Kristi Noem campaigned hamely on openness. Now that she occupies the Governor’s mansion, she wants closedness. Todd Epp finds that Governor Noem wants to spend $400,000 to build a fence around the Governor’s mansion:
According to a document found on the OpenSD website, the Office of the State Engineer on behalf of the state Bureau of Administration is requesting Statements of Interest from companies that would be willing to provide design services for the installation of a fence around the Governor’s mansion.
…The Statement of Interest goes on to note that due to the fast turnaround time a sealed cost proposal should be sent with the S-O-I. The budget for the project is 400-thousand dollars but may change [Todd Epp, “State Asking for Interest in Fencing S.D. Governor’s Mansion,” KELO Radio, 2019.05.28].
Hmm… a fence would not have obviated the only major law enforcement action I can recall at the Governor’s mansion. And why would Kristi need to spend $400,000 of our money on a fence when she can enjoy the total security of a couple $400 permitless pistols concealed under her belt?
But hey, Trumpism is all about fearful control freaks erecting useless barriers. Carry on, Kristi!
Related Bidding: Homewyse estimates the cost of installing 1,200 feet of wooden privacy fence (my rough estimate of a simple rectangle around the Governor’s mansion, leaving some nice green space out front where Keystone XL protestors may peaceably gather) between $23,000 and $37,000. Chain link fencing would be cheaper, between $17,000 and $27,000. HomeGuide.com says we could get a nice Trumpy steel fence for $50 per linear foot, or $60,000 for my proposed 1,200-foot Kristi barrier.