The following column by U.S. Representative Roger Williams is available for publication:
I decided to run for Congress in 2012 because I was not happy with the direction our country was headed. Among many concerns, I felt government was growing too big and our economy wasn’t recovering quickly enough.
As the chief executive of the National Football League, I believe it is up to you to outright condemn the players who refuse to stand during our national anthem.
I am sure you can remember the great sports heroes you looked up to as a child. For me it was Ted Williams and Johnny Unitas. They were larger than life.
In 2010, just two years after one of the largest financial collapses in our nation’s history, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law. At the time, President Obama and Congress promised to hold Wall Street accountable and protect American families from unfair, abusive financial practices.
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was as an emotional response to one of our nation’s most trying economic times. Nearly six years later it has proven to be an expensive blanket of one-size fits all rules on the private sector written by Washington bureaucrats, some of whom have never spent one day of their adult life outside of government.
The start of May reminds us all that summer is around the corner.
Students are preparing for final exams. Calendars are filling with family outings and weddings.
For the two of us, it means the beginning of baseball practices at sunrise in preparation for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity.
In 1939 a young man opened a car dealership to realize the American dream. He built his business up from nothing. He worked hard and he created jobs.
He developed a good reputation in his community – so much so that he was asked to supply the cars during President John Kennedy’s tragic visit to Texas in November 1963.
Deficits are down and the stock market is up – that premature victory chant by President Barack Obama couldn’t be further from the truth today.
This week, President Obama is going around the country to re-hash some of the themes from his State of the Union. I have a better idea: how about he start apologizing for the last seven years?
I have always said that I believe the role of government is to defend the borders, build infrastructure, collect our taxes and then get out of the way. Under President Obama, we have witnessed an executive branch that refuses to enforce immigration law but has expanded government like never before while our roads and bridges crumble beneath us.
As we approach the new year, it is a great time to reflect on 2015. While the past year has brought much frustration and disappointment from Washington, it is the Texas spirit of resolve, determination and willingness to confront challenges head-on that give me hope for the future.