What's really killing the American dream?
Mayor Mia Love speaks out
- Duration 6:16
- Date Sep 23, 2012
Mayor Mia Love speaks out
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Well according to the Census Bureau a 110.
Million Americans live in a household.
Where someone receive some type -- welfare benefit.
And 47 million our -- food stamps I shouldn't be our a goal maybe to help people to independents instead of keeping them dependant.
My first guests lit up the podium.
At the Republican National Convention where she spoke about the lessons that she learned from her parents.
Let me tell you about the America I know.
My parents immigrated to this country with ten dollars in their pocket.
And -- hope.
That the America they heard about really did exist.
-- tough times we.
Didn't look to Washington.
He looked within this.
-- America I grew up knowing it was centered and self reliance.
And filled with the possibilities of.
Living the American dream.
Well joining me now is the mayor of Saratoga Springs you -- and Republican congressional candidate.
Me a lot of me I semis.
Word he's used it before.
Sometimes specifically other times maybe in a round -- way the idea of redistribution.
Described for us why you think that's maybe not the best way for America to go about building an economy.
Well here's here's the thing -- understand.
That I think that we should be compassion I think that we as Americans have always been compassionate.
But if you're going to provide everything for everyone then we're literally crippling our nation and then we'll never be enough money.
What makes this country great.
Is that we have the opportunities ordinary people have the opportunities every day to do extraordinary things if you take that away.
Then you create an environment of dependency.
You create an environment where people -- self reliant and ultimately less.
-- folks came to this country ten bucks in their pocket.
A lot of dreams.
One -- they took you to college orientation your dad said something to you.
I want you to tell us what it was what did he say and how did it affect you when he said it.
Well I took my dad with me because he's the -- parent.
But I told my -- you can stay up.
You know he got very serious and he said to me.
And me -- your mother and I've done everything we could to get you here today we have never taken -- -- You will not be a burden to society you will get back and that just stuck in my head and I've taken those principles everywhere I've gone.
You have also been very clear that some people do need some assistance along the way.
And you mentioned earlier that it's not about.
Denying people some help to get out of the hole that they are in but that hole.
That there in ought to lead to.
Standing on their own two feet what are some of the ways that you would suggest when.
You get to congress.
That you think this country could help people out of poverty rather than keeping the minute.
Well you know I think one of the things that we need to understand is when we talk about limited government.
We're not talking about eliminating everything we're just saying that everything happens to be administered at the appropriate levels so many times we leave our communities we leave our cities.
And we decided to solve a problem -- federal government and we know when the federal government tried to solve everything the same results always happen.
Competition goes down cost goes out service levels efficiencies.
We have to give people the opportunity to help each other continue do it in their communities to do it in their called to do it on the state level.
Instead of just going -- we're going to have federal government trying to fix all of our problems because ultimately we end up having a centralized government and not a free.
-- if you get to congress you'll be going there from having had the experience of been a mayor of the city so you understand something about government.
Tell me what you've learned as a -- -- -- that you hope to take with you to Washington.
Look good week -- week here and do what we what we usually do in America and in this country when tough times come.
We roll our sleeves and we have to make sure we make tough decisions I ask myself three questions before making any new commitment.
Is it affordable is it sustainable is it -- job.
And it didn't falls within those categories then we can go and and and make sure that we're providing.
For public safety -- were writing for things that really people essentially needed care about.
But if it doesn't fall in that category.
Then it's not my job to do it and I think Washington can take a lesson from that I think Washington tries to get involved with so much that were ultimately.
Making Washington bigger and people smaller.
You know what you just said.
Pass it out to the other 434.
I don't think that's fully gotten through -- everybody is it affordable is it sustainable and is it my job.
Because a lot of us feel like that maybe there's some things going on that really aren't the job of congress.
But they continue to to try to get in the middle of it anyway.
Do you think government.
Is the primary way that we can -- eliminate poverty and disease and and and if not then who does make that happen.
You know it's interesting because the government -- we spend 900 billion dollars on poverty programs that supposed to and poverty.
But it continues to grow and grow and grow we got a president who judges his success on how much money he -- that he puts out into the community.
How few people actually need down again there -- two there's so many different.
Well this audience here -- -- you should have been in New York today.
Then all of -- you know they're not registered but I.
I got -- -- you -- you can't do that where I come from my you know dead people and folks who don't live there and vote anyway so it's quite all right.
Three it's such a pleasure to have you thanks for joining us here today and we wish you the very best.