Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Knock off the political games

        Yesterday was supposed to be the end of the world as we know it, assuming Congress and President Obama didn’t raise America’s debt ceiling. I’m speaking of it as yesterday, based on the fact that the edition of the Bedford Bulletin containing this column will appear on Aug. 3. Right now, as I write this, things aren’t looking good and the United States, for the first time in history, may not be able to pay all its bills.

  • Controlling spending?

    If the Senate, as expected, passed the debt ceiling compromise Tuesday, a plan that easily passed the House Monday, Congress will have passed the largest debt limit increase in U.S. history.

        And this is controlling spending?
        That’s the way, apparently, the federal government sees it—including Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Robert Hurt.
        Their cute name for it: the Budget Control Act.