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Rep. Wesley R. Belter, Published October 04 2012

Letter: ND Democrats captives of the Obama agenda

Congressman Rick Berg for the United States Senate and Kevin Cramer for the House of Representatives are the right choice for North Dakota. Their ideals and policies stand in stark contrast to the Obama administration’s policies that threaten coal electric generating plants, stopped the Keystone pipeline, exploded national debt, neglected national security, and threaten North Dakota family values. The president’s job-killing policies have resulted in higher utility rates, $4 gas, massive federal debt, and are destroying our confidence in the greatness of America. These policies threaten the economy of North Dakota, and economic recovery for the nation. In politics there is an old saying: “Follow the money.”

Heidi Heitkamp and Pam Gulleson receive their campaign funds from the same liberal anti-energy groups that support President Barack Obama, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Congressmen Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Both Heitkamp and Gulleson have committed support to the continued leadership of Reid and Pelosi, so when they tell us they are going to be an independent voice for North Dakota, just go back and follow the money.

If you have doubts about my charge that they won’t be an independent voice for North Dakota, then ask yourself why Sen. Kent Conrad, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, hasn’t gotten the Keystone pipeline through. Why hasn’t the Senate passed a federal budget in the past three years? Why hasn’t the Environmental Protection Agency been stopped from killing the coal industry? The answer is because the president and Reid have said that is the way it is going to be.

If elected, Heitkamp and Gulleson are not going to change the reality of that power.

Now we face an international crisis with the killing of a U.S. ambassador on Sept. 11. The Obama administration watched with no answer other than to blaming a YouTube video. On Sept. 12, with four deaths, a burned consulate, and United States flags being burned all over the world, this president didn’t have time to meet with his security council, but he had time to go to Nevada for a fundraiser.

This president had time to go on television with David Letterman and “The View,” but didn’t have time to meet with world leaders when we have an international crisis. Is this the kind of performance we expect from a president who is responsible for our national security and should be the leader of the free world?

We North Dakotans need to ask ourselves are we going to reward this presidential performance with the election of Heitkamp and Gulleson? This election is about restoring leadership in the Western world. This election is about dealing with debt that went from $10 trillion to $16 trillion under the Obama administration. This election is about creating jobs through development of coal, oil and realistic alternatives. This election is about making Medicare, Social Security and health care affordable and financially solvent. Unfortunately, 10 or fewer states will determine who will be the next president.

North Dakota cannot risk sending anyone to Washington who has been financed by groups that do not support the best interests of North Dakota. That is why we must elect Berg to the Senate and Cramer to the United States Congress.


Belter, R-Fargo, has represented District 22 in the North Dakota House since 1985.