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us defeat a long list of diseases and dangers to public health. Now, as 
scientists begin to read the codes of life itself, we are nearing 
incredible breakthroughs in the fight against disease. We may, in our 
lifetime, lift from humanity the curse of cancer.
    This is a moment of great national challenge, and the work of the 
NIH has become even more urgent and promising. I'm asking Congress to 
give strong support to the NIH. And my budget achieves the goal I set 
out when I sought the vote, and that is, we will have doubled the NIH 
goal at the end of the year 2003.
    Science is--on the very sources--is closing in on the sources of 
sickness and disease. By 2010, scientists predict, genetic tests will 
allow individuals to know if they are predisposed to certain conditions. 
Within 20 years, targeted drug and gene therapies will be available for 
diabetes and hypertension and other diseases.
    As we pursue the promise of these projects, we must also be alert to 
their dangers. Genetic information should be an opportunity to prevent 
and treat disease, not an excuse for discrimination. Just as we 
addressed discrimination based on race, we must now prevent 
discrimination based on genetic information.
    There is another danger to guard against, the use of genetic 
research to threaten the dignity of life itself. The powers of science 
are morally neutral, as easily used for bad purposes as good ones. In 
the excitement of discovery, we must never forget that mankind is 
developed--is defined not by intelligence alone but by conscience. Even 
the most noble ends do not justify every means. Life itself is always to 
be valued and protected. In biomedical research, we're dealing with the 
very makings of life, and the law must be firm and clear in restraining 
the reckless and protecting the voiceless.
    These are the goals of health care reform, principles to make a good 
system even better. We'll put our trust in the choices of patients and 
the decisions of doctors, the surest way to better coverage and better 
care. We'll protect patients and doctors from unfair treatment and 
unreasonable lawsuits. And Government will fulfill its unique 
responsibilities to provide a health care safety net and conduct the 
research that holds such great hope for all of us. With these reforms, 
new breakthroughs in medical research will reach the patients who need 
them, quickly and at the lowest cost possible.
    I believe America can achieve anything it sets its mind to. I 
believe--I don't believe--I know we're going to win the war against 
terror. And I know if we honor our professionals and honor our patients 
and recognize the limited role of Government, if we trust Americans to 
make the right choices for their lives, we'll have the health care 
system that remains the envy of the world. There's no doubt in my mind 
that with the right reforms, the right philosophy, a philosophy of 
trust--trust in people--that America will remain on the cutting edge of 
medicine. And as America remains on the cutting edge of medicine, 
America will be the promised land for all of us.
    It is such an honor to be here. I want to thank the youngsters who 
are going to be docs. I want to thank you for your service. Give them an 
``A'' for attending, for sitting through this lecture. [Laughter] But I 
do appreciate it. And I also appreciate your professors. And I 
appreciate the chance to come and share with my fellow citizens about 
the future of health care in America.
    May God bless you all.

Note: The President spoke at 2:52 p.m. in the Alumni Center. In his 
remarks, he referred to Gov. Scott McCallum of Wisconsin; T. Michael 
Bolger, president and chief executive officer, Medical College of 
Wisconsin; and Usama bin Laden, leader of the Al Qaida terrorist 
organization. The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish 
language transcript of these remarks.

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Pages 207-243
 
Week Ending Friday, February 15, 2002
 
Remarks at a Fundraiser for Governor Scott McCallum of Wisconsin in 
Milwaukee

February 11, 2002

    Well, thank you, Tommy. Earlier today Tommy stood up and said, ``You 
know, my heart is in Wisconsin, but I've got an address in Washington.'' 
I've got bad news for you, Tommy. You're not going to change your 
address for a while. [Laughter] Tommy is doing a fabulous job. People of 
the country are getting to know what the people of Wisconsin already 
know, is that if you give a man a tough job, he can handle it. And I 
appreciate your leadership.
    And I'm proud to be here for Scott. I hope the people of Wisconsin 
send this man back for 4 more years as the Governor. And there's a 
reason to: In a short time, he's got a strong record of leadership; he's 
not afraid to lead. You know, when times get tough in the political 
arena, sometimes you find those who duck or you find those who stand up 
and lead the people. And that's exactly what Scott has done, and I 
appreciate his leadership. He's following a good man. There's been 15 
years of strong leadership in this State, and when he gets reelected, 
there will be 4 more years of strong leadership in the State of 
Wisconsin.
    And I want to thank you all for coming to help. You can't win 
elections unless the people are with you. And this huge crowd shows that 
something's happening here in Wisconsin that's positive for Scott's 
campaign.
    I also want to thank all of you who worked hard to help me get where 
I am. I know I couldn't have won without the hard work of citizens all 
across our land, people willing to man the precincts, blow up the 
balloons, make the phone calls. And it's an honor to be in the room with 
so many who worked so hard, and I want to thank you from the bottom of 
my heart.
    And I appreciate Laurie, the first lady of the State of Wisconsin. 
Her steadfast support of Scott--she brings a lot of class to the office 
of first lady. Where are you, Laurie? [Applause]
    I know something about good wives. [Laughter] The people of the 
country now understand why I married Laura. They're a little confused 
about why she married me. [Laughter] But I can't tell you how proud I am 
of Laura Bush. She has done a fabulous job.
    It's my honor to say hello tonight to the Lieutenant Governor of the 
State of Wisconsin. Thank you for coming, Governor.
    I'm traveling today with members of the Wisconsin congressional 
delegation, a fine group: Green and Petri, Ryan, Sensenbrenner. I'm 
looking forward to visiting with them on the airplane going back to 
Washington. But you've sent four fine Representatives to Washington, DC, 
and I'm proud of their service. Thank you all for coming.
    I want to thank members of the legislature for being here. The 
Speaker is here, I understand, and I want to thank you all for coming. 
You know a good man when you see one.
    I want to thank Rick Graber, the party chairman, and all of you who 
are involved with the Republican Party of the State of Wisconsin. Thank 
you for your hard work, and thank you for what your fixing to do, which 
is to turn out the vote next November, to make sure this guy gets in.
    And I appreciate Craig and the leadership and all the vice chairmen 
who worked so hard to make this event incredibly successful.
    You know, I was watching how Scott handled the budget issue here in 
Wisconsin. And he's handled it the way you'd want any leader to handle 
it: to stand up and make tough decisions, to not duck them. He proposed 
a budget that recognizes that when times are bad, you don't raise taxes 
on the working people; that if times are lean, you do what families do, 
you pare back a little bit. But he also set clear priorities. To me, the 
most important job of any Governor is to make sure the public school 
system of a State is sound and healthy, to make sure children from all 
walks of life get educated. And in the budget he proposed, public 
education is the number one priority for the citizens of Wisconsin.
    I understand he's proposed an energy plan. That makes a lot of 
sense. The State of Wisconsin has an energy plan; the United States of 
America needs an energy plan, an energy plan that encourages 
conservation, but an energy plan as well that understands, if we rely 
upon foreign sources of crude, we

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could have problems in the future. We need a plan that not only saves 
energy but finds more energy to become less dependent on foreign 
nations. It is in our national security interests to do so. And that 
includes alternative fuels, like ethanol. [Applause] We've got some corn 
boys here. [Laughter] Behave yourselves back there. [Laughter]
    Scott signed into law Wisconsin's Senior Care Program. And that's 
important, because it provides prescription drug relief to over 200,000 
Wisconsin seniors. Today I had the privilege of laying out a health care 
speech, a health care strategy. And included in my speech was the need 
to make sure we reform Medicare so that seniors have got prescription 
drug coverage.
    As a result of Scott's leadership, Wisconsin is making great strides 
toward making sure seniors have got prescription drug coverage. Now, 
this guy has got a strong record, a record of leadership, a record of 
accomplishment, a record that Wisconsins need to be proud of. You've got 
a steady man here, a good man, a solid man who deserves 4 more years in 
office.
    I had the high honor of going before the Congress for my State of 
the Union Address. And in my address I said that we're at war, and we're 
battling a recession, but the state of this Union has never been 
stronger.
    When the enemy attacked on September the 11th, they made a huge 
mistake. They thought they were attacking a weak nation, a nation that 
was undisciplined, a nation so materialistic that we would put self 
above sacrifice. I said in my speech earlier--or last fall--that if you 
harbored a terrorist, if you fed a terrorist, if you hid a terrorist, 
you're just as guilty as a terrorist. And the Taliban has found out 
exactly what I meant, and so have hundreds of Al Qaida terrorists.
    We're making great progress in the first theater on our war against 
terror. You know, I unleashed the might of the United States military 
with all the confidence in the world that they would get the job done, 
and my, have they performed brilliantly. For those of you with relatives 
who wear the uniform, I want to thank you on behalf of a grateful 
nation. I sent a budget to Congress that recognized a couple of things: 
One, that the price for freedom is never too high; and secondly, those 
who wear our uniform deserve the best equipment, the best training, the 
best support, and another pay raise.
    It is a large budget increase, because it recognizes that the war on 
terror is just beginning. In the caves in Afghanistan, we've discovered 
the fact that the enemy desired weapons of mass destruction, trained 
hundreds of potential killers that are now spread around the world. It 
reminds us that even though distance has passed since September the 
11th, we've still got a mighty task ahead of us, and the task is so 
vital and so important. It's so important that our Nation continue to 
lead this vast coalition, because we fight for freedom; we fight for the 
liberties that we've taken for granted for a long period of time. We 
must stand up to terror now, in order to make sure our children and 
grandchildren can grow up in a peaceful world.
    And are terrorists--and the threats to America not only are from the 
terrorist organizations that hate freedom and kill in the name of 
religion. Our mission also includes countries which develop weapons of 
mass destruction, nations with a history of brutality. If they're ever 
able to mate up with terrorist organizations, the free world will be 
threatened. And this President is not going to allow regimes such as 
Iran, Iraq, and North Korea to threaten our way of life.
    I appreciate the unity of this Nation. I appreciate the unity in 
Washington, DC. Republicans are patriotic; Democrats are patriotic. 
We're united in our resolve. The world has been amazed at the 
determination of this country. The world is seeing what we're really 
made out of.
    You know, to me, one of the most defining moments of this war on 
terror came when some fellows were on a telephone on an airplane on 
September the 11th: They said a prayer; they told their wives they loved 
them; and they drove a plane into the ground to save others' lives. It's 
the ultimate sacrifice. It's such a statement, a powerful statement, of 
what it means to defend freedom.
    Every morning I'll go into the Oval Office, and I read a threat 
assessment which tells me the enemy is still trying to come. And I want 
to assure you all that we're doing everything in our power to protect 
innocent life in America. The FBI is on full alert. Listen,

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we're running down every lead, every hint. Every opportunity we have to 
disrupt potential attack, we're taking. Our law enforcement officials 
are working overtime, and I'm really proud of what they're doing.
    We've got a plan headed by Tom Ridge that focuses on bioterrorism 
and airport security, border security. We now need to know who's coming 
in our country and who's leaving our country, so we make sure people 
don't slide in who want to harm us.
    This Government is on full alert, and I'm proud of the way the 
Federal Government has responded, and I'm proud of the way the Congress 
is going to fund our homeland security efforts. But make no mistake, the 
best way to secure America is to find them and hunt them down, no matter 
where they hide, and bring them to justice. And that's exactly what 
we're going to do.
    We've got a big challenge here at home, and that is people hurt 
because of the recession. People hurt because when the enemy hit us, it 
caused the economy to slide, and people lost work. And so long as people 
are out of work, I hurt for them.
    And so I proposed an economic stimulus plan that says to the 
Congress, let's take care of the unemployed by extending unemployment 
benefits, and let's help them with their health care. But always 
remember, folks in America don't want an unemployment check; they want a 
permanent paycheck. So let's create more jobs by creating an environment 
in which people are willing to risk capital. Let's cut taxes on 
investment and on equipment and plants, so that people who employ people 
will have more cash to do so.
    The House passed a good bill. It seems to have died in the Senate. 
Let's get it out of the Senate. Let's get a jobs package out of the 
Senate so people can get back to work in America. An energy plan means 
more jobs. Trade means more jobs. We need good farm policy out of the 
United States Congress to help us with jobs. I ask the Congress to think 
about one thing when it comes to economic policy, and that is jobs. Jobs 
provide dignity; jobs provide hope; jobs are essential to the future of 
this country.
    The amazing thing that's happened to this Nation after September 
11th is, out of the terrible evil has come some good. Out of the evil 
has come some amazing compassion and kindness. I believe we have a 
chance to work together to change our culture in America for the better. 
You know, the culture was dominated by the if-it-feels-good-do-it era. I 
believe we have an opportunity now to welcome a culture that says each 
of us are responsible for the decisions we make in life.
    The people on Flight 93 were responsible citizens by making the huge 
sacrifice they did. Our soldiers are responsible citizens. You know, I'm 
asked all the time, ``What can I do to help in the war against terror?'' 
Well, you've probably learned by now, I don't believe there's many 
shades of gray in this war. You're either with us or against us; you're 
either evil or you're good.
    The best way citizens in America can fight evil is through acts of 
kindness, is to do some good in your community. It doesn't have to be 
much. One can just walk across the street to a shut-in and say, ``I care 
for you,'' or, ``I love you,'' or, ``What can I do to help?'' That's an 
act of kindness. Or you can mentor a child. You know, we've got 
thousands of sons and daughters whose parents are in prison in America, 
people who wonder whether or not the American experience is meant for 
them. In order to help fight evil, I hope people become mentors to one 
of those children. Put your arm around them and say, ``I love you a lot, 
and America is meant for you.''
    You know, there are all kinds of ways that all of us can help make 
our communities much stronger. And a way to usher in a new period of 
responsibility is to remember that not only are we responsible for 
loving our children, not only is our most important responsibility in a 
responsible society is to love your children with all your heart and all 
your soul, but a responsible period, a responsible era says, ``I want to 
love my neighbor just like I love myself.''
    It's the gathering momentum of a million acts of kindness and 
compassion all across America that will stand strong in the face of 
evil. It is the acts of generosity by generous Americans as they help 
people in need that will send a clear message to the world that the 
United States of America will not stand for evil. We will stand strongly 
in the face of evil. We will defend our freedom.

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    And out of the evil acts of September the 11th will come incredible 
goodness and kindness and compassion. And if any country on the face of 
this Earth can set that example, it is the great country called America.
    Thank you all for coming. God bless.

Note: The President spoke at 6:10 p.m. in the Imperial Ballroom at the 

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