03.04.16

Senator David Perdue Presents Bold Solutions At Conservative Political Action Conference

The stakes are too high for us not to make a difference right now for our country.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) delivered a powerful speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this week. Senator Perdue outlined two major crises Americans face today and shared his conservative vision for our country.

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Transcript:

“Folks, it’s serious. It’s real. And it’s here right now.

Our beloved country is in the middle of a crisis. It’s an overwhelming crisis and it has two components.

The first is this global security crisis. I believe the world is more dangerous than in any other time in my lifetime.

Interlocked with that global security crisis is our own federal debt crisis, which today threatens our very ability to fund our military and defend our country.

Today, after we spend all of our tax revenue on mandatory expenses like Social Security and Medicare, and those are all necessary, but after we spend all of that, there’s nothing left. Every dime that is spent on foreign aid and every dime that is spent on our military is borrowed.

We are indeed at a moment of crisis in America.

Well how did we get here? And what do we do about it?

In the last 100 years, we’ve had three Democratic super majorities. The first gave us the New Deal, the second gave us the Great Society, the third gave us Obamacare and Dodd-Frank.

I’m just a business guy, but I would argue that most of the responsibility for this financial catastrophe can be laid at the feet of those three super majorities.

The irony is that the very people that they claim to champion, the working middle class and the working poor, they have failed them.

Today for example, the poverty rate is the same as it was when the Great Society and the War on Poverty started. These sweeping liberal progressive policies have failed. As a conservative, I am outraged by that because they still claim to champion the working middle class and the working poor.

To me, it’s not that complicated, but people are still hurting out there in America. I hear it all of the time. I’m new to this, but I hear that over and over.

It’s now no longer good enough to talk about liberalism and conservatism, because of this vein of disenfranchised people. I believe it is now the political class in Washington versus everybody else. You, me, and everybody back home.

Look, we can solve this. It’s finally time that we, honestly, have an open and straightforward debate in Congress about bringing term limits to the United States Congress.

We can fix this. These complicated problems are not so complicated that we can’t solve them.

We can absolutely fix this budget. It’s only worked four times in the last 40 years. Do you think any business could survive doing that? No. It’s what creates this problem. 

We could absolutely get rid of these redundant programs. The General Accounting Office estimates that would save about $400 billion.

We need to get our economy growing and get people back to work. It’s not that hard to do. If we would just revise these archaic and out-of-date and non-competitive tax laws.

If we would push back on regulatory agencies that are overburdening small businesses, and if we would once and for all take advantage and develop a plan for these God given resources, we can get this economy going.

We can absolutely save Social Security and Medicare. We have to for the people that need it the most. The problem is, both of those trust funds are literally out of money in less than 15 years. Their trust funds go to zero. 

We can absolutely get this economy going again.

The next thing is that we have to get at the underlying cost of our health care system. Throw out Obamacare, and put in a new replacement plan, and let’s get at the spiraling cost of health care.

But, before we do all of that, honestly, I think we’ve got to do one thing. It may be the hardest thing to do. We’ve got to return to the founding principles of our Founding Mothers and our Founding Fathers: economic opportunity, limited government, individual liberty, fiscal responsibility, faith in God.

Ronald Reagan once said, Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We don’t pass it down in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and passed on so they can do the same. Or one day, in our sunset years, we’ll be telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in America when women and men were free.

Not on my watch, that’s why I got involved. Not on your watch, that’s why you’re here. The stakes are too high for us not to make a difference right now for our country.

No matter who your presidential candidate is, no matter who the nominee is, we cannot allow Hillary Rodham Clinton one more night in our White House.

Thank you, thank you for what you do, and God Bless the United States of America.”