidate whose ads you saw the most. Or did you ever vote against someone who was attacked in a television ad, and you never saw another television ad responding to the attack, so you thought, ``Well, what they said might be true. I don't want to take any chances.'' The point I want to make is, we desperately need to reform the way we finance our campaigns, and a part of that has to be changing the cost
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