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Healthcare reform tax on medical devices is a mistake

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During a time when our nation’s economy struggles to stabilize and manufacturing jobs continue to diminish there has been one industry within the manufacturing sector that has ascended as a global leader – America’s medical device industry. This industry, described as an American success story, has brought us lifesaving technologies such as pacemakers, CT scanners, artificial joints,…

Sugar Subsidies Remain Artificially Sweet for Consumers and the Economy

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Just like the batches of candy at Spangler Candy Company, America’s sugar policies have been mixed, blended, and twisted for over 75 years. Originating back to 1934, the Sugar Act was created to stabilize sugar prices and protect sugar farmers during the Depression. This program, which was initially set to expire in 1940, includes outdated sugar policies that artificially inflate prices,…

Ohio’s Shale Revolution Fuels Job Creation

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With vast, untold resources thousands of feet below the surface, Ohio is experiencing an industrial renaissance that’s reigniting the state’s manufacturing base and growing the economy. Across the state, we are seeing ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new manufacturing facilities, expansion projects, and hiring announcements due to shale activity. The Utica Shale’s potential is having a…

Obama doesn’t back up his energy rhetoric

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“We need an all-out, all-in, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every source of American energy — a strategy that’s cleaner and cheaper and full of new jobs,” President Obama said during his State…

Let's not give up on ending taxpayer-funded abortions

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On Monday, hundreds of thousands of Americans came to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life rally to exercise their freedoms of speech, assembly and religion. Individuals of all ages braved the cold, rainy January weather for hours to support the rights of the unborn and remember the over 52 million lives that have been lost by abortion. This number is staggering. Imagine the talent…

‘Tis the season for spectrum reform

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Consider this – during this year’s holiday season, nearly half of the web browsing done on smartphones and tablets will be conducted through Wi-Fi networks. As more people turn to web-enabled smartphones and tablets for shopping deals, retailers will be turning their marketing efforts to target today’s convenience-seeking, bargain-hunting shoppers that rely on their handheld…

The power of recycling

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We typically give an immediate sigh of relief when we throw out our waste. Out of sight, out of mind. However, that isn’t necessarily the end of the story. Every one of us generates approximately four pounds of waste per person per day. That amounts to Americans generating 243 million tons of paper, plastic, metal, glass and other waste annually. Of that, we typically recover and…

Let states regulate energy development

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Too often, Washington ignores the complexities inherent in our vast and diverse nation and reverts to a one-size-fits-all approach in which Washington “knows” best. Most federal agencies operate under this assumption. The Environmental Protection Agency provides a perfect example. It sets uniform standards for the effects of energy production on air and water, regardless of the…

America’s jobless recovery

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After 28 consecutive months of high unemployment, and with the rate still at 9.1 percent, the White House tells us this is simply a “bump on the road to recovery.” However, for the 13.9 million Americans still unemployed, we are still miles and many bumps away from having a recovered economy. During the first quarter of this year, GDP grew at 1.8 percent, down from 2010’s final quarter…

Embracing the new media landscape

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Twenty years ago, if you wanted to contact your member of Congress, you mailed them a letter or picked up your home phone and called their office. Today you can send a text from your mobile phone or an email from your iPad. In a little over a decade, the Internet has revolutionized the relationship between elected representatives and their constituents. Now, almost every member has a…

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