Poor Pat Powers, stuck on the road, unable to post his usual cycle of weekend press releases from our Dear Leaders. How South Dakota suffers without its holy dose of GOP pablum!
Because I live to serve the blogosphere and our great state, let me take the pressure off Pat so he can take the pressure off that accelerator. Here are links to all of the big weekly columns you’ve been dying to read from our Congressional delegation and our Governor:
Representative Kristi Noem says master diplomats Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama have struck a “disturbing deal” with Iran. She says it is in America’s and Israel’s best interest for the United States to renege on the nuclear pact (read the whole thing here). The graphic one of her aides whipped up for her current front page reads “A Bad Iran Deal < No Deal,” indicating she offers to alternative other than the status quo of sanctions, isolation, and no talks. Doing nothing certainly suits her political temperament and intellectual skills.
- Senator John Thune says pretty much the same thing about the Iran nuclear deal. Just reread Kristi’s column in a deeper voice.
- Senator Mike Rounds gets off the Iran horse and instead beats up on the now five-year-old Dodd-Frank financial reforms. He blames Dodd-Frank for “limiting American growth and productivity” by ‘bog[ging] down our job creators with overly burdensome federal mandates.” Ah, job creators, those mythical superheroes of the American economy. How about some crumbs for the job doers, Mike?
- Governor Dennis Daugaard brags up his fourth budget surplus in a row one more time, then says we can build a broad, stable tax base by extracting sales tax from out-state online vendors. The Governor thanks our Congressional delegation for their attention to this issue, but that attention evidently hasn’t turned into action. Absent action, the Governor is still offering the most exciting discussion material, because he is once again forgetting that Republicans stand for small government and advocating a policy that would greatly expand government powers to assess taxation without representation. Yummy yummy!
There—all four SDGOP weekly columns in one nice, neat blog post, complete with bonus commentary and a more open comment section for more South Dakotans to weigh in.
Relax, Pat. I’ve got things covered… as usual.