Republicans have just sealed the deal that will plunge our country into the status of a Third World country. At the top will be a select group of wealthy people, the rest of us will become the working poor. Social safety nets will slowly be eroded. We will be led by a series of greedy dictators like President Donald Trump.

The last great depression and economic collapse in our country was brought about when all the money went to those on top. That is why the inheritance tax was instituted. That is why our country adopted a progressive tax system. That is why unions came about. Now, Republicans have successfully destroyed all the things that kept the middle class safe.

Republicans have exploited a rich vein of ignorance, paranoia and racism which too many of us thought did not exist in such volume. Sadly the people of North Dakota have acquiesced to this massive scam by electing the waterboys for Trump. Our children have been robbed. We have created an economic disaster that will slowly erode everything our country has stood for. We have no one to blame but ourselves for electing Trump, Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer. America will be great again for 1 percent of Americans.

Mike Quinn, Hazen

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