Nebraskans Should Primary Them ALL

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Nebraska is one of the few states that sent only Republicans to the US House and US Senate in January 2013. While this might seem like a good thing for conservatives, their voting records prove otherwise. Nebraska is also the only state with only Republicans where all the Senate and House members voted Yes on the proposed deal compiled by the Senate to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, that would do nothing to stop Obamacare from harming the American people. Actually only the three House members can be primaried because Senator Mike Johanns is retiring, and Deb Fischer’s term expires in 2018. Time will tell if Senator Fischer remains mediocre, but the verdict is already in for 8 term Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska’s 2nd district, 5 term Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska’s 1st district, and 4 term Rep. Adrian Smith of Nebraska’s 3rd.

These House members had promised in their first campaign that they would self impose a three term limit on themselves. They broke the promise when the time came to fulfill it. The Nebraska voters have made better decisions on who they elect to govern them inside Nebraska than who they elect to send to Washington, DC. Perhaps until recently whatever happened in Washington was inconsequential to them for the most part. With the Obama regime this is no longer true. Instead of voting for someone who is a rock star in running an election campaign there needs to be candidates they can vote for with better achievements on their resume than just being a great campaigner. Those type of achievments are a better indicator of how successful one will be at governing.

Ben Sasse is a conservative Republican running for the open US Senate seat in Nebraska. Below is a photo of Ben and his family, and a bullet point list of his achievements. If you are moved to support him, then visit his website. If you are a facebook member then visit his facebook page and click Like.

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  • His first job out of college was working for the Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm. After two weeks of training, he got a call on a Sunday afternoon saying he needed to get on a 6 a.m. flight to Minneapolis the next day, where he spent the next four months helping Northwest Airlines avoid bankruptcy, improving planes’ turnaround time between flights.
  • From 2003 to 2005, he was chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy.
  • In 2007, he was appointed by President Bush and confirmed by a Democratic Senate as assistant secretary of health and human services, where he worked on strategic initiatives to rein in entitlement spending and modernize health care.
  • In 2009 at the age of 37, Ben became one of the youngest chief executives in American higher education when he was named president of Midland University in his hometown. Midland was struggling at the time, facing declining enrollment, aging facilities, and mounting debt. The Fremont school has since become Nebraska’s fastest growing college, doubling its enrollment and building the state’s largest athletic department.

Here are some thoughts he had with reporter Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard that provide us more insight.

The only sector that even compares with higher ed for being broken is health care. Think about how similar they are. They’re both dominated by third-party payment, and that third party is mostly public funders that don’t know how to hold anybody accountable for outcomes. The institutions exist primarily for the good of their own workers, not their own customers — students or patients. Quality is hard to measure, but to the degree you can measure, you have to measure things that are team outcomes, not solo, virtuoso outcomes.

We pretend in health care that there’s one rock star doctor who’s changing a patient’s life, when the vast majority of what’s wrong with most patients is that there’s nobody available to coordinate their care across dozens of medical professionals engaged in their life. The exact same thing is involved in a college enterprise with trying to educate a kid. The rock star, solo, virtuoso lecturer? I love ’em. But the vast majority of what changes a kid’s life is accountability across all of his or her classes, across all four years, where they start to do their own reading, writing, and learn to make an oral presentation, and where there’s more rigor and accountability demanded of them.

Most schools when they get in financial trouble cut all their extracurricular budget. We’ve doubled down on it. We’re going from 18 to 27 sports, and have added 13 levels of JV competition, because these are the places where lives are changed. You see real success and real failure. It’s not just social promotion and therapy. The average kid who’s playing second-string linebacker on Midland’s football team, you think he’s contributing in the class the same way he is if we didn’t have football? No way. The football coach is the accountability in his life. His teammates and not letting them down are the accountability in his life. If he wasn’t taking remedial math seriously on his own, he’s likely to take it seriously now.

We need to tell the truth about entitlements and figure out how you create an opportunity society that has citizens, neighbors, communities, businesses building the future . . . as opposed to the dependency-expansion culture we’re living through in Washington right now.

The greatness of America is the greatness of the American people, not the greatness of centralized bureaucracies in Washington, D.C. Why is Washington, D.C., a boomtown when the rest of the country has economic despair? Why are housing prices going up in D.C. when everywhere else in the world they’ve had a horrible five years? The federal government ain’t feeling the pain. They just keep on growing.

The Republicans who currently have filed papers to run against the US House incumbents in Nebraska do not have as impressive a resume as Ben Sasse, but one thing they have in common with him is they are not professional career politicians. Adrian Smith in Nebraska’s 3rd district does not have any opponent filed to run, and Lee Terry’s opponent is the only one who has his website running. Below are photos of these conservative Republicans including Adrian Smith’s primary opponent in 2012. Resumes in bullet lists and quotes are also listed below. The establishment Republicans in Washington, DC are going to try to pick who Nebraska will elect to send, but Nebraskans need to stop them.

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Dan Frei is a conservative Republican running for Nebraska’s 2nd district seat against incumbent Lee Terry.

  • He started his first job working in a local print shop at the age of 13. By the age of 15 he was running the printing press
  • The last 35 years he has risen in the business technology industry and has served in regional and national executive positions with Canon USA, Sharp Electronics, Kyocera Corporation.
  • He currently serves as Vice President for The Kingston Training Group where he lends his expertise in business technology by consulting resellers all over the country.

 

We aren’t going to change Washington unless we start changing the type of people we send there. That is why I’ve chosen to run for the United State’s Congress. I believe we only have a few election cycles left to get the United States back on the correct path. If we fail to do so, the future generation will not have the same opportunities for prosperity that we did. It’s time to stop electing people whose main focus is about getting re-elected and start electing candidates who are results-oriented and can build solutions around the foundation of our Constitution. We need to send candidates to Washington who mean what they say and say what they mean and not feel the need to cower or appease a person or a Party but stand up for those that elected them. I believe this passion is what is missing from our representation in the 2nd District, a blunt, bold, fair, conservative voice.

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Dennis Parker is a conservative Republican running for Nebraska’s 1st district against Jeff Fortenberry.

  • He has served in the military and served his church for 14 years through mission trips.
  • He currently serves Music/worship support at Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus.
  • He’s the president of a nonprofit education/religious corporation, In The Beginning-Family Christian Theme Park Inc.

 

I want to be bold, stand for our constitutional principles and Christian ethics our country was founded on and work for the citizens in the 1st District in retaining our freedoms God blessed us with. Actions taken should continuously reference our divinely inspired Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Most notably, these words: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” It is We the People, not Us the Party.

Bob Lingenfelter

Bob Lingenfelter is a conservative Republican who ran against Adrian Smith in 2012 and probably will run in 2014.

  • Lingenfelter was a three-year letterman as a tackle at Nebraska. He earned All-Big Eight honors in 1976 and helped the Huskers capture Coach Tom Osborne’s first Big Eight title in 1975.
  • He was a seventh-round NFL draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, spent one season with the Browns and then played for the Minnesota Vikings in 1978 and 1979.
  • In addition to Lingenfelter’s football career, many people may be familiar with his booming voice on the radio when he gives price updates and market analysis, sprinkled with some country wit.
  • He currently works as a commodities broker for Midwest Futures

 

Fewer people live in the district, which results in it getting bigger after each census. Some small towns have lost large employers, which translates into school consolidations and closed stored fronts.

After young people graduate from high school, many leave for college and don’t return. They can’t find jobs back home.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government keeps spending money it doesn’t have. And the people who make the decisions don’t seem to be accountable.

None of those politicians should run unopposed. That makes them think what they’re doing is quite acceptable.

If you’ve never gone out and gotten your hands dirty, how do you know how to govern business?

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I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.

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