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Sometimes you have to, as I say, build bridges where you can - but draw lines where you must. Fred Thompson#Bridges 70
Fred Thompson#Bridges 70
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. Fred Thompson#Agency 69
Fred Thompson#Agency 69
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. Fred Thompson#Basic 67
Fred Thompson#Basic 67
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. Fred Thompson#Assistance 65
Fred Thompson#Assistance 65
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. Fred Thompson#Answering 51
Fred Thompson#Answering 51
The problem is that agencies sometimes lose sight of common sense as they create regulations. Fred Thompson#Agencies 50
Fred Thompson#Agencies 50
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. Fred Thompson#Finance 49
Fred Thompson#Finance 49
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. Fred Thompson#Beginning 41
Fred Thompson#Beginning 41
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. Fred Thompson#Already 37
Fred Thompson#Already 37
Hopefully, we can build bridges, but we also have to draw lines. Fred Thompson#Bridges 36
Fred Thompson#Bridges 36
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