Have a positive impact on someone. Say “hello” to a person you do not know. Hold a door open for the person behind you. Call an old friend. It may be cold outside, but it will warm your heart and brighten someone else’s day.
To recover from their debacle in the midterm elections, Democrats have seized on two questionable propositions: They lost mainly because of President Obama’s unpopularity, and the 2016 presidential election will be more favorable.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, is open to challenging Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., in a GOP primary in 2016. “We haven’t decided what we’re doing yet, so that’s a good question,” Huelskamp told CQ Roll Call when asked if he was considering a Senate bid.
I’m not a huge fan of President Obama’s decision to go the executive, rather than legislative, route on immigration reform. And I was definitely not a huge fan of his Nov. 20 speech, which seemed almost deliberately unconvincing. But there we are; they happened. So what should Republicans do about it?
Gov. Sam Brownback said Monday that he is considering both spending cuts and tax increases as ways to close the state’s budget shortfall. That’s smart, as it would be very difficult and damaging to cut about $1 billion in spending this fiscal year and next. But Brownback is playing dumb in claiming that he didn’t know until after the election that the state was facing a shortfall this fiscal year.
The GOP-led House Intelligence Committee quietly released Friday afternoon the findings of its two-year investigation into the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Its conclusion shouldn’t be missed: The CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the attack, and there was no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.
Since the taxpayers invested our money, we should receive a portion of the profits of the city-owned Hyatt Regency Hotel and county-owned Intrust Bank Arena during the NCAA tournaments and beyond. This is the biggest gripe: We pay and pay but never get anything in return.
Republicans should remind Americans that the president’s executive action is nothing more than another short-term patch that arguably makes it less, not more, likely that Congress will ever pass permanent reforms.
As the fight over immigration heats up on Capitol Hill, some national observers are noting the exit polling indicating Gov. Sam Brownback received 47 percent of the Latino vote when he won re-election this month, compared with 46 percent for Democrat Paul Davis.
The Keystone XL pipeline is supposed to transport crude from Canada’s oil sands to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Canada makes money, and the oil companies make money when they sell the refined products to the highest bidder. How does that morph into energy independence for the U.S.?
From 2009 to 2011, Obama and the Democrats held power in both houses of Congress and he did nothing on immigration. Now that he has neither house of Congress, he’s ready to act? Playing politics or incompetent, it’s one or the other.