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Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), pictured here Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Plain Talk: Rep. Armstrong Says Trump Tax Cuts Have Contributed to Short Term Budget Deficits

Plain Talk: Rep. Armstrong Says Trump Tax Cuts Have Contributed to Short Term Budget Deficits

“We weren’t good at it when we were in control,” Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) said, in response to a Plain Talk listener question, of controlling budget deficits. The questioner was specifically asking about President Donald Trump’s tax cuts and their impact on the nation’s budget deficit and national debt. Asked if the Trump tax cuts

Podcast: Work Requirements for Food Stamps, Eliminating the State Income Tax

On the radio show today, Kristina Rasmussen from the Foundation for Accountability in Government was on to discuss the issue of work requirements in the House version of the farm bill. She noted that Democrats have supported work requirements for social welfare programs in the past (notably under former President Bill Clinton) and that some

Volunteers Casey Materi, left, and Haley Mertes unpack food delivered by the Great Plains Food Bank to the Churches United for the Homeless shelter in Moorhead. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Stop Touting the Economic Benefits of Food Stamps

“Cuts to SNAP would increase strain on local food bank resources,” reads a headline over a letter to the editor from Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent and his board members. The argument, as I’m sure you’ve gathered, is that we ought not reduce federal spending on food stamps. Of course, it seems we’re

Energy Drinks Marketed To Food Stamps Recipients In Fargo

A reader sends along the picture above, saying it was taken at the Stop-N-Go on South 25th Street in Fargo. The advertisement is for Rockstar Energy Drinks, and at the bottom it indicates that all of Rockstar’s drinks are eligible for EBT. EBT standing for Electronic Benefits Transfer. According to this definition, it “means that

We Can Blame Cramer For The Farm Bill, But Not Heitkamp For Keystone?

Yesterday I was pretty critical of how Rep. Kevin Cramer was handling the farm bill. Instead of standing on principle and talking about the legions of problems with that bill – not the least of which is the fact that controversial food stamps spending comprises roughly 80% of the appropriations in it – he chose

Kevin Cramer: We Have To Pass A Farm Bill Because The Free Market Is Scary

Back during campaign season I did an interview with Rep. Kevin Cramer, and we talked about the farm bill. Then, as now, the legislation was stuck in the midst of partisan bickering and I asked Cramer if there was really a lot of urgency to pass a farm bill (I quoted a NDSU farm management

Congressional Aid Lives On Food Stamps Budget, Finds He Has Money Left Over

Democrats are attacking Republicans for making cuts to the SNAP (food stamps) program which, in recent years, has reached record levels of spending. Part of that attack is an attempt to live off of a food stamps budget, which they claim can’t be done. To which I have two responses: First, it’s called the Supplemental

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