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Eric Aasmundstad, Published October 22 2010

Berg will work for farmers

On Nov. 2, North Dakotans have an opportunity to move our nation and state in the right direction. However, to capitalize on this opportunity, we first have to decide between status quo big government, big spending, out-of-touch Congressman Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., or North Dakota businessman and proven leader state Rep. Rick Berg, R-Fargo. For me, the decision is easy.

The devastating impacts on our businesses and families and the uncertainty created by Pomeroy-supported over-regulation and over-taxation must be stopped. Berg understands these impacts because he is a small-business owner and entrepreneur who knows what it takes to be able to sign the front of a paycheck. Berg knows small business is the economic engine of this great country. The direction our government is taking must be corrected if our jobs and our industry are to again prosper.

Berg knows that, for small businesses, including farms and ranches, to flourish and continue for future generations, the estate tax must be repealed and the tax on capital gains must be reduced. These two actions alone would do more to assist future generations than any government program could ever accomplish. Small business is going to be crippled with requirements of the government takeover of our health care system and the heavy tax burden that will follow to pay for Obamacare. We don’t need more taxes. We need Berg in Congress.

Berg will work to bring the EPA and other federal regulatory agencies back to common sense and the intent of Congress. These agencies have to understand that Congress makes the laws and they should not, and cannot, govern by administrative rule. Career politician Pomeroy seems to have become part of the bureaucracy, content in letting the EPA and Corps of Engineers run roughshod over us as citizens.

For 17 of Pomeroy’s 18 years in Congress, we have heard him say the Devils Lake issue must be addressed. Seventeen years later, and the destruction and devastation are still getting worse. What has changed is that nearly one billion tax dollars have been spent and downstream communities are now in eminent danger of an uncontrolled release of water from Devils Lake. To me, this is an example of how Pomeroy deals with problems: throw money at an issue and tell people that without his power, this wouldn’t have been possible. Then he runs back to Washington, sticks his head in the sand and hopes something changes.

It is time we elect a congressman who will work every day in the best interest of all of North Dakota. Berg will work tirelessly to protect our industry, our farms and ranches, and our way of life from over-regulation, over-taxation, and the heavy hand of government. It’s time to elect Berg to the United States Congress.

Aasmundstad, who farms in the Devils Lake area, is president of the North Dakota Farm Bureau.