Rapid City Journal columnist says that we can see effects Obamacare will have by looking at reservations.

From the Rapid City Journal:

News that the Congressional Budget Office projects the Affordable Care Act will lead to nearly three million people “choosing” not to work bears a taint of the awfully familiar. Lakota people have been accused of choosing not to work for generations. This libel has hardened to whispered but received wisdom in every white border town dependent on Native American customers for the survival of their businesses.

The effects of 100 years of federal diktat to bleach the red out of the Indian through 40-acres-and-a-mule and boarding school policies cannot be overstated. More general misguided welfare policies incentivizing single parent motherhood furthered cultural disintegration. Today, the rebuilding slowly proceeds apace.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, word comes that free health care will result in “funemployment.” Because health care will be free, not working will be fun. Not sure what’s in their birthday punch, but I’ll have what they’re having.

If the reservation experience these past 130 years teaches anything, it is that joblessness spreads pernicious self-perceptions of inadequacy, hopelessness and despair. Work, any honest work, bestows clear-eyed dignity.

Read it here.

Obamacare will lead to ‘funemployment’? Only the bureaucrats in Washington think so. I think the columnist sums it up well when he noted “joblessness spreads pernicious self-perceptions of inadequacy, hopelessness and despair.”

National GOP to raise funds for Mike Rounds in US Senate Race

From the Washington Examiner:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., NRSC Chairman Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., will be among the bold-face names soliciting checks for Rounds on the evening of Feb. 25 at NRSC headquarters, according to an invitation obtained by the Washington Examiner.

Also slated to attend are Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Richard Burr, R-N.C., Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Roger Wicker, R-Miss.

Rounds is considered the frontrunner among five Republicans competing for the party’s nomination in South Dakota, and outright support from the NRSC will no doubt boost his standing further. His fundraising to date has been robust, and he finished the year with roughly $1.15 million.

Read it all here.

What do you think? Is the NRSC calling the race early?

Billionare greenie going after Rounds in ad buy

In Environment & Energy magazine, comes an article where a billionaire greenie announces he’s going on the attack against Mike Rounds using a super-pac to try to derail his campaign, and put a liberal in the office:

Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer yesterday asked his allies in the fight against Keystone XL to choose which of five senators or aspiring senators his political action committee should target with a TV ad blasting the oil sands crude pipeline.

Steyer’s PAC, NextGen Climate Action, launched a website that spotlights pro-KXL statements from Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) as well as Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and former Gov. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), all of them Senate hopefuls. A spokesman for the hedge fund magnate-turned-environmentalist, Mike Casey, declined to say how large the advertising buy aimed at the “winner” would be but promised a notable investment.

Read it here.

Pressler tries with a little help from his friends. And recieves 1 donation.

From KELOland:

Pressler Taps Support From Friends In Both Parties

A lifelong Democrat who lost to former Republican U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler nearly a quarter century ago is working to help Pressler get his old job back.

USD Foundation president emeritus Ted Muenster has been circulating petitions in Vermillion this week to get Pressler on the 2014 ballot.

Read it here.

Larry must not have many friends, since after his announcement, he received 1 donation:

Pressler also received a $2,600 contribution from a retired Washington physician, leaving him with $27,600 on hand at the end of the year.

Read that here.

Argus: Noem raises bulk of funds from South Dakota, Unclear if Robinson will be opponent

The Argus Leader was trumpeting Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s fundraising acumen today, noting that she raised over $206,000 from South Dakotans, but wasn’t so bullish on her opponent:

Rep. Kristi Noem raised almost $300,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013 and had about $845,000 in her campaign account to start the year, according to campaign finance reports.

and…

But the Republican incumbent also raised plenty of money in donations from the public, including South Dakota residents. Individual contributions during the period were just over $206,000, according to data from the Federal Election Commission.

and…

Robinson, a Rapid City native, raised almost $24,000, including about $7,100 she gave to her own campaign. Records showed she also loaned her campaign $20,000. Still, it remains unclear if she will be the Democratic candidate to face off against Noem in November.

Read it here.

With her opponent Corinna Robinson raising even less than some State Legislative candidates did during a similar period of time, it remains to be seen if she’s going to make it through to the fall campaign.

Noem Announces Field to Fork Tour, Stopping in Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen

Noem Announces Field to Fork Tour, Stopping in Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen

Kristi NoemWashington, D.C. – Rep. Kristi Noem today announced her Field to Fork Tour where she will meet with producers, consumers and others to discuss the newly passed Farm Bill, which President Obama is expected to sign on Friday.  Stopping in Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen, Rep. Noem will talk with South Dakotans about provisions important to the state as well as the impact the legislation has on every American on a day-to-day basis.

Rep. Noem was the first House member from South Dakota to be appointed as a member of the Farm Bill conference committee, which negotiates the legislation, in nearly 20 years.  As a Conferee, Rep. Noem fought for a strong and retroactive livestock disaster assistance program, a smart crop insurance program, support for pine beetle mitigation efforts, and much more.

 #FieldToFork Tour Schedule

WHAT:  Meet-and-Greet with Local Producers
WHEN:  Friday, February 7 at 10:30AM (MT)
LOCATION: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Room 205 located upstairs in the west hallway (444 N. Mt. Rushmore Road, Rapid City, SD)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Rep. Noem will offer a brief update to producers on programs important to them in the Farm Bill.  While media is invited to attend the full event, a media availability will be held around 11:15AM.

WHAT:  Rep. Noem to Attend the Stock Show
WHEN:  Friday, February 7 at 11:45AM (MT)
LOCATION:  Rushmore Plaza Civic Center (444 N. Mt. Rushmore Road, Rapid City, SD)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Rep. Noem will walk through the Stock Show, visiting with constituents and stopping by various booths.

WHAT:  Meet-and-Greet to discuss the Farm Bill’s Forestry Title
WHEN:  Friday, February 7 at 1:00PM (MT)
LOCATION:  Forest Service Mystic Ranger Station (8221 South Highway 16, Rapid City, SD)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Rep. Noem will offer a brief update to local forestry officials and industry stakeholders on programs important to them in the Farm Bill.

WHAT:  Sioux Falls Field to Fork Rally
WHEN:  Saturday, February 8 at 11:00AM (CT)
LOCATION:  Empire HyVee (4101 South Louise Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Rep. Noem will speak with consumers about the Farm Bill’s impact on their grocery bills and the food they feed their family.  While media is invited to attend the full event, a media availability will be held around 11:30AM.

WHAT:  Aberdeen Field to Fork Rally
WHEN:  Monday, February 10 at 12:30PM (CT)
LOCATION:  TBD, Aberdeen, SD

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Rep. Noem will speak with consumers about the Farm Bill’s impact on their grocery bills and the food they feed their family.  While media is attended to attend the full event, a media availability will be held around 1:00PM.

Lora Hubbel: Tithing Member of local church and didn’t see that check to the Rancher’s fund.

Lora Hubbel is back, running for Governor. And she has her campaign literature out.

Hubbel Brochure

“Tithing Member of local church.” I don’t think I’ve ever used the last one on any campaign brochure before, but Lora is anything but traditional.

As a campaign gimmick, Lora Hubbel is promising 10% of all donations to go the Rancher’s relief fund. However, when I look at her campaign finance report (posted here), I didn’t note any expense or expenditure where she sent $703 of the $7030 she raised for her campaign to the Rancher’s relief fund.

Do you think that’s coming on the next report?

I won’t go into how over the top verbose and awful the brochure is, you can see it for yourself.

Forbes: Democrats war on Minimum wage is income redistribution and punishing business owners

From Forbes Magazine, comes some cold hard facts on the minimum wage. It’s not about improving the lot of fast food workers. It’s purely wage distribution, and the punishment of business owners:

First, people should acknowledge that this rather heated policy discussion is over a very small group of people.

and..

….minimum wage earners are not a uniformly poor and struggling group; many are teenagers from middle class families and many more are sharing the burden of providing for their families, not carrying the load all by themselves.

This group of workers is also shrinking.

and..

These numbers reveal not just the selective statistics employed by the proponents of raising the minimum wage, but also that the debate has little to do with helping the poor. Instead, this is really a debate about income redistribution. Raising the minimum wage is actually just an attempt by liberals to punish a subset of business owners by redistributing a share of their supposed wealth to their employees. It is just another attempt at class warfare. Unfortunately, in many cases (including restaurants), the minimum wage increase results in price increases paid by the customers; customers who may be no richer than the workers whose pay increase they are being forced to fund.

Read it all here.

“Raising the minimum wage is actually just an attempt by liberals to punish a subset of business owners by redistributing a share of their supposed wealth to their employees. It is just another attempt at class warfare.”  

And in South Dakota, it comes courtesy of the South Dakota Democratic Party.

Washington Post gives good review of Lauck book. Makes the case for Midwestern history to be American history.

The Washington Post reviewed Jon Lauck’s book making the case for a revival of Midwestern History, and had nice things to say about it, making the case for major media to consider us far more than just  a place to write anecdotal stories about:

Ultimately, these Midwestern teachers and researchers were in revolt against an American history “focused solely on the East, elites, and formal politics and diplomacy.” They felt, quite rightly, that the Ivy League establishment largely ignored “the actualities of common life.” Alas, matters didn’t improve after World War II: “Eastern liberals saw the rural Midwest as the home of McCarthyism, ‘ignorant biblical literalists, rednecks, and crypto anti-Semites,’ fascist and authoritarian undercurrents, and the generally darker aspects of democratic life.” Later on, post-1960s academics, with a leftist urban orientation, further turned away from agrarian and small-town studies to the far sexier task of undermining “the dominant narrative” of American history, demythologizing the ascendant class and directing new attention to the marginalized and forgotten. As Lauck writes, their revolutionary counter-narratives have, ironically, now become the main story in American history.

and…

In brief compass, Lauck lays out the case for the Midwest’s importance to the broader course of American history. He shows, for instance, how the region played a central role “by helping spark the American Revolution, stabilizing the young American republic, making it economically strong, giving it an agricultural heartland, and helping the North win the Civil War.” Win the Civil War? Lauck presents the data: “Indiana sent 57 percent of its military-aged men to join the Union army and ranked first in the contribution of soldiers. Illinois ranked second, Ohio fourth, Iowa fifth, Michigan sixth, and Wisconsin seventh, all ahead of older eastern states such as New York.” Lincoln, Grant, Sherman and Sheridan were all Midwesterners.

Read it all here.

Curtis Strong previews what his time as governor would look like. Not in a good way.

Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Curtis Strong is apparently previewing how he would govern in daily diatribes to legislators.

Or crazy person e-mails, depending on your point of view.

Today’s? He tells us that “A parent with a drug habit is glad that their child has the public school system to keep them busy,” and Senate Bill 131 is “Unconstitutional and anyone promoting it is committing treason and should be prosecuted.”

From: Curtis Strong
Date: February 6, 2014 at 6:45:12 AM CST
To: Rep Wick , “rep.bartling@state.sd.us” , “rep.bettyolson@state.sd.us” , “rep.bolin@state.sd.us” , “rep.cammack@state.sd.us” , (etcetera, and so on)

Subject: Truancy and Government Tyranny SB 131

SB 131-What is the purpose? Is it to insure the quality of our children’s education or is it to insure what our children are educated with. Why would this bill need to even exist? Is it to control bad parents or is it to control what is put into the minds of our children. Anyone who has half a brain would conclude that homeschool parents care about their children’s education. A parent with a drug habit is glad that their child has the public school system to keep them busy. This bill is nothing more than trying to control what children are taught to make sure that the children are not taught the true history of this country. This all goes back to the implementation of common core and Agenda 21 and the dumbing down of the population to take our freedom and liberty away. Any legislator or official that allows SB 131 to become law needs to be exposed and voted out of office or forced to resign. Anyone allowing this to become law is 100% Anti-American. This law is Unconstitutional and anyone promoting it is committing treason and should be prosecuted.

By the Grace of GOD, America will shine again
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