Governor Kristi Noem said two really funny things in one day. On Twitter yesterday, she said, “It’s remarkable how quickly Democrats have embraced socialism…. We need to educate our kids on how socialism destroys lives, how it is contrary to American values.”
This from a woman whose entire family has since the 1990s embraced over four million dollars of socialism in the form of farm subsidies, whose husband provides for the family by selling government-subsidized crop insurance, and whose primary income for the last decade has consisted of government checks.
Yesterday, Governor Noem also released the 34th Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for South Dakota, which she introduces by bragging, “While most states were cutting budgets or relying on accounting gimmicks to close out their fiscal year, South Dakota ended the year with a $19.1 million surplus.” We must not forget that the FY2020 surplus and the current surplus come from the great infusion of socialist cash from Uncle Sam that has sustained our economy through the coronavirus recession and the direct state aid for coronavirus relief that Noem wants to launder into positive budget numbers and purchases of a new plane and a rodeo barn.
And when you read down into the 34th CAFR, you’ll see on page 24 that in FY2020, South Dakota state government got 42.2% of its revenues with state taxes but 42.7% of its revenues from “federal grants and contributions.”
Socialism? Budget gimmicks? We’re on it!