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And I believe in the 13 years Judge Roberts was there, he never turned down a request to give some assistance on a pro-bono case, and this was no different.
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And it's difficult for the average American to understand why something like that could be so important and why a little small place like Taiwan would be so important to the PRC.
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And when we draw lines in the sand with regard to certain basic things that are vital to our interest and to the interest of democracy and our friends around the world, we have to be willing to back that up.
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As we know, foreign contributions are illegal.
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But if the Chinese mainland, the PRC, attacked Taiwan, we'd be obligated to come to their aid.
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But obviously, we can't afford to make some bad long-term decisions with regard to basic commitments our country has - trade those away for some short-term assistance that may or may not be there a month from now.
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But when you're playing poker, you don't know the answer to that until after the cards are laid down, and then it's too late.
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China is one of the world's greatest proliferators of weapons of mass destruction to these rogue nations.
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Clearly, the Chinese know that we want a good relationship with them.
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Every foreign policy of every major nation involves reason, common sense, carrots and sticks. You can't have all carrots and no sticks.
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For a long time in American history, people didn't even come up before the Senate. They didn't come before the Judiciary Committee, and up until about 1923, something like that.
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For example, lead paint in old houses can be a greater threat to children's health than lead that may be under some industrial site where there are no children.
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Hopefully, we can build bridges, but we also have to draw lines.
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I don't think anybody confused John Adams' loyalties when he represented the Red Coats after the Boston Massacre.
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I think that the justices were totally answering the way that they should. I think that the senators, as best I could tell, for the most part, Democrat and Republican, respected that.
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I think that there is a relatively small number of people who are pushing for independence in Taiwan.
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I think, for most of the people in Taiwan, a pretty substantial margin falls somewhere in the middle, and it'll remain that way for some time.
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I'm glad that we've got people like George Bush and Colin Powell and Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney and people like that on the job, quite frankly, because I think that our relationship with China over the next few decades is probably the single most important issue facing our country.
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In the end, we may be hurting the very people we should be concerned about - the inner-city poor, those who already have to live with many risks in their daily lives, those who do not have clout here in Washington.
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Ironically, removing the asbestos actually raised the risk to the public - because asbestos fibers become airborne during removal.
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Let's not overlook, though, what we do know about the campaign finance scandal, and the fact the Chinese were involved in our presidential campaign and our congressional campaigns.
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Nobody wants to open a business near a Superfund site and risk being sued.
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Our intelligence agencies did, that in mid-'95 the Chinese developed a plan at the highest levels of their government to involve themselves.
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Our job is not to go out of our way to pick fights that are not really fights yet.
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So China will be having to make some choices as to whose side it wants to be on. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of a major improvement in our relationship with them, if they choose correctly.
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So if you look back over the long history of China, they've never tried to take over the world, but they've been quite aggressive in their own neighborhood... in carrying out their own purposes and interests in their sphere of the world.
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Sometimes you have to, as I say, build bridges where you can - but draw lines where you must.
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Superfund has become a legal and regulatory maze where a good 90% of insurers' costs and 20% of liable parties' costs are spent on lawyers and consultants - not on cleaning up the environment.
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Superfund was passed with the good intention of cleaning up America's toxic waste sites.
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That is, while we believe that cost-benefit analysis is an important tool to inform agency decision making, the results of the cost-benefit analysis do not trump existing law.
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That should be an example for us: You can't buy peace by just wishing it and avoiding the challenges that other nations present to you.
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The fact of the matter is China has supplied Pakistan soup to nuts with... with nuclear capability and the ability to build their own missiles.
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The problem is that agencies sometimes lose sight of common sense as they create regulations.
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The United States is gambling that, with increased engagement and especially with increased trade, it'll become a more liberal society and more open society. China, on the other hand, is betting that they can open up to the extent necessary to promote their economic prosperity.
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There are some hopeful signs coming out of China in the statements they've made since the since September 11.
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There's a lot more to competence than a law degree and a modicum of courtroom skill.
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Unfortunately, when a person practices law for as many years as John Roberts has, he's going to make somebody unhappy probably.
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We also have to ask if we focusing on the most important priorities.
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We have been operating under the one-China, two-systems principle now for some time; everyone gives lip service to that. But that means different things to different people.
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We have some real political differences among us, but we all share the same goals: clean air and water, injury free workplaces, safe transportation systems, to name a few of the good things that can come from regulation.
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We just ask the agency to make reasonable and honest decisions, and the public deserves no less.
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We're hoping for the best, but we need to prepare for the worst.
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We've made some mistakes in this country in times past - the Korean conflict proceeding that, some say proceeding the Persian Gulf War, where we were ambiguous as to what we would do.
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While we believe there are fruitful opportunities to update and improve old rules, we do not want to set up a review process that could create a litigation morass.
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You can't substitute promise after promise with known violators of prior promises at the expense of protecting ourselves or setting an example.
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