You know who should run for Legislature? Brad Johnson. The Watertown businessman and columnist, whose services Governor Kristi Noem decided were no longer needed on the Board of Water and Natural Resources earlier this year, would be just the right guy to go back to Pierre and educate legislators. Consider his apt critique of Speaker Steven Haugaard’s (R-10/Sioux Falls) rigid opposition to funding or even studying public preschool:
Haugaard, a Sioux Falls attorney, said the primary reason the council wasn’t formed is because if it did not exist, it couldn’t produce a report suggesting the state help fund preschool. Consequently, the Legislature wouldn’t have to talk about possibly creating and funding preschool.
That’s like deciding not to create a Flood Advisory Task Force because it would tell the Legislature that it is going to flood next spring. Consequently, the state would not have to budget to repair damaged roads and other infrastructure.
If we remain ignorant of a problem, then there is no problem, so Haugaard’s thought seems to go [Brad Johnson, “When It Comes to Funding Preschools, Ignorance Is Bliss,” Aberdeen American News, 2019.09.28].
As The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy instructs, if you can’t see a problem, the problem can’t eat you. Keep that towel wrapped around your head, Speaker Haugaard!