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Columns

  • 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.

  • Obama is no Ronald Reagan

        I haven’t figured out whether President Barack Obama is going to turn out to be Slick Willy II, or Jimmy Carter Jr. Right now he seems to be vying with Carter for the honor of Worst President Ever. At least President Obama has the excuse of being probably the most inexperienced man ever elected president. He had little legislative experience and no executive experience at all. Carter’s only excuse is that he's a doofus.

        One thing is for sure: Barack Obama is no Ronald Reagan.

  • Getting involved

    It’s encouraging to see the number of parents who have been turning out, speaking out and getting involved in the effort to keep Bedford Primary School from being closed. They have expressed themselves well and have made some good arguments.

  • The urgent need to cut government spending and reduce government debt

    This past week, the House debated HR 1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act. This bill would fund the government through September 30th of this year at $100 billion less than the amount President Obama requested in his Fiscal Year 2011 budget.


    Given the current fiscal crisis that faces the 5th District and the nation, I delivered the following remarks on the House floor to discuss the urgent need to cut government spending and reduce government debt:

  • The urgent need to cut government spending and reduce government debt

    This past week, the House debated HR 1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act. This bill would fund the government through September 30th of this year at $100 billion less than the amount President Obama requested in his Fiscal Year 2011 budget.


    Given the current fiscal crisis that faces the 5th District and the nation, I delivered the following remarks on the House floor to discuss the urgent need to cut government spending and reduce government debt:

  • The urgent need to cut government spending and reduce government debt

    This past week, the House debated HR 1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act. This bill would fund the government through September 30th of this year at $100 billion less than the amount President Obama requested in his Fiscal Year 2011 budget.


    Given the current fiscal crisis that faces the 5th District and the nation, I delivered the following remarks on the House floor to discuss the urgent need to cut government spending and reduce government debt:

  • Spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much

    This past week, President Obama sent his budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 to Congress.  A budget proposal that quite simply spends too much, taxes too much and borrows way too much.  This proposal continues to lead our nation down the same unsustainable path by growing government, further weakening the economy and increasing our national debt.

  • Spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much

    This past week, President Obama sent his budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 to Congress.  A budget proposal that quite simply spends too much, taxes too much and borrows way too much.  This proposal continues to lead our nation down the same unsustainable path by growing government, further weakening the economy and increasing our national debt.

  • Swift action

        The second-to-last week before the General Assembly adjourns for the year on February 28 brought swift action on legislation.  For me, those actions were both gratifying and frustrating.