Republican United States Senate candidate Shane Osborn says the best thing the federal government can do to stimulate the economy is to get out of the way.
Osborn contends federal regulations have been holding the economy back. Osborn says that if Washington lets the private economy do its work, the economy will rebound and solve many of the issues now being so hotly debated on Capitol Hill.
“That’s the true way to get out of these problems. Restrict growth in government. Restrain spending, I’ve done that. But, also grow jobs and grow the economy,” Osborn tells Nebraska Radio Network. “The government doesn’t create jobs. Business men and women do.”
Osborn is a former Nebraska Treasurer. He is one of four prominent Republicans in the race to replace United States Sen. Mike Johanns, who has decided to retire from public office.
Midland University President Ben Sasse, Omaha lawyer Bart McLeay, and Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale also are running for U.S. Senate. Another Republican, Clifton Johnson, has filed for the office.
Democrat Dave Domina recently got into the race. He will join Larry Marvin, who has run in the past, on the ballot.
Independents include Custer County cattle rancher Jim Jenkins and Todd Watson of Lincoln.
Osborn says the Environmental Protection Agency has gone well beyond Congressional intent in restricting emissions from coal-fired power plants. In fact, Osborn goes so far as to accuse the EPA of waging a war on coal.
“Seventy percent of our power is generated from coal plants,” Osborn points out. “They’ve made a lot of strides to clean coal up, but now the EPA is overreaching and it’s not only killing jobs, it’s killing an industry and Nebraskans electricity prices are going to go up because of it.”
Osborn claims federal over-reach has emerged as a real issue in the campaign.
“That’s the major issue I hear. I’ve traveled 93 counties now and put on over 32,000 miles getting all across this big, beautiful state and I can tell you, every business man and woman, their first concern is the same: it’s the regulators and how they keep changing the rules. And business needs certainty.”