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Columns

  • 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.

  • America needs a real energy policy

    Energy is vital to every aspect of American life.  It is used in our homes, our small businesses and industries. Energy powers computers, appliances, technology and the Internet and fuels transportation and farming. When energy supplies are tight, families and businesses are severely impacted by the resulting increase in energy costs.  

  • Service connected disability compensation

        Service connected disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to veterans who are disabled by an injury or disease that occurred in or was aggravated by active military service. 

  • Conservatives should prove their compassion

        When George W. Bush first ran for president in 2000, he made headlines by describing himself as a “compassionate conservative.”

        Clever political insiders knew what Bush was doing. He was trying to set himself apart from the notion that is common about conservatives: that they are basically selfish and greedy and short on compassion for those who don’t have what they have.

  • Walker stands up for the people

        Liberals and “Democratic” Party activists are doing their best to portray the legislative standoff in Wisconsin as Republicans fighting against working people. In reality, it’s the result of a democratically elected governor and a democratically elected legislature with a Republican majority standing up for all the people of Wisconsin against well-organized special interests.

  • Cuccinelli was right, no matter how despicable it seems

    Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was right to not join with other states in the case between a family whose son was killed while serving in the military and the nut case Fred Phelps and his small band of followers from Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas.

  • The 5th District economy needs the freedom to grow

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Enacting change

        This week, we had an example of a change being enacted after more than two decades of attempts.

  • Wisconsin: A wake-up call for workers

        John L. Lewis, the legendary leader of the United Mine Workers, put it this way many years ago: “Without organization, you’re a lone individual, without recognition or influence of any kind.”

        Lone individuals don’t fare well in the face of great corporate power. Lewis knew it then, and it’s still true today.