Following the Flood of 2019, a lot of folks had trouble getting the help they needed in Northwest Missouri.

 

In one case, FEMA awarded individual assistance money to help a man fix his family home that had been destroyed.

 

He followed all the rules. He was honest, open, and transparent with FEMA. They determined that he was eligible and approved his request for assistance. That didn’t stop the agency from coming back and demanding that he pay that $12,000 back when they figured out that they had...

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They say doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. Yet, for some reason, that’s exactly what Nancy Pelosi seems to be doing with infrastructure.

Last year, she rammed a completely partisan infrastructure bill down our throats. Two out of every five dollars in that bill would have gone towards meeting Green New Deal mandates. Predictably, it went nowhere.

Now, instead of coming to the table to get a real bipartisan bill done, she decided to make her partisan bill even more partisan. Now, HALF of her...

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Like it or not, the internet has become a huge part of our lives, a huge part of our society, and a huge part of our world. There’s rarely a day where most of us don’t use the internet—for work, for school, for entertainment, agriculture, or even just reading this email.

Twenty years ago, it was a luxury to have a computer with internet access at home. Even for those who had a connection, it was often slow, unreliable dial-up internet. That has changed in a big way. Most Americans today have a smartphone in their pocket with more computing power and a faster...

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Farming is a family business. It always has been. Most farmers have been working cattle, working the land, and feeding the world from the time they could walk. They’ve lived their entire lives working endless hours to live their dream, carry on the family farm, and hopefully pass it along to their children in better shape than when they inherited it. The President’s death tax proposal threatens to upend all of that.

The death tax is something I’ve been fighting for years. It just doesn’t make sense. We work all our lives to scrape by, pay taxes all along the way, and then...

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Roads and bridges are what most folks think of when we talk about infrastructure. Surface transportation has always been key to our country’s success and it’s something we can’t afford to let slide.

Last year, when it was time to renew Congress’s priorities and funding for roads and bridges, we instead got a Green New Deal-style bill with some roads and bridges thrown in for good measure. Speaker Pelosi came in and said, “it’s my way or the highway.” In what has historically been a bipartisan issue, Republicans were shut out of the process and the bill failed. A similar approach...

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America’s police officers deserve our respect and admiration.

Every day, law enforcement professionals lace up their boots and don the badge knowing this day could be their last. They know that just one call gone wrong or one split-second decision during a traffic stop could mean the difference between returning home to see their family or never coming home again.

Still, they show up every day. They don’t do it for the money or the fame. They live to protect and serve, to keep our communities and families safe. They put in countless...

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In my day, I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how easy it must be to be a teacher. I’ve heard it all—how short school days are, how great those long summer breaks must be, and how nice those benefits must be. Well, let me be the first to tell you, those people don’t have a clue.

There’s a lot more to being a teacher than meets the eye. It’s a tough job to start with. You have an entire classroom of children, most of whom don’t want to be there, and you must prepare them all to be the leaders of tomorrow. Every kid is different. No two learn the same....

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President Biden finally addressed a Joint Session of Congress this week.

While we can sit here and debate what the President could've said and what he should've said all day, it isn't going to change what he did say. And, it isn't going to change what happens tomorrow.

President Biden failed to lay out a clear vision on how to move America forward. He didn't offer any actual solutions to get Americans back to work and get our country back on track. Heck, he didn't even offer a plan to end the humanitarian and national security crisis he let spiral out of control at the...

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America used to be a country of doers.

We built the roads, bridges, and the entire interstate highway system. Now, instead of building, we’re busy digging through endless piles of paperwork.

A complex highway project takes an average of 7 years to go through the review process. That’s a long time. Think about that for a minute. If a project review starts when your child is in kindergarten, it likely won’t be done until they’re in middle school. That’s all got to happen before we can break ground and start work.

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On September 17, 1787, delegates left the Constitutional Convention in Independence Hall in Philadelphia. As they exited, Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government do we have? "A Republic," he replied, "if you can keep it."

For months, the delegates of the Constitutional Convention worked to devise a system of government that would keep the worst intentions of man in check. Because, as Franklin put it earlier in the Convention, "the first man put at the helm will be a good one, nobody knows what sort may come afterward."

They came up with a Republic to...

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