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Congress has much work to do

January 4, 2013

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin?Cramer were sworn in Thursday as North Dakota’s newest members of Congress, as lawmakers convened in Washington to begin work as the 113th Congress....

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locomotive

Jan-11-13 11:39 AM

Yawwnn...

excuse me *yawn*

The more you post, the more I realize how appropriately you named yourself.

*yawn*

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-11-13 11:02 AM

Federal spending in North Dakota has increased dramatically even over just the last few bienniums (my numbers don’t even include federal monies going straight to county/township/municipal governments). Given the relative fiscal health of North Dakota’s budget, and the absolute mess that is the federal government’s fiscal situation, wouldn’t it make sense for North Dakota leaders to begin weening the state off federal spending so that any impending national “fiscal cliffs” in the future put the state at less risk?

That would be the prudent thing to do, but federal money is like cat****to far too many local officials. Too often, they just can’t say no.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog****. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Cou

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-11-13 11:01 AM

According to a pamphlet of North Dakota’s financial facts created by the state Office of Management and Budget for legislators in advance of the upcoming session, in the 2011 – 2013 biennium federal money makes up 33.9% of total state spending:

Since the 2005 – 2007 biennium federal dollars in the state budget have increased 52.7% in relation to an overall increase of 82% in total state spending.

The share of federal spending as a percentage of overall state spending has decreased since the 2005 – 2007 biennium, from over 40% to 34%, but that has more to do with the rapid growth in spending from state revenues which has increased nearly 104% over that time.

Federal spending in North Dakota has increased dramatically even over just the last few bienniums (my numbers don’t even include federal monies going straight to county/township/municipal governments). Given the relative fiscal health of North Dakota’s budget, and the absolute mess that is the federal government’s fisca

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-10-13 6:18 PM

hj & h4c and you think my views are twisted? I think I hear the theme song of the "Twighlight Zone"!

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disgusted

Jan-10-13 2:31 PM

WOW, that is clear cut!!

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-10-13 9:47 AM

hj & h4c are soooo obsessed with President Obama's apparent powerful control over the American people! If he has so much control why is it taking him two terms to take all of your guns, and your money, and give them all to his liberal friends? Why didn't overthrow the gov't in his first term? What is he waiting for?

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disgusted

Jan-09-13 10:02 PM

You, being a prime example of what I said.

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-09-13 4:54 PM

hj I don't think either party wants to make the tough cuts that need to be done. That is why it is taking so long for Congress to do anything about it.

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-09-13 11:53 AM

HJ do you think the gov't should pay it's bills or should the republicans down grade our rating again by shutting the gov't down?

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-09-13 11:51 AM

So Bush shouldn't be responsible for anything? Those 8 years of disaster didn't really happen and all those who perished didn't really exist. Or it was all Clinton's fault because he received a BJ in the oval office! That sounds like the logic of the republican party!

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-09-13 11:25 AM

h4c it is amazing how you republicans always talk about fiscal responsibilty and seldom act fiscal responsible!

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-09-13 11:20 AM

hj do you think if Bush would have spent more time on the job instead of on vacation that 9/11 would not have happened? We can play these what if games all day hj. Bush owns the 9/11 it happened on his watch and all the deaths and the costs of those wars are his responsibility. You cannot change that. We are all paying for that now, however the families of all the ones that paid the ultimate sacrifices know what Bush's inactions and actions caused don't we!

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-09-13 10:57 AM

Dwight Eisenhower was last Republican President to preside over a balanced budget. He had a balanced budget in 1956 and 1957. Since then, there have been two presidents to preside over balanced budgets, LBJ in 1969 and Clinton in 1998 through 2001. During the last 40 years there have been five budget surpluses, all five were under Democratic Presidents: 1969, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-09-13 10:46 AM

After Republicans regained control of the Senate in the November 2002 elections (thus taking control of the budget process for fiscal 2004 which would begin on Oct. 1, 2003), the all-Republican Congress continued running deficits for four fiscal years (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007). During that time, with President George W. Bush in the White House, the Republicans controlled both the legislative and executive branches but failed to balance the budget.

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-09-13 10:31 AM

hj you believe republican congress men and women do not waste taxpayers money? What about the bridge to now where in Alaska? Or their pet projects their military spending! Especially two wars that they didn't put on the books!!!

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disgusted

Jan-09-13 10:28 AM

To clarify: From WA--How in the hubs of double hockey sticks did we get in this predicament in first place then!!--

I repeat-- by democrats blindly drinking the koolaid for the last 60 years.

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-09-13 10:25 AM

disgusted I don't even like kool-aid and what does todd aiken have to do with anything?

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-09-13 10:22 AM

hj we had this discussion before rugby reader is not my son! I do not know who that person is!

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disgusted

Jan-09-13 10:01 AM

by democrats blindly drinking the koolaid for the last 60 years. So democrats were afraid of Todd Akin. That is why they called him an idiot. Be careful, you are leaking the truth about democrat strategy. The louder they yell, the more scared they are.

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-09-13 9:43 AM

disgusted he is not a good choice and I am sure we will hear it from the democrats when it comes to his confirmation hearings!

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-09-13 9:40 AM

disgusted republicans do not blindly follow their party! Really!! How in the hubs of double hockey sticks did we get in this predicament in first place then!!

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disgusted

Jan-09-13 9:40 AM

WA, define moving forward. Also, it isn't a matter of whether Hagel will be seated. My question is why are the libs not raising cain about his stance on abortion? They sure raised particalar h@!! with the poor guy from Missouri?

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-09-13 9:35 AM

hj is so WORRIED that President Obama isn't do his job, however he needs to take his republican blinders off and look at Congress and Sen. McConnel and Speaker Boehner and ask them what exactly they did in the past four years to help move this country forward? Sen. McConnel spent four years using the filibuster and Speaker Boehner's House spent four years sending abortion and planned parenthood bills to the senate and blocking all bills involving anything that President Obama proposed to get this country moving forward!

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disgusted

Jan-09-13 9:35 AM

NO the thing we are all waiting for is for one, just one democrat or liberal or progressive to turn on one of your own. Repbulicans and conservatives do not blindly follow as do the democrats. Yawwnn, what is it with you libs that ALWAYS resort to race. Does it burn in your gut that you were forced to vote for a 1/2 black?

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WorriedAmerican

Jan-09-13 9:27 AM

disgusted don't worry Chuck Hagle is not a big fan of Sen McCain either and I don't believe he will be selected as the next Sec. of Defense. It will be interesting to see all you republicans turn on one of your own!

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