I find it interesting the times we live in today with respect to how U.S. Federal Government is conducting business.
I have known Mr. Trail for the better part of my life and for a simple man such as him to attract so much attention from retiring Sen. Nelson and his staff is simply amazing to watch. As a conservative, I really thought that Mr. Trail's opinion piece was quite kind to the retiring senator.
With respect to retiring Sen. Nelson's response to Mr. Trail, he conveniently left out some facts regarding his controversial vote on health care. Currently 27 states are suing the U.S. Federal government over the individual mandate of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, forcing individual citizens to buy a product. The bill was pushed through the U.S. Senate with such tactics as buying individual votes, as was the case with Sen. Nelson and Sen. Mary Landrieu from Louisiana, reconciliation procedures, and no actual debate on a bill that no one could have possibly read. However, once the bribes were exposed all Democrat senators demanded a kickback for their vote.
At this time, the federal government has granted approximately 1,500 waivers for companies and groups to be exempted from the implementation of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, with more than 90 percent of the exemptions given to Democrat friendly unions. Isn't that convenient? If the law is so great, why are so many groups and companies being exempted from it?
By the way, the name of this bill was laughable. That is how liberals get things done, by creating names and titles that are just the opposite of what will happen when the idea is fully implemented. It plays very well with an un-informed and ignorant population, not with those who seek the truth and educate themselves.
How many people have seen their healthcare costs go down since passage of this legislation? If the health care market thought it was an appropriate measure, it would respond accordingly. There is the problem, the people who wrote the Affordable Health Care for America Act do not believe in free market principles. To the contrary, they believe in a command and control, very large central government that dictates to individuals what to buy and how they conduct their lives, all in the name of fairness.
I will remember Sen. Nelson, as a representative from Nebraska who was allowed by his party to act and vote conservative until the time his vote was really needed. His vote on Christmas Eve 2009 for cloture really exposed to a majority of Nebraskan's that he wasn't who they thought he was. Does anyone know when the last time the U.S. Senate voted on Christmas Eve? It was in 1895 and the legislation dealt with federal benefits for U.S. Servicemen.
Has anyone ever asked the senator why he felt this vote for the Affordable Health Care for America Act had to be done on Christmas Eve in 2009? Maybe Sen. Nelson should have asked for the holiday break to read the bill and go back to Nebraska to talk to his constituents. Could it have been that the Democrat Party knew full well that a majority of Americans were preparing to celebrate Christmas with family and friends, therefore not really paying to close attention to the business in the U.S. Senate? Maybe the Democrat leadership didn't want Senator Nelson to discuss this with his constituents. Could have, should have, would have.
Sure, Sen. Nelson pushed through a lot of earmarks that McCook and Southwest Nebraska need to be very grateful for. As Sen. Nelson cited in his opinion piece, attempting to set the record straight with Mr. Trail, an earmark helped the Keystone Project and many others.
In my opinion, part of what Sen. Nelson has done in his two terms in Washington assisted in accelerating the dependency of individuals and groups on the federal government for their very existence. States, municipalities and individuals are all lining up for the "free" money provided through the federal earmark process. One question that never is answered, what does all of this "free" money cost the people that actually foot the federal tax bill in this county?
In the end, it really would have been nice to see Sen. Nelson run on his record in November. If Sen. Nelson and his staff truly believed in all the internal polls, then he could have tested it against the ultimate poll, an election by the people. Obviously, a lot of Nebraskans are not real happy with his health care vote and unfortunately for the retiring senator, this will be one of the votes that will trump some of his more conservative positions of the past. Sometimes life isn't fair, even if a political party spends all of its time trying to make it so.
Conservatism is on the ascendancy in this county simply because this socialistic experiment in the United States isn't working, especially with the current president pushing it into overdrive. I think that Sen. Nelson can see that the liberal policies, put into place during his tenure, are not working and that is why you are seeing so many Democratic Party representatives "retire." The very weight of their votes against the will of their constituents becomes too much to bear. I would get tired, too. We will see what the future holds for Nebraska and this nation in the post Senator E. Benjamin Nelson era.