Without PBR nothing would get done in Pierre

Is it just me, or does the legislative session in Pierre get worse every year? I know the session isn’t over yet, but I thought I would touch on some of the dumber things that happened this year.

• Too much time wasted on a smoking ban. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for it, but isn’t this a no-brainer? Even if several health organizations weren’t lobbying for it, over 70% of South Dakotans support it. This should have passed the house one day, moved to the senate the next day and signed by the governor on the third day. And the shananigans still are not over, no one is sure if Rounds is going to sign the bill. Good grief. This should have been easier then tying a Velcro shoe.

• Cutting arts funding. Even if you hate the arts cutting funding makes no sense at all. The Feds match the state funds and matching private donations reach as high as $15 million. The Arts council has also said they believe the arts bring in millions in tax revenue for the state, paying for itself over and over again. So why would we cut a measly $700,000 with that big of return? Please join me in banging my head against the wall.

Legislative standouts

Who makes all these stupid proposals in Pierre? Stupid legislators of course. Maybe I am being a little harsh, OKAY, I don’t think are legislators are stupid, but I do think they think too much. Here is a list of some of the ‘great ideas’ by individual legislators.

• Roger Hunt voting against arts funding. Normally this wouldn’t surprise me coming from Humpty Dumpty but what confused me was that Hunt’s son is a very talented artist and animator. I would be curious where he thinks his son became inspired to become an artist? Probably a teacher or other arts educator. Roger, get other women’s vaginas off your mind and do something good for the welfare of South Dakota children that are already born for once, provide them a well balanced education that includes the arts.

• Heidepriem’s casino proposal had to been one of the stupidest ideas I have heard from Pierre in a very long time; “Uh Yeah, I want to make large scale casinos legal in South Dakota so they won’t come here.” Only a lawyer would come up with that kind of logic – that is if you believe it. Some say Scott has a conflict of interest (mostly South Dakota’s very own Sarah Palin, Mrs. Noem) either way, it doesn’t matter because this idea should have been stamped ‘completely f’ing  stupid’ from the beginning. Talk about a failed experiment in reverse psychology. Scott, stick to lawyering not psychology.

• Gordon Howie’s proposal to reduce property taxes by 35%. Even if the conflict of interest is proven in Heidi-gate, Howie’s proposed legislation screamed conflict of interest and not one single person from the media, his party or the SD Democratic party said a peep about it. If it would have passed Howie would have saved himself and his customers hundreds of thousands of dollars in property taxes a year. Yet no senate investigation. Where was Mrs. Noem’s finger pointing on this one? This greedy jackass needs to go.

• Governor Rounds didn’t disappoint this year either. He took a chopping block to any social program that he has been chomping at the bit to get rid of for years and handed over even more tourist contracts even though we have been losing money on the contracts. Repaying campaign contributors, that’s Mike’s main objective. But don’t worry, Mike still has a couple more weeks to raise more havoc, and I guarantee he will.

• Sandy Jerstad. Where do I begin? Just when it couldn’t get much better than the rant caught on camera in a dildo shop Sandy brings a laundry list of stupid legislation to Pierre. A tanning bed ban?! C’mon! What’s next? Are you gonna make teenage girls wear berkahs at the beach? Then there was her statement about creating laws so people do the right thing. Yeah, that’s why people don’t smoke pot or speed in their cars anymore. But you’ll have to admit blaming Hal Wick and her gender on running into a parked car took the cake. But it did not end there, she goes on to describe the whole incident as ‘Hellish’. Running into a parked car is ‘Hellish’? More like completely ridiculous. I hope to gawd Sandy that one of your friends has knocked some sense into you. You are obviously so out of touch with reality that you are extremely unqualified to be a legislator. But hey this is South Dakota, anything is possible. At least you are not an amateur gynocologist that uses PBR as a painkiller.

19 Thoughts on “LEGISLATIVE STUPIDITY 2009

  1. grudznick on March 9, 2009 at 5:55 pm said:

    best legislative summary yet

    the best part will be later this week, when Sibby solves the budget riddle on the back of a napkin

  2. redhatterb on March 9, 2009 at 6:32 pm said:

    I was disappointed in Jerstad’s reply when I contacted her about some law changes I would like to see, regarding teen agers(more or less), her reply was that South Dakotans don’t like laws telling them what to do(not in those exact words). I wanted a law that would make it illegal if law enforcement found out about a non-licensed person having their own tattoo equipment(my 16 year old grandaughter knew somebody that knew somebody that had their own equipment and managed to get a tattoo “tramp stamp” without parental consent. She also won’t tell who did it. About the same time we also found out that the “age of consent” for girls in SD is 16 and we wanted to see that raised to 18. At this point about all I can say about her is I did like her stance on abortion bans last time around.

  3. John on March 9, 2009 at 7:24 pm said:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you – I thought for a second that I was missing something. They need longer terms like I need hemorrhoids.

  4. Angry Guy on March 10, 2009 at 4:49 am said:

    Redhatterb, how noble that you want to limit the number of asshats young women are exposed to.

  5. Ghost of Dude on March 10, 2009 at 6:46 am said:

    I prefer the term “ass antlers”.

    How many weeks does it take to shovel out all the leftover stupid after the legislture leaves Pierre?

  6. l3wis on March 10, 2009 at 6:46 am said:

    I’ll have to agree REDHAT. Not only can Hepatitis and Aids be spread thru these kind of operations they also hurt business of reputable shops, it makes them look bad. Not sure if you know much about the business but no tattoo shop owner is becoming rich overnight. It is very competitive in Sioux Falls and these amateur asshats belong in fricking jail where they can practice their skills with a jar of india ink and a paper clip all they want.

    Grud- Sibby couldn’t figure out how to turn on a solar calculator let alone fixing the state budget.

  7. Warren Phear on March 10, 2009 at 7:26 am said:

    Don’t mean to change the subject l3wis, but I have to make a trip to town to the 26th and I29 area from the north. Where can I pick up a six pack of this O’Dell IPA without going too far out of the way?

  8. l3wis on March 10, 2009 at 7:30 am said:

    I think there is a liquor store at Hyvee there on 26th.

  9. Ghost of Dude on March 10, 2009 at 7:40 am said:

    All the big HyVees have it. A lot of liquor stores carry it too.

  10. Angry Guy on March 10, 2009 at 9:48 am said:

    Warren, I called HyVee on 26th & Marion and they have a couple six packs left..

  11. Hey, Angry Guy, can you call and make reservations for me at Minerva’s tonight, and while you are at it, can you pick up my dry cleaning.

  12. Warren Phear on March 10, 2009 at 11:51 am said:

    Thanks AG. Gonna give that stuff a try.

  13. Angry Guy on March 10, 2009 at 11:54 am said:

    First off.. I doubt you own anything besides your charlie sheen shirts that require dry cleaning.. and for second.. STFU! I called and made reservations at 7PM for you under the name Napoleon. Seriously….

    I called the HIV because I would hate for Warren to have to drive 6 extra blocks into town, risking life and limb in this inclimate weather, to find out they didn’t have any in stock (which happens quite frequently) at HyVee.

  14. Blahhhhhh – just poking eyes – learned from the best.

  15. Angry Guy on March 10, 2009 at 12:17 pm said:

    I know.. that’s why it is funny.
    Napoleon…. call and cancel yet?

  16. Should I call and say I am Marie Antwonoite (Sp?) and also ask for a reservation?

  17. Ghost of Dude on March 10, 2009 at 2:21 pm said:

    Do you get a discount for not having a head. It certainly seems you’d eat less food that way.

  18. l3wis on March 10, 2009 at 2:34 pm said:

    Just easier to pour Knob Creek cokes in my belly.

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