by Grand Forks Herald
January 18, 2011 at 3:06 am in Grand Forks Herald
A spokesman says US Sen. Kent Conrad will not run for re-election in 2012. Continue Reading
Tags: Kent Conrad, ND politics, Politics, updates 16 Comments »
ND will go on without him, Time for a change. He along wiht Dorgan and Pomeroy must share in the mess the Country is in today.
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Conrad, along with Pomeroy and Dorgan have been given a bum rap by ND conservatives. All three were among the most powerful legislators in the country, and brought billions of dollars to North Dakota. As a matter of fact, ND has ranked among the top states in per capita earmarks. Without those dollars, as well as money received via appropriations, neither the EERC nor the Human Nutrition Lab would exist today. The same could be said for many of the projects at both UND and NDSU as well as hundreds of other projects across North Dakota. It is party through their efforts that the unemployment rate in ND is so low. And before you Republicans start ranting about the evils of earmarks, do not forget that Alaska led the nation in earmarks not all that long ago.
As for the mess this country is in today, there’s enough blame to go around, Democrat and Republican alike, although I’d give the bulk of the responsibility to the Republicans and Bush, who entered office with a surplus. However, that’s neither her nor there.
The fact is that all three of our Democratic legislators worked hard to bring great things to the people of North Dakota. If you think otherwise, you are wrong.
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Sooner or later we have to stop putting the blame on Bush. Now that the country is in debt beyond the moon, Conrad wants to work on it the next two years. He helped put us in the shape we are in,,,, time for him to go and he knows it.
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Yes, because if John McCain and Sarah Palin had been elected, the economy would be magically fixed? How could that have possibly happened?
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So, Bush can turn a surplus into a record deficit, and as soon as he leaves office we’re supposed to forget about it. Sorry, but we’ll have to wait until later to stop blaming him.
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The country was one step from financial collapse when
Bush left office and you think this will be fixed in 2 years?
He put the whole Iraq war on the Chinese credit card–I was in NYC when they had to add another numeral to the debt indicator because it couldn’t go as high as Bush took us.
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He would have lost. This is a great day for ND. Now we will have another Republican Senator!
Will this be a Republican senator who leads the charge against homosexuality while at the same time picking up young men in restroom stalls, or a Republican senator who decries the use of earmarks, while at the same time claiming all he can for his/her state. Perhaps it’ll be a Republican senator who thinks that by cutting taxes while, at the same time, increasing spending, the laws of economics will mysteriously reverse and magically repair our economy. Heck, why not a Republican senator who believes in limited government while putting forth bills that regulate moral issues.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that all Republican senators are bad, just that they are not perfect. So, careful what you wish for.
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This is a sad time for North Dakota. Dorgan, Conrad, and Pomeroy were excellent congressmen for our state. For many years independents and Republicans voted along with Democrats to keep sending them to Washington to represent us. Because of their seniority and influence in Congress, and because of their moderation, North Dakota had far more representation than our population warranted. That will be gone now. The right wing has convinced North Dakotans to shoot themselves in their collective foot.
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Sad to hear of Sen Conrad’s decision but can understand it. Wish him well in whatever he does. Will be looking to see how our “new” and supposedly “improved” reps will do in Washington. They talked a good game to get there, now to see if they can produce. Easy to say that I can reduce the deficit and fix the problems in this country, problem is that most politicians all say the same thing and then find it a lot harder to do than it is to say. Easy to say cut a 100 billion, but where you gonna cut from and who will be affected.The Repubs want spending to go back to 2008 level. Fine, except for the fact that the Wars in Iraq and Afgan were not included in the budget because they knew how bad the budget would look if they were. Can make the numbers look good with a little creative accounting.
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Finally, change we can believe in. Real change.
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This is a dark day for small farmers-you get what you voted for.
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Its a great day for voters who would like to have their voices heard. I just received a reply today from a letter concerning earmarks. He replied that he knows that North Dakotans are against earmarks but that they are necessary. This politician no longer wanted to do what his residents wanted, he “knows” what is best without our opinion. Thank you for your service Senator. I sincerely liked the man and was honored to meet him in the capitol but when you lose touch with your voters, you’ve become a politician not representative.
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I respectfully disagree. Just because an elected official doesn’t vote the way you wanted doesn’t mean your voice hasn’t been heard. For example, the Democrats in Washington realized the current system of health care payments (private business selling insurance with premiums outpacing inflation) wasn’t working and was causing a drag on the economy. The new system, while far from perfect, is a step in the right direction for the average North Dakota premium payer. Both Pomeroy and Dorgan got the boot for that vote. Republicans were elected on a wave of fiscal responsibility, but the first thing they did was raise the debt ceiling. An unpopular move, but one that had to be done. At some point, we all have to realize that we are not experts in every field. I have teeth in my head, but I’m not a dentist, I pay my taxes, but I have a professional prepare them. I’ve read the constitution, but hire a lawyer when I need one. Our elected officials deal with these issues every day. They’re professionals. They may “know” what’s best for us. While we can’t blindly follow, we must defer to a professional from time to time. Earmarks paid for the Grand Forks flood wall, the Devils Lake outlet, and a million other projects that millions of people would describe as wasteful. We don’t elect someone to be a blind, mute mouthpiece in Washington, we elect someone to work for what’s best for the state even is it’s not the best thing for each one of us individually.
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Very well written, Jeff. Public opinion changes almost as fast as the weather. Our representatives cannot check the opinion polls every time they vote.
The term earmark gained its negative connotation from projects such as Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere.” Are all earmarks bad because some are? Are all people bad because some are? We have thrown the baby out with the bathwater.
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Let’s face it. All the good folks are getting out of the disfunctional congress out of shear frustration. When good people no longer want to serve then we end up with substandard leaders. Congress is so disfuncional and corrupt that all of the mederates are getting out. It’s not good for America.
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