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Issue Position: The Role of Government

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"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." (The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights)

Less government is better. Government should handle some very specific tasks for the greater good of its citizens, and stay out of their personal lives.The United States was created by citizens protesting and escaping from too much government control. Now, we are falling back into that same situation where some want government to be everything to everyone.

My view is that government should take care of things that nobody alone can do. For example, we all pay for our roads, bridges, and public schools. These are all things we need and use collectively as a society, which in most cases cannot be handled privately or personally.When government starts dictating that you need health insurance, or that you can't smoke in a building that you own, then government is out of control. The United States was built on its People, not the government.

As an elected state legislator I will concentrate on the three things our state government can and should do well:

1. Educate our children, which we do well in Nebraska. I want to continue to do the things that work well in our schools and work to correct the things that need improvement.

2. Maintain and improve our infrastructure: A strong economy with vibrant commerce needs a strong infrastructure.

3. Protect our citizens.

I want to reduce government in our lives, and protect our freedoms. I want to allow businesses to freely engage in business, and never punish them for their success. I want to limit the enactment of state laws that get in the way of allowing Nebraskans to do what they do best -- succeed.

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