28 February 2006


Highlights from yesterday's
National Governors Association Meeting.

Good morning. Thanks for coming.
I enjoyed it last night, I hope you did, too.

It was a lot of fun. And thank you all for giving
me a chance to come by.

What I thought I'd do is say a few things and
then answer some questions, if you have any.

We have got a chance to achieve some big things
for the country, to lay the stage for peace and to keep
America in the lead. And these are goals that both
Republicans and Democrats should share.

You know, there's a lot of politics here in Washington,
so it's -- when you say, well, you know, it's a Republican
goal to make America competitive, I just don't agree
with that.

It should be a national goal. It's a national goal
to protect our people. And, therefore, it requires a lot
of collaboration throughout all aspects of government.
And no better collaborators to implement good policy
than our governors.

So thanks for giving me a chance to come and
share some insights with you.

First, one question that ought to be confronting
everybody is how do we keep this economy of ours
strong? A couple of notable exceptions, like our
friends in Michigan and Ohio, in particular -- maybe
Washington State

-- the overall economy is in great shape. People
are working, productivity is up, people own their
homes, small businesses are flourishing.

And the fundamental question is what can we do
together to keep it that way.

Part of it is to be wise with taxpayers' money.


I spend a lot of time worrying about disruption
of energy because of politics or civil strife in other
countries --

because tyrants control the spigots. And it's in our
national interest that we become less dependent on oil.

AND THEN . . .

We've got to expand solar power.

I went to a facility there in Michigan to see a
fantastic company called United Solar. I don't mean
to be pushing them, but nevertheless, they're
making a great product.

I remember going out to Colorado to the facility
out there, the research facility on alternative uses
of energy.

We've got fantastic chances to advance this
really important agenda, and we look forward to
working with you to do so.

It's one of these issues where when we continue
to make these technological breakthroughs we'll
leave behind a better tomorrow for our children
and grandchildren.