“Let the tide rise for ALL boats.” Rep. Kelly’s Floor Speech Resounds, Transcends Politics of Division through Patriotic Plea

Jul 27, 2012
“Let the tide rise for ALL boats.” Rep. Kelly’s Floor Speech Resounds, Transcends Politics of Division through Patriotic Plea



So you want to know the price of regulation?  You want to talk about the thousands and thousands of pages that we put on the backs of the job creators?  You want to talk about creating jobs in America?  When you want to see a nation that doesn’t want to participate but wants to dominate in the world market?  Then let them rise.  Take the heavy boot off the throat of America’s job creators and let them breathe (applause)!  The jobs we are talking about are not red jobs or blue jobs.  They are red, white, and blue jobs!  They are not Democrat jobs, or Republican jobs, or Independent jobs, or Libertarian jobs!  They are American jobs!  If you want this country to thrive, and not just survive, then please start playing the game by the rules and stop this ridiculous mockery of what it is that we do here in this town.”

“We are so out of touch with the American people and you know what all of this does? It adds layer, after layer, after layer of cost and that cost is ultimately paid for by the American consumer. You want to have more revenues? Then let the tide rise for all boats. Let us be able to not only survive but to thrive.”

***The Reviews***

Hot Air (blog)

Mike Kelly: “Take the heavy boot off the throat of American job creators!”

"While we often talk about over-regulation and its many unintended consequences in terms of vague generalities, here’s Rep. Mike Kelly, Republican from Pennsylvania, on the House floor with some great specifics and a Huzzah!-worthy rallying cry, to boot.

Drudge Report: Congressman cheered on House floor for anti-big gov't speech...



Breitbart:  ‘USA! USA!’ Congressman’s Anti-Big Government Rant Gets Standing Ovation on House Floor


Human Events:  Rep. Kelly Explains the Cost of Red Tape


Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) gave an impassioned floor speech on Thursday, in which he explained that there are many colors of tape available, but red tape is by far the most expensive for American businessmen.  Rarely has the point been made with such reason, sincerity, and energy.”

Townhall:  Rep. Mike Kelly’s Speech Gets Standing Ovation And USA Chants


Congressman's anti-big government rant gets standing ovation on House floor and chants of USA! USA!

The Blaze:  ‘USA,USA,USA!’: See the Speech That Got a Standing Ovation in Congress Today


Representative Mike Kelly, speaking on the House floor today, managed something very rare in the history of the institution – he got a standing ovation. Applause is usually forbidden in the house, but Kelly‘s blistering attack on regulatory red tape and Washington’s culture of control was apparently so powerful that several of his fellow house members couldn’t resist showing their support, clapping, standing up and shouting “USA! USA! USA!”

Heritage Foundation (The Foundry): The Right Road on Regulation


“Regulation is like the weather. Everyone likes to complain, but nobody does anything about it. That’s not true, however, of the House of Representatives, which today passed a fistful of reforms. The package is hardly the stuff of revolution, and few of the proposals will make their way on to bumper stickers. But they shouldn’t be dismissed lightly. While modest in scope, they represent common-sense changes that promise to help restrain the growing burdens of red tape.”

CBS News: Congress erupts in “USA” chant after rousing speech (July 26)


Following a rousing speech by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) supporting the passage of H.R. 4078, a deregulation bill, on the House floor on Thursday, members started a "USA" chant, giving the Congressman a standing ovation.

Madison Project: Rep. Mike Kelly Rips the Regulatory State (July 26)


Today, the House passed a bill (H.R. 4078) that prohibits federal agencies from formulating new significant regulations until unemployment dips below 6%.  When Democrats offered a motion that would essentially kill the bill, Rep. Mike Kelly, who is not known for his strident conservatism, gave Republicans a road map for debating against Democrat policies.

Restoring Liberty: Video: Congressman’s Blistering Attack on DC Receives Standing Ovation from House (July 27)


I’ve watched a number of rousing speeches on the floor of the House but have never quite seen a reaction like this.  Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) launches into an articulate, heart-felt attack on how the disconnected beltway politicians are killing business in the US.  In return, he gets a standing ovation and shouts of “USA, USA”! Please watch this video.  It will be worth your while.