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.
Sometimes you have to, as I say, build bridges where you can - but draw lines where you must.
Some people think that our planet is suffering from a fever. Now scientists are telling us that Mars is experiencing its own planetary warming: Martian warming. This has led some people, not necessarily scientists, to wonder if Mars and Jupiter, non signatories to the Kyoto Treaty, are actually inhabited by alien SUV-driving industrialists.
Hopefully, we can build bridges, but we also have to draw lines.
There's a lot more to competence than a law degree and a modicum of courtroom skill.