Op-ed: Jamie Smith is too extreme for common sense South Dakota
Guest column by Gov. Kristi Noem
In South Dakota, we focus on solving problems. Despite national challenges like stagnant economic growth and skyrocketing cost of living, South Dakota is growing our way to a stronger and more prosperous state.
My opponent in this race is too extreme to solve the problems that we’re facing. He’s embracing new taxes, more spending, and a woke cultural agenda – the same agenda that caused these problems in the first place. And to hide from that extreme record, he has repeatedly made false statements both about his positions and about me and my record.
If I am blessed with another term as governor, my top priority will be repealing the state’s sales tax on groceries to give relief to South Dakotans, which will be the largest tax cut in our state’s history. A pound of ground beef costs 25 percent more today than when Joe Biden took office, and a dozen eggs costs a whopping 113 percent more.
In South Dakota, we balance our budget. We aren’t taxing our way to record revenues – we’re growing our way there. Our state agencies spent $43 million less than they were budgeted for this past year. This strong fiscal position makes it so that we can afford to cut taxes.
South Dakota is already a low-tax state; our people pay no state income tax nor a state business tax. South Dakotans pay no personal property taxes to the state. With the future repeal of the grocery tax, we will become the most taxpayer friendly state in the nation.
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Unfortunately, my opponent has repeatedly and openly stated that he wants to find “more things to tax.” He has voted for and supported several tax increases in the past. He opposed the federal income tax cuts that I helped pass through Congress, which put $2,400 back in the pockets of the average South Dakota family. He wants to increase spending in state government.
Basically, he wants to bring Joe Biden’s failed economic policies to South Dakota. His policies would undo the tremendous economic success we’ve had since I took office.
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South Dakota’s growth took off thanks to our handling of the COVID pandemic. We were the only state that never ordered a single business or church to close or even defined what an “essential business” was.
Now, our personal incomes are growing faster than any state. Our new business applications are leading the nation. Our population is growing 10 times faster than the national average. And our new housing development is number one in the country. People want to live and work in a state that respects freedom and allows them the opportunity to succeed.
In contrast, the federal government continues to push mandates on the American people. They’re expanding government control over your lives. They racked up a $2.8 trillion deficit in 2021, with more to come. This extremist agenda is driving up costs for South Dakota families. We cannot allow Jamie Smith to bring the same agenda to Pierre.
My opponent is also embracing other items of the woke cultural agenda. He marched with the same BLM “protestors” who launched a violent attack on Sioux Falls businesses and law enforcement officers. He did not defend fairness for girls’ sports. He has not stood up to prevent our classrooms from being infiltrated with divisive ideologies like Critical Race Theory. He pushed mask and vaccine mandates. He is too extreme for South Dakota.
States like South Dakota are doing the right thing to fight the Biden Administration’s extremist policies. And we will prevent liberal extremists like Jamie Smith from bringing those policies to South Dakota.
Kristi Noem is the incumbent Republican governor of South Dakota.
Why you should not vote for Kristi Noem.
1-Her first duty as governor was to overturn the will of the people-She sued us with OUR tax money to repeal a measure that had a higher approval than she was voted in. In her words we made "the wrong choice".
2-Nepotism-She strong armed a woman into quitting so her daughter could get her real estate appraiser license because she couldn't pass it on her own. The appraiser got paid off. A panel has found Noem's daughter got "unusual treatment".
3-She did an absolute abhorrent job at telling her constituents factual information regarding Covid. This resulted in our state having the highest spread rate multiple times. Our death rate is also horribly high considering our low population.
4-She sent back federal aid money that would have helped low income families to tout her "great Covid response"
5-She and her brothers have benefited from federal aid which is a conflict of interest.
6-When the hospitals in her state were begging people to get vaccinated because they were overflowing with patients, she called them liars.
7- She is helping further the fascist agenda with every post.
8-She sued the federal administration because she couldn't have fireworks at Mount Rushmore even though there is a huge drought. But then the next day will post, thanking our fire departments for putting out wildfires. Well which is it?
9- She does everything she can to be divisive and hateful. Examples include the LGBTQ community. Or how about perpetuating critical race theory. It isn't even taught in high school. It's just meant to be divisive. Who does that benefit? Not her constituents. It's all for the national stage.
10-She had a private citizen pay for OUR Nat'l Guard troops to be sent to Texas as a political op.
11-She is using our tax money to fly around the country for her own political gain. (Ethics violation)
12-She has had 5 chiefs of staff in three years. That shows a questionable work environment.
13-Meth we're on it campaign. Paid millions for out of state advertising.
14-It was stated by the previous administration that the 1/2 cent sales tax they added would be removed once the state started receiving tax dollars from Amazon. So far Kristi has not honored that tax removal.
15-Built a fence around OUR governor's mansion with OUR tax money.
16-We TAX PAYERS also FUNDED a news studio in Pierre to do FOX/OAN interviews only. She refuses to speak to any local media.
17-$77,000 for a make up studio. I thought she was FOR fiscal conservatism.
18-Why did we pay for a sauna?
19-Flanderau dispensary opened, people are being arrested for possession if they are not tribal members and still continue to be harassed and arrested. Freedom for who?
20-Using her dad's inheritance ie death as a political ploy by lying about the heavy burden brought on her family. It didn't. They made bank.
21-She took the raise meant for teachers and other state employees and used it to give her daughter a huge salary for her other daughter who was just starting the state job
22-Introduced laws that were passed preventing protests from blocking roads. But supports the truckers blocking roads. Make it make sense.
23-When is she in our state? Spending all her time raising money for herself. Using a plane illegally. Using police force to "protect her".
24-Turned down Trump's additional $300 in unemployment benefits. Constituents are hurting but this will make HER look better on the national stage.
25-When she was congresswoman she wasn't even around to vote.
26-Keeping the hemp for a crop in SD vote out until the company her husband could profit from with his insurance business
27-No foreigners allowed to work at Racota Valley ranch
28-Wanted to allow people to drive through sovereign tribal lands during Covid.
29-Overworked prison guards were being shorted on holiday pay, Noem said she'd fix that. Did she?
30-Hiring out of state for her staff
31-Spending 1.6 mil on an out of state company for a website that doesn't work.
32-Gave Covid relief to her brother to the tune of 500k. Remember she sent other money back that would have helped low income families and others who were struggling.
33-Son of a South Dakota Republican state senator received over a million in Covid relief funding for a business he says is located in Union Center but which public records and other data indicate acturally operates in Texas. South Dakota Covid PPP grants slated for SD 1 M lost to local SD businesses.
34-Pandora Papers-She was too busy to attend D.C. inquiry on the Pandora Papers where 360 Billion..her involvement as SD governor
35- Stripping women of their bodily autonomy. She has stripped away women's access to healthcare and South Dakota women will die.
36- Failed to vet her donors and accepted contributions exceeding the legal limit from fringe individuals – like convicted killer Charles Pilkinton. After finding out about this she decided she won't return the money
I am laughing my ass off. Kristi Noem is the DEFINITION of extreme and LACKS common sense problem solving. Obtuse, detached, ripe with nepotistic advancement and simple self-promotion. Her Chief of Staff is nearly worse. Get the hell out of office and do us all a favor. The fact you were elected in the first place and spent time in Congress is unbelievable.