Governor Kristi Noem’s signature policy initiative of this Session, her cribbing of the long-standing Democratic proposal to end South Dakota’s unusual and immoral tax on groceries, hangs in the balance, and where is the Governor?
Evidently not working the lobbies of the Capitol to get balky Republican legislators on board with this practical policy to leave more money in every South Dakotan’s pocket to buy basic necessities. No, this week, Kristi Noem is off feeding her basic necessity, celebrity, in Washington D.C. Yesterday she made a speech to the Trumpy America First Policy Institute in Washington:
And today she’s sharing lunch and covid hogwash with the Cato Institute, just a mile up the street from the White House she’s eying. She’s even so proud of that campaign trip and unashamed of her absence from Pierre that she advertises the Cato event in a state news release that tells us exactly when and where she’s speaking and how we can watch live:
Governor Kristi Noem will highlight South Dakota’s freedom-focused approach to health policy, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, at an event hosted by the Cato Institute on Thursday. The event is titled “Government and Healthcare – A Dangerous Policy Cocktail.” The event will be moderated by Cato senior fellow Dr. Jeffrey Singer.
The event will take place at 11:00 am ET on Thursday, February 16 at the Cato Institute – 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20001.
Governor Noem was the only Governor in America who never ordered a single business or church to close or even define which businesses were “essential” or “nonessential.” In August 2020, she was the only Governor to decline President Trump’s offer of extended unemployment benefits. As a result, South Dakota has consistently ranked at the top of the nation in a wide array of economic measures since the pandemic.
WHAT: Governor Noem to highlight South Dakota’s freedom-focused approach to health policy
WHEN: 11:00 am ET on Thursday, February 16
WHERE: Cato Institute – 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20001
LIVESTREAM: https://www.cato.org/events/government-health-care-dangerous-policy-cocktail [Office of the Governor, press release, 2023.02.15].
Notice that the Governor doesn’t give us a heads up on her in-state appearances where South Dakota press or protestors could show up to trick her into revealing her clueless duplicity. But now when she needs to assert her presence against the superior qualifications and style of the Nikki Haley Presidential campaign, Noem wants everyone to know where she’s playing at Presidentiality.
Rather than taking her 63% victory at the polls three months ago as a mandate to govern, Kristi Noem has instead taken her overwhelming mandate from South Dakotans as a signal that she can freely pursue her self-interest without any concern that the folks back home would hold her accountable. So South Dakotans probably won’t get the sales tax break Noem promised. But Kristi will get a chance to talk with all those Washington insiders she needs to convince that her posturing about TikTok and Chinese farm buyers make her a bigger foreign policy expert than Ambassador Haley.