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  • Obama's 'Grand Bargain'
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 9, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Budget & Federal Spending, Government Reform, Taxes

    National Review Online President Obama recently offered Republicans a “grand bargain” — lowering the corporate tax rate, apparently from 35 to 28 percent, and closing some loopholes in return for new “investments” in jobs. The economy unquestionably needs help. Unemployment is 7.6 percent and economic growth is stuck below 2 percent. But the president is offering an inadequate reform in exchange for a damaging one. The shiny bauble Obama is holding out to Congress — the prospect of reducing the ... Read more

  • The Green Crusade Goes National
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 16, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Environment

    National Review Online Having grown up on a farm in California’s San Joaquin Valley, I have seen firsthand how environmental extremists smashed a flourishing agricultural region. Citing the need to protect a three-inch baitfish called the Delta smelt, green activists succeeded in getting farmers’ water supplies drastically cut. As some of the world’s most productive soil degenerated into a drought-stricken landscape, farmers — some of whose families had worked these lands for generations — packe... Read more

  • Devin Nunes: Create jobs? Reform taxes
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 19, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform, Taxes

    OC Register We need more jobs, in California and throughout the country. America's official 7.6 percent unemployment rate reflects a worse situation than it seems, since the figure does not account for millions of jobless Americans who have stopped looking for work. In fact, the number of Americans who work or are seeking work fell by a half million people in March, yielding the lowest monthly rate – 63.3 percent – since May 1979. What it takes to create jobs is no secret. We need to provide a r... Read more

  • The Government Party
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 15, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Agriculture, Budget & Federal Spending, Government Reform, Environment, Taxes

    National Review Online The Democratic party portrays itself as the defender of the little guy, righteously battling corporate America and other powerful villains. Its appeals used to have a wide resonance, even among some members of my own family. But underneath the rhetoric and media spin, the Democratic party has emerged today as a vociferous protector of three entrenched and powerful groups -- Big Business, Big Government (specifically, public-employee unions), and the radical Left -- that pu... Read more

  • Cultivating Tomorrow’s Ag Leaders Today
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 13, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Trade

    Horizons, California Agriculture Leadership Foundation As California agriculture faces serious challenges, including a government-induced drought, it’s more important than ever for us to train knowledgeable, proactive leaders who can help improve conditions for California farmers and agriculture workers. Today, it’s crucial for California to cultivate leaders with an understanding of international trade. Between 2000 and 2010, the value of California agricultural exports more than doubled from $... Read more

  • Overcoming the Culture of Debt
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 1, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform, Trade, Taxes

    The Insider, Clovis Chamber of Commerce As a congressman representing California’s 22nd District, I need to communicate directly with my constituents. I want to hear your ideas on improving the economy and creating jobs, as well as to keep you informed about my efforts to represent you in Washington. Many Americans feel their voice doesn’t matter in politics, but I’m here to tell you that it does. To communicate with me, I urge you to visit my website, nunes.house.gov, where you can sign up for ... Read more

  • A Reform Agenda, a Path Forward for California Republicans
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 6, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Budget & Federal Spending, Government Reform, Taxes

    Hoover Institution, Advancing a Free Society Californians will soon face a Democratic super-majority in Sacramento determined to further increase spending, raise more taxes, and make the state even more hostile to business and entrepreneurship. In Washington, D.C., we’ll find a Democratic president and his Senate allies striving to apply California’s self-destructive policies to the rest of the nation. As state and national Democrats move us toward the fiscal abyss, we Republicans must find a pa... Read more

  • Devin Nunes: California’s day of fiscal reckoning near
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 30, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget & Federal Spending, Government Reform, Taxes

    The Fresno Bee Having run up a national debt of $16 trillion, where is the federal government leading us? We don’t need to speculate, because our home state provides a real-life example of where this path leads. California was once a model for the nation – a prosperous, well-functioning state that attracted migrants from across America who sought their fortune in gold prospecting, agriculture, start-up businesses, high-tech ventures, and other enterprises. Now, the Golden State is becoming a dif... Read more

  • Romney offers course correction at home and abroad
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 18, 2012 | Preview rr

    The Hill, Congress Blog In his recent speech at the Virginia Military Institute, Mitt Romney laid out a foreign policy vision that represents a clear break from President Obama’s approach. Sometimes foreign policy is viewed as being completely distinct from domestic policy. But in his speech, Romney underscored the crucial connection between the two realms, highlighting the need “to revive our stagnant economy, to roll back our unsustainable debt, to reform our government, [and] to reverse the c... Read more

  • A tax reform to get businesses expanding
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 11, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Reform, Taxes

    Washington Post In November 2007, Americans had 146.6 million jobs; now, we have just 143 million. Then, 66 percent of working-age Americans had a job or were looking for one; as of September, that figure was 63.6 percent, the second-lowest result in three decades. Recent Federal Reserve statistics highlighted a core problem hindering our economy: Liquid assets held by U.S. corporations total $1.73 trillion, up from around $1 trillion a decade ago. That sum and the vast liquid assets held by non... Read more