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  • Here’s How To Establish Term Limits Without Amending The Constitution
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 18, 2018 | Preview rr

    The idea of citizen legislators, espoused by our Founding Fathers, centers on the discussion of term limits. Many voters across the country and legislators across party lines have expressed support for term limits, making the idea one which attracts bi-partisan support. When my home state of Florida passed term limits, 76 percent of Sunshine State voters voted in favor. In fact, Florida is one of 15 states to currently have legislative term limits. This year, a nationwide poll conducted by McLau... Read more

  • Tax reform delivers for Southwest Floridians
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    The Republican tax reform law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December 2017 has had a positive impact on our Southwest Florida community. In a victory for low- and middle-income families, wages are rising, taxpayers are keeping more of their paychecks, and many businesses are increasing investment across the country, leading to more jobs and bonuses for employees. This year, middle-income families in Southwest Florida are taking home more of their hard-earned wages. An average family of fo... Read more

  • Raising the Profile of the Everglades in Congress
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    While we Floridians know the importance of the Everglades and the Lake Okeechobee watershed to Florida’s economy, folks in Washington often fail to realize the economic impact of the river of grass. This is why I have been bringing my colleagues in Congress to Southwest Florida so they can see firsthand the magnitude and importance of the watershed, and tangibly appreciate the challenges the ecosystem faces due to years of pollution, flood control, and population growth. The Everglades and the L... Read more

  • Time to pay attention to Latin America in an era of change
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    The United States should look beyond the traditional paradigm of security, migration, and narcotics when considering relations with Latin America. It is imperative to curb the influence of Russia, China, Iran and non-state actors like Hezbollah, in the region, and increase American trade to benefit our economy. We should forge closer diplomatic and economic ties with those countries committed to the rule of law and free enterprise, while working with partners in the region to encourage other cou... Read more

  • Worker centers: How unions circumvent federal rules
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Imagine a group designed to organize fast food employees, collect financial contributions from its members, and protest for higher wages from their employers. One might think this group I just described, Fast Food Justice, is a union. After all, the actions in which Fast Food Justice partakes are common union activities, such as collecting dues and making demands upon employers to effect change in the workplace. Incredibly, however, Fast Food Justice is not considered a union. It is classified a... Read more

  • Keep oil drilling out of the Eastern Gulf
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality

    Offshore drilling and related activities, including seismic testing, have no place in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The moratorium on exploration in the eastern Gulf established in 2006 will expire in 2022 unless Congress acts. It is imperative for the future of Florida and our tourism-based economy that this bipartisan effort to extend the moratorium succeed. I believe I have some credibility on this issue, having served on the board of one of the world’s leading land and offshore drilling firms ... Read more

  • The Differences Between Catalonia and Kurdish Iraq
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan are engulfed in identity crises. While the two independence movements are the subject of frequent comparison, their situations differ because of historical, cultural, and economic ties with their respective mother countries. Catalonia and Spain share a deep and longstanding unity, while Kurds have a loose union with the rest of Iraq and lack a shared history beyond the past one hundred years. Not surprisingly, a silent majority of Catalans seems to support a unified... Read more

  • Stimulate Economy Through Tax Code Reforms
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    To return to growth rates which the United States has enjoyed for years and to provide opportunities to hard-working Americans, our outdated tax code needs serious reform. It is an inescapable truism that tax treatment affects the amount of capital investment, which in turn leads to job creation and economic growth. Both personal and corporate taxation will influence growth. Corporations invest directly to expand their business and create jobs while individuals save for themselves and their reti... Read more

  • A Long View on Iran
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    There are four elements in Iran that bear on United States foreign policy interests: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the “Supreme Leader;” his theocratic power base, the Revolutionary Guards and its Quds Force unit; President Hassan Rouhani and his elected government; and the Iranian people themselves, which includes a broad middle class. The distinction between the first three and the final element could possibly create an opportunity for some form of American outreach to the segment of these people wh... Read more

  • Kurdistan Deserves U.S. Support. Here Is Why
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    With 72 percent turnout and a 93 percent affirmative vote in a referendum on independence in September, there is little doubt that the people of Iraqi Kurdistan seek freedom from the Republic of Iraq. Last week’s vote in the autonomous region was overwhelming and showed that the country’s Kurds are deeply invested in a quest for self-determination reminiscent of our own more than 200 years ago. Yet the U.S. response was terse. The State Department said that Kurdistan’s independence would impede ... Read more