So far it seems like one of the few wise foreign policy decisions President Barack Obama has made was the decision to stay out of the conflict in Ukraine, including the decision to not supply heavy weapons to the government in Kiev. As things stand now, a fragile cease fire is still holding and Russian troops are pulling back from the Ukrainian border. There also seems to be progress on an agreement on the resumption of sales of Russian natural gas to Ukraine.
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.