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Columns

  • 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.

  • Eligibility requirements for veteran’s benefits

    This column concerns the question of eligibility for VA benefits. First, it is necessary to define the meaning of “veteran” as it relates to VA benefits. A veteran is a person who served in the active military service of the United States. Additionally, service in any of 26 other specified organizations during World War I and II has been certified as active military service by the Department of Defense.

  • They should have let the voters decide


        I’m not a fan of tax hikes. Neither is Delegate Lacey Putney. That’s why I took a serious look at Del. Putney’s proposal to raise the state sales tax by a percentage point from the current 5 percent to 6 percent. Half of the new revenue that this tax would have raised, estimated at $1.1 billion per year, would have been deposited into a new Supplemental Highway Construction and Maintenance Fund. The other half of the sales tax increase revenue would have gone toward mental health, public schools and state colleges.

  • One Thousand Days And Counting

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week, President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address on the same day that marked the 1000th day since the United States Senate has last passed a budget. I was hopeful that the President would put forth serious solutions to address the debt and jobs crisis that has come from years of reckless spending. Instead, as we listened, we heard more plans for larger government, and more spending at a time when we can least afford it.

  • The state of our union

    Today, the American people are facing one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history.  They are struggling to make ends meet while our economy remains sluggish and unemployment remains high. They are deeply concerned about the outlook for our great country and wonder if their children will grow up in the same America they did.  My constituents, just like folks from across our nation, are looking for real solutions to these problems we face.