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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California


December 12, 2013 Columns
The great irony of the Republican decision to bust the budget sequester is that barely two months ago, congressional roles were reversed.
August 24, 2013 Columns
Column by Congressman McClintock, published in the Wall Street Journal, August 24, 2013.
January 16, 2013 Columns
Americans have always reached out to those in need, and the devastation suffered by victims of Hurricane Sandy requires the federal government's assistance to make the repairs required by storm damage. Disasters that overwhelm local and state resources have always been shared by the nation and that's as it should be.
August 7, 2012 Columns
In its editorial ("Why Does Anyone Need a 100-Round Rifle Clip," August 5), the Bee notes that I "failed to respond" to its inquiries. The editorial amply demonstrates the reason: the Bee is notorious for stating one-sided political manifestos, listing its heroes and villains, and offering no opportunity for a balanced debate. In the event I am mistaken and the Bee actually welcomes a differing viewpoint, here is mine.
July 28, 2011 Columns

Column, Washington Times:  Imagine a family that earns $50,000 a year but is spending more than $88,000 with a credit card balance of $330,000.  The discussions around the kitchen table are likely to be a little tense.

Proportionally, that’s where Washington’s finances are today, and that’s why the national discussion is a little tense, too.

November 10, 2010 Columns

By Congressman Tom McClintock

June 8, 2009 Columns

By Sen. David Vitter and Rep. Tom McClintock  Imagine working at a company that treats every employee exactly the same, irrespective of their individual effort. No matter how hard you work or how much your co-workers slack off, you get exactly the same pay. For millions of people, America's outdated labor laws and one-size-fits-all collective-bargaining agreements make this a reality.

June 3, 2009 Columns

By Tom McClintock  Winston Churchill once said, “Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing…after they have exhausted all other possibilities.”  California’s leaders are now putting that maxim to the ultimate test.

May 21, 2009 Columns

By Tom McClintock  A generation ago, California exemplified its nickname, “The Golden State.”  State spending was less than half per capita, inflation adjusted, what it is today.  Its debt-service ration was less than a third.  Yet Californians enjoyed one of the finest highway systems in the world and one of the finest public educations systems in the country.  Water and electricity were so ch