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Columns

  • Reining in regulations to stop government abuse

    Just a few days ago, President Obama announced that he would once again “pivot” to the economy. The bottom line of his speech: after four-and-a-half years of the Obama Administration, “We're not there yet.”

     

    The President is right. We’re not there yet.

  • There are many healthy ways to meet your daily dairy requirements

    By Carter Davis
    Virginia Cooperative Extension Intern

        Since 1937, June has been recognized as what started out as Nation Milk Month now called National Dairy Month. 

  • In Virginia, our businesses do not need a health insurance tax

        Virginia’s economic growth, which has outpaced the national recovery, has been driven in no small part by our more than 640,000 small businesses.  
        With more than 3 million employees throughout the commonwealth working in small businesses, many of them technology-based startups, it is imperative that we maintain the competitive edge that makes Virginia one of the best places for businesses to grow or locate.  But a forthcoming tax threatens to put the brakes on this fragile economic recovery we are experiencing.

  • Conservative idiocy over health care

    I saw a bumper sticker the other day that truly sums up the health care debate in this country: “Obamacare is a helluva lot better than ‘I don’t care.’”
        By their statements and their actions, especially their peculiar hysteria over the Affordable Care Act, conservatives have shown precisely that: They don’t care.

  • A scandal-ridden presidency

        Barack Obama has earned himself a place in history for presiding over one of America’s most scandal-ridden presidencies — certainly the most scandal-ridden since Richard Nixon’s Watergate debacle. There are so many that it would be difficult for the media, even if most members of the mainstream media weren’t President Obama’s lap dogs, to give any single one major coverage.

  • The PATH Act: Protecting homeowners and taxpayers in Virginia’s Fifth District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Since the start of the 113th Congress, we in the House of Representatives have remained committed to advancing pro-growth policies that will promote economic recovery, encourage job creation, and lower taxes. It is my responsibility as your representative in Washington to do everything I can to make it easier for our small businesses, farmers, and individuals and families to succeed.

  • Immigration reform is about getting it right

    Right now Congress is engaged in a serious debate on immigration reform. In the House of Representatives, we are taking a step-by-step approach to methodically review each component of immigration reform in detail. While the Senate has produced their own bill, I believe it is fundamentally flawed and unworkable because it repeats the mistakes of the past and does not guarantee the enforcement of our immigration laws.

     

  • Veterans aid and attendance benefits

    By Bob Kibler

        Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for additional monetary payment. These benefits are paid in addition to monthly pension, and they are not paid without eligibility to Pension.

  • Oh, how the meaning has changed!

        “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
        When in Washington, D.C. recently, I saw those words on a statue which stands outside of the National Archives.
        My wife, upon reading the phrase, commented, “Boy, has the meaning of THAT changed.”
        Indeed it has.
        There exists some confusion regarding who it was who made that quote in the first place.  Some say it was Thomas Jefferson.  Others insist it was Wendell Phillips.

  • Some GOP donors reject Cuccinelli

    Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s problematic campaign for governor is running into some opposition even within his own party, as he attempts to parlay his extremist record into the Governor’s Mansion.
        Virginia Republicans, like many state parties around the nation, have succumbed to the passions of the far-right “tea party” types, and they are the ones who engineered Cuccinelli’s nomination at a sparsely-attended convention.