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Education - Education is key to our children's success and our economic success as a nation. We need to act to make sure that every child has access to a quality education that gives them a good start in life. I firmly believe that we must do more to better educate all of our children.  I also believe that there is much room for improvement in math and science education. The medical, telecom, computer and other technology that sustains the great American economy draws much of its success from math and science research. We need more and better students to maintain that edge. We need the kind of education that will equip today's students to meet the challenges of the new technological era.  Read More...
Social Security - Americans recognize there is a fundamental problem with Social Security that needs to be corrected if it's going to serve America's seniors and future generations.  By acting now, we can reduce the costs of restoring Social Security for our children and grandchildren. By increasing the return earned on our Social Security surpluses, we can make the transition to a better system cheaper and easier.  Read More...
Budget and Taxes - For years the big spenders have manipulated congressional procedure to bust the spending limits set in the budget resolution.  We need to get serious about controlling spending and deciding how much debt we want to leave for our children and grandchildren. I proposed debt ceiling legislation that would do a better job of assessing the government's true liabilities.  Another important consideration is where do we go on taxes.  As the old saying goes, there's nothing certain but death and taxes. We can't do anything about death, but we can and should make taxes as fair and easy as possible.  Read More...
Homeland Security - The creation of the Department of Homeland Security was intended to reverse decades of neglect of our homeland security and finally bring together, under one chain of command and with one common purpose, close to 100 government agencies responsible in some way for homeland security.  It is evident that fighting terrorism requires different tactics than fighting crime.  Creating a new Department of Homeland Security, however, was no silver bullet. Success cannot be achieved with a new organizational chart; it depends on the cultivation of a spirit of cooperation and vigilance.  Read More...
Science and Technology - Perhaps the single most important factor contributing to economic gains has been advances in science and technology. Growth in industries such as computer networking and information technology, genomics, telecommunications, and medicine have improved our lives in countless ways - providing increased wealth, adding years to our lives, and creating an overall standard of living unimaginable just a few generations ago.  While I am a proud fiscal conservative and advocate for limited government, I strongly believe that, with proper oversight and guidance, tax-funded basic research is a very worthwhile investment of federal dollars.  Read More...
Agriculture - The logic of supplemental payments for disasters and low prices has arguments on both sides. Government guarantees minimum prices for many commodities and pays about 75 percent of the cost of crop insurance for producers. We've been trying to move in a direction to better control large fluctuations in government expenditures in low price and weather disaster years. We have tried develop policy to encourage producers to take steps to manage their own risks. Unfortunately, the supplemental disaster payments tend to undercut the effort to get producers to buy crop insurance. The Senate proposal now pending would pay almost identical amounts to farmers who took out crop insurance and those who didn't. If the government is willing to have a disaster bailout for those who don't buy the insurance, it certainly doesn't encourage future purchases of that insurance.  Read More...
Economy - I remain very concerned about the U.S. economy. While no one can predict with certainty what is going to happen to the economy, it is useful to look at where we are, how we got there, and where we're likely to be headed. A strong economy is a critical part of national security. A strong economy exists when people have good education, good research, and appropriate incentives to produce goods and services, hiring people in the process.  High taxes, excessive or uncertain government regulation, and swings in monetary policy lead to a weaker economy and rising unemployment.  Read More...
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