Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Note To Congresswoman Kristi Noem

Dear Representative Noem:

First, I wish to congratulate you for being able to avoid a primary challenger. Mike Rounds, a person of superior accomplishments albeit inferior tea party rhetoric, has no shortage of opponents. A cynic might suspect that you possess video of prominent South Dakota Republicans sitting naked in a Native American sweat lodge, smoking Cuban cigars, drinking Jose Cuervo shots, worshiping an  idol of Barack Obama while singing the old National Anthem of the Soviet Union.

That said, a few of your recent votes seem problematic. Apparently, Republicans are taught from the cradle that cutting welfare is a holy mission. Devout Republican mothers may have secret lullabies about waste, fraud and abuse. That said, cutting $40 billion from food stamps during high unemployment and a jobless recovery seems counterproductive. John Steinbeck correctly noted that there's a thin line between hunger and anger. America has had a cheap food policy for a long time because wise folks discovered Steinbeck's truth.

I'm sure that you or one of your staff members will respond by reminding me that Rome fell because citizens wanted bread and circuses. It might be worth the effort to have a qualified independent historian or two examine the records to determine if the bread extended Rome's life a few decades. On a side note, start taking talking points from a think tank other than Heritage; Jim DeMint has turned that think tank into a political rhetoric tank. Cato's scholars may slant libertarian but they are at least scholars.

Finally, there's the matter of the Farm Bill. The first rule of legislating should be do no harm. Your food stamps vote likely violated that principle. The second rule should be avoid the appearance of evil. When you and other members of the House of Representatives get Farm Bill benefits of $150,000 or $1,500,000 a year, it's difficult to avoid the appearance of evil. If a percentage of the American populace is going to be tempted to defraud the American taxpayer for about $150 a month, it seems likely that an equal percentage will be willing to commit fraudulent practices for $150,000 a year.

Congresswoman Noem, you have no Republican challengers. You live in a state that is so Republican, the very idea of a Democrat challenging you is a punch line to a bad joke. Perhaps, you can start voting on the above principles instead the pragmatics of re-election. I'll even give you a pass on the next 40 wasted votes to repeal or defund Obamacare.

1 comment:

M Larson said...

AMEN Mr. Kallis, AMEN!