|Incoherence . . .|
Thy Name Is Kristi Noem
That response smacks of p.r. fluffery, especially considering that Noem has been mum about any efforts to revive country-of-origin labeling (thrown under the bus during last Winter's budget deliberations), the main competitive edge that South Dakota livestock producers gained in a market place where American meat producers have to compete directly against their foreign counterparts. On a personal level, given my interests in the lodging industry around here, I'm still waiting for some explanation as to why she was willing to shut down our Autumn, 2013, tourist season by voting to close down the federal government during a budget spat that year. This latest turn of events makes me wonder even more if her commitment to herself is overriding her commitment to those she claims to represent.
I've always known that a seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, given its tax-writing responsibilities, is a magnet for lobbyists and contributors, but didn't know that in recent years its campaign contribution-gathering prowess has grown at a much faster rate than
|We Need A Rep Here Instead Of Ag|
Like We Need A Hole In The Head
It stands to reason that Noem's departure from an essentially provincial gathering of reps limited to issues involving the mainstays of their respective, ag-oriented states to a seat on a committee who's scope is broadly national and involves the bottom-line interests of the nation's largest and wealthiest private corporations is likely to swell her campaign coffers by some pretty substantial amounts. Is Noem going D.C. native, going for the bucks? Or does she sincerely believe that this career move makes her a more effective rep for South Dakota interests?