• John ‘The Weeper’ Boehner takes over

        It’s official now: Republicans control the House of Representatives and Ohio Congressman John Boehner is the new Speaker of the House.

        There is much to admire in Boehner’s working class background. But somewhere along the way, he rejected his family’s Democratic Party roots and became a Republican.
        Booted out of his party’s leadership a few years back, he’s returned in a major way. But he’s known for his amazing capacity to cry as much as for anything else.

  • Dangerous diplomatic dance

        We were treated to a dangerous diplomatic dance routine in the final weeks of 2010.

        It began just before Thanksgiving when North Korea shelled an island controlled by South Korea, killing some people. South Korea returned fire with heavy artillery. Over the next few weeks, North Korea threatened Armageddon if South Korea held a planned artillery firing exercise from the island. Nothing happened, however, when the South Koreans carried out the live fire drill.

  • The Arizona tragedy

    A great tragedy occurred in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday. Six people were killed, including a 9-year-old girl, and 14 were injured, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat.

        The aftershock, however, has been just as tragic. At a time when the country should have been pulling together to deal with the tragedy, politics trumped civility with many on the left using this as an opportunity to take aim at their enemies on the right.

  • Looking ahead to the 112th Congress

    This week marks the official start to the 112th Congress.  Members of this new Congress, including myself, will be officially sworn into office by the new Speaker of the House, John Boehner.  We face many challenges as we enter into this historic session, including out of control government spending, record unemployment numbers, and many others.  These issues touch the lives of every American.  

  • Time to file claims for 2010 medical expenses

  • Haley Barbour’s Southern fried mess

        Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is very proud of his “Southern heritage.” It’s something he wears on his sleeve.

        A Republican who’s thinking about running for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, Barbour recently got into trouble with some clueless comments about his beloved state.

  • This should be a fascinating year

        Right now, things aren’t looking good for the donkey party. In addition to being rejected by the voters in the midterm elections, census results show that states where Republicans have done well also showed an increase population. States that have been “Democratic” strongholds lost population.

  • It has been an honor to serve the people of the fifth district in the 111th Congress

    Last week, I left the US Congress after a final legislative act – unanimous passage of my bill to make sure that no American soldier is welcomed home from duty with a foreclosure notice. For the next two years, our heroes in uniform will be protected from foreclosure for at least 9 months after a tour of duty.

  • Virginia’s historic court ruling

    Just weeks ago a significant ruling with national implications came out of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Judge Henry Hudson became the first judge to rule that Section 1501, the Minimum Essential Coverage Provision, which is commonly referred to as the “individual mandate,” of the new health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is unconstitutional.  

  • Time to welcome a New Year

        My son, Ryan, remembers last year when we hung out together in Roanoke to bring in the New Year. I was looking for an alternative to cooking, so we decided to call out for pizza.

        The person on the other end of the line said, Sure, we can deliver a pizza tonight, but we’re very busy. You’ll have to wait a while. That’s fine, I said. Roughly, how long? Three hours, was the answer.