“We closed the 2020 budget year in June with a $19 million surplus, and our general fund revenues are up by 19.4% right now, compared to the same time last year,” Gov. Kristi Noem said in her budget address on Dec. 8. “We took steps last year to cut spending and be cautious with taxpayer money, and we are seeing the fruits of that today.”

These “fruits,” as Noem calls them, are all on the backs of hundreds of dead people who she sacrificed for the great almighty dollar.

These deaths are Christmas gifts to the families who will be grieving the loss of their loved one thanks to Noem and the Republicans who support her in her willingness to give up thousands of lives for the economy.

Merry Christmas, Republicans, and have a Happy New Year while hundreds die.

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Larry Skow

Brian: You should feel free to have a Governor that didn't shut down your economy. Also go in a read the recent CDC report on how miss represented Covid deaths are. It is science from science backed organization. here in Colo we have a governor who is trying to destroy small bizzness with lockdowns restrictions. Pennslyvania/California/Oregan/ Washington the same. Now isn't it ironic. We have a new mutant strain of Covid springing up overseas. Dr.Fauci himself saying no need to ban travel to UK! Wasn't that a cry from the left that Mr. trump didn't ban travel soon enough? Feel grateful Brian you had a governor with courage to buck the trend. Of course feel free to move out of South Dakota. Plenty of houses for sale in Portland. Perhaps next time serve cheese with your leftest whine.

MyThoughts

I'm not here to defend our Governor. Yes, I do have issues with how she has handled COVID, and as I have posted, had I known her COVID policies two years ago, I might have voted differently.

I'm also not here to attack Brent Cox, but I will say that I don't believe Mr. Cox has ever expressed a complement towards Mrs. Koem. I'm uptight over those who see everything political in sharp black or white. This is hardly ever the way it is in reality.

But regarding COVID, yes, South Dakota has a surplus budget even with the virus. Compare this with the COVID policies of New York State and New York City, both of which are nearing financial insolvency because of the loss of revenue from their shutdown policies.

COVID policies always have been a balancing act. Not shutting down kills people. Shutting down does the same thing, only the statistics are harder to document. Crime in New York City is up, way up. The jobs at restaurants in NYC may never recover, or if they do, they will take years to come back.

So what's the right balance? I don't know, and I'd challenge anyone who thinks they are so certain as to what the right balance is.

I've posted before that people really need to wear the masks, and wear them correctly. Are masks that great of protection? No, not by themselves, but they do keep people's attention on point, and that does help.

The one thing I do know for sure is that Healthcare By Politician is the wrong way to go. Did anyone else see Peolsi put 100% of the deaths on Trump? Well, she did. When it comes to the virus, literally every anti-Trump politician claims they could have done better. Look at Europe, where as a group, their governments are left of center. If they have done better dealing with this virus than this country has, its not by much. When this thing hit our shores, deaths were going to happen, and going to happen in pretty good numbers. Even a total shutdown wouldn't have stopped it. Look at the mutation forms of the virus now identified in Europe. Dr. Fauci has said that its a near certainty that the mutated forms are already here. With all the awareness of the virus in this country, we cannot stop the mutations from arriving. But we will have to find somebody at "fault" when the mutations are identified here.

I don't know why we have to find someone at fault for virtually everything we don't like. I think those working on the virus, both politicians and medical people, are doing what they think is best. And when they are not 100% correct, in 20/20 hindsight, there will be those who will jump up to find them at fault.

Kate70

[thumbup] Spot on, MyThoughts. Your comments are well thought out and intelligent. Thank you for posting.

DLJohnson

Brent, are you the one they talk about in the Bible about casting the first stone?

ClownsRus

There you are DLJohnson!

I remember your ridiculing everyone who was against Trump and gloating about how they would fall apart after Trump won a second term. Do you remember? Like I promised, at the time - I do.

You used some metaphor about “the Wicked Witch of the West.” I don’t remember exactly. Do you?

So how are you doing? Are you one of those folks who still think your man got cheated?

Mr. T

It’s not that complicated, Mr. Skow. Every war has its casualties. But in this war wearing a mask, social distancing and avoiding groups of other people greatly reduces the risk.

Adequate testing and contract tracing helps too. Other countries who know this have FAR fewer deaths.

South Dakota’s coronavirus death toll is now 1,430. That’s more than all the South Dakotans who died in WWII. And the numbers keep climbing.

Your president knew in February - before anyone else - that this airborne pandemic was deadly. He told us in his recorded words. Yet he chose to “down play it,” and he fought the scientists to keep the truth from us.

Tell me, Larry - did we sacrifice those lives to make the South Dakota economy great? Is it worth it?

Why won’t we fight the virus like other developed countries? It’s not a matter of blaming people - it’s a matter of removing the incompetent people and put capable people in It’s not that complicated, Mr. Skow. Every war has its casualties. But in this war wearing a mask, social distancing and avoiding groups of other people greatly reduces the risk.

Adequate testing and contract tracing helps too. Other countries who know this have FAR fewer deaths.

South Dakota’s coronavirus death toll is now 1,430. That’s more than all the South Dakotans who died in WWII. And the numbers keep climbing.

Your president knew in February - before anyone else - that this airborne pandemic was deadly. He told us in his recorded words. Yet he chose to “down play it,” and he fought the scientists to keep the truth from us.

Tell me, Larry - did we sacrifice those lives to make the South Dakota economy great? Is it worth it?

Why won’t we fight the virus like other developed countries? It’s not a matter of blaming people - it’s a matter of removing the incompetent people and put capable people in charge..

MyThoughts

Please read the latest from John Hopkins University of Medicine. On a death rate per 100,000, the US is currently 18th on the list. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality

Don't go to Mexico. Their death rate per 100,000 is almost 5x the US. Iran is #2. Italy, the UK, Spain, France, Poland Germany and Russia are all higher in death rates than the US.

MyThoughts

Withdraw my last post. I was reading the wrong chart. However, Johns Hopkins does have good data, (when you look at it correctly.) [censored]

Larry Skow

isn't it odd? All the critics of anything can never propose a solution to issue the critic. Remember all we USA is a CONSITIONAL REPUBLIC. Word Democracy NEVER APPEARS IN ANY OF THE ORGINAL FRAMEWORK. NEVER ONCE! We elect people to govern the way we wish. WE are given the right to Govern our self! SAFTY STARTS WITH YOU. Millions of employee safety manuals start with that very phrase. STARTS WITH YOU. Our number one health issue is not Covid--yes it here. The number one health issue is DRUGS an calamity it wrecks. Look up crime rate in Yankton/Souix falls/Rapid city/Aberdeen--look them up on city data.com or neighborhood.com. People you live in crime cesspool. I would take my chances with Covid exposure. All ties back into Illegal drugs. Overdose deaths are going to finish this year at 80,000 plus from illegal opiod/fentanyl/meth throw in few other illegal drugs. Staggering loss of young people. That is your number 1 health issue. Most of these come via good old China an our friends south of Border. An solvable. They never seemed to put us in lockdown an wreck the economy over that long ungoing issue

Mr. T

Gee, Mr. Skow, no one needs to offer a solution to our world class failure to stop this runaway pandemic. All we had to do is what more competent countries did from the very beginning. And it worked to keep their body count down while it takes a year or so to administer a vaccine.

1)- They didn’t hide the truth from their citizens like our President did, and they

2) - adopted a national coordinated strategy instead of leaving it to individual states and cities to go it alone.

3)- They provided adequate testing and contract tracing, and they

4)- provided PPE to all their front line workers.

5)- They got everyone to wear a mask.

Don’t you ever read the NEWS part of the Press & Dakotan?

ClownsRus

There you are DLJohnson!

I remember your ridiculing everyone who was against Trump and gloating about how they would fall apart after Trump won a second term. Do you remember? Like I promised, at the time - I do.

You used some metaphor about “the Wicked Witch of the West.” I don’t remember exactly. Do you?

So how are you doing? Are you one of those folks who still think your man got cheated?

E pluribus

Mr. Skow, you don’t seem to know much about the science behind this pandemic. But rather than address this, I’ll ponder the logic of your argument.

How does pointing out our failure to solve the drug problem - which at present eludes us - justify accepting our pandemic disaster, which other more competent countries already know how to confront?

Especially since you say overdoses have taken 80,000 while the Coronavirus is on its way to 400,000.

How, then, are drugs our “number 1 health issue”? Have you no sense of proportion? What is your point, exactly?

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