Mayor Poops now wants to be Senator Poops

Who says PTH can’t handle leadership? In 11 short minutes he lays it on thick of what he would do if he were Senator on the Belfrage show today. He said if he was a senator he could NOT support the Build Back Better plan because the money isn’t being appropriated correctly and will only increase inflation. This coming from a guy who spends tax dollars and covid money on TIF rebates for low wage egg roll factories, parking ramps, condos, butterflies, tennis courts, ice rinks and seating for a private non-profit movie theater all the while asking for a 30% raise. Yeah, what a fiscal conservative!

He also says that we need more childcare in Sioux Falls, But look what is in that evil BBB Bill;

The bill directs money to providing free universal preschool for all three and four year olds, which the White House has dubbed the largest expansion in education programs since the creation of public high school.

He also complains that businesses can’t just keep giving raises to compete for workforce claiming that is unsustainable and calls it ‘wage inflation’. Ok, Mayor Tightwad, what’s next, an $10 an hour work mandate? When wages go up, those workers spend more money which equals a better local economy unlike the businesses who employee these folks sending the profits back to communist countries tax free and never circulating in our local economy. He really needs to stop hanging out in his garage rearranging his medals and trucker hats and needs to take a basic econ course.

In fact the bill also has solutions for affordable housing, something he can’t seem to grasp;

Increased spending on housing affordability will go towards building more than 1 million new rental and single-family homes. The bill aims to reduce cost pressures by providing rental and down payment assistance through an expanded voucher program.

It seems Poops needs to figure out how to run a city before he aspires to be Thune Jr.


#1 Warren Phear on 12.16.21 at 7:25 pm

Cannot support BBB, but finds PPP just fine.


#2 Very Stable Genius on 12.16.21 at 7:40 pm

Why do you think I have been calling him ThuneHaken for the last four years?

But all we have gotten in the last four years are some comfy chairs at the State Theater, a new chicken sandwich, and some cute Bookface Live moments with his daughter. Yet, he is going to beat his two opponents next year with 73% of the vote.

We live in an age of total image and no substance. He’ll be perfect for the job.

( and Woodstock adds: “Ya, at least with Huether we got a new Events Center with some shxtty siding”…. (“A course on Belfage , Huether wanted to be Prez and not just a senator”… (“I guess a chicken sandwich ain’t presidential timber”… ))

#3 l3wis on 12.16.21 at 7:59 pm

WP, you bring up a great point. While Poops has maintained he doesn’t own CR anymore many other rumors have been swirling. First off, he has them as a renter since he owns the building they are in and secondly the rumor is it wasn’t an outright sale to the new owners but a contract for deed or lease to own. I don’t know, but it would be interesting to see if he still owns a majority of the company.

#4 Very Stable Genius on 12.16.21 at 8:14 pm

The Republican hypocrisy with PPP was enormous. It was like when we bailed out the banks back in 2008. Yet, that same crowd says no to health care, education, and decent paying jobs.

#5 Very Stable Genius on 12.17.21 at 7:37 am

Let’s face it. Our political leaders have become nothing but PR spokesmen for corporate America.

#6 D@ily Spin on 12.17.21 at 10:27 am

Promises that prove to be hearsay. It’s true that political leaders are commercial sales types trying to subliminally sell us what we don’t need or want. To often they favor the wealthy so they can selfishly further themselves. I wonder if they believe what they say.

#7 scott on 12.17.21 at 12:15 pm

he’s not the mayor, he’s the honorable mayor.

#8 Very Stable Genius on 12.17.21 at 12:32 pm

2026 and 2028 will be interesting times. There’ll probably be two South Dakota senate seats available then, but three obvious candidates: Dusty, Kristi, and Paul. Voting against the mask mandate might finally then come in handy for one of them 😉 ……


#9 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 12.17.21 at 12:40 pm

I bet Clinton and Trump enjoy a Chick-fil-A sandwich. They probably ate them often on Epstein’s plane.

#10 Silverstar of Bethlehem on 12.17.21 at 12:59 pm

When’s the last time an incumbent asked for a 30% pay raise just as they were heading into re-election? This just shows you how popular this guy is and how high his confidence level is. But why? A plethora of new car wash places, as an economic development program, is really that popular? Really?


#11 not gettin'my vote on 12.17.21 at 3:28 pm

i’m a fiscal conservative who probably leans more toward the center on social issues. his twitter account decribes him as a “believer” but i’m not sure what he believes in…other than personal gain and padding the bank accounts of his benefactors. he may appear popular because none of our media takes him to task in any way. the same way they don’t take thune or roounds or the duster to task. i believe the general feeling among most of the citizens of sioux falls is that of apathy. i know of very few people who give him “the big thumbs up” on his performance…it’s mainly a “yeah, i guess he’s ok” kind of thing. i think tenhaken (and huether before him) benefits greatly from most folks not knowing what’s really happening.
this pay raise thing needs to be squashed…hard. i’d really like to see a pay freeze for all directors and middle managers. i dare most of them to find a job in the public sector that will pay them anywhere near what they get now.

#12 Mike Lee Zitterich on 12.17.21 at 5:31 pm

The MAYOR has not asked for any pay raise at all, Show me any proof of your claim that Mayor Paul TenHaken asked for a raise…

Where do you people come up with all of these misconceptions?

#13 l3wis on 12.17.21 at 8:32 pm

You are correct, BUT he is asking the voters to make the decision. I would think Paul would have a close enough relationship with the council that he would have encouraged them NOT to do this. Saying ‘nothing’ either behind the scenes OR at the public meeting speaks volumes of what the mayor ‘wants’. Sometimes Mike you are so incredibly naive I worry a little bit about you.

#14 Mike Lee Zitterich on 12.18.21 at 12:56 am

I do not think I am naive, but I think unless the Mayor says it himself, you really have no basis for the claims. You be making an assumption at that point. I am just saying, because it even got brought up during CRC discussions, perhaps there is some validity that some in the community do think the mayor should be the highest paid city officer. I am not taking a side either way, but I made my suggestions on how to revise this section. I would simply comment on the fact ‘someone’ brought the issue forward, wish to revise the charter, and let it play itself out during the election process of voting for these proposals on the ballot. IF it fails it fails, if it passes, it passes. “THE PEOPLE” have the ability to amend their founding documents. If it fails the popular vote, I recommend that ‘we’ take the matter up during the next CRC commission hearings, and discuss it further in more detail.

#15 l3wis on 12.18.21 at 8:52 am

My point is saying nothing is the same as saying something. Paul could have handed the gavel to the council chair and stated at the meeting that this was not his proposal and he doesn’t support it. Instead he got angry and mouthed a dirty word at me.

I agree that we should be able to vote on it, in fact that is what the charter dictates, but a 30% raise is a ridiculous suggestion.

You have to take into account that the directors are the ones really running the city and the mayor is basically their boss. I would also argue if the council or mayor had an issue with pay scale they would not have run to begin with.

#16 anominous on 12.19.21 at 1:24 pm

Right now would be a good time to remind the United States that PTH announced publicly that he collected dirt on all the people he ran against in his mayoral campaign, but since he was such a gentleman, he opted not to deploy any of it.

#17 My Mistake Mike on 12.20.21 at 9:03 am

Anyone who is a “regular guest” on the Belfrage show should be instantly dismissed for using poor judgement.

l3wis – if PTH still owns the building at 7th & Phillips, why is nobody questioning the $1M+ openly earmarked to beautify the cul-de-sac adjacent to his property?