tv Representative John Anderson Interview in New Hampshire CSPAN February 18, 2016 9:05pm-9:16pm EST
he pointed out no matter how well intentioned the president lacked the will to make the tough decisions necessary to break the back of inflation. first, let me say i don't think the period in the '80s on these questions of inflation and energy will be easy. the early '80s it's going to be tough and for any candidate for president or anything else to say there's a quick and easy fix out there is wrong. but i think you chart a course and my course in general would be emphasize the fundamentals of economics. we have gotten away from that. spend your way into prosperity. i would change it. more specifically within a fundamental framework of conservative economics, i would restrict the growth of federal spending. i would compel the congress to do that. and if they didn't, i would veto legislation. hold the growth rate to around 6.8%. i would find ways, and this is isn't easy but at least
specific, to cut through the accesses of regulation. some of it i would get rid of many of the regulators who are leaning over on the farthest side of regulation. the cost to our country on regulation is estimated by professor is $102 billion a year. you need to find a balance between those who would rape and pillage the environment and wantenly spread poison and waste and those who would go so far you cut off all growth and offer only hopelessness to the pour in this country. we have to find the balance on regulation. third thing i would do specifically is to have a tax cut, but not the popular one. not the one out there that says, gee, we're going to have a recession, let's cut taxes and stimulate denied. i wouldn't do it that way. i would have every facet of that tax cut aimed at increasing investment.
what is called by economists a supply side tax cut. and it would be things to a family that found it difficult to save for a down payment on a house. those savings accounts are going going to be tax free on the interest. stimulate investment to a businessman who has a truck and wants to buy three more. more rapid depreciation or to others tax credits for certain kinds of equipment or to a business that would locate where the unemployed are. give you special write offs if you put your business there by having a job in the private sector, no the in the public sector. those would result in a balanced budget in the year 1982. the best economist in this country. and now let me tell you this. you ask about leadership. the only way we're going to get there is to have leadership that can convince the congress that we've got to try these
fundamentals. if they won't try it, then you're going to have to veto. because it's tough out there. everybody wants to do what's popular. and i think leadership means making the tough decision. charting a course. not refusing to exto pose yourself to ideas, but charting a course and staying with it. taking the heat that's going to come from not always being popular out there. >> george bush, thank you for being with us. >> every weekend on "american history tv" on c-span 3, feature programs that tell the american story. . some of the highlights for this weekend include saturday afternoon at 2:00 eastern. president woodrow wilson nominated brandeis to the supreme court. he became the first jewish justice to sit on the highest court. in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his nomination, brandeis university hosted a panel including supreme court justice ruth bader ginsberg.
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for the complete "american history tv" weekend schedule, go to c-span right lane. road to the white house continues with an interview with republican congressman john anderson from the 1980 presidential campaign. it played on cable access in parts of new hampshire and massachusetts. this is the first time it's aired on national television. john anderson finished fourth in the new hampshire primary. he withdrew from the gop race two months later and ran as an independent candidate in the general election where he received 6.6% of the vote and finished third. republican nominee ronald reagan defeated jimmy carter to win the presidency. this is about ten minutes. >> congressman anderson, welcome to election '80. >> thank you very much, paul. >> as you are probably aware,
leadership is is a quality that the american people have demanded from a president. many people feel that we're not yet in the strong leadership necessary for today's issues. how would you define leadership? >> well, paul, we don't have the napoleonic tradition. i don't believe the american people want a leader who command is going to tell them what to do in every single respect. to me leadership means the ability to inspire the kind of confidence in the american people to inspire in the american people a feeling that you the leader have the kind of competence to deal with national and international questions that they can put some reliance on your judgment. and inspire the willingness to be a part of the job that has to
be done to rebuild and recreate a stronger and a better america. that, to me, is the essence of leadership. the ability to inspire confidence and to revolve the american people in the very important process of trying to get a handle on inflation, of trying to create the kind of image around the world that america is still a strong, powerful and free country. >> to help clarify that, can you pick out the three most effective leaders in history and why you have selected these three leaders. >> well, i tell you, you hit me right between the eyes with that. i suppose it would take a lot of reflection. obviously, i think first to the his rhode island of our own country i think of men like general washington who took that ragged band of men at a time when one great historian there were literally less than 500 people in the colonies who were
willing to pledge their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor for the cause of the republic. he took that it little remnant and. made it into a force that was capable of defeating the better trained british expeditionary force. so clearly he was a a leader. he was not only a leader in the military sense, but he was a man who had the kind of magnificent concept that enabled him to the republic. next i think of lyincoln who served during the most difficult period during that era. to win the war and to espouse the kind of principles of charity and humanity that enabled us to bind up the wounds after the war and remain a united country. lincoln, in my mind because of his noble expression, his
absolutely limitless power of expression, i think, served as a great leader. third ly in our century, frankln roosevelt was a great leader. he was not a member of my party, but i can admire the ability that he had to fulfill that requisite of leadership of which i spoke just a moment ago. the ability to inspire confidence in a weary nation that had almost lost faith in itself. he came along and said that we had nothing too fear but fear itself and then went on to recommend in a very dramatic way a series of policies that enabled us to overcome the effects of the depression. as i look at our country and pick out our great leaders, but those are three great american leaders that i would admire. >> i'd like to come back to parts of that in a minute if i may. in relationship to the qualities
that you mentioned about washington, lincoln and fdr, what decisions have you made in the past which best reflect your effective neness as a leader th also exemplifies those kinds of qualities? >> well, i have to be a a little self-serving at this point but you have invited that. i cast the deciding vote in the congress 11 years ago on a civil rights bill to gauarantee equal housing opportunity to people of this country regardless of race, color or creed. it's not often in a body of 435 men that you have the privilege of casting the deciding vote. this happened to be a vote on a committee, but it brought that bill out. it was otherwise fated to die in committee. as a result it became the law of the land and a few days afterwards the president of the united states shook my hand and congratulated me for what i had done. and it was a difficult vote because many in my party opposed it. they could not accommodate to