“Why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force?”
That was President Barack Obama in April, when the pressure to intervene militarily against the latest terrorist organization, ISIS, first began to build.
His question is one that could have been posed so many times in the post-World War II era. We’ve become a national security state since then, one buffeted by the great powers of the military-industrial complex.
With the days getting shorter and the air crisper, families and businesses in the Sixth District are likely starting to use a little more electricity. As folks start to see electric bills tick up during the winter months, it’s hard to imagine the cost of electricity getting much higher – but consider this.
Those who oppose the new Voter ID law have done their best to let everyone know how destructive the new law is going to be by disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of voters in Virginia.
Of course, they are wrong; the impact will be minimal.
As the battle for control of the U.S. Senate comes down to the wire in the coming weeks, Americans should ask all Republicans if they remember how to govern.
Because, if they do win Senate control (God forbid; but it could happen), they will suddenly be faced with ownership of the problems in Washington, and they will have to lay off the insipid Obama-bashing and actually govern this nation.
As the State Executive Director of Virginia, I have traveled around this great state and have personally seen the resilience of our farmers and ranchers. I have watched them rebuild from natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, snow and ice storms, and bounce back from the harsh blows dealt by Mother Nature.
A key part of good government is accountability to the taxpayers. We have seen in the recent IRS targeting scandal just what can happen when government officials and agencies are not held accountable. The Federal Reserve, or Fed, should not be excluded from this accountability. The Federal Reserve is the central bank of the United States and has a unique role in our financial system. The monetary policy decisions of the Federal Reserve affect every American.