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Democrats Note Rounds/Thune Opposition to Pandemic Relief and Economic Recovery

President Joe Biden is doing what he can to improve our physical and economic health. Wanting to make sure you know whom to thank for the impending economic boomlet and pandemic quelling, the Democratic National Committee is giving South Dakota’s economy a tiny little extra boost by including Sioux Falls in an ad campaign about the American Rescue Plan… and those Republicans who didn’t want to help:

DNC billboard celebrating American Rescue Plan, received by DFP 2021.03.15.
DNC billboard celebrating American Rescue Plan, received by DFP 2021.03.15.

I’m told this billboard will be up at 41st and Louise for just a week. The DNC has erected a similar billboard in Des Moines noting Senators Ernst’s and Grassley’s disapproval of economic stimulus and pandemic relief. See also Milwaukee, Miami….

Whew—at least Democrats are here to help.


  1. Donald Pay 2021-03-18 08:13

    Yesterday I notice I was $1,400 richer. Thanks Joe, Kamala and the Democrats. Hey, I’ll find a way to spend it. I’ve been staying ouf of stores, but thanks to Moderna and my health care provider, my immune system is now fully loaded making me less concerned about going into stores (fully masked, of course). I’ve got to buy my sweetie a birthday present. I desperately need new sneakers. My vehicle needs a few adjustments, an oil change and new tires. I’ll do my part to boost the economy. Being a conservative investor, I missed out on the Trump stock market bubble after the initial nosedive over the virus, so I look at the Biden money as a reparations for Trump’s incompetence.

  2. mike from iowa 2021-03-18 08:41

    Democrat’s plan to help stimulate the economy doesn’t depend on lies to the public about who receives the help, like certain Grudzilla approved windfalls for the wealthy and corporations (circa 2018).

  3. jake 2021-03-18 08:51

    For once, needy people, not corporations and wealthy , self-absorbed are getting the benefits.
    More to come, when we get the voting rights bill past an obstructive GOP Senate.
    Warnock’s maiden speech on Senate floor yesterday was superb and pointed.

  4. Loren 2021-03-18 09:08

    I can only assume that SD Republicans, who are so upset about this aid package busting the budget, will decline the money in protest just like they won’t wear masks or get vaccinated. It is interesting that these two bozos had no problem with the huge GQP tax cut blowing up the budget or passing free money to farmers after their guy got into the excise tax fiasco with China. Talk about two empty suit rubber stamps!

  5. Fast Eddy 2021-03-18 10:11

    I haven’t checked my account today but I plan to spend the whole amount in my local community. I’m going to invite friends to dine in a restaurant, now that we are getting vaccinated. I have an appliance that needs replacement and my home needs some repair. It’s safe to let repair people inside now. Actually I’ll probably spend more than what I received because of the leadership in getting people vaccinated. Then I’m going to write to my Republican representatives to let them know how I used my part of the stimulus. And I’ll make a point of mentioning how they did nothing for me or others like me.

  6. bearcreekbat 2021-03-18 11:28

    Loren may be right “that SD Republicans, who are so upset about this aid package busting the budget, will decline the money in protest.” After all, SD Republicans have consistently been uncaring enough about South Dakotans to deny our people millions of dollars in federal money for the Medicad expansion and the added care it would have made available for so many folks.

  7. cibvet 2021-03-18 12:17

    Republicans will give nothing back and in a couple of weeks the will whining that the democrats are short changing them because SD is a red state.

  8. Mark Anderson 2021-03-18 16:58

    Come on folks, the pubs love giving money away. Look at all the welfare money they gave your farmers after they destroyed their markets. You know North Dakota not only has all that oil, they get $3.75 from the feds for every dollar they send in, South Dakota only gets $1.25 for every dollar no wonder the Bison do so well. Nine of the first ten state are red on that index, so much for taker states The red states know how to rob the treasury and they still bitch about the Covid relief bill, amazing isnt it?

  9. mike from iowa 2021-03-18 17:14

    This is my very favorite ode to magat’s generosity to the very peoples that don’t need anymore largesse… Let Warren buffet refresh your memories.

    Warren Buffett’s multinational conglomerate, Berkshire Hathaway, made an extra $29 billion in 2017 thanks to the Republican tax bill, the billionaire investor said in his annual letter to shareholders released on Saturday. For reference, that’s nearly half of the conglomerate’s entire net gain last year.

    “A large portion of our gain did not come from anything we accomplished at Berkshire,” Buffett, 87, wrote. Of the $65 billion the company made last year, $36 billion was from its operations. The rest was thanks to the GOP tax cut, passed in December, which dropped the corporate income tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent.

    That the tax bill would make such an enormous difference for Berkshire Hathaway, which as of 2017 has $702 billion in total assets, is not a surprise: That is largely how it was designed. The bill is most beneficial to corporations, including Berkshire, and the wealthy, particularly the ultra-wealthy, such as Buffett, who according to Forbes has an estimated personal net worth of $86.9 billion.

    I could buy a new home for 29 billion. Maybe even two.

  10. Joe 2021-03-18 21:26

    I’ve told my Republican friends they sign their checks over to me, or (ideally) give the $$ to their local food bank. Crickets, so far.

  11. Eve Fisher 2021-03-19 11:02

    Meanwhile, Dusty Johnson voted against the Violence Against Women Act. I can hardly wait for his next newsletter explaining how it’s socialism or some such GOP talking point. Apparently, “Republicans have taken issue with several new or expanded measures in the bill, including the closure of the so-called “boyfriend loophole.” The closure of the loophole would extend the ban on abusers being allowed to own or buy a firearm.”

  12. leslie 2021-03-19 12:13

    HB 1115 GFP board membership, Lesmeister is speaking against Gosh and yet ANOTHER attempt to strip Democrats from every possible seat in local, state and federal government. See my argument in the current Rounds/Indian land thread. Bastards!

  13. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-03-19 18:17

    A pair of sneakers here, an oil change there… multiply taxpayers like Donald P by several million, and that starts adding up to percentage points of GDP and employment, which means more people making more income… and then paying more taxes…

    Hey, wouldn’t it be funny if Joe Biden’s stimulus plan ended up paying for itself, the way John and Mike and Kristi promised us Trump’s tax cuts would?

  14. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-03-19 18:21

    Fast Eddy, that’s an interesting idea, Writing to our congressman and itemizing for them exactly how we put those stimulus dollars to use. I’ll bet economists would love to see that information on a huge macro scale. But such information would also force our Congress people to look at the dollars they approved in a very concrete way, not as an abstract political argument with the Democrats but as actual things, actual choices made by actual people to live a little better.

  15. grudznick 2021-03-19 18:29

    grudznick is actually a bit surprised that his good friend Mr. Pay would not run the oil in his vehicle to the bitter end, and not have it dumped out and admit he needs to consume yet more oil for his ravenous driving needs.

    And new tires? Those things have another 10,000,000 Wisconsin miles on them easy. Don’t eat up more petrol for the manufacture of your new tires, Don, and then throw your old ones out in the swamp as “fish habitat.”

    You need oil. It is good to see you bald-if-not-shaggy-faced admit it.

  16. Bob Newland 2021-03-19 22:35

    Newland is surprised that grudznothing does not self-immolate in the glory of his self-appreciation at the nothingness of his comments, assuming that grudz is a male.

  17. grudznick 2021-03-20 08:14

    I’m your boogie man.
    That’s what I am.

  18. Fast Eddy 2021-03-20 10:15

    Cory, I think as constituents most of us are remiss in communicating with our representatives. I often wonder just who are they listening to and who are they hearing from. When I send a message I eventually receive a message thanking me for my comments and then tell me about all they things they are doing in Congress… not related to my message. They never respond directly to my comments. What I do know is that they often vote contrary to my values and morality. It’s like buying a failed product in a store… if you don’t complain, they don’t know you’re dissatisfied. So everyone should make it a point to communicate regularly with their representative. Tell them how their decisions affect us. Don’t leave the donors to have all the input. BTW, the last letter from Dusty really annoyed me… it was about his support of the 2nd Amendment and his opposition to a bill to create a firearm registry. I don’t know the bill but will take a few moments to look it up before replying. He needs to hear from me.

  19. leslie 2021-03-21 16:19

    F*cking Republicans’ Saturday night special bed-partners w/NRA have hid behind gun violence statistical evidence for decades. Now it is coming out.

    Rember Trump and Noem hiding statistical evidence during the pandemic? Smithfield etc!!!

    Birds of a feather. Criminals. No moral compass.

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