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Michael Chertoff Quotes and Sayings

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I think the idea that you can go this alone is -
was a huge mistake.
And unfortunately, there was a price paid in terms
of suffering and pain for people in New Orleans.
- Michael Chertoff

And if we make the process political,
if we start to make it personal, we're actually going
to frustrate good public policy,
in terms of managing this money.
- Michael Chertoff

The Department of Defense took 40 years to get where it got.
- Michael Chertoff

Well, I mean, Congress did originally set the formula for the state grants,
and they guaranteed every state a minimum formula.
So that was a congressional decision.
- Michael Chertoff

 

So, all during the '90s and, you know,
for the first half of this decade, we had opportunities
to get evacuation plans in place,
better communications in place.
- Michael Chertoff

First, we did rank everybody by risk,
and New York comes out number one.
- Michael Chertoff

We may have to force people to get together in terms
of picking a particular type of technology and starting
to build to that technology,
as opposed to everybody exercising their right to buy their own system,
you know, at will.
- Michael Chertoff

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And it seems to me correct then, and I think it's correct now,
that job one is get the planning done,
make sure the buses are there.
When that's done, it's completely appropriate to go
around and tour around and look at the damage.
- Michael Chertoff

Well, I think first of all there was a failure to have real,
clear information at our disposal.
There was a real lack of situational awareness.
We didn't have the capabilities on the ground to give us real-time,
accurate assessments of the physical condition of the city.
- Michael Chertoff

The second thing we did was said, OK,
we've now identified the risk, but what do you want
to do with the money? Because it's not enough to have risk;
you've got to have a meaningful use for the money we give you.
- Michael Chertoff

And one of the things I want to say,
Wolf,
is we're 100 days from hurricane season,
and we've got to start focusing on what we're going
to do to make ourselves ready for the next hurricane.
- Michael Chertoff

And I have to say, I agree with some of the criticisms
that some have made about that state program which
allocates the grant money on a very rigid formula all across the country,
with a certain percentage to each state.
- Michael Chertoff

Well, I'm not excusing the fact that planning and preparedness
was not where it should be.
We've known for 20 years about this hurricane,
this possibility of this kind of hurricane.
- Michael Chertoff

We've certainly learned a lot of lessons from Katrina,
from Rita.
Rita was better than Katrina.
We're doing a better job planning.
We're closer - more closely aligned with the Department of Defense.
These things would be positive things if we were to have another attack.
- Michael Chertoff

Nobody leaves a hotel without getting a full measure
of three months of rental assistance.
So no one has been evicted - no one who's eligible
has been evicted from a hotel without getting a significant
amount of money to find -
to pay for their rent.
- Michael Chertoff

The second is there are some communities that we thought
originally would take mobile homes that have decided they don't want them.
And we're not going to cram mobile homes down the throats
of communities in Louisiana and the Gulf -
and other parts of the Gulf Coast.
- Michael Chertoff

And one of the things we did here was we put the maximum
amount of money up front in those cities that were at the greater risk,
but that doesn't mean that we keep rebuilding the same
security over and over again.
- Michael Chertoff

Second, there are two problems with respect to mobile homes in particular.
One is we obviously don't want to put them in a flood plain,
because if there's another flood, you're going to lose the mobile home.
- Michael Chertoff

Last year, New York got $200 million.
This year, we're going to give them $124 million under this particular program.
But last year was an artificially elevated number to
make up from the very low grant the year before.
- Michael Chertoff

The larger point is this: We've invested over half
a billion dollars in New York since this department was stood up.
We've given New York more money, by more than double,
than any other city in the country.
- Michael Chertoff

So that's why I said, if you look at the average,
you would see the money New York got this year was
in line with the average across the prior three years and substantially more,
by a country mile, than the money given to any other city.
- Michael Chertoff

But I think the bottom line right now is to take the
constructive criticism and use that to build toward,
as I say, the hurricane season that is 100 days away.
And we don't have a lot of time to waste before we
start to address that next set of challenges.
- Michael Chertoff

We've done it in intelligence sharing and certain elements of security.
There were parts of the department, in fact,
that worked very well in Katrina, like the Coast Guard and TSA.
- Michael Chertoff

And here where the fact that we've given over half
a billion dollars to New York really plays a role,
because New York has already made a lot of investments
in the kinds of things which you'd expect to have as basic security.
- Michael Chertoff

Now, I'm not suggesting we're going to wait 40 years or even four years,
but I think we have to put in perspective the fact
that we've come quite a distance.
We have quite a distance to come - go,
as well.
- Michael Chertoff

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha PHOTO

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

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 PHOTO

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr. PHOTO

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller PHOTO

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live so that when your children think of fairness,
caring and integrity, they think of you.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

How you think when you lose
determines how long it will be until you win.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

Every thought you think
and every word you speak
is affirming something.
- Louise L. Hay

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The mind is everything.
What you think you become.
- The Buddha

I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
- Socrates

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed;
if in terms of ten years, plant trees;
if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
- Confucius

You become what you think about.
- Earl Nightingale

I think we dream so we don't have to be apart for so long.
If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are
and then live with that decision.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

When you think you're out of time,
smile, and turn back the clock.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

Nurture your mind with great thoughts,
for you will never go any higher than you think.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
- Anne Frank

They can because they think they can.
- Virgil

We must dare to think "unthinkable" thoughts.
- J. W. Fulbright

You can do what you have to do,
and sometimes you can do it
even better than you think you can.
- Jimmy Carter


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