ND Democrats Use Martin Luther King Day To Rail Against Tax Relief

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And this is why Democrats are on the political fringe in North Dakota (click for a larger view):

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It’s always class war, all the time with these people. We can’t have a reasoned debate about the state’s tax code as it relates to the oil industry because BIG OIL IS EVIL AND STUFF, CLICK HERE TO GIVE US MONEY!

It’s childish.

The case for reforming the state’s oil taxes is compelling, and shouldn’t be seen as a sop to the oil industry. North Dakota has one of the highest tax rates on oil extraction in the nation, and it’s variable meaning that it shifts with oil prices. Both areas should be reformed. We should pick a lower rate that’s more competitive with other states, and make it flat.

This is anathema to some because, again, the partisan break down on this issue is a preference for a level playing field for industry versus BIG OIL IS EVIL!!!1!, but it’s worth having a grown up debate about.

It’s too bad Democrats apparently won’t be participating.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. 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. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • whowon

    Democrats have hijacked MLK for too long. Good Republican who said so many good things. Content of character not color of skin is one the left NEVER use, it is about skin color to them.

    • headward

      don’t forget the mythical gender pay gap.

  • headward

    Looking back at history, democrats were the ones the ones who were racists and hated MLK.

    • Guest

      LOL you guys so profoundly stupid. It’s understandable you’d have to rewrite history since conservatives have been wrong on nearly every major historical issue. Johnson and Kennedy were instrumental in passage of the Civil Rights Act and the votes in the Senate and House almost entirely fell along not along party line but Northern state/Southern state.

      • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

        Do you notice anything familiar?

        “Stanley David Levison (May 2, 1912 – September 12, 1979) was a Jewish businessman from New York, who had also attained a law degree from St. John’s University. He was a lifelong activist in progressive causes. He is best known as an advisor to, and close friend of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whom he helped write speeches and organize events.

        He had initially been introduced to King by Bayard Rustin, a Quaker, in New York City in 1956. Though King had offered to pay Levison in exchange for his help, Levison refused on every occasion stating that “the liberation struggle is the most positive and rewarding area of work anyone could experience”.
        Levison was in the leadership of the Communist Party USA in the 1950s. The FBI had him under the surveillance of Jack and Morris Childs, two former CPUSA members who became FBI informants.”

        • Guest

          Thank you for your completely irrelevant post that has nothing whatsoever to do with Democrats being racist or hating MLK. In return, I’ll just say that in an average lifetime, a person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the equator.

          • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

            Have you ever considered an honest living in the private sector?

          • Dave

            “honest living in the private sector”
            Something you know nothing about.

          • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

            How do you know?

      • whowon

        Wow. History isn’t a strong area for you. Democrat Andrew Johnson was the first to try to veto the original civil rights (Republican Lincoln). Johnson not only vetoed the bill but he also attacked it as race legislation that would encourage a life of wasteful laziness for Southern blacks. Both the Republican House and Senate over ruled his veto with 2/3 majority. Lincoln picked the Dem trying to create peace with the North and South, didn’t expect to be murdered..

        • Guest

          Wow. History and basic reasoning aren’t a strong areas for you at all. Republicans during the civil war era were the progressive party, sh*thead. Strong federal government, believing the government can and should be a force for good? What party does that sound like? Look up realigning election, moron. Most major historians agree that Lincoln wouldn’t recognize today’s Republican party and would certainly be a democrat today. Thanks for the laugh at your profound ignorance though! http://tv.yahoo.com/photos/lincoln-democrat-today-doris-kearns-goodwin-tony-kushner-photo-162504205.html

          • whowon

            Limited government you fool. Democrats love to tell this lie, pretend they were the ones who supported civil rights when they and the KKK were against it. Liberal education for you.

          • whowon

            by the way shithead, why did the Dem try to veto what Republican Lincoln did? Doesn’t quite fit with your lies you’ve been taught.

          • whowon
          • Guest

            Wow, way to ignore the point that Republicans in the Civil War era were the liberal party sh*thead. Typical Republican sh*thead doesn’t no anything about anything and gets all upset that reality doesn’t reflect his unfounded beliefs. I’d tell you to get an education since you clearly don’t understanding anything about history, but there are braindead people in hospitals who show more promise from those resources than sh*theads like you. Thanks again for proudly showing your profound learning disabilities on display for all to laugh at!

          • whowon

            guess you didn’t watch the history channel video, facts are hard for you.

          • Guest

            guess you still don’t realize that republicans were the liberal party during the civil war era. basic reasoning and reading comprehension are hard for you. thanks again for the laugh, sh*thead.

          • willieB

            “Typical Republican sh*thead doesn’t no anything about anything”

            Typical uneducated dem/lib sh*thead doesn’t know which no/know to use. You dope!

          • Guest

            Yet more mimicry. Poor smallwillie has such a small dick he has to sit online parroting insults since nobody wants anything do with him in real life.

          • willieB

            Thanks again for proudly showing your profound learning disabilities on display for all to laugh at!

          • Guest

            Poor SmallWillie, the best he can do is mimic insults since he lacks any thought process. I’d laugh at you, but that plight, let alone your micro-dick, is truly saddening.

          • willieB

            If I was actually mimicking insults, I’d use your spelling and grammar.

            You seem to be obsessed with my dick, care to tell everyone why you have my dick on your brain, or is it because my balls are on your chin?
            Everyone is laughing at you, again.

          • Guest

            poor smallwillie, yet again all he can do is parroting. his greatest insult is his pathetic life, spent wasted away on this site, until the day he does the right thing and destroys his diseased brain with shotgun wound to the head. the world will be better off though; it’s one of the few actions by smallwillie that can be described as such.

          • Hal513

            It seems “smallwillie” has rattled your cage, or maybe it’s just that his dick is in your face and you can’t see what you’re typing. You’re not making any sense. Maybe you should take a nap.

          • Guest

            It’s not my problem if someone has the reading skills of a retarded rhesus monkey, although it’s warming to see that the smallwillie moniker is catching on.

          • willieB

            “there are braindead” of which you are one of them. Brain dead is two words, you dope.
            Brahahahaha!!!

          • Guest

            no it’s not, smallwillie. it’s actually hyphenated. poor smallwillie can’t even correct people correctly. what a small-dick sh*thead, no wonder you have to sit on your computer all day.

  • Dustin Gawrylow

    Ironic given the fact the only legislators with the courage to put a bill in last session to do it were in fact Democrats.

  • Neiman

    I was watching a History Channel program on MLK, hosted by comrade Brokaw. I agree with those below, saying it was the GOP that gave him a lot of support and Democrats that have highjacked him, even though they opposed the Civil Rights legislation. Since then they have without shame used his image and name to advance a lot of socialist legislation.

    I think he was terribly important for the country and I have no problem with celebrating his life to honor the struggle people of color made to enjoy full equality of opportunity. I admire MLK’s Christian faith and his powerful sermons, as well as his willingness to risk his life for not just people of color but to make the American dream possible. What does bother me is making him or any man into a saint and refusing to see that despite their great deeds, we are all flawed and not above criticism and that includes a Lincoln or a MLK or to conservatives a Reagan..

    • SusanBeehler

      The Catholic Church made him a saint?

      • Neiman

        The Democrats and most blacks for that matter, treat him s a great prophet of God and a sinless saint, at least in the former case as they can use it for their advantage.

        He was a man, with many faults, but surely a giant among men and anointed for his task.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5OJKWQFFFRJ4PO43RD7MNYZFZI Mark

    MLK died in 1968. His dream effectively died in 2008 in Democrats realized that race-hustling could win presidential elections.

  • SusanBeehler

    Those of us supporting Measure 2 knew the powers that be, did not want real property tax relief. While former Governor Schafer was running around the state with former Lt. Governor Omdahl saying don’t vote Measure 2, we or some of us knew Governor Schafer and the Republican party in North Dakota wanted to decrease the tax for big oil and reducing or abolishing property tax might put a wrench in that plan. Looks like it is happening.

  • Dallas

    Why in heavans name would you cut oil taxes. There are literally billions in infrastucture costs that need to be paid for to accomodate the industry. The industry is making great money. They hit 9 out of ten wells they drill in ND and the Presdient of Whiting Oil was on MSNBC lately and said his company made great money in ND at $30 a barrel. The creent price is about $90 a barrel and they’re paying for a well in about six months.
    Why not be like Sarah Palin’s Alaska and use tax revenueto give everyone a piece of the pie? Well, maybe not. We’d also have to preach abstinance and then have the kids get pregnant, have demanon excised from our bodies and help all our relatives get divorced after the family values lecture.
    We will hear much about oil tax cuts because the industry has funded Scott “the Banker” Hennen’s radio stations and Gary “Scoop” Emineth’s newspaper foray.
    It would be dumb to give them a tax break. They’re not going anyplace, they’re making great money.

  • Guest

    What’s childish is Rob resorting to straw-men arguments and outright lying. It’s easy to win the argument when you create a fictional argument for the other side. “Oil corporations are evil” is no more one side of the argument than “the general welfare of the population should be sacrificed for the bottom line of the oil company” is for the other. Moreover North Dakota’s extraction tax is well within the norm, despite Rob’s lies otherwise. http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/energyhome/oil-and-gas-severance-taxes.aspx What a hack!

  • whowon

    Any of you know about the civil suit of 1999 where the King’s won but the media never covered? So familiar to today. I’ve got the transcript too, should be made into a movie but liberal Hollywood would never do that. Even Jesse Jackson was involved. Video explains some…http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qEP94AVshrs#!

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