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Representative Mike Coffman

Representing the 6th District of COLORADO


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May 1, 2011 Op-Eds

Last August, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, "The single biggest threat to our national security is our debt."

When the admiral said that, our national debt was $13.3 trillion. Today it is $14.3 trillion. The threat keeps growing.

Apr 22, 2011 Op-Eds

Although you might not have heard of rare earths — the common name for 17 obscure but valuable chemical elements — you most likely own a consumer product that contains them.

Mar 31, 2011 Op-Eds
“We cannot mortgage our children’s future on a mountain of debt. It’s time to put an end to the runaway spending and the record deficits – it’s not how you would run your family budget, and it must not be how Washington handles your tax dollars,” said then Sen. Barack Obama, Oct. 1, 2008. “I think the biggest threat we have to our national security is our debt,” said Admiral Mike Mullen, President Obama’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, July 6, 2010. When then Sen. Barack Obama gave the above remark as part of a campaign speech in the fall of 2008, the deficit – the shortfall between revenues and expenditures – stood at $456 billion. The record deficit in 2008 was the largest deficit in American history and, relative to the size of the economy, the largest deficit since World War II.
Mar 18, 2011 Op-Eds

In case you haven’t figured it out on your own, let me report to you straight from Washington, D.C.: this country’s finances are a mess.

Feb 28, 2011 Op-Eds

On a warm summer morning in 1972 I was waiting in a long line outside of the Military Entrance Processing Station in downtown Denver.  The line consisted of young men, mostly conscripts commonly referred to as draftees, reporting on their assigned date to begin two years of active duty with the U.S. Army.
Feb 10, 2011 Op-Eds
The most important issue on the minds of all Americans is how to get our economy moving again to create jobs. I share the concerns of many Americans on how to end the out-of-control government spending that is threatening both the economic and national security of our nation. The price of gasoline is on the rise and soon families, who have already been hit hard by this economy, will be facing higher prices at the pump once again.
Dec 17, 2010 Op-Eds
When I enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1972, the United States was still entrenched in an ideological struggle with the nations and insurgencies who strongly held a shared allegiance to Marxist Communism and who listed the United States as their chief adversary. Today, the United States finds itself in an ideological struggle with radical Islam. This struggle is just as dangerous as the threat of communism once was during the Cold War.
Dec 5, 2010 Op-Eds
Recently, I visited Afghanistan as part of a congressional delegation of five members from the House Armed Services Committee. We were briefed on all aspects of the counterinsurgency mission: the development of Afghan institutions of governance; efforts to reshape Afghan society (i.e., education, role of women, economic development); the training of Afghan security forces (both police and the army); and our own operations, as well as those conducted by our coalition partners. The most inspiring part for me was visiting Helmand province and talking to the Marines on the front lines.
Nov 9, 2010 Op-Eds
Few things can be as paralyzing to residents and dangerous to our first responders as out-of-control forest fires. The pain, anguish, economic cost and potential loss of life associated with catastrophic fires such as the Fourmile Canyon fire earlier this year are irreparably devastating.
Nov 5, 2010 Op-Eds

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