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Letter: Burgum and Trump are unsuitable for America – InForum

Letter: Burgum and Trump are unsuitable for America – InForum

The latest letters express very different views: Gary Emineth recommends Doug Burgum for vice president, and Lynda Day says the governor is unfit for elected office. Emineth points to Burgum’s business experience and his connections to the oil industry. Day describes Burgum’s admiring embrace of Trump as a disqualifying error of judgment. A moral failure.

Day provided a comprehensive list of the costly impacts of the Trump administration. It’s so important to remember, but so easy to forget – as Burgum conveniently did with regard to his home state.

Doesn’t Burgum remember how the former president’s Chinese tariffs hurt North Dakota farmers? China responded to Trump’s tariffs by ending American agricultural imports – causing agricultural exports to fall 53% from 2017 to 2018. To cover up his mistake, Trump increased payments to farmers, which were under $20 billion in Trump’s first two years in office but rose to nearly $50 billion in 2020. While farmers deserved compensation for Trump’s foolhardy policies, that money came out of the pockets of all Americans, who were already paying an estimated $800 in higher prices due to the tariffs.

Trump is proposing higher tariffs for a second term. And Burgum agrees with that?

Trump also plans to deport 15 to 20 million undocumented people. In the recent debate, he refused to answer whether that includes “those who have jobs, those whose spouses are citizens, or those who have lived here for decades.” Has Burgum not considered the impact this proposal will have on agriculture in the Midwest? Aside from the impact on families, the question is, how are we going to replace that workforce?

Trump simply doesn’t think about the consequences of his words.

Emineth is right about Burgum’s ties to the oil industry – ties that will likely influence Burgum’s upcoming decision on property rights vs. carbon storage. Will he side with oil money or with the people of rural North Dakota?

I’m with Day. Burgum and Trump are unfit for America… and certainly the wrong choice for North Dakota’s economy.

Bruce Anderson is a Fargo native and lives in St. Cloud, Minnesota.