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House passes balanced budget

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Editorial  /  No Comments

By Congressman Bradley Byrne Our country is on an unsustainable fiscal course. On our current trajectory, the debt will reach nearly 170 percent of our national Gross Domestic Product by 2040. In just 10 years, we will spend more on servicing the debt than we will on national defense. With China already holding $12.3 trillion [...]

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Public servants or public masters?

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Editorial  /  No Comments

Last week I suggested that it may be time for the people of the United States to say “Enough!” and stand up to the abuses of power that mark our out-of-control government and the would-be tyrants that seem bent on removing our freedoms. This week someone did just that. A rancher in Nevada, Cliven Bundy, [...]

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Privacy? Surely you jest!

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Editorial  /  No Comments

Ring. Ring. “Hello, this is Tom.” “We know who you are, Tom. In the digital age, you will be shocked by what we know about you.” “Who is this? The National Security Agency? I thought President Obama issued orders to rein you in!” “That’s a good one, Tom. Obama told the NSA to stop storing [...]

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Was Rep. Wren just the first domino to fall?

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Editorial  /  No Comments

By Bob Martin When dominos fall, they usually fall in multiples. “Mommas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys” is a line from one of my favorite old western songs. Perhaps a modern day version using “legislators” could give all those cowboys in that line a well-deserved break. A Montgomery blog this past [...]

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Maritime economy means Alabama jobs

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Congressman Bradley “Whoever rules the waves rules the world.” Alfred Thayer Mahan, an American naval strategist and historian once called the most important American strategist of the nineteenth century, wrote these words as he referred to the importance of projecting power abroad through naval dominance. This mantra still holds true today not only as [...]

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A little civil disobedience

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

America is a land founded on the principles of resistance to the unjust and immoral in society. We are a people who are not dependent on a dictator or governing body to tell us when something is wrong, and we have long established and frequently used ways of dealing with those elements and ideas that [...]

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Premature ObamaCare victory lap

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Rick Jensen President Obama took a victory lap on Tuesday, celebrating 7 million Obamacare enrollees. Let’s take a look at this success. President Obama and the Democrats pushed through their signature domestic policy stating the “Affordable” Care Act would cover “every American.” They have used the figure of “48 million uninsured Americans.” To date, [...]

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Strange raids, strange indeed

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By BOB MARTIN Did the folks at Greenetrack Casino in Eutaw get advance notice of last month’s raid by Atty. Gen. Luther Strange? Montgomery attorney Charlanna Spencer, who represents Greenetrack, has told me that the casino’s electronic bingo machines were taken offline before the search warrants signed by Greene County District Judge Lillie Jones-Osborne were [...]

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Rest in peace, Admiral Denton

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

Ironically, the death of Rear Admiral Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr., on Friday March 28, occurred only one day before our nation’s belated celebration of the service and sacrifice of our Vietnam veterans. Admiral Denton was held prisoner by the North Vietnamese for seven years and seven months during the Vietnam War. Most Alabamians also know [...]

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Ukraine an opportunity and a test

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By CONGRESSMAN BRADLEY BYRNE As the situation in Ukraine has unfolded over the past weeks, I have watched closely as a member of the House Armed Services Committee. I am gravely concerned with developments that continue to expose this Administration’s dangerously anemic foreign policy. Ukraine is a sovereign nation whose people have demonstrated a strong [...]

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