Certainly, every student and school ought to have standards and evaluation, but who sets those standards, and who writes the test? Whoever controls the test controls the school.
Most businesses believe regulators intend to fine them rather than help them protect their workers. Serious violations should bring real consequences, but minor violations should only incur warnings that encourage compliance.
The Health Care Compact simply gives a state like Oklahoma the option to create a customized system that better meets the needs of Oklahoma families.
Our nation stands at the crossroads of liberty. Crushing national debt, rampant illegal immigration, insane business regulations and staggering national unemployment are pushing our nation into unchartered territory.
Every person is created in the image of God and has value. Every person. Every person is to be treated with respect. Every person is also a citizen of some country. In their country, they have rights and responsibilities; in every other country, they are a guest.
I’m one of those folks that look and say the Old Testament laid out clearly the path for Christ to come, but when He came, every scholar at that time missed it.
The First Amendment is first for a reason – it cannot be ignored by the D.C. City Council.
Race and sexual preferences are two different things. One is a behavior-related and preference-related and one is something inherently – skin color, something obvious, that kind of stuff.
My wife and I come from a Christian worldview.
Religion that is contained only within a church building is a weekend hobby, not a personal faith.
The future of our nation is dependent on the future of our families.
This is why it’s bad to run a country by executive order: because our nation runs on laws – when everyone knows the law, and everyone knows what it is, you know both the law and the consequence, and you get that.
I’m in favor of dealing with Iran and dealing with the nuclear issue, but I’m not in favor of a bad deal.
Hillary Clinton has her own issues with just her own arrogance as a leader; that has been well known for a long time.
There’s a Biblical mandate to reach out to those who are the orphans, the widows in their distress, to take care of the stranger in your land. But that does not mean citizenship.
I think people see the social media numbers, and the assumption is made that we’re running a campaign that is just social media, but I think we’re running a very old-school campaign. James
The recent, single-year influx of unaccompanied minors from foreign countries into the United States is a direct result of President Obama’s policies of encouraging amnesty and failing to enforce existing immigration laws.
There’s a lot of middle school behavior in Washington, D.C. I look at that and I say, ‘I’ve seen that before,’ it was just with a 14-year-old.
I keep Reagan’s 11th Commandment that I don’t run down other Republicans.
Personally and politically, I’m extremely conservative for who I am, but I’m also very careful in my tone. I don’t believe just because you’re a conservative that you’re angry. I can be plenty frustrated and not have to constantly portray myself as upset and angry at the world.
We’ve overmedicated kids. Quite frankly, some of the overmedication of kids are because welfare moms want to get additional benefits, and if they can put them on SSI through maintenance drugs, they can also put them on Social Security disability and get a separate check. That is wrong on every single level.
I’m not a ‘messiah’ coming to change Washington. I don’t come with a political background, so I think it’s part of my responsibility to raise my hand and say ‘Why?’ Folks don’t just want smaller government; they want an efficient small government.
I’m very, very pro-defense.
Personally and politically, I’m extremely conservative for who I am, but I’m also very careful in my tone.
I don’t believe just because you’re a conservative that you’re angry.
I can be plenty frustrated and not have to constantly portray myself as upset and angry at the world.
Every person is also a citizen of some country. In their country, they have rights and responsibilities. In every other country, they are a guest.
Race and sexual preferences are two different things. One is behavior-related and preference-related, and one is something inherently – skin color, something obvious, that kind of stuff.
We basically ran the Henry Bellmon campaign.
A lot of the issue that is happening in Syria is Assad is still there. And after years now, the administration, of saying Assad has to go, the pressure is not being applied to Russia, to Iran – the folks that are propping up Assad – and Assad himself to be able to actually be removed there and to transition to another leader.
Assad has to go. I mean, the way that ISIS can recruit, and the rebels that are in the north, and all the chaos that’s happening through a lot of Syria circles around a lot of people that do not like Assad.
Assad has to be removed, and then you have to actually put someone in that is a qualified leader that can start to build some trust in that area.
There is no one leader that’s going to unify all of Syria that suddenly everyone is going to go, ‘Yes, that’s a logical place.’ They’re not unified. They don’t have a setup succession like we do in the United States.
The Congressional Prayer Caucus has worked successfully to advocate for and protect values that are fundamental to the fabric of our nation, and I’m honored to serve as co-chairman.
It is a bipartisan gathering to be able to pray for the needs back in our districts, for our families and each other. Another thing the prayer caucus does is to address religious liberty issues around the country as they arise.
Every generation has to protect every one of their rights, whether that’s freedom of the press, freedom of speech, or freedom of faith. You have to remain diligent.
The joy of Christmas causes hundreds of radio stations around the country to play Christmas music all day, and people will exchange millions of gifts to remember the first gift of Christmas, the infant Jesus.
As we see thousands of public and private Christmas trees and nativity displays around the country, they remind us again of the powerful American value built into our Constitution: our freedom of religion.
Americans honor and respect each other’s faith, and we honor those that choose to have no faith.
For the millions of Americans, like my family, who believe that there is a creator God who can be known personally, Christmas is a celebration of Jesus’ offer of love and forgiveness for all people.
If you are going to replace somebody off of one of the bills – which I have no problem with a lady being on one of the bills – that you would replace the 20.
If we are going to remove someone, which I have no problem with doing, then let’s do the 20, not the 10, the very first secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton.
I am a fan of an all-of-the-above energy strategy, and I certainly support wind as a large part of that goal.
The wind industry has made major strides over the past two decades, and they have proven their industry to be efficient and self-sustainable. There is no need for the taxpayer to continue to subsidize a wind start-up tax credit.
We have two programs dealing with bulletproof vests, two different systems of actually distributing bulletproof vests from the federal government. Two sets of applications, two different sets of personnel to approve those applications.
Broken families not only affect the people involved, but they have an impact on public policy decisions in Washington, D.C., and state capitols around the nation.
Christmas is a great time to recommit to each other and our communities.
America is strongest when families take care of each other and walk with one another through need and loss.
Marriage is a unique cultural relationship that has a long-standing tradition and societal meaning, which should not be redefined by the courts.
We must go through every area of the federal budget to isolate waste and abandoned projects.
My focus has always been: I can be an incredibly conservative, principled idea person, but that doesn’t mean I have to shout at people.
At times, conservatives become defined by their volume rather than by their ideas.
The different Washington, D.C.-based groups and the different special interest groups, they all want to be able to pick who they want to be a senator. They don’t speak for everyone, and they definitely don’t speak for Oklahomans.
It’s ironic, isn’t it, that one day you’re one of the most conservative members, and then some individual gets mad at you, and they decide to throw millions of dollars against you because you didn’t vote exactly the way they want every day.
I just don’t believe that being conservative means all you do is throw stones and poke people in the eye.
I believe that being conservative means you try to get in to the middle of the fight and try to solve the problem.
I believe that conservative solutions can help families of every race, every economic background, and every town in Oklahoma.
I find it completely irrational to say someone who stands up for life for children is taking the life of adult. It’s completely inconsistent with the values of the pro-life movement that are very passionate about protecting life, not taking life.
There is a way for the IRS to be able to have a double check to make sure individuals don’t file on your Social Security number early and try to get a tax return and make it chaotic for you to file your own taxes. That’s not been done.
We still have a major problem in debt with America that we have to find efficiencies in government to get us back to a balanced budget.
I understand the significance of being one of 18 senators in Oklahoma history.
What they have done, ISIS is very well outspoken about how much they hate our freedom, who we are as Americans.
Al Qaeda likes to coordinate, have a central command to be able to send out emissaries around that they have highly trained and say, ‘This is the moment we’re going to do a large-scale attack.’