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Scheel: Sen. Heitkamp was not concerned with bipartisanship during Obama years

Steve Scheel talks about leadership Wednesday, March 9, 2016, during The Chamber’s Business Training session at the Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in south Fargo.David Samson / The Forum

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp lost credibility in the first paragraph of her Dec. 21 opinion piece, "Bipartisanship makes better policy." The senator has been a huge supporter of Obamacare, which was one of the most partisan efforts ever rammed through the U.S. Congress by one party.

Heitkamp has lost even more credibility when she went on to say that the tax bill will "explode our country's debt." She never spoke a serious word about the explosion of our country's debt during the Obama years, and her last five years in the Senate, when the debt grew by a record $7.9 trillion.

It will be interesting to hear what she has to say about major benchmarks over the next year, during her re-election efforts, if the GDP stays about 3 percent or even 4 percent growth, business spending and payrolls rise significantly, unemployment fails, retirement pensions keep rising, and middle class workers see an increase in their take home pay because of the Republican tax cuts.

The upcoming November 2018 elections should be interesting.

Scheel is the chairman of the board of Scheels, a Fargo-based business with 26 sporting goods stores in 11 states.