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Our hometown senator

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Contrary to what seems to be popular opinion I feel a little sorry for our own Senator Ben Nelson. Senator Nelson's decision to not run for re-election must have been painful but prudent after testing the water to determine the mood of Nebraska voters. We've noticed a considerable number of recent ads in the news media, all at great expense by the Nebraska Democrat Party, expressing the Senator's intention to take good care of us after the election next year. Then a poll was taken and it was determined that his chances of being reelected were next to nil. The voters have a good memory and they are angry. It is time for our Democrat Senator to make a graceful exit to "spend more time with his family." It is a familiar refrain for politicians facing a grim future.

Senator Ben's life must have been pretty darned tough these past few years. The Senator had to have known that he was voting contrary to his voters desires yet he had the more immediate problem of facing the wiles of Speaker Harry Reid's all-powerful political machine. With good intentions, Senator Ben carved out an exemption for his Nebraska constituency when he was pressured to vote YES for Obamacare by the Senate leadership. That exemption, now known derisively as the "Cornhusker Kickback" must be a continuing frustration, good intentions gone bad, for the good Senator. I am sure that the embarrassment of the "Cornhusker Kickback" for most of us Nebraskans played a good part in the continuing disfavor he has found in the recent polls of his voters.

Senator Ben was unfortunately a part of the Liberal Democrat faction that has been in charge of our country for all too many years. He subscribed to the belief that ever bigger government was what is best for our country. The mantra was spend spend spend which had an added advantage of influencing votes for any politician who promised to do more for "his" constituency. He was a lover of pork, now called "earmarks," because he could see the results of federal money that he steered our way.

Many people have told me that Senator Ben was good for this part of the State. Those people also regret his resignation because they feel we will be left out of "our share" of future spending.

Well, the mood of the country has changed. Most people understand that our country is broke and profligate spending has to stop. Our current U.S. Senate, of which Senator Nelson was a part, has not adopted a budget in years.

Entrenched politicians are the problem, not the corporations or the lobbyists that they so often blame. Not all Republicans are the knights in shining armor that this country so sorely needs as all too many love the earmarks and misguided spending as much as their Liberal Democrat brethren.

President Obama rails against the "Tea Party" Republicans who vote "NO" in accordance with their voters who sent them to Congress to rein in the incessant liberal spending of his Democrat colleagues. Change is in the air and Senator Nelson is wise to step aside and let it happen.

Personally I feel, along with probably 90 percent of current active duty and veteran military personnel, objection to the role that Senator Nelson played in terminating the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy that allows homosexuals to serve openly in the military. Senator Ben was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee yet never served in the military himself. We veterans resent his vote that catered to the whims of the gay voting block that has lined up to reelect President Obama. We have not yet seen the problems that will arise from that mistaken initiative by our liberal Congress. Private Bradley Manning, the traitor who leaked huge amounts of classified documents to WikiLeaks, is a case in point.

Still, I can offer best wishes to former Senator Ben Nelson in whatever the future brings. Possibly he will be chosen to be an Ambassador to some small African country. Possibly he will return to the insurance industry where he was quite successful before entering into politics.

Even if he chooses obscurity he can comfortably retire on the overly generous pension and premium healthcare benefits that he will be granted from his two terms as a U.S. Senator. He is, after all, a hometown lad who has led a somewhat stellar career and we can all wish him Godspeed.

That is how I saw it.

Dick Trail

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"It is not the critic" Dick "who counts,not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doers of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who was actually in the arena, whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood, who knows at best the truimph of high achievement and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." Theodore Roosevelt

-- Posted by Kid Kokamo on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 2:27 PM


Well, I guess public humiliation in defeat will not be something that you two will have in common. I am surprised that even you would display such a vitriolic display of meaningless cheap shots at the man. Ben will be gone, but you'll still have to come up with a column every week. How lucky can we be?

-- Posted by hulapopper on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 6:30 PM

I guess we read different articles, hulapopper.

I did not see any vitriolic, meaningless cheap shots. I saw an accurate assessment of Ben Nelson's mistakes in the Senate.

It's not Democrats or Republicans that are the problem; it's the spending. If we don't get that under control, we're doomed as a nation.

Do you really believe the USA is too big to fail?Think of Rome in the 6th century A.D. Think of Great Britian in the 18th century. They weren't too big to fail, either.

-- Posted by Boomer62 on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 1:44 PM

I would be willing to bet Dick would be comfortable with more military spending. He also tried to claim lobbyist aren't a problem. Am I missing something or do we live in two different countries. Who do you honestly think writes the laws in this country? Our elected officials may write the final draft and vote on them. But that person behind the scenes with money in pocket is who plants the thought behind them.

-- Posted by carlsonl on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 8:18 PM

You are 100% correct carlsonl on your statement on the lobbyists!

Mr. Dick, yet another column filled with sour grapes and jealousy on your part concerning Senator Nelson.

Another trip down Norris Ave. poke, poke Dicky boy.

-- Posted by goarmy67 on Sat, Jan 7, 2012, at 9:42 AM

The following is from the USAF Academy Honor Code.

The last paragraph is as follows:

"Cadets who live under the Honor Code agree it is a vital part of their development as military professionals. It also represents a broader aspect of ethical maturity which will serve them throughout their lives. As the bearers of the public trust, both as cadets and as officers, it is the Honor Code which helps build personal integrity able to withstand the rigorous demands placed upon them."

Now the "way I see it", is Mr. Trail has forgotten parts of the code when it comes to honor and ethics when he continually bashes Senator Nelson and sometimes posts 1/2 truths about his record and votes. I find nothing honorable or ethical in them. All I see is sour grapes and envy.

-- Posted by goarmy67 on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 11:04 PM

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