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The Return of the Citizen Statesman: Nick Polce, Special Forces Veteran Turned Congressional Candidate

Like most of his fellow Americans, Nick Polce is upset about how things are going in Washington, D.C.  However, what sets Nick apart from the majority of his fellow patriots are his credentials.  The thing about Special Forces guys is that they don’t run away from trouble, they rush forward to solve it.

As far back as Nick Polce can remember, even as a small child, American history and current events were always part of his family life.  Growing up, it was not unusual to hear discussion around the dinner table about news at the national and international level, as well as America’s foreign and domestic policies.  Nick grew up believing that part of being a good American was taking an active interest in America herself.

Shortly after the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001 and not too long after graduating from Albertus Magnus College, Nick enlisted in the United States Army as an 18X, a Special Forces candidate.  During the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC), Nick trained to become an 18E, a Special Forces communications sergeant with language expertise in Arabic.

After graduating the SFQC and earning the coveted Green Beret and Special Forces tab, Nick was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).  During his 12 years of active duty service, Nick deployed throughout the world, to include combat tours in the Middle East and Africa. After being honorably discharged from active duty, Nick started the next phase of his life as an entrepreneur.  He founded and then led his company through a successful merger with a risk mitigation firm specializing in developing training courses for the Special Operations community.

“The government’s job is to allow freedom to prosper.” –Nick Polce

Being a business owner opened Nick’s eyes even further to what the actual impacts of government policy are on businesses.  He saw that regulations made at the federal level, created by people who have never owned a business, forced owners to make decisions on a daily basis that were not the best solutions for them or their customers.

So now, Nick Polce is running for office.

When asked what made him take such a daring leap forward to dare challenge Paul Ryan for his seat in the House of Representatives, Polce’s response is direct and to the point.”It all boils down into one fundamental, underlying problem. Career politicians.  They’re making decisions based on their personal interests and what is best for their career, not what is best for their constituents.  Leading, teaching, and mentoring is not in the mindset of the career politician.  That is what propelled me into taking action.”

“The birth of my son last year changed my life.  If forced me into action, looking outside of myself.  I want to leave the world a better place than I found it.”

Nick states that his vision for the future involves strict term limits at the federal level.”You get six years in the House and six years in the Senate.  That’s it. My model is built off of how Special Forces teams work.  Goals should be focused on what is good for the group, with senior and junior members of the team working together to accomplish a common task.  The more senior person mentors, teaches, and advises his junior until he works himself out of a job.  On a SF team, that takes about three years.  You guide the next generation, the person you are turning things over to. Less focus on ‘me, me, me’ and more focus on ‘how do I best take care of my constituents and prepare the next guy?'”

According to Polce, the single greatest internal threat to our republic after career politicians is the issue of government spending, which in turn drives our national debt.”We are approaching levels of debt that are almost to the point of no return.” Nick says his first exposure into the inner workings of government spending came during his time as a Green Beret.”We talk about spending, but we never talk about how we incentivize spending.  When you have a government budget, you can’t roll funds forward to the next year.  This incentivizes you to spend the budget before the end of the year, because not only do you lose it if you don’t spend it, but you won’t get as much funding for the next year.”

The issue Nick speaks of is indeed a widespread problem, where you have to spend every dime to get the same level of budgets approved for the following fiscal year.  Nick says this experience has given him a much different insight into government spending.”We are always talking about theoretical spending cuts, instead of talking about how we can change human behavior and incentivize frugality instead of spending.  If you come up with some cost-saving measures, you should be allowed to roll those savings forward.”

“We need to remind Americans that taxes are their money.  The government is not ‘giving it back’ to us.  They are now ‘allowing’ us to have it back. It is your money, the government isn’t ‘doing you a favor’ when it comes to taking less of your money and spending more wisely.”

When asked about taxes, Nick is firm: “We are on the right path, with cutting taxes on both corporations and the individual.  However, we are seeing some tax rates go up. Why? Because we aren’t going across the board.  We should focus on lowering taxes across the board. For everyone. Period.” 

Nick is also adamant that we need to change the way we are talking about taxes. “We keep talking about cost, about being ‘revenue neutral.’  The problem with that mindset is that it makes it sound like it is the government’s money.  It isn’t. It is our money.”

Nick Polce knows he has a long road ahead of him leading up to the 2018 elections. Unseating the sitting Speaker of the House is no small undertaking.  However, nothing in Polce’s life has been a small undertaking.  Rep. Paul Ryan embodies the power that comes with being a career politician.  However, if the 2016 presidential elections have taught us anything, it is that America is growing tired of the status quo in Washington, D.C.

Nick Polce is ready to once again act as the tip of the spear, this time ready to do whatever it takes to serve the American people at home.”We’re all in at this point.”

You can connect with Nick on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Chris Erickson

Chris Erickson is a former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier. He spent over 10 years in the Army and performed multiple combat deployments, as well as various global training missions throughout the world. He is still active in the veteran community and currently works in the communications industry. Follow him @EricksonPrime on Twitter.

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