|Right, Those Other Programs Are A Waste|
A Lot Of Federal Lettuce In This Word Salad
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I also wouldn't mind hearing an explanation from Noem as to how her contempt for excessive federal spending hasn't deterred her ag business operations in South Dakota from grabbing subsidies by the boatload over the years. Noem's family farm operation helped itself to $3 million from '95 through '08, just part of a massive transfer of money from federal sources to South Dakota's ag industry that in 2012 totalled $721 million--actually $1.2 billion if subsidized crop insurance is added. Of some note, Noem's husband sells crop insurance, making this a family affair. That Noem is now running on a meme that disses federal over-spending is startling and surreal.
Complaining about federal assistance I'm not. No doubt these programs could stand some pruning, but for the most part I understand that they're a way of life in the American farm economy. Apparently on this both Noem and I agree. But Noem's acceptance of this status quo in the context of
her general derision of much federal spending is ludicrous, considering that all she's doing is bowing to the notion that special interests control the federal budget. It's especially noteworthy considering that the doyennes of American conservative political and economic thought, The Heritage Foundation and The Cato Institute, have strongly opposed farm subsidies.
|Noem's A High Seed . .|
. . In The Hypocrisy Bracket
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You could argue that Noem is simply exercising the "Trump option," which means that even though she may not like the system, she has to take advantage of it to stay competitive. As a businessman I'm okay with that. As a political observer, though, I'd say Kristi Noem is talking through her hat when she says she wants to rein in a federal system that does nothing but dispense money to her and to South Dakota's principal industry. She ought to be honest about it and admit that she likes her federal programs as much as a lot of other people in this country like theirs.