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Obama Needs to Lift Crude Oil Export Ban This Year

Obama Needs to Lift Crude Oil Export Ban This Year

University of Texas’ annual energy poll found that 58 percent of Americans incorrectly thought that America’s major source of foreign oil is Saudi Arabia and another 15 percent say it’s Iraq.

The truth, of course, is that America’s biggest oil suppliers is Canada, which provides 28 percent of U.S. oil imports. If you add in Mexico and Venezuela, that number goes up to 50 percent.

How much oil do we actually get from the Middle East? Saudi Arabia and Iraq provide just ...

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American Citizens Are Relegated to the Back of the Line for Jobs

American Citizens Are Relegated to the Back of the Line for Jobs

When it comes to President Barack Obama, I have always maintained his race has never been a factor in the rejection of his policies.

The color of one’s skin shouldn’t matter in this country.

Yet, as our first black president, it appears he has turned his back on America’s black labor force.

The black unemployment rate stands at more than 20 percent, and has been at that level for a long time. The unemployment rate for black youth is astronomical.

Yet, ...

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Our Broken Immigration Program Stems From a Broken Trade Policy

Our Broken Immigration Program Stems From a Broken Trade Policy

The flood of refugees into the United States is not only a sign of a failed immigration policy, but of a trade policy that ignores the underlying reason for this humanitarian crisis.

Robert Zoellick, who served as president of the World Bank, U.S. trade representative and deputy secretary of state, recently wrote an Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal in which he maintained that if President Obama had been paying closer attention to Central America, he could have stemmed the tide ...

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America’s Corrupted H-1B Visa Program Is Killing American Jobs

America’s Corrupted H-1B Visa Program Is Killing American Jobs

There was a time when I was a big proponent of the H-1B visa program, which is a temporary non-immigrant employment visa for highly educated foreign professionals in “specialty occupations” that require at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. The visa lasts for three years with the option to renew for an additional three years for a total of six years. H-1B visa holders can be sponsored for permanent visas by their employers.

This visa program, when initially created, helped ...

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Rail Dispute Over Keystone Pipeline Follows a Long Tradition of Cronyism

Rail Dispute Over Keystone Pipeline Follows a Long Tradition of Cronyism

Our nation’s railroad system has always been a source of pride. It helped America expand from coast to coast, and by 1860, nearly every major city was linked by rail. In addition, most farms were within five miles of a rail line so they could ship produce and livestock.

Yet, with this growth has come a long history of cronyism connected to the nation’s rail system.

We usually recall fondly the golden spike that marked the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United ...

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