President Reagan's Trip To New Britain, Connecticut On July 8, 1987

I want to thank you all very much by being here before lunch today I had a talk with congresswoman Johnson and mayor McNamara and 11 other distinguished citizens of New Britain and I know that some were Republicans and some were Democrats and they represented many occupations and backgrounds and we had a good discussion and I got to straighten.

Out some things that I thought might be not straightened out some people’s minds that I don’t know whether we agreed on everything everyone was very polite but I think I think we do agree on the principles of economic freedom that all of us cherish.

And while we were there I couldn’t help being reminded of a story a lot of things remind.
Me of stories these days I’m a I’m.

A collector of stories I really am that guy.

Can verify are told by the Soviet citizens among themselves they reveal that they have a sense of humor but also that they have a certain kind of cynical outlook on their system there and these stories give you an idea on what they’re thinking and this one’s very brief it’s about two Soviets who are talking to each other.

And what a master what’s the difference between the Soviet Constitution and the United States Constitution and the other one said.

That’s easy the Soviet Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of gathering the American Constitution guarantees freedom after speech and freedom after gathering we had a lively discussion there.

Ago the mayor can attest and today on the city steps I’ll be asking New Britain to join a great national discussion the kind that our founders launched 200 years ago when they drafted our constitution and submitted to the people for ratification the kind that the 14 of us had were having a few minutes ago if we didn’t agree on everything well neither did the generation that gave us the constitution but I’m here.

Today because I believe that the outcome of this discussion will determine the strength and health.

Of our nation and what it stands for in the decades to come I’ll be talking out there about what I hope will be.

Among the most important legacies of my presidency the economic Bill of Rights now you’ve heard a lot about this.

Critics on one hand they say it’s a ploy something I’ve cooked up to distract attention from whatever.

I don’t know but on the other hand they say little that’s new here which I guess means it’s made up of things that I believed in and fought to achieve for years and now I’m working to make certain that America doesn’t lose all that we’ve done.

Well it can be one or the other not both and I’ll plead guilty to the second charge I went to Washington to do a.

Job lower taxes restore our defenses cut the size and intrusiveness of government tune up the carburetor and step on the gas of.

The greatest engine against poverty and for opportunity in the history of man the free enterprise system of the United States of America we’ve achieved a great deal of that we still have a government that spends too much on a deficit that’s too large as long as we have those we can’t be sure that the growth that we’ve enjoyed these last four and a half years will continue today I’ll talk about the way that things were before I came into office.