By REP. MAC THORNBERRY (R-TX)
There is a lot of frustration and disappointment with Washington these days. Americans want lawmakers to focus on the essentials — an economy creating new jobs and high living standards and national security to protect us from a variety of threats. Instead, this Democratic Congress has pushed a government takeover of health care, a failed stimulus package, and other misguided legislation like “Cash for Caulkers.”
Our country faces serious problems — mounting government debt, wide open borders, and threats from dangerous and elusive enemies.
I do not have to tell you that Americans are frustrated because they feel that the current leadership doesn’t have a competent plan to deal with these problems and others. Thankfully, more Americans are engaged in the national debate today than any other time most of us can remember. They have spoken out time and again against the current agenda; Washington just hasn’t been listening.
In an effort to let the American people’s voices be heard, a group of House Republicans are advocating for a new way of doing business in Washington, where the priorities of the American people become the priorities of the people they hired to represent them.
We want to hear what you think should be a part of the new policy agenda. Whether it’s on the economy, spending, values, national security, or another topic, we are asking Americans to speak out and help us build an agenda that reflects their priorities.
A key part of this effort is a new online forum, AmericaSpeakingOut.com, where you can participate in a conversation about how to build a new agenda. Using social media tools, you are able to give us your best ideas, promote your priorities, debate ideas posted by others, and share your conversations with others via Facebook and Twitter.
Our goal is to create an agenda that includes positive solutions that can transcend politics. This agenda should address some of our most pressing national challenges without hiding behind the Washington excuse that some problems— like increasing our energy supplies or simplifying the tax code— are just too big or too complicated to solve.
I hope that you will visit AmericaSpeakingOut.com and play a part in changing the policy and practices of Washington. There’s no better time than now to do just that.
Congressman William McClellan “Mac” Thornberry, a fifth-generation Texan, has been serving the 13th District of Texas since being elected in the Republican Revolution in 1994 to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he also serves on the Committee on Armed Services, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and several subcommittees. He maintains a lifetime 95 rating from the American Conservative Union, including a 100 rating in crucial 2009. As far as America’s Right is concerned, he’s one of the good guys.