- South Dakota is receiving $31 million from the federal government to help poor people pay their heat bills. Oh! How dare my hard-earned wealth be redistributed to keep poor people from freezing. What are those poor people doing in their homes, anyway? They should go to work, where there's heat!
- South Dakota is joining 12 other states in trying to stop Brazil's JBS-Swift from buying Kansas City's National Beef Packing Company. Attorney General Larry Long says the merger would mean lower prices for farmers and higher prices for consumers. Senators Thune and Johnson support South Dakota's action. Horrors! How dare the state use my tax dollars to interfere in the sacred functioning of the market? JBS-Swift should be able to use its hard-earned money whatever way it sees fit, without government imposing artificial costs? If South Dakota wants decent prices for farmers, the state should buy its own packing plant (oh, wait, that would be socialism, too...).
But seriously, the Joe the Plumber nuttiness about socialism and redistribution of wealth is bunk. As Will Wilkinson says on Marketplace this morning, every candidate, every tax plan, every government system, redistributes wealth.