Now's a great time to revisit the historical setting in which Christ was born. And there's no better resource than Dr. Paul Maier's In The Fullness of Time: A Historian Looks at Christmas, Easter and the Early Church. It reveals that the miracle of Christ's birth was, well, a miracle. Gratia Dei.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
But most of us already knew that Governor Heineman was a leader and a conservative. Nothing new was learned about our great governor as a result of the special session. But we did learn a few things about the Democrats in the Nebraska Legislature.
Over the new few postings I'll share my Top 5 Things We Learned About Nebraska Democrats During the Special Session. And without further adieu, Number 5:
"Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha said taxes would have to be part of the
discussion if the state faces repeated rounds of budget cutting." (emphasis added).
Congrats to Sen. Nordquist for revealing the Democratic agenda for the Nebraska Legislature!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Proposed RNC Resolution on Reagan's Unity Principle for Support of Candidates
WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan believed that the Republican Party should support and espouse conservative principles and public policies; and
WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan also believed the Republican Party should welcome those with diverse views; and
WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan believed, as a result, that someone who agreed with him 8 out of 10 times was his friend, not his opponent; and
WHEREAS, Republican faithfulness to its conservative principles and public policies and Republican solidarity in opposition to Obama's socialist agenda is necessary to preserve the security of our country, our economic and political freedoms, and our way of life; and
WHEREAS, Republican faithfulness to its conservative principles and public policies is necessary to restore the trust of the American people in the Republican Party and to lead to Republican electoral victories; and
WHEREAS, the Republican National Committee shares President Ronald Reagan's belief that the Republican Party should espouse conservative principles and public policies and welcome persons of diverse views; and
WHEREAS, the Republican National Committee desires to implement President Reagan's Unity Principle for Support of Candidates; and
WHEREAS, in addition to supporting candidates, the Republican National Committee provides financial support for Republican state and local parties for party building and federal election activities, which benefits all candidates and is not affected by this resolution; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee identifies ten (10) key public policy positions for the 2010 election cycle, which the Republican National Committee expects its public officials and candidates to support:
(1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama's “stimulus” bill;
(2) We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare;
(3) We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;
(4) We support workers' right to secret ballot by opposing card check;
(5) We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;
(6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;
(7) We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat;
(8) We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;
(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing, denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and
(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership; and be further
RESOLVED, that a candidate who disagrees with three or more of the above stated public policy positions of the Republican National Committee, as identified by the voting record, public statements and/or signed questionnaire of the candidate, shall not be eligible for financial support and endorsement by the Republican National Committee; and be further
RESOLVED, that upon the approval of this resolution the Republican National Committee shall deliver a copy of this resolution to each of Republican members of Congress, all Republican candidates for Congress, as they become known, and to each Republican state and territorial party office.
Although I will not be able to attend the January RNC meeting in Hawaii (I'll be in McCook playing host to Republicans who want to replace Sen. Ben Nelson), I'll be proxying my vote to National Committeeman Pete Ricketts.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
This evening I attended the inaugural Northeast Nebraska Republican Harvest Celebration. The event, which was organized by the Cuming, Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Stanton, Thurston and Wayne County Republican Parties, drew some 300 people. The Nielsen Center in West Point is quite a facility. Those attending heard from the nation’s most popular governor, Gov. Dave Heineman, who spoke about his efforts to keep our state’s fiscal house in order and attempts by Democrat state senators to spend more of our money. We heard from U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, who spoke passionately about the need to defeat Democrat proposals for government-run health care. We heard from Attorney General Jon Bruning, who told us about his efforts as President of the National Attorneys General Association and the Republican wave that started in Virginia and New Jersey a few Tuesdays ago. We heard from Secretary of State John Gale, who told us about why Democrats and their ACORN allies want to capture the office he holds so that they can water down our state’s protections against voter fraud. We listened to Public Service Commissioner Rod Johnson, who gave us background on the work of the Nebraska Public Service Commissioner. And voters had a chance to meet our 3 Republican candidates for State Treasurer—State Senator Tony Fulton, Tom Nesbitt, and former Attorney General Don Stenberg.
A great night for Republicans, a great night for northeast Nebraska, and a great night for democracy in action.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The Joint Economic Committee House Republican staff, which earlier this year created a chart mapping the bureaucratic complexity of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s original health care proposal (H.R. 3200), has prepared a new chart showing the health care bureaucracy created by the new version of the Speaker’s bill (H.R. 3962) approved by the Democrat Congress last Saturday night.
House Republican Leader John Boehner rightly calls it "the blueprint for a taxpayer-funded mega-bureaucracy."
Democrat congressional candidate Tom White still arrogantly refuses to say how he would have voted on H.R. 3962.
Is Tom White scared to let his partisan liberal supporters know that he would have voted the same way Congressman Lee Terry did? Or is Tom White scared to let Nebraskans know that he would have been just another vote for Nancy Pelosi's taxpayer-funded mega-bureaucracy?
If Tom White can't or won't answer this very timely and relevant question, why should Nebraskans consider him to be a serious candidate?
Monday, November 9, 2009
Democrat Tom White is running for Congress, but has arrogantly refused to take a public position on this health care legislation.
Nebraskans have a right to know.
Tom White: Would you have voted with Nancy Pelosi in support of H.R. 3962? Or would you have sided with Congressman Lee Terry in opposing this government monstrosity?
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Virginia. New Jersey. District 19, Michigan State Senate. Mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Wow. A huge night for Republicans.
Take Virginia for example. President Obama carried Virginia by 7 points in 2008. Republicans have lost the last 2 gubernatorial races and last 2 Senate races in Virginia. President Obama and the Democrats campaigned hard and spent millions for Democrat candidate Creigh Deeds. The result? Republicans won the elections for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General. Prior to tonight, Republicans have only won all 3 statewide offices on one occasion--1997.
New Jersey? One of the most heavily Democrat states in the nation, where the Republican was outspent by the Democrat incumbent by 3-to-1.
Exit polls in both Virginia and New Jersey showed the greatest concern on voters' minds was the economy. Not health care. Not forced unionization. Not cap-and-trade.
So, Nebraskans, what's this mean for partisan Democrat Tom White?
Monday, November 2, 2009
1. Retiree Reserve Trust Fund (Section 111(d), p. 61)
2. Grant program for wellness programs to small employers (Section 112, p. 62)
3. Grant program for State health access programs (Section 114, p. 72)
4. Program of administrative simplification (Section 115, p. 76)
5. Health Benefits Advisory Committee (Section 223, p. 111)
6. Health Choices Administration (Section 241, p. 131)
7. Qualified Health Benefits Plan Ombudsman (Section 244, p. 138)
8. Health Insurance Exchange (Section 201, p. 155)
9. Program for technical assistance to employees of small businesses buying Exchange coverage (Section 305(h), p. 191)
10. Mechanism for insurance risk pooling to be established by Health Choices Commissioner (Section 306(b), p. 194)
11. Health Insurance Exchange Trust Fund (Section 307, p. 195)
12. State-based Health Insurance Exchanges (Section 308, p. 197)
13. Grant program for health insurance cooperatives (Section 310, p. 206)
14. “Public Health Insurance Option” (Section 321, p. 211)
15. Ombudsman for “Public Health Insurance Option” (Section 321(d), p. 213)
16. Account for receipts and disbursements for “Public Health Insurance Option” (Section 322(b), p. 215)
17. Telehealth Advisory Committee (Section 1191 (b), p. 589)
18. Demonstration program providing reimbursement for “culturally and linguistically appropriate services” (Section 1222, p. 617)
19. Demonstration program for shared decision making using patient decision aids (Section 1236, p. 648)
20. Accountable Care Organization pilot program under Medicare (Section 1301, p. 653)
21. Independent patient-centered medical home pilot program under Medicare (Section 1302, p. 672)
22. Community-based medical home pilot program under Medicare (Section 1302(d), p. 681)
23. Independence at home demonstration program (Section 1312, p. 718)
24. Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research (Section 1401(a), p. 734)
25. Comparative Effectiveness Research Commission (Section 1401(a), p. 738)
26. Patient ombudsman for comparative effectiveness research (Section 1401(a), p. 753)
27. Quality assurance and performance improvement program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 1412(b)(1), p. 784)
28. Quality assurance and performance improvement program for nursing facilities (Section 1412 (b)(2), p. 786)
29. Special focus facility program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 1413(a)(3), p. 796)
30. Special focus facility program for nursing facilities (Section 1413(b)(3), p. 804)
31. National independent monitor pilot program for skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities (Section 1422, p. 859)
32. Demonstration program for approved teaching health centers with respect to Medicare GME (Section 1502(d), p. 933)
33. Pilot program to develop anti-fraud compliance systems for Medicare providers (Section 1635, p. 978)
34. Special Inspector General for the Health Insurance Exchange (Section 1647, p. 1000)
35. Medical home pilot program under Medicaid (Section 1722, p. 1058)
36. Accountable Care Organization pilot program under Medicaid (Section 1730A, p. 1073)
37. Nursing facility supplemental payment program (Section 1745, p. 1106)
38. Demonstration program for Medicaid coverage to stabilize emergency medical conditions in institutions for mental diseases (Section 1787, p. 1149)
39. Comparative Effectiveness Research Trust Fund (Section 1802, p. 1162)
40. “Identifiable office or program” within CMS to “provide for improved coordination between Medicare and Medicaid in the case of dual eligibles” (Section 1905, p. 1191)
41. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Section 1907, p. 1198)
42. Public Health Investment Fund (Section 2002, p. 1214)
43. Scholarships for service in health professional needs areas (Section 2211, p. 1224)
44. Program for training medical residents in community-based settings (Section 2214, p. 1236)
45. Grant program for training in dentistry programs (Section 2215, p. 1240)
46. Public Health Workforce Corps (Section 2231, p. 1253)
47. Public health workforce scholarship program (Section 2231, p. 1254)
48. Public health workforce loan forgiveness program (Section 2231, p. 1258)
49. Grant program for innovations in interdisciplinary care (Section 2252, p. 1272)
50. Advisory Committee on Health Workforce Evaluation and Assessment (Section 2261, p. 1275)
51. Prevention and Wellness Trust (Section 2301, p. 1286)
52. Clinical Prevention Stakeholders Board (Section 2301, p. 1295)
53. Community Prevention Stakeholders Board (Section 2301, p. 1301)
54. Grant program for community prevention and wellness research (Section 2301, p. 1305)
55. Grant program for research and demonstration projects related to wellness incentives (Section 2301, p. 1305)
56. Grant program for community prevention and wellness services (Section 2301, p. 1308)
57. Grant program for public health infrastructure (Section 2301, p. 1313)
58. Center for Quality Improvement (Section 2401, p. 1322)
59. Assistant Secretary for Health Information (Section 2402, p. 1330)
60. Grant program to support the operation of school-based health clinics (Section 2511, p. 1352)
61. Grant program for nurse-managed health centers (Section 2512, p. 1361)
62. Grants for labor-management programs for nursing training (Section 2521, p. 1372)
63. Grant program for interdisciplinary mental and behavioral health training (Section 2522, p. 1382)
64. “No Child Left Unimmunized Against Influenza” demonstration grant program (Section 2524, p. 1391)
65. Healthy Teen Initiative grant program regarding teen pregnancy (Section 2526, p. 1398)
66. Grant program for interdisciplinary training, education, and services for individuals with autism (Section 2527(a), p. 1402)
67. University centers for excellence in developmental disabilities education (Section 2527(b), p. 1410)
68. Grant program to implement medication therapy management services (Section 2528, p. 1412)
69. Grant program to promote positive health behaviors in underserved communities (Section 2530, p. 1422)
70. Grant program for State alternative medical liability laws (Section 2531, p. 1431)
71. Grant program to develop infant mortality programs (Section 2532, p. 1433)
72. Grant program to prepare secondary school students for careers in health professions (Section 2533, p. 1437)
73. Grant program for community-based collaborative care (Section 2534, p. 1440)
74. Grant program for community-based overweight and obesity prevention (Section 2535, p. 1457)
75. Grant program for reducing the student-to-school nurse ratio in primary and secondary schools (Section 2536, p. 1462)
76. Demonstration project of grants to medical-legal partnerships (Section 2537, p. 1464)
77. Center for Emergency Care under the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (Section 2552, p. 1478)
78. Council for Emergency Care (Section 2552, p 1479)
79. Grant program to support demonstration programs that design and implement regionalized emergency care systems (Section 2553, p. 1480)
80. Grant program to assist veterans who wish to become emergency medical technicians upon discharge (Section 2554, p. 1487)
81. Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (Section 2562, p. 1494)
82. National Medical Device Registry (Section 2571, p. 1501)
83. CLASS Independence Fund (Section 2581, p. 1597)
84. CLASS Independence Fund Board of Trustees (Section 2581, p. 1598)
85. CLASS Independence Advisory Council (Section 2581, p. 1602)
86. Health and Human Services Coordinating Committee on Women’s Health (Section 2588, p. 1610)
87. National Women’s Health Information Center (Section 2588, p. 1611)
88. Centers for Disease Control Office of Women’s Health (Section 2588, p. 1614)
89. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Women’s Health and Gender-Based Research (Section 2588, p. 1617)
90. Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women’s Health (Section 2588, p. 1618)
91. Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health (Section 2588, p. 1621)
92. Personal Care Attendant Workforce Advisory Panel (Section 2589(a)(2), p. 1624)
93. Grant program for national health workforce online training (Section 2591, p. 1629)
94. Grant program to disseminate best practices on implementing health workforce investment programs (Section 2591, p. 1632)
95. Demonstration program for chronic shortages of health professionals (Section 3101, p. 1717)
96. Demonstration program for substance abuse counselor educational curricula (Section 3101, p. 1719)
97. Program of Indian community education on mental illness (Section 3101, p. 1722)
98. Intergovernmental Task Force on Indian environmental and nuclear hazards (Section 3101, p. 1754)
99. Office of Indian Men’s Health (Section 3101, p. 1765)
100. Indian Health facilities appropriation advisory board (Section 3101, p. 1774)
101. Indian Health facilities needs assessment workgroup (Section 3101, p. 1775)
102. Indian Health Service tribal facilities joint venture demonstration projects (Section 3101, p. 1809)
103. Urban youth treatment center demonstration project (Section 3101, p. 1873)
104. Grants to Urban Indian Organizations for diabetes prevention (Section 3101, p. 1874)
105. Grants to Urban Indian Organizations for health IT adoption (Section 3101, p. 1877)
106. Mental health technician training program (Section 3101, p. 1898)
107. Indian youth telemental health demonstration project (Section 3101, p. 1909)
108. Program for treatment of child sexual abuse victims and perpetrators (Section 3101, p. 1925)
109. Program for treatment of domestic violence and sexual abuse (Section 3101, p. 1927)
110. Native American Health and Wellness Foundation (Section 3103, p. 1966)
111. Committee for the Establishment of the Native American Health and Wellness Foundation (Section 3103, p. 1968)
Saturday, October 31, 2009
After weeks of secretly creating their partisan government-run health care plan behind closed doors, on Thursday Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats unveiled H.R. 3962, their latest version of the health care legislation (Read it here.)
It is still a government takeover of our health care system that will increase families’ health care costs, increase the deficit, increase taxes on small businesses and the middle class, and hasten Medicare's impending bankruptcy.
The House Democrats’ government-run health care experiment costs over $1 trillion and is 1,990 pages long – over 30 percent longer than Harry Reid’s bill and longer than Hillary Clinton’s bill for universal health care.
That’s not the reform Nebraskans want or need, and it is proof that Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have no interest in finding a bipartisan solution that will make health care more affordable and accessible.
Scary, huh? So scary that when it came time for my wife and I to decide what to wear to a Halloween party last night, dressing up as the "public option" seemed like the scariest thing we could think of.
Have a happy and safe Halloween.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Where's Ben Nelson on health care reform?
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Today the NEGOP held another of its Legislative District meetings, this time in Beatrice for Legislative District 30. This District, which encompasses all of Gage County and the southern portion of Lancaster County, is currently "represented" by
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
UPDATE: When asked about the issue by Nebraska Public Radio, Sen. Nelson refused to respond. The story may be found here. Instead, through a spokesperson, Washington Ben described the cloture vote as only a "procedural" vote. Nebraskans can expect the same duplicitous answer when it comes to his votes on card check, cap-and-trade, and government takeover of health care.
Every Nebraskan--especially our children and grandchildren--should thank U.S. Senator Mike Johanns for voting against cloture today on S. 1776--the so called "Doc Fix" bill. The legislation is nothing more than a gimmick that would permit the Democrats to move forward on their government takeover of health care while adding $247 billion to the federal budget deficit without any plan to pay for it.
Recall that President Obama promised that his health care legislation would be fully paid for, but would also protect doctors from annual cuts to their Medicare reimbursement rates. To accomplish this, the Democrats came up with a sleight-of-hand, i.e., leave it out of the health care bill and ramrod it through as a budget bill and merely add it to the national debt that our children and grandchildren will be forced to pay. The Wall St. Journal summed up the Democrats legerdemain quite nicely in a recent editorial found here.
That's how Democrats solve problems in Washington, DC.
Thankfully, the good guys won this vote. The cloture motion failed by a vote of 47-53. All Republicans voted in opposition along with 13 reasonable Democrats.
Senator Johanns' post-vote comments were right on point:
“A vote for this legislation was an end-run around fiscal responsibility since it would add another quarter trillion dollars to our record $11.9-trillion debt in order to pretend health care reform costs less. A concerned bipartisan opposition prevented this from passing. I support finding a solution to physician reimbursement rates to ensure patients have access to quality care. However, it has to be paid for in a responsible manner, not passed on to our children and grandchildren.”
And where was Senator Ben Nelson on this critical vote?
Washington Ben Nelson voted IN FAVOR OF THE CLOTURE MOTION. Clearly he supports the use of Harry Reid's legislative gimmicks and adding $247 billion to our already obscene federal budget deficit.
Given the chance to stand with Nebraskans, Ben Nelson chose instead to stand with Washington Democrats. Sadly, the 2012 election is still 3 years away.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Given that Democrat White has filed his first report with the Federal Election Commission, there's even more public information to be scrutinized.
Here's White's FEC report. Be sure to click on the individual tabs for receipts and expenditures.
And, as we've previously disclosed, Democrat Tom White's U.S. House of Representatives financial disclosure can be found here.
Tell us what you find that should be of interest to Nebraska voters, and keep the entries coming!
Friday, October 16, 2009
That's why I know it's important to cherish those truly special moments that make it all worthwhile. I experienced just such a moment last Friday at our Founders' Day event in Omaha. At that event we had the opportunity to recognize many outstanding volunteers and leaders in the Nebraska Republican Party. While Gov. Mitt Romney's speech was fantastic, the highlight of the evening for me was awarding the Nebraska GOP Hall of Fame awards to two individuals who have had a significant impact on me, on the Nebraska Republican Party, and on the State of Nebraska.
The first Hall of Fame award went to former Gov. Kay Orr. Gov. Orr served our state as State Treasurer and Governor--becoming the first Republican woman elected governor in the United States. She is a tremendously talented woman who served our great state with class and a bedrock understanding of the principles upon which this country was founded. In recent years she has spent her time on things more important than politics--her family. Her speech at Founders' Day literally brought a tear to my eye as she spoke from her heart about our country and her faith. She still cares very deeply about our state and our country. I've been blessed with the opportunity to know Gov. Orr and her wonderful husband Bill, both of whom have shared their wisdom with me from time to time.
The other recipient was Omaha City Councilman Chuck Sigerson. Chuck gave me the opportunity to serve as legal counsel to the NEGOP when he was state chair, and for that I'm forever grateful. Chuck was a great state NEGOP chair, perhaps the best in modern times. He singlehandedly pinned then-Gov. Ben Nelson down to sign the pledge to not run for the Senate. When Nelson tried to reneg on his commitment, Sigerson nailed him, Chuck Hagel was elected, and the rest is history. Chuck recently suffered a heart attack and stroke and, thanks be to God, was released from the rehabilitation hospital on the night of Founders' Day, but he was unable to attend. Instead, he sent his son Andrew to accept the award on his behalf. Andrew and I go way back, and it was great seeing him and watching him in action before the packed crowd at the Doubletree Hotel in Omaha. Like Governor Orr, Andrew spoke from the heart and candidly shared his faith with those present.
Kay Orr and Chuck Sigerson--two great Nebraskans.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
The Nebraska Democratic Party is on life support and nearing death.
1. Democrats have been unable to recruit any candidate to run for a Nebraska constitutional office. No candidate for Governor. Lieutenant Governor. Secretary of State. Attorney General. Auditor. Not even for the open State Treasurer's office being vacated by Shane Osborn.
How about for federal office? No challenger to Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, and the only announced challenger to Congressman Adrian Smith is a young Yale theologian who moved back to Nebraska to run. Sound familiar?
Democrats claim they have a strategy. Over the weekend the Associated Press uncovered the top-secret plan being employed by the Nebraska Democratic Party to challenge Governor Dave Heineman in 2010:
But so far the Democrats don't have a candidate to propose change, and it could be months before one is announced. Covalt said it is even possible the party may wait until the state party's convention in July to announce a gubernatorial candidate.
Huh? Wait until July 2010 to see who gets the shortest straw at a meeting and becomes the next Stormy Dean? That's a strategy?
2. As the Nebraska Republican Party was holding its Founders' Day event featuring Gov. Mitt Romney (with 600 in attendance and raising around $100,000 for the NEGOP), Nebraska Democrats distributed a class-warfare fundraising e-mail. Here are some of the lowlights:
Times are tough in America today. Foreclosures, lay-offs and mounting debt are pressing down upon the shoulders of the average American. Most of us are struggling with basic necessities like health care and the ever increasing cost of living. The jobs the middle class have long depended on are disappearing before their eyes almost as fast as their pensions are shrinking.
Amidst all of these hardships the Republican Party hacks and GOP cronies are donning their penguin suits, peeling out their checkbooks and scrawling out $5,000 dollar contributions in exchange for photos with Mitt Romney
That's how they come up with the coinage time and time again to run their races, by relying on the same handful of corporate execs and neo-con tycoons to cut checks of that size.
Now it's no surprise that the Nebraska Democratic Party doesn't have pockets that deep. We've never been the party of silk lined brief cases and golden parachutes. We are here for you, for the average American who feels it when the economy dips. America is hurting right now and we understand that, we're not going to ask for $5,000 dollar contributions from each of you. But we are asking for your support. We need to demonstrate to the GOP moguls that they may have the money but we have the hearts and minds of the people. We are here working for America, while all they can do is attempt to obstruct the progress we have all made.
Oh, there's so much to say in response, but I'll limit it to three points:
- "Hacks" and "cronies"? "Penguin suits" (sorry folks--Founders' Day wasn't a black tie)? "Silk lined brief cases"? Obviously NDP is short of funds and cannot hire a communications director.
- Members of Nebraska's political press have shared that there appears to be a growing split between Omaha Democrats and the current leadership of the Nebraska Democratic Party, in part due to this class-warfare rhetoric being deployed. You can't bash job creators and then go to them with hat in hand asking for financial support for your party and its candidate (singular). The business community will take a pass on the next Democrat fundraising event and should turn a blind eye to the next Tom White fundraiser.
- Tom White--the Democrats' purported savior--is worth as much as $7 million according to his financial disclosures. Wealthiest member of our congressional delegation? Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson. The party of "silk lined brief cases"?
3. Tom White danced, twisted and strained to avoid any mention of the word "Democrat" during his announcement for Congress. Why is Tom White embarrassed of being called a Democrat--which is what he is? Is it because of the moribund condition of the NDP? Or because he wants mislead voters about his support for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her radical agenda?
Meanwhile, the Nebraska Republican Party continues to build for 2010 and develop a strong bench for 2012 and beyond.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Another update: Thurs., Oct. 8: The Romney event is now officially SOLD OUT! With RSVPs approaching 600, the NEGOP can no longer accommodate new requests for tickets. THANK YOU to all who are planning to attend--should be a great event for the State of Nebraska and your Nebraska Republican Party!
Update: Wed., Oct. 7: Over 525 seats have been sold already to this great event with Gov. Romney--exceeding our goals and expectations! Thanks to everyone who is attending! We're making room for a few additional tables--if you are still interested, please e-mail Rebecca Weber at email@example.com ASAP to snatch one of these few remaining tickets. Hope to see all of my fellow Republicans this Friday!
On October 9, the Nebraska Republican Party will hold the biennial Founders’ Day celebration to recognize those volunteers who made the 2008 elections so successful. Our featured guest is former Governor and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He will be joined by our own Governor Dave Heineman, Nebraska’s three outstanding Congressman, and many other GOP elected leaders at the downtown DoubleTree Hotel in Omaha.
Many times, it takes hundreds upon thousands of hours of dedication and hard work to win an election. In 1931, the Nebraska Republican Party instituted the first Founders’ Day to honor those individuals who generously gave of their time and helped move candidates from the campaign office to elected office. It is the NEGOP’s honor to hold this event.
Giving levels range from $65 per dinner seat to $5,000 dinner table for ten including admittance to a cocktail reception with Governor Romney along with a photo opportunity. To make your reservations or for more information, contact the NEGOP at 402-475-2122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you there!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
As part of making the obvious known, White was required to file a financial disclosure with the Clerk of the House.
His financial disclosure can be found here.
On its face, the financial report is very, very, very intriguing in oh so many ways. We would love to assign this to an opposition researcher, but we don't have one. The Nebraska Republican Party operates on a pretty lean budget--we have limited staff and don't have the Washington Union Bosses or President Obama to loan us staff to use at our disposal. So we thought we would be innovative and try crowdsourcing this project, i.e., "the process by which the power of the many can be leveraged to accomplish feats that were once the province of the specialized few."
Are you game?
Take a look at Democrat (yes, contrary to his announcement speech, he's a Democrat) White's financial disclosure and tell us what you find. See if there's anything interesting in it that needs to be further examined or pointed out to 2nd District voters. Example: certainly Senator White filed the appropriate ethics disclosures in the event he voted on a measure before the Nebraska Legislature that somehow impacted the multitude of investments he has. Has he pulled a "Charlie Rangel" and failed to list anything?
So have at it--the entire civilized world with internet access has now been deputized by the NEGOP. Review and analyze the report, or any other publicly-available information that's available on Senator White. Tell us what you find by November 1, 2009, and e-mail it to me at email@example.com
The entry that the NEGOP believes provides Nebraska voters with the most useful information will win two (2) tickets to the November 21, 2009, Nebraska football game against K-State.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Simply taking a look at the national debt clock demonstrates why we need to be concerned. The Democrats are now in charge of Washington. They have the keys, they are in the driver's seat, and their agenda of nationalizing industries and expanding the size, scope and cost of government is driving our country into bankruptcy.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
It's clear that the Democrat policies of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have energized Republican voters in ways I could not have thought possible. Many thanks to Pelosi and her liberal ilk for getting hard-working taxpayers and families interested once again.
This is also the second meeting in a row where voters expressed disdain for the 2 Ben Nelsons: The Nebraska Ben Nelson, who tries to tell us he's working for us, and the Washington Ben Nelson who goes to Washington and votes against our interests. He's got a couple of more years to keep playing up this facade until he retires or is shown the door by Nebraska voters.
Those attending committed to organizing a 4 county Republican event this November featuring Senator Johanns, Governor Heineman, Attorney General Bruning, and the rest of the Republican ticket. Should be a great event!
Thanks to all who attended. Now let's roll up our sleeves and get to work in District 16 in replacing anti-death penalty Democrat Sen. Kent Rogert!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Maybe you're starting to fret about all those bureaucrats and bean-counters again. You shouldn't, according to Mr. Obama. "The only thing I would point is, is that Medicare is a government program that works really well for our seniors," he noted in Colorado. After all, as he said in New Hampshire, "If we're able to get something right like Medicare, then there should be a little more confidence that maybe the government can have a role—not the dominant role, but a role—in making sure the people are treated fairly when it comes to insurance."
The government didn't get Medicare right, though: Just ask the President. The entitlement is "going broke" (Colorado) and "unsustainable" and "running out of money" (New Hampshire). And it's "in deep trouble if we don't do something, because as you said, money doesn't grow on trees" (Montana).
So the health-care status quo needs top-to-bottom reform, except for the parts that "you" happen to like. Government won't interfere with patients and their physicians, considering that the new panel of experts who will make decisions intended to reduce tests and treatments doesn't count as government. But Medicare shows that government involvement isn't so bad, aside from the fact that spending is out of control—and that program needs top-to-bottom reform too.
Voters aren't stupid. The true reason ObamaCare is in trouble isn't because "folks aren't listening," but because they are.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Most showed up out of concern for the direction our country is headed after the November 2008 elections. Government takeovers of private industries, a risky proposed health care experiment, and the Democrats' steady march towards socialism. That's not what Nebraskans are about.
The enthusiasm of those attending the Aurora meeting is refreshing, and I'm confident that a Republican will be elected to represent District 34 in November 2010. The group also expressed unanimous and enthusiastic support for Senator Johanns, Congressman Smith, Governor Heineman, Attorney General Bruning, and the rest of the Republican constitutional officers.
It's no wonder the Democrats can't find anyone to run for statewide office. Not even Stormy Dean.
Our listening sessions continue later this week and will continue through the remainder of the year. I'll keep you posted on how they go, and why 2010 is shaping up to be a great year for the NEGOP.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Why won't Washington Ben answer to Nebraskans on his position on health care, card check, tax increases, skyrocketing budget deficits, and his vote for a pro-choice Supreme Court nominee?
2012 cannot arrive soon enough.
It simply cannot be disputed that we have the finest, highest-quality health care system ever created. It also cannot be disputed that the vast majority of Americans like the health insurance coverage they currently have. Finally, it cannot be disputed that our health care delivery system and the federal/state safety net Medicaid provide access to health care for all Americans.
So what's the issue--what are we trying to "fix"? Is it the cost of health INSURANCE? As someone who currently pays over $15,000/year for health insurance premiums for family coverage, I believe that the cost of health insurance is a primary concern. However, any health care historian will confirm that past government action (e.g., wage controls, ERISA, mandated benefits) is the primary cause of this problem.
Do we really want more government and more bureaucracy to further compound the problem of increasing health insurance costs? Democrats apparently answer "YES." Republicans, on the other hand, answer "NO," instead choosing to pursue the alternatives highlighted by Mackey. Let's hope that after they have had a chance to hear from their constitutents that the Democrat members of Congress have a change of heart.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
As Peggy Noonan wrote in her Saturday column,
[T]he Democratic response has been stunningly crude and aggressive. It has been to attack. Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the United States House of Representatives, accused the people at the meetings of “carrying swastikas and symbols like that.” (Apparently one protester held a hand-lettered sign with a “no” slash over a swastika.) But they are not Nazis, they’re Americans. Some of them looked like they’d actually spent some time fighting Nazis.
As I have watched the videos of these town hall meetings, it has been interesting to see that a significant number of those opposing nationalized health care are senior citizens. That's true nationally, and true here in Nebraska as well. The outrage of our nation's seniors has not gone unnoticed and was confirmed by a recent Washington Post article.
Senior citizens understand what the Democrats' proposed government takeover of health care means.
It means rationing.
And it means a loss of additional freedoms as government will decide who gets care, what kind of care they get, and when they get it.
That's not the America that so many of our seniors fought to protect and preserve. They understand that--a lot better than the Ben Nelsons, Harry Reids and Nancy Pelosis.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Turns out that Ben Nelson donated the land on which the statue will be erected.
Hmmm. Wonder who donated the money to the McCook Foundation (or the Nebraska Community Foundation, previously run by Nelson's former Lt. Governor Maxine Moul)?
You have to hand it to Washington Ben Nelson and his fellow Democrats like Tom White. They take the cake when it comes to hubris and narcissism.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Since January the Democrats have made it clear they want Americans to have less freedom. Nationalization of industries. Increased regulation of our lives. Higher taxes so we have less money to spend personally. And now, socialized medicine where the federal government will decide what kind of health care you will receive, if any at all.
Others are noticing this as well. As Peggy Noonan points out in her Wall St. Journal opinion piece, Americans are beginning to understand that the Democrats' agenda means less freedom:
So this might be an unarticulated public fear: When everyone pays for the sameThe Republicans are clearly on the side of the American people on this defining issue. Nancy Pelosi, Tom White and their fellow liberal Democrats are clearly on the wrong side.
health-care system, the overseers will feel more and more a right to tell you
how to live, which simple joys are allowed and which are not.
Americans in the most personal, daily ways feel they are less free than they used to be. And they are right, they are less free.
Who wants more of that?
After all: Freedom beats Hope.
Monday, July 20, 2009
And the worst is yet to come since the bill for the ill-conceived government spending spree is being handed to our children and grandchildren.
Simply put: irresponsible.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Latest example: Last Thursday Washington Ben decided to blast out a press release claiming credit for something that had already been announced by the Pentagon about a month ago. Nelson, who is a member of the U.S. Armed Services Committee, was apparently told by the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Thursday that StratCom at Offutt AFB will have a “very significant” role in overseeing cyber-security efforts. Despite the fact that it is old news (if news at all), the release, and the subsequent Omaha World-Herald story, give the impression that Nelson just brokered some great deal for Nebraska.
Perhaps the press release is penitential for Nelson's failure to protect Offutt AFB and Sarpy County. At a minimum it demonstrates a character flaw in Nelson, i.e., the need to overstate one's importance, the need to take credit for the work of others and the failure to acknowledge the hard work of others (e.g., Congressman Lee Terry and Senator Mike Johanns).
Nelson has been a politician for a long, long time, and I don't expect him to correct this character flaw overnight. So, in the meantime, expect headlines like the following to flow from Nelson and his Senate office:
NELSON: THANKS TO ME THE SUN WILL COME UP TOMORROW
HUSKERS TO WIN HOME FOOTBALL OPENER--SEN. BEN NELSON FIGHTS FOR NEBRASKA
NELSON WORKING HARD TO ENSURE NEW YORK YANKEES HAVE HIGHEST MLB PAYROLL
Sunday, July 5, 2009
To no one's surprise Democrat State Senator Tom White is taking the traditional next step towards announcing that he plans to run for the House of Representatives in 2010. According to an article in this morning's Omaha World-Herald, White is forming an exploratory committee that will permit him to raise and spend campaign funds without officially announcing his candidacy.
Based upon the article, it appears that White is hitching his star to President Barack Obama:
"[White] said the party needs to capitalize on President Barack Obama winning an electoral vote in the 2nd Congressional District.
“The Obama people are still here. The people who were energized by his campaign, the people who filled the convention center (for an Obama visit) are still here, the people who came to the caucuses are still here,” said White.
So White plans to run as Tommy Obama?
A few thoughts:
- President Obama won't be on the ballot in the 2nd District in 2010. Instead, the 2010 election will be about a landslide re-election for Governor Dave Heineman, Attorney General Jon Bruning, State Treasurer Shane Osborn, State Auditor Mike Foley and Secretary of State John Gale. And who is it that is driving turnout for the Democrats?
- The 2010 election will be a referendum on Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat Congress. Don't believe me? Ask Omaha Democrat Paul Landow, who was formerly the top aide to 2nd District Democrat Congressman Peter Hoagland--the last Democrat to represent the 2nd District. 2010 will be 1994 all over again. We're just 6 months into the current congressional session and the House Democrats have managed to pass legislation increasing our tax burden, expanding the federal government, indebting our children and grandchildren, and eliminating the freedoms we hold dear. That's the agenda Tom White wants to get to Washington to support. Nebraska voters understand that Congressman Lee Terry represents a check-and-balance on this looniness coming out of Washington.
- White will be forced to deal with: (a) an ineffective Omaha Mayor--Jim Suttle--who is the primary representative of the Democratic Party in the 2nd District; or (b) a Republican Omaha Mayor who will have replaced Suttle after he is recalled later this year.
- Regardless of the national political environment or state of Omaha City Hall in November 2010, White will be forced to face his own record in the state legislature as one of the most partisan, divisive and arrogant legislators in Nebraska history. That will be contrasted with Congressman Lee Terry, an affable Omahan who is widely recognized by his bipartisan efforts in the House of Representatives.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
White’s intentions are clear; he intends to run for Congressman Terry’s seat in 2010 and he’s letting the DCCC act on his behalf. Voters need to know now that Tom White plans a divisive and negative campaign against Congressman Terry. We intend to give voters an opportunity to voice their concerns.
For this reason we have established a hotline for people to call with specific information on the negative campaign tactics of Tom White.
Just yesterday, the Omaha World Herald levied heavy criticism on the DCCC for their tactics. They called the attack ads “unfair”, a “sophomoric game of gotcha”, and an attempt to “throw mud at incumbent lawmakers”. White’s silence equates to an agreement that these types of negative ads are not only acceptable, but they are merely the beginning. The hotline will give Nebraskans a way to report the instances of White’s mudslinging.
With this Hotline Voters can call in and report White’s negative campaign tactics, their various experiences with the State Senator and their concerns about his liberal positions and votes in the Nebraska Legislature.
Report Tom White
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
1. If you are going to have awards honoring former Governor/former Senator Bob Kerrey, I would suggest you spell his name correctly. If you want to name an award after Sen. John Kerry, then by all means do so, although I'm not sure what connection he has with Nebraska.
2. My friend and Neb. Democratic Chair Vic Covalt decided to issue a press release attacking Governor Heineman's selection of "Kerrey" Winterer as the new Director of Health and Human Services. First, it's "Kerry" (there we go again). Second, Kerry, as an attorney and expert on benefit issues, is imminently well-qualified for position. Better yet, the press release appears just one slot ahead of another Democrat post applauding Sen. Nelson's work to get his former Lt. Gov. Maxine Moul another government job.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Thankfully, Republicans are not standing by waiting for the Democrats to run Omaha into the ground. Today we learned that Republican Jim Vokal has created an organization called OMAPAC that will hold Suttle and his Democratic administration accountable.
Once again--where's Tom White on Omaha's future? Partisan White was elected ("serves" is a stretch given his lackluster attendance last session) to represent an Omaha district, and he has told Democratic activists that he's mulling a bid for Congress, i.e., to represent Omaha's interests in Washington DC. Does he support Suttle's plans for tax increases for Omahans?
Leadership is more than having your staff create a web site and sponsoring politically-motivated legislation that was going no where from the start.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
The moonwalk is an amazing dance step. Once has to deftly slide across the ground without taking a position. In some ways it's like Senator Ben Nelson and his politics. He's constantly moving around, deftly at times, without taking a position, but attempting to please everyone in Washington and Nebraska and beyond . . . .