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Mark Schneider, Published August 07 2011

Ask Rick Berg tough questions

Our nation was days from a catastrophic financial crisis because Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., and members of the House GOP refused to compromise on the debt ceiling.

If we did not raise our debt ceiling, our nation would not have been able to pay bills on debt that we have already incurred. America would have defaulted on its debts for the first time in history.

Our nation would not have had enough money for our state’s and nation’s most integral programs, including Social Security and veterans’ benefits.

This is real. This is no joke. Berg and his other freshman GOP cronies seemed content to sit back, cast their party-line votes and parrot their talking points on the House floor.

Rick Berg, where do you stand? Are you going to be a voice for reason and ensure that we have a balanced approach and a fair compromise? Or are you going to continue to toe the inflexible tea party line that will bring havoc to your fellow Americans and the people you swore to serve?

With even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce calling for compromise to raise the debt ceiling, even you, Rep. Berg, must know that this is not a Republican or Democratic issue, but one that goes to the core of our nation’s well-being.

This is it. This is final. Stand up, Rep. Berg, and be part of the solution, not the problem. Be adult. Be accountable. Get the job done. That is why you were elected and what you promised to do.

Schneider is chairman of the North Dakota Democratic NPL.