I attended the North Dakota Broadcasters debates and I observed, “Funny, they all talk conservative until they get elected and, then, suddenly veer left.”
Hmmm. I was disappointed we weren’t able to submit questions. So, I’d like to ask the question I had prepared, if I may. Heidi Heitkamp, sorry for having to read this note but I don’t have a teleprompter provided for me for every word I speak.
I was at your campaign kick-off meeting at the Bismarck library (remember me sitting in the front row with this same T-shirt on?) and asked you about your resounding support for the president’s health care bill and I pointed out that the Congressional Budget Office had just raised the estimates of how much it was going to cost the U.S., from $450 million to $900 million in 10 years.
You said it was a budget saver and that there were revenue enhancers in it that you, Ron, won’t agree with, and that you would provide me that information at a later date. I haven’t heard from you.
In the meantime, the CBO increased the cost to $1.7 trillion. And the Supreme Court came out saying this is just taxes and Congress has the right to tax. And, as it turns out, looking at the 27 new taxes in Obamacare, it’s name is being changed to Obamatax, the largest tax increase in U.S. history.
So, Heitkamp, my question is, now where do you stand with this takeover of 17.6 percent of America’s Gross Domestic Product?
Ron Shaw, Bismarck