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FOR WHICH MAKES FURNITURE FOR SCHOOLS. >> I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU TO WHITNEY BROTHERS. THIS IS REALLY COOL.

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WE ARE A MATCH IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EQUIPMENT, WHICH YOU CAN SEE, BUT OUR MAIN CUSTOMER IS -- OUR PRODUCTS ARE IN A LOT OF PLACES, DAY CARE CENTERS, JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS, SKI AREAS, CAR DEALERSHIPS, ANYWHERE WHERE MOM AND DAD CAN LEAVE THEIR CHILD FOR 10 MINUTES OR LONGER, IF THEY GOT A JOB OR HAVE TO GO SHOPPING. YOU MIGHT FIDNND SOME WHITNEY PRODUCTS. THERE ARE 40 OF US EMPLOYEES, AND WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE THE SECRETARY HERE, AND I THINK THE PROCESS WILL BE IS THAT BRIEFLY MY COWORKERS WILL IDENTIFY THEMSELVES, SAY ONE OR TWO SENTENCES ABOUT WHAT THEY DO HERE, COME IN THE YEARS THEY HAVE BEEN HERE AT WHITNEY, WHERE THEY LIVE, AND THEN I THINK WE WILL HAVE A DISCUSSION AND THE SECRETARY WILL SPEAK TO US. THANKS. SO I WILL START OFF. I AM DAVE STABLER. I HAVE BEEN AT WHITNEY FOR 32 YEARS, PROBABLY LONGER BECAUSE I WORKED HERE AS A BOY DURING THE SUMMERS. AND I DID NOT LIKE IT MUCH WHEN I WAS HERE. SO I LEFT KEENE IN MY 20'S AND CAME BACK IN MY 30'S WHEN I REALIZED THAT KEENE WAS A GREAT PLACE TO RAISE A FAMILY. AND THAT MADE IT WORTHWHILE, AND THE BUSINESS WAS A GROWING BUSINESS, AND THAT MADE IT EXCITING. I LIVE IN KEENE. I HAVE THREE SONS. AND THAT IS REALLY ABOUT IT. BILLY, DO YOU WANT TO START US OFF? BILL: I LIVE IN SWANSEA. I HAVE WORKED FOR WHITNEY FOR YEARS. I HAVE ONE SON IN THE NAVY AND THREE STEPCHILDREN FROM MY WIFE. VERY NICE WORKING HERE, A VERY GOOD PLACE TO WORK. >> MY NAME IS KEN COOPER. I HAVE BEEN HERE FOR ABOUT A YEAR AND A ...

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QUARTER. I RUN A MACHINE FOR THE FINISHING DEPARTMENT. EVEN THOUGH I DO NOT HAVE ANY CHILDREN, THIS IS VERY FULFILLING AND REWARDING TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH MATERIALS TO MAKE THE FURNITURE THAT I HAVE SEEN IN MANY CHURCHES OVER THE YEARS. >> MY NAME IS PAM LIVINGOOD. I HAVE BEEN WITH WHITNEY BROTHERS FOR 11 ...

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YEARS. WHEN WE RECEIVE THE -- TO MANUFACTURE BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTS AROUND US, WE PUT THE END PRODUCT OF INTO THE SHIPPING DEPARTMENT WHICH GOES OUT INTO OUR COMMUNITIES AND DAYCARE CENTERS. I HAVE LIVED IN KEENE. I HAVE THREE CHILDREN, TWO DAUGHTERS AND A SON, AND THREE GRANDSONS. >> I AM MARY. I WORKED FOR WHITNEY BROTHERS FOR 16 YEARS, AS A SUPERVISOR. I RETIRED TWO YEARS AGO AND CAME BACK TO WHITNEYH TWO WEEKS AGO. I HAVE THREE CHILDREN, ...

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GROWN. I HAVE SIX GRANDCHILDREN. >> JIM? JIM: I AM JIM, AND I AM FROM KEENE. I AM IN THE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT. I TAKE IDEAS THAT THE

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CUSTOMER WILL BRING IN OR ANYONE WILL HAVE OR OURSELVES, PROVIDING NEW PRODUCTS FOR CONSUMPTION OUT THERE. WE DO A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING. I THOUGHT I WOULD COME IN HERE DOING DRAFTING WORK, AND I'M DOING TESTING, NEW DESIGNS. I COME OUT AND ACTUALLY -- WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS PLACE IS I CAN WALK AROUND AND SEE THE THING BEING BUILT, BEING MANUFACTURED, AND TO CONVERSE WITH MY FELLOW EMPLOYEES. AND PERSONALLY, I HAVE TWO DAUGHTERS AND A STEPDAUGHTER AND A STEPSON. THEY ARE ALL GROWN. DAVE: CHRIS? CHRIS: MY NAME IS CHRIS SWANSON. I HAVE WORKED AT THE BROTHERS FOR 12 YEARS. I STARTED OFF AS A RECEPTIONIST. I DO A VARIETY OF THINGS, FROM HUMAN RESEARCH CUSTOMER SERVICE, TO CLOTHING. I STILL HELP ANSWER THE PHONES, SO I MAY BE ONE OF THE VOICES YOU HEAR WHEN YOU CALL. I LIVE IN FITZWILLIAM, AND I HAVE TWO GROWN CHILDREN, A BOY AND A GIRL AND A NEW GRANDDAUGHTER. SECRETARY CLINTON: WELL, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR INVITING ME AND GIVING ME A CHANCE NOT ONLY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS BUSINESS, WHICH IS A FAMILY BUSINESS, 112 YEARS YOUNG, AND TO MEET SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO WORK HERE, AS I DID WHEN I WAS WALKING THROUGH AND AS YOU JUST INTRODUCED YOURSELVES. I AM EXCITED TO HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO GET A SMALL BUSINESS UP AND GOING AND KEEP IT GROWING IN AN INCREASINGLY COMPETITIVE GLOBAL ECONOMY. SMALL BUSINESS IS THE BACKBONE OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, 96% OF ALL BUSINESSES ARE CONSIDERED SMALL BUSINESSES. AND THEY EMPLOY MORE THAN HALF OF THE WORKERS, THE EMPLOYEES IN THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. SO NEW HAMPSHIRE IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHAT IT TAKES TO START AND GROW A SMALL BUSINESS. I COME FROM A SMALL BUSINESS FAMILY. MY FATHER HAD A VERY SMALL BUSINESS. HE PRINTED DRAPERY FABRIC. HE DID MUCH OF THE WORK HIMSELF, SOMETIMES WITH DAY LABORERS, WITH MY MOTHER, MY BROTHERS, AND ME, TAKING THE SQUEEGEE, YOU GO DOWN, YOU GO TO THE NEXT, AND YOU KEEP GOING. I SAW NOW THERE IS A MACHINE THAT YOU JUST DO THE PRINTING ON ALL KINDS OF MATERIAL, AND I'M THINKING BACK TO THOSE YEARS AT MY FATHER'S PLANT. HE MADE A VERY GOOD LIVING BECAUSE OF HIS HARD WORK AND HIS ABSOLUTE WILLINGNESS TO DO WHATEVER IT TOOK TO DESIGN, TO PRODUCE, TO SELL THE PRODUCTS THAT WERE AT THE HEART OF WHAT HE PRODUCED. AND SO FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, I WANT TO BE SURE THAT WE GET SMALL BUSINESSES STARTING AND GROWING IN AMERICA AGAIN. WE HAVE STALLED OUT. I WAS VERY SURPRISED TO SEE THAT WHEN I BEGAN TO DIG INTO IT, BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE TELLING ME THIS AS I TRAVELED AROUND THE COUNTRY THE LAST TWO YEARS, BUT I DID NOT KNOW WHAT THEY WERE SAYING. AND IT TURNS OUT THAT WE ARE NOT PRODUCING AS MANY SMALL BUSINESSES AS WE USED TO, AND A RECENT WORLD STUDY SAID THAT WE ARE 46TH IN THE WORLD IN THE DIFFICULTY TO START A SMALL BUSINESS. THERE ARE LOTS OF ISSUES, AND WE WILL GET INTO SOME OF THOSE, I HOPE, TODAY. I WANT TO HEAR FROM EACH OF YOU, BECAUSE OF WHAT I AM DOING IN THIS CAMPAIGN IS MAKING MY OWN DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT WE NEED TO DO. I WANT TO EMBED WHAT I PROPOSE AS POLICIES, NOT IN IDEOLOGY, NOT IN SOME PHILOSOPHY, BUT IN THE REAL DAILY LIVES AND EXPERIENCES OF AMERICAN WORKERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS AND EVERYBODY WHO HAS A STAKE IN MAKING SURE THAT THE ECONOMY IS WORKING AGAIN. REALLY, WE HAVE TO DO MORE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE BECAUSE WHAT WE'RE FINDING IS THAT WITH STUDENT DEBT -- AND NEW HAMPSHIRE HAS THE HIGHEST STUDENT DEBT NUMBERS OF ANY STATE IN THE COUNTRY -- THAT INTERFERES WITH YOUNG PEOPLE TAKING CERTAIN JOBS, BUYING A HOUSE, EVEN GETTING MARRIED, AND CERTAINLY STARTING A BUSINESS. WHEN I WAS IN IOWA LAST WEEKEND, I MET A YOUNG MAN, HIS DREAM HAD TO BEEN TO OWN THE BOWLING CENTER IS HOMETOWN. HE GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE BECAUSE HE WORKED DURING THE SUMMERS AND HE WANTED TO OWN THAT BUSINESS, GOT A CHANCE TO DO IT, BUT WITH HIS STUDENT DEBT IT WAS REALLY A STRUGGLE BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH HE WAS VERY RESPONSIBLE, HE HAD DONE EVERYTHING WE EXPECT A YOUNG PERSON TO DO TO TRY TO BETTER THEMSELVES, HE WAS RUNNING INTO REAL CREDIT PROBLEM. EVEN NOW HE HAS GOT THE BUSINESS, BUT HE RUNS IT -- HE HAS A LITTLE GRILL AND RESTAURANT, HE WITH TWO EMPLOYEES ARE TRYING TO MAKE A GO OF IT. HERE IS A YOUNG, AMBITIOUS GUY, AND WHEN I WAS THINKING ABOUT MY DAD, IT WAS A LOT EASIER IN THOSE DAYS TO HAVE AN IDEA, WHAT YOU NEEDED, AND GO TO WORK. THAT PIECE OF THIS, AS WE WERE WALKING AROUND, AS DAVE WAS TELLING ABOUT ALL THE INCREDIBLE MACHINES THAT ARE USED HERE IN PRODUCTION, ALL BUT ONE ARE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY. AND MANY OF THEM, IF I AM RIGHT, DAVE, ARE FROM EUROPE. DAVE: THAT IS CORRECT. SECRETARY CLINTON: EUROPE HAS HIGH WAGES, THEY HAVE HIGH COSTS. WHY ARE THEY PRODUCING THESE ADVANCED MACHINES INSTEAD OF US? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? YOU CAN SEE THAT MAYBE LOWER COST PLACES THAT ARE MASTERING THE ART OF MACHINE REDUCTION WOULD BE COMPETITIVE, THESE ARE HIGH-VALUE MACHINES, SOPHISTICATED MACHINES. HOW DO WE GET BACK INTO MORE BASIC PRODUCTION AGAIN SO THAT WE CAN RESUME OUR LEAD IN MANUFACTURING? SOMETHING THAT I CAN GET ESSENTIAL. A LOT OF PEOPLE DISAGREE WITH ME. THEY SAY THOSE DAYS ARE OVER. I DO NOT BELIEVE IT. YOU WALK AROUND HERE, YOU SEE THESE MACHINES FROM ITALY OR GERMANY OR WHEREVER ELSE THEY ARE FROM -- WHY AREN'T WE PRODUCING THESE MACHINES? WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO JUMP-START MANUFACTURING IN OUR COUNTRY? WE'VE GONE THROUGH SOME TOUGH TIMES, AND I THINK AMERICANS HAVE DONE EVERYTHING THEY COULD THINK OF TO DO TO GET THROUGH THOSE TOUGH TIMES. BUT NOW IT IS NOT ENOUGH JUST TO TREAD WATER. WE NEED TO GET AHEAD AND STAY AHEAD, AND PEOPLE NEED TO FEEL THAT THEIR WORK IS BEING REWARDED THEM, THAT THE DECK IS NOT STACKED IN FAVOR OF THOSE AT THE TOP, THAT THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO GO FAR WITH THEIR HARD WORK AND THEIR ASPIRATIONS WILL TAKE THEM. SO IN ORDER TO PUT TOGETHER A SET OF POLICIES FOR MY CAMPAIGN, I REALLY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE IN LINE WITH THE REAL LIVES AND REAL WORKING EXPERIENCES OF THE PEOPLE THAT I WOULD LOVE TO REPRESENT AS YOUR PRESIDENT. SO WE'RE GOING TO TAKE ON FOUR BIG FIGHTS. WE'RE GOING TO FIGHT TO BUILD THE ECONOMY OF TOMORROW, NOT YESTERDAY, AND MAKE THE MIDDLE CLASS MEAN SOMETHING AGAIN IN THIS COUNTRY. WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT TO HAVE STRONG FAMILIES AND STRONG COMMUNITIES, AND -- WHOSE CUSTOMER MARKET IS BETWEEN SIX MONTHS AND SIX YEARS. THAT IS RIGHT WHERE I AM FOCUSED THESE DAYS. I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A FUNCTIONING POLITICAL SYSTEM. I AM GOING TO FIGHT FOR THAT. I WILL WORK WITH ANYBODY. I HAVE DONE THAT. I DID IT AS SENATOR. I WILL DO IT AGAIN. BUT I WILL ALSO STAND MY GROUND IF I NEED TO. PART OF THAT IS GETTING UNACCOUNTABLE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS, BECAUSE WE CANNOT AFFORD THAT, EVEN IF IT TAKES A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. AND THEN FINALLY, WE ALWAYS HAVE TO BE VIGILANT TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AGAINST THE THREATS WE KNOW. WE CAN SEE THEM. BUT THEN THE THREATS WE CANNOT SEE, PANDEMIC DISEASES, CYBER WARFARE, ETC. SO I'M EXCITED ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN. I'M THRILLED TO BE BACK IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. I SEE SOME OF MY FRIENDS OUT THERE IN THE AUDIENCE. THE FIRST PLACE I EVER CAME FOR ANY POLITICAL CAMPAIGN WAS IN 1991, WHEN I WAS HERE CAMPAIGNING FOR MY HUSBAND. IN OCTOBER OF 1991, CELEBRATED MY BIRTHDAY HERE IN KEENE, AND I HAVE A LOT OF WONDERFUL MEMORIES. SO WITH THAT, DAVE, I'M GOING TO TURN IT BACK TO YOU AND WE CAN START HEARING FROM SOME OF THE FOLKS. DAVE: I WILL ASK THE INITIAL QUESTION, AND YOU GUYS CAN CHIME IN. EARLY CHILDHOOD IS OUR INTEREST, BUT WE ARE FATHERS AND MOTHERS AND BROTHERS AND SISTERS. I WOULD LIKE YOU TO ELABORATE ON EXACTLY WHAT YOU THINK YOU MIGHT DO FOR CHILDCARE IN THE FUTURE IF YOU ARE ELECTED. SECRETARY CLINTON: THAT IS A QUESTION NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART BECAUSE I THINK EVERY SOCIETY STARTS WITH OUR YOUNGEST CITIZENS. AND WHEN I GOT OUT OF LAW SCHOOL, I WENT TO WORK WITH THE CHILDREN'S DEFENSE FUND. SO MY WHOLE ADULT LIFE, BOTH PROFESSIONALLY AND MY VOLUNTEER WORK, HAS BEEN AROUND CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, AND IT IS TO ME THE MOST IMPORTANT COMMITMENT WE CAN MAKE. AND NOW IT IS NOT ONLY THAT WE WANT TO TAKE CARE OF OUR CHILDREN, OUR GRANDCHILDREN, BUT WE NOW KNOW THAT THE WAY BRAINS DEVELOP, THANKS TO ALL THE GREAT RESEARCH THAT IS BEING DONE BY A -- OUR SCIENTISTS, THAT THOSE EARLY YEARS REALLY ARE CRITICAL TO THE SUCCESS THAT A CHILD WILL HAVE IN SCHOOL AND WHAT THAT CHILD CAN LEARN AND THEN WHAT THAT CHILD CAN CHOOSE TO DO, WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE. SO I THINK WE HAVE TO START IN THE FAMILY. AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON A PROJECT TO CONVINCE PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, AUNTS, AND UNCLES, TO READ, TALK, AND SING TO THEIR BABIES, AND THAT IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT IN ANY CHILDCARE SETTING. SO WHEN YOU ARE PRODUCING FURNITURE THAT GIVE KIDS A CHANCE TO BE PART OF A CIRCLE, TO WORK ON A TABLE, ALL OF THAT, IT IS SAFETY AND STIMULATION ARE THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT NEEDS THAT LITTLE, TINY BABIES HAVE. AND I THINK WE NEED A MUCH MORE BROADLY BASED UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM SO THAT KIDS HAVE A CHANCE TO GET READY FOR SCHOOL, AND I REALLY APPLAUD STATES -- AND THEY ARE NOT ALL THE STATES THAT YOU MIGHT THINK OF. OKLAHOMA HAS A UNIVERSAL PRE-K PROGRAM BECAUSE THEIR STATE DECIDED THEY WOULD INVEST IN THE EARLY YEARS TO GET THEIR KIDS BETTER FOR SCHOOL. AND I THINK THAT CHILDCARE PROBLEM -- I WAS LOOKING AT A STATISTIC THAT IT CAN COST AS MUCH AS $12,000 A YEAR IN NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR QUALITY CHILDCARE. THAT IS MORE THAN THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE COSTS, AS I UNDERSTAND IT. AND WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THAT? HOW CAN YOU EXPECT MOST FAMILIES TO AFFORD THAT KIND OF COST? SO WE HAVE GOT TO DO MORE TO SUPPORT QUALITY CHILD CARE AND UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN BECAUSE BY THE TIME A CHILD ENTERS KINDERGARTEN, A LOT OF THEIR BRAIN DEVELOPMENT HAS TAKEN PLACE, THEIR VOCABULARY HAS BEEN DEVELOPED. SO IF WE WANT THEM TO DO WELL IN SCHOOL, AND I KNOW THERE ARE A COUPLE OF RETIRED TEACHERS OUT THERE, YOU WANT OUR KIDS TO DO WELL IN SCHOOL, IT HAS TO START IN THE FIRST FIVE YEARS, AND THAT IS WHERE YOU COME IN. AND YOU WERE TELLING ME ABOUT A LIGHT TABLE AND OTHER THINGS THAT YOU PREPARED FOR SETTINGS WHERE LITTLE KIDS ARE -- THAT IS ALL TO STIMULATE THEM AND GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO DEVELOP THAT BRAIN AND LEARN MORE SO THEY ARE BETTER PREPARED FOR SCHOOL. DAVE: THANK YOU. GUYS, YOU WANT TO START OFF? ANYBODY? PAM: MY GRANDSON GOES TO THE HEAD START ACROSS THE WAY OVER THERE. IT IS FILLED WITH WHITNEY BROTHERS' PRODUCTS -- COAT LOCKERS, AND IN THERE ARE OUR LITTLE TABLES AND CHAIRS. IT MADE ME FEEL PROUD THAT I WORKED HERE THAT THESE PEOPLE WERE BUYING -- ALSO, THE GROWING DRUG PROBLEM IN THE AREA. WE ALSO NEED TO SEE MORE FOR IN OUR AREA. THERE ARE LIMITED RESOURCES. WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOMETHING IN THAT RESPECT. DO YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER IDEAS? SECRETARY CLINTON: I DO, ACTUALLY. I AM REALLY CONCERNED BECAUSE, PAM, WHAT YOU JUST TOLD ME, I'M HEARING FROM A LOT OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE. THERE IS A HIDDEN EPIDEMIC. THE DRUG ABUSE PROBLEM, WHETHER PILLS OR METH OR HEROIN, IT IS NOT AS VISIBLE AS IT WAS 30 YEARS AGO WHEN THERE WERE ALL KINDS OF GANGS AND VIOLENCE. THIS IS A QUIET EPIDEMIC. IT IS STRIKING IN SMALL TOWNS AND RURAL AREAS AS MUCH AS IT IS IN ANY BIG CITY. WE SEE STEADY CUTBACKS IN DRUG ABUSE PROGRAMS, TREATMENT PROGRAMS, MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS. I SEE SENATOR KELLY HERE AND KNOW THE SENATOR HERE IS TRYING TO GET RESOURCES. WE HAVE A PERFECT STORM. WE HAVE AN INCREASING PROBLEM THAT IT IS ONLY BEGINNING TO BREAK THROUGH THE SURFACE SO THAT PEOPLE -- I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE THINKING THAT IT IS SOMEONE ELSE'S PROBLEM, NOT MY PROBLEM, AND INDEED IT IS ALL OUR PROBLEM. AND WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH RESOURCES, SO THAT IF SOMEONE DECIDES THAT THEY WANT TO GET HELP, WHERE DO YOU SEND THEM? WHAT OF OPPORTUNITIES DO THEY HAVE FOR TREATMENT? I'M CONVINCED THAT THE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES -- BECAUSE I CONSIDER SUBSTANCE ABUSE PART OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES -- IT IS GOING TO BE A BIG PART OF MY CAMPAIGN BECAUSE INCREASINGLY IT IS A BIG ISSUE THAT PEOPLE RAISE WITH ME. AND WHEN I WAS IN IOWA LAST WEEK, I LITERALLY HEARD FROM ONE END OF THE STATE, FROM DAVENPORT TO COUNCIL BLUFFS, ABOUT THIS PROBLEM AND HOW THE STATE WAS SHUTTING ALL THEIR IN-PATIENT FACILITIES AND THERE WAS NOWHERE FOR PEOPLE TO BE SENT. SO WE'VE GOT TO DO MORE. WE HAVE TREATMENT IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WHICH IS A GOOD THING, AND WE HAVE IT, AT LEAST ON PAPER. IT'S CALLED IS MENTAL HEALTH PARITY, WHERE INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE TO CARE FOR MENTAL HEALTH LIKE PHYSICAL PROBLEMS. BUT WE ARE JUST AT THE BEGINNING OF TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THIS IS, AND THE WHOLE SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES DO NOT END WITH THIS. YOU READ ABOUT A SMALL COUNTY IN SOUTHERN INDIANA WHERE THERE WAS AN EPIDEMIC OF HIV AMONG THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE THEY WERE SHARING NEEDLES AND SHOOTING UP SOME KIND OF PILL THAT WAS TURNED TO POWDER. SO NOW THEY HAVE NOT ONLY THE DRUG ABUSE PROBLEM, THEY HAVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE CONTRACTED HIV. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE CAN JUST BRUSH UNDER THE RUG AND WISH IT WOULD GO AWAY. WE NEED A CONCERTED POLICY, NATIONAL, STATE, LOCAL, PUBLIC, PRIVATE, AND WE NEED TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE THE MOTHER OF YOUR GRANDSON. PAM: THANK YOU. >> THE DRUG ISSUE IS NOT REALLY A NO-ISSUE EITHER. AS A KID MYSELF, AS THE SON OF A MINISTER, A PREACHER, THE LITTLE TOWN I GREW UP IN, I WAS THE ONLY ONE MY AGE WHO WAS NOT INVOLVED IN DRUGS OF SOME ...

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SORT. THE DEALER LIVED ACROSS THE STREET, THE KIDS USED DRUGS IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR. AND THERE WAS REALLY NO RECOURSE IN UPSTATE NEW YORK AT THAT TIME BECAUSE THIS LITTLE TOWN WAS 300,000 ACRES, A LOT OF TERRITORY TO COVER. IT WAS AN ONGOING ISSUE. SECRETARY CLINTON: THAT IS EXACTLY RIGHT. IT IS NOT A NEW ISSUE, BUT IT HAS TAKEN KIND OF A NEW TURN, IF YOU WILL. AND I THINK MORE YOUNG PEOPLE -- MAYBE BECAUSE WE STOPPED THE MESSAGING ABOUT HOW DANGEROUS DRUGS WERE, BECAUSE I CAN REMEMBER THE SAME KIND OF MESSAGES ADVERTISING THAT WE WOULD ALL THE TIME, YOU DO NOT SEE THAT ANYMORE. I THINK FOR A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY IF IT IS PILLS, I THINK THEY BELEIVE, WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT? THEY DO NOT KNOW THAT TAKING IT AND MIXING IT AND THE REST WILL BE DANGEROUS FOR THEM. THAT IS A GOOD POINT. DAVE: BILL? BILL: IN THE LINE WITH THE DRUG AND THINGS, YOU MADE A POINT OF EDUCATING KIDS AT AN EARLY AGE, IT MIGHT BE ADVANTAGEOUS TO MAYBE PUSH THE DRUG ISSUE THERE AT HEAD START, JUST IN A WAY THAT THEY WILL ALL UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS NOT A GOOD AND TO DO, EVEN THOUGH YOUR FRIENDS MIGHT DO IT, YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO THIS. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO. THERE ARE OTHER WAYS. SECRETARY CLINTON: SO STARTING EARLY. SO YOU HIRE A LOT OF PEOPLE. >> WHITNEY DOES DRUG TESTING, SO WE WANT A DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE. SECRETARY CLINTON: THAT SENDS A STRONG MESSAGE, AND A LOT ...

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OF EMPLOYERS ARE DOING THAT OR THINKING ABOUT THAT GOING BACK TO DOING THAT. IS THAT WE YOU HEAR FROM YOUR HUMAN RESOURCE CONTACTS AS WELL? >> YES. WORKMEN'S COMP LIKES HAVING ...

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IT, TOO, BECAUSE WE HAVE A MACHINE -- IF SOMEONE IS RUNNING THEM AND IS HIGH, SOMEONE IS GOING TO GET HURT. SECRETARY CLINTON: JIM, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER ISSUES? JIM, WHAT ARE THE ECONOMIC ISSUES? JIM: MY KIDS ARE ALL GROWN AND THEY ARE IN THEIR LATE 20'S, SO THEY HAVE ESTABLISHED THEMSELVES, SO I DO NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THEM ANYMORE THE WAY I USED TO WITH YOUNG KIDS. FOR MYSELF, I'M GETTING UP IN AGE -- AND I HAVE WORKED FOR A SMALL COMPANY ALL MY LIFE. AND MOST OF THEM HAVE JUST ENOUGH MONEY TO GIVE YOU MINIMAL HEALTH CARE, RETIREMENT. I HAVE VERY LITTLE SAVED FOR RETIREMENT BECAUSE OF TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET WITH KIDS AND -- [INDISCERNIBLE] RESOURCES. THE COMPANY I JUST LEFT BEFORE I CAME HERE A YEAR AGO CLOSED THEIR DOORS BECAUSE THE ECONOMY. THEY WERE MAKING SUPER INSULATED PANELS FOR THE BUILDING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS THE WAY TO GO. SO WHEN THEY CLOSED THE DOORS, THAT WAS 27 YEARS WORKING FOR THEM. IT LEFT ME LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB, AND THANKFULLY WHITNEY BROTHERS WERE LOOKING FOR MY SKILLS TO HELP THEM WITH THEIR PRODUCTS, AND I'M VERY THANKFUL FOR BEING HERE. BUT I LOOK AT YOUR IDEAS ON HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY. AND WHERE ARE THOSE HEADING? I'M IN MY LATE 50'S RIGHT NOW, 10 YEARS FROM NOW I'M GOING TO HOPEFULLY WORK LESS. IN REGARDS TO OUR COMPANY HERE, WHAT CAN BE DONE TO BOLSTER OUR COMPANY TO HELP US LIVE A BETTER LIFE? SECRETARY CLINTON: IN YOUR 27 YEARS, WAS THERE ANY KIND OF RETIREMENT ACCOUNT, 401K, ANYTHING? JIM: THERE WAS INITIALLY, THAT LASTED UNTIL THE ECONOMY WENT BELLY UP BACK IN 2008. AND OUR COMPANY WENT RIGHT DOWN THE TUBES. PEOPLE WERE NOT GOING TO SPEND EXTRA LITTLE BIT OF MONEY TO GET A BETTER PRODUCT. THE SAME WHAT HAPPENS HERE. WE ARE STRUGGLING TO TRY TO FIGHT WITH THE CHINESE AND OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING SIMILAR ITEMS TO US AND ARE CUTTING COSTS, AND WE LOOK AT EVERY PENNY THAT WE PUT INTO OUR PRODUCTS HERE AND TRY TO GET EVERYTHING OUT OF IT AS WE CAN WITH FANCY MACHINES, WITH PROCESSES THAT WE USE. SO, YEAH, THE COMPANY I WORKED FOR I THOUGHT WAS THE WAY TO GO. SECRETARY CLINTON: YOU RAISE AN IMPORTANT ISSUE BECAUSE ONE OF THE REALLY BIG PROBLEMS WE FACE IS THAT AMERICAN WORKER PRODUCTIVITY HAS CONTINUED TO GO UP. AMERICAN WORKERS WORK LONGER AND HARDER AND MORE PRODUCTIVELY THAN THE VAST MAJORITY OF WORKERS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. BUT IT HAS BEEN VERY DIFFICULT TO TURN THAT INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY INTO INCREASED WAGES. AND IN SOME CASES WHERE YOU HAVE SMALL COMPANIES, THE MARGIN IS TOO THIN. IT IS REALLY HARD TO DO THAT. IN SOME PLACES WHERE YOU HAVE BIG COMPANIES, THEY CHOOSE NOT TO. THEY WOULD RATHER DO STOCK BUYBACKS THAN INCREASE WAGES ADN SALARIES. SO I THINK THERE HAS TO BE A LOOK AT A RANGE OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF COMPANIES BECAUSE SOME COMPANIES HAVE THE CASH AND MAKE DECISIONS THAT LEAVE OUT THEIR WORKERS, AND SOME PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO KEEP THE DOORS OPEN AND THE WORK COMING AND BE SUCCESSFUL AND STAY AFLOAT. SO WHAT WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT IS HOW WE INCENTIVIZE COMPANIES THAT HAVE THE CASH TO DO MORE WITH IT AND HOW WE SUPPORT SMALLER BUSINESSES TO BE MORE COMPETITIVE TO GET MORE MARKET, ESPECIALLY EXPORT MARKET. DAVE AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR SMALL BUSINESS IS TO HAVE ACCESS TO MARKET OPENINGS. HOW DO YOU GET THE BEST SUPPORT YOU NEED FOR A WEBSITE OR FOR TELLING OTHER POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS ABOUT YOUR PRODUCT? HOW DO YOU COMPETE WITH, AS YOU SAY, SOMEBODY DOING THE SAME THING IN CHINA? SO I THINK WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THIS FROM KIND OF THE TOP AND THE MIDDLE AND TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO DO IT. ON SOCIAL SECURITY, THOUGH, THERE IS A LOT OF LOOSE TALK ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY. AND I DO NOT KNOW HOW PEOPLE CAN MAKE SOME OF THE ARGUMENTS THEY MAKE, BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT HOW DEPENDENT SO MANY PEOPLE ARE ON THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY, THEY WORKED HARD FOR IT, THEY RETIRE, THEY POSTPONE RETIREMENT AS LONG AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO KEEP WORKING, BUT THEY ALSO WANT TO GET THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF PAYOUT FROM SOCIAL SECURITY. THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND, ACCORDING TO THE TRUSTEES, WILL BE SOLVENT UNTIL 2035. SO WHAT DO WE DO TO MAKE SURE IT IS THERE AND WE DO NOT MESS WITH IT AND WE DO NOT PRETEND THAT IT IS A LUXURY? BECAUSE IT IS NOT A LUXURY. IT IS A NECESSITY FOR THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO DRAW FROM SOCIAL SECURITY. SO I THINK THERE WILL BE SOME BIG POLITICAL ARGUMENTS ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY. AND MY ONLY QUESTION TO EVERYBODY WHO THINKS WE CAN PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY OR UNDERMINE IT IN SOME WAY -- AND WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO ALL THESE PEOPLE WHO WORKED 27 YEARS AT THIS OTHER COMPANY? WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN? IT IS JUST WRONG. SO PART OF WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS SAY, EVERYBODY, TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND FIGURE OUT WHAT WORKS, AND HOW WE BUILD ON WHAT WORKS. AND LET'S NOT GET INTO ARGUMENTS, AS I SAY, ABOUT IDEOLOGY AND RHETORICAL ATTACKS AND CLAIMS. LET'S JUST KIND OF TAKE A DEEP BREATH HERE AS A COUNTRY AND SAY, OK, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE RETIREMENT ISSUES AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED HARD DESERVE TO HAVE ENOUGH SECURITY WHEN THEY RETIRE SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE A GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE. SO I AM 100% COMMITTED TO THAT. DAVE: THAT DOVETAILS TO WHAT MARY'S SITUATION -- I DO NOT KNOW YOUR WHOLE CIRCUMSTANCE, BUT MARY WORKED HERE FOR A NUMBER YEARS, QUIT, THEN CAME BACK. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR DECISION? MARY: IT WAS A FINANCIAL SITUATION. AS A HOMEOWNER, THERE ARE ALWAYS REPAIRS THAT HAVE TO BE DONE, THOSE THINGS THAT HAVE TO BE DONE, THAT YOU HAVE TO KEEP UP THAT YOU DO NOT COUNT ON WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING. SO COMING BACK TO WORK, AND I SAID, WHY NOT COME BACK TO WHITNEY BROTHERS? IT IS A PLACE THAT I KNOW, I AM FAMILIAR WITH IT. I LIKE IT. I LIKE THE PRODUCT. SO FINANCIALLY. SECRETARY CLINTON: DID YOU THINK, MARY, WHEN YOU RETIRED THE FIRST TIME THAT YOU HAD ENOUGH RESOURCES TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEEDS AND THEN SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENED? MARY: YEAH. I THOUGHT I COULD LIVE LIKE COMFORTABLE. NOT ABOVE, BUT COMFORTABLE. SECRETARY CLINTON: DID YOU START DRAWING SOCIAL SECURITY? MARY: YES. SECRETARY CLINTON: WHAT AMOUNT DID YOU GET? MARY: I ALSO HAVE A RETIREMENT, TOO, BUT I GOT $1400 A MONTH. SECRETARY CLINTON: SO I THINK IF YOU LOOK JUST REALISTIC, ESPECIALLY IF YOU STILL OWN YOUR HOME, YOU'RE STILL OBVIOUSLY INDEPENDENT AND ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF EXPENSES, BOTH PREDICTED AND UNPREDICTABLE. SO WHEN YOU CAME BACK, DID YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU WERE HERE FOR A PERIOD OF YEARS, OR ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE IT YEAR BY YEAR? MARY: PART-TIME. GOING TO CATCH UP ON THOSE -- [INDISCERNIBLE] SECRETARY CLINTON: I CAN TELL. THEY WERE CALLING YOU EVERY DAY, SAYING, WHY DON'T YOU COME BACK? DAVE: THE EXPERIENCE BEING HERE SO MANY YEARS, IT IS TRULY PRICELESS. THAT IS SOMETHING I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOUR ADDRESS, AND THAT IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WE HAVE, MADAME SECRETARY, IS GETTING GOOD CNC ADULTS THAT ARE TRAINED IN MATH AND COMPUTERS -- WE COMPETE AGAINST AN LOT OF LOCAL COMPANIES THAT -- YOU LOOK AT OUR ADS IN THE LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, I MEAN, IT IS CNC FOLKS, PEOPLE THAT HAVE MATH SKILLS. OUR MACHINES ARE METRIC AND THE ARCHITECTS AND DEALERS ARE ASKING WHY ARE WE ARE SWITCHING. YOU NEED INTELLIGENT EMPLOYEES. YOU HAVE THE COLLEGE AND HIGH SCHOOL DO TECHNICAL SERVICES, BUT IT JUST DOES NOT SEEM TO WORK. WE ARE ALWAYS STRUGGLING TO FIND PEOPLE LIKE THAT. WOULD YOU AGREE? >> YES, I WOULD AGREE. ...

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DAVE: I MEAN -- SECRETARY CLINTON: IS WHAT WE NEED MORE OF. WE NEED AT THE HIGH SCHOOL AND THE COLLEGE LEVEL, COMMUNITY, FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE, WORK PROGRAMS THAT ARE RELATED TO THE SKILLS THAT EMPLOYERS ACTUALLY NEED. WHAT ARE THE JOB SKILLS THAT YOU ARE TRYING -- DAVE: IT'S TECHNICAL SKILLS. I THINK THERE IS A PLACE FOR THE HUMANITIES, BUT TECHNICAL SKILLS, ELECTRICIANS, PLUMBERS, THOSE ARE THE GUYS WE'RE LOOKING FOR, THOSE PEOPLE. SECRETARY CLINTON: WE HAVE TO GET BACK TO ENCOURAGING MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TO SEE THESE AS CAREERS, AND THEN WE HAVE TO HAVE BOTH MORE EDUCATION-BASED SKILLS PROGRAMS AND EMPLOYER-BASED SKILLS PROGRAMS, THE KIND OF APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS AND OTHER TRAINING PROGRAMS THAT ARE BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE AND TRY TO GET YOUNG PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITIES. IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE DO MORE TO PUBLICIZE WHY THESE SKILLS ARE GOING TO GET YOU A GOOD JOB. I THINK WE HAVE KIND OF LOST THE THREAD HERE. TOO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW -- NOBODY TOLD THEM -- THAT YOU CAN GET A REALLY GOOD JOB, AS YOU JUST NAMED, AN ELECTRICIAN, WELDER, YOU NAME IT -- AND THE COMPUTERIZED NUMERICAL SYSTEM, THAT TAKES A YEAR OR TWO OF TRAINING TO REALLY UNDERSTAND, BECAUSE THAT IS A LEVEL BEYOND WHAT WE TYPICALLY THINK OF AS TECHNICAL EDUCATION. SO I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU AND MAYBE START WITH YOU, CHRIS, BECAUSE WHEN PEOPLE COME FOR A JOB INTERVIEW, WHERE HAVE THEY GOTTEN THEIR SKILLS, OR DO THEY EVEN KNOW THAT THOSE SKILLS WOULD ENHANCE THEIR CHANCE TO GET HIRED? CHRIS: I THINK THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE COME HERE IS ON-THE-JOB TRAINING. THERE IS A CAREER CENTER AT THE HIGH SCHOOL, BUT IT IS MORE METAL THAN WOOD. IT CAN GO HAND IN HAND, BUT WITH US, WE LOOK MORE FOR WOOD AND IT IS MORE ON-THE-JOB TRAINING THE PEOPLE -- DAVE: SO WE ARE HAVING TO TRAIN RELATIVELY GREEN PEOPLE TO RUN THE MACHINES. AND IT HAS WORKED OUT, BUT, AGAIN, IN THE LOCAL MARKETPLACE, WE ARE COMPETING AGAINST A LOT OF DIFFERENT COMPANIES THAT NEED CNC OPERATORS. WE MIGHT TRAIN SOMEONE FOR A YEAR OR TWO AND THEY MIGHT GO SOMEWHERE ELSE FOR A COUPLE OF DOLLARS MORE. THAT IS LIFE, THAT IS TOUGH, BUT WE WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT THERE COULD BE A GREATER POOL OF TECHNICALLY SKILLED PEOPLE. >> WE ARE DOING WITH MANUFACTURING AND WE ARE -- SO WE NEED TO GIVE OUR COSTS LOW, AND WE CAN ONLY PAY SO ...

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MUCH. SECRETARY CLINTON: YOU'VE GOT HAVE COST PRESSURES PLUS SKILLS PRESSURES. YOU NEED TO HAVE MORE PROGRAMS. WE'VE KIND OF BACKED OFF FROM WHAT USED TO BE CALLED TECHNICAL EDUCATION, AND I THINK THAT WE MADE A MISTAKE AS WE BACKED OFF THINKING THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE PICKED UP BY EITHER BUSINESSES OR COMMUNITY COLLEGES, TECHNICAL SCHOOLS, AND THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN FAST ENOUGH. IT IS STARTING TO HAPPEN NOW. THERE ARE MORE PLACES WHERE YOU CAN GET THESE KIND OF TECHNICAL SKILLS, WE NEED TO CREATE A BIGGER POOL OF PEOPLE IN ORDER TO MEET THE NEEDS THAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. I VISITED A COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN IOWA LAST YEAR THAT TAKES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND TRAINS THEM ON CNC. AND THEN THEY ARE ABLE TO REALLY BE JOB PREPARED WHEN THEY LEAVE HIGH SCHOOL. WHICH IS AMAZING. THEY MIGHT GRADUATE 30 OR 40 A YEAR, WHEN THE DEMAND IS MUCH GREATER THAN THAT. I REALLY APPROVE OF THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL TO TRY TO MAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AS FREE AS POSSIBLE. THAT WOULD BE A BIG HELP HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, WHERE IT IS SO COSTLY. THE AMOUNT OF TUITION IS SO HIGH, BOTH IN THE TWO-YEAR AND THE FOUR-YEAR SCHOOLS, BUT THAT STILL WILL NOT HELP UNLESS WE PROVIDE MORE INCENTIVES FOR THESE PEOPLE TO GO IN TRADE. JIM: IF I HAD TO SWITCH JOBS CAN FOR SOME REASON, THANK GOD I STILL HAVE DECENT SKILLS. AS A DRAFTER AND DESIGNER, I LEARNED HOW TO USE THE COMPUTER ON MY OWN WITHOUT ANY EDUCATION. IF I HAD MORE EDUCATION, I MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO MORE. BUT TO AFFORD TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL, TIMEWISE AS FAR AS COST, IT IS ALWAYS HARD. WITH HEALTH CARE AND ALL THAT, TAKING THE LITTLE BITS OUT OF MY PAY, THAT THERE IS NOT ENOUGH MONEY FOR ME TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL FOR ME TO GET OTHER NEW SKILLS, EITHER TO ENHANCE WHAT I AM DOING HERE OR TO THINK ABOUT IF I EVER DECIDED TO MOVE SOMEWHERE ELSE. >> BEFORE I CAME TO WHITNEY BROTHERS I HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK INTO A CNC PROGRAM THAT IS OFFERED BY THE LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE, BUT IT WAS ONLY ...

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GOING TO BE IN CLAREMONT THAT NEXT SESSION, AND THAT WAS THE MIDDLE OF WINTER. BIT OF A HIKE UP THERE. FORTUNATELY, I FOUND THIS PLACE AND IT WORKED OUT VERY WELL. SECRETARY CLINTON: WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS OF OPERATION? DAVE: 7:00 TO 3:30, BUT IT GOES UNTIL 4:30, OR 5:00, SO EIGHT OR NINE HOURS. SOMETIMES IN THE SUMMER WE HAVE SECOND SHIFT, BECAUSE THE NATURE OF OUR BUSINESS, THE BUSY MONTHS ARE JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS. SECRETARY CLINTON: YOU HAVE THIS EQUIPMENT HERE, SO IF YOU GET SOME KIND OF GRANT OR OTHER SUPPORT FROM EITHER LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, STATE GOVERNMENT, EVEN THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OR THE COLLEGES, AND YOU COULD HAVE A PROGRAM AT NIGHT. SOMEBODY OUGHT TO COME IN AND BASICALLY SAY WE ARE GOING TO DESIGNATE WHITNEY BROTHERS AS ONE OF OUR TRAINING FACILITIES, AND YOUR EXPERT EMPLOYEES WOULD GET SOME KIND OF WAGE BUMP BECAUSE YOU WOULD BE THE INSTRUCTORS. I JUST THINK WE GOT TO BE IMAGINING OUTSIDE THE OLD BOX ABOUT WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO TO GET OUR SKILLS UP, HOW WE ARE GOING TO GET MORE PEOPLE OF ALL AGES TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE THOSE SKILLS. VERY HARD TO DO IT IF YOU ARE ALREADY WORKING DURING THE WORKDAY, BUT MAYBE THERE COULD BE SOME COOPERATIVE APPROACH THAT WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I HEAR WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH SKILLED WORKERS, WITH TECHNICAL SKILLS. WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH R.N. 'S AND CNA'S. WE HAVE A WHOLE MISSING GROUP OF EMPLOYEES THAT COULD BE EMPLOYED IN OUR INDUSTRIES, SO HOW DO WE FIX THAT? IF WE DO NOT FIX THAT, WE WILL NOT COMPETITIVE. WE WILL ALWAYS BE BEHIND THE CURVE. >> GOING BACK TO CHANGING THE MINDSET. WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL AND GROWING UP, THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING AN ELECTRICIAN OR PLUMBER OR ...

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CARPENTER. THESE WERE REALLY GOOD JOBS AND YOU COULD MAKE GOOD MONEY DOING THAT. AND IT SEEMED TO FALL OFF THE TABLE. EVERYBODY WANTS TO GO RIGHT TO THE TOP. NO, YOU GOT TO BE AT THE BOTTOM BEFORE YOU CAN WORK YOUR WAY IN THERE. AND I THINK IF WE WORK IN THE HIGH SCHOOLS, EVEN IN THE GRAMMAR SCHOOLS, AT SOME POINT, GET THESE KIDS -- A LOT OF KIDS JUST DO NOT WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL. THEY DO NOT WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE. FINE, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GO TO COLLEGE TO MAKE A GOOD LIVING. BUT YOU HAVE TO GET IT OUT THERE, THAT IT IS OK NOT TO GO TO COLLEGE IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO, BUT THESE ARE GOOD POSITIONS. YOU CAN GET A GOOD JOB, YOU CAN MAKE A GOOD LIVING, SUPPORT YOUR FAMILY BY DOING THESE OTHER THINGS. THAT KIND OF GOT OFF TRACK. SECRETARY CLINTON: I AGREE WITH YOU. THIS ANYBODY ELSE FEEL THAT WAY? >> WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL, WE HAD A SEMESTER OF SHOP CLASSES. PAM: EVERYTHING GOT COMPUTERIZED AND EVERYBODY WANTS TO ...

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DESIGN COMPUTER GAMES, THAT IS WHAT I AM GOOD AT. IT IS TRUE, YOU NEED A NURSE. YOU ARE GOING TO GET SICK SOMETIMES. WE ALL WANT TO LIVE SOME WAY. WE GOT TO HAVE PEOPLE BUILDING OUR HOUSES. WE WANT TO BE HERE WORKING AT WHITNEY BROTHERS. SOMEBODY HAS GOT TO BE MAKING -- >> [INDISCERNIBLE] ...

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PAM: WE ARE NOT ALL COMPUTER GEEKS. I DO NOT THINK I COULD BE ONE IF I TRIED. YOU HAVE TO FIND YOUR FIT, YOU KNOW. BUT I THINK THE GENERATION COMING UP NEEDS THAT PUSH TO SAY, WELL, HERE ARE SOME OF THESE OTHER THINGS TO DO BESIDES SIT IN FRONT THE COMPUTER YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. SECRETARY CLINTON: ONE OF THE KIDS THEY TOLD ME ABOUT AT THIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING PROGRAM, GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND GOT A $40,000 JOB AS A WELDER, BECAUSE THERE WAS SUCH A SHORTAGE. THERE WAS A TWO-YEAR PROGRAM, PASSED A NATIONAL CERTIFICATION. HERE HE IS, 18 YEARS OLD, AND STARTING OFF ON A REALLY GOOD TRACK. YEAH. >> YOU PROBABLY KNOW MORE ABOUT IT THAN I DO, BUT I HEARD THERE ARE SEVERAL HIGH SCHOOLS IN CHICAGO THAT ARE AFFILIATED ...

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WITH IBM IS ONE OF THEM, AND IT IS AN EIGHT-YEAR PROGRAM, NOT FOUR YEARS, AND THESE KIDS ARE TRAINED THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AND INTO THIS EXTENDED HIGH SCHOOL, AS IT WERE, BEING MENTORED BY IBM. AND WHEN THEY GET DONE, THEY ARE GUARANTEED A JOB AT $40,000 A YEAR IN THE COMPANY. AND SO, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GO TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS. YOU'RE GOING TO GET YOUR TRAINING RIGHT HERE. AND I THINK FIVE OUT OF THE EIGHT SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY ARE IN CHICAGO. SECRETARY CLINTON: THAT IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF MODEL THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT AND TRY DO SEE WHERE WE COULD INTIMATE THAT. >> IMPLEMENT THAT -- IMPLEMENT THAT. WE HAVE TO TRY ALL KINDS OF APPROACHES AND FIGURE OUT WHAT IS ALREADY WORKING AND DO MORE OF THAT. AND THEN I THINK YOU MAKE A STRONG POINT, WE HAVE TO PERSUADE, PARTICULARLY YOUNG PEOPLE, THAT THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY, THAT THIS IS PART OF THE ECONOMY THAT REALLY NEEDS ...

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THEM. AND, YEAH, SOME MIGHT WANT TO BE COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS AND SOME MIGHT WANT TO BE THE BEST WELDER OR THE BEST PLUMBER. BUT WE NEED TO MAKE IT ATTRACTIVE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO FEEL LIKE THAT IS A GOOD ROUTE FOR THEM. DAVE, WE WILL GIVE YOU THE LAST WORD BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN HERE -- HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED HERE? DAVE: 32 YEARS. A LONG TIME. IT HAS BEEN GREAT. IT IS A WONDERFUL INDUSTRY. I GET TO DO R&D WORK BY GOING TO CHILDCARE CENTERS. YOU GET THE FOUR-YEAR-OLDS RUNNING AROUND. IT IS REALLY QUITE -- I HAVE AN ENVIABLE JOB. BUT I AM STILL A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER AND AS SUCH I HAVE THE WORRIES ALSO. IT IS NOT ALL PEACH AND CREAM. IN 2006, WE HAD A FLOOD. AND ACTUALLY THERE WAS ABOUT TWO FEET OF WATER WHERE WE WERE SITTING. AND THE SBA WAS GREAT TO GIVE US A LOW-INTEREST LOAN. KUDOS TO THE SBA. I GUESS ONE FINAL QUESTION I WOULD ASK, CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS. WE LIKE KEEPING OUR MACHINES UP TO DATE, AND THE LAST YEARS WE HAVE BEEN WRITING OFF THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE YEAR THEY WERE INSTALLED. AND NOW IN 2015, THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT REDUCING THAT TO $25,000. I KNOW THAT IS CONGRESS, BUT I AM CURIOUS AS TO YOUR FEELING. I MEAN, IF YOU ARE PRESIDENT, WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES LIKE OURS TO IMPROVE THE EQUIPMENT THAT WE HAVE AND NOT MAKE IT SO ONEROUS SO THAT WE CAN SPREAD IT OUT AND STILL DO RIGHT EYE THE IRS? >> BY THE IRS -- BY THE ...

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RS IRS? EQUIPMENT, AND, LIKE THAT NEW PRINTING MACHINE THAT YOU SHOULD BECOME A NEW EQUIPMENT, IF THAT IS GOING TO MAKE YOU COMPETITIVE. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THE WHOLE TAX SYSTEM AND TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IS AN ECONOMIC INVESTMENT AS OPPOSED TO ONE WITHOUT ECONOMIC PURPOSE, BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF THOSE, WHERE PEOPLE ARE BASICALLY PLAYING GAMES AND -- CAPITAL GAINS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR, EXAMPLE, A WAY TO REWARD PEOPLE WHO MADE RISKY INVESTMENTS, INVESTING IN SOMEONE ELSE'S BUSINESS, AND NOW IT IS JUST BEING CHURNED. YOU HAVE TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE WHOLE TAX SYSTEM. BUT I CAN ASSURE YOU, I WOULD NOT SUPPORT ANYTHING THAT MAKES YOUR BUSINESS MORE DIFFICULT TO RUN, BECAUSE YOU HAVE REAL ECONOMIC IMPERATIVES. YOU ARE IN THE PRODUCTION GOODS, AND I WANT TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO SUPPORT GOODS AND REAL SERVICES AND TAKE A HARD LOOK AT WHAT IS NOW BEING DONE IN THE TRADING WORLD, WHICH IS JUST TRADING FOR THE SAKE OF TRADING. IT'S JUST WRONG THAT A HEDGE FUND MANAGER PAYS LOWER TAX RATE THAN A NURSE OR TRUCKER OR AN ASSEMBLY WORKER HERE AT WHITNEY BROTHERS. SO I THINK WE HAVE TO SAY, LOOK, IF YOU'RE DOING SOMETHING WHICH IS ENHANCING THE ECONOMIC PRODUCTIVITY OF YOUR BUSINESS AND THE LARGER ECONOMY, WE WILL BE OPEN TO THAT. BUT IF IT'S JUST PLAYING BACK AND FORTH IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE TO GET . 1% ADVANTAGE, MAYBE WE SHOULD NOT LET THAT GO ON. BECAUSE THAT IS UNFORTUNATELY AT THE ROOT OF SOME OF THE ECONOMIC PROBLEMS THAT WE ALL REMEMBER PAINFULLY FROM 2008. SO I THINK THAT FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE, I WOULD WANT TO BE A PRESIDENT WHO MADE IT AS EASY AS POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO BE AS PRODUCTIVE AND PROFITABLE AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE YOU HAVE GOT 40-PLUS PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES AND FAMILIES DEPEND ON THAT. DAVE: I THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING. I KNOW THE SECRETARY HAS A BUSY SCHEDULE, SO I'M NOT QUITE SURE HOW THIS WORKS. SECRETARY CLINTON: I THINK WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO DO IS A PICTURE WITH EVERYONE WHO WAS IN THE ROUNDTABLE, AND THEN I WANT TO SAY HELLO TO SOME OF MY FRIENDS WHO ARE HERE. IF YOU COULD COME STAND BEHIND ME AND GET A PICTURE. CAN YOU GET US ALL IN, BARB? THIS IS GREAT. DON'T GET LOST. OK. THIS IS GREAT. THANK YOU. >> CAN I GET A PICTURE OF YOU? ...

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SECRETARY UPSTATE NEW YORK. >> ONE OF MY COUSINS IS THERE NOW. HE IS IN OUR AGE

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