EB-5 isn’t Rounds’ first Scandalous Rodeo

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He was lying 8 years ago, and he keeps lying today.

While things in the EB-5 world are heating up for Rounds (signing off on SDRC’s contract and now the Brown County Commission asking for a banking commission investigation) the stonewalling at Dakota Wuss College continues, and of course the lying (Wadhams claiming Kathy Tyler had a secret meeting with Brendan Johnson when all she said is that she talked to him, kind of like when I waited on him a couple of months ago and I asked him what he would like to drink, does our beverage conversation count as a secret conversation? I think he said something like, “I’ll take a merlot, and did you know, Rounds is guilty as Hell.” (snarc)

The lies get more ridiculous by the day, I hope they are paying BK Jr. good to purport all those lies on his ‘blog’. Pat really should have taken some lessons from the original fake political blogger, Jon Lauck.

But enough of those yahoos.

I wanted to remind everyone of all the other scandals Rounds was involved with while serving as governor, some of you have short memories;

Using his gigantic fleet of state owned airplanes for personal use, then paying the fuel bill from the Governor’s club fund ‘after’ he was busted. It was so scandalous at the time, Professor Reynold Nesiba got it on the ballot to limit Rounds’ travels, and the good people of SD agreed.

Increased the FTE’s by over a thousand during his short tenure, giving many jobs to family members and family members of campaign contributors.

No bid contracts to campaign contributors. Just call Scott Lawrence over at Lawrence and Schiller, he will explain it all to you, or maybe his dad can, you know, Craig Lawrence, the guy running the State GOP now.

Elkpoint / Hyperion fiasco. That has so many layers, don’t even know where to begin. How is that project going by the way? And how much state tax dollars were wasted?

Millions in subsidies to TransCanada, that they didn’t need or ask for.

Taking public education funding in SD back to the stone age (remember, one of Rounds’ objectives is to get rid of the Federal Department of Education as senator).

I could go on, but you get the gist. Why on earth any South Dakotan would want to send this crook to Washington is beyond me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have 100% confidence in Weiland or even Pressler as our next Senator, but I will say this about the two gentlemen, one was honored for his integrity and the other wants to fix healthcare by offering a public Medicare option, which is what the ACA should have offered from the freaking beginning.

All we will get with Marion Mike Rounds is more scandals, afterall, this is a guy who doesn’t even use his first name. Even Alice Cooper has more integrity then that.

 



5 comments ↓

#1 Helga on 09.09.14 at 4:04 pm

Good wrap up of down the memory hole. I wish memories weren’t so short and Marion would get no votes.

#2 Amanda on 09.09.14 at 10:35 pm

one of your best posts. Thanks.

#3 Jeff Barth on 09.10.14 at 9:57 am

I agree with Amanda.
Thanks for the memories…

#4 rufusx on 09.10.14 at 10:03 am

MMRound’s latest commercial claims without EB-5 1,000’s of SDn’s would be unemployed. Just another reminder – most of the EB-5 money has been used to bring in enterprises like giant French and Irish Dairy farmers – who employ mostly Central American green-card workers. Meanwhile – no support for actual SD dairy farmers. And then there was the factr that most of the construction companies and construvction workers @ NBP were foreign – and the place never did get off the ground. Reality check – most of that EB-5 money went – and continues to go not just out of state – but out of the country.

#5 C.M. on 09.10.14 at 3:35 pm

Amen to all the above! Please: a vote for either Pressler or Weiland! Not only does his past haunt him, but I see him as an ineffective communicator, lacking progressive ideas, (particularly in education and healthcare) and his lack of transparency. I see little chance of him standing up and making ANY positive change for S.D. in congress.
PS…..agreed, good look back Scott!

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