Cattle killed by freak South Dakota blizzard, courtesy of CBS video.
I have been meaning to post about this, but I really couldn’t put the right words together, I think this blog post pretty much sums it up;
South Dakota ranchers, who were in favor of the government shutdown, are now bemoaning the fact that the shutdown means no federal assistance following a devastating early blizzard that wiped out much of their livestock.
What’s worse is that the ranchers don’t sound like they’ve changed their minds about the shutdown.
Rather, they think that their welfare checks from the government are the only good the government actually does. So while the rest of the government should still be shut down for you and me, we should make an exception for them.
The LA Times reported on the freakish early blizzard, which followed 80 degree weather, a few days ago. 80,000 head of cattle were killed by the blizzard. It’s being called the states’ “worst economic disaster in decades.” Some ranchers lost all the cattle they had. Clearly a devastating disaster.
“We’re just a bunch of ranchers from South Dakota — it’s hard for our voices to be heard,” he said, sitting at the kitchen table at dawn Friday, drinking coffee, fielding calls from fellow cattlemen. “You see crises across the country, the hurricanes and tornadoes, and officials are right on top of it. But something of this magnitude, that has just about leveled this part of the country, and there’s nothing.”
Many residents in this conservative region had supported the government shutdown as a way to make Washington more fiscally responsible. “But one appropriate role for these guys is to lend a hand after disasters like this,” Christen said, “and they’re not here.”
No sh*t, Sherlock. What part of “you shut the government down” are you not understanding?
Always shake my head at SD conservatives who bitch about Obamacare, Medicare, SNAP, Social Security and taxes, but all of sudden when they are not getting a bailout from our SOCIALIST democracy, they cry like the little hypocritical babies they are. Suck it up Clem, it’s gonna be a long winter. Next time be careful what you ask for.