Op-Eds & Speeches
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)
The Daily Caller
May 5, 2010
The March 27 murder of Arizona rancher Rob Krentz in Cochise County, 20 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border made headlines in Arizona, sparked significant unrest in border communities, and, in part, led to the enactment of the new controversial illegal immigration law in that state.
The federal government dominates every aspect of our lives. It has become immense in its size, reach and expense. Since 1995 alone, the federal government has issued nearly 60,000 new rules governing everything from the size of the holes in Swiss cheese to what colors are allowed for surgical stitches. Centralized power and one-size-fits-all solutions from distant bureaucrats leave Americans with a government that is out of reach and out of touch.
For my whole life, Republicans have tried to reduce the size and scope of the federal government. Yet, over the last five decades, the federal government has continued to grow. Federal spending surpassed $100 billion per year in 1962. It reached $1 trillion in 1987. In 2010, federal spending will surpass $3.5 trillion.
The federal government has grown under both Democrats and Republicans; the best that can be said is that federal spending has sometimes grown more slowly under Republican control. Leaders in Washington from both parties have shown themselves either unwilling or unable of actually shrinking the federal government.
Roughly 40 years later, President Barack Obama has proposed a NASA budget that would end our efforts to get back to the moon, cancel the replacement for the space shuttle, cripple our capabilities in space and hurt our national security.
This "one small budget step" would be a giant leap backward for American leadership in space and security.
Bishop Wages Land Battle
October 12, 2009
By Ellyn Ferguson, CQ Weekly
Utah's conservative Republican Rep. Rob Bishop is no fan of the National Landscape Conservation System, one of several agencies that sequesters land in his state from development, and he has been suspicious for more than a year that the NLCS is too cozy with private conservation groups.
Now a report by the Interior Department's acting inspector general, Mary L. Kendall, has confirmed the congressman's suspicions, although there won't be much of a consequence.
"I can say I was right," Bishop declared.
Congressman Bishop Secures Motion to Recommit- protecting private property rights within the Santa Cruz National Heritage Act
Much like the subject of Frost's poem, America today finds itself at a crossroads. There are two diverging paths we can choose with regard to this nation's energy policy. The road we ultimately choose will indeed make all the difference.