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  • A Lot Can Be Accomplished in 50 Years
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Financial Services

    This year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) turns 50. And after 50 years, it couldn’t be said even more plainly that HUD, and many of the programs that fall under HUD’s jurisdiction, including but far from limited to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), are broken. Read more

  • America’s Wakeup Call
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 2, 2011 | Preview rr

    The ongoing Eurozone crisis should serve as a wakeup call to Americans. Read more

  • BP Oil Spill
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 21, 2010 | Preview rr

    The BP oil spill is an ongoing tragedy for the Gulf Coast region, its economy and the environment. Our first priority must be to stop the leak and do everything possible to preserve the livelihoods of those in the area. I feel strongly that BP must bear the financial burden for this disaster because hard-working people like you shouldn't have to pay a dime. Read more

  • Why "Wall Street" Reform Hurts Main Street Banks
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 26, 2010 | Preview rr

    For more than 60 years, my late father Bill spent every day looking into the faces of family farmers and ranchers hoping to realize their dreams as they walked into his bank in St. Elizabeth, Missouri. My father understood the importance of community banking the first day he started in 1940, and he passed that understanding to me when I later joined him in the family business. In a town of 300 that lacks both a stoplight and significant financial resources, the community always came first in the role of our small bank. Read more

  • Balanced Budget
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 22, 2010 | Preview rr

    As our economy continues to struggle, hard-working families across our state have faced tough choices by simply working to balance their household budgets. The basic notion of not spending more than you take in is what keeps many families financial heads above water. It's unfortunate that Congress doesn't seem to understand that and is drowning in debt. Read more

  • Health Care: An Open Letter to the People of the 9th District
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 15, 2009 | Preview rr

    As you know, in the next few weeks, there will be a lot of talk in Washington about reforming our system of health care. As the American people struggle to make ends meet, too many also live with the challenge of affording basic health care for themselves and their families. Read more

  • Taxes
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 9, 2009 | Preview rr

    Millions of Americans will file their taxes on April 15. On a day when countless Americans are protesting high taxes at Tea Parties, it is a startling reminder of just how much of their hard-earned money the government takes out of their paychecks. Read more

  • Budget Debate
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 7, 2009 | Preview rr

    Families and small businesses all across our country are making sacrifices, yet our government continues to spend like a drunken sailor. In the 9th Congressional District, people understand the importance of living within their means and want to know if Washington understands the concept. Read more

  • Economic Recovery Plan
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 4, 2009 | Preview rr

    I appreciate President Obama's desire to see a bipartisan stimulus package to help all the American families who are hurting. Unfortunately, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are using the so called stimulus package to give new meaning to big government spending. Read more

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