Our official visit continues to be blessed in many ways. Today we dodged a second typhoon, which moved below Taiwan into the South China Sea. Earlier this week, another typhoon veered north of the island and made landfall in western Japan. Taiwan's people and government can be forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief at dodging these two recent storms, considering how hard they were hit by the typhoon of about two months ago. That hurricane took many lives and also swept away quite a few government officials whose performance was deemed inadequate -- including some officials with whom we had been scheduled to meet.
Our Saturday was dedicated to tours of Taiwan's, and China's, long history and modern accomplishments. We began with a stop at Hsing Tien Temple in Taipei, a large, three-temple complex that is predominantly Daoist but features elements of Confucianism and Buddhism .
Elyse Umemoto, Miss Washington, 2007, visited Olympia last week to speak about her experience as a victim of domestic violence.
Elyse Umemoto, Miss Washington 2007, endorsed the AGO's domestic violence bill on Tuesday. Earlier this year, Umemoto came forward to talk about her experience as a survivor of domestic violence. She alleges that she was stalked and assaulted by her boyfriend in 2007 and 2008. Her attacker pled guilty last year to charges related to the incident.
On Sunday, Oct. 25, ABC Television's 60 Minutes aired a terrific story on fraudsters who bilk taxpayers out of about $90 billion a year by siphoning money from Medicare and Medicaid. The choice quote in the story comes from "Tony," who was convicted of stealing about $20 million from Medicare. He says that stealing money from this program doesn't require being a criminal mastermind. Rather, "It's more like taking candy from a baby," Tony said.