Colleen Whalen wrote The Forum, “ND is the largest hog at the federal trough.” In her letter, she had many errors, inaccurate statements, and misleading statements.
First, she states, “We would not hit the debt ceiling due to any spending currently proposed by President Biden because that has not passed. We are bumping up against the debt ceiling due to current spending and tax cuts put forth by Trump.” The facts are the Democrat president, the Democrat House and the Democrat Senate have been in power for over eight months. Democrats have found a way to leave our enemies with tens of billions of our military assets in Afghanistan, exit Afghanistan with Americans left behind, put up illegal border-crossers in expensive hotels, then ship them unvaccinated to all 50 States, place Americans on domestic terror lists for opposing local school boards, end the Hyde Amendment which stops federal funding of abortion and dozens of more legislative and executive orders which could have stopped any need for increasing the federal debt limit. The president childishly states his multi-trillion dollar spending proposal won’t cost us anything. I’ll believe that when his spending proposal is $0.
Second, she states “the three Trump toadies who represent North Dakota …” If Sens. Hoeven and Cramer and Rep. Armstrong are irresponsible in getting $3.75 from the federal government for every $1 North Dakota taxpayers send to Washington, how much more irresponsible would she think they would be if they only got $0.37 from Washington for every $1 sent to Washington? By the way, were the figures so much different than when Sens. Conrad and Dorgan and Rep. Pomeroy were representing North Dakota?
Third, she states that Moneygeek was the responsible source for her figures. Let’s look at Moneygeek - https://www.moneygeek.com/living/states-most-reliant-federal-government/. It was Mark Twain that popularized the phrase, “Lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Wikipedia describes the phrase as “… describing the power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments.” So, I will try not to argue too much from any statistics, lest my own arguments are considered weak. Moneygeek does report that North Dakota does get more per dollar of taxes paid to the federal government, back from the federal government, $3.75 for $1 paid. Whalen does not state the same Moneygeek analysis also reports that New Mexico, a blue state, has a “dependency score” of 100%, more than the next state whose dependency score is 75.1%. Why doesn’t the New Mexico Congressional delegation become the focus of her personal criticism?
I, like most Americans, think our national debt is a national disgrace. It weakens us as a nation. It states we are not willing to pay for what we enjoy since our debt will someday be paid by our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Imagine if we could get a home mortgage that we would not pay but that our children would be forced to pay. I would prefer to leave generations after us with no financial burdens.
Matt Noah lives in Fargo.
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