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Smith: Repeal the KRISTI Tax!

Democratic candidate for governor Jamie Smith notes that his opponent has brought South Dakotans one new tax—a KRISTI Tax:

Jamie Smith, tweet, 2022.10.18.
Jamie Smith, tweet, 2022.10.18.

Fireworks fuss, nepotism, Amendment A litigation, new mansion fence, air travel… other Smith followers are quick to point out additional Kristi costs, like her sauna and rugs, her private video studio and make-up kit, her National Guard border photo opps, and her unnecessary redo of the K-12 social studies curriculum standards revision. And don’t forget her other courtroom losses for her failure to understand the Constitution.

Maybe we don’t have to find new things to tax to make up the revenue we would lose if we repealed the sales tax on food. Maybe we just need to elect Jamie Smith Governor to stop Kristi Noem’s spending spree.


  1. All Mammal 2022-10-19 12:32

    I don’t mind paying taxes for the good of all. It chaps my hide to bank roll lavish lifestyles for bums and to build murder weapons. An itemized list of every dime shouldn’t be too much for tax payers to ask for.

  2. Mark Anderson 2022-10-19 13:43

    All mammal. Republican’s love everyone who pays taxes, so they don’t have too.

  3. John 2022-10-19 13:53

    Don’t forget the Kristi death tax!!
    OF course the “replacement theory” nonsense came from the 1930s anti-immigrant and anti-Jew rhetoric from both sides of the Atlantic. Though the bogus theory is condemned and discredited . . . what Kristi and her anti-public health, anti-mask fools have done is to increase the COVID death rates in red states over those in blue states.

    Now the CDC and Washington Post report that US Black death rates from COVID have fallen below those of US White folks. Modern self-realizing replacement theory? “After delta’s peak in September 2021, the racial differences in covid deaths started eroding. The Post analysis found that Black deaths declined, while White deaths never eased, increasing slowly but steadily, until the mortality gap flipped. From the end of October through the end of December, White people died at a higher rate than Black people did, The Post found.”

    “When the coronavirus appeared in the United States, it did what airborne viruses do — latched onto cells in people’s respiratory tract, evaded innate immune responses and multiplied. The pathogen, free of politics or ideology, had a diverse reservoir of hosts and found fertile pathways for growth in the inequalities born from centuries of racial animus and class resentments.

    Unequal exposure, unequal spread, unequal vulnerability and unequal treatment concentrated harm in communities that needed protection the most yet had the least. Cumulatively, Black, Latino and Native American people are 60 percent more likely to die of covid.

    But as the pandemic progressed, the damage done by the virus broadened, and the toxicity of modern-day politics came to the fore.
    People line up outside a hospital to get tested for the coronavirus March 24, 2020, in New York. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

    The Post analysis revealed the changing pattern in covid deaths. At the start of the pandemic, Black people were more than three times as likely to die of covid as their White peers. But as 2020 progressed, the death rates narrowed — but not because fewer Black people were dying. White people began dying at increasingly unimaginable numbers, too, the Post analysis found.

    In summer 2021, the nation saw some of the pandemic’s lowest death rates, as vaccines, shoring up the body’s immune response, became widely available.

    Then came the delta variant. The virus mutated, able to spread among the vaccinated. As it did, an erosion of trust in government and in medicine — in any institution, really — slowed vaccination rates, stymieing the protection afforded by vaccines against severe illness and death.

    After delta’s peak in September 2021, the racial differences in covid deaths started eroding. The Post analysis found that Black deaths declined, while White deaths never eased, increasing slowly but steadily, until the mortality gap flipped. From the end of October through the end of December, White people died at a higher rate than Black people did, The Post found.

    “[Black death rates from COVID] remained lower except for a stretch in winter 2021-2022, when the omicron variant rampaged. The Black death rate jumped above White people’s when the spike in cases and deaths overwhelmed providers in the Northeast, resulting in a bottleneck of testing and treatment.

    When the surge subsided, the Black death rate once again dropped below the White rate.

    “Usually, when we say a health disparity is disappearing, what we mean is that … the worse-off group is getting better,” said Tasleem Padamsee, an assistant professor at Ohio State University who researched vaccine use and was a member of the Ohio Department of Health’s work group on health equity. “We don’t usually mean that the group that had a systematic advantage got worse.”

    That’s exactly what happened as the White death rate surpassed that for Black people, even though Black Americans routinely confront stress so corrosive it causes them to age quicker, become sicker and die younger.” – paywall,

  4. mike from iowa 2022-10-19 14:52

    Don’t forget the What-a-Burger photo op tax with SD Nation al Guard in Texas. Probably cost a pretty penny to abort Killer Ravnsborg, too.

  5. Arlo Blundt 2022-10-19 15:22

    Well…there is no doubt Governor Noem is “high Maintenance”..which is pretty unusual for South Dakota Governors who have resisted living like royalty.

  6. P. Aitch 2022-10-19 16:48

    If your state doesn’t pay taxes on those things your Governor listed, then who pays for the things those taxes in my state pays for? #GreatPlainsWelfareState

  7. jkl 2022-10-19 17:19

    And don’t forget her snazzy desk with secret compartment for her piece, and that snazzy @tv studio” so we can see her cuteness on FOCKS tv. Just a reminder she should hide her hideous hands.

  8. Bonnie B Fairbank 2022-10-19 18:00

    Bless Jamie Smith. He speaks the “inconvenient truth” to idiotic SD voters. My “personal property taxes” are more than $3,000 annually on an acre of land in Fall River County. The acre has, alas, a single family dwelling upon it in which I live.

  9. All Mammal 2022-10-19 18:13

    Just a reminder about tomorrow

    SOUTH DAKOTA(SDPB)- South Dakota Public Broadcasting announced today that it is hosting a series of debates and political forums in the lead-up to the 2022 elections. All programs will be broadcast live on SDPB1-TV, and streamed live on and the SDnet app. The programs will repeat on SDPB Radio the following weekday at noon Central, 11:00 a.m. Mountain. Jackie Hendry will serve as host and debate moderator.

    The candidates for South Dakota’s at-large member of the U.S. House will meet in a debate Thursday, Oct. 20 at 8:00 p.m. Central Time. Candidates for office include incumbent Dusty Johnson (R) and Collin Duprel (L).

    My good friend went to high school with Mr. Duprel. She speaks very highly of him. I am sure he will do a great job debating Mr. Johnson. Break a leg, Mr. Duprel.
    I’m actually really excited to vote for a Libertarian, especially one we get to punt down to DC to rep SoDak. Our state could use a new ambassador and can’t get any fresher than Collin’s baby face. We’ll see if his ideas are in line with his image tomorrow night.

  10. Jenny 2022-10-19 20:56

    This should be cleverly put in a commercial – The Kristi Noem High Maintenance Tax. If only Smith had the money.

  11. Guy 2022-10-19 21:44

    Jenny, I like your thinking! LOL!!! (Because, it’s SO TRUE) LOL!!!

  12. Bob Newland 2022-10-19 21:44

    I have spent some time becoming acquainted with Collin Duprel over the past couple of years. He is, indeed, the sort of thoughtful and educated person we need influencing the US House. I am confident that his presence there would be noticed favorably by pundits who notice such things favorably. That’s an attempt at favorable humor.

    How can you go wrong voting for a thoughtful educated person opposed to a baby-faced babbler who has yet to produce a thoughtful, educated statement or legal proposal in his term in Congress.

    I am personally opposed to a grown man who calls hisself “Dusty” and wants us to take him seriously. I whack my own face for babyface-shaming and dusty-shaming. I can’t help it, because he seems so badly to want to fit the image produced.

  13. Guy 2022-10-19 21:46

    I voted for Colling Duprel. I sure as hell was not going to vote for Dusty Johnson. …And the pundits all said the U.S. House Race was “uncontested”? No, the Attorney General Race is truly uncontested. You have a choice in the U.S. House Race and I chose Collin.

  14. grudznick 2022-10-19 21:56

    Thanks, Bob, for the self-face-whacking. You deserved it, but don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re almost as beardless as Dusty yourownself.

  15. ABC 2022-10-21 01:37

    Vote Duprel!

    Dustin should use his real name, not a fake Jes Us Folks fake name! Dusty? Then use more soap to sash yourself!

    Speaking of which, Dakota South voters and people who believe in innovating 730 days out of 730 days (not waiting for November’s every 2 years), hey, we can surely do much much better than our sluggard SD government? Remember every day, you are Governor of your destiny, not elected officials.

  16. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-10-21 06:33

    Dusty is as entitled to assert his own name (and pronouns!) as much as anyone else.

  17. Donald Pay 2022-10-21 08:22

    About names, Shakespeare’s Juliet gives you all you need to know about that matter, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.”

    Of course, “Romeo” was not the problem for Juliet. It was the surname, but underlying that was the hate and the failure to put it aside and get on with living. For me the problem with “Dusty” is the policy and the failure to put aside the hate.

  18. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-10-22 07:25

    Kristi’s death tax—the loss of life and economic productivity from all the unnecessary covid deaths promoted here and abroad by her reckless posturing and denial of science and public health. How many more people would be alive today in South Dakota, living and working and producing tax revenue, if Kristi hadn’t abandoned the glimmers of sensible caution at the beginning of the pandemic?

    Sure, a lot of the people she killed were old folks living in nursing homes, so those folks weren’t adding to GDP by their labor, but they were certainly consuming and contributing sales tax to the economy.

  19. M 2022-10-23 08:00

    Well said Cory. Those in nursing homes are the greatest generation who helped to build this state and many factors were involved in many deaths. In this area, the nursing home shut down along with the other 10% of nursing homes in the last 4 years and they will continue to shut down because of Noem’s lack of respect for our elders and those in need. I watched a program on SDPB about closures that tore families apart and damaged the economy of communities. With a small-town hospital here and no beds for covid, everyone was sent 100 miles or further and very few returned alive. there is no Medicaid to help rural hospitals expand, let alone stay open. Satellite clinics are also closing in rural areas, along with ambulance services.

    There should be editorials in every newspaper across the state about Kristi’s Death Tax. I can’t believe all these old people here are going to vote for her when she’s killing us off.

    I would rate S.D. the worst place to retire.

  20. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-10-23 08:17

    M, is the market failing to provide viable solutions for long-term care? Is it time for government to take over that function?

  21. Marie 2022-10-23 11:55

    It seems to me that Jamie Smith understates the Kristi Tax by millions of dollars.
    Let’s talk about the meanness of Gov. Noem’s “lost wealth tax” on South Dakotans in need of jobs, housing and food
    as she declined generous federal taxpayer Covid assistance for them.

    Over the past few years, Gov. Noem didn’t have to look for new things to tax as she accepted millions of dollars—or was it a billion dollars—
    of federal taxpayer Covid largesse to present surplus budgets, deliver services, and increase state reserves.
    But at the same time, Gov. Noem brashly declined millions of dollars of federal Covid help for South Dakotans in need of jobs, housing, and food
    as she spun her national profile “We don’t need it” yarn.

    In 2020, Noem was the only governor to refuse millions in initial federal Covid supplementary unemployment benefits for thousands SD’s Covid jobless.
    In 2021 she doubled down again and refused extended supplementary federal jobless benefits for out of work South Dakotans.

    In 2021 Gov. Noem spent only a small portion of the federal Covid housing assistance, and in 2022 returned most of the allocation
    to the federal government.

    In June 2021, well before SD’s Covid cases peaked in January 2022, Gov. Noem lifted South Dakota’s Covid Emergency Declaration,
    ending millions of federal supplemental SNAP benefits available through 2022 for South Dakotans in need of food.

    South Dakotans—especially those most in need—will be paying Gov. Noem’s “lost wealth tax” for a long time.

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