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when we came into office, the economy have lived through a series of bubbles which is where we got our growth. there would obviously be the bust of the bubble. and we have not had a more sustainable economic growth strategy and package that were essential for a steady, long- term growth. there were a number of game changers that prevented that economic growth. i will rattle them off. field energy, education/job- training, health care, what i would call the research and development -- that. -- that whole space. we have literally leap frogged in certain areas of from the
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past 10 years in that area. . . area, the national institute of public health and dramatic increase that has not been seen since the 90s. basic fundamental research and innovation. i am going to talk about two of them because they're in the news. on health care for, the deal has been part of this, and other groups have, the competitive disagree -- disadvantage the united states faces because of our health care system, disadvantage for families, disadvantages for small business, for big business, disadvantages for taxpayers and disadvantage for the government, we are on an unsustainable path. and can no longer sustain that path where we are just putting more money into a system that fundamentally has the wrong incentives. i call what we are doing the three cs, control costs, provide
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choice, expand coverage. costs, choice, coverage. that is the basic principles. the president has done a good job over the last couple months on health care. the entire debate in the past, truman, johnson, nixon, carter, and president clinton, every one of the talked-about how to expand coverage and the fundamental difference that the administration has sponsored in this perspective is to do healthcare reform, you must change the incentives in the system, the way you control costs, that if you don't do that and putting more money into a broken system that has the
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incentives all upside down, not only will the political system not expand coverage, you will not get anywhere farther ahead. we have a number of ideas you will be seeing through the process, the president pointed to them and his radio address, of the main goals from a message standpoint, from a policy standpoint, the president's basic point is unless we have this, you cannot call that bill health-care reform. he has made controlling costs and reducing costs so that the average family can see it in their premium payments, cost control had become a coequal objective with expanding coverage. we have a couple ways, what peter or that likes to call game changers, ways we think to accomplish that goal, make sure that the system has the change and incentives so we are not just paying for more servicess
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and getting less results or any fundamental changes, whether that is how doctors feel, the brother of a doctor, my father was a doctor, my mother was a nurse, my sister-in-law is a doctor, i have an hmo in my health and i don't like any of them anyway. you should see what it takes to get an insurance premium filed at the house. the fact is unless we change the incentives in the system we are going to be paying more and getting less. we pay $700 billion, $2 trillion for the health-care system and have worse outcome than other countries who spend much less but have longer life expectations and better health care. now we also have to change not just the system but ourselves. dealing with the 5 chronic illnesss that represent the lion's share of dollars we spend. when i say ourselves the system has to reflect and have an
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incentive built into it so that when you deal with the five chronic illnesses, hard, diabetes, etc. how one takes care of themselves, we need an incentive systems of individuals do the right things and build into the system. on education, a lot has been written. buy call what we are doing education the quiet revolution. in this sense, in the next couple weeks, you will see a major announcement by the president's. community colleges and job-training and the rewriting of the legislation related to job training in the country. most importantly in the area of community colleges, bruce and i have been talking about this, he
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has been very helpful on this topic of a community colleges. but because we are going from subsids in higher education to direct lending of the federal government, there are more resources. a lot of that is being put into pell grants the there are a lot of resources and we will be talking in the next couple weeks, you'll be hearing from the president and i don't want to preempt him, about changes on what we can to for community colleges to achieve the goal of getting five million more children or workers through the community college system and are expected over the next 10 years. lot of people when i talk about education talk about the universities, what has been forgotten is how important a community college system is to our economy, our ability to compete in a global economy, it is the conveyor belt to allow people to upgrade their skills when they're going from x job to y profession.
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as a former member of congress who had a former community college, 2 of them, in his district, i cannot tell you how important this is. it has not gotten the attention of the 4 year institutions but it is a competitive advantage for the united states, the community college system is essential and we are going to be outlining a series of things we are going to do to fund the growth of the community colleges that are busting around. i talked to a number of state senators, community colleges to not get the resources of 4 year institutions, but nearly 50% of all people who go to post high school education go to 2 year institutions. we do what we are supposed to do at the public universities and state universities. this has not gotten the attention in a community college system, there will be major resource infusion but also reforms and goals driven. as part of an overall economic strategy and upgrading of
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american workers and employees skills if they choose from this profession to that profession, we have an educational infrastructure to do that. in addition to that, it will be another announcement by the president on early learning and fulfillment of his campaign pledge, the research data coming out of the minnesota fed if you haven't seen it as it relates to what they have done on early learning and the investment of dollars, dramatic, and going from the day care to early learning, away from babysitting, towards learning and preparation, for doctors. that will be part of the president's announcement. as everybody has noted but i want to emphasize, what barney is doing in promoting the standards, taking the caps off of charter schools, a for performance as relating to
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teachers and the entire reform that is going on in and setting out the principles, the recovery act that was $5 billion for the race to the top and making sure states compete, who are best at reform. the resources will be used for those who are ready to adopt the reforms that are necessary. we know what is necessary as it relates to quality teachers, we know what is necessary as it relates to competition in the public-school system, and we know what is necessary as it relates to adopting common standards so you are raising the capacity of our children and our schools and our teachers. it doesn't get the attention that an energy bill does or a health care piece of legislation the president is announcing, regular 44 -- regulatory reform, in the sense of the federal regulatory system to make sure the financial regulatory system
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is competitive and consumers are protected but what is happening in the area of education from early childhood all the way through lifetime learning through community colleges and vocational schools, is very important and is a quiet revolution that is going on and there's another proposal by the president, funding to make that happen. in the past, because we wrote about this in our book, i haven't done this, i said in my own community college and my old congressional district, in the past, our job training system and vocational ed, has been a program problem. we have not had a comprehensive view of it. what i mean by a program, if you were a veteran you have a program for it. if you were a displaced worker because of competition, we have a program. what we really need to think, not as a program problem but a comprehensive view of what you want out of job training, what
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is it supposed to accomplish, and setting up a system that does that rather than program problem that you face in the economy, and the nexus of this will be around a community college system and the country. the community college system, you can see i have that, the community college system was set up as part of the gi bill and what we had there. this will be the next stage as we go forward in the economy and making sure that this economic system when we come out of the recession, we have a different health care system that makes us more competitive, is not a drain on businesses or taxpayers, and the incentives and cost controls are built into the system so we are not rewarding a bad system that is structured around the inefficiencies, 2, that we have an energy policy for this country that doesn't leave another sector out, meaning it
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is not just alternative, it is not just one choice, it is literally a driver towards a more competitive economy so we are not exporting $700 billion of our wealth every year. third is that our education system is producing the type of workers and students that we need for an economy to compete because the education system and the workers who make up our most competitive asset, and forth, as the president outlined in his speech 2 months ago and we have done for their recovery act and the budget, that we return our research and development dollars to the level as when we took the sputnik challenge. the basic goal as a percentage of the gp, that is where the research is, that is ready innovation will come, we are having a very healthy discussion in the white house, i had dinner the other night with a series of
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businessmen, do and apollo project, and let the r&d spinoff from there, and others say the research triangle, more clustered. you will be hearing more and more about that. but setting the goal of research as the percentage of the overall budget equal to what we did when we took the sputnik challenge. those will be the 4 principles. i apologize for rushing out, i will take more questions but i will have to get back to the white house. and want to close for a second, i cannot tell you how important the dlc is to what we do in the white house. if nothing else, the work that is being done allows groups to have an answer available, i need help on some progress -- project. is fundamental to what is going on in the democratic party, thinking through these issues, helping come up with creative solutions to naughty, important policy choices, making sure that
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you remember what the goals are and become creative about the means to achieve those goals. the dlc is an important policy think tank for what we do at the white house. thank you for being involved in an import organization. if nothing else, making sure bruce has an answer when i scream at him at 11:00 at night. thank you. [applause] >> thank you so much, i know you have a country to run. thank you for fighting the good fight and thank you, on behalf of democrats everywhere, thank you for m m m m m
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>> in "washington journal" tomorrow morning, we will discuss with azar nanisi, and hear about president obama's plan of markets, hear pr jed hensarling and luis gutierrez, "washington journal" is live. >> how is c-span funded? >> i have no clue. >> i would say some government grant. >> i would say advertising. >> our taxes? >> how is c-span funded? 30 years ago america's cable companies created c-span as a public service, a private initiative, no government mandate or money.
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>> there was testifying before the senate on tuesday in an oversight hearing of questions of guantanamo bay. this is three hours. >> good morning and i was talking with senator sessions just a couple of minutes ago. and he has to vote in another committee. and i told him for traditional opening and ranking member once he arrives we will yield to him.
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but he said he had no objection to us going ahead. i welcome attorney general holder back to the senate judiciary committee and i welcome him as the attorney general and not as the nominee for attorney general. i want to commend you, mr. attorney general and your team for your hard work and for your commitment at task. and actually the vital task in this country to restore the department of justice back to being the department of justice. and we have all talked and both sides about the political manipulation that occurred previously with the department of justice, particularly in its law enforcement and civil rights functions. that struck a devastating blow to the credibility of law
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enforcement. actually undermined people's faith in our system of justice. if that happens in a democracy, it can almost be a fatal blow to democracy. you have been given the job for restoring that trust. and i thank you. you have recommitted the department to investigation and mortgage fraud, and i confident that you will implement the act that was signed in law by the president a few weeks ago and by everyone on this committee. and recognized the need for state of law enforcement in the economic recovery act, and working hard to get the resources to the states, cities and towns. to keep our communities safe and strengthen the economic recovery. it's my hope that the justice department will work with the
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judiciary committee on such important issues as the state's privilege and yielding those members of the press to reveal their sources and passing hate crime legislation and to crack down on fraud. and a wide range of issues from comprehensive immigration reform to the reauthorization of the patriot act. i have made no bones of the state's secret privileges and attempt to shut-down losses. i believe that accountability is personality. -- important. and the access to the courts is crucial. i support making use of many procedures to protect national security.
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than shut down cases without judicial review. i hope you will work with me and others to come up with a solution to an unacceptable process. and we have commitment to safely and effectively closing the facility in guantanamo bay. to bring to an end a disgraced period in our country's history and to restore our commitment to the rule of law and our reputation to the rest of the world. i believe strongly we can restore our safety and security. and bring our enemies to justice with our laws and values. when we stray in that approach
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and torture people and send others to be tortured and hold people for years without a chance to go to court. and argue that you have picked up the wrong person, then we have hurt our national security. changing our interrogation process and i think we can restore our image around the world, and we have to do that to have a strong national security policy. recent debate is focused on keeping all guantanamo detainees out of the united states. that rigor has drown out reason and reality. there are some dangerous criminals, we are the most powerful nation on earth, we ought to be able to handle the
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worse of criminals. we try very dangerous people in our courts and hold dangerous people in our prisons. and we try people of all people, think of oklahoma city bombing, timothy mcvay and senator gramm on this committee said recently, quote, the idea that we cannot find a place to securely house 250 detainees in the united states is not rational. we spend billions of dollars on high security facilities. we can do that. and key questions remain for military commissions that are being discussed by the administration.
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and carry with them the use of abuse. and i ask that you address these commissions the same of law and values. and the same that you and the president have shown so far. another era, we have to come together is a sadly resurgent problem of hate crimes. last week's tragic events at the holocaust museum, is that violence motivated by hatred remains a serious problem, and world consequences. senator kennedy and bipartisans across the political spectrum, once again introduced a bill to take a stand in our enforcement
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of hate violence. it's to do in the first amendment, and only those who engage in brutal acts of violence will be culpable. and it's time to act, and i know you have supported this and the president has. you have made important steps to ensure a more open, transparent government. you have implemented a much improved information act. senator coren and i have worked on this for years, and i hope the direction will continue. i have thought of a lot of things, but i think this is an important hearing. i was talking a little longer as i was waiting to senator sessions, and i yield to senator sessions. >> thank you mr. chairman, and appreciate the opportunity to discuss the details of
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confirmation hearing, and maybe we can develop a good plan. attorney general holder, i am glad you are here today to address the committee as we fulfill our responsibility for the department of justice. the department plays a role in the political law and must be free of political pressures and ideological address. mr. holder, i supported you and your party, and i did so because i felt that your previous experience would elevate the department and mission against bad policy. and i was assured by your promises during the confirmation process to that effect. it's difficult for me to tell you this, i am disappointed. during your confirmation hearing you promised to adhere
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to the constitution and you said you had learned from the past and not return to pre-9/11 criminal law concepts to protect the american people. and you told lindsey graham that quote, that any nation that against [inaudible] should be held off the battlefield. and i don't believe that your actions are consistent with that commitment. and you have done a number of things that i think you pledged not to do. and time again i read about appointees that have overruled attorneys to further some agenda or left-wing activity. and one such instance came when
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you didn't adhere to congress' votes to be unconstitutional that it appears to be. and during your confirmation hearing, you emphasized that your o.l.c. opinions would not be a political process. so when o.l.c. the office of legal council that has assigned this responsibility and prepared an opinion and said that the legislation was unconstitutional, i would expect you to listen to their opinions or follow them or explain why you do not. and instead you moved around them and sought an opinion from the solicited general office, an office that's required to defend what is past. and asked them for their legal advice. you again i think followed pressure from the left to
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override common sense when you allowed the department of justice to release o.l.c. opinions regarding interrogation, even though opinions warned you you was unwise to do so. a former federal judge and michael haton, wrote a joint article in "the wall street journal" and they was unclear matter and unsound as a matter of policy, and i think that's correct. and they predicted that the memos would be to quote, invite the fear and intimidation that weakened intelligence gathering in the past. and we came solely to regret september 11, 2001."
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the wise thing to do is to keep our secret, secret. but you did not, and have given a critical piece of information to our enemies. and i have received word again that on may 29, the "the washington times" have reported that the department of justice voluntarily dismissed a case against three black panther members outside of a polling place in pennsylvania. the three black panthers were armed with a stick and scared would-be voters. a civil activist called the conduct


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