GOP Congressional candidate R. Blake Curd is surely going to campaign to send that filthy money back to Washington:
...Sioux Falls surgeon and state representative Blake Curd says states should stop relying on federally funded government programs.
"We need to regain our sense of personal responsibility and make sure that we can solve things for South Dakota people in South Dakota ways, and not have people rely on government as some kind of large father," Curd said [Ben Dunsmoor, 'Three Candidates to Challenge Herseth Sandlin," KELOLand.com, 2009.10.07].
Money from Big Daddy doesn't seem to scare Governor Mike Rounds:
"The transition to next-generation emergency response systems is important to continued public safety in South Dakota," the Governor said. "These funds will allow the upgrade of hardware and software to meet enhanced 911 needs as they develop. The upgrades will result in a much safer and more responsive network of emergency communications" [Office of the Governor, "South Dakota Receives Grant for 911 Upgrade," South Dakota State News, 2009.10.06].
Republicans love to use "No federal money!" as a rallying cry, but they keep ignoring the reality that in South Dakota, that position is a non-starter for practical policy. Our whole low-tax/no-tax mindset depends entirely on continued subsidy from the federal government. When asked, "Who's your daddy?" South Dakota must answer, "Uncle Sam!" I continue to wait for a Republican candidate who will be honest about that point.
In the mean time, R. Blake, keep working on that Oedipal complex.