The Word - Economic Boom

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The defense budget cannot get cut because making instruments of destruction is as American as napalm pie. (5:11)

[LAUGHTER]

LAST NIGHT OF NIGHT I TALKED TO YOU ABOU

THE POLITE OF AMERICA'S MIDDLE

CLASS.

TRADITION TRADITIONALLY THEY'VE

COME FROM AMERICA'S INDUSTRIAL

SECTOR BUT LAST YEAR LESS THAN

12 MILLION AMERICANS WORKED IN

MANUFACTURING AND THE UNITED

STATES RAN UP A TRADE DEFICIT OF

$497 BILLION THOUGH I DON'T

COMPLETELY TRUST THE MUST NUMBERS

SINCE ALL OUR CALCULATORS ARE

NOW KNEAD CHINA.

[LAUGHTER]

AMERICA HASN'T HAD A TRADE

SURPLUS SINCE 1975.

WE'VE NEVER RECOVERED FROM THE

COLLAPSE OF OUR DISCO BALL

INDUSTRY.

[LAUGHTER]

IT MAY SHOCK YOU TO LEARN THAT

ONE OF AMERICA'S TOP THREE

EXPORTS IS ZRAP AND TRASH --

SCRAP AND TRASH.

[LAUGHTER]

THOSE AREN'T JUST THE NICKNAMES

OF CHARLIE SHEEN'S LIVE-IN

GIRLFRIENDS.

NO.

[LAUGHTER]

SEEM LIKE LOVELY YOUNG LADIES.

ACTUAL -- I'M TALKING ACTUAL

SCRAP AND TRASH.

THINGS ARE LOOKING BLEAK,

NATION, BUT THERE'S A CLEAR PATH

TO RECOVERY AND IT BRINGS US TO

TONIGHT'S WORD.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

ECONOMIC BOOM.

FOLKS WORK HE KNOW WE'VE GOT TO

GET OUR DEFICIT UNDER CONTROL

AND I HAVE TO ADMIT THERE'S BEEN

SOME GOOD STARTS.

DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS BOTH

AGREE ON CUTTING USELESS STUFF

LIKE $22 MILLION FROM SPECIAL

EDUCATION.

$103 MILLION FROM FEMA AND $2.5

BILLION FROM HOME HEATING

ASSISTANCE FOR THE POOR.

HEY,S WILL ALMOST -- HEY, IT'S

ALMOST SPRING AND WITH GLOBAL

WARMING THIS MIGHT BE THE LAST

WINTER.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT IN THEIR HASTE TO BALANCE

THE BUDGET SOME ARE GOING TOO

FAR.

>> I REALLY AM PLEADING WITH YOU

PLEASE REDUCE SPENDING.

REDUCE IT IN THE DEFENSE BUDGET.

>> THERE'S PLENTY TO CUT WITHIN

THE DEFENSE BUDGET.

>> WE HAVE TO LOOK LONG AND HARD

AT THE MILITARY BUDGET.

>> Stephen: NO.

DEFENSE IS HOW WE'RE GOING TO

GROW OUR WAY OUT OF THIS THING.

A COUNTRY HAS TO SELL WHAT IT'S

GOOD AT.

THAT'S WHY RUSSIA EXPORTS VODKA.

GERMANY EXPORTS CARS AND SWEDEN

EXPORTS CHEAP FURNITURE THAT

BECOMES OR SCRAP AND TRASH.

[LAUGHTER]

WE KNOW AMERICA STILL MAKES

SOMETHING THAT THE WORLD WANTS:

WE --

[LAUGHTER]

-- MAKE WEAPONS.

AND THE WORLD CANNOT WAIT TO GET

ITS FINGERS ON OUR TRIGGERS.

RECENT WEAPONS ARE AN ORDER FROM

THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, A

AIRCRAFT DEAL WITH INDIA AND AN

ARMS PACKAGE WORTH $60 BILLION

INCLUDING APACHE ATTACK

HELICOPTERS AND A FLEET OF

F-15'S TO SAUDI ARABIA.

AND THE BEST PART IS: THE F-15

IS OBSOLETE.

[LAUGHTER]

FOLKS, OUR MILITARY HAS NOT

BOUGHT A NEW F-15 SINCE 2001.

IT'S LIKE THE SAUDIS GAVE US $60

BILLION FOR A BOATLOAD OF VCR'S.

[LAUGHTER]

AND OUR FIREARM FIRE SALES HAVE

GOTTEN A LOT OF FREE PRESS

LATELY.

>> THE U.S. HAS SOLD BILLIONS OF

DOLLARS, FIGHTER JETS, LEADERS,

WEAPONS TO THE EGYPTIAN

MILITARY.

>> AMERICANS ARRANGED FOR

GENERAL DYNAMICS TO SELL

HELICOPTERS TO GO TO MOMAR

QADDAFI.

>> THE LABEL ON THE TEAR GAS

SHOT AT THEM IS MADE IN THE

U.S.A.

>> Stephen: MADE IN THE

U.S.A., BABY.

PRODUCTS BUILT TO LAST.

[LAUGHTER]

KEEP IN MIND, DEFENSE INDUSTRY

PLOYS OVER 600,000 PEOPLE.

THESE ARE AMERICAN JOBS IN

AMERICAN FACTORIES MAKING

AMERICAN INSTRUMENTS OF

DESTRUCTION THAT ARE AS AMERICAN

AS NAPALM PIE.

SO IT'S SO IMPORTANT WE CANNOTzV

CUT DEFENSE BECAUSE DEVELOPING

BUILDING AND SELLING WEAPONS IS

SAY PERPETUAL MONEY-MAKING

MACHINE.

YOU SEE --

[LAUGHTER]

-- WE GIVE THE DEFENSE

DEPARTMENT BILLIONS TO DEVELOP

NEW WEAPONS TO PROTECT US FROM

POTENTIAL ENEMIES.

A FEW YEARS LATER WE SELL THEM

TO ALL OVER THE WORLD INCLUDING

POTENTIAL ENEMIES.

THEN WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO

MANUFACTURE NEWER BETTER WEAPONS

TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM WHAT

WE JUST SOLD.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU KNOW, THAT REMINDS ME: THIS

YEAR'S DEFENSE BUDGET WAS ONLY

$725 BILLION.

THAT'S NOT NEARLY ENOUGH.

I HEAR SAUDI ARABIA HAS F-15'S

NOW.

THEY ARE GOING TO USE THEM TO

COME AFTER OUR STRATEGIC RESERVE

OF SCRAP AND TRASH.

[LAUGHTER]

SO, WASHINGTON, GO AHEAD CUT

SPENDING FOR SOCIAL SECURITY.

CUT SPENDING FOR MEDICARE.

CUT IT FOR ANYTHING.

JUST LEAVE DEFENSE SPENDING

ALONE BECAUSE WE KNOW IF WE

FOCUS ALL OUR RESOURCES ON

THINGS THAT EXPLODE SO W

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