• The Affordable Care Act: Unsustainable and unlawful

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Growing an economy that works

    Pencils, notebooks, backpacks, calculators – all of the essentials for heading back to school. You probably wouldn’t send your child to the first day of school without going over the check list and making sure they had everything they needed for a successful year. Likewise, when they finish school and head out on their own, you’ll want to be certain that they have the benefit of a strong economy.

  • Exploring the roots of ‘Trumpism’

        After Mitt Romney’s loss in the presidential race of 2012, the Republican National Committee carried out what it called an “autopsy” to determine how the party could produce better results in the future.
        Pardon me, but autopsies are for dead bodies, aren’t they? Well, if Republicans suspected they might be dead after 2012, what will they think if Trump goes down to the repudiating defeat he seems likely to reap?

  • We are no longer safe

        We have been treated to a spate of Muslim terrorist attacks and harassments aimed at Christians and Jews in the last few weeks. Last week, a Jewish Rabbi in France was stabbed by a man shouting “Allahu Akbar” during the attack. Last month, a French priest was murdered in his church, while conducting mass, by two knife-wilding Muslim unholy warriors.

  • Can prayer stop violence against Hillary?

        Given that America’s history is filled with tragic political violence, you’d think that no candidate for any office would ever get caught even appearing to incite “second amendment solutions” against an opponent.
        But as we know, Donald Trump is capable of anything. He has no sense of qualms or limits; whatever comes out of his mouth is what guides him.

  • Neither cart nor horse

        I was very skeptical, just after the turn of the century, when Bedford County and the former city of Bedford decided to form a joint tourism department and hire a director of tourism. I thought I heard the sound of a toilet flushing, with taxpayer money headed down the tubes. Nanci Drake, the first  tourism director changed my mind. Drake was a dynamic visionary. She had a Type A personality, but unlike most Type A people, everybody who dealt with her liked her. She had the ability to get things done while leaving friends, rather than enemies, in her wake.

  • A better way for tax reform

    When it comes to the current tax system, the list of complaints is far from short – you can probably tick off a few right now. From the lengthy, overly complex tax code to the arcane, bureaucratic operations of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the United States is in need of a new system. There is a better way for tax reform, and it starts with focusing on a tax code and IRS that works for us, not against us. We need a tax code that we can understand and an IRS that taxpayers can actually trust.


  • Republicans begin to abandon Trump

        As Republicans across the country watch, in horror, the train wreck that is Donald Trump’s campaign, many are no doubt having an existential moment that can only be expressed as, “My God, my God, what have we done?”
            Indeed. His nomination is a looming disaster unprecedented in modern politics. Nearly each day, he proves again that he is not fit in any way to be president of this country.

  • Hillary’s chance to prove her manhood?

        China is still seething with bellicosity following a decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague that ruled against China’s claims in the South China Sea. This court arbitrates conflicts between countries under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Both China and the Philippines, which filed a complaint with this court, are signatories to this treaty.

  • Anemic economic reports demand a new approach

    By Congressman Robert Hurt