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Today's Opinions

  • The House is fighting to change the spending culture in Washington

    Over the past several weeks Washington has been seized with the issue regarding the President’s request to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.

     

  • Getting the nation’s fiscal house in order

    For months now the Leadership in the Congress and the Administration have been negotiating the amount of money that the federal government is allowed to borrow. Unfortunately, because of continued out-of-control spending, Congress was yet again asked to increase the debt ceiling – not to create new spending, but to pay for what Congress has already obligated.

     

  • Cut the Pentagon budget deeply

        Finally, there is a consensus on both sides of the aisle in Congress that, yes, military spending is far too high and has been for quite some time.

        Therefore, it must be cut, especially at a time when everyone else (except the rich, of course) is being asked to sacrifice. We have to reform a military budget that is roughly one quarter of what we spend each year.

  • Terrorists and enemies?

         Last week saw some pretty outlandish outbursts from the left ranging from the highest levels, (Vice President Joe Biden) to the lowest (Rick Howell’s The Liberal Agenda).

        Uncle Joe called tea party backed Republicans “terrorists.” Biden made the remark in a closed door “Democratic” caucus meeting and later denied making it. However, according to Politico’s website, several sources who were present at the meeting stated that Biden indeed said it.

  • Put out the fire!

    History was made Friday when Standard & Poors, one of three ratings agencies, downgraded American sovereign debt from AAA to AA+. It's the first time ever that America's credit rating has taken a hit. The downgrade affects long-term bonds.

  • Letters 08/03/11

    Finishing the job


        On July 3 our small family farm received quite a lot of damage from a severe thunderstorm. Six houses were without power due to the electric pole being splintered and the transformer being shattered. Our Bedford electric department came almost immediately and worked diligently into the night to restore power to the homes and then came back on July 4 and waited out another storm to finish the job. Our thanks to the men who responded to the call.

  • Update on the ongoing debt debate

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    NOTE: This column was written prior to the House's vote on the federal debt ceiling.

     

  • Obama underestimates his enemies

        The battle over the debt ceiling increase has basically left all the participants looking bad. But some look worse than others.

        No one should have any doubt now about the “tea party” rabble. They are absolutely willing to destroy the government if they can. It’s been clear this whole time that they were never concerned about the ramifications of a default.