- FUN FEATURES
Dick Morris, a political advisor to former President Bill Clinton and best selling author, spoke at Calvary Life Family Worship Center on May 9 to a crowd of hundreds.
Morris, who also appears frequently as a political commentator on Fox News, shared some of his thoughts on the economy, President Barack Obama, national security, and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Around 400 people attended the two-hour forum where Morris elicited laughter from his stories and applause for his pointed words. Calvary Life Pastor John Muratori moderated the forum, which also included a question and answer session.
Morris stated his belief that the stimulus package approved by Obama would not work and thought interest rates would climb sky high, resulting “in a catastrophe.” He said the stimulus was artificial money and thought most people should realize that. He said it was as if Obama filled up every American’s gas tank, “but no one is driving.”
“Most people can tell the difference between standing in front of a fan or a breezy day,” Morris said. “People should know the difference between an artificial stimulus and an actual change in the economic climate.”
Morris also said that the government has to “ration health care” because the system could not sustain the addition of 50 million uninsured Americans. He said it would be “dangerous” to offer united health care because the results in Canada have been “horrific.”
“We can’t just write a check to provide medical care,” Morris said, noting that the growth of doctors and nurses has been around 1 percent the past five years. “We need to expand the supply before expanding the coverage.”
Morris also touched on national security and international relationships, saying that he believed we are “heading for a catastrophe.”
“Obama thinks I’m wrong, so if we’re not hit with another terrorist attack in five years, I will apologize,” Morris said. “If I’m right, it’ll all come crashing down.”
He said it’s a mistake that enemies are welcomed to the White House while allies have to wait their turn. Morris believed Obama made “horrible mistakes” in the first days of his presidency, saying, “if you give the Taliban an inch, they will take a mile.”
“I think the United States will be involved in a war in Pakistan,” Morris said.
Muratori asked Morris if small businesses could weather the economic storm. Morris believed it would be “impossible” for those businesses to succeed because of current policies in Washington, D.C. and it would be hard to borrow money at reasonable interest rates to stay alive.
“Then, how do they survive in the next three to four years?” Muratori asked. Morris responded in two words, “They’re not.”
Morris, who has been outspoken in his dislike for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said she does “not give up her goals easily” and he could see her challenging Obama in a primary in 2012 for the presidency. However, he said he is willing to see how she does in her new job, which is “based on real performance,” before jumping to any conclusions.
“This is the first time in her life she has had a real job,” Morris said. “Let’s see what kind of job she does.”
Morris also believed Alaska governor and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin should seek the nation’s highest office in 2012. He believed there would be new faces in the Republican Party in three years, but expected Palin to be in the mix.
“I really hope she runs in 2012, I really like her a lot,” Morris said. “She had to learn some things, but courage, integrity, and confidence cannot be learned.”
When asked about former President Clinton, Morris said he was a “pretty good president from the neck up.” He said there is a “whole host of achievements” from the Clinton administration that the country should be proud of, such as increasing minimum wage and decreasing crime, but thought he neglected the terror threat to the country.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom, however, as Morris said Americans are “by far the hardest working people in the world” and the future is bright for the country.
“The idea that the best days are behind us is complete nonsense,” he said. “The future of America is enormously positive.”
After the forum, Morris was signing copies of his book “Fleeced,” which spent time on the New York Times bestseller list. Afterwards, Muratori said the forum was presented as a way to reach out to the community and discuss the issues that are prevalent today. He said the forum “exceeded expectations” and the topics discussed were “direct and informative.”
“We wanted to do a forum and (Morris) is very knowledgeable,” Muratori said. “We hoped to educate and inform the public.”
Terri McCarthy of Naugatuck said it was the “fastest two hours” she had experienced. She thought the forum was enlightening and said Morris “put things in perspective” for her.
“I thought he was just wonderful,” McCarthy said. “I really enjoyed the forum, it was good.”
Joe Orsene of Cheshire thought the forum was interesting and found Morris to be “passionate and knowledgeable.”
“It was a good forum,” Orsene said. “I see Morris on TV a lot and found him interesting to listen to.”
All proceeds from the event went to support the Turning Point Christian Center, a residential rehabilitation center in Bristol.