Rep. David Brumbaugh

Majority Caucus Chairman, Oklahoma House District 76 Broken Arrow
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SB393 promotes academic freedom


Academic freedom is an essential part of the liberty we share here in the United States. As a young political science undergraduate student taught in the Benedictine tradition, I had learned early that academic freedom had originated as far back as Aristotle, who taught, “it is the mark of an educated mind to entertain a […]

Stop digging Oklahoma’s fiscal hole


There is a saying that goes, “When you find yourself in a hole… the best thing to do is stop digging.” This would accurately describe the financial budget crisis we face in Oklahoma. Ever since I was first elected in 2010, there has never seemed to be enough revenue to meet expenses. It is so […]

Insanity of passing the Real ID Act


Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those that would give up liberty for a bit of security deserve neither.” Doesn’t that accurately describe the dilemma Oklahoma is in with the implementation of Real ID? That’s why our federalist Founding Fathers put the 10th Amendment into the Constitution. It was meant to prevent federal overreach and intervention into […]

You can’t tax your way to prosperity


The late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said that “you cannot tax your way into prosperity. It’s like a man standing in a bucket trying to lift himself up by the handle.” I wish there was some understanding of this basic principle by some of our politicians here in Oklahoma. The latest proposal from […]

Coal’s bad reputation isn’t deserved


The Oklahoma legislature’s ability to fund core obligations has been greatly affected by our increased dependence on foreign oil. Oil and gas prices have plummeted as OPEC and foreign countries still have effective control over our state. Factors  – such as the Saudis’ and Iranians’ Shiite/Sunni feud, the Venezuela’s economic crisis and Russian sanctions/ incursions […]

Local control of schools is the answer


For almost 30 years now the decisions for educating our children here in Oklahoma public schools have been slowly turned over to the Legislature.  As Legislators, we never wanted or desired this. However, critical areas such as funding, standards and curriculum have been given to politicians and bureaucrats where they don’t belong . . . […]

The right to bear arms is fundamental


Webster’s Dictionary defines a “monopoly” as something having “exclusive control or possession of a particular good, service, or market.”  Sadly, this is what “gun-control” legislation creates – a “monopoly” for criminals and the corresponding increase in gun violence. While “well-meaning” people on both sides of the aisle want to stop the shooting deaths on our […]

Time to reform state’s revenue sources


The legislative session is over and it was a difficult one to say the least. We had $1.3 billion less to formulate a  budget for the state. Many long days and nights on the floor and in committee characterized the last 4 months. As Winston Churchill once said, “Never let a good crisis go to […]

In difficult times, share the burdens


1 Timothy 6:10 tells us,”The love of money is the root of all evil.” As a legislator evaluating some unnecessary giveaways in Oklahoma’s Tax Credit  system, that verse really “hits home.” As Oklahomans, we are facing a $1.3 billion shortfall caused mainly by a 13-year-low in oil and natural gas prices, along with a corresponding […]

We shouldn’t ‘burn the house down’


When you look at your election ballot this year, you might be surprised to find more than a few education folks running for office. Many of them have been pushed or prodded into running by outspoken activists and unions who can’t get what they want through force in the regular process in a budget shortfall […]