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Columns

  • Removing barriers to job growth

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week in Congress we continued to focus on cutting spending and reducing unnecessary regulations to help create a better economic environment for job growth.

     

  • Working to eliminate government waste

  • An embarrassing GOP field

        It looks as though the 2012 presidential election just isn’t shaping up the way conservative Republicans had hoped. Here we are nearly into April, and still, not a single Republican has officially announced.

        The year before the election is always the time when campaigns form their initial committees, hire staff, and begin to raise money. Not to mention the all-important task of mapping out a specific strategy for winning the nomination.

  • Obama finally does something

        It looks like President Barack Obama is finally doing something about Libya, although it may be too little, too late.

  • Redistricting for safety

    he Fifth Congressional District in Virginia is already a monstrosity that stretches from Danville to Charlottesville, but a draft plan for the commonwealth’s new districts released last week reeks of gerrymandering and protectionism that borders on the absurd.

  • America can’t afford inaction

    Last year’s Congress failed in their most basic governing responsibility by not passing a budget for the first time since the Congressional Budget Act was adopted in 1974, and what we are currently seeing are the real and negative consequences of allowing reckless government spending to go unchecked.

     

  • Protecting small businesses from job killing mandates

    More than 90 percent of all American employers are small businesses and they generate approximately 70 percent of the new jobs created in the United States each year. 

    Small businesses are crucial to the American economy and account for a significant majority of new product ideas and innovation.  Small business owners across the country want to invest in their firms and hire new workers, but instead they are bracing for costly government mandates and regulations.

  • Spring and political warning signs

        Is it just me, or has it been a long winter and we all feel very much ready for spring?

        Certainly, we didn’t have the major snow events we had last winter, but it just seems that there have been too many dark and dreary days, punctuated by their very short length.
        So, I’m happy to report - if you haven’t checked the calendar - that spring arrives this Sunday, March 20. This also means that major league baseball - and the local minor league versions - are just around the corner.

  • A lack of leadership

        Last month I pondered whether President Barack Obama will turn out to be Bill Clinton II or Jimmy Carter Jr. At that time, I thought that he was leaning more toward the Carter presidency model, and it seems that he’s continuing in the footsteps of our hapless 39th president.

  • The future health of our economy depends on affordable energy solutions

    While the recent February jobs report issued by the Department of Labor suggests some welcome signs of improvement, our national unemployment rate still remains unacceptably high and our economic recovery still has a long way to go.