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Columns

  • A reckless and irresponsible budget

    This past week, President Obama sent his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 to Congress. A budget proposal which contains more failed attempts to tax, spend, borrow and bail our way out of the economic difficulties that the country faces. It is these same reckless fiscal policies that have so far failed to jump start our economy.

  • Statewide Burning Law now in effect

    By  Marci L. Stone
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

        Virginia’s Statewide Burning Law went into effect on  February 15, also marking the start of spring fire season. 
        This law prohibits open burning before 4 p.m. each day between February 15  and April 30, 2012.  This statewide law has been implemented annually because open burning has become a major cause of wildland fires throughout our state and across the nation.   

  • 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.