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Nebraska’s Growing Budget Problem

 

Nebraska’s 20 Year Spending Record

Nebraska’s Growing Budget Problem

It was great to see the Huskers turn back the clock 20 years in Santa Clara and feature an interesting football concept….the run.  The game spawned a question in my mind.

What if our ‘Husker’ government decided to create a spending plan similar to the ’95 legislature?  How would our government function? 

Two weeks ago, LIBA leadership (Lincon Independent Business Association) invited Nebraska’s Speaker of the Legislature Galen Hadley (Kearney-Buffalo County) to address our membership on this very topic.  The State budget was the primary conversation.  Full video coverage of his speech can be found on LIBA.org!

The ‘Mile High’ View – Accomplishments & Problems in the Budget

Over the last 20 years our state revenues have risen on average 4.4% a year ($1.8 billion to $4.3 billion).  That is a healthy clip.   Unfortunately, our State Legislature and Governors the past 20 years have presided over the same spending mistakes our national government began to make in greater significance in the 1930’s:  Increasing welfare to individuals.  This dangerous “Living” Constitutional view of Promote the General Welfare has taken root.  ‘Promote’ is yet another word that has been redefined by the Progressive movement.  ‘Promote’ now equals ‘Provide’.  What progress has been made in these areas with our citizens the last 20 years with substantial spending?  That is the question they do not want to answer.  We must transform our belief system.  We must internalize the fact that spending more money AND the institution of government will not be the primary solution to solve our social ills.

The Founders (who I feel wrote the best ‘Bible’ on the topic of civil legislation) knew the definition of “Provide”.  They chose to couple the word “Provide” with the purpose of “Defense” and not “General Welfare”.  This is a monumental difference that goes unnoticed by our elected leaders who have sworn to uphold the Constitution.

I will define the word “Defense” and “General” for the Republicans in a future blog.  (Hint: Think “Less Offense” and forget “Corporate” as the adjective to welfare).

If our government learned the definition of “Promote” vs. “Provide” we would improve this country’s financial situation.  Contrary to progressive beliefs, we would be improving many able bodied lives by freeing them from dependence on the state.  It is like exercise.  Short term pain for long term gain.

This subtle but massive change in our definition of “Promote” has created a staggering national liability that our nation will have trouble repaying.  The same “Provide” fact pattern is threatening our state if we don’t take action today.

Examining the “Husker” Budget

From strictly an accounting point of view, if spending rose less than 4.4% a year in any given category we would be growing our budget in a sustainable fashion.  If we spend less than our rate of revenue growth, we have the ability to do a tax cut.  If we spend less than our rate of revenue growth, we have the ability to fund priority areas in state government that present opportunity/risk to the state.  There are three major categories of state spending; Agency Operations, Aid to Local Governments, and Aid to Individuals.

Since 1995, expenditures in ‘Agency Operations’ have grown by 3.8% a year.  This is lower than the 4.4% growth in revenue.  This category stays in balance.  However, correctional services and the court system are showing cracks at the State level.

Nebraska could still increase spending in Agency Operations and be as efficient as revenue growth.  Less crime, speedier trials (especially out West with increased drug traffic), more state patrol, or cutting taxes are viable priorities in my mind.  I’ll let the citizens be the final judge.

Since 1995, expenditures in ‘State Aid to Local Governments’ have grown by 3.8% a year.  This is more efficient than the 4.4% growth of our treasury.  This category stays in balance.  Local education, homestead exemptions, and aid to local governments are in this area.

Unfunded mandates from state to local government are a large problem. Unfunded mandates from our national government to our state government are a large problem.  Addressing unfunded mandates could be a viable use of redirected funds at BOTH LEVELS!  However, it will probably take a partisan revolt to change this behavior as ‘passing’ the buck is as partisan as it gets.

Since 1995, expenditures in ‘State Aid to Individuals’ have grown by 6.1% a year!  Excessive and perpetual acceleration of individual aid spending is of grave concern.  You can make a difference in this area at home by becoming LOCALLY engaged and taking action.  Please redirect some of your attention focused on the Presidential race (of which your vote will have little consequence) to our state!  Call your Senator.  I know firsthand many are frustrated by the apathy of citizens with state government.  They would welcome your voice and involvement!

Further Analysis of the Macro Budget

‘Agency Operation’ share of the budget has shrunk by 11.2% the last 20 years.  ‘State Aid to Local Government’ share of the budget has shrunk by 10.8% the last 20 years.  However, ‘State Aid to Individuals’ share of the budget has accelerated at 39.2% the last 20 years!  Let that fact sink in. 

Does this spending behavior appear to be a balanced and responsible approach by our state government?  Is this the trend in service we want to see from a state government?

No!

A 20 year perspective will help you understand where our government is trending. Slippery slopes happen each passing year with little fanfare.  The kettle on the range is turned up another degree each passing year to create more government dependence.

Understanding  the primary role of government as framed by our Constitution (both National and State) would help frame a direction for government.  Mercy should be primarily addressed by outside institutions who are exponentially more effective in dealing with societal problems.  George Washington served on a Vestry Board and worked on the Constitution.  He was smart not to combine both efforts in one institution.

If Nebraska continues down this path another 20 years with the same growth rates in revenues and category spending, State Aid to Individuals will be 41.9% of our budgeted expenditures.  Compare this to 22.7% of our expenditures in 1995!

Furthermore, these growth rates do not balance!  Despite our balanced growth in Agency Operations and Aid to Local Governments, we will be running an additional $342 million annual deficit due to accelerated growth in Individual Aid spending if this trend continues!  If we were to control State Aid to Individual spending at a 3.8% growth rate and maintain a 4.4% growth of revenue we would have a surplus of $1.1 billion in 20 years.  That is a $1.44 billion budget difference by controlling spending in aid to individuals at a 3.8% growth rate (compared to the 20 year 6.1% growth rate).  We could address infrastructure, cut taxes, invest in schools, empower local governments, or improve the state Patrol with this money.  However, what do I know?  I’m just an Independent with an unequal vote and voice at the primary ballot box.  I’m way behind in my line of thinking.

We need to set a responsible example to our children and our national government by being a beacon of light with responsible government spending.  Progressive politicians on both sides of the aisle need to wake up and exercise some fiscal constraint and responsibility.  They should not be afraid at challenging the endless empathetic arguments around state aid.  They should be more fearful in the lack of progress in the general welfare of our people due to this misguided approach to government spending.  They let short term cries around “Security” tump action that would provide that same individual long term prosperity.

Nebraska has time on our side to solve spending problems if we act now.  We should not kick the can down the road by talking tough and doing nothing like our national politicians do (seen a plan yet to tackle those unfunded liabilities as promised?)

I’m proud to be the only member to have run with a detailed plan to solve our social security problem with details.  I have solutions in this blog for our state as well.

Speaker Hadley and His Budget Speech

Unfortunately, I didn’t hear the conviction from Speaker Hadley to solve our budget problem during his speech. Below are some of Speaker Hadley’s quotes.  I have referenced the approximate time in the LIBA video for your reference.

Speaker Hadley Video (Will expire soon)

Opening Minute: “Nebraska is a high tax state.”  I agree.  What are your plans for change Speaker? Less rhetoric and substantive plans are needed from all levels of leadership to solve problems and start a conversation in constructive legislation.  Less talk and more walk please.

(5:30) “As a Senator those are hard things to deal with….Anytime you are working with aid to individuals”

A proper perspective in growth of spending and Constitutional intent should make this an easy area to bring to the table.  In my opinion, we need new legislators if cutting spending “Is too hard to deal with”.   He has his PHD in Accounting.  He should know where 6.1% growth trends in spending will take us.  

(11:20) “It is difficult to cut spending…it really is!  You get a lot of special interest groups, rightly so, telling you why their area is important to fund.”

Herein lies the biggest problem with partisan politicians today.  Democrats in general believe in more welfare spending.  Gadley is typical for the GOP…they can’t stand up to lobbyists.  They often take the campaign money and pass the spending bills for special interest.  It is time for change.  

I’ve attached a memorable PSA for advice if you have a hard time acknowledgin an Independent political figure.  It was produced by a moderate Republican.  This PSA will help Republicans and any sensible Democrats in learning how to actually cut spending and deal with those “TOUGH” special interest groups when they offer you a new spending bill.

Just Say No!

(14:00 and 16:25) Credit Speaker Hadley.  He is a very funny guy.  I like him.  This letter is about principled governmental differences and is not personal. He is hilarious!  I’d have lunch with the guy anytime.

Balancing the Budget

In summary, Speaker Hadley’s mile high view to balance the budget doesn’t add up. He wants lower taxes while simultaneously saying it is very hard to make a spending cut. Those positions do not go together to create a balanced budget.  Unfortunately, they garner votes from the simpleton citizen who can’t solve 1 minus 2 and like what they hear.  Independent conservatives like me prefer to do the math.  Like most Republicans, he is preaching more employment and growth in the economy to “Grow” out of this situation.

Friends, have you looked at recent financial statements from the farm?  They are not strong.  I’m very familiar with our farm in Wayne County.  It is not a banner year. Cattle Markets are struggling as well.  Income tax (a big driver of state revenues) from Ag will be down.

Hadley expresses the unemployment RATE is a key stat he watches for income tax growth.  Friends, the unemployment RATE will not get much stronger than present levels. However, net positive migration for jobs and wage growth should aid income tax revenues.

At the end of the day, if you add it all up, you see a headwind coming in revenue. Revenue challenges and lower taxes will not bode well for a balanced budget when it is “Too Hard” to make cuts in spending.  We already have a $100+ million shortfall on our hands.  It is time for action!

In summary, growth is not a be-all end-all answer.  We do need to grow.  However, we must also cut spending!  We must demand a plan by our representatives to make wise decisions for the benefit of both sides of the ledger.  One sided ledger arguments appear to be the primary challenge with both Republicans and Democrats. Both hasten the goal of a balanced budget.  We must balance considerations to create inflow (not raising rates) and stop wasteful outflow.

“What About the Poor Todd? Don’t you care!”

I’m very passionate about ending oppression of the poor.  I’m very passionate about ending endless welfare for the able bodied non working poor. They coexist nicely.  Addressing the Federal Reserve, taking on the financial institution lobby, and reducing endless welfare for the able bodied would be my goals.

The Fed. Our financial system needs to be based on money earned in hard work.  Our financial instruments need to be backed by equity created by labor…not a printing press.  Investment equity needs to primarily come from people, not Wall Street. Change percentage of bank debt to private bonds and watch our economy grow for all.  This will shrink inequality and allow Americans to thrive (albeit at different levels) together by reducing the monetary float from the printing press that works against labor.

Abraham Lincoln knew labor was the superior to capital.  Both parties are slaves to the banking system and will not make necessary changes.  Article I, Section 8, Clause 5.  Learn it.  Understand why we no longer follow the original Constitution.  Income Inequality is a problem.  Structurally designed inequality can be addressed when we tackle the banking system.  Controlling money for the people will enable the poor to get a leg up on purchasing power and savings/investment options.

It doesn’t stop there.  I want even tougher limits placed on the financial institutions.  We should wipe out usury interest from our books.  Payday loans, 18% interest, etc. just prey on our poor.  Rates should not exceed a percentage over prime.  Those businesses usually extend problems for the poor.  They do not solve the problem.  Short term pain for long term gain.  Remember?

Our current financial system is set up to prey on the poor and inflate producing assets to a value that make them unattainable to those offering hard work to produce livelihood out of capital.  Ask yourself how new young farmers who took a mortgage out for land at record prices (no interest printed money inflates prices) are doing?  Do young farmers even exist or have viable options to start a farm?

Second, we need to fight for our poorest workers first before we can fight for these clauses with a straight face.  Count me in with Trump on fighting for work at home.  We need our manufacturing jobs here. It is time the establishment of both parties learn business.  Stop getting schooled in trade.  We need to control our borders from Democrats allowing additional unskilled workers to come into our country.  We need to control our borders from Republicans letting good jobs leave this nation with poor economic policy.  Control the borders should work for business and people.  Adjust national policy accordingly.

Finally, Nebraska (and America) needs to stop “Providing” the General Welfare. People need to be Independent again.  Providing is not the Constitutional perscription and it doesn’t create vibrant citizens that contribute. It is time to relearn the ENTIRE pre 1913 Constitution for the benefit of all citizens.

My Solutions to the Nebraska Budget

As a blogger that offers solutions and not just criticism…here is what I would do differently.

  1.  Stand up to lobbyists. Lobbyists should not be bullying around a Speaker.  Just say NO Speaker Hadley.  Do what needs to be done for the people.
  2. We need to move spending allocations back to historical levels.  Capping all spending at 3.1% growth is not strong enough.  Let’s put a 10/20 year plan in motion to move total percentages in the “Big 3” categories back to 1995 allocation levels.  Aid to Individuals should be reduced as a percentage of budget by .5% a year until the category reaches 22.7% (1995 level).  A return to the Constitution would be a better option.  However, I’m offering a pragmatic approach that is more likely to pass with Democrats and Republicans who find it “Hard” to cut spending and operate in a “What is everyone else doing” progressive environment.
  3. Invest in our young people.  Want growth in income tax?  Train them for good jobs. Leave them less debt to create a business or run a healthier life at home. In-state tuition should drop by offsets in state spending.  Funding of Universities and State Colleges should move up .25% of the total budget for the next 20 years as long as our schools invest in principled education and not elaborate buildings/social engineering/or more overhead administrative jobs.  Hank Bounds/Regents – Are you listening?  Higher Educational Achievement = Higher pay = Higher tax base. Furthermore, make sure our community colleges get their fair share.  We have unfilled high paying jobs that would generate income tax.  We need to help our community colleges “Get the word out” on the opportunities they can create for Nebraskans TOMMOROW.  I’ve spent hours at community colleges from Metro, Milford, Hastings, etc.  We are missing HUGE opportunities for our people!
  4. Address Unfunded Mandates.  At a minimum, unfunded mandates must be capped (Preferably eliminated).  Passing the buck maybe American.  It shouldn’t be Nebraskan.  Don’t cramp our localities ability to make needed local decisions/investments.  Local decisions make a bigger difference.

Nebraska is unfortunately trending the progressive way of National government.  Even Republicans are adopting liberal initiatives at home (See recent votes on Death Penalty, Higher Taxes, More gambling measures that hurt our poor, etc).  Proud conservatives in this state should recognize they have let the welfare state (as a percentage of the total budget) grow by 39% the last 20 years while our spending in our 2 main areas have declined 10%. Is that conservative legislation from a conservative state?

Our state legislature has made a poor statement about our future by dropping our total spend on our University/College system from 19% to 14% of our budget!  This would not be my message to the next generation and Nebraska to grow a brighter future.  My suggestion would be to gradually return to 1995 levels in education in the form of tuition reduction.  Our University system is a governmental charge to address in our charter.

Unfortunately, our state budget is a reflection of the growing belief in progressive philosophy within both parties.  It is time for common sense and fiscal discipline!

We have the brainpower to get this done.  We just need to witness more courage from our delegation.  Leadership starts at the top!

I hope you benefited from my “State” blog for the week.  I will return to National issues soon. I wanted to make a contribution to the dialogue at the state level for the New Year.  I’m grateful for the service of our Nebraska State Representatives for their hard work and little pay to make Nebraska a better place.  I’m happy to say that many of you have become trusted peers the past two years!  I value your relationship.  Thanks for what you do.  I believe in and am counting on you to make this right for my four kids and many other Nebraskans this year.  Let’s ensure the Good Life for the next 20 years!

God Bless! Have a Great 2016 Session! …And Believe in the Run!

Todd

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The Royals Win and My Message for Nebraska in October

Summary Outline

Royals are awesome

People have a need to be popular

We need people to care about ‘right’

Why I’m Not a Republican but “Conservative” (a label you may relate to)

God’s danger story of “One Nation UNDER God” – voting for popular over right (Caleb and Joshua)

 

Full Story

The Need for Success

Be honest…how many of you counted out the Royals in the 8th, the 9th, the 12th?  Down four late–many gave up.

Not us … not the Royals.

Furthermore, who put their faith in March in the money?  How about $200 million with the Yankees, $180 million in Philly, $163 million in Boston?  Where are they now?  Money doesn’t buy camaraderie, values, or championships.  It does buy votes from people whose faith is in money and the propaganda (media) it impresses.

Money should be a tool.  Unfortunately, it has become an object to control votes and our Democracy.   Both sides get this wrong.  People are between government and property.  We should not let government dictate political control of property.  At the same time, we should not let property dictate the actions of government.  Both government and property should belong to and be directed by the people.  Government should not instill obligated beliefs into individually owned property.  Property should not instill beliefs into the government.  People are the “Go Between” of both entities.  Another reason I’m Independent as both parties do not see people as a “Go Between” that separate each entity. Keep government out of corporate policy and keep corporate policy out of government.  Both belong to the people.

Many people emotionally need to be part of a winner, belong to a group of popularity, etc.  This is why the top selling jerseys are those of “World Winners”.  I cringe seeing our kids in jerseys of those doing wrong in society.  Conversely, I am happy when they wear jerseys of players we respect and do ‘good’ off the field (Go Bengals and Rex).  Like adults, many kids wear the jerseys of winners and ignore if they do right or wrong off the field.  It’s about being identified as a winner on the big stage.

Adults are no different than kids.  They need to be part of success, popularity, and money to “feel good”.  They are willing to overlook lies, corrupted money, etc. to win. They want to be associated with winners at all costs.  This is why many don’t stand with right…they stand with big and popular.  They look to the wrong people for acceptance to win.  This needs to change.

Money

The fact that ‘poor’ payroll is now in the final 8 in baseball is awesome.  Many did not think the Royals would get this far because they didn’t have the money to compete.  Many didn’t think ‘we’ would get this far without Big Money.  Surprise!   Although the Royals are still there, so are the Big Money/Big Media Dodgers. We are still here but so is the big money from NYC, Washington, Houston, and LA.  We have an uphill battle and we need your help so you will be served.

Let’s push to be the final ‘one’ to rock the world of baseball and politics.  Let’s not forget we will be content if we don’t win.  Unlike the belief of many in the majority, we know God is in control….not the Republicans or Democrats.  Contentment will be our reward.  Nervous apprehension will be the gift of those who compromise right.  I believe a ‘believer’s’ job is to industriously work and declare what we believe is truth.  God actually determines the outcome.  Most believers don’t believe that anymore.  That is why they focus on winning.  I’m all about winning but let’s get “right” prioritized first.

Ditch the money and join the team united in a cause for victory.  We must overcome this money that doesn’t speak for Nebraska.  Donors control politicians for more money in their coffers and offer popularity and perceived power in return to the politician.  More importantly, the money steals representation from the Nebraska citizen and their voice in the republic.  This is unacceptable.

You have the ability to vote for New York, Houston, LA, and Boston.  You also have the ability to vote for someone not bought by the money to work for Nebraskans WITH conservative values.  Have all heard about me…no.  Is the word out about me…yes.  Are they talking about my ideas…a few.  Are more talking about splitting the vote because they are obsessed with winning…yes.

‘Right’ is off the radar, ‘Winning’ is on, of most in the discussion.  My coffers struggle because of this perception of winning.  The volume of people don’t commit to giving to a capital campaign until it is close to the finish line.  They like to win.  The key givers are principled people early who have a vision for right.  Maybe it’s my fault I didn’t inspire the principled people from the start.  My problem was that I couldn’t overcome their fear of the Democrat early perpetuated by the propaganda and the media preaching primary candidates in the Spring.  I don’t have a media outlet preaching fear of the liberal to drive people into my net.  They do.

Many think I’m right but don’t believe “I can win”.  This hinders many to support.  However, I also know they are wresting with their conscious.  However, I’ve been blessed with what I need.  I wanted an army of 30,000.  However, I was given an army of 300.  I’m thankful for who God did give me.  I think I have found the true difference makers across Nebraska ready to fight for “right” in the long term.  I’m finding out who floats in the wind for ‘popular’ at the same time.

The missed contributions do come from those obsessed with winning.  This traces back to the belief “We” are in control and therefore winning is paramount.  “We” are in control to the degree of how we express our beliefs through voting or expression of the heart.  However, our exercise of free will (voting is part of that) is what I believe determines our outcome that I believe God orchestrates.  To be fair to the electorate most of this belief from the electorate was established before the sell out to the Big Banks and the change of heart to support McConnell as oppose to call for stronger leadership.  The facts have changed.

I’m interested in changing more people then judging or condemning their beliefs.  Changed hearts will be key before results.  My lack of yelling doesn’t mean I’m agreeing.  It just means I believe yelling isn’t going to convert anyone new to the cause.

Media and Spreading of Knowledge

The focus by the large media is unfortunate.  We have and will continue to add new and real ideas to the debate.  The irony was Tom Becka did absolutely what I knew he would do before the interview last night.  I declared on Facebook BEFORE the live interview the likely agenda he would lead.  Most of the media does the same.  He followed the script to a “T”.  He is not prepared on all the candidates.  He is focused on candidates in the parties.  I’m just filler for the show.  The media in Nebraska by in large is no-where to listen to find new ideas.  Sensationalized journalism before discussion of ideas is the norm of the day.  Read my post and listen to the interview and you would have thought I wrote the piece before the live interview happened.  Dig on the net to find pioneering thought.  Listen to Fox News, CNN, or read the Washington Post or New York times if you want to hear the agenda of the local airwaves.  You can discover their agenda before they do.

Credit to Tom though…he, KETV, KLIN are the only media outlets in Omaha/Lincoln have the guts to cover an Independent with any substantive coverage.  I do love him.  He is more courageous because he allows freedom of thought of all people.  I admire that.  Credit to Tom….he is open to all persuasions and lets them speak.  Credit to Tom…he does better than most to move the debate forward.  I’m thankful for his inclusion on his show.  I would just like to spend more time on ideas that will change Nebraskan lives than the traditional mantra of “Here comes the God guy” or “What do you think about Dave legalizing pot?” discussion.  Ideas to solve big problems is a lost art in a world concerned with 20 second sound bites that drive attention.  Maybe this is why our country struggles.  We have popularity contests based on a game that believes in sound bites and not principled leaders ready to solve problems.  We have politicians that move to sound bites over solving problems.  The problem of unresolved health care, immigration, ISIS strategy lies in the wake as we move from media crisis to media crisis without resolving the previous problems.

Personal Responsibility

Are you spreading the word or keeping it to yourself?  My guess it is the later.  This is not just a problem in American Democracy, it is the problem in American Ministry.  It is easier to fly around the world in the name of ministry then look over their fence like “Wilson” and say the word “God” much less “Jesus” (hurry duck for cover).   We should be doing both.  Of course it doesn’t help when people in ministry are mute on politics.  When we perpetuate singular focused behavior we encourage citizens to narrowly focus on what their interest is.  This is no different for spiritual leaders as it is for an 80 hour a week businessmen.

The reality is WE ARE ALL citizens of a Republic.  We are all going to have our areas of focus and expertise.  However, singular focus must become extinct.  We are Americans and are called to steward more than just our specialty.  This applies to business professionals, teachers, stay at home parents, and yes…spiritual leaders.  Americans are called to steward families, money, government, jobs, etc.  One hat is not good enough.  The Bible talks about all subjects and so should our spiritual leaders.  We should not be teaching ignorance by refusing to discuss government in church.  This doesn’t mean preaching candidates and parties.  It does mean we need to start preaching about principles being exercised in government.  I have news to the church.  Cesar is now “We the People”.  The government is sitting in your pews and not Washington if you read the Constitution.   There is currently no separation between the two by definition or appearance.

What is it that keeps the silence on the people on things like politics and religion that is central to our way of life?  This is a land of freedom of speech…is it not?  Republics need vibrant discussion in all disciplines.  America has always moved forward in disagreement.  This needs to continue.

Constitutional Revival

We need a complete revival of the Constitution.  Not a half way revival of the document that will continue to protect donors from banking clauses.  Money does control our lives as much as government.  Unfortunately, the voter continues to ignore the history of what happens when this same historical money is in play in the race.  In fact, I think the candidate is blind to this fact or openly accepting this as a means to an end (I don’t know which it is).  He should observe history of those who believed this means to an end thinking as well.  Woodrow Wilson, the last college President to lead in office, highly regretted the legislation he passed for banks (Morgan) and oil (Rockefeller).   However, their money was a means to an end for his power.  He was the first to give capitalism the largest black eye that would stain its functioning from 1913 forward (both Federal Reserve and the Income Tax passed).  Let’s not repeat history and live with regrets like Woodrow Wilson did.  Ditch the big banks and oil companies.

The money from these entities are not supporting fiscal cuts, free markets, or the Constitution.  I pray I’m wrong, but history proves I’m right when someone is motivated by power and the belief in the logic of gathering more donor money from those who historically push for contrary principles to free markets and the Constitution.  Supporting the degradation of the Constitution should be an embarassment to every class A shareholder of the Federal Reserve.  Their money in politics is filthy.

I’m not fooled anymore.  Many Nebraskans are not either.

I get questioned if I’m conservative because I’m an “I”. It is time we start questioning “R” if they are conservative.  It is time we question both parties if they will defend their oath of the Constitution from threats foreign and domestic.  We need a full Constitutional revival.

We need free/fair/just domestic markets, financial cuts, border security, and a spiritual backbone that guided firm values of this country.

With no reduction in federal outlays since 1965—why are Republicans fiscally conservative and Democrats are not?  They are both massive failures.  I like the description of Democrat-Lite for Republican fiscal policy.

When Republicans allow banks to set their own interest rates as opposed to the market, big oil to price fix alternative fuel at the pump, drug companies to fix prices in Medicare, bail out failing companies who donate to the party on the backs of taxpayers, and on and on…does any of this scream Republicans believe in Free Markets???  They would embrace and fight for free domestic markets for their donors if a solid belief in “free markets” was the case.

When all three House Republicans on the Presidential Budget Commission (Paul Ryan being the leader of the three and aligned with Ben in this election) vote against Simpson-Bowles that would have reduced our national debt from 65% to 25% of GDP by 2040, but agree with Patty Murray on a disastrous budget…I’m to believe they will lead us to fiscal balance?

Border security was passed in 1986 under Republican leadership.  Yet the border was not secured the next 6 Republican Presidential years.  28 years later we have an unsecured border by both parties!!!  I’m to now trust it is going to be different this time?  Is executing the law suddenly going to start to happen with the parties now?

When my last Republican president tells me I pray to the same God as a Muslim (My Muslim peers don’t even believe this), I’m to support and follow GOP leadership?  Spare me.  I know of men who did not deny their God and were thrown to the lions or in a fiery furnace.  These are courageous leaders.  Thomas Jefferson knew a man with courage was a majority.  I’m ready to follow these guys.

Next, I have to buy a line from the next Presidential candidate that was Pro-Choice his whole life is now magically a Pro-Life guy at the election.  Am I sucker for this change for political purposes?  Is this the leadership God wants me to follow?  Maybe this is the way it is, not for me.  I’m only following leaders worthy of following.  Obama, Romney, Bush, Clinton…no thanks.  This is why I like being Independent.  I pray for all of them out of obedience.  I’ll be honest it sometimes is hard to make that prayer.  However, I trust God’s wisdom in praying for these people.

When we conservatives cry about Harry Reid not allowing debate but give free passes to Republicans not willing to debate the other candidates in this state (my apologies to Lee Terry and Pete Ricketts…well done guys)…..how do conservatives not see unjust hypocrisy in a call against Democrats to bring debate and legislation to the floor?   We want ‘afraid to debate’ from Nebraska to represent us?  Or worse yet…maybe he is taking cues from Washington leadership to not debate anymore and shows we have lost our candidate already.  Could it be any more obvious Nebraskans have already lost control of their representative!  When you personally call for more debates…you better follow thru.  Your word is important and I can’t think of any better statement of caution to the Nebraska voter.  I personally believe Ben wants to debate but his entourage and party is calling the shots.

We need conservative in Washington but we are yearning for better leadership first.   Nebraskans you pick, which option is a worse statement in ducking two debates?  Fear or party control?  PS- the organizer of the Hastings debate is a staunch Republican.  He offered to move that debate well in advance to accomodate Sasse.  I was not asked if this would fit into my schedule.  I missed my kids game that day.  We moved camping to the following weekend to serve the people of Hastings.   This is part of what I signed up for.

Both sides should know better.  People need debate, public service, and representation.  Frankly, our electorate should know.  However, this squinting to see what they want to see is an electorate problem.   God forbid an “I” could be the right solution to stand up against unconstituional “D’s” in Washington.  However, the fear od “D” to build “R” reigns.  You can block Washington but beware of the blind side hit from New York.  The good news to the Nebraska people… there is still time to change.

It’s time for no party.  It is time for a 100% Nebraskan voice.  Hello Independent Conservative.

Do these honest criticisms of Republicans make me a Democrat?  Absolutely not.  It makes me a conservative that believes in practicing what I preach.  It makes me a conservative that realizes the National Republican Party is as lost as the National Democratic Party.  It makes me a believer that understands I will only vote for leadership worthy to be followed and will continue to pray for whoever does lead this country as a matter of obedience over desire.

Does this “Conservative” title mean I hate Democrats?  Absolutely not.  I actually hate titles.  “Conservative” is just a word people relate to that gives people a reference point.  That has been the biggest problem with the label “Independent”.  I like to think I’m more about Common Sense, God’s word, and the Constitution.

I realize God loves all people as much as “I”.  “I” should treat all people accordingly and “I” will.  Chalk up non demonization of the other side as a distinguishing trait from a Republican Conservative to me as an Independent Conservative.  Demonizing other people has done absolutely zero in converting individuals to ‘their’ side.  Unfortunately they both do it.  It is ironic in a land obsessed with “bullying” of kids that adults demonstrate the same values in public (just go on the twitter feed from supporters).  This is the problem with Democrats and Republicans. This leadership thru demonization of the other side is toxic to our country.  Most every day citizens of which I’m one are sick of this behavior and want to see some unity and results to move America forward.

The glaring ‘continuation of power’ problem for a Republican is if you go to a GOP function it is usually full of older people.  Few young people are showing up.  This is recipe for death.  The young are not being won over by the party.  When you go to a Democrat function you see a lot of young people.  Why?  They are preached an “I believe” message.  The Republicans preach an “I don’t believe” message that reminds the young they have lost their work ethic, values and ‘they’ are doomed.  If you ever stop and listen to an educated youngster like I have they are upset with the old for spending all their money.  There is half-truth in all of these statements and this is why we need forgiveness and reconciliation.   I need to mend these fences between young and old and re-instill an American belief and relationship between the generations as well as the parties.  I have a two-fold challenge if elected.  I think my age in the middle of these generations is a large asset to a body so disconnected with the young.

On a positive note, I’m excited at the young people involved from both sides of the aisle in our race.  We have had an awesome time around UNL, UNK, UNO, Concordia, etc. this year.  We preach a positive belief in our kids and demonstrate self-determination.  I’ve enjoyed visits to the nursing home.  I was given a big smile in Bassett Nebraska and an “Atta Boy” from one still full of life and optimism in their old age.

Conservative can win when we instill faith in our kids and demonstrate and teach hard work.  We need more adults mentoring kids with these beliefs.  This requires balance and a prioritizing the future over working late for the next buck.  Add mentoring kids to the list of needed duties to be performed in a Republic.  Add caring for our elders as a Biblical responsibility that we have unfortunately delegated to government.

Do I think Democrats are right on the majority of issues?  No.  Do I think they are right on a few issues because they have better gifts in certain areas?  Yes.  Do I have faith in Republicans that get conservative principles right?  Absolutely.  I will stand 100% with Republicans when they are right on the issues and 100% against them when they are passing unconstitutional favors and protectionism to pay off their donors.  The first role of government is to establish justice or “Equality before the law”.  This is the first Constitutional duty these parties break for their donors and elected officials in the party.

Where Should We Go

I still believe if you combined Democrat compassion with Republican logic you would obtain a better outcome.  I know I’ll get push back on that comment…so be it.

Conservatives, please stop drinking the Republican Kool-Aid.  Separate until this party gets a clue and lives out their values.  Look for growth in the young before you hop back on.  This has been a party on the decline for good reason.  Instilling fear in your followers to win is a long term recipe for disaster.  People cannot operate in fear that long before they collapse.

Ben is half right.  He proclaims the party of no ideas loses to a party of bad ideas every time.  This line of thinking helps.  Although I think this is a true statement, I’d suggest as an ex-Republican the main problem is they don’t practice what they preach.  Their Achilles heel is always compromising principles for power.  In particular, the free market and the constitutional are overlooked for large donors to obtain temporary power.  Our budget and people have suffered for it.

Cut a budget, empower the free market for all people, follow the Constitution and focus on defense instead of offense every administration.  That is what I’m doing and believe in.

Lebron returned to Cleveland.  I could return to the GOP (I will not the first 6 years if elected—you have my word).  However, I need to see a commitment to principles and championships again.  I need to see, hear, and feel belief in the future again.  This living for today needs to stop.  I need to see long term tough decisions to ensure our elderly do not experience a bankrupt social security and medicare system.  I need to see long term tough decisions so our kids have a bright future they can go achieve for themselves.

I hope I’m wrong but I’m convinced they will not do what they say.  Read the Contract with America and Pledge to America and review the results.  The optimism was just as high when these words were declared.  Follow through was a different story.  Compromising for power is, continues to be, and will always be the culprit.   Avoiding the money, and staying free from the power is the best way I can demonstrate I will not sell out.  There is nothing to sell out to.

Like healthcare, they are destroying the free market and a belief in capitalism for the people by allowing banks to operate under an unconstitutional charter and exempting free markets for their donors.  They are causing the counter response as people suffer from unjust laws created in a manipulated market.  This manipulation is what liberals scream at as if this is the product of “Capitalism”.  The problems are not capitalism.  The problems come from unconstitutional practices and manipulated markets that distort capitalism and give it an unfair black eye.  Yes, perfect capitalism has not been perfect.  That is why we need labor laws.  However, it is the best system we have had to improve the most lives in America in a fallen world.  Both parties have abandoned their beliefs in “Free” domestic markets.  Preaching and enacting are two very different things.

Caleb and Joshua

I get questioned if I’m conservative because I’m an “I”. It is time we start questioning “R’s” if they are Conservative.  “RHINOS” are more of a problem then myself.  You know what you get with me.

You can vote for a lesser evil if you believe in winning.  I’ll stick to voting for what is right.  The story of Caleb and Joshua in Numbers is too powerful to do anything but vote for ‘right’ if a person believes this is “One Nation UNDER God”.  Unfortunately, we are a dying breed even amongst believers.  Granted we are no Israel, but we are no Iran either.  This is a special place given to us by our creator.

Republicans voting a majority–beware if you still believe this is “One Nation UNDER God” and vote for what you think wins over what you think is right.  Dying in the desert was the victory trophy of God followers who made the more popular but incorrect vote.  Congratulations on winning the vote Majority!

It will be too late to correct later once the vote is made.  Trying to correct the mistake after it was too late brought sudden failure—see Caleb and Joshua, Jeremiah, etc.  That is why it is imperative to get our actions right, the first time.  We have the warning shots from 9/11, the Wall Street meltdown in 2007, and now this monstrosity of federal debt created by violating the Constitution and believing in “Providing” the General Welfare.   All three have serious ramifications.  Ditch the short term memory and singular focus.  We have a decade that screams for complete recovery, and 35 years of a growing national debt that is the result of excessive warfare and welfare that need to be addressed.

I’m looking for Wall Street to bring that pain with Republicans or Big Government to bring that pain with Democrats.  It is time to stand against both and return to Constitutional principles and obedience to avoid the pain.  Individuals need to start reacting with a belief and follow through that this is “One Nation UNDER God”.  Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.  Focus on yourself.  We have plenty of room for spiritual growth for individuals on or willing to come on the boat.

It is time believers who truly ‘believe’ demonstrate a conviction that God is in control.  Winning or losing a vote has very little to do with your personal final outcome if you trust in his word.  God has that in his hands. You just get to express the will in your heart before he acts.

I believe you have a monumental choice and opportunity this November.  Please like, share, and e-mail to your friends—or be silent.  Silence has been the centuries old problem of people alike.  Bonhoeffer, Lincoln, King, have all warned you throughout time on silence.

It is your choice.  My team worked hard under God to give you the option this year to free your conscious with your vote.  People will be accountable this year for the outcome.  Blaming maybe heard, but the heart will instinctively know the truth after 2014 if we do not change.  Let’s begin to get this right in November or accept the consequences when our liberties and way of life are destroyed by Wall Street and/or Big Government.  November will be the start.  This is a long, arduous, but worthy path to take. I need your contributions to help get the word out before November.  Please consider giving.  God bless each of you—believers and unbelievers alike.  Have a good day – Todd

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I’m solving Social Security. They are not. My plan.

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I have a complete plan to solve Social Security.

It is unacceptable that Washington put this program in jeopardy.  I’m the only candidate taking specific positions to solve the problem.  Some talk a nice game but have no details.  My competitors want to have the discussion later.  We are having the discussion now.  It is time for them to catch up to an Independent taking the lead on tough issues.

America, Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  Make the change in 2014 or own the failure.  Vote free from party this November to solve problems and bury the politics destroying our country.

Here is the best worksheet (photos below) I’ve seen to help people make a decision. These sheets were created by AARP.   Ignore your feelings on AARP.  This is a math problem they have put together in a spreadsheet to aid discussion.  Do not jump to the conclusion I’m for or against the AARP.  I just found their material helpful to frame the discussion.  I’m flexible in how we deal with social security but I’m not flexible in not making an adjustment.

Our most elderly citizens deserve solvency of a plan.  Here is the path I see to 100% solvency of Social Security.  Raise the retirement age to 70 by 2040 (this solves 44% of the problem). Increase the payroll tax cap to $215,000 (this solves 36% of the problem).  Trim the benefits for the top earning 25% (this solves 7% of the problem).  I am a CPA and I realize this only solves 87% of the problem.  I see an additional two options to find the last 13% or more.

The first is easy.  Cut down on fraud!  Senator Coburn (R) of Oklahoma is pursuing very real plans to cut down on Social Security fraud and I’m very likely to support his bills to deal with this problem.

Second, one very real solution I don’t see on this page is to create a stronger criteria to obtain social security.  This is a trust fund created by and for the working.  It is not a right of all people who do not work.

As of now you earn up to 4 credits a year, one credit for each $1,200 made.  You can earn your maximum credits for the year (4) by making $4,800 of income.  40 credits (10 years) and you have full social security.  I think we can improve the gap and limit social security to those putting in at least 25 hours a week on minimum wage.  I would raise the credit level to $2,300.  I would move the full credit criteria to $9,200 for the year and I would make full social security eligibility 60 credits (15 years).  There is no corresponding percentage number on this but I believe it would be significant.  I would have the CBO crunch the numbers to insure that my plan would solve 100% of the problem.

We need access to social security to be higher than $48,000 of lifetime earnings.  Moving lifetime earnings to $138,000 makes more sense to me.  We are requiring people making at least $9,200 a year as opposed to $4,800 to be eligible for social security.  Furthermore, we are talking about working a full 15 years as opposed to only 10 years to be eligible to draw from the system.   I think this would easily solve the remaining 13% of the problem.  The overage could be applied to making one of the other categories less significant of a cut and/or improve the COLA adjustment for seniors to better deal with inflation.

Make sure all the naysayers including my competitors give you a plan that solves the plan 100% before they throw stones.  I’m not accepting criticism on this plan.  I am accepting alternative scenarios you see that equates to 100% and puts social security back on solid ground.  All problem solvers are welcome to the debate.  All complainers with no plan will not be listened to. Feel free to post your solution below and add to the debate.  Critics with no solution can blog on a Party Politician’s site.

Solutions not sound bites is our mantra.  We are Independent Problem Solvers.  We are tired of the popularity contest parties with no backbone.  I don’t need your adoration, I just need our seniors and kids to see a bright future.

As a last point I’ve heard, “I earned that money. I deserve that money.”  I understand the frustration.  You did earn that money.  Keep in mind I did not spend your money or create this problem.

I’m trying to solve the problem created by the previous generational leadership in Washington.  I’m trying to insure there is something left for everyone in the long-term.  I want to make sure our eldest seniors are well taken care of and our children are not bankrupted by the financial irresponsibility of the previous Washington leadership.

I am the only candidate to put a detailed plan out there.  I am here to get things done and bury the political talk.  No one else will give you straight talk like Todd Watson for US Senate.  I am not allowing passing the buck anymore.  We are going to deal with our problems and pass a better future to the next generation.  It is our Constitutional duty.  Please like, share, and debate with your friends.

 

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