Last summer, after Governor Kristi Noem pimped out South Dakota National Guard troops to a Tennessee billionaire to go play soldier at the Texas border, I suggested anybody with cash could petition the Governor to rent out the Guards for snow-shoveling, vacation-chauffering, and other personal and recreational projects.
My sharp-eyed readers noticed a notice on page B7 of Thursday’s Rapid City Journal that indicates the Guard is already being pimped out for another of Noem’s personal projects. On top of the $2.5 million in “emergency” cash that Game Fish & Parks is soliciting from the Legislature to build Governor Noem’s $12 million (hey—it was just $9.9M last summer) Rapid City shooting range, the state now wants to deploy the National Guard to build this recreational facility:
Are we really so short on workers that we have to deploy the National Guard to build a playground for gun owners? If our soldiers really don’t have enough military operations and disaster response to keep them busy, might we not want to deploy that uniformed labor on more pressing public projects, like repairing roads and bridges, or substitute teaching, or providing triage and support at our busy hospitals?
And we have to wonder: what rich gun maker or seller is going to write the check for this Guard deployment? Or will taxpayers foot the bill for this labor subsidy to the gun industry?
If you have questions or concerns about deploying the National Guard to build Rapid City’s next great tourist trap-shoot, GF&P’s shooting range expert John Kanta invites you to call 605-716-1781… but if you don’t do so no later than January 28, or GF&P will assume you think this Guard deployment is hunky-dory.