Hi I'm Todd Watson, an Independent candidate running for United States Senate.

Our party platform has three key philosophies compared to a traditional campaign agenda. First, we believe that the party system in Washington is broken. Second, we believe in a foundational return to the spiritual heritage of our country. Third, we believe it is time government act selfless and not selfish with the future of this country.

We have great passion to be part of a larger movement under God of real change in this country. Enjoy the site and let’s MOVE! Learn why all individuals who interviewed Todd of the York County GOP leadership committee endorsed Todd Watson for US Senate.

This site is designed to give you the information you need quickly while yet thorough enough to move the dialogue of the debate to “How” from “What”. “Todd’s Stances” has quick positional stances (read the bold if you have no time). Second, we have three Philosophies with quick excerpts to learn more about our beliefs. Finally, we thoroughly blog on any given topic to give those passionate about a subject details they can depend on. The details in these blogs gives you a roadmap to solving problems and details on specific views. You will rarely find disclosure of this level of detail as well as belief structures. Campaigns want to be general to appeal to the most voters. We fundamentally believe in giving specific guidance to move the debate forward and show we are serious about solving problems–not being popular.

Thanks for your support!

The Watson Campaign Team

Republicans Fighting Over Power Again – This Time With Ben Sasse

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/364764/collateral-damage-gop-civil-war-jonathan-strong#!

This article illustrates what problems will happen if we elect another party candidate (This time a Republican) into this system.  This will be a repeat of 200o to 2006 when the Republicans had dominant control of Washington.  This fighting over who has power in the party is always a problem–even more if they take back majority control.  They will waste more time fighting for chairs, power, and who has control of the institution then focusing on driving platform issues.

I think the Republican American is thinking that the problems of the Affordable Care Act will be solved if they elect a Republican to office (this is true) and everything will work much better in Washington (this is not true).  I believe Americans are ignorant to creating a second problem by voting another party candidate into office.  They (If Republican) will create an atmosphere of internal fighting for power in 2014 to 2015 and then an obsession with stalling on all other issues with any Democratic positions as they prepare to take back the Presidency in 2015- 2016.  Finally, if they win it will be an all out power struggle for who is going to lead the various chairs or positions with a new administration.   I think you will have a fair amount of time waste the next 3 years with any Republican you elect as power issues will be a primary focus of the party.

If you elect me you will contribute to overturning Health Care and standing with Republicans 95% of the time (I will 100% stand with the Republicans on defunding or reversing the Affordable Care Act).  However, you will not create a second problem–time focused on power positions and chairs of the party, time focused on moving up the ladder in the party, and time working the campaign trails for the party to take back the Presidency.

You will have a Senator that will spend the next 6 years focused on the business of governing. As an Independent I will not be invited to back room negotiations on power issues for leaders or myself since I’m not a card carrying member.  I will not be drug into endless interviews to bash the Democrats plans and candidates as I don’t speak for the party.  I will not have to support a good majority of my first two years politicing to take back the Presidency.  I will have the freedom to keep my head down on issues that affect Nebraskans and Americans.  I will have more time to meet with experts on any given topic to construct better policy.  I will have more time to spend listening to Nebraskans on issues they need addressed.  I look to give more of my time to finding better solutions and working on creating progress in bills (even in years of Presidential elections) for the benefit of America and Nebraska.

Finally, this is not a criticism of Ben Sasse.  Ben has every right to say what he wants about leaders and support whoever he wants to be the Republican leader.  I do worry about his positioning in the Senate for Nebraska if McConnell reteains the power position for the Republicans in the Senate.  However, maybe Ben cleared the air and is OK with Mitch and will be fine–I have no clue on the results of that meeting and that is his business.  Republicans jockeying for power positions in the Senate and Committees is a routine process that happens for both parties and is part of their focus of time.

My main point is this–jockeying for formal importance and alligning the power between party members (regardless of who the candidate is) is a massive waste of time when there is so much governing that needs to be done.  We need to focus on governing and issues — not party power.  These party power problems will be the same problems that plagued Republicans in 2000 to 2006 when they had dominant control of Washington (history always repeats).  I will give you the same results on 95% of the platform–including the significant issue of repealing the Affordable Care Act.  You will just get more of my time: time to meet with you, time to work on the issues affecting our country and economy, time to consider your concerns on the homefront, time to study policy, time to govern with the interest of you and your family in mind, and time to pray and seek His guidance for our country.  Vote Productivity! Vote Independent! Vote Watson!

 

 

 

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Thinking of Legislation for the Nebraska Farmer/Rancher this Thanksgiving Day

MMMMMM…..The Thanksgiving meal was incredible and I’m thankful for the Farmer and Rancher that made it possible.  Here are my thoughts on how I can help the Nebraska Farmer and Rancher…..

Nebraska has been blessed to be a part of the “breadbasket” of the world.  Nebraska must continue to build on this position of strength.  Our Government needs to focus on improving self sustainability of our farms and ranches.  Water rights are growing in importance and we must make sure we have a policy that takes into consideration the needs of the producer and their land.  Our country must be cognizant of other factors that can keep the sustainability of the family farm going.

Estate Tax Laws need to be reasonable.  When taxable capital is tied up in land, we need reasonable provisions to keep the farm in the family.  We cannot create an expeditious tax burden on a piece of wealth that is illiquid and producing more than money.  Our farms produce food for the country and a way of life we value in this state.  I will work hard to make sure that the estate tax protection level does not fall below the $5.25 million mark.  Our farms are a great source of wealth and a livelihood to this state.  We must make sure that the ability to keep these farms together in one piece is not jeopardized by a large estate tax bill to the small to medium size farmer.

The EPA must be kept in check.  Far reaching regulations on water issues or land issues they deem to have authority on must be monitored and reduced.  Water issues must be pushed down to the states when possible.  We support limiting their authority to navigable waters (let’s tighten that definition) and reducing the power they are looking to levy on our producing lands.

Crop insurance programs need to remain and be strengthened.  Although budget cuts will happen, we must ensure that farmers have access to affordable crop insurance that protects the American farmer in poorer producing years.

We must work on the transportation infrastructure and cost of energy in our country.  Exports of our product is a great benefit to Nebraska, this country, and this world.  We must make sure our product continues to become easier, more efficient, and more cost effective to produce and get to all markets–domestic or foreign.

Encouraging and overseeing the people responsible for the transparency and integrity of the commodity markets is important.  We need markets to be free from corruption and flourish where our farmers/ranchers products are involved.  Ensuring our futures markets are properly regulated and functioning is a good thing for our people.

We must continue to have input with the proper authorities to hire the best people that promote ag trade, solid agricultural views, and water resource positions that aid our farmers to feed the world.   We would like to encourage the appointment of government leaders and their corresponding hires to have a better understanding of farmer positions as opposed to a dominance of “Environmental” or “Industry” experience.

We will encourage state leaders to have a balanced tax view that takes into consideration property taxes AND income taxes (as opposed to just income taxes) when looking at taxation issues.  Nebraskans need to share equally in tax benefits and burdens. Nebraska is in a great position to debate tax reductions (I wish this was the case in Washington) with appropriate cuts.  We will encourage and support state and local leaders that understand tax burdens are more than income tax–they are property tax related as well.

Finally, the Farm Bill will probably come and go before I take office (this should of happened awhile ago).  This legislation is being held up in political bickering.  This bill must be passed.  It is a shame that it maybe only extended as there were benefits to both Americans and the farmer in the new proposal.  There are efficiencies for the benefit of the American people and the farmer with revisions focused on responding to markets and not subsidies.  The farmer needs long term policy established to plan for the long term.  This bill should have been passed and not subjected to party politics.  Unfortunately, this is not happening due to the struggle between the two sides.   Vote Independent! Vote Watson! Keep common sense legislation out of the fray to party power fighting.

Thank You Farmer for being a part of an amazing Thanksgiving!

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Energy Independence – My Thoughts

We are in favor of expanding our energy output on the home front. We feel we need to allow drilling as well as explore the opportunities abundant natural gas can bring this country. We need to be free of dependence on foreign oil.

In addition, we need to talk refining capacity. North Dakota is at the cusp of something big.  They will aid our goal of oil independence. However, we need to think about expanding our regional output by increasing refining capacity.  We need to address expensive and restrictive legislation to increase our refining output.  Lower priced, self reliant, national energy is something we need.

Furthermore, we must engage in debate on the topic.  This is one of the foremost partisan topics that is causing no long term national energy policy to be established.  On the whole, the Republicans will not allow arguments of environmentalism to creep into energy policy.  Meanwhile, the Democrats are in denial that wind, solar, etc. will be able to meet the demands of the next 25 years–they will not.  Furthermore, the Democrats are naïve to think if we limit carbon emissions in this country the environment will dramatically improve.  The reality is fast developing countries are not observing the same carbon standards we have enacted, agreed to, or are proposing.  Their carbon emissions (if you believe in the science–which is a taboo word in conservative circles) affect us just as much as our own and they are growing faster and are outside our control.  Regulating our industries to a standard that is not observed by the rest of the world does not benefit overall environmental results when balanced with the loss of domestic economic production.   Carbon emissions (again a debatable topic between people) is a worldwide issue and must be treated accordingly.   The least common denominator wins economically in this scenario.  Environmental approaches must take into account world wide economic forces to make significant progress.

Both parties are wrong in subsidizing companies over research.  We should not be giving money to wind energy companies and watch billions erode into nothing.  Conservatives love to be on the offensive with Obama on this topic and should be.  At the same time we should not be subsidizing big oil as well–a strong supporter of Republicans.  Government needs to be neutral with companies.  We frankly cannot afford subsidies that directly help any company.  They need to let the market work on such issues and we need to further encourage the Republican Governor’s platform on energy (more detailed and on point than national GOP) with regards to encouraging partnership of large energy companies with smaller pioneering companies to improve the diversity of energy sources.

Finally, we must not let either side diminish the future role of science.  Obama allocating more money away from research and into entitlement funds like subsidizing wind energy companies is a bad approach to encourage energy innovation.  Republicans not wanting to engage environmental science because it may erode an argument for further economic growth is not proper either.  Let’s not be afraid to talk about both sides in a healthy way.  I’m for economic expansion but I’m not going to close my ears to environmentalists for the mere sake of appearing as a healthy capitalist.

I like the two moderate Senators working together on the issue.

I like Lamar Alexander’s (Republican Senator from Tennessee) moderate energy approach.  He has four grand principles (below) to “help the United States end an obsession with taxpayer subsidies and strategies for expensive energy and instead focus on doubling research and allowing marketplace solutions to create an abundance of clean, cheap, reliable energy.”

1. Cheaper, not more expensive energy

2. Clean, not just renewable energy

3. Research and development, not government mandates

4. Free market, not government, picking winners and losers.

Unfortunately, Lamar stepped down last year after five years of being chairman of the Republican conference citing increasing ideological partisanship.  His influence on energy will be limited without being chairman and involved to a greater degree in the party.

I like the Republican from Florida, Senator Rubio (a voice on energy), statement as well, “The people who are actually closed-minded in American politics are the people who love to preach about the certainty of science with regards to our climate but ignore the absolute fact that science has proven that life begins at conception.”  I think he brings up a great point.  One side of the isle will only look at points of science that support their political views.  Life does begin at conception.  How are we to engage the factual claims of scientists on climate put forward by Democrats when factual claims of science on issues of life are ignored?

In his first State of the Union Address in 1790, George Washington told Congress, “There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature.”   I agree with George.  We cannot let this political environment affect good scientific policy (a boring topic no one wants to talk about but is essential to the growth of our country).  Discouraging the engagement of scientific discovery and reducing research of science is a problem and is well illustrated in stances and policies on both sides of the isle.   We need to support science and research in our universities and colleges (in areas of economy, engineering, and technology) and stay away from subsidies for companies.  We must engage environmental and energy discussion and be open minded to listening to both sides.

For the record I am for less regulation and the expansion of our current energy producing mechanisms to ensure prices remain low for economic expansion and an independence from foreign oil for national security purposes.  I believe these stances as well as the inability to curb developing countries environmental conduct outweigh the proposed benefits to the American environment.  That being said, we must find ways for new, cleaner, and renewable energy to grow “under the direction” of non subsidized market forces.  We are not going to turn a blind eye to scientific research (not subsidies) to improve the cost and cleanliness of current and new energy options.  If we can produce energy cleaner, more efficiently, and less costly—I’m all for it.

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A Graphical Illustration of the Divide

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/13/senate-polarization_n_4268863.html?utm_hp_ref=senate#slide=3114124

Paraphrased quote from the video “Part of the problem is we have more and more people that are career politicians as opposed to from other backgrounds”

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The Official Announcement – November 27, 2013

November 27, 2013

Todd Watson is Announcing his Nebraska Campaign for United States Senate

Todd is an Independent candidate from Lincoln.  The following are the 3 main areas of focus of the campaign:

1.  Due to the unhealthy atmosphere and a lack of productivity as a result of party politics — he will maintain a stance of Independence from party to focus on governing–not party power.

2. A return to recognizing the importance of God’s Biblical guidance in leadership and policy.

3. A call to be fiscally disciplined through sacrifice in spending.

His extensive views on these three topics are available for review at watsonforsenate.com.

Todd is a former Republican who registered Independent several years ago.  Due to party bickering and personal attacks, significant time devoted to party power over the business of governing, Todd felt a separation from the party was necessary.  His frustration with national party leaders with differing views from traditional Christian theology, and a significant emphasis on the economy without recognizing the power of faith to deal with our issues aided in this decision.

He is a husband and father of 4.  He is a Managing Member of 2 small businesses employing 60 people.  He is committed to 95% of the Republican platform with a firm commitment to repealing or defunding the Affordable Care Act, reestablishing a Balance of Power between the branches of Government, and tackling issues threatening religious liberty.  He has a strong desire to improve the conduct, integrity, and tone of leadership in Washington while returning rights and power to state and local governing authorities, organizations, and people.

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