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Ellen Dunn , Published August 07 2011

Dictator Norquist sets the agenda

Before Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., took office as North Dakota’s lone member of Congress, he had to take an oath of office that says “I (Rick Berg), do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

But before Berg took this oath, he signed the Grover Norquist pledge that essentially says that even in times of war or if there is a fiscal crisis facing our government, he will not raise taxes – even on the wealthiest Americans or multinational corporations.

Almost 80 percent of Americans believe that in this time of budget crisis, tax increases on the wealthy is preferable to destroying Medicare and other vital social programs. Yet Rick Berg is apparently willing to throw this country under the bus in order to satisfy his pledge to Norquist and defend his rigid, extreme right-wing views.

I ask you, Mr. Berg, what is more important? Your oath to the United States of America or your pledge to self-anointed political dictator Grover Norquist?