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Representative Mike Coffman

Representing the 6th District of COLORADO

Op-Eds

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.”

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.

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