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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, September 2, 2002 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Pages 1417-1472 Contents [[Page i]] Addresses and Remarks Arkansas Dinner for Senator Tim Hutchinson in Little Rock--1464 Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School in Little Rock-- 1458 California Community in Stockton--1417 Gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon Breakfast in Westwood--1433 Reception in Dana Point--1427 Hispanic community in Santa Ana--1423 New Mexico Community in Las Cruces--1438 Dinner for congressional candidate Steve Pearce in Las Cruces-- 1443 Oklahoma, luncheon for gubernatorial candidate Steve Largent and Senator James M. Inhofe in Oklahoma City--1453 Radio address--1437 Bill Signings Legislation on the codification of Public Buildings, Property, and Works, statement--1427 Communications to Congress Protection of Advanced Biotechnology, letter reporting certification--1470 Communications to Federal Agencies Interagency disability Web site, memorandum on development--1449 Communications to Federal Agencies--Continued Refugee assistance to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and to the International Committee of the Red Cross--1469 Executive Orders Further Amending Executive Order 10173, as Amended, Prescribing Regulations Relating to the Safeguarding of Vessels, Harbors, Ports, and Waterfront Facilities of the United States--1452 Proclamations To Implement an Agreement Regarding Imports of Line Pipe Under Section 203 of the Trade Act of 1974--1450 To Modify Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized System of Preferences for Argentina--1451 Women's Equality Day--1432 Statements by the President See Bill Signings Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1471 Checklist of White House press releases--1471 Digest of other White House announcements--1470 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1471 Editor's Note: The President was at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, TX, on August 30, the closing date of this issue. 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I'm honored to be here in the great city of Stockton, California. I appreciate you coming to give me a chance to share with you some of my thoughts and concerns and hopes about our great Nation. I appreciate you being here. I want to thank the mayor. My only regret is the mayor didn't take me down to Billy Hebert Field to see the team play. [Laughter] I'm a baseball guy. [Laughter] I want to thank so very much the members of the congressional delegation who met me at Air Force One. I appreciate the hard work of Richard Pombo, who represents this district. I was so pleased that he found a tie for this occasion. [Laughter] Doug Ose from the next congressional district is here with us. Doug, thank you for coming. These are two fine Members of the United States Congress with whom I have good working relations, people with whom I can work to do what's right for the American people. I picked--I picked a fine Cabinet. You need to judge a President based upon the people who he listens to. I listen to some mighty fine people; I really do. I've got great advice, not only in the national security side but also on the domestic side of my job. And I picked my neighbor, somebody from Compton, to serve in an incredibly important position, particularly for the folks in this part of the world, and that is to serve as our Secretary of Agriculture. Ann Veneman is doing a fabulous job. Mr. Mayor, thank you very much for helping put on this occasion. I particularly want to thank the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce for their hard work in getting this all ready and inviting people to come. There's one friend I've got here that I've got to say something about. He's a great citizen from Stockton. He's been a longtime friend of mine and my family's, and that's, of course, Alex Spanos. I like to be around optimistic people. It's important to stay in touch with those folks who are optimistic. Once again he has told me that the San Diego Chargers are going to win the Super Bowl. [Laughter] Audience member. ----Super Bowl one last time---- The President. That's right. [Laughter] And once again, he believes it. [Laughter] Today, at Air Force One, I met Malikah Rashied. Where is Malikah? Where is she? Oh, there she is. Thank you, Malikah. She is a Freedom Corps volunteer. She volunteers for the country. In this case, she works for the California Conservation Corps, assisting in fire prevention cleanup projects, in cleanup projects. We need, by the way, to have a forest policy that--[applause]. I mention her because I want people to understand that I understand the true strength of America. It is not in the halls of our Governments but in the hearts of our people. And there are people like her all across the country who are willing to try to make the communities in which they live a better place for all of us. I appreciate your service. I also appreciate you working on fire prevention. And that's something the Federal Government needs to work on. Listen, we cannot allow our forests to become places where kindling piles up. It doesn't make any sense to me to fly over these huge fires that are consuming much of the West and realize our forest policy encourages--doesn't prevent, doesn't work to make the forest healthier and safer. The forest--the hands-off forest policy proposed by well-meaning people has failed, and now we need to do something about it. [[Page 1418]] We've got a lot to do in this country. We really do. We've got some big hurdles, big challenges ahead of us. One of the things I've found in Washington is if we can get rid of all the politics and get people thinking about what's important for the Nation, we can get some things done. We really can. Oh, I know we'll never get rid of all the politics. But at least we can get people thinking and setting the right priorities on behalf of the American people. That's the most--one of my most important jobs, and we're making some progress. If you look at the record, when people decide to come together, we're doing some things right for the American people, starting with making sure the funding priorities of the Government is to win the war on terror. A new priority has been to help secure the homeland by working with our brave first-responders, the police, the fire, the EMS teams all around the country, those who work hard here in Stockton and all around America. It's been a priority of ours, and both Republicans and Democrats have come together to fund that priority for the good of the country. I proposed some tough new standards on--for corporate reform. Like you all, I took a look out there and saw a problem. And the problem was, we had some folks who were trying to fudge the numbers. We had some people who decided they weren't going to tell the truth when it came to their assets and liabilities, to the detriment of not only shareholder and employee but to the country itself. You see, a few--a few began to shatter the confidence of the American people. And so we decided to do something about it. Republicans and Democrats came together. I was honored and proud to sign the most comprehensive corporate reforms since Franklin Roosevelt was the President. This wasn't a Republican idea. It wasn't a Democrat idea. It's an American idea to hold people responsible who betray the public's trust, and that is what we're going to do. I remember giving a speech in New York about how I thought the corporate accountability bill ought to go. And at one point in the speech, I talked about the fact that our business schools don't teach right from wrong. They're unwilling to say to future business leaders, ``There's a right way to deal with things, and there's a wrong way.'' And I was lamenting that fact, and I called upon our business schools to show leadership and to teach future leaders right from wrong. And I was working a ropeline afterwards, and a fellow walked up who's a professor at a business school. And he said, ``Thanks for saying that, Mr. President. We needed to hear that.'' And a large guy--I assumed he was one of the construction folks that was there, construction union leaders that was supportive of this initiative--he said, ``If you want to teach them right from wrong, Mr. President, the best lesson you can send is put them in handcuffs.'' And that's what's happening. And that's what happening. We cannot let a few--and I emphasize ``a few''--set the tone for the many who are decent, honorable citizens of this country who take care of their shareholders, who are good to their employees, who tell the truth. So we're working together. The other day, I had the honor of signing a bill that both Republicans and Democrats supported that gives me the capacity to open up markets for U.S. goods. Here's my attitude about trade: If you're good at something, you ought to promote it. If you're good about--if you're good at growing crops, you ought to figure out how to sell more of the crops. And we're the best in the world at farming and ranching. I'm thrilled to be here in the breadbasket of America, because it gives me a chance to remind our fellow citizens that we have an advantage here in America: We can feed ourselves. And we've always got to be able to do that. It puts us in a--it gives us a strategic advantage, a strategic edge. Imagine if we were going around the world asking for food. It would put the President in a pretty tough position. [Laughter] They may want to bargain a little high. [Laughter] But fortunately, we can feed ourselves, and not only that, we produce more food than we need, because we're good at what we do. And therefore, it makes sense on behalf of the producers to open up markets. We ought to be feeding--feeding the world. Where people are hungry, they ought to be eating American food. We ought to be knocking [[Page 1419]] down those tariffs and those barriers. We ought to be leveling the playing field, and that's precisely what I'm going to do with my new authority. I told Ann--and she would testify to this--and I told Zoellick, who's our trade man, I said, ``I don't want our agriculture producers to be shunted aside when it comes to opening up markets.'' As a matter of fact, when you're good at something, it ought to be the cornerstone of your policy. So I want agriculture to be the cornerstone of good international trade policy, and it will be. And we made some progress. I don't know if you've been following this, but we had a little
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