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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, March 18, 1996
Volume 32--Number 11
Pages 451-504

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
        Harman International Industries employees in Northridge--451
        NetDay in Concord--458
        Question-and-answer session with students in Tel Aviv--497
    New Jersey, community in Hackensack--462
    New York
        Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dinner in New York 
        Irish-American of the Year Award in New York City--467
    Radio address--460
    Summit of the Peacemakers, Sharm al-Sheikh,
        Departure for Egypt--480
        Opening remarks--481

Bill Signings

    Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity
          (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996

Communications to Congress

    Iran, message reporting--475

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Assistance to Slovenia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of 
        Macedonia, memorandum--462

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Air Force One--481
        Jerusalem, Israel--489, 497
    News conferences
        March 13 (No. 115) with President Mubarak of Egypt in Sharm al-
        March 14 (No. 116) with Prime Minister Peres of Israel in 

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Egypt, President Mubarak--481, 483
        Likud Party Leader Netanyahu--497
        President Weizman--489
        Prime Minister Peres--488, 490
    Jordan, King Hussein--481
    Summit of the Peacemakers--481, 483


    National Poison Prevention Week--475

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Death of George Burns--462

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--504
    Checklist of White House press releases--504
    Digest of other White House announcements--502
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--503


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Monday, March 18, 1996
Volume 32--Number 11
Pages 451-504
Week Ending Friday, March 15, 1996
Remarks to Harman International Industries Employees in Northridge, 

March 8, 1996

    Thank you very much. If you have a seat, please take it. Thank you 
very much, Bertha. She said that she was nervous before she spoke, but I 
think she did a terrific job, don't you? When she told me that she'd 
been here 30 years, I thought that the company must have violated the 
child labor laws when she was hired. [Laughter] But I'll take her word 
for it.
    I want to thank Dr. Sidney Harman for that fine statement that he 
made. And I thank Sidney and Congresswoman Jane Harman for riding out 
with me this morning. We did come out on Air Force One; we did talk for 
an hour. Actually, what we did for an hour was I listened to him rave 
about you. That's what he talked about. He talked about how great you 
were, how creative you were, how you had proved his faith in the United 
States and in California and in the proposition that people from all 
different walks of life could work together in a common enterprise. And 
you would have been very proud if you had heard him talk about you this 
morning in the privacy of our conversation.
    I want to thank the State and local officials who are here today, 
and most of all, I want to thank you for giving me a chance to share 
some time with you. When I was Governor for 12 years before I moved to 
Washington, I spent, I suppose, more hours in factories and schools than 
anything else I did. I think I visited at least an average of a factory 
a week in the 12 years I was Governor. And I went through the terrible, 
difficult times of the 1980's for manufacturing in America and I watched 
it come back. So my attention has been riveted on the whole question of 
how people produce and when in America for a very long time now.
    I'm honored to be back in Northridge. I was here, of course, shortly 
after the earthquake devastated you 2 years ago, and I was struck by the 
spirit and the determination of the people here; even more remarkably, 
by the way the community pulled together to rebuild. And I can't help 
but acknowledging another thing that Dr. Harman told me this morning, 
which was that you were back up and running here about 3 days after the 
earthquake because all the employees came back in and cleaned it up and 
moved it forward. And that is a truly astonishing accomplishment. And I 
want to compliment you on that as well. You should be very proud of 
    I'm also glad that the National Government was here, quickly, to be 
of help in the earthquake--the Emergency Management Agency, the Small 
Business Administration, the Housing and Urban Development Department, 
the Transportation Department. We were doing what I think Americans do 
best; we were working together.
    If I can tell you on the front end, the one point I want to make 
today is that whether it's in an earthquake, after another natural 
disaster, or working day to day in a facility like this one, that's how 
we have to meet the challenges that we face today as a people. We are 
going to meet them by working together if we're going to succeed.
    We have to prove in the United States that it doesn't matter what 
your racial or ethnic or religious background, where you come from or 
even what you start with, if you start with nothing; that if we all work 
together with the goal of making sure every single person in this 
country has a chance to live the American dream, that everybody has a 
chance to be treated in a fair and equal way, and that we can work and 
raise good families and have successful children and have strong 
communities--the only way we can do that is if we're committed to 
working together. In this time of great transition, teamwork, a respect 

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one another, and a commitment to seeing everybody succeed is more 
important than it has ever been in your lifetime. And that is my 
commitment to you. Our whole country needs to work together every day 
the way you work together here every single day.
    Four years ago when I sought the job that the American people were 
good enough to give me, I made a commitment. I said that I was convinced 
that if we would work together to get this economy going again, and if 
we in Washington could do our part by bringing the deficit down and 
getting interest rates down, by investing in our people and education 
and training, by investing in new technologies and helping places like 
California to convert from a defense-based economy to a more diversified 
economy in the wake of the end of the cold war, if we open new markets 
based on trade that was fair and free, that our economy would respond 
and create 8 million jobs in 4 years. It is a tribute to the hard work 
and the ingenuity of the American people and to our uncommon partnership 
that we announced officially today that the United States economy has 
created 8.4 million jobs in 3 years. And I am very proud of that.
    And let me put that in some sort of perspective for you. I hear 
people say all the time that, well, even if we create new jobs they're 
not very good jobs. That's just not true. These 8.4 million jobs 
represent more new jobs than were created in all of Europe and Japan 
combined. And increasingly, they are in higher wage industries. By the 
end of December, our economy had created 7.7 million new jobs; 3.3 
million of them were higher wage jobs. Four years ago only 20 percent of 
our new jobs were in high-wage jobs. In 1995, well over half of the new 
jobs created in our economy were higher wage paying jobs. We can create 
good jobs for the American people if we work together.
    I am very glad to be here today to make this announcement for three 
reasons. First of all, I have enormous respect for Dr. Harman and for 
Congresswoman Jane Harman. They have the sort of partnership that is 
much admired in the Clinton household by not only the President but by 
the First Lady. We admire the way Sidney has combined a commitment to 
innovative ideas and being at the cutting edge of new products with a 
commitment to the success of all of you, the people who work for Harman, 
and your families and this community.
    And I very much admire the work that Congresswoman Jane Harman has 
done in the United States Congress. She is, I think, the best of a new 
breed of political leaders who want to see our country go beyond the old 
division of stale, partisan political debates to find creative ways for 
Government to work with you to create better jobs and brighter futures 
for all Americans. If every person in the Congress had the same sort of 
practical yet idealistic approach that she does, willing to discard all 
the kind of hot air that we hear too much of in Washington, this country 
would be in better shape today. And I thank her for her service as well. 
Thank you.
    But the most important reason I wanted to come here, even though I 
can't afford a Jaguar to get one of those fancy speakers you make that 
go in them--[laughter]--is because I respect what you are doing. I 
respect all of you who work here in all your various roles because you 
have proved that by working together as a team, you can create the 
world's best stereo and electronic equipment, and you can help to move 
our country forward while you make your own lives better.
    I'd like to talk just a minute today about the nature of all these 
changes that are transforming our economy and what we can do to make all 
Americans winners in this period of change; about what Government can do 
and about what people like you must do, employers and employees alike, 
to move our country forward.
    Harman International shows how a cutting-edge company can do well 
while doing right by its people. That's why I wanted Bertha to talk 
today as well. A company that believes employees are the most important 
asset; a company that, when layoffs are necessary, workers are given a 
chance to find other work within the company. Workers are fully trained 
to keep up with new skills. And this is one I especially like: Senior 
executives work the production line 18 days a year so they'll know what 
the rest of you are experiencing.

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    While others may have downsized and even moved away from our country 
and taken the jobs with them, Harman has stayed true to Northridge. And 
their new factory within a factory that we--I've heard about for the 
first time today is a true testament to a commitment to community and to 
the bond that should exist in every workplace in America between 
employers and employees. It shows how the transforming power of 
technology can create new opportunity. So many Americans are threatened 
by the technological changes that are going on today, but believe me, if 
we do the right things we will generate far more jobs from technology 
than we will ever lose because of it. And you are proving that as well.
    When you make audio equipment for computers that rivals the sound 
quality of a stereo, you're making the promise of the information 
superhighway real. With better products and more productivity, more jobs 
and good profits, Harman shows us that our leading edge toward the 21st 
century is the people of the American work force, and that if we work 

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