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Todd Watson

If Democrats really believed in the President’s Healthcare plan, they would subject themselves to the same rules. If Republicans really believed in the free market and the Constitution, they would require their largest donors observe the Constitution and operate in a free market.

Many GOP primary opponents opposed ‘Special Interests’ because of the money special interests provided to their primary opponents in the advertising campaign battle.

I oppose ‘Special Interests’ because of the unconstitutional positions and dual standards they advocate. I’ve asked specific questions below to the Sasse campaign, in person, to give them a chance to define their own position. However, they declined to answer our questions.

Banking institutions (No. 1 GOP donor) – Banks set the interest rates and control the supply of credit by owning the Federal Reserve who has the keys to the economy. This is not free market behavior.

Banking institutions should not control interest rates and the volume of money.

I believe in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution that empowers Congress with the coinage of money, not the Federal Reserve. Ben Sasse, who is supported by Big Banks (See June 5 Omaha World Herald) will not say if he supports this clause in the Constitution. The creation of money belongs to Congress, as granted by the people. Interest rates should be set by the market.

Oil companies (No. 2 GOP donor) are fighting against choice in the market by eliminating the Renewable Fuel Standard. We have an interest in weaning ourselves off foreign oil that funds terrorism, causes conflict abroad, and is costly for our military to protect (Put that cost in foreign oil.)

Ben will not answer if he supports the RFS standard of 15%. We need a choice of products in a market. We like the choice of meat (beef, chicken, or pork) at the store. Why not a choice in fuels?

Pharmaceutical companies (Top 10 GOP donor) - Ben’s healthcare proposal does not address drugs. Any healthcare plan should deal with prescription drugs.

I’m for repealing provisions in the law that allow drug companies to name their own price in Medicare, their rights to pay off competition from creating generics, and "reformulation patents" to keep prices high past the initial discovery phase of the first patent. Repealing this price setting provision would save $110+ billion in Medicare alone (per the CBO.” Price fixing is not "Free Market" behavior. Ben will not take a position on this legislation.

I’m a Conservative Populist, not a Conservative Republican. I am Pro-Life. I believe in the sanctity of marriage and a strong national defense. However, I believe that the Constitution and free market is best for all people, regardless of influential status.

Might I suggest the crisis in the Republican Party is not the inability to create new ideas? The crisis is the failure of execution in budget cuts, not observing the Constitution for the largest mechanism of our economy (banking), and a lack of a belief in the free markets by exempting their largest campaign donors.

Thomas Jefferson said that big government and banking institutions were both threats to our liberties.

We need a complete movement to restore the Constitution and liberty in America. Our problem is we ping-pong between two parties that align with different halves of liberty destroying institutions (big government or big banks).

It is time to apply Conservative values, free from the Republican Party and the donors that dictate party policy.

I look forward to seeing many of you in our booth at the State Fair. You have a better conservative choice this November - Todd Watson.


Todd Watson is an Independent candidate for the U.S. Senate


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/22/2014
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