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It’s called extortion

October 13, 2013

Cameron Johnson, Mandan Rep. Kevin Cramer has recently penned a dishonest column, praying that North Dakotans are easily foole....

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Oct-18-13 4:03 PM

This is governing by crisis, not by conviction or decision. With no budget, necessary and real spending cuts don't have the opportunity to be,hammered, discussed.

Why would the Senate be reluctant to prepare and submit a budget? Why not do what's necessary to get serious about our country's deficit spending and mounting debt?

Isn't that the Senate's job? Or are they scared of being called "extremists" if they do it? Like the House?

Modern politics: style over substance.

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Oct-18-13 4:02 PM

Agreed, Matt.

One example: the Democrat-controlled Senate has not passed a budget since 2009. The article I read explained that no conference talks between House/Senate need occur when there is no budget on the table.

Appropriations Committees pass discretionary spending measures, but they can't address the mandated spending measures (entitlements) that make up 60% of the federal budget. The mandated spending has just been growing, unchecked by anything except the debt-ceiling debacles.

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Oct-16-13 3:39 PM

Thing is, we see extortion in many ways perpetrated by many people when it comes to the dealings of government. To single out one single example for the purposes of one-side blame heaping is horrific in its short-sightedness.

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Oct-15-13 8:53 PM

the tp represents koch's and their kind. they like low wages, high gas prices with oil drilling and medical prices free of controls those things would destroy us faster than matters of the great society. read their agenda. it would tear our society apart and only the very wealthy would have a say. if they were successful we could crumble overnight. our oil leak has nd reds backpeddling and talkin duplicity. gotta love it.

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Oct-14-13 10:01 AM

I wonder if my fellow Democrat Party member Camoron just got out, I see he has serial letters to various papers of the state. And not a peep from him for a couple of years. Wonder where he has been... I know Camoron and I can move forword together.

Come Together

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Oct-13-13 10:09 PM

As a voter, I'm getting plain tired of hearing the word "extortion" and "terrorist" applied to fellow Americans who were elected to do the job of representing their constituents.

Interestingly, the word "negotiate" and "compromise" seem to have the same effect on the president and the senate majority as sunlight does on vampires.

How was that for extreme speech? Tired of it yet?

Grownups (I feel I'm using that term loosely) find a way to talk together and work out a solution. It is the fault of BOTH parties that it hasn't happened yet, but I hold the Senate Democrats more responsible than the president. After all, his job isn't to legislate, is it.

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Oct-13-13 4:58 PM

Great article. Remember the last president to have a balanced budget and begin paying down our debt was Bill Clinton. Republican "progress" is apparent in Minot where high taxes, housing costs and living costs are becoming unbearable because oil was allowed to expand with few controls. Energy independence is a red sales pitch and impossible without export controls on oil.

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Oct-13-13 7:50 AM

where in the world is Heidi? she must be out there fight-fight-fighting for us. she said obama was going to be "amazing" and so was obamacare. i think she picked the wrong word to describe our head socialist.

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