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Columns

  • A full assault on women’s rights

    The Virginia General Assembly is working hard to confound all the fears many of us had when Republicans refused a power-sharing agreement and stormed to all the power they could get after a 20-20 tie in the state senate.
        If anything, the power of the party’s most extreme members to get things done may be even worse than we imagined. What’s developed during this session, amid all the usual pro-gun bills, is nothing less than a militant assault on women’s rights.

  • President Obama scares me


        I’ve always strongly opposed most of President Barack Obama’s policies because I’ve thought most of them were really bad ideas. This includes ObamaCare, which I figured would take a health care system that had serious problems and make a total train wreck of it.

  • The legislative line-item veto

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Protecting your Constitutional rights

    In a few months the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to take up the case of whether the President’s new health care law is unconstitutional due to the individual mandate and $17 billion penalty on Americans who do not purchase health insurance. Public outrage over the constitutionality of the government’s takeover of our health care system began even before Democrats rammed the bill through Congress and rightfully so. All Americans should be worried anytime the federal government tries to ignore our Constitution.

  • C-PAC meeting always a lot of fun

    The American Conservative Union last week completed its 2012 staging of the C-PAC gathering and, as you might expect, there was a lot of right-wing mindlessness on display.
    The Conservative Political Action Conference lends itself every year to those who want to play with the acronym and make it a more realistic rendering, such as Crazed Partisans Against Common sense, or many other such possibilities.

  • Trying to patch up a problem


        I didn’t hear President Barack Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. I’ve seen the full text of it on the Huffington Post Web site (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/02/obama-speeech-at-national-break...) and I’m sure Rick Howell has also seen it. Mr. Howell quoted from the speech in last week’s Liberal Agenda, and that brought the speech to mind.

  • Fixing a broken budget system

    By Congressman Robert Hurt At a time when we in the House have been waiting on the Senate to take action and join our focused agenda of enacting measures that would reduce our staggering $15 trillion debt, the Senate acted – but they acted in a way that was dismissive of their responsibility to the American people and in direct conflict with the necessary goal of passing a budget in order to restore our country to fiscal sustainability.

     

  • Repealing a failed government program

    Over the last year House Republicans have been working diligently to repeal the sweeping new health care reform law which was rushed through Congress, with total disregard for the will of the American people. This law, which I vehemently oppose and voted against, is defined by federal regulations, mandates, a myriad of new big government programs, and a significant increase in federal spending and debt at a cost to our country too high to bear. All of this will lead to fewer choices, higher prices and rationed care.

  • Local Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate’s response to the national debate

    By Melissa W. Woodson
    Executive Director
    Virginia Blue Ridge Affilliate
    Susan G. Komen for the Cure

        The Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate of Komen for the Cure is not a political organization. We have never and will never choose a side in a political debate unrelated to our cause.

  • Prayer breakfast speech was on target

    Last week, President Barack Obama made an excellent case for a mix of Christianity and political activism that is certainly not “conservative,” but is consistent with the Scriptures.
        The occasion was the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., an event that has become obligatory for whoever is president. It was good to see this president make a case for believers who refuse to connect Christianity with conservatism.