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I want to thank everyone here at Cleveland State University -- warm hospitality thing.
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We are here.
On behalf of the -- No matter who your parents are.
No matter where you come from.
You should have the opportunity in America to rise.
To a property.
You know -- whatever your god given talent and hard work in -- you do it.
And so many -- Our history has been a long struggle to bring opportunity into every life.
Our nation was founded on the -- to -- All men are created equal.
That we all equal right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
But of course.
Equality of opportunity hasn't always been a -- of -- in our country.
It's something we've had to constantly fight for.
It's a cars -- -- to this day.
Even though only barriers -- equality have fallen.
-- -- -- -- Too many children.
Especially African American children are sentiment mediocre schools and expected to perform with.
African American and Hispanic children make up only 38% of an overall billions.
But -- -- 69% of the student schools identified lowest performing.
We will every child.
In -- in this country.
-- -- In the words of Abraham Lincoln we owe them an unfettered start and -- feared -- in the -- -- Upward mobility.
Central -- -- in America.
But right now.
Americans an upward mobility aren't working do we.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Because we believe that Americans are better off -- -- dynamics free enterprise economy.
That fosters economic growth and opportunity and upward mobility.
Instead of stagnant government directed economy.
But -- job creation in -- government dependency.
You know -- Went wrong in our country.
-- 40% of children born to parents in the low fifth.
-- -- never know anything better.
The question before today.
And it remains serious.
How do we get to vulnerability turned -- -- job.
So that no one is left out from the promise of America.
To answer that.
We have to take a hard look at the approach government has been taking for the last -- decades.
And ask ourselves whether it's working.
With a few exceptions.
Government's approach has been a lot of money -- centralized bureaucratic top down anti poverty programs.
The problem it's.
Starting in the nineteen.
This top down approach created and perpetuated.
A debilitating culture of -- he reckoned with families and community.
This was so obvious to everyone by the 1990s.
Every major welfare program was finally reformed.
The -- passed by a Republican congress and signed by a democratic president.
In -- of -- and hunger and poverty.
We all welfare enrollment dropped dramatically.
Millions of our fellow at the -- new -- of independent.
We saw a child poverty rate fall over twenty in four years.
And unemployment in the -- -- Fewer welfare are going out.
It meant more money they spend on child care so more -- can go to work and support themselves.
Welfare reform worked.
Because they encourage the best and it appealed to their desire to -- their own destiny innings in -- In -- major strides toward getting the government out of the business of fostering dependence.
Here's the problem.
Well for reform -- hasn't been applied.
With equal -- across the spectrum of our anti poverty programs.
In of these programs.
-- in recent years.
We're still trying to measure compassion.
By how much government spends.
Not by how many people we help keep from poverty.
Just last year.
Total federal in spending on means tested programs came in at more than one trillion dollars.
How much is that in practical terms.
For that a lot of money.
You could give every core American checked for 22000 dollars.
We spend all that money attempting to fight poverty through government programs.
And what do we have to show for -- Today 46.
Million people are living in poverty.
That's -- in -- Americans.
It's the highest poverty rate in -- generation.
During the last four years.
The number of people living on food stamps has gone up by fifteen million.
Medicaid is reaching a breaking point.
One and forced American students.
Failed to attain high school diploma.
-- -- -- Half of our kids don't graduate.
-- It is war on poverty poverty -- We deserve better yet we deserve a clear choice for a brighter future.
So what is the alternative approach that Mitt Romney and -- are offering.
To hear him tell it we think everybody stay put themselves.
Brought -- and sort of avoiding genuine debate.
The truth is.
Mitt Romney and I believe in true compassion in upward mobility.
And we are offering.
Based on real reform for lifting people out of poverty.
Look I'm a proud Republican.
Our party does a good job.
Of speaking at a part of the American dream.
-- -- -- taking what you're passionate about making a living.
But part of what makes America great.
Is that when Americans don't team.
We look out from one another through our communities.
My party has -- -- information our community stronger.
-- we don't always do a good job of laying out.
Number I mean I want to change that.
-- -- the importance of community from experience.
I come from a town.
That has been hit hardest hit a lot of guys I grew up with worked at the GM my hometown.
And they lost their jobs -- that plant closed.
But what happened next.
Same thing that happens in communities around the country every day.
Our Tom pulled together.
Our churches and charities and friends and neighbors were to hear from one another.
They called it the night.
In my own expert.
I noticed the guy.
-- -- -- He not only understands the importance of community -- He's a guy.
Who with the -- of successful business.
Took it wanted to serve as a late pastor or church for fourteen years.
Counseling people -- Boston's inner city neighborhoods.
Specially when they lost the job.
-- man who -- easily have contented himself with getting donations to needy cause.
But everyone who know him well.
We'll -- Than it always given his -- and attention to those around him were hurting.
He's the type that we've all -- in -- in our own communities.
Here in Cleveland to an all around America.
Are compassionate people.
-- -- you can in this country about our fundamental obligation to society's most vulnerable.
Are not what we are debating in.
The real debate is about whether they are met by private groups or by the government.
But voluntary action or -- -- -- and color of mainly from Washington.
The short of it.
Is that there -- to -- -- allowing government to act for the common good.
While leading private groups free -- do the work that only they can do.
There's a vast middle ground between the government in the individual.
Our families our neighborhoods the groups we join our place of worship.
This is where we lead our -- Where we live our -- They -- character.
We -- direction and they helped me self governing people.
We talk some of the people who define civil society and make it work.
Like Bob Woodson.
-- center for neighborhood enterprise -- community organizations to improve people's life.
And doctor Marvin Mitchell -- -- Machines.
Doctor Margaret Mitchell who's been ministering to people in the inner cities for decades.
The reverend Willie -- Whose new birth project has helped almost 200 offenders gain and maintain employment.
And -- And a but we.
Brian -- with the where's Brian.
When Bryant felt called to open a homeless shelter in -- -- He can just -- his time.
He and his wife moved their family.
A baby and two young -- into the shelter in lived there for seven.
-- -- -- -- Ryan and his volunteers didn't just provide hot meals -- clean clothes bill that would have been a lot of it is youth outreach center.
He didn't just -- to a place to come in from street.
In all of this.
Show people in need the right path.
He walked it with them.
-- a guy as a friend.
And others like -- -- They are -- And meet people who have encountered a few -- the presents greater than just one compassionate soul.
What's really at work here is your galore.
And there is no end to the good that he can inspire.
And a hood.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Mitt Romney and I share your -- and we will seek your counsel.
We will remember your high fertility today in it will be returned.
The order of power of your example will inform our approach to public palace -- When the.
The question is how best to help low income families reach for opportunity.
We will not defer to the Washington knows the crowd.
We will talk to the real experts like the people who are right here in this country -- So what is government's duty.
It comes to the institution.
That was the site.
Secure their right.
Respect their purpose is preserved there freedom.
Nothing undermining the central and honorable work grew quite like -- -- government -- Take what happened this past January.
When the Department of Health and Human Services issued new rules requiring Catholic hospitals -- and universities to violate their deepest principles.
Never mind your own content they're basically told from now -- you're going to do you think the government's way.
This man isn't just a threat to religious charities.
It's a threat to all those who turn to -- in times of need.
In the name of strengthening -- net.
This -- and others will weaken it.
Here's the good.
When Mitt Romney's president they mandate will be gone.
And when that happens.
These groups will be able to do and continue the good work that they do.
It's not just the abuse of government that undermines civil society.
It's also the government.
Look at the road -- around.
With trillion dollar debt every year.
-- on this scale so destructive and -- anyway.
And one of them is that it crowds out civil cited by drawing resources away from private giving.
Is the prospect of a debt crisis.
Bushel -- we do something different soon.
When government -- findings collapse.
Society's most vulnerable are the first victim as we are seeing right now and -- troubled welfare in Europe.
Many here feel that they have nowhere to turn for help.
We never let that happen here in America.
Where government is entrusted with providing a -- that.
Mitt Romney and I have her own vision how to -- wrong.
Exhibition at least the -- -- pass.
In the past and proposes instead of build on those reforms that have worked.
Iran Ryan administration.
Will clearly restored those parts of the welfare reform law that have been -- -- we can.
We will do this for the sake of millions of Americans who deserve to lead lives of dignity and freedom.
We'll also apply other -- From welfare reform.
Many solutions that worked in the 1990.
Came from my home state of Wisconsin and leaders such as former governor Tommy Thompson.
President -- in in congress recognized.
There would be a good idea to give states more power to Taylor -- -- unique needs of -- Mitt Romney and I wanna apply this idea to other anti poverty programs such as Medicaid and food stamps.
The federal government will continue to provide the resource.
But we would remove.
Endless federal mandate restrictions that -- data to make these programs -- affected.
Is what is best for low income will finally.
Should reflect the -- make that call.
Their programs is still not enough.
If we want to restore the promise of America.
Then we must reform our broken public schools.
-- for a lot of people but it doesn't work for everybody.
Specially for Madonna and -- seem to have their own -- lined up pretty nicely.
But when you think about the future of the young adult.
Many -- a lot of -- and appointment.
And her country owes them better than that.
You know I recently spent time at corner -- school -- an independent school in Detroit but are urban retreat.
An amazing place.
You can feel culture of responsibility and even all around.
While I was there.
Yeah I got talking with -- tenth -- name like.
She's already reading economics book that I didn't even encounter until I was in college.
Her class are learning the values of discipline accountability respect service.
Love for one another.
When you set aside all the obstacles education reform -- were left with one obvious fact.
Every child in America should have kind opportunity.
Sending your child to a great school.
Should not be a privilege of the well -- you.
That is why -- -- and I believe that choice should be available to every parent to our country -- -- -- -- Education reform hurt.
And freedom freedom -- the team.
Strengthen the safety net.
And the quality of our education system are among the many issues this year were to needy Americans having direct.
But above all else.
Is the pressing need for job.
23 million men and women.
Median family income on down.
The -- -- Whatever your political party.
This nation cannot afford four more years like the last four years we -- we -- -- -- This is a man who is uniquely qualified and ready to deliver this recovery why.
Because he understands how our economy work and what it takes to make it grow.
In like the best leaders he had a clear goal twelve million jobs over the next four year.
We can do this.
For -- to take -- bull departures from the current power.
-- In four years and now -- -- -- Need -- President Obama or Vice President Biden.
Has offered the American people an agenda per second term.
But we know what it would be.
Mitt Romney in Iowa -- American workers back in the business of producing American energy.
We won't add the job training bureaucracy.
Will get resource directly to the workers who he feels.
Will a new market to American products.
-- trade -- crack down on countries that she.
We won't bury our children our grandchildren in debt we will stop spending money we just don't have.
-- he won't raise that we will cut tax rate for small business and working families.
Tax -- up.
Many of those were living in poverty today.
We're in the middle class a few years.
We can help them regain the ground it lost.
With a focus on growth.
All across the American economy.
Becoming a nominee for president.
I have thought more than once about another man who ran for -- job as a champion of growth and prosperity.
-- -- on.
-- -- -- -- -- -- One of the things his friends loved most about him like he's really big heart.
When Jack Kemp talked about opportunity in America.
He and an opportunity for every one.
When he spoke about -- or human progress for every one.
That is the kind of -- -- at any political party can used in any generation.
For many years.
Jack in his mind and heart of the problem of poverty.
Brushing aside a lot of the old assumptions and settled and it.
The same holds true for Mitt Romney.
Want to know.
How Mitt Romney will lead our nation.
And look at how he has led his -- Them -- a man with a charitable heart.
You do work in a -- Look.
Mean I had a message that bigger than party.
We are speaking to all Americans in this campaign because we believe Jack -- believed.
An economic growth in equality of opportunity are -- surest path to the pursuit of happiness in America.
Wherever we are in life.
Whether we are richer for.
Lack -- -- American by chance or by choice.
We are one -- and rising there aren't together.
-- Promise of America.
And we can make it real lives of many -- feel left out.
To all of those Americans.
We ask you to support our campaign.
Our car is yours and yours -- hours and together.
We can -- great -- Thank you everybody god --
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