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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, September 16, 1996 Volume 32--Number 37 Pages 1675-1748 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Arizona, Sun City--1722 California Democratic dinner in Beverly Hills--1741 Fresno--1731 Rancho Cucamonga--1735 Colorado, Pueblo--1719 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty--1704 Counter-terrorism initiatives--1683 Florida Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City--1675 Reception for Representative Pete Peterson in Panama City--1679 Missouri Kansas City Departure--1704 Southern Governors' Conference--1698 Welfare reform--1694 St. Louis Community--1705 Democratic National Committee dinner--1711 Potomac River, survey of flood damage--1689 Presidential Medal of Freedom presentation--1687 Radio address--1682 White House Conference on Environmental Technology--1718 Bill Signings District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1997, statement--1710 Communications to Congress Iran, message reporting--1744 Communications to Federal Agencies Assistance to families affected by aviation and other transportation disasters, memorandum--1686 Employees affected by Hurricane Fran and its aftermath, memorandum-- 1718 Promoting excellence and accountability in teaching--1741 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Kansas City, MO--1704 Oval Office--1683, 1691 South Lawn--1689 Letters and Messages Rosh Hashana, message--1681 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Ireland, Prime Minister Bruton--1691 Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu--1691 Proclamations America Goes Back to School--1693 National Farm Safety and Health Week--1743 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Arthur Flemming, death--1683 Counter-terrorism initiatives--1740 International Association of Machinists and McDonnell Douglas, tentative agreement--1681 Medicare demonstration of military managed care--1710 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1748 Checklist of White House press releases--1747 Digest of other White House announcements--1746 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1747 [[Page 1675]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1675-1679] Monday, September 16, 1996 Volume 32--Number 37 Pages 1675-1748 Week Ending Friday, September 13, 1996 Remarks at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida September 6, 1996 The President. Thank you. Wow! Well, on the way up here Governor Chiles told me that--can you hear? We lost our sound. Can you hear me in the back? I'll just speak up--there it is. On the way up here Governor Chiles told me that as nearly as they could determine, I am the first sitting President ever to come to Panama City. Based on what I saw along the road coming in and the reception you've given us, I'd say the others don't know what they were missing. I'm glad to be here. [Applause] Thank you. I'd like to thank President McSpadden and all the others here at the community college for making me feel so welcome. I'd like to thank these excellent young musicians who played for us, called the Optimistics. They were great, weren't they? Thank you very much. Thank you, Dawn, for the power of your example and for your fine introduction, but mostly because you embody what the American dream is all about and the role of education in the American dream. I know all of you here who are students must have been very proud when Dawn Roberts was up here speaking, but I was proud just to be an American, to know that we have people like this and that there are opportunities like this school has given her to make the most of her own life. I'd like to thank all the military people who serve our country who live in this area. And I'd like to thank all the people who work for Sallie Mae here, who have worked so hard to make college education affordable. I want to thank Governor Lawton Chiles for being my friend of many years and for what he said today. A lot of people say, ``Well, why are you going up there? They never vote for Democrats.'' And I said, ``Well, I remember when Lawton Chiles ran for Governor in 1994, and the Republicans said it was their year and that people in Florida would never reelect him. He kept coming up here and saying that he was going to remind everybody that the `he-coon' walked just before the light of dawn. And I figured if I came up here, maybe I could find myself a `he- coon.''' So I'm looking around trying to find one. I thought I had personally used every down-home expression known to man until he said that. [Laughter] And I'm still learning things from Lawton Chiles after all of these years. I want to say a special word of thanks and honor to your retiring Congressman, Pete Peterson. He has--as all of you know, he has served his country magnificently and at great sacrifice to himself and his family for a very long time, and I honor him. And I was honored to be able to nominate him to be our Nation's first Ambassador to Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam war. He will be terrific at it. Now, in order for me to see his nomination through, I have to get my contract renewed. But if I do, that's a campaign commitment you can put in the bank. He will be the next Ambassador to Vietnam. Ladies and gentlemen, it's hot in here, and I'm proud you came to see me, and most of what I have to say is preaching to the saved; I realize that. But I want to emphasize to you why we are here, not in Panama City, but why we are here at this community college, because I believe America ought to work the way the community colleges in America work. I believe they are the ultimate democratic institution, small ``d'': open to everybody, where everybody has a chance; results oriented; flexible, not bureaucratic; working in partnership with the private sector; guaranteeing opportunity for everybody who is responsible enough to seek it. This is the way America ought to work. And this is what I have tried to work on for 4 years as President. I was sick and tired of [[Page 1676]] seeing Washington politics dominated by hot air, negative charges, and I sought to bring an end to the politics of ``who's to blame'' and to substitute for that ``what are we going to do to make America a better place?'' I think it's plain that America is on the right track to the 21st century. We got some more information today: Last month our economy created another 250,000 jobs; our unemployment rate--as a nation our unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent, the lowest in 7\1/2\ years; wages are going up again for the first time in a decade. We have record numbers of new small businesses, record numbers of American exports all over the world. Our auto production is number one again in the world for the first time since the 1970's; home ownership at a 15-year high. The minimum wage will go into effect, the increase, in October, and it will raise wages for 10 million of the hardest-working working people in this country. I think that's a good thing. Twenty-five million Americans, including some of you in this audience, I'll bet, will be helped by the passage of the Kennedy-Kassebaum health care reform bill, which says to Americans, ``You cannot lose your health insurance or be denied it if you change jobs or just because someone in your family has been sick.'' That's what insurance is for. For the first time since before the Civil War, in the 1840's, we have reduced the Government's enormous budget deficit in all 4 years, a total of 60 percent, for the first time in well over 100 years. We can be proud of that. We are moving in the right direction. We're on the right track. There are 1.8 million fewer people on welfare than there were the day I took the oath of office. Child support collections are up 40 percent and up 48 percent in Florida. Thank you, Governor, and thank you, Florida; you're doing a good job. We have worked hard to make sure that America would be the strongest force for peace and freedom and prosperity in the world. We have undertaken what anyone would say is the most successful restructuring of military forces in history. We have maintained the capabilities, the readiness, the qualitative edge of our Armed Forces. You heard Governor Chiles say it, but I want to say it again: I'm glad that the F-22's are going to be headquartered here, and I know you will do a good job of helping to maintain America's defense. But we still have more to do if we're going to build a bridge to the 21st century that everybody can walk across. We've got to keep economic growth going, which means we have to balance the budget without unfair cuts in education, in environmental protection, in research and technology, in Medicare and Medicaid. We've got to go forward together, investing in the things that will make us stronger. We have to give the right kind of tax cuts to America's families. They ought to be focused on raising children, on education, on emergency needs like health care, on buying that first home. And we ought to pay for our tax cuts and not have to cut Medicare, Medicaid, or education, the environment more. And we ought not to let that deficit go up. Last year, before they changed their position, our friends in the Republican Party put out one piece of paper that I agree with. They said, ``If we get off this plan to balance the budget and we send a signal that we don't care about it anymore, interest rates will go up 2 percent.'' Now, people always tell me, ``Don't ever talk about balancing the budget. When the economy is good, people get bored by it. They only care about it when the economy is bad.'' You should care about it. If interest rates go up 2 percent because the Government is borrowing money when you're trying to borrow it, that means 2 percent on a home mortgage, on a car payment, on a credit card payment. Even more important than that, it means 2 percent for every business person that wants to borrow money to start a new business, to expand a business, to become more productive so that more people can be hired and more can get a raise. We've got to keep working to balance the budget in the right way to grow the economy. We passed a welfare reform bill that says to everybody on welfare now, ``We'll take care of your children with health care, with nutrition, with child care. But if you're able-bodied, you have to go to work.'' We've got to make sure there's work to do for those [[Page 1677]]
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