GOP endorses Rick Berg for Senate

2012-03-31T12:16:00Z 2012-03-31T16:00:02Z GOP endorses Rick Berg for SenateBy NICK SMITH | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

Change is needed in Washington, Rep. Rick Berg told a cheering, sign-waving crowd of nearly 2,000 during his acceptance speech for the Republican Party’s endorsement for U.S. Senate.

“We should show Washington how we do it in North Dakota,” Berg told the Republican Party convention on Saturday. “I’m running to stop the over-regulating of our economy and start growing it.”

Berg said the necessary changes in Washington to get the country back on track can be made by flipping the Senate from Democratic control to Republican. Taking aim at national health care legislation and the federal budget deficit, Berg blasted Democratic leaders and said the country needs to alter its course.

“America is headed down the wrong track in a hurry,” Berg said.

Referencing the “North Dakota way,” Berg said the state’s approach to balancing its budget and promoting businesses should be enacted in Washington.

“We (North Dakotans) don’t look for bailouts, we look for a job. We’d rather have another opportunity than another regulation,” Berg said amid cheers.

Berg said the nation would benefit by following North Dakota’s example by developing a comprehensive energy policy as well as stripping away government regulations to create more efficiency for businesses to conduct their work and grow.

“With your support we can take the North Dakota way to Washington and get our country back on track,” Berg said.

Berg added that he worries about the America that may be left for his, and everyone else’s children, if the federal deficit isn’t reined in.

“We are trillions of dollars in debt,” Berg said.

He said the nation’s debt averages out to approximately $49,000 per child. He said he’s concerned about members of the next generation’s ability to get an education and have the ability to start a business if the nation is saddled with the debt it is accumulating.

“I’m running to stop Washington from destroying our economy,” Berg said.

Berg unanimously received the nomination for U.S. Senate.

“I want to thank you for an amazing journey that’s just beginning,” Berg said.

Berg earned the nomination uncontested. Fellow Republican Duane Sand, who had been running against Berg for the nomination, announced on Monday that he was bypassing the convention and going straight to the June 12 primary. Sand is the second Republican candidate to bypass the convention. U.S. House candidate Kevin Cramer announced in January that he was bypassing the convention.

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  1. Reality Check
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    Reality Check - April 02, 2012 9:28 pm
    The economy has improved since the 2008 ended the "anything goes, deregulation induced" crash. The number of jobs has increased, wages have increased, investment has increased, etc...

    The Depression was caused by let the corporations do whatever they want and the 2008 crash was caused by trying to bring back those failed policies.

    We do not want to go there again. No. Not again.
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    RRFFRR - April 02, 2012 6:49 pm
    Rick Berg supports the Ryan Budjet. Any of you have elderly parents that depend on Medicare ans=d social security. Get ready to pay the bills yourselfs if Rick Berg has his way. His silence has been deafening. He has done nothing but pay to play as they do in the ND GOP. He will not stand for ND but the Koch brothers. The guy was no good in the state capital and only sponsored bills that he and his companys direclty benifeted from. He is one of the reasons ND ranks among the top for corrupt state governments,
  3. LiberalConservative
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    LiberalConservative - April 02, 2012 11:54 am
    Rick Berg is a total waste of represenation for ND. He will only do things that benefit his rich buddies and himself. He is one of the most arrogant people I have ever met, I don't care what his mommy says in TV commercials! His track record in the ND House shows that he will do anything to help the wealthy and that he couldn't care less about the working class or the poor. I wouldn't vote for Rick Berg if he was running for city dog catcher, let alone the U.S. Senate.
  4. buddy
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    buddy - April 01, 2012 1:01 pm
    BLanger... So how do we spend ourselves rich tell me? Please tell me how this works especially on a national basis.. I'm looking at the situation the Greek government is in and explain to me how they spent themselves rich...oh and there's Italy...and Spain... (and the US down the road in a few years....)wait until there is no one left to buy the notes or at least no one willing to buy the notes tell me what happens... by the way I watch HLN not Fox, Rush is a windbag in my opinion...
  5. BLanger
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    BLanger - April 01, 2012 12:32 pm
    As to you looking for congress people who want to protect the nation as a whole, you got the wrong man in Berg. Actually the entire republican party is the wrong man. They have blocked any legislation that might help the nation just so they can make the president look bad. So, by your thoughts, get rid of the whole Republican congress. Well said, buddy.
  6. BLanger
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    BLanger - April 01, 2012 12:30 pm
    As to you , buddy. get the real facts and not Fox facts. That congress you talked about? Yea, you know..the one that the REpublican senate members tabled 328 bills and did not allow them to even be discussed. Remember that congress and the REpublicans demanding the tax cuts for the rich be extended or they would not vote on anything. Yea, we all remember that congress. But we remember it correctly.

    Tax cuts stimulate the economy? right Buddy. Well, we have had massive tax cuts since 2001 and what did they stimulate?
    No jobs. Too bad you don't honestly remember history. as to the land your dad bought in the 30's... just how long were hose taxes in arrears.. six, eight, ten years or more. Were the people even around? Probably not. the land was left abandoned for years. That is what happened in the 30's.
  7. BLanger
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    BLanger - April 01, 2012 12:23 pm
    You talk about brain washed. Obama care is an obamnation. Obama care is a budget buster...etc etc. Where do you get your information? the heritage center? Fox? Rush? You don't know what you are talking about. You only regurgitate the 4000 hours per month of negativity put forth by the conservative networks. Ninety per cent of the people that say they don't like obama care have only listend to Fox, Rush, and the right wing publications sponsored by the Koch brothers. We are saturated by health insurance propaganda as well.
  8. buddy
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    buddy - April 01, 2012 11:23 am
    Maybe Berg isnt the perfect material for a senator he is better than anything else I see. What we need are statesmen in our congress, people who see beyond pulling money back into their respective states (pork barrel politics) and start looking out for the nation as a whole.
  9. buddy
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    buddy - April 01, 2012 11:17 am
    ND observer...I reread your post and I understand, however if congress did their job the balanced budget ammendment would be a mute issue. All I see coming out of Washington is bigger government, larger deficits, a need for more taxes to cover the growing debt, and more government regulation by regulators who have never had to make ends meet. One thing I have learned in working off the farm there are two groups that are totally worthless..middle management and third party managers, (people hired to manage from the outside) basically clueless people who throw in their two cents to confuse the issues and perpetuate their jobs...and thats what government agencies do.
  10. buddy
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    buddy - April 01, 2012 7:19 am
    ND observer... And a little back ground on me..retired farmer,now working off the farm, everything I have is paid for no debts.. I'm not wealthy, I do not care for big government, nor do I care for any of the alphabet agencies...
    I also know when someone from the government says "we only want to help" brace yourself... and I also know that when someone smiles at you and extends their hand, It doesnt nessarily mean that they are your friend.
  11. buddy
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    buddy - April 01, 2012 6:39 am
    ND observer...I think I know more about the depression of the 1930's than you give me credit for. ie.. the first quarter of land I own was purchased via sheriffs deed in 1938. Cost..$703 dollars total,consisting of $300 back taxes to county, $250 to ND fire&hail (unpaid insurancepremiums) and $50 for the sheriffs deed. Attached to the deed are three $1 dollar IRS stamps. Lesson to be learned? First you can lose land to tax leans, secured parties do get their money, government agencies have user fees, and IRS always collects their share. On a bigger picture, what is gained by the redistribution of wealth? Why put it into hands of people unable to manage it? Refer to a previous post (household budget)Money that is held by the wealthy does not get locked away somewhere think about it. It is aways in circulation, this opposed to taxes where the money is generally missmanaged. Sent overseas without benefit to the taxpayer, or put into a welfare system that has become an entitlement. (don't get me wrong there is a place for helping others, but if at all possible they should be trying to get off the system) Granted that one of the big changes between now and the 1930's is the lack of a gold standard for the currency, now the Fed fires up a printing press and suddenly the economy has more money and consumers suffer with inflation. Its a complicated subject...
  12. Rydonn03
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    Rydonn03 - April 01, 2012 12:01 am
    Rick Berg deserves to be in Senate as much as my dog does ~ but at least my dog is loyal!!! Hey mom, do another "commercial" for your son! NOT!
  13. Report Abuse
    - March 31, 2012 10:42 pm
    Buddy, welcome to these pages. I do not recognize your moniker, but from what you write I can assume you know very little about the great depression of the 1930s and what we learned from it.

    We should never have another depression because we know government can do much when the economy is down by providing tax cuts and stimulus appropriations to keep recessions from becoming depressions. Now it is popular to support a balanced budget amendment, which would mean Congress could do nothing when the economy is down. If that happens that will be the greatest equalizer (translate: income redistribution) of all time, because all the wealth held by that top one percent will become worthless as the rich lose everything they have and they are forced into the food lines with the rest of us.
  14. Martydawg
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    Martydawg - March 31, 2012 8:24 pm
    Another textbook republican example, of the blind leading the blindfolded!
  15. buddy
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    buddy - March 31, 2012 7:37 pm
    What??? reality check...nitpicker??? The left wing twitts still dont understand that taxcuts stimilate the economy. Money not cornered by the government via taxes gets reinvested...reality check...what happens to a dollar you put into savings in a bank...does the banker put it in the safe and wait for you to reclaim it? No he lends it to someone else that person spends it/invests it, hopefully with the intention of repaying it with interest, this person turns around infinitum...take that dollar give it to the government.. where its thrown to a government program and where does it go? (I keep thinking about the $1.2M spent to buy 4 homes "down by the river") or into the belly of some welfare recipient..we do seem to have more since Obama's policies kicked in. And what little power the Dems had 2006-2009...Obamacare,GM buyout, stimulus bill (not so shovel ready)...need I continue give me a break....
  16. Reality Check
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    Reality Check - March 31, 2012 6:31 pm
    We got deregulation, changes to our taxes that heaped huge unneeded tax cuts for the wealthiest, and major cuts in social programs that Republicans don't like during the time Republicans had control of most of the US government from 2001 through 2008.

    Republicans didn't just sit there. They did things Republicans do....and they helped their friends, the wealthy, and hurt the rest of us. They brought back failed policies of the 1920s that brought us the depression.

    Now for the nitpickers like "buddy": Republicans controlled both houses of Congress and the presidency from 2001 through 2006. The margin for Democrats in the Senate from 2007 through 2008 was very tiny and everyone knows you can't really do anything unless you have 60 votes in the Senate. Yes, the Democrats had control of the House for 2 years during that 8 year period (because the Republican policies were not working for a lot of people). With what little power the Ds had 2007 through 2008, they did not scale back or change much.

    It is really difficult to wave away Republican responsibility for the crash when Republicans had so much power for EIGHT years leading up to it. And, the causes of the crash were the result of at least 8 years of reckless government.
  17. buddy
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    buddy - March 31, 2012 5:32 pm
    And I will agree Bush was no conservative...he shares in the blame by being a moderate liberal but the mess we are in was exasterbated by Obama and the 110th congress... and our three stooges of that time contributed to our trend towards the modern day Greek tragedy (bankrupt nation)
  18. buddy
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    buddy - March 31, 2012 5:28 pm
    reality check...get your facts straight the 110th congress (2007/2009) Senate was 49 Dems. 49 Rep. 2 Ind., the house was 233 Dems. 202 Rep. And who drove the bus off the cliff?
  19. Reality Check
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    Reality Check - March 31, 2012 4:44 pm
    It was the policies of a Republican Congress and President Bush that drove the economy off a cliff by 2008. Looks like some people have amnesia from the crash...or maybe they did well with all the tax breaks for the top 1%. It took most of the country awhile to be be climbing out of the hole.

    We do NOT want to follow the Bergs of the world back into the world of hurt.
  20. buddy
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    buddy - March 31, 2012 4:37 pm
    Hobson...this is called Capitalism...and it works.
  21. buddy
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    buddy - March 31, 2012 4:34 pm
    Hobson..the economy doesnt need government intervention to make it do not create wealth by taxing one sector and giving grants in another. Wealth is created by industry, be it Ag, Mining,Manufacturing,or Services. Wealth creates jobs. Take the "uber rich" of this nation..what do they do with their money...salt it away? Save it? No.. they reinvest it the reinvestment returns them more profits..meanwhile the reinvestment creates businesses and jobs.
  22. buddy
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    buddy - March 31, 2012 4:28 pm
    Hobson, perhaps the first place to cut would fall on government regulators...EPA,FEMA,HHS,USDA, the entire alphabet soap of government agencies we need to restrict their diet of taxpayer dollars..did you know FEMA is still tying up motel space in Bismarck...the flood was over with last August...(people from Linton ND, still haven't had damages settled from 3 years ago...)professional freeloaders on the taxpayers dime...and this is just one agency.
  23. buddy
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    buddy - March 31, 2012 4:20 pm
    Hobson...everywhere!!! you have to cut everywhere...And OBAMA has tried to make cuts...I ask you where??? give me some examples...His medical insurance bill (Obamacare) that was a sham to nationalize the insurance industry.. it has nothing to do with healthcare reform... Was it the GM buy out...there was a taxpayer saving if ever there was..maybe it was the free cars for all program.... need I continue... give me some examples of Obama's cuts please...
  24. Hobson'sChoice
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    Hobson'sChoice - March 31, 2012 3:59 pm
    So buddy, where do we specifically cut spending?

    Please list the areas instead of just saying “everyway shape and form?”

    Republicans always say we must cut but neglect to say where and if they do, the cuts would cause more problems then we already have.

    I agree we must cut back on expenses and President Obama has and has attempted too but then the Republicans always say NO which they have gotten very good at saying, since he became our president.

    Getting the economy back on an even keel and getting Americans back to work is our number one priority right now.
  25. buddy
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    buddy - March 31, 2012 3:26 pm
    And NO...I am not a teapartier...I'm a concerned taxpayer.
  26. buddy
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    buddy - March 31, 2012 3:24 pm
    ND observer....The United State needs to cut spending in everyway shape and form. Our country is trillions of dollars in debt. I came across this and its a bleak insight to what our leadership had done to us: THIS IS THE BEST EXPLANATION I HAVE SEEN regarding THE US DEBT ...

    U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000

    * Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000

    * New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000

    * National debt: $14,271,000,000,000

    * Recent budget cut: $ 38,500,000,000

    Let's remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:

    Annual family income: $21,700

    * Money the family spent: $38,200

    * New debt on the credit card: $16,500

    * Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710

    * Total budget cuts: $385:
  27. Hobson'sChoice
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    Hobson'sChoice - March 31, 2012 2:52 pm
    Rick Berg says the nation is “on the road to a bleak future, but we don't have to stay on it.''

    Well who caused this alleged “bleak future?”

    Rick Berg’s party did and then blocked legislation to improve the economy and those most affected by the near depression like economy they created.

    Actually the economy is beginning to turn around and will continue to do so as long as we can keep the Teapublicans from getting their hands on it.

    Yes we do have a say on it, as I will be voting for Heidi Heitkamp come next November.

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    - March 31, 2012 1:48 pm

    I agree with you. Our representatives in Washington need to do what is right for our country, and if they do what is right for our country they are doing right for North Dakota. My point is that I think Berg and others should not run on the negative theme that they are going to Washington for the sole purpose of cutting spending. If that is his approach, and if all he does is vote against everything that benefits someone else, then the federal programs in North Dakota will have no support. What is needed is a balanced approach with some sacrifice on the part of everyone, which means both spending cuts and revenue (tax) increases as needed.
  29. Ray
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    Ray - March 31, 2012 1:22 pm
    Observer would have you believe that our rep is supposed to protect North Dakota interests with no regard for the nation's debt and deficit. I hope our representative is willing to make some tough decisions on federal spending to get us closer to a balanced budget. In the long run, that's what would benefit our state and our country.
  30. 7-6-5
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    7-6-5 - March 31, 2012 1:20 pm
    So what has Berg done for North Dakota?

    Berg joined almost 60 other members of Congress in a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction that urged committee members not to cut the critical access hospital (CAH) program. The CAH program provides assistance to rural hospitals. 36 CAHs exist in North Dakota, including one in Hettinger, Berg's hometown.


    "The Affordable Care Act (OBAMACARE) creates three programs to eliminate incentives for health insurance plans to avoid insuring people with pre-existing conditions or those who are in poor health, and to reduce uncertainty that could increase premiums when Affordable Insurance Exchanges begin. The three programs are risk adjustment, reinsurance, and risk corridors. These programs will help ensure that insurance plans compete on the basis of quality and service and not on attracting the healthiest individuals. Better competition leads to improved coverage so that consumers—whether they are healthy or sick—can pick the best plan for their needs."

    The CAH Program is part of Obamacare.

    So Mr. Berg supports federal social programs for his hometown, but not for the rest of the country. Instead of working for the people, it sounds and feels like he is only working for his own people!
  31. Report Abuse
    - March 31, 2012 12:45 pm
    Let's see if I have this right. Rick Berg is not going to Washington to represent us and do right for North Dakota. He is going to Washington to be a negative force. We know he wants to cut Social Security and Medicare. What about farm programs? What about the Air Force bases in Minot and Grand Forks? What about disaster aid after floods and drought? Rick Berg is going to be fighting to cut spending in the rest of the country, so he will have no support to protect things that are important to us in North Dakota.
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