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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, October 10, 1994 Volume 30--Number 40 Pages 1917-1978 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Blue ribbon schools--1964 Business leaders on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade--1930 Democratic candidates Chuck Robb--1936, 1940 Kathleen Brown--1933 Radio addresses American troops in Haiti--1928 Weekly--1927 Senator Mitchell scholarship fund dinner--1960 U.S.S. Eisenhower in Norfolk, VA--1962 Visit of South African President Mandela Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger reception--1958 Congressional Black Caucus luncheon--1949 Discussions--1950 State dinner--1948 Welcoming ceremony--1945 Welcoming Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres of Israel--1929 Appointments and Nominations Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, Chairman--1947 Federal Trade Commission, member--1958 President's Committee on Mental Retardation, members--1948 U.S. District Court, judges--1958 Bill Signings Agricultural, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1995, statement--1924 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1995, statement--1926 Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1995, statement--1925 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1995, statement--1925 Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1995, statement--1924 District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1995, statement--1926 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1995, statement-- 1955 Treasury, Postal Service and General Government Appropriations Act, 1995, statement--1923 Communications to Congress Department of Transportation, letter transmitting reports--1933 Federal Labor Relations Authority, message transmitting report--1933 Panama, message--1932 Vietnam, letter transmitting report--1957 (Continued on the inside back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Communications to Federal Agencies Assistance to refugees from Rwanda and Burundi, memorandum--1922 Interviews With the News Media Interview with Alan Colmes--1917 News conferences October 5 (No. 72) with South African President Mandela--1950 October 7 (No. 73)--1965 Meeting With Foreign Leaders Israel, Foreign Minister Peres--1929 Jordan, Crown Prince Hassan--1929 South Africa, President Mandela--1945, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1958 Proclamations Child Health Day--1921 General Pulaski Memorial Day--1957 German-American Day--1946 Resignations and Retirements Secretary of Agriculture, statement--1931 Statements by the President See also Appointments and Nominations; Bill Signings; Resignations and Retirements Congressional completion of appropriations legislation--1923 ``Federal Mandate Accountability and Reform Act of 1994''--1946 ``Federal Mandate Relief for State and Local Government Act, 1994''--1956 Senate action on the ``Elementary and Secondary Education Act''-- 1956 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1977 Checklist of White House press releases--1976 Digest of other White House announcements--1975 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1975 [[Page 1917]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1917-1921] Monday, October 10, 1994 Volume 30--Number 40 Pages 1917-1978 Week Ending Friday, October 7, 1994 Interview With Alan Colmes September 30, 1994 Mr. Colmes. President Clinton, very nice to meet you. I've been an unabashed supporter of yours for a very long time, to the point where my listeners call me up and accuse me of being on your payroll. I'd like to dispel any such myth right now. [Laughter] The President. You're not on the payroll, but I appreciate what you've said. National Public Opinion Mr. Colmes. Thomas Jefferson said of democracy that ``democracy is cumbersome, slow, inefficient, but in due time, the voice of the people will be heard and their latent wisdom will prevail.'' How latent is that wisdom at this point in our evolution? The President. Well, I think what's going on in our country today is that people desperately want circumstances to change for themselves in their own lives, and they see things going on around them they don't like: high rates of crime and violence and drug abuse and family breakdown, the continued economic uncertainty and insecurity, a lot of working people worried about their incomes, their ability to finance their kids' education, the stability of their health care, their retirement. And they are not sure that the Government ever works for ordinary people. And I think that that plus the atmosphere in which we operate up here, which is so contentious and so full of the conflicting messages spawned by all the interest groups, make it difficult for anybody to communicate through that. But what I have to do is to just keep working for the American people, keep fighting for change. You know, we've made a remarkable start, I think. It's just the beginning, but we've made a good beginning in restoring the economy and fighting crime and making this Government work for ordinary people. That's what I got sent here to do, and that's what I'm trying to do. Midterm Elections Mr. Colmes. Midterm elections are coming up, and just the other day the Republicans had a photo-op at the Capitol, and they gave a 10-point plan. I wonder if you feel the American people will buy this and change the balance of power legislatively this November? The President. Well, the Republican contract, it's--I'm so glad they did it because they finally told the American people what I knew all along, which is what they're for. What they're for is to go back to trickle-down economics. They made over a trillion dollars worth of promises to the American people in this contract. And how they're going to pay for it is either to explode the deficit again, after we brought it down, or to cut Medicare or Social Security or never pay for the crime bill. It's the same old thing they did in the 1980's, and it poses a stark choice for the Americans in this election: Do you want to keep going forward with an economic plan that has brought the deficit down for 3 years in a row for the first time since Truman, helped to produce over 4.3 million new jobs, has got America ranked the most productive country in the world for the first time in 9 years, that's provided college loan relief for millions of Americans and done a lot of other things that are growing this economy? Or do you want to go back to the same old trickle- down economics that exploded the debt, reduced investment in people, and nearly wrecked this economy? I mean, that's basically what the choice is in this election. And their contract, basically, is a contract on America, puts out a contract on the deficit, puts out a contract on Medicare, puts out a contract on the crime bill. I mean, they're going to wreck it all if they got to [[Page 1918]] implement these ideas. It's just--it's unbelievable, but it's really where they are. Mr. Colmes. How successful do you think they'll be in their attempt to take over Congress? The President. Well, if we can get out there and tell the American people the truth about our record, the fact that we have made a good start, that we've got a long way to go and this is no time to turn back, I think we've got an excellent chance to defy the experts and the pundits. In all but three elections in this century, the incumbent President's party has always lost seats in at least one House of Congress. And I think there's only been one election, in 1934, when the incumbent President actually picked up seats in both Houses. So this is a natural rhythm, but what's going on now is the country is going through a lot of changes, people are having a tough time. They do not know what this administration has done to make our good first start. I'm going to get that out there, and they need to know that it's just the beginning, because a lot of people haven't felt it yet. Health Care Reform Mr. Colmes. You've had an incredible string of accomplishments and perhaps the best first year legislatively of any President since Eisenhower. You've also cited Johnson's second year as a very successful year for him. The President. Yes. Mr. Colmes. But even your detractors, like Newt Gingrich, said you've had a great first year legislatively. Is it going to be more difficult in the second half of your first term, if there are more Republicans in Congress, for you to get things forth, like health care? The President. Well, sure it is, unless they decide that they want to get something done for America instead of something done for their party. Mr. Colmes. Is health care dead? The President. No, not at all. Look, we didn't get it in the first year, and I think the main reason we didn't get it is that the Republicans decided they didn't want it to happen. I was willing to compromise; I reached out to them. But let me just give you the evidence. When I introduced my plan, I said, ``Look, folks, all I want to do is to help people control health care costs, protect the health insurance of people who have it so they don't lose it, and provide coverage for those who don't. Here's the best way to do it, I think. If you've got a better idea, let me know.'' When we started, there were 24 Republican Senators on a bill to provide health care for all Americans. They did it in a different way. When we got to the end of the legislative debate, that number 24 had dropped to zero.
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