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Longboat’s Buchanan opts against Senate run

Longboat’s Buchanan opts against Senate run

The five-term Congressman is the latest big name Republican in Florida to pass on running for the U.S. Senate

May 11, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Memo to Republicans: Don’t blow it again

Memo to Republicans: Don’t blow it again

Your attitude on immigration, if I understand it, runs counter to your professed beliefs.

December 8, 2014 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »

More government arrogance

More government arrogance

TOM BURGUM Contributing Columnist burgum@lbknews.com Arrogant government bureaucrats are pestering working Americans again — or still, if you prefer. President Obama’s EPA has slapped a $6.8 million penalty on oil refiners for not blending any cellulosic ethanol into gasoline, jet fuel and other petroleum products. EPA’s mandate to punish evil petroleum came from the 2007 […]

August 3, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »

Conversation in Washington

Conversation in Washington

Meanwhile, back in Washington the dysfunctional government continues to dysfunction. Even the most simple, the most obvious, the most reasonable solutions to government overspending seem beyond the ability of the president or Congress to comprehend or implement.

May 13, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »

ObamaCare vs. James Madison (1001)

ObamaCare vs. James Madison (1001)

While the future of ObamaCare is an important political question, the really important issue before the court is whether they will finally draw the line on the power of the Commerce Clause or say goodbye to James Madison’s system of limited and divided government powers.

April 6, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »

The rednecks are coming! The rednecks are coming!

The rednecks are coming! The rednecks are coming!

The Florida Legislature is closing its annual session this month with a record that would make Fred and Wilma Flintstone feel right at home.

March 12, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Richard Hershatter | Read More »

What the president didn’t say

What the president didn’t say

He brushed by energy policy with a simple statement that, “I’ll not walk away from the promise of clean energy.”

February 4, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »

In denial of what we know

In denial of what we know

If there is a phrase in the English language that explains this dismal time of political gridlock, miscalculations and deceptions it is “unknown knowns.” At least this is the opinion of Geoffrey Wheatcroft writing in Sunday’s The New York Times.

January 6, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »

We’re maxing out the kid’s credit cards

We’re maxing out the kid’s credit cards

A news report from Reuters tells us that the old year is going to end much like it began and the new year will begin much like the old year ended. A senior Treasury Department official, according to Reuters, said that the White House plans to ask Congress for another increase in the debt limit by the end of the year. Seems the debt limit is projected to fall within $100 billion of the current cap by Dec. 30, so our president will ask for an additional $1.2 trillion in borrowing authority. For those keeping score, this would raise the debt ceiling from the current level of $15,194 trillion to $16,394 trillion.

December 30, 2011 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »

‘The Mushroom Syndrome’

‘The Mushroom Syndrome’

Some years ago, while serving in the Army, I came to understand that the military, in its infinite wisdom, decided that enlisted types were much easier to control if we were treated like mushrooms. That is, keep us in the dark and feed us bulls**t. So, if any of us were inclined to ask why we were always told the trucks would be there at 6 a.m., but never were, we were told it’s the mushroom syndrome.

November 17, 2011 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »