At least I'm honest about my beliefs on the proper role of government... unlike the local GOP!
Madison's Lake Area Improvement Corporation and Chamber of Commerce Republicans just lost any authority to gripe about all those earmarks President Obama signed into law yesterday. Why? Well, because one of those earmarks sends $190,000 straight to Madison to add streets, curb, and gutter in the LAIC's crown-jewel Lakeview Industrial Park.
Madison's little earmark is one of the least among several bits of bacon brought home by our Congressional delegation. Senator Johnson earmarked a similar amount for downtown waterfront redevelopment in Pierre; Senator Thune (you know, one of those guys who will toot his 2010 GOP horn for voting against the omnibus spending bill) won an equivalent earmark for the Rural Learning Center in Howard. Both senators and Congresswoman Herseth Sandlin finagled millions more for roads, water projects, and research that will benefit South Dakota and look really good on future campaign flyers.
Ah, South Dakota, the welfare state. I will continue to chuckle at the Madison business crowd who pour their money mostly into Republican coffers but continue to enjoy economic growth thanks to big government largesse from Washington.
So tell me again: who's the socialist advocating redistribution of wealth:
Update 16:55 CDT: Kevin Woster captures this seeming local hypocrisy quite aptly. How do you tell a good earmark from a bad one? "The good ones come to South Dakota. The bad ones go elsewhere."
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