Dean! Dusty! How about fully funding the IRS?
KELO-TV offers a hopeful report about Democratic Minnesota Third District Congressman Dean Phillips coming to visit South Dakota with Republican South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson. Johnson evidently visited Phillips in Minnesota last summer, so Phillips returned the favor by coming over to pal around with Johnson and visit the Hutterites up by Flandreau, Prairie Aquatech and 3M in Brookings and a factory feedlot nearby, and then Mayor Paul TenHaken, the National Guard (because they don’t have that in Minnesota?), Raven Industries, and the usual business suspects in Sioux Falls.
KELO-TV’s Tom Hanson talks about the duo’s “exploring ways to cooperate” as members of the “Problem Solvers Caucus” and hands Mayor TenHaken the mic to let him platitudinalize about their exemplary common grounding:
Mayor Paul Ten Haken spent some time showing Phillips around Sioux Falls and says these two members of congress are setting an example.
“DC is not necessarily what you see on Twitter,” said Tenhaken. “So it’s nice to see this level of collegiality and collaboration does happen and honestly that’s what we want more of in our country. That’s what people are longing for, so to see it happen today on the local level is really fun” [Tom Hanson, “A Republican and a Democrat Find Common Ground,” KELO-TV, 2022.07.01].
But Hanson doesn’t report a single example of any problem Johnson, Phillips, and their caucus have solved. Johnson talks about all the industrial know-how he shows Phillips along I-29—
For me to be able to grab a member from the suburbs, show him what production agriculture looks like and all the kinds of high tech applications,” said Johnson. “I may be able to show Dean, SAB Biotheraputics, showing him Prairie Aqua Tech some of these solutions that are in birthed in rural America but that will transform the country, we need more people in DC who understand that” [Hanson, 2022.07.01].
—but those are free-market businesses, not government solutions that Congress has cooked up. (Well, actually, SAB Biotherapeutics is funded by the federal Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, receiving by SD GOED’s count over $45 million in government grants, contracts, and in-kind assistance since 2014, so maybe government is the problem solver.) Phillips and Johnson may have had a nice time together for a couple days, but KELO-TV’s report doesn’t tell us what practical cooperation has sprung or will spring from their collegiality.