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  • Minden Press Herald | Fleming: Keeping our military prepared
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense, Veterans

    Last week the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fully fund our military. The passage of this bill in the House, fittingly, coincides with National Appreciation Month, the Month Congress set aside in 1999 to collectively thank those who have served our nation. Under the Constitution, one of the fundamental functions of the federal government is to provide sufficient funding for the common defense. The men and women that continue to serve on the battlefields need to kno... Read more

  • Leesville Daily Leader: Thanking Those Who Serve
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Although our nation’s military men and women deserve to be thanked every day, in 1999, Congress set aside May as the National Military Appreciation Month to collectively thank those that have served our nation - past and present. Having served six years as a physician in the United States Navy, I have a strong personal appreciation for the sacrifices of our nation’s military and veterans who chose to answer the call to serve. There is no one we owe a greater debt of gratitude to than the men and... Read more

  • The Daily Signal | Fleming: Obama’s Green Agenda Should Be Kept out of National Security
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 27, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense

    This week I will be offering an amendment to this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent scarce defense dollars from being squandered on President Obama’s executive orders regarding climate change. These executive orders require the Department of Defense (DOD) to incorporate a host of climate change bureaucracies into its acquisition programs, logistics planning, and military plans and operations. The military is also required to help state and local governments “go green.” ... Read more

  • The Hayride | Fleming: ‘Puerto Rico, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals’
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 19, 2016 | Preview rr

    We’ve seen this movie before: reckless government policies and irresponsible investments by big business bankers leading to bailout schemes before Congress. We went through this less than a decade ago with the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and we experienced it again when billions of taxpayers’ dollars were used to bailout Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and scores of other investment banks – many of which didn’t even want or need the bailout money! Some members of Congress believe this was, and still ... Read more

  • The Daily Signal: Puerto Rico’s Liberal Mismanagement Should Not Be Rewarded by Congress
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 15, 2016 | Preview rr

    Puerto Rico is facing a financial mess. Much of it has been caused by poor governance on the island, but also exacerbated by the heavy hand of the United States government. No one said it better than Pedro Perluisi, the Democratic Delegate from Puerto Rico to the U.S. House of Representatives, when he spoke at a hearing on the Puerto Rico bankruptcy bill. He said, “Part of this over-spending is definitely the result of mismanagement. I admit it. It’s embarrassing.” But then he went on to blame O... Read more

  • Times Pic | Fleming: Give Americans a break
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    Last year Americans spent more of their hard-earned money paying taxes than on food, clothing and household expenses combined. Unfortunately, we can expect the same for 2016 thanks to our confusing, and expensive tax code. Americans spend billions of dollars and countless hours each year to comply with the law - and that’s on top of paying any taxes already due. Last year, according to the Tax Foundation, hard-working Americans arrived at “Tax Freedom Day” on April 24. That’s the day when, on av... Read more

  • Minden Press Herald | Fleming: Obama’s ‘green agenda’ is weakening America’s defenses
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense

    Despite increased threats around the world, the President has made it clear that he believes climate change – not ISIS, Russia, Iran or North Korea – is our biggest threat to national security. His “green agenda” is a distraction from the military’s real mission – being able to fight two major wars at once. Instead, he is funneling valuable time, energy and resources into making sure the Army’s light bulbs are energy efficient. This shift in the military’s focus has led to the Pentagon creating ... Read more

  • Minden-Press Herald | Fleming: Faith It Forward
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Family Values

    Each and every day men and women of faith positively impact our community. These individuals are paying it forward, or more appropriately, are collaborating with a larger network of doers to “Faith it Forward.” The Minden Teen Challenge is one such faith-based organization. Located in my hometown, Minden Teen Challenge offers hope to teens, pregnant women, and women with young children whose lives are spiraling downward from drug and alcohol addiction and abuse. Director Reverend Andy Jenkins fo... Read more

  • Shreveport Times: Faith-based organizations deliver good deeds
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 2, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Family Values

    Men and women of faith toil tirelessly behind the scenes to better our community across Louisiana and the country. These generous individuals are the unsung heroes of our time, motivated by love rather than public praise. Two organizations in Louisiana’s fourth district engaging in such selfless and steadfast work are the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission and the Heart of Hope Ministries. Faith motivates their employees and volunteers alike to help others, advocate for change, and care for those... Read more

  • Roll Call | King v. Burwell Ruling Doesn't End Our Fight for Real Health Care Reform
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 9, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    On June 25, the Supreme Court ruled the IRS has the authority under the president’s health care law to financially support individuals purchasing health insurance through federally operated exchanges. The text of the Affordable Care Act, however, clearly states that subsidies were singularly intended for people who received insurance through a state owned and operated exchange. The court’s ruling is a familiar SCOTUS maneuver to yet again salvage Obamacare by rewriting the law. As physicians who... Read more

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