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Why Does SD's GOP Leadership Like Him?
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It would have been far less unseemly if an eventual endorsement had followed a period of examination and evaluation of Trump's philosophies and agendas. Certainly an explanation to us South Dakota Republicans about their respective reasons for endorsing Trump would have at least clarified the discrepancy between their political and ideological imperatives. I would certainly like to know how they can get behind the nominee who wants to wipe out the positive effects that American trade agreements have had on South Dakota's leading industry, agriculture, for the past several decades. South Dakota's exports grew 139 percent between 2003 and 2013, thanks largely to free trade agreements (FTAs), per the Business Roundtable, which also notes that the rate of export growth is about twice the rate of the state's GDP growth. Did our unquestioningly obedient Congressional delegation consider the impact of Trump's well-known hostility toward trade agreements on their home state's economy? I don't see any evidence. I'd like them to explain how they can so casually ignore this ultra-important element of the coming campaign by supporting a candidate who is poison to South Dakota's economic interests.
Meantime, even though I'm not the strong social conservative that many of my SD Republican peers are, I have to note that our U.S. reps also seem plenty oblivious to Trump's lack of credentials as a conservative on issues too numerous to list here, including many of the social ones. The virtual flagship of
Supporting Trump As Ordered, Sir!
Just today, Trump on Meet The Press said his tax plan is actually a proposal, subject to political modification. Considering how consistent that utterance is with his chameleon-like history, I challenge our conservative Congressional delegation to explain to us why they embrace him with such ardor.