Pouliot: My response to Rep. Cramer's support of the proposed tax plan
To Rep. Kevin Cramer regarding your support of the proposed tax plan:To be frank, I do not believe you, nor do I believe you have the best interests of North Dakotans in mind. A portion of the lobbyists you so freely condemn in today's column for...
To Rep. Kevin Cramer regarding your support of the proposed tax plan:
To be frank, I do not believe you, nor do I believe you have the best interests of North Dakotans in mind. A portion of the lobbyists you so freely condemn in today's column form the ranks of your donors, a group columnist Mike McFeely described as "a who's who of Texas oil interests and Washington, D.C.-based energy PACs." However, to be fair, he does include that, of your 173 donors, you do have seven North Dakota donors as well, though I don't find that very impressive as a North Dakota native.
No, instead I am more interested in sources I believe to be reliable. You argue for the thousands that will go to middle-class families, but you have sided against minimum wage. Your letter argues for small businesses and average people, but my middle-class family is preparing for a tax increase if the plan passes. Furthermore, where was this compassion for people (and lack of care for our national debt) when you voted to strip health care from thousands of North Dakotans and millions of Americans (Center for American Progress)?
I encourage other readers to research the bill themselves, as the benefits Cramer speaks of, such as tax breaks to small businesses phase in (and won't be fully available until 2022), while big businesses got the best deal with the biggest one-time drop the big-business tax rate in America's history, along with other long lobbied-for bonuses.
You claim it does not take a degree in economics to understand the unavailability of money in the U.S. My counterclaim is that it does not take a political science degree to recognize a dishonest, manipulating politician when I see one.
In conclusion, you seem to have no authority to criticize lobbyists, nor do you have the grounds to claim that this bill is for North Dakota's best interests. Your decision to defend this bill anyway is a sign of your disregard for your constituents and the public, and a shameful mark against your candidacy in the 2018 race.
Pouliot lives in Fargo.