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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Columns

June 4, 2020 Columns
There are few things that infuriate Americans more than injustice and abuse of power, and the sadistic killing of George Floyd as he lay handcuffed on the pavement, helpless and begging for his life, hit that nerve.
June 3, 2020 Columns
In 1877, British Prime Minister Lord Salisbury offered this warning: “No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you never should trust experts. If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require to have their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.”
April 28, 2020 Columns
Quarantine is the forced confinement of a person who has contracted or been exposed to an infectious disease. Although it is a long-standing police power of governments, it is seldom used because seldom needed – sick people generally stay home on their own. When it must be used, it is subject to due process: the right to contest the order in court, to present evidence that the order is invalid, and to have it vacated. What is happening today is radically different and profoundly un-American: the indefinite and indiscriminate home detention without due process of perfectly healthy people on the pretext that they might catch a contagious disease...
April 15, 2020 Columns
The accumulating death toll from Covid-19 can be seen minute-by-minute on cable news channels. But there’s another death toll few seem to care much about: the number of poverty-related deaths being set in motion by deliberately plunging millions of Americans into poverty and despair...
March 24, 2020 Columns
The anguish in people’s voices as they call our office every day is heart-breaking. Many are wondering how they can pay their bills, whether their job will still exist in a week, whether their retirement savings have been decimated or whether they’ll lose the shop they’ve spent their lifetimes and life savings to build.
November 10, 2017 Columns
In the last four national elections, Americans made it clear that we won’t accept the economic stagnation we’ve suffered during this past decade. Obama’s policies of higher taxes and greater regulatory burdens suppressed economic growth to a dismal 1 ½ percent annual average – about half the post-war growth rate of three percent.
June 7, 2017 Columns
Lower premiums, increased choices and improved care: these were the promises made to America by those who imposed Obamacare. Exactly the opposite has happened. Last year, premiums increased an average of 25 percent and this year we’re warned they’ll increase 40 percent. Last year, only one provider remained in a third of American counties. This year, entire regions have no providers at all. In 2015, American life expectancies actually declined.
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September 16, 2016 Columns

 

Zika Funding

A recent letter writer asks my position on Zika funding and why Congress has not acted.

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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.
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