The IRS takes your money. Congress uses our money to arm our enemies. The IRS takes more of your money. Congress uses that money to fight the enemies Congress just armed.
I follow a set of principles; I follow the Constitution. And that's what I base my votes on. Limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty.
I would rather keep all the levels lower and stick to the sequester, but there are people in leadership who live outside of reality and want to increase things that Republicans like and pretend Democrats don't exist.
Everyone knows about the substantive issues of concern, like federal health care, but very little is said about the process, the lack of accountability.
I don't have a particular go-to political blog.
Legislation that names a specific private organization to defund (rather than all organizations that engage in a particular activity) is improper and arguably unconstitutional.
In the state of Michigan, where I served in the state Legislature, there was a lot of shuffling of money between one year and the other to balance the budget.
If you're going to vote yes and change the law. You have to know what's in it. You can't depend on other people.
As a legislator, I saw how effective I could be by being transparent, posting and explaining all of my votes.
I haven't been in politics too long so that's a good thing.
But I'm hopeful some of that will start to change. The public is more libertarian, the public is saying we want people who are going to be independent and not bow to leadership in either of the major parties.
Those of us who are pro-life should demand more from Congress. While we waste time on stuff like this, genuine legislation to protect life is ignored.
To Brian Ellis, you owe my family and this community and apology for a disgusting and despicable smear campaign,
I think something substantial will pass out of the House at some point during this term.
There seems to be a lot of momentum behind immigration reform.
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