NDGOP: Voters Should Be Proud We Can Spend Like Democrats

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Fresh on the heels of House Majority Leader Al Carlson and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner’s column in The Grand Forks Herald yesterday, equating the compassion of the NDGOP with money spent by the Legislative Assembly they control, comes a report issued by the Governor’s Office and Legislative leadership equating the success of the 63rd Session with record amounts of state spending. The NDGOP was more than happy to pick up on this tone in their weekly GOP Update Friday afternoon.

Party Chairman Stan “Kill the Mike” Stein, in reference to this report, stated “Voters should be proud of the work that has been done on their behalf.” But, based on how leadership in the Governor’s Office, the Legislature, and the NDGOP seem to want to frame what success is these days, he could have just as easily said “Voters should be proud we can spend like Democrats”. Indeed, if you peruse this report (see below), it’s all about the spending. Some highlights:

“The Legislature appropriated about $2.3 billion to rebuild and repair state highways, county and township roads, bypass routes and other infrastructure upgrades in every region of the state…”

“The Legislature has appropriated about $2.5 billion, unprecedented funding to continue addressing the needs that come with rapid growth in North Dakota’s oil-producing region…”

“The Legislature appropriated $515 million from the Resources Trust Fund for permanent flood control projects and water supply projects…”

“$5 million to develop a UAS Airspace Integration Test Site in North Dakota…”

“the Legislature appropriated $902.3 million to fund the state’s colleges and universities…”

You can read the report for yourself, but what stands out is there is hardly a sentence in it without a dollar sign and either the words “million” or “billion” included. I’m not saying some (but definitely far from all) of the spending it highlights isn’t needed, but the document is downright overwhelming to read because it’s all about the spending.

What is equally astonishing is what is not discussed in the report which the NDGOP deserves to pat themselves on the back about. Things like making North Dakota a leader in the protection of life at all stages of development through the passage of several Right to Life bills. Or, giving the electorate an opportunity to decide if it’s time to change the governance structure of our higher education system. Protecting the Gun Rights of citizens during emergencies and allowing churches to decide for themselves if allowing concealed carry on their premises is right for them. Opening the door to a change to Defined Contribution retirement plans for public employees by allowing new ones to opt in to such a system. And of course, getting a handle on NDSU’s extravagant usage of their airplane by forcing it’s sale (granted, four years from now).

But apparently none of this matters. When you have a House and Senate full of liberals masquerading as Republicans so they can get elected and then governing like Democrats, it was only a matter of time before the NDGOP’s definition of a successful Legislative Session was measured in how much money could be spent in 80 days.

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  • Roy_Bean

    I don’t want to diminish anything that you’ve said here but their democrat tendencies go beyond just spending. They have endowed hundreds of city and county officials with the power to run us all out of our houses on a whim by declaring an “emergency”. Any bets on where and how soon that law will be used?

    • Lianne

      The people of Minot lost 48 hours of evacuation time mid June of 211. We could have saved a lot more stuff in those 48 hours. Yep, I do not like being mandated to leave.

      • Roy_Bean

        And at that time only the Governor had the authority. Now there’s hundreds of people at every level of government who can and will.

  • DelawareBeachHouse

    Boy, legislative Republicans don’t get it. Save, don’t spend! The goal should be to be responsible,first, not caring.
    Thanks, Rob for your coverage of this. Maybe what we need is a statewide seminar on the Constitution and the role of government. And, some spending sobriety in the process.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Thanks, though I should point out that I didn’t write this.

  • sbark

    They are just forcing the Dem’cats further to the left in order to keep their political identity…taking a position on school milk isnt gonna cut it—-they gotta start screaming for gun control, expanded abortion in the Williston stripper bars during the day, Planned Parenthood research in gradeschools

  • camsaure

    It is starting to appear that the progressive RINO cockroaches are no longer afraid of having light shown upon them.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      A lot of Republicans in the state have become completely unmoored from principle.

      But I’m not sure that calling them cockroaches helps.

      • camsaure

        Sorry Rob, but I am sick and tired of their lies and deceit. I have even worse names for some of them, but am trying to maintain at least a little bit of online deportment.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          If you’re sick and tired of it, and want it to change, considering being effective in advocating for that change. Which starts with not calling people cockroaches.

          • camsaure

            Well Rob they are not going to change, they need to be gone ASAP.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            On that we agree.

        • Ratbite

          How about working to form a third party that really is conservative?

          • camsaure

            You are probably right, I will no longer vote for the lessor of two evils, and I think that has been born out in the last election cycle. Romney and Berg lost, I think Berg may have been a bit more conservative then Romney, but he treated his position as a “given” and refused to debate or take a conservative position. The RINOs at the state convention also turned off conservatives. Yes, Hidey Ho lied, but the tying Berg to Goldmark was effective because almost everyone in the state knowes of someone who has been screwed by that company. Berg also helped assure Obama’s victory, when he was on the ropes by voting for nthe budget resolution, so sadly he got what he deserved by going along with the RINOs in the Fed congress. WARNING, RINOs do not no longer take my vote for granted.

  • Ratbite

    The North Dakota Republican Party/GOP is DEAD of suicide. It is no longer a conservative party but another branch of the big spending Marxist Democrat party. It’s filled with Democrats that thought they’d be smart & run as Republican so they could get elected in a conservative state.
    Any further proof required to show that a new conservative third party is what is needed??