|What Does SD's GOP Have|
On the federal level, the situation is much the same. Our GOP trio of Kristi Noem in the U.S. House and Mike Rounds and John Thune in the Senate are mired in complacency. They seem helpless to do anything about the looming financial catastrophe that will strike South Dakota farmers as President Trump's trade war unfolds. Noem meekly said recently that falling commodity prices "are very concerning to me." His Trump-deference in full view, Mike Rounds was on Meet The Press last week telling Mike Todd that South Dakota farmers "need to share and continue to share their concerns." A month ago John Thune was belaboring the obvious by telling Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross that a trade war would have a "harmful effect" on farmers. Apparently, expressing concern and telling farmers they have to speak up for themselves is the closest the three of these can come to pushing for congressional action that might offset President Trump's potentially ruinous trade shenanigans. As for Republican Congressional candidate Dusty Johnson, he's part of the do-nothing cabal. He told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader last week that "congressional involvement, at least at this time, is going to inject more politics into it." To Johnson fending off the collapse of farm commodity prices is a political event, to be shunned by our state's elected officials . . . "at least at this time." So when is the "right time" to act? Johnson doesn't have a clue. The wussiness goes on. Our congresspeople need to live up to their job description as "representatives." Their wordplay hasn't stemmed the financial slaughter occurring in our ag sector. Political intimidation from the Trump administration has paralyzed our federal reps.