Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Wants Nebraskans to Get Out and Vote

The U.S. Chamber has probably been as active as we've ever seen it this election year.   They've been virtually everywhere, promoting and spending money on candidates and spending money in opposing the ones they don't like.

Now, it is making sure folks get out to vote with an app that lets you register to vote or seek an early ballot on line.  Just this a.m., we got the following message from them.  Use it if you need to register to vote Republican or if you want to vote early.    Of course, if you are a Democrat you should wait until November 5th to follow through.

"With Election Day around the corner and early voting in Nebraska starting soon, we want to make sure you have the voting tools and election information you need available at your fingertips.

There’s a lot at stake this November and it’s critical that you’re part of the debate that determines the direction of our country.

We recently rolled out our online election headquarters, and today we’re launching the Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) component of the site.

The GOTV tool provides easy access to voter registration, active polling locations, absentee ballot requests, and early voting information specific to Nebraska.
Click here to get started:

GOTV.VoteForJobs.com


Make sure you’re registered to vote and update your registration if you’ve moved since the last time you voted. Learn how you can cast your vote early, either in-person or by requesting an absentee ballot directly on our site.

Thanks for helping us get-out-the-vote in support of leaders who will help make America strong again.
Please share these voting tools with your friends and family members and encourage them to make their voice heard.

Together, we can make sure jobs are on the ballot here in Nebraska."

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thought for the Day


Festersen's Political Ploy Will Only Make It More Expensive to Run the City -- John Chatelain

According to Monday's World Herald, Pete Festersen, chairman of the Omaha City Council, will push the council to vote YES on raising the minimum wage in Nebraska.

 What does raising the minimum wage have to do with running city government? In fact, given the inflationary effects of doing so, raising the minimum wage will only make it more expensive to run the city, which in turn will likely require raising taxes and fees, a vicious cycle.

 It appears councilman Pete is merely pushing for an endorsement of his own selfish political agenda, because he knows he has the democrat votes on the council to do so. I'm afraid he's engaged in an abuse of power.

 And to think, the people could have had Ed Truemper for their  representative.

Ben Nelson Dealing With Consequences of His Votes

From The Hill we have this on the former failed Nebraska U.S. Senator Ben Nelson who seems to be dealing with some of the consequences of his former votes in his cushy new $1 million a year job.            

ObamaCare on his mind

By Peter Sullivan - 09/30/14 06:00 AM EDT
   
"Then-Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) stood in front of reporters on a Saturday morning while a snowstorm raged outside on Capitol Hill. It was Dec. 19, 2009, and Nelson had been negotiating in the majority leader’s office late into the night. But now, they had a deal.

“Change is never easy, but change is what’s necessary in America today,” Nelson said at the time. “That’s why I intend to vote for cloture and for healthcare reform.” 
 
The deal Nelson struck with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to gain the Blue Dog Democrat’s crucial vote involved $100 million in Medicaid funding for Nebraska — a bargain that became known as the “Cornhusker Kickback,” as Republicans railed against it.  The deal never happened, being removed from the final bill, and Nelson declined to address it specifically in a recent interview with The Hill.

Nelson, a swing vote from the red state of Nebraska, provided the 60th and final vote Democrats needed to pass the historic Affordable Care Act. Now, having left the Senate at the end of last term, Nelson is CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and is helping to shepherd forward the changes
ObamaCare has brought about.


The NAIC provides assistance, accreditation and representation in Washington for state insurance regulators. A large part of that work is dealing with changes from the law that affect health insurers.

“Everybody was cringing last fall, including the White House,” Nelson said, regarding the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare’s website.

“Once that was addressed, I think things have been better, maybe slightly better, maybe, for some, much better,” he said.

He called the NAIC “agnostic” on the law, because some state insurance commissioners support it and some oppose it. 

The group met with President Obama in November and April, and has pushed for alterations, such as continued funding for marketplaces that are jointly run by the state and the federal government.

The Affordable Care Act is not the only controversial law that Nelson voted for and is now dealing with. 

The NAIC is battling to protect the idea that insurance regulation should be done by states, due to changes from the Dodd-Frank financial reform law passed in 2010. 

The insurers AIG and Prudential have been classified as “systemically important financial institutions” under the law, sometimes known as “too big to fail,” opening them up to Federal Reserve oversight. 

“Our goal is to make sure the Fed doesn’t assume the role of being an insurance regulator,” Nelson said.

“[I]f they want to have oversight as they need under the law for the purposes of the economy, that’s fine. We’re just trying to make sure that the lanes of traffic are maintained.”

Nelson’s work now is further out of the glare of the public eye. During the long-running negotiations over the Affordable Care Act, Nelson was a favorite target of roving bands of reporters in the Capitol hallways, all wanting to know details of the talks and how he was leaning.

“It was always a pretty good relationship,” Nelson said of talks with reporters. “I only got burned once or so, and I think staff cringed. They might not have liked it as much, but I enjoyed it. Now do I miss it? I don’t think about missing it, but now that you mention it, yeah I suppose I do.

“Plus, I like those reporters,” he added. “You get to know them pretty well, and some of them would go out and smoke cigars on occasion and talk about things quote unquote ‘off the record,’ when nothing ever is.”

Nelson was a member of a shrinking group of red-state Democrats. He was first elected to the Senate in 2000, after serving two terms as governor of Nebraska in the 1990s. He has roots in the insurance field, serving as CEO of an Omaha, Neb., insurance company and in lower positions at NAIC before becoming governor.

Nelson splits his time between his home on Capitol Hill and his home in Omaha — that is, when he is not at his cabin on Nebraska’s Platte River, surrounded by a few hundred acres of pastures and timber, as well as the horses he boards.

“It takes an awful lot of work, and I’m adept with a chainsaw and tractor, and take care of things, so I find all kind of things that are recreational and outdoors to do,” Nelson said.

He and his daughter went fishing in Alaska last month, a destination cemented through Nelson’s friendship with the late former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). 

Hunting expeditions included shooting a caribou and a brown bear. As for what happened to the bear, Nelson explained: “Head’s on the wall and the bear’s on the floor.”
University of Nebraska football is also a top priority. 

While Nelson was a crucial vote in many of the Democrats’ major legislative accomplishments at the beginning of Obama’s first term, gridlock has now fully seized and frozen public business in Washington. 

“Because of our system, it probably has to start back home,” Nelson said of a solution. “When people back home have decided that gridlock is wrong, and something needs to be done about it, then they’ll send people to Washington who will promise to avoid gridlock.

“People who are elected need to legislate,” he said. “And legislating is not just saying ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ If it’s ‘no,’ then the question is, ‘What might we do to make it yes?’ ”"

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Obama Finds a New Scapegoat

Let's see.   It was Bush's fault that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq when our country went to war with Saddam---even though everyone from Bill and Hillary Clinton to John Kerry and Colin Powell believed there were.  

But now, the nation's incompetent leader can't blame Bush for ISIS -- an organization that apparently didn't exist before the Obama's term --- so he blames a failure of the intelligence service for not being prepared for ISIS.     Yeah, makes sense if you refuse to ever accept responsibility for your fundamental lack of leadership and peacenik mentality....... And total incompetence.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Thought for the Day: Apolitical Aphorism

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
~Nikita Khrushchev~

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thought for the Day -- Melton Friedman

“A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.”  ---  Melton Friedman

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Republican Congression Committee Invests Big Time for Lee Terry

In what appears to be becoming a battle of the national parties for a 'swing' district, the National Republican Congressional Committee has reserved $730,000 in air time to work to make sure Second Congressional District Congressman Lee Terry survives a challenge from the always flip-flopping Brad Ashford.  

This from Roll Call's At the Races:\

NRCC Buys Airtime to Help Vulnerable Congressman


The National Republican Congressional Committee has reserved $730,000 in television airtime in the Omaha, Neb., media market to help one of the party’s most vulnerable incumbents, according to two sources tracking media in the 2nd District.

The reservation, which was placed via an independent expenditure Tuesday evening and runs through Election Day, is a sign Republicans think Rep. Lee Terry is in trouble — or will be soon. Earlier on Tuesday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aired its first ad hitting Terry in the same market.

Terry’s re-election prospects have dimmed in recent months. Public polling shows the incumbent locked in a dead heat with the Democratic nominee, Brad Ashford, helping to put the congressman on Roll Call’s list of the 10 Most Vulnerable Members.

 Nebraska’s 2nd District has a Republican registration advantage, and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney won there in 2012 by a 7-point margin. But Terry’s comments about keeping his congressional pay during the government shutdown have dogged him.

The DCCC’s ad criticized Terry for these comments on congressional pay. That independent expenditure ad is backed with a $174,000 buy for the week.

House Majority PAC, a super PAC that supports Democratic House candidates, also has $410,000 reserved in Omaha. Those funds could be used for Nebraska’s 2nd District or an open-seat House contest in Iowa’s 3rd District, located just across the state border.

Nebraska’s 2nd District is rated a Tilts Republican contest by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call."

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“Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.”  ---   Melton Friedman

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Breaking News

The Navy intercepted a boatload of people off the coast of CALIFORNIA today.

This placed the Navy in an awkward position, as the boat was not heading to, but away from the USA, towards Mexico.

Another surprise finding was that they were loaded with White Americans who were all seniors of Retirement / Social Security age.

Their claim was that they were trying to get to Mexico so as to be able to return to the USA as illegal immigrants.

And therefore be entitled to far more benefits than they were receiving as legitimate American Citizens on Social Security.

The Navy, it is believed, gave them food, water and fuel and assisted them on their journey.

We are booking on the next boat out. 

Let me know if you want to come.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Thought for the Day: Famous Presidential Lies

Famous Presidential Lies

LBJ:
  • We were attacked (in the Gulf of Tonkin )
Nixon:
  • I am not a crook
GHW Bush:
  • Read my lips - No New Taxes
Clinton:
  • I did not have sex with that woman.. Miss Lewinski
GW Bush:
  • Iraq has weapons of mass destruction
Obama:
  • I will have the most transparent administration in history.
  • The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.
  • I am focused like a laser on creating jobs.
  • The IRS is not targeting anyone.
  • It was a spontaneous riot about a movie.
  • If I had a son.
  • I will put an end to the type of politics that "breeds division, conflict and cynicism".
  • You didn't build that!
  • I will restore trust in Government.
  • The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.
  • The public will have 5 days to look at every bill that lands on my desk
  • It's not my red line - it is the world's red line.
  • Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.
  • We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and auto companies, with interest.
  • I am not spying on American citizens.
  • Obama Care will be good for America.
  • You can keep your family doctor.
  • Premiums will be lowered by $2500.
  • If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan.
  • It's just like shopping at Amazon.
  • I knew nothing about "Fast and Furious" gunrunning to Mexican drug cartels.
  • I knew nothing about IRS targeting conservative groups.
  • I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi.
  • I have never known my uncle from Kenya who is in the country illegally and that was arrested and told to leave the country over 20 years ago.
  • And, I have never lived with that uncle.  He finally admitted (12-05-2013) that he DID know his uncle and that he DID live with him.
And the biggest one of all:
  • "I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America."

It was close but I think we have a winner!!

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Thought for the Day -- A Conundrum

The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing.
 
Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:
 
1. America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized.
 
2. Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims.
 
3. They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government.
 
4. Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer.
 
5. The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
 
6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about - yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thought for the Day -- Melton Friedman

  “Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.” --  Melton Friedman

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Thought for the Day: For Obama Voters

"BREAKING NEWS...

All individuals who cast a vote in the previous
Presidential election for Barack Obama, will automatically be given a child
from either Mexico or South America. In order to solve this influx of
immigrants pooring over the border. All Obama supporters must do their part
in support of their elected President. *Disclaimer*..... The U.S Government
is not responsible for any disease, infestation, gang affiliate, terrorist
group that may pertain to your new house guest. The U.S Government
appreciates your full support in helping to fix this humanitarian crisis the
president you elected has created. God Bless America."

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Thought of the Day: Apolitical Aphorism

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.
 
~Clarence Darrow~

WILL THE REAL BRAD ASHFORD PLEASE STAND UP!!!! -- Gerald R. Florine

Who IS Brad Ashford?     
Yes, he is the Democrat candidate for U.S. House of Representatives. Yes, he is the current Nebraska State Senator representing District 20. Yes, he is an Omaha attorney and businessman. Yes, he was a registered Republican for much of his adult life. But he also was, more recently, a registered Independent, and now has been a registered Democrat for roughly a year, and now that Party's candidate for the 2nd Congressional District's House seat.
Oh, yes! And Mr. Ashford is an inveterate office seeker. Besides being in his 4th term as a Nebraska State Senator, he has also run for House of Representatives as a Republican in 1994; Omaha Mayor in 2013; almost candidate for U.S. Senate ; and, yes, he has or is running under all three above-mentioned labels!
 
But what does Mr. Ashford really represent politically?  
Two interviews with Mr. Ashford, one with Don Walton of the Lincoln Journal Star (07/03/13), when he was contemplating running for U.S. Senate, and recently, on Omaha's KETV's Sunday morning Chronicle program, are especially illuminating in defining his views. First and foremost, Mr. Ashford says he is running as an “independent” under the Democrat label. In his interview with Walton, Mr. Ashford stated “I feel very comfortable as an independent” and “I think Nebraskans would be benefited by an independent senator”. However, “I would tend to caucus with the Democrats, probably. My values on social issues are more akin to those of Democrats”, and “I like being an independent, but the question is: Can it be done?” Mr. Ashford was quoted as indicating that running for Senate was a “lifelong dream”, and that “it would be the culmination of everything I've always wanted to do”, and “I don't want to stop serving”.
Much of what Mr. Ashford described to Mr. Walton as his goals for public service were reiterated in his recent KETV interview. He wants to work on solutions to difficult problems. He wants to “try to make the government work more efficiently”. Specifically, he said he would have voted against the Affordable Care Act (unless it was done on a bi-partisan basis), but would now attempt to correct some of its inherent problems (the mandate). He voted to advance the Keystone Pipeline in the legislature, but now takes the view that the “process” just needs to “play out”. However, his priority in Congress would be to obtain assistance for paying for the mandated Omaha sewer separation project.
However, what Mr. Ashford continues to reiterate, from the interviews with the Journal-Star and KETV to his current Jogging With Brad TV ad, is that he visions himself as an independent Nebraska voice in Congress, who must, of necessity, because of registration, caucus with the Democrats.    This may all sound semi-reasonable for those voters who are just fed up with the current national political scene.
But perhaps we should attempt to deal with some semblance of reality here. Ashford says he wants to “work across the aisle”, and find twenty five (yes, '25') Congressional members to work with on specific issues! And now we get down to the basics! Brad “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”, Mr. “A Man for All Seasons” Brad, apparently thinks that the U.S. Congress somehow works, or will work, given his charismatic gravitas, similarly to the Nebraska legislature. But would someone explain to Mr. Ashford that there are 435 voting members in the House of Representatives, and that Queen Nancy might just not appreciate a 65 yr. old freshman wandering off the reservation to “cross the aisle”!
Mr. Ashford says he doesn't like the seniority system in Congress, and is skeptical of what Congressman Terry can really do for the District with his seniority. Mr. Ashford says, however, that it is important to build “relationships”. But how long does that take? How long does it take to really display to colleagues, leadership, and the “other side of the aisle” that one has the character, knowledge, and sustainability to contribute in a significant way to the process. It doesn't happen overnight! So Mr. Ashford is rallying for his own version of an independent “seniority” system.
With 435 “independent” Congresmen, can anyone spell “c-h-a-o-s”? Or, on the other side of the coin, just how effective can a Congresman be who chooses to not accept the existing rules?
Mr. Ashford says he wants to make government more efficient, which perhaps could mean less costly, but then he admits that, paraphrasing from the KETV interview, “my job in the legislature is to fight for dollars”!   Now there Mr. Ashford does sound like a good Democrat!
In full disclosure, I was, as a District 20 resident, a supporter of Mr. Ashford in his two early legislative races. I initially became disenchanted with certain of his legislative votes, none moreso than the incredibly vile initial school truancy bill, where families with children with certifiable medical absences would be thrown into the judicial system if absences exceeded a specific number of days.      The absolute disgusting cruelty of forcing families with legitimately ill children to fight a legal battle along with the stress of dealing with medical issues was appalling, and an indication of a legislator who is willing to carelessly impose overriding governmental “solutions”, regardless of their personal impact.
Mr. Ashford wants to appeal as the avuncular, thoughtful, “independent” voice of Nebraska who can appeal to a broad spectrum of this Congressional District, who eschews “partisan” politics. However, at the same time, Mr. Ashford can be responsible for partisan political ads that are at the very best disingenuous and gross misrepresentations of Congressman Terry's views and votes( veteran's issues). So while presenting himself as a non-partisan, he indulges in the most egregious partisan behavior.
So really who is Mr. Ashford as a political candidate? Perhaps more Don Quixote than Mr. Smith or Man For All Season!      Is he delusional or dishonest in his alleged vision of approaching the U.S. Congress as if it were the Nebraska Unicameral? How effective would he be as a true independent?   Would or could anyone pay any attention to him? The House will almost certainly continue to be Republican. Of what value is a maverick, independent Democrat to the 2nd Congressional District?
The answer to the original question is that Mr. Ashford appears to be a congenital office seeker who offers nothing to the 2nd District. At a time when there is a government out of control, ineffective leadership in the Administrative branch, a virtual dictator (Democrat Harry Reid) currently in charge of the Senate, there is an absolute need to elect a conservative, experienced voice for this district who can assist in helping to set this nation back on the proper course.
So who is Mr. Ashford? A lifelong politician who has election to the U.S. Congress on his “bucket list”! A professed non-partisan / independent who is willing to indulge in base traditional partisan political behavior to get elected so that he can “reach across the aisle”! A candidate who wants to address primarily local issues in Congress while refusing, to date, to address the major issues that must confront the Congress in the coming year (foreign affairs, economy, ACA, immigration, etc.). A senior citizen who could either be Nancy Pelosi's puppet or Congress' worst nightmare? Perhaps all of the above?
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Gerald (Jerry) R. Florine is active conservative and regular contributor to the Objective Conservative.             

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