Politics as Usual = Failure

Earlier, I posted about the Republican booth at the Sioux Empire fair, about how it wasn’t really wasn’t inviting, and seemed kind of tired.

Judging from some of the e-mail I received, my opinion was shared by several others.

Saturday, Repersentive Steve Hicky posted some pictures to Facebook, One of the pictures had this capition

A guy walked by and looked at the table and said “they are all overpaid crooks.” I’m still stumped on what I could’ve/should’ve replied. It took me $22000 to win and it pays $6000 a year.

This attitude is prevalent among non-politico junkies:

  • Democrat = tax and spend
  • Republican = borrow and spend
  • Tea Party = wanna bees
  • ?Government takes my money and does what it wants.?
  • ?They don’t listen to me, why should I care.?
  • ?Once they take an oath, they are part of the establishment?

This your Country,
This is your State.
This is your County, township and cities. It is time to step up and take some pride where you live.  If you don’t like who repersenting you, replace them.

While Stace, Representative Nelson was running for office, I asked him ?Why?? he told me:

I love this state, and everything about it.  I don’t like the direction it is going. I hope to help to bring back.

This district (25) is  underserved, it deserves better

I can think of no better reason.

After the election I asked what advice does he have for someone looking to run.

  • Start fund-raising early.
  • Get out and meet the people, and listen to them.  They are the ones you have to convince.
  • Get a good pair of shoes.

The people are tried of gimmicks, bait and switch and political double talk.  They want honest, no non- sense, people who will represent them and make their voices heard.  When they come back from the legislature, they want straight talk about what is going on.

37 Replies to “Politics as Usual = Failure”

  1. Bill Clay Post author

    Stace Nelson is a great guy! I’m a very strong advocate for him.

    More elected officials should take note of Rep. Nelson’s life of service to our great country.

  2. Stace Nelson

    Thank you Bill & MC, I am honored.

    I would be remiss if I did not point out the super star in the photo. It was my great joy & honor to serve with Rep. Sean Tornow (pictured).
    The man has a good morale compass and is fearless.

        1. Paladin

          You sure as the devil do not vote with your chins so……what is the purpose of the comment. Perhaps the point being made is, you cannot stay on point which, indicates some other problems with your ability to think.

    1. Anonymous

      How’s Tornow’s lawsuit against the City of Sioux Falls coming along? It must be rough now that he has only 1 government job instead of 2 government jobs. How has he fared in the private sector after all those years on the government payroll?

    2. Paladin

      Your comments concerning Nelson and Tornow are “right on”. These people remain true to their campaign promises, something which many do not. Shawn Tornow, (I believe that is how he spells his name) in my opinion, does a great deal of thinking prior to voting on an issue. We need more of that on all levels of government.

  3. caheidelberger

    I will agree that the passerby’s comment — “They’re all overpaid crooks” — represents a thoughtless disengagement which fails to recognize reality and which harms democracy. That person obviously hasn’t looked at the reality of local and state politics. Instead, that person clings to an easy overgeneralization that absolves him of the need to think about politics or consider the possibility that he might have a duty to engage the process and make a difference. But as RepRev Hickey says, it is a challenge to cut through that wall of indifference. How do we change that attitude?

    1. MC Post author

      Cory, I hope you will share the answer once you find out.

      Politics is not like sports, There is no last minute hail mary touchdown pass, no grand slam home runs, no half court shots at the buzzer. Very rarely do I see cheer leaders in the capital, fans don’t do ‘the Wave’ in the gallery and just don’t see concession stands selling the big foam #1 outside in the capital parking lot.

      (Although Joni Cutler did show up in pair of fairy wings once)

  4. Voter

    “This is your County, township and cities. It is time to step up and take some pride where you live. If you don?t like who repersenting you, replace them.”

    If you attempt to replace the Established GOP leadership at the county level–be ready for some bending of the rules. The Bylaws are clear on how the county leadership is to be elected and how they are supposed to conduct business–but there is plenty of “bending” going on to keep the “riff-raff” out of leadership positions (even many of the people who did a majority of the WORK during the last election) and carry on business as usual.

    Who exactly should be making sure that the counties follow the SD GOP Bylaws?

      1. springer

        Basically, we include those Reps who want the Rep platform to address issues that many of the establishment Reps don’t want to go near for fear of having to take a position and defend it. We riff-raff want less gov’t, lower taxes, less regs, NO Obamacare and its early implementation in SD, real transparency. I guess they consider us riff-raff because we dare to question the “process” or the status quo or whatever you want to call it in the party. We think that all opinions deserve to be considered, not just what the powers that be think are worthy. Usually the riff-raff are the catalyst for nonviolent but needed changes. Actually I had no idea that the establishment Reps considered us Tea Party types riff-raff, but if they do, so be it. I’m proud to be riff-raff!

  5. Anonymous

    The people are tired of politics as usual. They are clamoring for Congress to make the wealthy pay their fair share to dig the US of A out of this debt hole. Even one of the wealthiest agrees.

    Warren Buffett says it’s time for Congress to quit coddling billionaires and get serious about shared sacrifice. When his taxes are at about 16% of his taxable income, his lower paid staffers pay a much higher percentage of their income toward taxes. Buffett says, Washington legislators “feel compelled to protect us [the mega-rich], much as if we were spotted owls or some other endangered species.”

    Buffett is spot on. Time to end politics as usual.

    1. duggersd

      What is the “wealthy’s” fair share? Please explain just what someone’s fair share is. Warren Buffet paid a bunch in taxes last year. He thinks he should have paid more. His friends think they should all pay more. So what is stopping them? The fact of the matter is the IRS does accept overpayment.

      1. J Rae

        It wasn’t the amount he was talking about, it was the percentage. Did you read the column? He’s talking about what is fair and equitable.

        It’s also interesting to see him get hammered on a number of websites by some who are a little more than right of center. Guessing that they forgot that he is the poster child for “job creators”

        But what could he know about the economy, I mean after all he is just one of the most successful business persons on the planet. Heck, he probably hasn’t even taken the time to read the economic theories printed on bumper stickers.

        Heck DuggerSD, I’d email him if I were you and set him straight. Who knows, he might value your wisdom and offer you a job.

        1. duggersd

          Actually, I did read it. He is also comparing apples to oranges in terms of “income”. Be that as it may, Warren Buffet is absolutely capable of paying more if he wants. You still have not told me what “fair share” is. The wealthy already pay a disproportionate amount of the total individual income taxes. As of 2008, the top 1% paid 38% of all income taxes. Top 5%–nearly 59%. Top 10%–about 70%. Top 50%–more than 97%. Bottom 50%–2.7%. So, what is “fair share”?

  6. springer

    There’s nothing stopping Buffett from giving the gov’t a higher share or all of his wealth. He feels he isn’t paying enough, fine, pay as much as you feel you should. I for one am already paying as much as I feel I should, more in fact, to a gov’t that wastes most of what I “give” them. Oh, and I’m not rich, and also I’m not poor, so I’m caught in the middle and pay a heck of a lot of taxes without qualifying for any give-backs.

    1. Anonymous

      Fine if you are one of a small minority who favors keeping loopholes for the wealthy to keep their taxes lower as a percentage of income than average folks. But most people are really tired of wall street, corporations, and the wealthy writing themselves tax loopholes.

      1. ymous

        I love it when people say “most people” fill this way or that way. Speak for yourself and nobody else. I feel spend needs to be cut and taxes can remain as is. Simplify the tax code but stop demonizing the businesses that employ this country. A poor person cant and wont employ anybody. Stop the income re-distribution model, it doesn’t/can’t work. The word regressive should be banned when referencing taxes. What socialist word if I ever herd one. Go Tea Party!

          1. anon i think

            Yes cut is a fair goal…………. Just make sure it is defined before we cut and not just to make some special groups happy……………..

            1. duggersd

              Cut, but let us define a cut as in spending less than you did last year instead of spending less than what you were planning to increase it next year.

              1. J Rae

                I am getting tired of these veiled comments on how Reagan increased spending. If you want to attack his record, just come out and say it point blank.

                1. duggersd

                  Actually, Mr. Rae, I believe Ronald Reagan complained about calling a cut in the increase a cut in spending. And since you bring it up, hopefully we will not hear how Reagan “cut” domestic programs any more. So, are you at least agreeing that a cut should be defined as spending less than the previous year?

                    1. duggersd

                      Then we disagree. I define a cut as in spending less $ than last year. Not per capita; not cut from the planned increase; just less than last year. That is what most normal people would think a cut is.

      2. springer

        I would like to get rid of loopholes just like anyone else. I would like to get rid of earmarks. I would like to restrict the debt ceiling. I would like to cut spending, cap spending, and have a balanced budget amendment. Somehow I don’t see any of these actually happening as long as politicians are in charge of changing these things, and these changes would impact their power and influence.

    2. anon i think

      and middle class America pay the highest % and yet they are the ones to say the upper class does not have to pay……….
      or should not have to pay.

      Establish a fair tax for all as it is a AMERICAN to pay taxes and NOT AMERICAN to have special groups pay more or less.

      We get what we elect and they are a pile of the brown stuff looking for more for themselves not equity in payment………….

      1. duggersd

        The top 1% of taxpayers paid 38% of all individual income taxes in 2008. The top .1% paid 18% of all individual income taxes in 2008. The top 5% paid almost 59% of all individual income taxes in 2008. Top 10%? 69%; top 25%? 86%; top 50%? 97%. Keep in mind, according to the table, the adjusted gross income level for the top 5% is about $160,000. So, who is not paying their fair share and what is their fair share? http://www.taxfoundation.org/news/show/250.html#table6

        1. Job Creator

          And still people are claiming that people (including the richest) have the lowest actual tax rates for decades – including decades where we had great prosperity in our country.

        2. Anonymous

          You’re not paying attention. Warren Buffett’s tax rate was 17.4% of his taxable income last year – after reductions for legal loopholes. All the lower paid folks on his staff paid upwards of 30%. Someone who makes their living sitting on their arse and investing money pays 15% capital gains tax rate, while those actually working pay higher tax rates. The rich are not paying their fair share. As Buffett says, the Billionaire-friendly congress has been protecting the mega-rich as if they were spotted owls or something. So when the rich are able to pay lower tax rates than us working stiffs they are not paying their fair share. Time for them to get off the wagon and start pulling the wagon.

          1. duggersd

            Your not answering the question. Define “fair share”. BTW, average tax rate for the top .1%–22.7%. ATR for top 1%–23%; top 5%–20.7%; top 10%–18.7%; top 25%–15.7%; top 50%–13.65%; bottom 50%–2.59%. Now according to these figures one might conclude that if you are near the bottom of the top 25%, you are paying a pretty large amount. But remember, that number is skewed by the larger income tax shares. The amount paid between the top 10% and the top 25% is actually 9.29%. Essentially, Warren Buffet is not actually accurate in his depiction. http://www.taxfoundation.org/news/show/250.html#table6

    1. Anonymous

      Too bad she isn’t bringing DeMint. Now, that would be something worth attending! Someone who isn’t actually a large part of the problem. Remember, Boehner agreed to give Obama $800 Billion in tax increases! Who’s side is this guy on?