While great minds grapple with the forensic analysis of what happened in the Gulf and how to stop it from happening in the future, Congress must turn its eye to tomorrow. It is time to craft legislation that spurs innovation in alternative fuels. In fact, it is time for alternative fuels to be the norm.
Special interests contribute enormous amounts of money to congressional campaigns — this is common knowledge to any political observer. Less talked about is that large donations make up the large majority of campaign contributions: In 2008, less than 0.5 percent of the U.S. population made contributions of $200 or more, but these large donations made up 82 percent of total funds.
Less talked about still is the ease with which large contributors secure preferential treatment for special interests: bailouts, government contracts, tax breaks and earmarks — all at the expense of American taxpayers.
In its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court opened the floodgates for big-money special interests in our elections. Corporations and unions can now make unlimited secret expenditures seeking to elect or defeat candidates.
Kundera writes of a balcony scene in the winter snow of 1948 Prague. Clementis offers his fur cap to the new leader Gottwald. Later Clementis is purged by the Communists and airbrushed from all the photos. All that remains of Clementis is the fur cap on the Gottwald’s head.
In the end, all that remains of any of us is our reputation. Mine has been sullied over the past week by lies and innuendo.
I’ve spent the past 14 months traveling around the Commonwealth, giving over 400 speeches, and talking to thousands of Kentuckians.
On June 8th, Nevada Republicans will nominate the candidate they want to see take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this November. Senator Harry Reid has already said that he supports some form of a "path to citizenship" for illegal immigrants in any legislation he brings to the Senate floor. This is amnesty - and it runs contrary to America's roots as a nation of laws.
Nevada is suffering from an unemployment rate of just under 14%. In Las Vegas, where the majority of Nevadans live and work , the housing price index is a minus 17.5% over just the past year. Unfortunately, the policies backed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Obama administration have done nothing to put Nevada back on the road to recovery and instead are hampering efforts to create private sector jobs. The artificial boost given to job numbers by hiring temporary census workers isn’t going to change that.
Nevadans today see a federal government bent on ramming through programs that are ideologically driven and ignore their real-life economic consequences. The health care bill Reid got through the Senate only through parliamentary maneuvering is a good example. Our business owners face the
In order to reverse this trend, we must put an immediate stop to out of control government spending. It is a travesty that our own government is severely encumbering this and future generations of Americans with trillions of dollars of debt while offering no solution to pay it off. Harry
With the right leaders, the right agenda and the right movement of people and ideas, we can reverse this trend. America can remain exceptional, but it’s going to require bold and decisive action in the very near future. It’s going to require leaders who are willing to not only stand up to the Obama agenda, but offer clear alternatives as well.
Saying no to bad ideas is very important in the Obama Era, but so is laying out an alternative conservative vision. We did just that in Florida. As I prepared to become Speaker of the House, we created a book called 100 Ideas for Florida’s Future. It was a book of ideas and proposals collected over many months from all across the state. Many of them came from political leaders, academics and researchers. But some of the best ideas came from everyday working Floridians who simply wanted to promote limited government, maintain our freedom and keep Florida great. We took the 100 best ideas on issues like tax reform, education and insurance reform and put them in a book which became the foundation of my agenda as speaker.
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