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It does not matter what party you are a member of in
by Jim Costa

It does not matter what party you are a member of in
this great Nation of ours.
Accountability and competence are characteristics that
Americans value throughout our great land.
- Jim Costa

I fully support global commerce.
- Jim Costa

In addition, to punishing sexual offenders and protecting our children,
we must also provide services, resources and counseling
to the people who are victims of these horrible crimes.
- Jim Costa

Water is a finite resource that is essential in the
advancement of agriculture,
and is vital to human life.
- Jim Costa

 

Rosa Parks will be remembered for her lasting contributions to society.
Her legacy lives on in the continued struggle for civil rights around the world.
She will be missed.
- Jim Costa

The financial report makes it very clear that if we
got into honest budgeting today,
that in fact we would find ourselves with a much larger
deficit than we have today.
- Jim Costa

Additionally, Smart Irrigation Month serves to recognize
advances in irrigation technology and practices that
produce not only more but also higher quality plants with less water.
- Jim Costa

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I fully appreciate the fact that George W. Bush won 49% of my district.
- Jim Costa

As a matter of fact, if you do not take into account,
as Congressman Ross just stated, the Social Security surplus,
our fiscal deficit, ladies and gentlemen,
is over $700 billion today.
- Jim Costa

Too often, Indian tribes are at the mercy of the shifting
political winds of State government.
- Jim Costa

The civil rights movement would experience many important victories,
but Rosa Parks will always be remembered as its catalyst.
- Jim Costa

For decades, Japan has been a friend and reliable trading
partner with the United States,
and I anticipate that relationship will prosper.
- Jim Costa

Our current energy policy is bankrupt.
- Jim Costa

Mrs.
Parks was a shy, soft spoken woman who was uncomfortable
being revered as a symbol of the civil rights movement.
She only hoped to inspire young people to achieve great things.
- Jim Costa

Conservation is an American value, and it is lacking from this bill.
- Jim Costa

We have for too long put vast oil and natural gas reserves
off limits to exploration and production,
as The Washington Post editorial stated this week.
- Jim Costa

Despite the previous efforts of Congresses,
our addiction to foreign oil, as the President stated,
is greater today than ever before.
That dependency is a threat to our national security,
and we must address that threat.
- Jim Costa

Should we attempt border security first,
which I believe we should, we still need to face the
fact that comprehensive reform is necessary.
This must include a guest worker program and dealing
with the 11 million people who are here today that
are contributing to our economy.
- Jim Costa

In coming to the Congress as a new Member and becoming a fellow Blue Dog,
we have had an opportunity to share and really spend
a great deal of time in examining the challenges that
our Nation finds itself in in getting its fiscal house in order.
- Jim Costa

Sadly, every year hundreds of children are victimized
by a convicted sexual offender.
Convicted predators should be put in prison where they
belong and kept away from our Nation's children.
- Jim Costa

But we must take other steps, such as increasing conservation,
developing an ethanol industry, and increasing CAFE
standards if we are to make our country safer by cutting
our reliance on foreign oil.
- Jim Costa

In view of China's growing military strength and intentions,
the best way to safeguard Asia's permanent peace and
prosperity is to have all Asian countries join forces
with other democratic countries in the world to form
a global community of democracies.
- Jim Costa

As Taiwan's friend and ally, I believe it is important
for the United States to monitor the situation in the
Taiwan Strait very carefully to help ensure Taiwan
is not forced into a position which would endanger
its freedom or its democracy.
- Jim Costa

This Department of Treasury, run by this administration,
using the same tried and true accounting methods that
every business in America uses,
cast new light on the fiscal severity that our Nation is facing,
what some would call a mess.
- Jim Costa

The Crime Victims Fund is distributed to service providers
who assist millions of crime victims annually throughout
our communities in a host of ways.
It is paid for by fines levied on criminals,
not taxpayers.
- Jim Costa

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Love is granting another the space to be
the way they are and the way they are not.
- Werner Erhard

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

The key to forgiveness is to forgive from the heart -
not from the mind.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

Life is not about how fast you run
or how high you climb
but how well you bounce.
- Vivian Komori

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

Not everything that casts a long shadow is to be feared.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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