With the days getting shorter and the air crisper, families and businesses in the Sixth District are likely starting to use a little more electricity. As folks start to see electric bills tick up during the winter months, it’s hard to imagine the cost of electricity getting much higher – but consider this.
“Why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force?”
That was President Barack Obama in April, when the pressure to intervene militarily against the latest terrorist organization, ISIS, first began to build.
His question is one that could have been posed so many times in the post-World War II era. We’ve become a national security state since then, one buffeted by the great powers of the military-industrial complex.
Remember back when President George W. Bush invaded Iraq? Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction programs served as the casus belli for the invasion. It turned out that Hussein didn’t have any weapons of mass destruction programs at all. Left-wingers blamed President Bush accusing him of manufacturing an excuse to invade.
Hearing from those living and working in Virginia’s Fifth District continues to be my greatest resource as I serve them. Their input has brought to light problems created by some of the big government programs coming out of Washington.
A key part of good government is accountability to the taxpayers. We have seen in the recent IRS targeting scandal just what can happen when government officials and agencies are not held accountable. The Federal Reserve, or Fed, should not be excluded from this accountability. The Federal Reserve is the central bank of the United States and has a unique role in our financial system. The monetary policy decisions of the Federal Reserve affect every American.
As the State Executive Director of Virginia, I have traveled around this great state and have personally seen the resilience of our farmers and ranchers. I have watched them rebuild from natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, snow and ice storms, and bounce back from the harsh blows dealt by Mother Nature.
As the battle for control of the U.S. Senate comes down to the wire in the coming weeks, Americans should ask all Republicans if they remember how to govern.
Because, if they do win Senate control (God forbid; but it could happen), they will suddenly be faced with ownership of the problems in Washington, and they will have to lay off the insipid Obama-bashing and actually govern this nation.
Ukraine has dropped out of the headlines now that we have been launching airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. That doesn’t mean everything has settled down there, nor does it mean that calls, from some quarters, for the United States to get involved haven’t stopped.