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Johnson Newsletter spreads a little truthiness

I got a newsletter today from Senator Johnson. I found this pie graph from the New York Times interesting. I wonder how many teabagger heads exploded after reading this. I’m sure something like “Lying Socialists!” was shouted in living rooms across the state. The truth hurts.

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Hey Look! Ironic Johnny being a hypocrite, again!

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If only the stimulus would bailout crappy RR companies, maybe ironic Johnny would get behind it

John wants to end TARP even though he was all gungho about it when his best buddy GW pushed for it;

Thune voted for the bank bailout bill last year that then-President George W. Bush pushed Congress to adopt as Wall Street institutions started to fail. Now Thune is leading the charge to end TARP, saying the Obama administration has used the money in ways that Congress never intended by buying stakes in banks, financial institutions and automakers.

But now that a Democrat is running the show, it can’t be helping;

Thune’s criticisms come as the once-moribund economy shows signs of life: The stock market has risen since mid-August; banks are stabilizing; the rate of job losses, while still steep, has begun to moderate.

A report issued Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ watchdog arm, found that states have been using billions from the stimulus program, officially known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to ease budget shortfalls, expand medical coverage and undertake about 7,000 highway projects over the past six months.

Yeah, kind of sounds like the stimulus isn’t doing shit, huh John, accept of course helping Americans on domestic projects instead of building bombs to blow up foreigners. I wonder if John would support the stimulus if it would help dying RR Companies?

That hasn’t stopped him in the past from seeking federal aid for items and issues benefiting his home state, such as safety on Indian reservations, water projects and weapons systems.

Hyp, Hyp, Hypo . . .

Ken Blanchard, a political science professor at Northern State University in Aberdeen, said it’s only natural, and politically important, that Thune would fight to steer some taxpayers’ money back to South Dakota.

There’s clearly a risk in doing that because it makes you look like a hypocrite. The only thing worse would be not doing it,” Blanchard said

If we kept tally of the money, that would require us to be accountable

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Balancing the checkbook in the Sioux Falls finance office is not a high priority, in fact, it is not a priority at all.

Somehow, I am not surprised;

A key element of the federal government’s $787 billion economic stimulus program passed by Congress in February is telling taxpayers how much money is going where.

But in Sioux Falls, that number is tough to find.

City Finance Director Eugene (Montgomery Burns) Rowenhorst does not keep track of the money.

Heck, that guy has trouble keeping track of his thoughts let alone a couple million bucks.

That duty falls to Mayor Dave Munson’s chief of staff, Jodi Schwan, who was named the city’s stimulus coordinator for United States Conference of Mayors stimulus planning requirements.

“We don’t keep a running tally. We just look at it at a departmental basis,” Schwan said.

“Yeah, like, next thing you are gonna, like, want me to do, like, is keep track of my Macy’s receipts, and how many pairs of shoes I have, like, bogus, man. It’s all good, doll, no worries.”

“It’s just not something that we have a need to compile,” Rowenhorst said.

Because my multiple consultants and 0ver 20 employees are too busy spinning and twisting the tax revenue numbers, they don’t have time for this stuff. And when we provide too much information to the public, then we have to be accountable when we fuck up.

City Councilor Pat Costello agrees. “I don’t know that the total dollar amount is that important. We know that we have been getting some stimulus money.”

And if I run for mayor and get elected, I will continue the Munson administration’s bookeeping practices; Close? Good enough.

State Bureau of Finance and Management Commissioner Jason Dilges said that as of Friday, the state has spent $124.5 million out of a total of $761.5 million it potentially could be awarded.

“It’s extremely hard to track,” Dilges said. “We are applying for grants every day and spending money every day.”

Shit. The state can’t even make sure license plate tags have adhesive on the back of them, what makes you think they can do simple accounting?

At least one city office has started its own reporting procedure. Sioux Falls Transit planner Debra Gaikowski initiated a grant-fund tracking feature on www.siouxfallstransit.org. As the money is spent, it lists each project description, the contractor or supplier, cost and completion date.

“They are really promoting oversight on this money, and I thought this would be a good way to get that information out there,” Gaikowski said.

Debra, hope you have your resume updated, that kind of talk and action will get you fired.

If it is essential to human life, do you still consider it Pork?

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Looks like Northside Davey gonna have to star in another campaign commercial for a DEMOCRAT

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Do you also like sausage?

Steffy bringing home the bacon water;

Among Herseth Sandlin’s requests:

 

$35 million for the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System, a project that ultimately will cost $587 million and provide water to communities in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota.

I’m confused? I thought Johnson already secured this money for us? I guess that’s what happens when you have a lifelong Republican and lifelong Democrat star in a commercial together, double the bullshit. (During Johnson’s last senate campaign, Mayor Munson praised senator Johnson for all the pork he brought to Sioux Falls. Two of the items were the RR relocation project and Lewis & Clark. But we haven’t received a single penny yet for either project.)

$3.5 million for Minnehaha County to help build Project Safe Home, a 32-unit complex in Sioux Falls that would provide permanent housing to chronically homeless people with severe alcohol addictions.

I see the County and City got the Feds to pony up on helping the homeless. That’s good, so we can free up some of our tax dollars to buy historic million dollar windows and armored vehicles for the Sheriff’s department.

Ironic Johnny at it again, spinning the BS

John is sounding the fire alarms with the much ado about nothing (From Kelo-TV):

Senator John Thune says changes to contracting guidelines could result in favoritism to unionized construction contractors bidding on federally funded projects in South Dakota and other right-to-work states.

Thune says the billions of dollars for “shovel ready” projects make the stakes even more lucrative for bidders.

Jackass Number Two divx

He says he worries that recent changes in the awarding of federal contracts could create unfair conditions for potential bids from nonunion companies.

The South Dakota Republican says such companies should not lose out on contracts just because they’re not unionized.

He is right that the bids will ‘prefer’ union contractors but it is not a ‘requirement’. Besides, I would prefer union workers did the job anyway, they get paid fairly for their work and most times do better work and are more professional. Of course John would rather see $8 an hour illegals building are roads instead.

Bout time we have a president who wants to work

Have I mentioned that I thank God everyday that McCain and Gov. Moose Drool were not elected?

But while our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken; though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want every American to know this:

We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.

Governor Jingle Balls had to put in his 2-Cents . .  . Yawn

But Democratic leaders in Congress rejected this approach. Instead of trusting us to make wise decisions with our own money,

You are kidding right? Blobby? Wise decisions?! Blaahahahahahahaha! You, Boner Boehner and Ironic Johnny Thune need to sit down and come up with a new strategy, seriously, I’m starting to feel sorry for you.

If Economy returns to growth over the next 4 years – re-elect Obama

God I love it when I’m right

“Jodi, run and get me another box of tissues, the state doesn’t love us anymore.”

“We aren’t lacking road projects. We’re lacking dollars for those road projects and that’s what the stimulus bill could really do to help us,” Sioux Falls Mayor Dave Munson said. 

Gee, too bad you didn’t spend some of the record tax revenue over the past 6 years on those projects instead of building crap we didn’t need. And all of sudden Highway 100 is the project of the freaking century.

“That’s such an important roadway for us and this area. And we really need to get that road finished so we can develop on that east side,” said Mayor Munson. 

Develop the Eastside? How about filling some of these empty retail spaces we have now before building more. If Target wants a new road out there, have them pony up.

But Dave also cries to the Gargoyle Leader about not getting his dirty grubs on the money;

“I don’t think it’s going to create that many jobs,” Sioux Falls Mayor Dave Munson said of the state’s priority list. “To me, the stimulus program was to build infrastructure and create jobs.”

Over a month ago I addressed the council that we may not see much money in Sioux Falls from Mr. Stimulus Bill because of our low unemployment rates (don’t really need to create jobs in a place that doesn’t need any creation). At the time, I was talking out of my ass and figured I would be eating crow. Well guess what’s on the City Hall menu for lunch today.

I warned that borrowing money and paying for these projects up front gives the appearance in Washington that Sioux Falls is doing AOK and we don’t need Washington’s assistance. I also said that main purpose of the stimulus was to provide jobs where they are needed – that’s not in Sioux Falls.

“Quite honestly, we’re not sure what to make of all this,” he said. “If this is the whole plan,” Hanks added, “I’d be terribly disappointed. If you want to get people back to work, the best way is through the local level.”

Well guess what, Mayor Hanks, the rest of South Dakota is whole lot worse off economically then Rapid City or Sioux Falls. I commend Rounds for taking care of the entire state first before bowing to the two largest cities. Maybe Jodi can spare some of those tissues.

Feb 22, 2009 D-Bag of the day; Mitch McConnell

Mitch does his best, “I just ate a shit sandwich” face

This guy lies so much you’d think he was a Republican . . .

McConnell’s myth-making came during an appearance Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” (WMV and QT videos here.) There, he fired the first salvo against President Obama’s plan to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans who need it least. Claiming that “a vast majority of American small businesses pay taxes as individual taxpayers,” McConnell thundered:

“I don’t think raising taxes is a great idea, and when our good friends on the other side of the aisle say raising the taxes on the wealthy, what they are really talking about is small business.”

Of course, they’re not talking about small business. As CNN concluded in October, “fewer than 2% of small business owners would pay more under Obama’s plan.”