Nevada voters go to the polls in November to choose between two candidates to represent our state in the U.S. Senate. I can’t think of a recent election where the choice was more clear-cut, or the stakes higher. Although both Sharron Angle and Harry Reid are courting middle-of-the-road and undecided voters in their quest for victory in Nevada, neither one could be called a moderate. In fact, they represent two diametrically opposed viewpoints – on how to run the country, how to handle the economic crisis, how to manage healthcare issues, how to regulate taxing and spending.
The question facing voters in November is simply this: which person best represents the citizens of Nevada? I’m proud to be a Nevadan, because I admire the qualities that exemplify the pioneers who settled this state, as well as the people who came here later looking for a better way of life. Nevadans are proud to be independent and self-sufficient. We don’t want anybody telling us how to live our lives, and we don’t want somebody in Washington D.C. picking our pockets. We are patriotic and proud to support the U.S. Constitution. We believe that citizens have the right to make their own laws to determine how their state will be run, and that each state has the right to govern itself with a minimum of federal interference.
Does any of this sound like Harry Reid to you? Despite his “Man from Searchlight” rhetoric, Harry hasn’t lived anywhere near Nevada since 1986, and for the last nine years he has lived in a plush condominium at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington D.C. When he became the leader of the Congressional Democrats in 2005, he sold out Nevada in order to promote the ideals and objectives of the Progressive wing of the Democrat party, and it’s only getting worse as time goes by.
The Progressives believe that the Constitution is a “living document” that can be changed, distorted or just plain ignored if it gets in the way of their Socialist agenda. Please tell me what part of the Constitution authorized the federal government to take over General Motors, or make it mandatory to buy health insurance.
But what about the other candidate, Sharron Angle? The Democrats have been trying to alarm voters by labeling her a kooky right-wing extremist. But what they’re really afraid of is that she represents the kind of principles that Nevadans have always respected and admired. She stands by what she believes, whether or not it’s popular. When she served in the Nevada Assembly, she was often the lone holdout when everyone else voted to increase spending. She sponsored the Angle Property Tax Restraint Initiative to place a cap on property tax increases, and she co-sponsored the Tax and Spending Control (TASC) Initiative to impose a limit on state government spending.
Sharron states that the fastest way to get the economy moving again is to cut spending, pay back the national debt and make the existing tax cuts permanent, which will restore confidence among consumers and small businesses. Renewed confidence will lead to real job creation by real businesses, not the imaginary jobs that have been “created” or “saved” when Democrats pull statistics out of thin air. Do these positions sound extremist or alarming to you, or do they sound like the kind of common-sense solutions we need to fix the mess that Reid, Pelosi and Obama have created?
It’s all a question of choices. Harry Reid chose to put the Progressive’s interests above those of Nevada, while Sharron Angle chose to defend Nevadans against tax-and-spend government policies. Soon it will be your turn to choose which one will help shape our future.
Originally published in Nevada Business Magazine: