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Representative Mike Coffman

Representing the 6th District of COLORADO

Op-Eds

Nov 5, 2010 Op-Eds


“The character of a nation can be measured by the way that nation treats its veterans.”

Oct 26, 2010 Op-Eds
I believe there is no single issue we face as a nation more critical to our future than the crushing national debt which now sits at $13.5 trillion. I have been extremely outspoken about the need to balance the federal budget and reduce deficit spending. I am also a strong proponent of a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget. While balancing our federal budget is a critical component of setting the nation on a sustainable course, we must also cut federal spending, and we must do so immediately.
Oct 17, 2010 Op-Eds
I was a small-business owner for 17 years, and I strongly believe that many of our nation's economic problems could be solved if there were more leaders in government with an understanding of how business actually works.
Sep 24, 2010 Op-Eds
Time has come to drop the culture of entitlement for bureaucrats.
Sep 21, 2010 Op-Eds
Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., has a long overdue message from America's taxpayers to Washington politicians and bureaucrats: It's time for you to share our pain. Coffman proposes to furlough all nonessential federal workers for two weeks next year.
Sep 9, 2010 Op-Eds
Unless action is taken by Congress and the president, tax rates will increase for nearly half of all Americans — all of those who pay federal taxes, on January 1, 2011.
Aug 30, 2010 Op-Eds
With the federal debt at $13 trillion and growing, we support a constitutional amendment to require annual balanced budgets. If only Washington had listened to us, we'd all be better off. But isn't that always the case?
Aug 12, 2010 Op-Eds
Our nation’s space program has been on a confusing ride this year. But it appears that we are back on track to a promising future. In February, the Obama administration made a budget request that would end NASA’s current program for astronauts to further explore our solar system by returning to the moon and then beyond. Under the president’s proposal, NASA would have instead developed new technologies for several years before beginning a program to reach more distant destinations in 15 years or so. NASA would also contract out its current rocket needs, paying private companies and the Russian government (at $52 million a seat) for cargo and astronaut access to the International Space Station.
Aug 5, 2010 Op-Eds
Recently, the House considered legislation (H.R. 5297) that will create a $30 billion fund for the secretary of the Treasury to use to make capital investments in smaller financial institutions.  The investments are allegedly to encourage small business lending.
Jul 1, 2010 Op-Eds
One of Congress’ fundamental responsibilities under the Constitution is budgeting. With large majorities in both houses of Congress, the only hurdle Democrat leaders have in developing and garnering support for the annual budget resolution is themselves.
Jun 3, 2010 Op-Eds
A system that allows the government to spend money it does not have, and then to cover up the true cost of such spending to the American people, is no longer serving the people. A government of the people, by the people, and for the people is one that is responsible with the people’s money. It not only just spends what it has to, but also only spends what it actually has.
May 30, 2010 Op-Eds
The crisis of budgeting in Greece, California, New York and New Jersey are warning signs of the coming crisis of government in Washington, D.C. A responsible government does not spend any more on necessary government than it collects through a taxation system that maximizes economic growth, jobs, wages, family income and overall prosperity for working people. In Washington today, irresponsible leaders are putting our nation's future in jeopardy by borrowing trillions of dollars more than it can collect in taxes to pay for unnecessary government and in the process making changes to our taxation system that distort economic growth, kill jobs, and make our fiscal outlook even bleaker.
May 5, 2010 Op-Eds
The March 27 murder of Arizona rancher Rob Krentz in Cochise County, 20 miles from the U.S. - Mexico border made headlines in Arizona, sparked significant unrest in border communities, and, in part, led to the enactment of the new controversial illegal immigration law in that state. Although catalyzed by the killing of Mr. Krentz, Arizona’s rebellion has its roots in failed federal policies and a woeful neglect of federal responsibilities. The new Arizona law aimed at controlling illegal immigration is an understandable response to the failures of the federal government to secure our borders and protect our national security.
Apr 22, 2010 Op-Eds
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman is doing the right thing in sponsoring a bill eliminating the possibility the Army could condemn ranchland in Southeastern Colorado to expand Fort Carson’s Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site. Bravo!
Apr 20, 2010 Op-Eds
Although you may have never heard of rare earths - the common name for 17 obscure but valuable rare earth elements – you most likely own a consumer product that contains them. Rare earths are used in components for wind turbines, in rechargeable batteries for hybrid cars, in key weapons systems for our military, and in everyday consumer products like computers, cell phones, and iPods. The problem is currently, the U.S. is nearly 100 percent reliant on imports for these vital materials and a disruption in supply could severely affect the U.S.’s ability to manufacture high-technology products and jeopardize our national security.
Apr 6, 2010 Op-Eds
In the final days leading up to passage of the health care bill, and in the days since, Democrats have touted claims that the legislation will reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next two decades. These claims are utterly false, and it doesn’t take someone with green eye shades to figure that out.
Mar 20, 2010 Op-Eds

Re: "Savings estimate wins votes," March 19 news story.

Reading many of the media reports from the past few days about the "new" compromise health care bill Democrats will move through Congress this weekend, you would think the final bill is a magic deficit reduction potion. Democrats are touting claims that this so-called new final package will reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next two decades. These claims are utterly false, and it doesn't take a budget expert or economist to see that. Let me explain. The evidence lies in the assumptions that the official scorekeepers of legislation, the Congressional Budget Office, used in arriving at their conclusion that the bill would save money.
Mar 12, 2010 Op-Eds
Although I did not attend the health care “summit” held at the Blair House hosted by the president, like so many other Americans I watched it intently. While the event was a fascinating study in public discourse, it was not the game-changing summit Democrats had billed it to be. I was left underwhelmed with the president and utterly disappointed in the plan he put forward.
Mar 10, 2010 Op-Eds
Congress must adopt a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget. Our nation’s economic future may well depend on it. Today our national debt sits at more than $12 trillion. The president’s budget projects more than a $1.6 trillion dollar shortfall this year. When you include all of the unfunded liabilities of paying for future entitlement spending the national debt looks more like $65 trillion. It is also projected that in the next 15 years our national debt will eclipse our gross domestic product (GDP), essentially bankrupting our government.
Mar 5, 2010 Op-Eds
Bipartisanship is, as everyone knows, in short supply in Washington these days. But it has not vanished completely. When Presidential Science Adviser John Holdren and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden unveiled President Obama's new plan for space exploration they encountered unexpectedly strong and dramatic opposition from Democrats and Republicans alike. What produced this rare consensus? Nothing less than a roadmap put forth by these two men for strategic retreat from space leadership.

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