Editorials

July 20, 2010

THE U.S. SUPREME COURT GETS IT RIGHT AGAIN, AND I COULD NOT AGREE MORE

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." Does that quote by Thomas Jefferson leave any doubt of what our Founding Fathers intended in the 2nd Amendment? No, it is clear to me that it does not. Thomas Jefferson was an avid supporter of James Madison's first ten amendments to our Constitution (the Bill of Rights.) Clearly, he understood Madison's intent in the 2nd Amendment, which specifically protects "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms." On June 28, the United States … Continue Reading


July 19, 2010

YUCCA MOUNTAIN: THE NUCLEAR WASTE SOLUTION

Since coming to Congress, I have strongly advocated for nuclear power to be a key component of our national energy strategy.  In recent years, efforts to expand our nuclear energy portfolio have gained momentum, which adds urgency to the question of what to do with used nuclear fuel and defense high-level waste.  In 1982, Congress passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA), which mandated the establishment of a permanent, high-level nuclear waste repository.  After five years of research and stu… Continue Reading


July 05, 2010

HARD TIMES

Idaho families certainly face hard times today. The unemployment rate is well above 10% in many Idaho counties. Our federal budget deficit is approaching the point where it will eclipse our domestic economic output. But Congress just keeps running up the federal deficit-even with some issues that seem well-intentioned, but that will burden future generations with incalculable debt. It is hard to take a big picture view of federal spending, particularly when something as personal as unemploym… Continue Reading


June 29, 2010

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

In a few days, we will celebrate the "birthday of the United States of America"-July 4th. This marks the day in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress. While there are numerous phrases from the Declaration that are instantly recognizable, i.e. "When in the course of human events …", "… we hold these truths be self-evident, that all men are created equal …", "… deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed …", it is notable that we don't of… Continue Reading


June 16, 2010

SMALL BUSINESS: THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as its 2009 Mentor of the Year for its "commitment to mentoring small business." INL was given this honor for its work with small businesses through its Mentor-Protégé Program, which seeks to enhance "the capabilities of small businesses to perform contracts and subcontracts for INL, other DOE Laboratories and federal agencies." There is a very good reason why INL and DOE seek to support and mentor small… Continue Reading


June 10, 2010

EPA OVERREACH

Last summer, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act, also known as the Waxman-Markey "cap and trade" legislation. The Senate has attempted to pass similar legislation, but the American people are wise to the act. They have pushed back to let their elected representatives know that they oppose a massive energy tax that will send more jobs overseas and significantly undermine our global competitiveness. Unfortunately, though, instead of signaling that t… Continue Reading


June 04, 2010

$13,000,000,000,000

Numerically, one trillion dollars has twelve zeroes---$1,000,000,000,000. A one thousand dollar stack of one dollar bills measures 4.3 inches high. A one million dollar stack of one dollar bills measures 358 feet high. A one billion dollar stack of one dollar bills measures nearly 68 miles high. A one trillion dollar stack of one dollar bills measures nearly 67,900 miles high. Now, multiply one trillion by 13 and you have the historic, yet shameful, level to which our national debt has risen as … Continue Reading


May 26, 2010

EARN THIS

On April 3, 2010, at a small cemetery in Richfield, Idaho, a Medal of Honor grave marker was placed to honor the life and service of Medal of Honor recipient Oscar Verner Peterson. That the placement of this marker comes so close to this year's observance of Memorial Day is fitting. The valor and sacrifice of Chief Petty Officer Peterson is but one shining example of the heroism Americans have benefited from throughout the course of our history, and it is an excellent example of what we acknowle… Continue Reading


May 20, 2010

SHOCKED AND APPALLED

The most common question I am asked by Idahoans, over the past eighteen months, is something like, "What can we do to fight back against the massive growth and indebtedness of the federal government?" This is commonly followed up with something like, "What can we do about the unresponsiveness and seeming indifference to our concerns?" These questions and concerns are completely justified. The federal government has spent taxpayer money with abandon and grown to an unprecedented size, and in … Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

FINANCIAL REFORM MUST INCLUDE FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC

"Reforming the financial system without fixing Fannie and Freddie is like declaring a war on terror and ignoring al Qaeda." -Wall Street Journal editorial, May 6, 2010  The Democrats' new financial reform bill fails to end bailouts for Wall Street and imposes expensive new regulatory burdens that will fall heavily on small businesses. Even worse, the bill fails to end bailouts for Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the largest housing lenders that purchased home… Continue Reading


April 29, 2010

THIS IS HEALTH CARE REFORM?

In an editorial last week, the Wall Street Journal wrote, "When President Obama signed his health-care reform last month, he declared it will 'lower costs for families and for businesses and for the federal government.' So why, barely a month later, are Democrats scrambling to pass a new bill that would impose price controls on insurance?" The answer is that the supporters of the new health care law knew, as did the majority of Americans who opposed the law, that it would ultimately increase cos… Continue Reading


April 21, 2010

DEBT REDUCTION CAN'T WAIT

"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt" -Thomas Jefferson, July 12, 1816 "No pecuniary consideration is more urgent, than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt" -George Washington, December 3, 1793 "The principle of spending money, to be paid by posterity under the name funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale" -Thomas Jefferson, May 28, 1816  In mid-March, I was appointed by the Republican leadership in the Senate to serve on the National … Continue Reading


April 15, 2010

HEROES ALL AROUND

How many heroes do you know? Probably more than you think. They are all around us. They are America's veterans and, sadly, we too rarely hear their amazing stories of sacrifice and selfless service. The unprecedented security, prosperity and freedoms that Americans have today were borne out of the principles in the Declaration of Independence and the system of limited, representative government set out in the Constitution. Ever since, it has been the American military service member who has done… Continue Reading


April 07, 2010

TAX FREEDOM?

This April, Americans will feel the sting of two rather unpleasant days within the span of one week. Last Friday, April 9th, was Tax Freedom Day 2010; and, as everyone knows, Thursday, April 15, 2010, is Tax Day. Tax Freedom Day is the day on which the nonpartisan Tax Foundation estimates that Americans have earned enough money to pay for all federal, state and local taxes for the year. This year, Tax Freedom Day comes on the 99th day of the year, which means that your earnings for 99 of the 365… Continue Reading


April 01, 2010

WHAT THE HEALTH CARE LAW MEANS FOR IDAHOANS

After months of debate, our country has a new health care law that I'm convinced will prove to be a historic mistake. Although there was minimal discussion about bipartisanship on the matter, the only thing about this bill that turned out to be bipartisan was the opposition to it-in Congress and in public opinion. Instead of focusing on reforms that address what Americans really care about-high health care costs, rising insurance rates and meaningful access to insurance---it raises taxes, reduce… Continue Reading


March 24, 2010

THE OWYHEE INITIATIVE, ONE YEAR ON

It's been nearly one year since the President signed the Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009, which contained the Owyhee Initiative Implementation Act. In that year, we have already seen the fruit of the collaborative process and the successes that made this effort well worth the many years it took to craft agreement. The Owyhee Initiative (OI) started in 2001 when the Owyhee County Commissioners tackled the decades-old land management issues in their county. They put together a broad represent… Continue Reading


March 17, 2010

TOURING WASHINGTON, D.C.

This is the time of year when many plan their summer vacations. Each year, many Idaho families choose to visit our nation's capital, which is full of historic sites and buildings along with museums and other attractions that make it a good place to spend a week or two. But with so many opportunities to learn about our country's past and present, it can be overwhelming to decide how to spend your time and money. That is one reason that I have set up a section on my website dealing with visiting D… Continue Reading


March 10, 2010

ON THE MOUNT VERNON STATEMENT

We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding. Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government. -The Mount Vernon Statement, 2-17-10 A group of prominent conservative leaders recently released the Mount Vernon Statement to recommend a r… Continue Reading


March 03, 2010

NUCLEAR ENERGY IS THE FUTURE, PART II

Many who are interested in the future of nuclear energy want to see a summit of political and nuclear industry leaders to develop an action plan and take advantage of the many positive recent developments on this issue. A summit would allow everyone involved to stay consistently focused on the same objectives. A summit should focus on key issues such as strengthening and extending the safe and efficient use of our existing nuclear fleet. To that end, I am very happy that the Idaho National L… Continue Reading


February 25, 2010

NUCLEAR ENERGY IS THE FUTURE

For far too long, one of our most promising alternative energy options has been left to languish-nuclear energy. Nuclear power should be a central, key part of our national energy strategy. It is encouraging that the President's Fiscal Year 2011 budget provides stronger support for nuclear energy through a significant increase in loan guarantees for construction of new nuclear plants. I firmly believe in the benefits of nuclear energy, which can provide energy and economic security to our countr… Continue Reading

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