Feb 2, 2010 Op-Eds
This week President Obama released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2011. Just a few days prior the president spoke at a meeting of House Republicans, promising fiscal discipline and a renewed commitment to tackling our rising national debt. These were also themes in the president’s State of the Union address and on both occasions I was encouraged to hear the president talk about the economy and commit to focusing on job creation. Disappointingly, a review of the president’s fiscal year 2011 budget shows the administration has chosen more of the same reckless and unsustainable taxing, spending, and borrowing.
Jan 25, 2010 Op-Eds
On the Tuesday before Christmas, a little known freshman Democrat from Alabama, Rep. Parker Griffith, made waves in the nation’s capital – he changed party affiliations.
Jan 25, 2010 Op-Eds
During my first year in Congress, I witnessed a disturbing pattern in legislative strategy pursued by Democrat leaders. Often in Congress, non-controversial provisions are attached to annual authorizing and funding bills, which in essence, become legislative vehicles for other measures. It’s not a new practice. Both parties have long used this as a tactic to move legislation through Congress, but the Democrats’ escalation last year using all three troop funding bills as a means to pass extremely controversial and unrelated social and economic policy was inappropriate and set a terrible precedent.
Jan 13, 2010 Op-Eds
Founding Father and statesman Patrick Henry once said of the Constitution, "It is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."
Jan 12, 2010 Op-Eds
Jan 8, 2010 Op-Eds
Early on the morning of December 24th, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and more than a dozen Democrat senators exchanged holiday gifts in the form of a vote on the Senate version of health care reform, H.R. 3590. Harry Reid received the gift of 60 votes, the number he needed, to pass the Democrats’ health care bill in the Senate. In return for their support, more than a dozen Senators received multi-million dollar sweetheart deals at the American taxpayer’s expense.
Dec 21, 2009 Op-Eds
The week before President Barack Obama delivered his speech at West Point announcing he would order 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, I traveled to Kabul as part of a small congressional delegation. Upon arrival, we met with Gen. Stanley McChrystal to review the security challenges in Afghanistan. Our discussion focused on his plan to reverse the current momentum of the Taliban in order to create a stable environment and allow for the political process to move forward. I left the meeting wanting to believe in the general and wanting to believe in our mission.
Nov 16, 2009 Op-Eds
Less than twenty four hours after Members of Congress cast arguably the most important vote of this year, the Aurora Sentinel indicted Republicans for voting against Nancy Pelosi’s bill and for being vocal about our opposition. The editorial asserted that opposing the bill was an endorsement of the status quo and that those who opposed it were fighting against “change” rather than working with Democrats to help shape it. This is a mischaracterization and a false analogy. The editorial also asserts that Republicans have not in earnest tried to be part of the process. That could not be further from the truth.
Oct 7, 2009 Op-Eds
Right now, as commander-in-chief, President Obama must lead on Afghanistan, or we risk losing what he has described as the "central front" in our battle against al Qaeda.
Sep 9, 2009 Op-Eds
Many Democrats have claimed that Republicans are being purely obstructionist with health reform and offering no real alternatives. That could not be further from the truth. America is in desperate need of health care reforms, but the wrong reforms – or well intentioned but poorly conceived reforms will only exacerbate the current crisis. Just because my Republican colleagues and I are opposed to the current Democrat proposals, doesn’t means we’re opposed to reform – despite what some Democrats may have you believe.