Meanwhile, according to estimates received by the Legislature’s Executive Board yesterday, South Dakota government is receiving $1.816 billion in coronavirus assistance from the federal government. South Dakota small businesses have been approved for $1.370 billion in forgivable loans in the first round of the Paycheck Protection Program and $1.641 billion in the second round. Add all of the government aid poured into South Dakota’s public and private sectors to cushion the blow of coronavirus, and we are receiving $5.543 billion from freedom-preserving cash from the biggest government in the world.
For perspective, our state’s total gross domestic product last year was $53.306 billion. The government assistance we’ve received in less than three months for coronavirus and recession relief equals more than a tenth of last year’s total economic activity.
Freedom isn’t keeping paychecks in workers’ pockets through this pandemic. More government is.
Kristi isn’t making her little speech about freedom to rational policymakers. As she has all her life, when feds come with checks, she holds out her hand and tells the government, more, yes, more! She’s just offering more fluff to the drooling hordes who want a liberty poster-girl, not a serious discussion of how government necessarily underpins all of our aspirations for greater liberty and justice for all, especially in times of pandemic and other crises that break the fragile free market.