Gov. Noem has faced strong opposition to her request to spend $400,000 for a fence around the governor’s mansion. The criticism centers around two points: the seemingly very high cost of the fence, and the fact that, in the last 130 years, no governor has had to keep South Dakotans out. The first point may have merit, but for the second, times have changed.
Gov. Noem as South Dakota’s representative in Congress gave very muted responses to the poorly thought-out trade wars that have been a disaster for South Dakota and took America’s most productive industry and put it on welfare for the past two years and the foreseeable future. South Dakota farmers are understandably very upset about that. When the legislature proposed to mitigate the damage by legalizing harmless industrial hemp, the governor promptly vetoed it, further enraging farmers.
So, times have changed. For the first time, we have a governor who needs security. Together with a security guard, the fence can ensure that no farmers with concealed weapons enter the governor’s mansion with nefarious intent.
Give her the fence.