Mitt Romney’s Speech to the NAACP Convention – Video and Transcript

The transcript below actually varies from the speech given. Romney was loudly booed when he said he would repeal ObamaCare. After he waited for the noise to die down he diverted from his script to explain that ObamaCare was a job killer. Watch the video to see how he handled it.

As might be expected the case Romney laid out before them touched on jobs, families, education and jobs. The environment and audience, including the occasional organ breaking in, made this one of the most unique speeches I’ve seen from Romney. Take a peek:

Remarks as prepared for delivery:

Thank you, Bishop Graves, for your generous introduction. Thanks also to President Ben Jealous and Chairman Roslyn Brock for the opportunity to be here this morning, and for your hospitality. It is an honor to address you.

I appreciate the chance to speak first – even before Vice President Biden gets his turn tomorrow. I just hope the Obama campaign won’t think you’re playing favorites.

You all know something of my background, and maybe you’ve wondered how any Republican ever becomes governor of Massachusetts in the first place. Well, in a state with 11 percent Republican registration, you don’t get there by just talking to Republicans. We have to make our case to every voter. We don’t count anybody out, and we sure don’t make a habit of presuming anyone’s support. Support is asked for and earned – and that’s why I’m here today.

With 90 percent of African-Americans voting for Democrats, some of you may wonder why a Republican would bother to campaign in the African American community, and to address the NAACP. Of course, one reason is that I hope to represent all Americans, of every race, creed or sexual orientation, from the poorest to the richest and everyone in between.

But there is another reason: I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African American families, you would vote for me for president. I want you to know that if I did not believe that my policies and my leadership would help families of color — and families of any color — more than the policies and leadership of President Obama, I would not be running for president.

The opposition charges that I and people in my party are running for office to help the rich. Nonsense. The rich will do just fine whether I am elected or not. The President wants to make this a campaign about blaming the rich. I want to make this a campaign about helping the middle class.

Mitt Romney NAACP Speech

I am running for president because I know that my policies and vision will help hundreds of millions of middle class Americans of all races, will lift people from poverty, and will help prevent people from becoming poor. My campaign is about helping the people who need help. The course the President has set has not done that – and will not do that. My course will.

When President Obama called to congratulate me on becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, he said that he, “looked forward to an important and healthy debate about America’s future.” To date, I’m afraid that his campaign has taken a different course than that.

But, in campaigns at their best, voters can expect a clear choice, and candidates can expect a fair hearing – only more so from a venerable organization like this one. So, it is that healthy debate about the course of the nation that I want to discuss with you today.

If someone had told us in the 1950s or 1960s that a black citizen would serve as the forty-fourth president, we would have been proud and many would have been surprised. Picturing that day, we might have assumed that the American presidency would be the very last door of opportunity to be opened. Before that came to pass, every other barrier on the path to equal opportunity would surely have come down.

Of course, it hasn’t happened quite that way. Many barriers remain. Old inequities persist. In some ways, the challenges are even more complicated than before. And across America — and even within your own ranks — there are serious, honest debates about the way forward.

If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, then a chronically bad economy would be equally bad for everyone. Instead, it’s worse for African Americans in almost every way. The unemployment rate, the duration of unemployment, average income, and median family wealth are all worse for the black community. In June, while the overall unemployment rate remained stuck at 8.2 percent, the unemployment rate for African Americans actually went up, from 13.6 percent to 14.4 percent.

Americans of every background are asking when this economy will finally recover – and you, in particular, are entitled to an answer.

If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, black families could send their sons and daughters to public schools that truly offer the hope of a better life. Instead, for generations, the African-American community has been waiting and waiting for that promise to be kept. Today, black children are 17 percent of students nationwide – but they are 42 percent of the students in our worst-performing schools.

Our society sends them into mediocre schools and expects them to perform with excellence, and that is not fair. Frederick Douglass observed that, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Yet, instead of preparing these children for life, too many schools set them up for failure. Everyone in this room knows that we owe them better than that.

The path of inequality often leads to lost opportunity. College, graduate school, and first jobs should be milestones marking the passage from childhood to adulthood. But for too many disadvantaged young people, these goals seem unattainable – and their lives take a tragic turn.

Many live in neighborhoods filled with violence and fear, and empty of opportunity. Their impatience for real change is understandable. They are entitled to feel that life in America should be better than this. They are told even now to wait for improvements in our economy and in our schools, but it seems to me that these Americans have waited long enough.

The point is that when decades of the same promises keep producing the same failures, then it’s reasonable to rethink our approach – and consider a new plan.

I’m hopeful that together we can set a new direction in federal policy, starting where many of our problems do – with the family. A study from the Brookings Institution has shown that for those who graduate from high school, get a full-time job, and wait until 21 before they marry and then have their first child, the probability of being poor is two percent. And if those factors are absent, the probability of being poor is 76 percent.

Here at the NAACP, you understand the deep and lasting difference the family makes. Your former executive director, Dr. Benjamin Hooks, had it exactly right. The family, he said, “remains the bulwark and the mainstay of the black community. That great truth must not be overlooked.”

Any policy that lifts up and honors the family is going to be good for the country, and that must be our goal. As President, I will promote strong families – and I will defend traditional marriage.

As you may have heard from my opponent, I am also a believer in the free-enterprise system. I believe it can bring change where so many well-meaning government programs have failed. I’ve never heard anyone look around an impoverished neighborhood and say, “You know, there’s too much free enterprise around here. Too many shops, too many jobs, too many people putting money in the bank.”

What you hear, of course, is how do we bring in jobs? How do we make good, honest employers want to move in and stay? And with the shape this economy is in, we’re asking that more than ever.

Free enterprise is still the greatest force for upward mobility, economic security, and the expansion of the middle class. We have seen in recent years what it’s like to have less free enterprise. As President, I will show the good things that can happen when we have more – more business activity, more jobs, more opportunity, more paychecks, more savings accounts.

On Day One, I will begin turning this economy around with a plan for the middle class. And I don’t mean just those who are middle class now – I also mean those who have waited so long for their chance to join the middle class.

I know what it will take to put people back to work, to bring more jobs and better wages. My jobs plan is based on 25 years of success in business. It has five key steps.

First, I will take full advantage of our energy resources, and I will approve the Keystone pipeline from Canada. Low cost, plentiful coal, natural gas, oil, and renewables will bring over a million manufacturing jobs back to the United States.

Second, I will open up new markets for American products. We are the most productive major economy in the world, so trade means good jobs for Americans. But trade must be free and fair, so I’ll clamp down on cheaters like China and make sure that they finally play by the rules.

Third, I will reduce government spending. Our high level of debt slows GDP growth and that means fewer jobs. If our goal is jobs, we must, must stop spending over a trillion dollars more than we earn. To do this, I will eliminate expensive non-essential programs like Obamacare, and I will work to reform and save Medicare and Social Security, in part by means-testing their benefits.

Fourth, I will focus on nurturing and developing the skilled workers our economy so desperately needs and the future demands. This is the human capital with which tomorrow’s bright future will be built. Too many homes and too many schools are failing to provide our children with the skills and education that are essential for anything other than a minimum-wage job.

And finally and perhaps most importantly, I will restore economic freedom. This nation’s economy runs on freedom, on opportunity, on entrepreneurs, on dreamers who innovate and build businesses. These entrepreneurs are being crushed by high taxation, burdensome regulation, hostile regulators, excessive healthcare costs, and destructive labor policies. I will work to make America the best place in the world for innovators and entrepreneurs and businesses small and large.

Do these five things – open up energy, expand trade, cut the growth of government, focus on better educating tomorrow’s workers today, and restore economic freedom – and jobs will come back to America, and wages will rise again. The President will say he will do those things, but he will not, he cannot, and his record of the last four years proves it.

If I am president, job one for me will be creating jobs. I have no hidden agenda. If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him.

Finally, I will address the institutionalized inequality in our education system. And I know something about this from my time as governor.

In the years before I took office our state’s leaders had come together to pass bipartisan measures that were making a difference. In reading and in math, our students were already among the best in the nation – and during my term, they took over the top spot.

Those results revealed what good teachers can do if the system will only let them. The problem was, this success wasn’t shared. A significant achievement gap between students of different races remained. So we set out to close it.

I urged faster interventions in failing schools, and the funding to go along with it. I promoted math and science excellence in schools, and proposed paying bonuses to our best teachers.

I refused to weaken testing standards, and instead raised them. To graduate from high school, students had to pass an exam in math and English – I added a science requirement as well. And I put in place a merit scholarship for those students who excelled: the top 25 percent of students in each high school were awarded a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship – which meant four years tuition-free at any Massachusetts public institution of higher learning.

When I was governor, not only did test scores improve – we also narrowed the achievement gap.

The teachers unions were not happy with a number of these reforms. They especially did not like our emphasis on choice through charter schools, particularly for our inner city kids. Accordingly, the legislature passed a moratorium on any new charter schools.

As you know, in Boston, in Harlem, in Los Angeles, and all across the country, charter schools are giving children a chance, children that otherwise could be locked in failing schools. I was inspired just a few weeks ago by the students in one of Kenny Gamble’s charter schools in Philadelphia. Right here in Houston is another success story: the Knowledge Is Power Program, which has set the standard, thanks to the groundbreaking work of the late Harriet Ball.

These charter schools are doing a lot more than closing the achievement gap. They are bringing hope and opportunity to places where for years there has been none.

Charter schools are so successful that almost every politician can find something good to say about them. But, as we saw in Massachusetts, true reform requires more than talk. As Governor, I vetoed the bill blocking charter schools. But our legislature was 87 percent Democrat, and my veto could have been easily over-ridden. So I joined with the Black Legislative Caucus, and their votes helped preserve my veto, which meant that new charter schools, including some in urban neighborhoods, would be opened.

When it comes to education reform, candidates cannot have it both ways – talking up education reform, while indulging the same groups that are blocking reform. You can be the voice of disadvantaged public-school students, or you can be the protector of special interests like the teachers unions, but you can’t be both. I have made my choice: As president, I will be a champion of real education reform in America, and I won’t let any special interest get in the way.

I will give the parents of every low-income and special needs student the chance to choose where their child goes to school. For the first time in history, federal education funds will be linked to a student, so that parents can send their child to any public or charter school, or to a private school, where permitted. And I will make that a true choice by ensuring there are good options available to all.

Should I be elected President, I’ll lead as I did when I was governor. I am pleased today to be joined today by Reverend Jeffrey Brown, who was a member of my kitchen cabinet in Massachusetts that helped guide my policy and actions that affected the African American community. I will look for support wherever there is good will and shared conviction. I will work with you to help our children attend better schools and help our economy create good jobs with better wages.

I can’t promise that you and I will agree on every issue. But I do promise that your hospitality to me today will be returned. We will know one another, and work to common purposes. I will seek your counsel. And if I am elected president, and you invite me to next year’s convention, I would count it as a privilege, and my answer will be yes.

The Republican Party’s record, by the measures you rightly apply, is not perfect. Any party that claims a perfect record doesn’t know history the way you know it.

Yet always, in both parties, there have been men and women of integrity, decency, and humility who called injustice by its name. For every one of us a particular person comes to mind, someone who set a standard of conduct and made us better by their example. For me, that man is my father, George Romney.

It wasn’t just that my Dad helped write the civil rights provision for the Michigan Constitution, though he did. It wasn’t just that he helped create Michigan’s first civil rights commission, or that as governor he marched for civil rights in Detroit – though he did those things, too.

More than these public acts, it was the kind of man he was, and the way he dealt with every person, black or white. He was a man of the fairest instincts, and a man of faith who knew that every person was a child of God.

I’m grateful to him for so many things, and above all for the knowledge of God, whose ways are not always our ways, but whose justice is certain and whose mercy endures forever.

Every good cause on this earth relies in the end on a plan bigger than ours. “Without dependence on God,” as Dr. King said, “our efforts turn to ashes and our sunrises into darkest night. Unless his spirit pervades our lives, we find only what G. K. Chesterton called ‘cures that don’t cure, blessings that don’t bless, and solutions that don’t solve.’”

Of all that you bring to the work of today’s civil rights cause, no advantage counts for more than this abiding confidence in the name above every name. Against cruelty, arrogance, and all the foolishness of man, this spirit has carried the NAACP to many victories. More still are up ahead, and with each one we will be a better nation.

Thank you, and God bless you all.

-Mitt Romney

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18 Responses to Mitt Romney’s Speech to the NAACP Convention – Video and Transcript

  1. phyllis says:

    It was great, Romney didn’t care about the booing, he didn’t pander to them, he made a forceful case about what conservatism would mean to their community. Many there didn’t want to hear it, but he did it, he laid it out plainly but spoke with compassion. He struck the right tone with the speech no doubt about it. Will it move the black vote? Nope, but it will help him independents and his base.

  2. Teresa says:

    That was fascinating. Unique is right. I find him to be a unique politician all the way around. The crowd is getting more and more interested as their ability to define him wanes.

    He is quick on his feet. His response to the booing was sensational. Human nature would have leaped to get it under the rug, but his firm confident reaction is why I like him so much. The absence of pandering was fantastic and he didn’t try to force them to love him. All good.

    The reserved crowd kind of invited him into the flock with the understated churchiness. That represented their reaction and approval more than either the boos or the standing O. Everyone knows how genuinely humble and religious Mitt is, and it’s a common denominator in the country.

    The man is the embodiment of class and respect and many people will come to appreciate it. It’s something the far right squawkers could learn. The NAACP just got a dose of it, and I suspect they are doing a double take.

    Entirely presidential. I’m glad of my decision to support him. Next comes his European trip which will send him up another notch. What a relief it will be to have a real president again.

  3. AfricansforRomney says:

    Gov Romney has courage! I really, really like his speech. yeah, Obamacare is popular among blacks and hispanics, but i’m glad he mentioned repealing Obamacare. Gov Romney standing by what he’s going to do, no sugarcoating needed, no false promises. The black community must detach themselves from Demos party. It doesn’t make sense at all supporting a Demo, black Prez, who has done more damage to the black community than any other Prez in recent history. Under Prez Obama high unemployment among blacks and hispanics is totally unacceptable!
    Support Gov Romney, Authentic Leader!

  4. Renna says:

    Governor Romney displayed, as always, his dignity as a man and as a leader. Reports are that 2 hrs after the speech Benjamin Jealous stated that the Republican’s agenda was not in the best interest of the black community. It is about time the black community admitted that they have been pawns for the Democrat party for more that 50 years just for their vote. Exactly what has been done to help them? Nothing – the Democrat policies have only served to keep them “slaves to the master(government)” through welfare and poor education. I do think more blacks are waking up to this reality – it is now their responsibility to share that awareness with their community. America will be a better place and they will at last have a reason to be proud of themelves and their accomplishments. Thank you, Governor Romney, for your courage, your honesty and your leadrship.

  5. Annette S says:

    I agree with all of you. Romney didn’t pander but talked about how free market principles and a smaller government helps everyone. Will it convert any of them? Maybe. Hopefully it will give a few of them something to think about. I came from a staunch Democratic family. I crossed over to the Republicans in my late twenties. I crossed when I started listening to Republican politicians. Everything started to make sense. Romney makes sense and speaks the truth!

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  7. manfromthemountain says:

    I think Mitt Romney will make a very good president and I look forward to him becoming the President of this great nation.

  8. J. Wyatt says:

    A sampling of comments from: ‘Why Romney’s NAACP Speech Was One of the Smartest Political Moves of Our Time’ by Bert Atkinson Jr. – JULY 11, 2012 http://bit.ly/OxTkjX

    Michelle Houghtaling · Top Commenter
    I supported him as the anti-Obama, but I’m genuinely starting to like the guy.

    Linda Smotherman · Subscribe
    The more I listen to him, the more I like him. I see leadership in him. Its time to overall Washington. If someone is not for America and what we stand for vote them out. Its time to stop spending and put the USA on a budget. Common sense tells us you can’t spend more than you have. The difinition for insanity is: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Three and half yrs of doing it Obama’s way hasn’t worked. Time for him to GO.

    James Schmedes
    A leader tells people what the truth is, and what they need to know. He does not pander to every group for votes, he does not have adapted messages for different interests. Identify the problem, describe the remedy and wait to see if the voters truly want to fix the problem or simply help themselves to more entitlements. Mitt begins to look like a true leader.

    RebeccaandSteve Robinson · Subscribe · Works at Hermancain.com
    As an Independent voter, Romney’s honorable attempt to offer solutions to help improve the lives of ALL Americans at the NAACP, this attempt at reaching out to every citizen and not leaving anyone out of the equation, this solidifies my support for Mitt Romney. He stood tall in the face of a booing crowd and ended his speech with a kind “thank you”. I have not yet endorsed anyone for president, up until now. So, with that being said and with Mitt Romney showing a unifying spirit and a non ideological view on doing what is best for the good of the nation, I am endorsing Mitt Romney for President of the United States. God Bless us and all of these United States.

    Walt Ely · Top Commenter · Santa Monica College
    That’s exactly the kind of strength Ronald Reagan used to show in the face of his opponents. Tell it like it is! I think we have a winner. And the welfare entitlement crowd (mostly of obvious minorities) is going to have to wake up and smell the ‘act like a responsible adult’ coffee real soon because the socialist free ride is OVER! We can’t afford it anymore, and one way or another it will stop! Whether it is by bankrupting this nation or pulling back from financial disaster in time will be the deciding difference. Cutting federal government spending is our only prudent choice. Obama’s choice is the exact opposite!

    Alan Parks · Top Commenter
    Holy cow! That took some guts! Standing in the middle of the lion’s den of the entitlement crowd and saying the things he did. We haven’t seen this kind of honesty and courage in some years. I respect the man a lot more today than I have up until now.

    Mellie Torre · Top Commenter · Musician/Manager at Myself
    I like Romney MUCH better now! He braved that NAACP crowd and said what he meant! The proof will be in the pudding as to what he’s able to do once in office, but I feel much more comfortable voting for him now.

    Mary Fox
    guess I better go register so I can vote for him!

    Marylu Czulewicz · Works at Retired Teacher
    the words came from his heart, you can tell

    Shannon Lee Kanekoa · Works at Co-owner of Hawaiian Traditions Tours
    Gutsy and to the point!

    Patricia Harper Ann Dlugosz · IUPUI
    Romney showed today before the NAACP audience that he is authentic, which means he is not changing his message for every group he talks to. This is a sign of a man how knows himself, likes himself, and is a REAL leader. Something this country has not had in a long time.

    Susan Boyette
    Romney has my vote. His speech at the NAACP showed strong leadership and the message that he gives will not change with each crowd he speaks to. He was a great leader for the Olympics and a very successful businessman. The fact that he gave away his portion of his fathers fortune and made his own is under reported. The fact that he has worked a Govenor for zero money, the Olympics for zero money is also rarely mentioned. Mitt Romney will work for the people!

    Mary Doan · Top Commenter
    Romney has guts. He told them the truth.

    Carol Looker
    what nerves of steel…….I’m for Romney now more than ever……if he can make money for himself then he can make our economy work!

    Stephen Rickey
    I would compare this canidate with no other. He will stand on his own and make the people he is serving proud.

    Michelle Bunker Hopkinson · Domestic Goddess at Hopkinson Household CEO
    Sounds a bit like Ronald Regan, very strong. Bravo!!

    Craig Brinkman
    This took courage.I respect that, something I haven’t seen from our current Commander and Chief.

    Lauren Hereford · Mommy at Stay at home mom and wife
    This is exactly what I wanted to see him do! This is the kind of speech that will get republicans excited about voting!

    Treva Harper · Top Commenter
    I’m going to vote for Romney even though I’m not a big fan of his. BUT he has earned more respect from me for having the guts to go there and not pander to the crowd! Well done Mitt Romney!

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  10. AfricansforRomney says:

    LOL! hehehehe No wonder, why the Demos party were upset. Independents are not closed minded, they are open for other point of views, dialogue. Now, Demos are blaming Gov Romney for accepting the NAACP invitation and showing up with no FEAR. They’re upset b/c Gov Romney exceeded their expectation. Wow, how democratic is the Demos party?
    Prez Obama leadership is riding the Demos party Backward!

    Independents for Romney!!

  11. Michael JP says:

    Not at all surprising that NAACP members booed Mitt Romney. Most Blacks, gays, young Americans, minorities — in fact most people with any common sense would boo Mr. Romney. He only cares about the billionaires and other wealthy — not a damn about everyday working Americans. So glad that Republicans chose such an out-of-touch, multi-millionaire guy who abuses people and animals, and bets against America with his Swiss bank accounts and other foreign investments. This is gonna be fun!!

  12. Cathy says:

    Yes, Micheal, it will be real fun watching Obama leave the White House and a REAL leader moving in. Hang on!

  13. TIM MASINO says:

    If you want true leadership,with honesty,compassion and integrity, and a willingness to confront problems no one is willing to deal with now, while we still can. Vote for Mitt Romney if you want your children and grandchildren to have a greater chance of living the American Dream.

  14. Teresa says:

    Michael

    Be careful of what you say with such authority. I can see how fond you are of what other people feed you through talking points but please let me inform you. You can’t say what Mitt cares about and the new talking point is how unfeeling he is. This is incorrect.

    Mitt Romney has a great talent for helping people through hard times. When he was a counselor in his church, he had a special entrance built to his house where people could come at any hour, in secret, to discuss their troubles with him and receive his advice. Everything was held in the strictest confidence. I believe he is a very empathetic man, no matter how rich or poor you are. He’s also saved a few people’s lives which you will soon discover. He doesn’t brag, so people like you stay in the dark. That’s going to change.

    I have a request. Please do not spread these false ideas about the man. Vote for the other guy, if you want, but character assassination probably won’t work this time. If you hate with such blind authority, it might get you into trouble of your own. Be wise.

    Mr. Obama prefers the company of wealthy people, probably moreso, so we’re kind of in a bind, aren’t we? You can hate Governor Romney as much as you like, but I think it’s clear that most of the people here are not going to join you in that effort. Many many people respect and admire Mitt, minorities included. The NAACP crowd applauded him far more than they booed. They all shared a moment of togetherness when Mitt talked about his father and his faith. Did you hear that part? Did you watch the speech? A lot of Americans changed their minds yesterday. There are more to come. Enough, some of us think, to get him elected president of the US.

    My only consolation is that the list of complaints you named is not your own. Propaganda works, of course, but only to an extent. Eventually the facts surface. BTW. I was a Democrat, but I can see that Mitt is the man for the job.

    Be content.

  15. Adam R. says:

    Mikey JP,
    Obama hangs out with such commoners(?) as Sarah Jessica Parker, Jared Leto, Tom Hanks, Jessica Alba, George Clooney, etc. He is a man of the people. Just people not like us. Remember Michael, “Be cool. Don’t be a tool.”

  16. Ann says:

    Mitt Romney prevoked the boos by calling the ACA “Obama Care”. He also mentioned the Brooking Institute with statistical data and The Chamber of Commerce’s survey. As I can recall these establishments are further to the right as far as politics goes. He also mentioned his “kitchen” cabinet members from his government in Mass. That is a slur word to minorities. He new what he was doing and his intentions were to provoke the audiences so he can be a hero with his right wing base. People have commented of the so called terrible booing. Were they concerned about the booing that accurred with the staged and payed protestors that crowded the hometown congressional and senate meetings when The Affordable Care Act was being proposed or the gay soldier that asked a question during GOP primaries. If the U.S. Congress could have worked with President Obama the statistical data that Mr. Romney mentioned concerning the plite of the Afro American community would not be in the situation they are in.

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  18. John says:

    Mitt truly is a great leader,he speech as a great president,he stay calm,patient and doesn’t lost control when the claw boo or discredit him by democrats game. Mitt is smart and courage to go to the democrats convention and speech in his heart what he believe and stand for,he is not discriminate or divided the nation or all citizen even the enemies,the rival,the opposite or the one dislike him, he go there and stand strong,believe in himself,what ever it will happen he happy to accept it,truly his speech is very excellent why the democrats and Obama hit him very hard today from every sources and because Mitt raised more than Obama in June so since now on Obama and democrats will hit and attack him more and more hard and harder even lie to take him down,but the American people are not stupid,they knew who is the true,the successor that can lead America in the future and who is the failure in the last 4 years that just good in talking and happily spending the American taxes dollars.