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Sep 10, 2015 Column

In 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain led a multi-nation effort to allow Adolf Hitler to seize a part of Czechoslovakia. The Munich Agreement, as it was called, was signed to avoid what the prime minister believed was the only alternative: war.

Jul 21, 2015 Column

Five years ago, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law as one of the largest financial overhauls in our nation’s history. The American people were told the law was necessary to ensure stability in the financial sector and prevent future meltdowns.

Jul 7, 2015 Column

The talk of tax reform in our nation’s capital is commonplace. Unfortunately, there is just not much substance to back up the rhetoric. Tax reform is a bipartisan issue, but the United States tax code has not been overhauled since 1986.

Jun 3, 2015 Column

Up until last week our state experienced a drought so severe that water levels were reduced to historic lows while conservation efforts were set to all-time highs. Lakes and reservoirs were bone dry. Wildfires were a constant threat.

Just when we thought it couldn't get any worse, we were delivered what we so desperately needed but far too much in far too short of time.

Apr 16, 2015 Column

In 1939 a man started a car dealership to realize the American dream. When he died the ownership of the business was passed along to his son and so was a death tax liability equal to a significant value of the business’ worth.
The son nearly declared bankruptcy.

Mar 26, 2015 Column

Earlier this month U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke in front of a group of CEOs in Manhattan and compared the U.S. economy to a "well-oiled machine.”

One week later he testified before the House Committee on Financial Services, on which I serve, and I told him his statement bothered me.

Mar 11, 2015 Column

A vote for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015 was a vote for President Barack Obama’s plan to protect five million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Feb 23, 2015 Column

We are a nation of immigrants. From Albert Einstein to Henry Kissinger to Fox News’ Rupert Murdoch, many foreign born Americans have significantly influenced science and the arts in this great country, there is no denying that.