Republicans Need To Stop Letting Democrats Define Compassion In Dollars


The Fargo Forum had a review of the first half of the legislative session up this weekend, under the ridiculous headline “GOP progress is problem for Dems in North Dakota Legslature [sic]”.

Glad to see the Forum casting the first half of the session in terms of what was good and not good for Democrats. You gotta love it when they put the bias right in the headline for you.

Anyway, in the article was this juxtaposition of Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider (D-Grand Forks) griping about tax cuts and House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo) defending the GOP spending agenda:

But the Democratic Party sees the first half differently. Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider said the Legislature hasn’t been as focused on addressing the needs the oil boom has created in western North Dakota, effectively cutting property taxes and finding ways to prepare the state for life after the boom.

In particular, the lawmaker from Grand Forks said, “something has to give” with the tax cuts for corporations and individual incomes that passed, as well as the oil extraction tax cut, which “puts our future in jeopardy.”

“I think we are taking a scatter-shot approach,” Schneider said. “When you try to be everything, you miss an opportunity to do the things the people are really concerned about.”

Carlson noted the Legislature is looking after North Dakotans. “There’s a $2.4 billion reason in the (Department of) Human Services budget to show that we care.”

That comment from Carlson made me cringe. As if compassion can have a dollar figure attached. As if dollars spent were the proper metric for sound policy.

Democrats in North Dakota are not very good at winning elections, but they are very good at getting Republicans to govern like Democrats by controlling the terms of debate.

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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  • sbark

    wow………they must have really “cared” in Detroit then huh?…….a city controlled by Dem’o’crats for generations is getting ready for bankruptcy, the State of Illinois and Calif are not too far behind…….Liberals caring is a great thing I guess.
    80% of the world lives in poverty, because they are under a form of govt, some form or relative of Liberalism………..that really “cares”.

  • Minarchist

    Donating your own money is compassion. Stealing somebody’s money and giving it away is theft.

    • Roy_Bean

      But it isn’t really stealing if you take it from someone who has “too much” money. It’s just making them pay their “fair share”. I thought Barry explained that already.

      • $8194357

        Barry cried but still he lied.
        Passionate those liberals one and all, huh.

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  • camsaure

    Someone should ask Carlson, Why do we need to increase human services spending when our unemployment is at an all time low and we are having a boom in oil and farming.

  • $8194357

    Federal dollars that cycle right back into Democrats coffers and agendas.

  • LibertyFargo

    “You gotta love it when they put the bias right in the headline for you.”

    +1 Rob.