In his Sept. 2 letter, John Trandem thanks President Trump for "turning around America's economy." There are two things he should take into account. First, the economy was already turned around. When President Obama took over in 2009, we were in the depths of the Great Recession. The GDP was shrinking at an annual rate of minus 2.8 percent. Eight years later, in the last month of the previous president's term, the GDP was growing at an annual rate of 3.2 percent.
Columnist Rob Port, pursuing his anti-Sen. Heidi Heitkamp obsession, tries to paint objection to the Trump tariffs as partisan desperation by Heitkamp and Democrats. He is wrong (again). Some time ago, President Trump stupidly tweeted "Trade wars are good and easy to win." More recently, he compounded the stupidity with "Tariffs are the greatest." I am sure no sane economist on planet Earth agrees.
Bette Grande's opinion column published July 3 is headlined "Lack of civility did not begin with Trump." Then she goes on to blame Maxine Waters, Democrats, media, radio talk show hosts and the "unhinged" left.
In response to his column published Feb. 21: Rob Port is totally misinformed about the effort to restore the 6.5 percent oil extraction tax. It is not an effort of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party. The group working on an initiated measure consists of concerned, informed citizens from around the state. They are fired up. The initiative and its sponsoring committee are in place. The effort did not "belly flop." It is on hold, not dead.
Enough of Kelly Armstrong's, well, let's call it "bearing false witness." Armstrong wants to discuss only certain provisions of the so-called tax reform and tries to redirect the conversation to Obama era deficits. The 500-page tax bill is way too complex to even start a discussion here. But the main feature is huge tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest people on the planet. They then threw in some modest temporary tax cuts for the rest of us to buy us off. And where is that tax return on a postcard?
The repeal and replace men are back. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy are making one last desperate try to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Without hearings or public comment, they are attempting to hurry and pass it before the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office speaks.
In a recent column, Rob Port repeats the egregious falsehood that Republicans in the Legislature increased the oil extraction tax when in fact they did the opposite. The 6.5 percent extraction tax on crude oil was an initiated measure passed by voters in 1980. The Legislature added the trigger in 1991. Then, in 2015, they corrected their mistake by repealing the trigger when it became apparent that it would kick in and decimate state revenues. Unfortunately, they also included a totally unnecessary reduction of the tax to 5 percent.
A letter writer in the Dec. 29 Forum thinks the Electoral College is great because Donald Trump, the winner in the most square miles of the United States, won the presidency rather than Hillary Clinton, the candidate who won the popular vote by a margin of 48 percent to 46 percent, or almost 2.9 million votes. Actually, Clinton did win a majority in 20 states. However, a difference of less than 80,000 total votes in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania gave those three states to Trump and determined the final electoral result.
The Forum has endorsed for president "none of the above" (editorial, Oct. 16). The problem with that is one of the above will be president.