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Hearing from Nebraskans in public meetings

Monday, August 29, 2011

I always enjoy the August work period because it's a time I can travel across the state listening to Nebraskans talk about their concerns, hopes and ideas for making their lives better. For me, working in Nebraska and visiting with people all across the state is nothing new because I come home to Nebraska virtually every weekend and during congressional breaks. It's part of the job and meeting with my fellow Nebraskans is the best way to stay in touch and represent their views in Washington.

Hiding in Plain Sight

That's one reason I found an out-of-state group's rhetoric puzzling because it came on a day when I had four public speaking appearances followed by news conferences, which were announced to the media beforehand.

My travels this August criss-crossed the state, from Scottsbluff to South Sioux City, to Auburn -- from Sidney to Norfolk to Columbus, and other communities in between including Lincoln and Omaha.

As you might imagine, I get many invitations to meet with the public around the state and try to accept as many as possible. At each stop, members of the media are alerted of the speaking engagement, meeting or event, and the news conference that follows. Some of the media outlets publish my schedule prompting additional people to show up. I also post my schedule on my website.

The Public Speaks

In my travels some Nebraskans ask questions of general interest while others have specific problems that they need help cutting through bureaucratic red tape to resolve. I remember one man in Beatrice who heard the announcement on the radio and came by with a serious insurance problem which I was able to begin work on right away.

Here's a quick summary of some of the issues I've heard about this month and views I've shared with Nebraskans.

On The Issues

Government Spending: It must be reduced to strengthen the economy and create jobs but not on the backs of seniors. I opposed the debt ceiling plan because it put too much power in the hands of too few and delayed making spending cuts that should be done now.

Balanced Budget:

I'm co-sponsoring a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution because it will make government live like Nebraska families and our own state budget system that doesn't allow deficit spending.


Put benchmarks in place to measure progress and must live up to promises made to veterans.

Health Care Reform:

It's already beginning to help seniors pay prescription bills, people with young children who have pre-existing conditions and college age children can stay on their parents' plan but improvements must and will be made. All of us with insurance pay $57 billion a year for health care provided to those who don't and that's a cost that will all but disappear under the health reform law.

I also heard about efforts in our state to help returning veterans find good jobs, rehabilitate young people from injuries, teach new nurses to ease the national shortage, some needs for the next farm bill and ways we can improve education.

The August work period is time well spent traveling the state, but it is no replacement for constant contact throughout the year. I urge all Nebraskans to stay in touch through mail, emails and social media. I do pay personal attention to your messages and respond as quickly as possible.

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Ben Nelson Fact Check:

- Ben Nelson only heard from select groups of mainly Democrats, in small private meetings that were announced to only to the PRESS hours beforehand (not to the PUBLIC) .

- Hiding in plain sight? -- unlike ALL other Nebraska congressmen, Nelson only published a recess travel schedule when his hide-and-seek tour was completed. The "public" only had a chance to speak to Nelson as they yelled and shook their fists at his private jet when they found out he had already left town.

- Ben Nelson has voted for EVERY major spending bill under Obama, totaling over $4 TRILLION in NEW deficit spending so far, and still the economy is in the toilet and getting worse.

- Ben Nelson voted against the Balanced Budget Amendment, and also against the ONLY bipartisan-supported legislation that would have avoided the U.S. debt downgrade.

- Ben Nelson has cut Medicare by $500 Billion, on the backs of Seniors, in order to try and bring the cost of ObamaCare under $1 TRILLION.

- Ben Nelson supported Obama's undeclared war for European oil interests in Libya. Ben & Barry asked the U.N. and the jihadist Arab League for permission, but told Congress to get screwed. No matter what you think of Bush, at least he got broad bipartisan declarations for the actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Nelson also voted to force abortions upon the military via the failed Defense Authorization bill during the lame duck session. Nelson then voted to force homosexuality upon our combat troops against their will, and that of veteran's & religious groups, and Nebraskans.

- Nelson's ObamaCare mandates that everyone born in America buy health insurance or pay a fine to the IRS and go to jail. This government takeover of healthcare has been found to be unconstitutional and will be overturned by SCOTUS. Nelson's infamous "Cornhusker Kickback" bribe also shamed our great state and showed the depths of Nelson's corruption and hubris. Nelson also voted to force taxpayer funding of abortions under ObamaCare. Nelson also instituted the IPAB healthcare rationing body modeled after the failed British Socialist system. This is the infamous "death panel" that seniors are rightly scared to "death" about.

We hope that the good folks of McCook will join with vast majority of Nebraskans in giving Ben Nelson the boot...

-- Posted by 9th ID on Sat, Sep 3, 2011, at 6:23 PM

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