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Jun 15, 2016 Column

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.

May 3, 2016 Column

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.

Apr 18, 2016 Column

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.

Feb 4, 2016 Column

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.

Jan 15, 2016 Column

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?

Jan 1, 2016 Column

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.

Dec 23, 2015 Column

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.

Dec 10, 2015 Column

In his Oval Office address Sunday, President Obama made clear that he never misses an opportunity to advance his anti-gun agenda, the United States is still leading from behind, and he believes the American people are students in his lecture hall.

Oct 30, 2015 Column

Special to the Star-Telegram

Reading the headlines, you would think that in Washington bipartisanship is the litmus test for determining what is “good” legislation.

Oct 9, 2015 Column

Last week, just four hours after a gunman opened fire inside a western Oregon community college, the networks suspended their news coverage to give the president the airwaves.
The nation, looking for answers, was glued to radios and television screens as new details poured in. President Obama's audience was set. He would have their undivided attention.