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Bob Valeu, Published July 21 2013

Letter: The party of mistruths has no clue about fairness or balance

North Dakota Republican Party Chairman Bob Harms submitted a commentary with some interesting statements (Forum, July 17). While we can’t blame Republicans for attempting to rewrite history – especially since their leadership, from U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., all the way down to Rep. Al Carlson, R-Fargo, has revealed one failure after another – we can’t sit back while mistruths are told.

As The Forum so aptly pointed out, the North Dakota GOP has a terrible habit of taking credit where no credit is due – over and over we’ve heard them point to oil in the ground as an “accomplishment” for their party; in what world can legislators create natural resources? If they’ve figured that one out, I would suggest they’re in the wrong business!

Speaking of oil and the financial success our state has experienced because of it, I would like to remind everyone that it was in fact the Republicans who tried to reduce the oil extraction tax three times while telling western North Dakotans to justify their need for increased funding.

And while we’re talking about western North Dakota, Republicans like to tout their funding for infrastructure. This is quite interesting, especially when you consider that recently a member of the GOP said they are constantly “playing a game of catch-up and patch-up.”

We at the Dem-NPL couldn’t agree more. Republicans have no plan, and because of that fact, they keep putting our state behind the ball. Whether it’s law enforcement, infrastructure, Head Start or overcrowded schools, they have consistently done too little, always too late for the people of North Dakota.

Let’s also remember that our GOP friends who claim to be so “business-friendly” are the members of the same party that sent 82 percent of corporate tax cuts out of state when we have countless local businesses right here in North Dakota that would greatly benefit from such cuts.

This is the Republican Party of Sen. Margaret Sitte, R-Bismarck, Rep. Bette Grande, R-Fargo, and Carlson – the party that said our state couldn’t take care of our own child care crisis and left it to the feds; couldn’t provide milk or juice for poor children, yet had an extra $1.6 billion they were sitting on; shot down legislation that would have provided ethical oversight for elected officials in North Dakota – the party that wouldn’t know about balance or fairness or bipartisanship if it slapped them in the face.

Bob Harms got one thing right: Voters did choose this ineffective, unbalanced mode of governance. But we know one thing to be true: There are a lot of people with some serious buyer’s remorse, and they’re ready for some common sense, honesty and transparency in North Dakota.

Valeu, Bismarck, is chairman, North Dakota Democratic NPL Party.