Don’t Miss Statewide Lincoln Day Dinner

Tomorrow is the Statewide Lincoln Day Dinner featuring Governor Hoeven as the guest speaker. You may still buy tickets for this event – Call Headquarters at 701.255.0030 and ask for Darcy.

The Lincoln Day Dinner will be held at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck.
Social begins at 5:30 pm with Dinner at 6:30.
Tickets are $30, or buy a table for $240

Sponsored by Peoria IL plumbers.

See you there!

Merle Boucher Unaware of Progress in North Dakota

In a recent videotaped interview with editor of the Bismarck Tribune, Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Merle Boucher displayed his lack of knowledge of the progress that North Dakota has made under strong Republican leadership. In this instance Boucher stated that “the economy is robust at the present time, our tax collections are very robust and yet at the same time our numbers of people aren’t growing.”

Boucher is either ignorant of the facts, or he is purposely trying to mislead the people of North Dakota. In either case, Boucher does not display the qualities that the people of North Dakota expect in their political leaders.

When it comes to population, the fact is that the decades old trend of population loss has turned around. In fact, since 2003 our state’s population has risen by more than 6,500 people. Last year alone the population increased by 2,255 people.

Republicans have helped the state to grow and diversify its economy leading to a growth of more than 30,000 new jobs since 2000. Our wages and incomes are rising faster than the national average. And, our economy continues to grow by more than $1 billion per year.

Boucher’s recent attempts to deny the truth show that the only hope the Democrats have is to hide the facts about our state’s progress.

Conrad’s Fiscal Credibility in Question

A cord has been struck! Senator Kent Conrad’s response to Renae Michell’s letter, “Debt has a Moral Dimension” was an interesting response to what was a direct question. Foremost Conrad failed to answer Mitchell’s questions and concerns.

The national debt needs to become an issue that Americans take seriously, but we need to understand what the concerns are and why we need to resolve them in a timely manner. Shifting blame to others does not solve the issue, and words cannot rectify our deficits. Real commitment on all budgetary issues is what is needed. However, Senator Conrad says one thing and does another.

Conrad says “addressing (federal debt) has been one of the central tenets of my Senate career”, but has continually opposed the Balanced Budget Amendment and the Line Item Veto. He says “everything would be on the table” when addressing fiscal issues, yet he opposed limits on the amounts of direct payments a farm may receive- a measure that was sponsored by Senator Dorgan and would greatly benefit young farmers in North Dakota.

Introducing a bill in Congress can’t serve as excuse for action. A man in Senator Conrad’s position doesn’t need permission from the entire Congress and the President to begin task forces and bring people together for the sake our country. True leaders don’t sit on the sidelines and wait for something to happen they make things happen now. The nation’s debt has been lingering for a great number of years and there needs to an accountability held by the voters to elect people that want correct the problem rather than just give it lip service.

Conrad also found it necessary to attack President Bush and the tax cuts the Congress enacted under his administration. It seems dishonest for the Senator to insist that allowing over-taxed taxpayers to keep more of their money is contributing to the deficit. Only over-spending by the government contributes to deficits. The Congress knows what its revenues are when they make a budget. If there is going to be less money, there needs to be less spending.

One’s words lose credibility when they preach about fiscal restraint but then lend support to a person, such as Barack Obama, that pushes for a near trillion dollar increase in spending from the US treasury to UN programs. Senator Conrad needs to be honest with himself and the people of North Dakota, and bring real action on deficit and debt relief.

McCain Can!

The cheer went up at 8:05 p.m. Lone Star time, when CNN called Texas — and the Republican nomination — for Sen. John McCain. Eight years after he lost a presidential race, and eight months after his campaign was given up for dead, he earned a trip to the finals…

“They are liberal Democrats. I am a conservative Republican,” McCain said. “Whether we want the government to take more of your money or whether families will spend that money…Whether we will declare surrender in Iraq, set a date for withdrawal, or we will continue the surge that has succeeded.”

Senator John McCain has secured the nomination for President. Mike Huckabee has bowed out after a long and hard fought race. Republicans are now charged with pulling together and defeating the left. Let’s not waiver and let’s win.