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Bismarck Tribune Publisher: Let Oil Vote PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   
Friday, 07 December 2012 13:43

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This week someone pointed out an op-ed piece in the latest issue of the "Bakken Breakout" monthly Bismarck Tribune insert. (I'd tell who pointed it out to me, but I'm not sure whether he'd want me to implicate him.) It's a piece by Tribune publisher Brian Kroshus, and it borders on hilarious. Kroshus starts out by outlining flaws he perceives in the electoral college system.  He writes this:

Arguments against the college include the belief that it gives outsized representation to residents of less populated states like North Dakota, despite its significant present day contribution as an energy rich state, something not in the minds of our nations' [sic] forefathers. There also exists the chance that even if a candidate wins the majority of the popular vote, they may still not be made president as was the case in 2000 when George W. Bush defeated Al Gore, despite losing the popular vote.

Other potential flaws of the system are that the presidency can be decided by only a handful of states toward the end, and as a result, campaign strategies are adjusted accordingly..

Bakken Breakdown, p. 5 (November 2012)

So what do you suppose is Kroshus' proposal for solving the problem?  Here's what he wrote (and I'm not kidding):

During a time when our country is in serious need of economic development, it's critical that government paves the way for innovation and expansion rather than suppressing it, particularly when it comes to oil production. That approach will not only create jobs, but ensure that America can reduce and eventually eliminate its dependence on foreign oil supplies. Based on the previous four years, that in itself could prove to be a tall order, but the case is sure to be made to those in power as it has in the past.

While the Electoral College will almost assuredly be around for years to come, one has to wonder what the outcome of the Presidential Election would be like if it were based on states' present day contribution to the national economy. Even our Founding Fathers would have had a difficult time getting their arms around that.

Bakken Breakdown, p. 7 (November 2012)

You know why our Founding Fathers would have had a hard time wrapping their arms around your idea, Kroshus? Because it's freakin' insane.  

Land doesn't vote. Buildings don't vote. "Contribution to the national economy" doesn't vote. And oil doesn't vote. No matter how much the Tribune whores itself out to the oil industry, oil will never be able to vote.

I'm convinced Brian Kroshus was drunk when he wrote this; not with beer, wine or other alcoholic beverage. Brian Kroshus was oil money drunk. Just take a look through the November edition of the "Bakken Breakout" newspaper magazine.  It's 96 pages long. These pages are 100% advertising:  2, 3, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 31, 32, 33, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 48, 49, 52, 56, 60, 64, 67, 68, 71, 74, 77, 80, 81, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 91, 94, 95, 96.  These pages are 50% advertising:  46, 47, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, 63, 69, 73, 76, 79, 83,  So fifty-one (51) full pages of this ninety-six (96) page newspaper insert are made up of advertising.  That's 53% advertising.  I'd like to know how much a full-page ad in that insert costs.  It can't possibly be cheap.  

The reason Bismarckians are so horribly uninformed about all the crime, the school overcrowding, the horrible condition of roads and bridges, the pollution, the oppressive rent hikes, human trafficking, waste, fraud, abuse and all the other problems in the Bakken is that the Bismarck Tribune's publisher is oil money drunk. He's so drunk he apparently thinks oil should vote.

Remember, too, that the Bismarck Tribune has been operating without an Editor in Chief for over a year. So Kroshus really is calling all the shots.  (Not that he wouldn't be if there were an editor.)

If you've been wondering why the Tribune is such a oil company, chamber of communism cesspool -- printing oil company press releases as if they were news -- now you know at least one of the reasons why; it's being run by an oil drunkard.

[UPDATE:  Brenden makes a great point in a comment.  If you assume Wikipedia's info is correct (click here), North Dakota produced 0.23% of the US gross domestic product in 2010.  That's 50th place, out of 51.  So North Dakota would lose two of its electoral votes if states voted based upon their percentage of GDP.  See what happens when the publisher of your capitol city's only newspaper gets drunk on oil? He starts giving away your electoral votes.]

Comments (4)add comment

Brenden said:

1 vote?
In 2010, North Dakota's gross state product was $33.4 billion. That's 0.23% of national GDP. There are 538 votes in the Electoral College.

So if math and Wikipedia serve me right, North Dakota would get 1 electoral vote instead of 3. California would gain 17 votes, and New York would get an extra 12.

I don't think that worked out like he hoped.
December 07, 2012
Votes: +5

big jake said:

A serious set of questions.

1. Is this nuts?

2. Can he or anybody else believe this crap?

3. Is he just not to bright or in other words, a dumb ass?

4. He he volunteered to be the official spokes man for the Chamber or the fascist wing of the Republican party?

5. Has he any concept of freedom of the press and/or free speech or has he ever had one?

I doubt that this type can be shamed into admitting what they are doing and the ultimate harm that they and their ilk are doing to the very essence of our form of government. The time for shame is over. The time has come to stand up for what liberty really means.

If our press is owned and controlled by money interests; if our elections are in the hands of the same money interests, what kind of country will we be in a very short time?
December 08, 2012
Votes: +2

nimrodent said:

Brenden's response: priceless!
December 10, 2012
Votes: +0

John Irby said:

Black Gold ... Texas Tea
Again, we agree!
December 12, 2012
Votes: +0

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