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  • 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

  • Export-Import Bank shouldn't be renewed by Congress: Rep. John Fleming
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Next month Congress has a choice to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, or let it expire. Supporters of the bank claim it is necessary to ensure American companies have access to the financing they need to compete with overseas markets. In reality, theEx-Im Bank is a government-created entity that uses taxpayer dollars to provide corporate welfare. That's why in June I support allowing the bank to expire. President Franklin Roosevelt created the Export-Import Bank in 1934 to promote U.S. sales o... Read more

  • Minden Press Herald | Fleming: Tax code in need of change
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Together, we spend over 6 million hours and more than $220 billion filing our taxes each year– whether that’s paying an accountant or purchasing tax software. Many have asked why the system is so confusing and expensive in the first place. In government’s endless quest to manipulate our behavior and redistribute wealth, we’ve ended up with a tax system that doesn’t end up working for anyone. Our tax code is one of the most complicated in the world. Its 70,000 pages are full of regulations and lo... Read more

  • FLEMING: Undeniable: Entitlements are unsustainable
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 27, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Currently in Congress

    Medicare is on a steady downward course to financial ruin and everyone should care. Its trustees admit that Medicare’s main trust fund could run out of money as early as 2017. Since the U.S. Treasury is under no obligation to make good the shortfalls, the checks to doctors, hospitals and pharmacies will be even less than they are today, covering a fraction of the actual cost of care, potentially shutting off access to health care for millions of seniors. Medicare’s role in our nation’s health ca... Read more

  • Obamacare's Medicaid Problems
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 30, 2012 | Preview rr

    Obamacare has received critical scrutiny from our nation’s highest court. Skeptical Supreme Court Justices questioned the government’s power to force you to buy a product. I believe Obamacare is unconstitutional. If it’s not overturned, it must be repealed. But the litigation produced a stunning remark from Justice Elena Kagan, who cheered for Obamacare when it was pushed through Congress. Justice Kagan was the administration’s Solicitor General before she was nominated to the Supreme Court. Dur... Read more

  • FLEMING: Kagan’s necessary recusal
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 12, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Before she joined the high court, Justice Elena Kagan was President Obama’s solicitor general. When the federal government is involved in litigation before the Supreme Court, the solicitor general’s office is responsible for the government’s side of the case. That means the solicitor general is essentially the president’s top advocate before the Supreme Court. In January 2010 the Justice Department began planning its legal defense for Obamacare. The law had not yet passed, but a team was already... Read more

  • OP-ED: Cutting federal spending is really tough, or is it? (Washington Examiner)
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 6, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    During the 1980s, though a practicing physician, I decided to wade into the arena of small-business ownership by opening a franchised restaurant. Made confident by early success I began opening additional stores as fast as I could. By the mid-1990s I noticed that sales growth was great, but my cash and financial statements looked terrible. So, what went wrong? Upon reflection I realized that I had no tools to decipher where money was being wasted, how to price the products or even whether I was ... Read more

  • OP-ED: Colbert flap is emblematic of Democrats’ lack of leadership (The Daily Caller)
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 28, 2010 | Preview rr

    Last Friday, comedian Stephen Colbert testified at the behest of Democrat Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren as an expert witness before a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on immigration. What should have been a serious hearing on an important subject affecting millions of Americans predictably devolved into a stand-up comedy act from a fictitious character that Colbert portrays on his talk show. While I have no qualms with Mr. Colbert’s right to express his opinion and certainly respect the Majority... Read more

  • OP-ED: The Pledge to America: An agenda set by the people (The Hill)
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 24, 2010 | Preview rr

    “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” - Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. These words, enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, embody a notion that is central to the survival of our Democracy. Unfortunately, the current liberal leadership has lost sight of this notion and what it means to the American people. From the bailouts to the failed stimulus bill to the government takeover of health care, Americans are sick and... Read more

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