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Prime Minister's broadcast 10 November 2000 - Pre-Budget Report If your home or business is flooded, or your journey to work badly disrupted because of floods or work on the railways, it's not been a pleasant time. I saw for myself last week the devastation caused by the flooding. But few people would have thought that a week later the floods would, in many places, be getting worse. We will, as I promised, do all we can to help both in the short-term and long-term. And although I realise it will be scant comfort to those waiting to clear out water from their living room, it's the long-term - what I call the big picture - I want to talk about today. I've always said that the Government is dedicated to the long-term. Determined to take the long-term steps needed to build a better future for people. It's what I mean by concentrating on that big picture - on the economy, on jobs, on investment, on public services. The fundamentals, if you like. So of course no Government's perfect and we haven't got everything right. But on the big things, these fundamentals, I believe we are moving in the right direction. Gordon Brown's pre-budget statement demonstrated what I meant. The economy he could describe - an economy of low inflation, low interest rates, debt being repaid, record employment levels may be taken for granted now. But you only have to look back a few years - less than a decade - to a time when the exact opposite of all this was true in Britain. To a time, when for instance, when interest rates were at 15% for a whole year. I heard someone complain that Gordon's statement did a lot for pensioners but nothing for the middle classes. Now leave aside the fact that many pensioners are middle class or that I suspect almost everyone believes poorer pensioners deserve more help. It also ignores the fact that it is homeowners who are benefiting from low interest rates because of the decisions taken. Now this webcast is not the time to repeat Gordon's statement but one figure shows just how much has changed - and how much we could lose if we repeat the mistakes of the past. Over the last two decades, 42 p of every pound of Government revenue - that's your money - went on paying back interest on Government debts or on social security. In fact in the early nineties, the figure reached 50p in every pound. But now, because so many more people are in work and because so much of the debt has been paid off, that figure has fallen from 42p to 17p. So it means more than 80p in every pound can now be spent on our hospitals, schools and vital services, not wasted on debt repayments. Money at last which will allow us to tackle the long-term under-investment in Britain. And this hard-won economic stability is also enabling us to pay off some of the debts of honour our country owes. Last week, I talked to some of Britain's Far East Prisoners of War. They suffered terribly so future generations could enjoy peace and freedom. For many of them, the scars, emotional as well as physical, will never heal. So I was pleased, that after many years, we could offer them some compensation for their sacrifice and pain. It was an obligation met if you like. And I was pleased, too, that Gordon could announce the package of real help for all our pensioners. It's another debt, at least, partially repaid. But that help for pensioners - and our determination not to risk the hard-won economic stability we have worked so hard to build - meant, of course, that those who wanted dramatic cuts in fuel duty will have been disappointed. Now I believe the package of help for motorists - and for the haulage and farming industry - did show that we have genuinely listened to concerns about the high cost of motoring. I believe we did what we can - what a responsible Government looking at the long-term interests of the country could responsibly do. And of course it won't satisfy everyone. It certainly won't satisfy those who want a 26p cut in fuel duty. But in the end, Government is about making choices. It's about making decisions, sticking to them for the long term, even if they are unpopular in the short term. And I hope that on the things that really matter to the long-term future and prosperity of our country - on the economy, jobs, investment, public services - the right choices we've made far out-number any wrong ones. 200706/14753We see the hope of tomorrow in the youth of today. I know Americas youth. I believe in them.在今天青年人的身上,我们看到了明日的希望之光,我了解美国的青年,我也相信他们。We can be proud that they are better educated, more committed, more passionately driven by conscience than any generation in our history.同我国历史上任何一代相比,当今的青年受到了更好的教育,更富于献身精神,更强烈地感受到良心的驱使,我们为此而深感自豪。No people has ever been so close to the achievement of a just and abundant society, or so possessed of the will to achieve it.我们比任何民族都更接近于建成一个公正而富裕的社会,或者说没有人像我们一样抱有建成这种社会的决心。And because our strengths are so great, we can afford to appraise our weaknesses with candor and to approach them with hope.我们拥有如此强大的力量,因而能够坦率地面对我们的弱点,并满怀希望地设法予以克。Standing in this same place a third of a century ago, Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed a Nation ravaged by depression and gripped in fear.三十余年前,富兰克林·德拉诺·罗斯福站在这个地方,向饱受经济萧条蹂蹦并深陷惶恐之中的人民发表演说。He could say in surveying the Nations troubles: ;They concern, thank God, only material things.;他在考察国家的困难时说道:“值得庆幸的是,这些困难仅仅只涉及物质方面的事情。”Our crisis today is the reverse.我们今天的危机却恰好相反。We have found ourselves rich in goods, but ragged in spirit; reaching with magnificent precision for the moon, but falling into raucous discord on earth.我们发现自己在物质上富甲天下,精神上却一贫如洗。We are caught in war, wanting peace. We are torn by division, wanting unity.我们困于战乱,企盼着和平;我们苦于四分五裂,期待着团结统一。We see around us empty lives, wanting fulfillment. We see tasks that need doing, waiting for hands to do them.我们放眼四周,我们困于战乱,企盼着和平;我们苦于四分五裂,期待着团结统一。To a crisis of the spirit, we need an answer of the spirit.对于这一精神上的危机,我们需要从精神上作出回应。To find that answer, we need only look within ourselves.为了找寻,我们要审视自己的内心。When we listen to ;the better angels of our nature,; we find that they celebrate the simple things, the basic things--such as goodness, decency, love, kindness.在聆听我们天性中的“主善天使”时,我们发现她们所赞美的是那些质朴和基本的东西,诸如德行、尊严、爱心和善良之类。Greatness comes in simple trappings.伟大原本来自朴实无华。The simple things are the ones most needed today if we are to surmount what divides us, and cement what unites us.我们若要消除导致分裂的因素,加强促进团结的纽带,当务之急乃是一些简单易行的事情。To lower our voices would be a simple thing.譬如压低嗓门就是一件简单易行的事情。In these difficult years, America has suffered from a fever of words; from inflated rhetoric that promises more than it can deliver;在这些艰难的岁月里,美国热衷于辞令,随口许诺以致轻诺寡信,from angry rhetoric that fans discontents into hatreds; from bombastic rhetoric that postures instead of persuading.言词激愤以致将不满煽动成仇恨;夸夸其谈,故弄玄虚,而不是循循善诱,结果使我们吃尽苦头。We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices.我们彼此之间应停止吵吵闹闹,我们要心平气和地相互对话,这样才能使对方不仅听清我们的声音,而且理解我们的言辞,否则,我们根本就不可能相互学习。For its part, government will listen.就政府一方而言,将倾听一切声音。We will strive to listen in new ways--to the voices of quiet anguish, the voices that speak without words, the voices of the heart我们将致力于通过新的途径来倾听各种声音-——倾听默默受苦之声,倾听无言的诉说,倾听发自肺腑的声音,to the injured voices, the anxious voices, the voices that have despaired of being heard.倾听受伤者的悲鸣、焦虑者的呼号以及因无人倾听而陷入绝望的叹息。Those who have been left out, we will try to bring in.对于那些被遗弃的人,我们将尽全力使之加入我们的队伍。Those left behind, we will help to catch up.对于那些落后的人,我们将帮助他们迎头赶上。For all of our people, we will set as our goal the decent order that makes progress possible and our lives secure.对于我国全体人民,我们的目标在于建立良好秩序,以推动社会进步,保障人民安居乐业。02/437810

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. One important commitment of the Federal government is to help America's poorest children get access to health care. Most of these children are covered by Medicaid, which will spend more than billion to help them this fiscal year. For children who do not qualify for Medicaid, but whose families are struggling, we have the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP. Washington is now in the midst of an important debate over the future of this vital program. I strongly support SCHIP. My Administration has added more than 2 million children to SCHIP since 2001. And our 2008 budget increases SCHIP funding by 20 percent over five years. Unfortunately, more than 500,000 poor children who are eligible for SCHIP coverage are not enrolled in the program. At the same time, many States are spending SCHIP funds on adults. In fact, based on their own projections for this fiscal year, Minnesota, Illinois, New Jersey, Michigan, Rhode Island, and New Mexico will spend more SCHIP money on adults than they do on children. And that is not the purpose of the program. This week, congressional leaders sent me a deeply flawed bill that would move SCHIP even further from its original purpose. Here are some of the problems with Congress's plan: Under their plan, one out of every three children who moves onto government coverage would drop private insurance. In other words, millions of children would move out of private health insurance and onto a government program. Congress's plan would also transform a program for poor children into one that covers children in some households with incomes up to ,000. Congress's plan would raise taxes on working people. And Congress's plan does not even fully fund all the new spending. If their plan becomes law, five years from now Congress would have to choose between throwing people off SCHIP -- or raising taxes a second time. Congress's SCHIP plan is an incremental step toward their goal of government-run health care for every American. Government-run health care would deprive Americans of the choice and competition that comes from the private market. It would cause huge increases in government spending. It would result in rationing, inefficiency, and long waiting lines. It would replace the doctor-patient relationship with dependency on bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. And it is the wrong direction for our country. Congress knew that I would veto this bill, yet they sent it anyway. So on Wednesday, I vetoed the SCHIP bill. And I asked Members of Congress to come together and work with me on a responsible bill that I can sign -- so we can keep this important program serving America's poor children. When it comes to SCHIP, we should be guided by a clear principle: Put poor children first. I urge Republicans and Democrats in Congress to support a bill that moves adults off this children's program -- and covers children who do not qualify for Medicaid, but whose families are struggling. If putting poor children first takes a little more than the 20 percent increase I have proposed in my budget for SCHIP, I am willing to work with leaders in Congress to find the additional money. Ultimately, our Nation's goal should be to move children who have no health insurance to private coverage -- not to move children who aly have private health insurance to government coverage. By working together, Republicans and Democrats can strengthen SCHIP, ensure that it reaches the children who need it, and find ways to help more American families get the private health coverage they need. Thank you for listening. 200801/23813

Good morning. As families across our Nation gather to celebrate Christmas, Laura and I send our best wishes for the holidays. We hope that your Christmas will be blessed with family and fellowship.At this special time of year, we give thanks for Christ's message of love and hope. Christmas reminds us that we have a duty to others, and we see that sense of duty fulfilled in the men and women who wear our Nation's uniform. America is blessed to have fine citizens who volunteer to defend us in distant lands. For many of them, this Christmas will be spent far from home, and on Christmas our Nation honors their sacrifice, and thanks them for all they do to defend our freedom. At Christmas, we also recognize the sacrifice of our Nation's military families. Staying behind when a family member goes to war is a heavy burden, and it is particularly hard during the holidays. To all our military families listening today, Laura and I thank you, and we ask the Almighty to bestow His protection and care on your loved ones as they protect our Nation.This Christmas season comes at a time of change here in our Nation's capital -- with a new Congress set to arrive, a review of our Iraq strategy underway, and a new Secretary of Defense taking office. If you're serving on the front lines halfway across the world, it is natural to wonder what all this means for you. I want our troops to know that while the coming year will bring change, one thing will not change, and that is our Nation's support for you and the vital work you do to achieve a victory in Iraq. The American people are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, and we will make sure you have the resources you need to accomplish your mission.This Christmas, millions of Americans are coming together to show our deployed forces and wounded warriors love and support. Patriotic groups and charities all across America are sending gifts and care packages to our servicemen and women, visiting our troops recovering at military hospitals, reaching out to children whose moms and dads are serving abroad, and going to airports to welcome our troops home and to let them know they are appreciated by a grateful Nation.One man who's making a difference this holiday season is Jim Wareing. Jim is the founder of New England Caring for Our Military. This year, Jim helped organize a gift drive by thousands of students from Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Students from kindergarten to high school collected more than 20,000 gifts for our troops abroad. The gifts are being sent to troops stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Korea, Japan, and Africa. The care packages include books and puzzles, board games, phone cards, fresh socks, and T-shirts, and about 7,000 handmade holiday greeting cards and posters. Jim says, e "It's probably always hard for troops to be far away from home, but especially hard on the holidays. I use this as an opportunity to try to pay them back for my freedom."Citizens like Jim Wareing represent the true strength of our country, and they make America proud. I urge every American to find some way to thank our military this Christmas season. If you see a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, or a member of the Coast Guard, take a moment to stop and say, "Thanks for your service." And if you want to reach out to our troops, or help out the military family down the street, the Department of Defense has set up a website to help. It is: AmericaSupportsYou.Mil. This website lists more than 150 compassionate organizations that can use your help. In this season of giving, let us stand with the men and women who stand up for America.At this special time of year, we reflect on the miraculous life that began in a humble manger 2,000 years ago. That single life changed the world, and continues to change hearts today. To everyone celebrating Christmas, Laura and I wish you a day of glad tidings.Thank you for listening, and Merry Christmas. 200703/11502

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