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Columns

  • 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.

  • 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.