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Today's Opinions

  • The legislative line-item veto

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Protecting your Constitutional rights

    In a few months the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to take up the case of whether the President’s new health care law is unconstitutional due to the individual mandate and $17 billion penalty on Americans who do not purchase health insurance. Public outrage over the constitutionality of the government’s takeover of our health care system began even before Democrats rammed the bill through Congress and rightfully so. All Americans should be worried anytime the federal government tries to ignore our Constitution.

  • C-PAC meeting always a lot of fun

    The American Conservative Union last week completed its 2012 staging of the C-PAC gathering and, as you might expect, there was a lot of right-wing mindlessness on display.
    The Conservative Political Action Conference lends itself every year to those who want to play with the acronym and make it a more realistic rendering, such as Crazed Partisans Against Common sense, or many other such possibilities.

  • Trying to patch up a problem


        I didn’t hear President Barack Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. I’ve seen the full text of it on the Huffington Post Web site (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/02/obama-speeech-at-national-break...) and I’m sure Rick Howell has also seen it. Mr. Howell quoted from the speech in last week’s Liberal Agenda, and that brought the speech to mind.

  • Eager to Burn? Wait Your Turn

    The spring fire season is here. It can be destructive and costly.
        Virginians are being warned to stay safe.
        That goes for those of us around here, too. We’ve had our share of problems with wildfires locally over the past few years.
        The fire season runs from Feb. 15 through April 30; the threat of wildfires is increased this year due to Virginia’s mild winter.

  • Letters 02/08/12

    The greatest abuser

        John Barnhart asserts that President Obama is the greatest abuser of Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution.

  • Fixing a broken budget system

    By Congressman Robert Hurt At a time when we in the House have been waiting on the Senate to take action and join our focused agenda of enacting measures that would reduce our staggering $15 trillion debt, the Senate acted – but they acted in a way that was dismissive of their responsibility to the American people and in direct conflict with the necessary goal of passing a budget in order to restore our country to fiscal sustainability.

     

  • Repealing a failed government program

    Over the last year House Republicans have been working diligently to repeal the sweeping new health care reform law which was rushed through Congress, with total disregard for the will of the American people. This law, which I vehemently oppose and voted against, is defined by federal regulations, mandates, a myriad of new big government programs, and a significant increase in federal spending and debt at a cost to our country too high to bear. All of this will lead to fewer choices, higher prices and rationed care.