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Lloyd Omdahl

Columnist

Omdahl is a former N.D. lieutenant governor and retired University of North Dakota political science teacher. Email ndmatters@midco.net

RECENT COLUMNS BY LLOYD OMDAHL
Omdahl writes, "Congress has been appropriating less and less money for the IRS until all the agency has is a skeleton force and makes me wait at least two months for my refund. In reality, it is cheating the system because billions of tax dollars escape every year, leaving those of us in the middle class paying more than our share."

Omdahl advocates using Legacy Fund dollars to provide mental health screenings for children.
Omdahl writes, "Capitalism, based on greed, fits the natural man better but it has to be controlled because there is no limit to greed."
Omdahl writes, "Before Sen. Holmberg resigned and the scandal broke, just about every Republican in North Dakota praised his 44 years of effort on behalf of North Dakota and Grand Forks. Only time will tell whether or not they will consider his illustrious track record when rendering judgment."
Columnist Lloyd Omdahl recounts a recent small-town North Dakota committee meeting.
Omdahl writes, "There are five states that do not have lieutenant governors – Arizona, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon and Wyoming. North Dakota has one but that will probably be abolished when the oil money runs out. After all, it’s only an appendix or a tonsil."
Omdahl writes, "It’s like being an alcoholic. Alcoholics can’t change until they admit they have a problem. Voters need to acknowledge their limitations and until they do the state will function with flaws in its system of government because significant changes are beyond the comprehension of the average voter."
Omdahl writes, "But democracy has an Achilles heel – many voters cast ballots in ignorance, relying on hearsay, rumor, heritage, misinformation and unfounded prejudices. In their ignorance, they often vote against their own best interests or fail to understand the impact of elections on national policy."
Omdahl writes, "It is time for the Dem-NPL to look at the limited options. The only one that makes sense is use of the citizens’ right to initiate and refer laws. Lacking in cognitive flexibility, the organization hasn’t been able to get out of the conventional rut."
This week, Omdahl satirizes Prof. Elwyn Robinson's “History of North Dakota.”
Omdahl writes in response to a recent story about how supply chain issues are causing families to wait for a loved one's headstone.