Meet the Candidates: Tim Bridgewater

My assessment of Tim Bridgewater is based on three events. The event that stands out most in my mind is the telephone town hall meeting, that he held last week. Second in my mind was the debate on the Bob Lonsberry program with Cherilyn Eagar. And the most recent is the Meet the Candidates event at the Murray Library.

Bridgewater was unable to attend the library meeting, but he was represented by his wife, Laura Bridgewater, who did a great job. It’s nice to see that his spouse is knowledgable about the issues, and can hold her own in such a discussion. She clearly has a good understanding of her husbands views, and she handled herself very well.

I like a lot of what Bridgewater stands for. In his town hall he stated that he favors a federal consumption based tax, and in the library meeting Mrs. Bridgewater mentioned that he wouldn’t be opposed to a flat tax. I like that he is thinking about taxes. I don’t know that I have heard much from the other candidates on the issue. I think that changing the tax system is the best thing we can do for the economy.

Bridgewater is a free market candidate. Mrs. Bridgewater explained that when we place taxes on imports we hurt our export business, because as we have become more of a global economy many of our exports are dependent on our ability to import our products. I am torn on this issue. I work in the import industry, I have a better understanding than most on how much our economy relies on imports (and the relation it has to exports). Mrs. Bridgewater is correct in her statement. However, I would like to bring more work to America by encourage manufacturing and other work back to the U.S. And increasing import tariffs could have this affect. But one can’t ignore the consequences that are related to the change.

Also, I was also surprise to find out in the library meeting is that Bridgewater is in favor of term limits. After the presentation, I took a minute to meet with Mrs. Bridgewater and a campaign staffer to clarify the position on Term Limits. Mrs. Bridgewater said that he favors 3 terms for Senator (18 years) and 6 terms for the House (12 years). This large amount is interesting. I don’t think that it shows a huge support for term limits. I believe that Bridgewater is saying this to be politically expedient. My theory is that most candidates who say they are against term limits are saying for simply one reason. They don’t want to appear power hungry. It also gives them another reason to vote out the incumbent. And Bridgewater’s stance here is evidence of that.

On a final note, let’s look at his personal experience. Bridgewater is a small businessman, and this looks better to me than a lawyer or a career politician. However, Bridgewater has run several times in the past without success. Why would he succeed now?

Bridgewater is clearly a viable candidate. He does have a clear understanding of the issues that face this country. I like him, but I am not sold on him yet. He is one of the three reasons, this is going to be a tough decision.

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4 comments to Meet the Candidates: Tim Bridgewater

  • Jeff Angler

    But all taxes are unconstitutional. . . . oh wait, that was Mike Lee talking for a second there sorry. The more I listen to all the candidates, the more I think Bridgewater is the only guy I can support (despite the two earlier losses). I’m still not convinced, but that’s the way I’m leaning.

    I have two friends just about to finish law school who can’t get enough of Mike Lee. Their constant Lee loving might explain my strong distaste for the guy. It seems like any time I try to have a straightforward conversation with them about any issue, they just pull out the same line, “Well that’s unconstitutional.” While I’ve agreed with them a few times, now it’s just starting to get annoying.

    Simply saying “It’s unconstitutional” will not solve our Social Security and Medicare entitlement programs or any of the many other train wrecks our country finds itself in. As much as I disagree with him on most things, at least Bennett injects a dose of pragmatism to the debate. Meanwhile Lee talks about simply selling off all federal land in the state because the Constitution says we should . . . . right, like that’s going to happen. I appreciate the Don Quixote routine, but not from my US Senator.

    I’d support him in a heartbeat as a federal judge, but I’ve a little tired of all the lawyers out in DC already. I’m not convinced we want to send back another one.

  • John H. Hansen

    I’ve heard Bridgewater say that term limits are a bad idea who’s time has come. I agree with him there. He speaks of a permanent ruling class, or a permanent political class, when he references elected officials in Washington D.C. I do believe it is the job of the candidates to point out the voting records of their opponents and educate the public on why it is time for change, but I believe term limits to have another argument. They can be good because the way Washington works now is all based on seniority. If there were term limits in place, seniority wouldn’t matter, and each elected official could be effective on day one.

    Bridgewater is not pandering. In fact of all the challengers in the race he is the least like to do so. He’s known as a straight shooter who speaks his mind. I like that about him and think he would be a breath of fresh air in Washington.

  • Focian

    There’s no doubt: Tim is an impressive candidate.

  • Donna Jensen

    I struggle with term limits because it would have the effect
    of winnowing out the truly principled and effective legislator(s) and makes it too easy for the lazy, dis-interested public to not do the real homework which is their inherited responsibility so as to retain a truly free, representative-republic.

    Having said this, I am simply saying that if we the people do our job and stay on top of our representatives, they won’t be as able to pull the wool over our eyes. We in effect have term limits in place already at the voting booth.

    It’s the people that have fallen down on the job by allowing these ingrates to dig themselves in to power in perpetuity. It’s now the people’s job to get them out in the manner that the Founding Father’s set up.

    Our children in general are ignorant of something as basic as how a bill becomes law. Whose fault is this?

    Term limits while sounding like a reasonable fast fix skirts the broader issue and necessity of education. Ours and our children.

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