Twenty Questions for Senator Johanns

Posted Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 10:35 PM
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  • From Sen. Johanns' office:

    A recent blog post repeated the common argument that it's hard to get politicians to give a direct answer. I'd argue that when it comes to Sen. Johanns, the only hard thing is trying to pretend that he doesn't.

    Nebraskans know that if they write Sen. Johanns, they get a response. In fact, Sen. Johanns prides himself on responding to letters within 10 days from the time they are received. When it comes to reporters, Sen. Johanns has an open door policy. Every Thursday that the Senate is in session, Sen. Johanns has a conference call with Nebraska media that lasts just as long as the questions. Had anyone from the McCook Gazette joined those calls, the questions posed in the Road Dog Politics blog would have been answered. A simple search of Sen. Johanns website answers many.

    The writer opened with a question on immigration, without first visiting the Senator's website, where a video is posted of Sen. Johanns pushing back on the Administration over its handling of unaccompanied minors. The same could be said for the questions about the economy and the need to fully repeal Obamacare.

    The writer also asked about Benghazi. Well, shortly after the attacks, Sen. Johanns wrote Secretaries Panetta and Clinton demanding answers. He wrote a weekly column on the issue and just a few months ago he called for the creation of a Select Committee in the Senate to further investigate the Benghazi terrorist attacks.

    On the economy and federal spending, a search of Sen. Johanns website brings up more than 100 instances where he has shared his thoughts on the government spending too much money, the need for a balanced budget amendment and support for efforts to cut waste.

    One issue that I would like to take a moment to address in detail is the Gazette's question of when Sen. Johanns has taken a stand against President Obama's agenda and made a difference. This is a lengthy list -- one he doesn't brag about -- but here are a couple highlights. On Obamacare, he led the first successful fight to repeal a section of the law and stood up for our First Amendment rights by championing legal efforts to overturn some of the law's mandates. He fought OSHA on behalf of family farms and won. He led the effort to reign in President Obama's National Labor Relations Board power grab and the Supreme Court agreed unanimously that President Obama was in the wrong.

    All of this information and more is available on Sen. Johanns' website at

    As I said earlier, it's hard to be left in the dark on where Sen. Johanns stands on the issues. He is a straight shooter who listens to Nebraskans at town halls, during meetings and through his travels across the state. He believes in providing honest answers, which he has done throughout his years of public service.

    Nick Simpson

    Communications Director

    Office of U.S. Senator Mike Johanns

    EDITOR'S note: Eldrige's questions and opinions are his alone and do not reflect the editorial position of the McCook Gazette.

    -- Posted by croswind on Mon, Jul 14, 2014, at 10:36 AM
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    Welcome back Sammy

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Mon, Jul 14, 2014, at 11:14 AM
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    Thank you Brian, sincerely. :)

    -- Posted by sameldridge on Mon, Jul 14, 2014, at 1:13 PM
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    Nick, Thank you for your very quick response to my blog. I appreciate your efforts, and at the same time, I think you proved my point in so many ways.

    May I demonstrate?

    Regarding Benghazi, I asked if Senator Johanns thought that the President and Mrs Clinton engaged in a cover-up? You responded, "Well, shortly after the attacks, Sen. Johanns wrote Secretaries Panetta and Clinton demanding answers. He wrote a weekly column on the issue and just a few months ago he called for the creation of a Select Committee in the Senate to further investigate the Benghazi terrorist attacks."

    You did not answer my question. The question can be answered simply in three ways: A. Yes B. No C. I don't know

    You told us how the Senator expressed concern. Let me educate you my media friend. My elderly 87 year old father expressed concern about Benghazi. He wrote letters and made phone calls, the problem is, he is not a United States Senator.

    My father cannot do anything BUT express concern. The Senator is one of the most powerful men in America. A Senator can actually do something, supposedly.

    Many of your answers are the same, the Senator posted something to his website, wrote an article or made a speech. Again, my old dad publishes concerns on the equivalent of his websites, Twitter and Facebook. He post articles, and questions, and references, AND he makes speeches to anyone who'll listen.

    A Senator, a Senator from Nebraska, needs to stand up taller, be more visible. Take on Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer on more of a national stage. I grow tired of Senator Johanns whispering his Conservatism like he is afraid someone will hear him.

    Truly, after reading your response, I wonder if you really answered any of the questions. What grade are you in? Seriously?

    One question I would like to follow up on. Why, if Senator Johanns is the trusted Conservative, do we not see him take a more aggressive attack on this corrupt and out of control an administration? When Harry Reid goes national and makes stupid attacks against Republicans, why doesn't Senator Mike, get up and challenge him?

    The Establishment Republicans seem to save their hostility and fire for their own base, while showing calm, and using smooth words for the Liberals.

    I must confess, I wish my Senators from Nebraska were more like Senator Mike Lee & Senator Ted Cruz. They actually challenge the President, and his ideas on a national stage, and work to change minds.

    I am not quite sure that thoughtful posts to a website is going to do the job right now. I think the people of Nebraska need a warrior, not an egghead diplomat.

    And I am sorry if I speak harshly. I am a grandfather, with nine grandchildren, and I don't you seeing you doing much to insure there will be a United States of America, with Liberty, for those kids.

    I can only do what I am doing, ask questions, speak out. Let me see you get after Harry Reid the way you came after me.

    Then maybe Ill believe you a little bit.

    -- Posted by sameldridge on Mon, Jul 14, 2014, at 1:54 PM
  • Sam, you hit it on the sweet spot again! Just a simple yes, no, I don't know from any politician would be good. Letters, blogs, press releases, and statements without any action are totally meaningless! Good health to you Sam!

    -- Posted by SWNEvacuee on Mon, Jul 14, 2014, at 10:23 PM
  • For one thing my friend, BOTH PARTIES have the same agenda and are working hand in hand. We the people(AMERICAN PEOPLE) are up the creek and they've got the paddles.

    -- Posted by orville on Thu, Jul 17, 2014, at 5:39 PM
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