Sen. Ben Sasse: Conservatives Don’t Need a ‘Republican Barack Obama’

From The Daily Signal, Kelsey Harkness  February 03, 2016     

"What America needs is a constitutional recovery," Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., told the Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom)

“What America needs is a constitutional recovery,” Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., told the Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom)

Sen. Ben Sasse issued some tough love today at the Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.: Electing a Republican president, he said, won’t solve America’s problems.

“The idea that a ‘strong man’ can save us isn’t true,” Sasse, R-Neb., said. “What America needs is a constitutional recovery, not a Republican Barack Obama.”

If Sasse disappointed some members of the Republican Party, he didn’t shy from the task at hand at the summit hosted by Heritage Action for America, the lobbying arm of The Heritage Foundation.

Joined in the morning session by House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C.,  Sasse called for a return to limited government, where government’s role isn’t so much “creating jobs” but creating a “nurturing environment” where jobs can be created.

Sasse mapped out the economic issues that conservatives plan to take on in the 2016 legislative year, which includes addressing why, according to The Heritage Foundation’s 2016 Index for Economic Freedom, “America’s economic freedom has been on a declining path over the past decade.”

“We should do some real hard soul-searching [about] why that is,” Sasse said.

He pointed to the growing costs of occupational licensing requirements, which he said burden the most vulnerable members of society.

“In D.C., if you want to trim someone’s hair or beard, licenses and permitting takes 2,000 hours. Guess who that hurts? That hurts the poor citizens in Washington, D.C.,” Sasse said, adding:

The people who can afford to hire their lobbyist, they’ll be fine. But the poor—the ones who need economic freedom the most—they’ll suffer.

Addressing this issue is just one of many regulatory reforms needed to “fix what is broken,” Sasse said.

The Nebraska Republican blamed many of the country’s economic challenges on bureaucracies like the Environmental Protection Agency, whose rules and regulations are unaccountable to voters through Congress.

“The rule of experts is insulated from democracy,” Sasse said, spurring applause from the conservative audience. “We believe in … the rule of law.”

To fix such problems, Sasse called on conservatives to look beyond Washington, a common theme throughout Heritage Action’s Conservative Policy Summit.

“Government is about securing freedom from lots of bad stuff in the world;  government will never bring you freedom to [do anything],” he said. “That is your neighbor, that is your spouse.”


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One response

  1. Senator_Blutarsky

    Sasse,,,,,,,,,,a “CONservative” ?………..and the GALL to talk about “limited government”?

    What a laugh………..Sasse voted YES to give Fast Track authority on the disastrous Trans Pacific Partnership. The TPP is an absolute lynchpin vote against the sovereignty of the USA.

    He is just a typical present day globalist toady like Cornyn , Cruz, Lindsay Graham and all the bought-and-paid-for REPUBLICONS , who side with Obama on this.

    This is the nail in the coffin of the “free trade” scam, promoted for decades by corporatists like the Koch brothers, Monsanto, Walmart…..It is NAFTA on steroids to destroy not only American jobs, but US sovereignty.


    In general, the corporate-sovereignty story goes like this:

    ▪ Nations have national courts, including a Supreme Court, the top court in the country.

    ▪ National courts operate under the nation’s constitution, its “supreme law of the land.”

    ▪ In the U.S. and many other countries, treaties are folded into the constitution and become part of that “supreme law.” (If you think about it, this is the only way treaties can be enforced.)

    ▪ In the U.S. Constitution, the clause that does this is the Supremecy Clause:

    Article VI, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, known as the Supremacy Clause, establishes the U.S. Constitution, federal statutes, and U.S. Treaties as “the supreme law of the land.”

    ▪ NAFTA and other “free trade” treaties have their own court system, operating by rules specific to that treaty. In NAFTA’s case, it’s the NAFTA court. In TPP’s case, it will be the TPP court.

    ▪ Corporations from any NAFTA nation can sue cross-border nations, states, and municipalities in NAFTA court for “lost profits” due to regulations (among a variety of other reasons).

    ▪ Courts that are structured like the NAFTA court have jurisdiction that is superior to the member nations’ court system. This jurisdiction is given to them by the language of the NAFTA treaty.

    ▪ Because treaties like NAFTA are folded into national constitutions, international corporations have found a way to establish a new international system of dispute resolution that trumps national governments.

    ▪ The U.S. Supreme Court can’t overturn a NAFTA court decision. Thus, in this new system, corps (and the billionaires who run them) rule.

    Breath-taking, right? “NAFTA” Bill Clinton has much to answer for. This is the “one-world order” your grandpa warned you about. But he thought it would be “libruls” or the Trilateral Commission or the Bilderberg Group in charge. Nope; it’s our friends at GE, Walmart, Nestlé, and the gang at Mouse (sorry, the folks at Disney) that will soon have the nation’s nuts in their squirrel-like hands.

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