Skip to comments.Senate candidate suggests moving federal capital from Washington
Posted on 01/06/2014 7:08:14 AM PST by bigbob
One of the men seeking the GOP nomination for Nebraskas open Senate seat is proposing moving the capital from Washington to his home state, saying it would be an effective way to cut out the lobbyists and special interests that have turned Capitol Hill into an ATM dispensing taxpayers money.
Thats it, the way to cure the incredible ineffectiveness and dysfunction of both parties in Washington we move the Capitol to Nebraska, Ben Sasse, a university president and former Bush administration official, said in 30-second campaign ad that ran in Nebraska over the weekend during the NFL playoff games.
Mr. Sasse said he doesnt actually believe there are the votes in Congress to move the capital, but said proposing the move is a thought experiment designed to pose the question of what the founders would think if they saw the influence-peddling and extent of federal intervention in Americans lives.
I think that they, Nebraska work-a-day folks, think that were on the precipice of national decline and they dont think Washington gets it at all, Mr. Sasse said in a telephone interview.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
Articulate, strongly conservative, and with a proven business turn-around track record, Benn Sasse "gets it".
A fellow to keep an eye on...
(note to WaTimes: it's "Capitol", not 'capital'. You shouldn't need to be told this...
A great idea.
Not a bad idea. Would cut down on travel expenses. Could you imagine who would run for congress knowing they would be living in the mddle of Nebraska for half of the year? You might even get people who are interested in the welfare of the country instead of getting rich.
The Camp Whores would just move as well..................
Better yet would be some relatively small island in the Mississippi or some small isolated peninsula. I think several of the states bordering the Mississippi have such peninsulas cut off from the rest of the state. All you really need is the capitol, the white house and the supreme court building.
All the federal agencies can telecommute or rent local office space if they really need a physical presence near the capital.
As for DC and Norther Virginia, they can turn it into a National Historical Park and still get the tourist trade.
There should be no capital. There is no reason senators and representatives shouldn’t be able to vote via computers, or save up all the votes and do them in a 2 month period of work in DC with the rest of the time spent working in your home state.
The Capitol is the bulding housing Congress. The capital is the seat of government.
LOL, I changed my spelling based on the article. I thought I must be wrong LOL
So is this guy an adherent of the “John Titor prophecy”?
I remember reading that things really went to heck when air conditioning came about and the politicians could “legislate” all summer long in DC.
I once read a comment here that called for members the U.S. Congress to discuss and vote on measures electronically from their home states. No need to go to D.C. at all.
Correct, and he’s talking about the building.
I have thought for a long time that we should consider moving the Us Capitol to the Midwest.
I am tired of the political class and elitist attitudes of the Northeast and West coast liberals toward the ordinary, sane person who is living outside their clique.
Currently our federal government class is behaving immaturely, sort of like a HS Sophomore group of bullies. They disdain anyone who is not from their so-called “class”.
Nebraska would not be my choice, but is worth considering. I always thought maybe St. Louis would be good as it is geographically in about the center of the country.
Just my 2 cents worth.
That is a problem. I have actually thought something similar about reducing the lobbiests; but, with today's communication devices, I'm not sure it is possible.
However, I have toyed with the idea of moving the congress/senate around for each season. Have Jan/Feb in Duluth, MN. Have July in Phoenix, AZ. Have Oct/Nov in Seattle (I live here, it rains in those months). Anyway, you get the picture. I am trying to make it as uncomfortable for them as possible, and maybe they will not want to spend so much time thinking up new ways to be a problem in our lives.
Talk about short-sightedness!
Move the Capitol and they will follow the money.
It might take a week, but K Street and the cronies would just relocate.
If this is the level of judgment by this political wannabe, VOTERS BEWARE!
Hell I want ankle bracelets and 24 hour surveillance on them.
Let’s move the capital to Imperial, Nebraska—or Broken Bow.
Thought Experiments are what are driving both foreign and domestic policy right now. Close the friggin' teacher's lounges and put people who have real life experience in charge. JMHO!
absolutely. fantastic idea. in fact, I think congress should be moved every year, and the location should be kept secret until last last possible second. at least the lobbyists would be inconvenienced.
Somewhere close to the Yellowstone caldera.
Well, I guess if DC would no longer be the Capital it would become the 51st state with 2 senators and a representative or two. I wonder which party would benefit more .../duh ...
just go back to our original constitution, articles of confederation and perpetual union, w/o executive, congress, judical (and all the alphabet-soup agencies that go with ‘em!...and bulldoze the whole damn place...and go back to states rights altogether...
Dick.G: AMERICAN !
I like the idea of moving the Capitol. The district can stay as it is withthe monuments and blood suckers all located there. We can move the whitehut and its current resident to Nariobi so he can be closer to his roots.
Why do we need a permanent capitol at all?
500+ congresscritters. That’s not even a moderately sized convention center crowd. There are 50 states and 52 weeks in a year. How about we move them to a different convention center every week in a different state with the stipulation that any city hosting within a state can’t do so again for at least 10 years (unless the state doesn’t have enough cities with conference facilities large enough to host 500 peeps).
Imagine how much more we could influence them if we knew for certain the whole gaggle would be in our home state for at least a week every year? And instead of being insulated in DC, they’d have to actually see the country they’re legislating against.
I’d also mandate that, week to week, they had to move to the next geographically close state to reduce travel costs. Maybe start in Maine and work their way South or West until they got to the coast, then hop over to Alaska and then Hawaii.
Move it to Somalia or Iraq.
Not quite. Titor said that the US, after the nuclear war he predicted for early next year, would be split into five different nations, with five different capitals.
Sure, they move the military to new duty stations, why shouldn't congress live by the same? I don't care how they do it-- just all of congress out of DC year-round. It's a nasty, corrupt place...clean it out!
“Well, I guess if DC would no longer be the Capital it would become the 51st state with 2 senators and a representative or two. I wonder which party would benefit more .../duh ...”
No, just break it up and add the pieces to the surrounding states. Either that, or put a wall around it and keeps all the Gibbsmedaats sequestered until they either die off or kill each other.
i believe Washington should move to Lincoln... cut the pay in half, double the representation to force more consensus building, allow states to set the payscale and living quarters, and get the money out of politics... the flights home for nancy pelousy will be halved and make up for all the moving costs... eventually.
Why stop at Nebraska. Why not:
1. Move the White House, Congress, and the headquarters of all federal agencies to Barrow, Alaska.
2. Mandate the President remain in Barrow when Congress is in session.
3. Mandate Congress assembles on the first Monday in January and remains in session for not less than 120 days.
4. Mandate that the seat of any member of Congress who leaves Barrow during those 120 days per year except for emergency sessions be declared vacant.
5. Limit federal headquarters staffs to 500 people per agency.
I know some of these suggestions will require Constitutional amendments, but we need a Constitutional Convention to get the country back to basics.
Thank you Mark Levin!
... now that thar's fuhnny! (apologies to LTCG)
That seems like a great reason to blow an enormous amount of money. Thanks bigbob.
Turn DC into a national museum. Close down the house, senate, and white hut. Just about anything that needs to be done can be managed with video conferencing from their home districts.
Why screw up a good, decent state like Nebraska?
I hear they’ve got a lot of cheap real estate available in Detroit - just make it a law that when the capitol gets moved, the congress-critters have to live within the city limits. Might cut down on the number of them, but I suspect we could survive that as well.
Might as well make it official and outsource it to Beijing.
I don’t know he doesn’t seem to understand that where ever the lobbyists will follow. It’s not like DC is that great a place to hang out, lobbyists certainly aren’t there for the weather and culture.
And, your point is....
Make it mobile, under huge tents that move around the country every 5 years, the next location picked by lottery and drawn the day tear-down begins.
“Make it mobile, under huge tents that move around the country every 5 years”
I suggest the first location be under the jurisdiction of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona. He can even provide them all with pink underwear and pink jumpsuits so they all will feel ‘equal’.
And when the leftists control both houses of congress Sheriff Joe’s Congressional Tent City continues for as many years as it takes get rid of the leftists (Dems & Rinos)
“Nebraska would not be my choice, but is worth considering. I always thought maybe St. Louis would be good as it is geographically in about the center of the country.”
The approximate equidistant location between San Francisco and New York City is Kearney, Nebraska, located on I-80, about 185 miles west of Omaha. It is 1488 miles from SF to Kearney, and 1425 miles from Kearney to NYC.
We are unlikely to really move the capital city but we can and should de-centralize and privatize the government. The growth of the DC metroplex in the Bush-Obama years is an historic tragedy. The area has incredible inflation due to the huge federal spending.
Having the US financial system centered in lower Manhattan and the federal government centered on the Potomac is very risky, as should have been obvious after 9/11.
As an Iowan, I have to say that this would greatly degrade the neighborhood.