Letter: Many Americans will soon feel the consequences of their vote
In a recent letter published online March 17, Jackie Tarpinian asked why the $4.78 billion Legacy Fund is not being used to help address North Dakota budget problems. The short answer is that it goes against the religion of right-wing conservatism. It's all about butchering the size of government regardless of what effect it has on anyone. They will let this entire state burn to the ground before they ever tap into the Legacy Fund.
Republicans are following the rule of "never let a good crisis go to waste." They like this budget crisis because it gives them the perfect excuse to drastically downsize government. They have nothing but contempt for anyone who relies on government services and this is the perfect way to take their vengeance out on these people.
And this is happening at the national level as well. The Trump budget calls for slashing funding for the Meals on Wheels program, farm subsidies, EAS (essential air service), Medicaid, and anything else they can get their hands on so they can cut taxes for their Wall Street cronies and spend more on the military.
That being said, this is what people have voted for both nationally and in North Dakota, so they deserve whatever adverse effect it may have on them. That may sound cruel, but people need to be forced to experience the consequences of their vote because they will never learn a lesson any other way.
Mills lives in Jamestown.