Senator Fischer tells of shutdown impact on Nebraskans

Just when I prepared to say to hell with it, the junior Senator from Nebraska, Deb Fischer made this speech on the Senate floor:

I didn’t vote for her because I thought she was too conservative, but I just sent her a “thank you” for being a sensible voice in a mad world. I still don’t agree with the “how” part of strengthening the economy, creation of jobs. That’s something they’ll have to work on in Congress.

She made me feel hopeful something can end this nonsense before the worst possible moment: A conservative member of Congress actually understands the impact of the shutdown on ordinary citizens..

I’m kind of proud of her, actually, and, though I don’t agree with her on much, I appreciate the fact she understands how teamwork benefits us all. I especially appreciate the fact she paid attention to constituent e-mails telling of the difficulties caused by this outrageous shutdown.

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The two comments so far suggest I was a bit over the top about this speech. Don’t worry. I slept well last night, for a change. If that’s all I get out of the speech, good enough. She’s just one of 100 in the Democratic Party-controlled Senate.

It’s Adrian Smith, the Congressman from the 3rd Congressional District of Nebraska I am more concerned about since he is in the Republican Party-controlled House of Representatives, is ultra-conservative, and isn’t someone I particularly trust on any level. He’s in a more prime position to cause mischief than Fischer.

One needs to hear all sides of an argument, not just the one that matches one's closely held prejudices....

One needs to hear all sides of an argument, not just the one that matches one’s closely-held prejudices….

“Trust but verify,” as Ronald Reagan said. He was only talking about reduction of atomic weaponry in the hands of the Soviet Union, not spoiled brats playing Congressmen and Senators bent on destroying America from within.

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