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Life Is Less Expensive In North Dakota

Life Is Less Expensive In North Dakota

According to prototype data from the federal government, North Dakota is among the cheapest places to live in the country. While some North Dakotans may grumble a bit about that – a roaring economy and soaring personal incomes are driving prices for goods, services and housing up in the state – it’s absolutely true that

SAB On Television: Democrat Operative Attempts To Explain "War On Women" Rhetoric

Last night I was on Valley News Live’s 6:30 Point of View show with Chris Berg opposite Democrat party spokeswoman Rania Batrice. We covered a number of issues, including proposals in Grand Forks and Fargo to outlaw housing/employment discrimination against gays and the North Dakota Democrat Party’s “war on women” rhetoric. The segment was a

The Cost Of Student Loans Must Go Up

Last month House Republicans passed legislation which would tie interest rates on student loans to US Treasury notes, with a cap at 8.5%. This would have the effect of introducing at least some element of market forces to the student loan market. Democrats in the Senate have a plan, not yet voted on, which would

Half Of College Graduates Working Jobs That Don't Require Degrees

I graduated from high school a little over ten years ago, and what I remember of my discussions with teachers and guidance counselors about my career was that college was a necessity. Without it, I’d be doomed to a career of flipping burgers, but with it I’d slide easily into the path to prosperity. Of

Another Government Backed Automaker, With a Twist, Goes Bust

This one was actually a two-fer of government social engineering, green and “uniquely designed to meet or exceed Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines.”  Ah yes, the wheelchair-accessible way to save the planet.  I can just see Pavlovian grins stretching ear to ear on progressive faces everywhere. Alas, it was not to be. Another alternative

Sad: Two Years Later And Hundreds Of North Dakota Flood Victims Still Living In Temporary Federal Housing

Two years ago the City of Minot was inundated by catastrophic flood waters. About a third of the city’s population was displaced. Thousands of homes were destroyed. Today the city is well on the road to recovery. Most homes are being rebuilt. The community is coming back together. Yet still, in a sad commentary on

Boston Bombers And Family Received $100,000 In Welfare Benefits

I’m a little underwhelmed about this story. We’re talking about $100,000 spread over a decade, so that amounts to $10,000 per year for multiple people. That’s not much. We’ll spend far more on paying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense lawyer to help him avoid the death penalty. But still, the optics of terrorists living in America at

USGS Estimate Of Recoverable Oil In North Dakota Increases 102%

This breaking now from Senator John Hoeven’s office. After requesting another survey by the United States Geological Service, that agency has nearly doubled their estimate of technically recoverable oil in North Dakota. The USGS has gone from an estimate of 3.65 billion recoverable barrels to 7.4 billion. That’s a 102% increase. Sadly, this great news

Under Obama, The Rich Have Gotten Richer

President Obama is nothing if not a class warrior, using the themes of the Occupy Wall Street movement to color his railing about the “1%” not “paying their fair share,” etc., etc. But what if it turned out the rich had actually gotten richer under President Obama’s governance? Remember too that from 2007 through 2010

USDA Expands Subprime Loan Program In Western North Dakota

Western North Dakota has a housing shortage driving spiking prices. There’s no doubt that is creating headaches for those trying to find a place to lead, but are government-backed subprime loans really the answer? According to Jasper Schneider, the USDA’s Director of Rural Development here in North Dakota, they are. Why, they can even provide

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