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Columns

  • Reforming our flawed immigration policies

    Amazingly each year there is a national immigration ‘lottery’ by which approximately 50,000 foreign nationals receive green cards to become legal permanent residents of the U.S. Each successful applicant is chosen at random and given permanent resident status based on pure luck. The visa lottery program threatens national security, results in the unfair administration of our immigration laws, and encourages a cottage industry for fraudulent opportunists.

     

  • Triangle factory workers remembered

        There’s been a lot of attention lately on the March 25 anniversary of a tragic event from 100 years ago, when young women all over New York City worked longs hours for low pay in shirtwaist factories.

  • Serious unrest in Syria

  • Governor’s veto of unfunded mandate the right move

    Local school boards across Virginia got a bit of good news last week when Governor Bob McDonnell vetoed a mandatory physical education bill that would have cost them millions to implement. Now’s not the time to push more mandates on local school divisions seeking to balance some very tight budgets.

  • 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.