Governor Dalyrmple Touts Crony Capitalism, Keystone Pipeline In GOP Weekly Address

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalyrmple was tapped to deliver the GOP’s weekly address this week. Not surprisingly, given North Dakota’s oil boom and the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline to the state’s oil industry and overall economy, Governor Dalrymple chose to talk about energy issues.

Governor Dalrymple (and to an even greater degree Senator John Hoeven) deserve a lot of credit for fighting the good fight on the Keystone pipeline.

Again, I’m glad for the Governor’s stand on Keystnoe, but he spends a lot of time spouting the usual pablum we’ve come to expect from him about North Dakota’s fiscal prudence and strong economy.

“Where I live, we run government with common sense,” says Governor Dalrymple as if North Dakota’s budget hadn’t been growing at a faster rate than the federal budget over the last decade.

“We have created a friendly business climate in North Dakota, where…the regulatory environment is very reasonable,” says Governor Dalrymple as if it weren’t taking two months to get a business registration approved by the Secretary of State these days.

And you know the Governor can’t talk about jobs in North Dakota without trying to rob some credit from the oil boom.

“We have thousands of job openings in North Dakota today, but almost every day the national media asks me if it isn’t all due to the oil boom in Northwestern North Dakota,” says Governor Dalrymple. “I enjoy telling them the county with the most job openings is not among western oil counties but is the county surrounding Fargo, our largest city and on the opposite side of the state.”

I don’t doubt that Fargo is seeing some non-oil-related job growth in Fargo, but let’s face it. A lot of the companies operating in the Bakken are basing their offices out of Fargo. Just because a job is created in Fargo doesn’t mean it’s not oil-related.

And here’s something that’s really angering: According to the Governor, “Our technology parks around our research universities create great jobs by the thousands.”

That would be the same sort of technology park that double-dipping state Senator Tony Grindberg is heading up at NDSU, where he’s billing swanky meals and his country club membership to the state’s non-profit corporation. The same one that saw the collapse of Alien Technology, taking millions in taxpayer funds with it.

Dalrymple spends a lot of time complaining about President Obama and the Democrats. Yet under Governor Dalrymple, and former Governor Hoeven who was Dalrymple’s boss previously, North Dakota has grown spending faster than the federal government and engaged in the same sort of government “investment” in crony capitalism deals that is downright Solyndra-esque.

That’s…a little embarrassing. At the national level Republicans are trying to push back against Obama’s overspending and “investment” in government-created job, and here’s Jack Dalrymple touting big spending (though, admittedly, not deficit spending) and…government-created jobs.

Rob Port is the editor of 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. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Gern Blanston

    What is ND’s government spending as a percentage of it’s statewide GDP? Has this percentage been growing? If it has, your point is valid; if it has not, then…your point is less valid.

    • Rob

      From 2009 to 2010 NDs GDP growtg was 7.1%.

      Spending growth during that time was roughly 24%.

  • Kevin Flanagan

    ‘“Where I live, we run government with common sense,”’ “Common sense” is a code phrase for Communism.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      So you avoid using common sense in the same way you avoid communism?  That explains a lot.

      • Kevin Flanagan

        It’s code, it doesn’t mean what it appears to.

        • No

          Yes, you teabaggers use a lot of code words. “Intelligent design.” “States rights.” What are you afraid of?

          • Kevin Flanagan

            What part of the tenth amendment to the constitution don’t you understand?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            They use a lot of messages to sound their dog whistles.  They are usually race based, but sometimes they are just directed at the working class, which many of them refuse to admit it’s where they belong.

          • $8194357

            And some times we talk real straight as well…Like when we tell folks like you to go to hell.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          Take off your conspiracy decoding goggles, because you sound like a moron.


            Yeah, well you sound like an American-hating liberal.

            Just kidding. I recently started reading this blog and I like how a lot of folks revert to that when they have nothing better to say.

          • Guest

             “Yeah, well you sound like an American-hating liberal.”

            Welcome aboard, you figured him out pretty quickly.

          • Kevin Flanagan

            Try cleaning out your earballs.

      • Rob

        “Common sense” is a subjective term.

        Whose common sense do we use?  Yours?  Mine?

        I don’t think you’re very sensible at all.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          Sarah Palin Advocates “Common-Sense Conservative” Spending Unless She is Involved

          A common sense conservative is an advocate of conservative politics who adopts the rhetoric of “common sense” to frame his or her arguments. The term is almost always used to apply to domestic and fiscal policy. See the term neoconservative for a related movement that mostly focuses on foreign policy initiatives.

          “Common sense” conservatives can be either quite right wing, or more moderate. They are usually spawned in opposition to the policies of liberal politicians and parties. Left-wing policy-makers, they argue, are mired in fantasy, striving for an unachievable utopian
          society. “Common sense” conservatives believe that rather than
          governing based on what “should work,” politicians should govern based
          on established precedents and norms, or as they might say “what has worked.” This, they say, is the “common sense” approach.

          The words “common sense” aren’t subjective, they are defined.  That’s why there is a definition.

          I think what you are trying to say, but are too stupid to say correctly, is that you don’t trust someones judgement when they attribute words to something that might not be accurate.  You know, like how you misuse words all the time, Rob?

          Conservatives cherish the word “common sense” and use that to explain away their simple minded approach to complex solutions.  That’s what you do all the time and why Kevin’s comments are so laughable.

          The truth of the matter is you can’t hack it in the real world competing with truly intellectual minds, so you cling to your little fantasy world of political blogging where you don’t have to apply rational and logical thinking, you cling to your opinion and use it as a method to avoid fact based reality.


            I’m amazed at the way people in here will defy logic and contradict themselves in order to ensure they aren’t deviating from their side too much. I thought only Washington insiders did that. I thought the general public took positions based on a rational decision-making process.

            I’m not talking about the need to agree, but it would be nice to see people admit that they were wrong, that they’ve changed their mind, that they didn’t think of it that way, or come to a conclusion based on careful thought with logic and rational thinking.

    • $8194357

      It just means we get some body else to pay for what we want to do…Wether on the state or reginional level spreading the wealth really means spreading the cost….IMO

  • Request

    Rob, please provide a list of the many Bakken related companies who are basing their offices in Fargo.

    • Rob

      Well, how about the Fargo Jet Center, which is offering commuter flights to the Bakken?

      Bakken Housing Services is based in Fargo, as are a lot of the property management/development companies operating in the Bakken.

      A lot of the truck companies and construction companies working in the Bakken are based in Fargo or other parts of the state.

      Are you really saying that there are no jobs being created in Fargo as a result of the Bakken?  Because that’s just silly.

      • Noway

        He asked for a list and you provided one whole name. Kudos!

  • No

    There’s two facts you should know:

    1. Domestic oil production is UP. Not down but UP. In fact it is at a ten-year high.

    2. We cannot drill our way to energy independence. We only have 3% of the world’s oil reserves. Really. We have geologists that can detect these things.

    Tell me—why are teabaggers fighting AGAINST energy independence? Do you truly want to be dependent on Mideast oil?

    Your position is not only refuted by the facts, it just makes no sense! 

    • Econwarrior

      “Teabagger’-that’s a liberal homosexual, right?
      We have a lot more than 3% of the world’s oil reserves, so that’s one lie.
      The only way we can be energy independent is to drill our own oil.  We just have to produce enough to be a player in the supply side of the world oil market.  Simple economics, but too complicated for you.

      • No

        You’re simply wrong on the facts. You can’t wish us up more oil reserves.
        Hey—how much of the world’s oil reserves do YOU think the US has? Please answer the question, I’d really like to know exactly how wrong you are.

        • Roy_Bean

          Statistics don’t lie…..

          We have 3% of the oil reserves that are set aside for emergencies.  That has nothing to do with the oil in the ground that could be pumped out if we chose to drill where it is located.  The Bakken alone has over 200 Billion barrels in the ground and there’s a formation in Ohio of similar size, not to mention ANWR and the off shore oil. 

    • Rob

      Here’s a fact: Domestic energy productions on federally-managed lands is down.

  • VocalYokel

    I see the wastrel-in-chief has no qualms about taking credit for the growth in the state’s economy.

    Spendrymple and common sense are mutually exclusive.

  • Gene Redlin

    Dalyrmple is stupido. That’s it.  I have zero respect for him

  • EugeneGraner

    The Republicans in ND that just have an R beside thier name, dont realise that there was a day when the USA had a budget that was small compared to its GDP like ND. The creep they are doing on spending is how at the federal level we got this bad. But our spending here is not creeping, it is exploding!

  • Kevin Flanagan

    Don’t forget all the people running around during the last ND state legislative session wearing “RINO and proud of it” signs.