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Clifford A. Weixel, Jamestown, Published June 22 2012

Rick Berg beholden to Norquist

‘It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit” (Harry S Truman, 1884-1972). I was surprised to learn that Obamacare consists mainly of a Republican plan proposed in response to the plan put forward by then first lady Hillary Clinton during her husband’s administration. Because it was later put forth by Democrats, instead of the original Republicans, it is a terrible idea and Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., promises to repeal it. This in spite of the latest news that insurance companies plan on continuing parts included in the program because they are popular, even if the Supreme Court goes against it.

Maybe a little bipartisan work would be good to improve the program rather than repeal it? Berg is not able to be bipartisan, in the North Dakota way he says he supports, as he is pledged to Grover Norquist instead of the North Dakota voters who put him in office. (Congratulations to Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., for not signing this pledge.)

When I asked Berg why he needed to pledge to Norquist, he spun it saying it was a pledge to me, not Norquist. Never did I request Berg to sign the Norquist pledge.

What I did do was ask Berg to stop sending me his political ads using our tax money and his franking privilege. First, I sent an email and when that did not stop them, I called his office but that didn’t work either. I kept getting them. His later franked letter to me explained that this $190,000 waste was “approved” by a congressional committee. Funny that a Congress that cannot agree to keep up the supply of cancer drugs for children could agree on his ads so quickly.

I feel Berg has shown his hand in the time he has been a Norquist congressman and does not need to be our Norquist senator. We need a North Dakota senator representing us.