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Letter to the editor: Heitkamp supported policies that increased deficit

The irony is not lost on me that Sen. Heidi Heitkamp touts one of her No. 1 reasons for not supporting historic tax relief is her “concern” of adding $1.5 trillion to the national deficit over the next decade. What she fails to leave out of that statement is the fact that under President Barack Obama, she supported policies that increased the deficit nearly $1 trillion per year.

Here is what is included in the tax plan:

► Standard deduction is doubled: $12,000 for individuals, $24,000 for married couples and $ 18,000 for single parents. A majority of North Dakotans use the standard deduction.

► The Child Tax credit doubles to $2,000. That means hardworking North Dakota families will see additional relief.

► The Obamacare individual mandate will be repealed, providing relief to middle-class families.

What is not including are cuts to Medicare, Social Security, Head Start, crop insurance and other farm safety programs. We need to have a serious conversation in our country about entitlement spending, but to claim that this tax reform package will cut those programs is disingenuous at best and a flat-out lie at worst.

The time for political pandering and fear mongering is done. It’s not fair to North Dakotans who elected her in good faith that she would represent them and who will see direct benefits from this historic tax reform. Heitkamp resorted to creating fake news to back up her party loyalist vote and has yet to actually admit the error. This is not OK in North Dakota. Scare tactics and political posturing may be accepted in the D.C. swamp but it is not OK in North Dakota. North Dakotans deserve better.

Armstrong is chairman of the

North Dakota Republican Party.