The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen.
It is the first principle in politics that you can't get elected by criticizing the voters. Luckily, journalists write under no such constraints.
South Dakota voters, in their infinite wisdom, have just elected the state's biggest welfare queen to Congress. They have elected a woman who has shown no desire to study the problems of capital formation, job creation, tax policy, foreign trade, or the federal budget. She has nothing to say about foreign policy, the distorted structure of defense spending, or military strategy. She breaks out in hives in the presence of science. She cannot specifically detail how it is that she intends to balance the budget or shrink the size of the federal government.
By Sam Hurst 05 November 2010 Full Article
Written by Sam Hurst
"Rebuilding our infrastructure" is all the rage these days. From the White House comes the battle cry that economic recovery, jobs, community development, and national security are all tied to rebuilding America. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Scott Heidepriem goes so far as to tag every political commercial with the promise to invest South Dakota's meager resources in schools, roads and bridges.
By Sam Hurst 23 October 2010 Full Article
So...as I contemplated how to illustrate this serious problem for Democrats, last weekend, I was driving by the Labor Temple, and it reminded me of an old photo in my files from '08.
What a difference it makes to have Tim Johnson at the top of the ticket rather than Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin.
By Sam Hurst 12 October 2010
Written by Sam Hurst
How can I criticize Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin for being a terrible member of Congress, and a worse Democrat, then in the next breath turn around and argue that Democrats have every good reason to vote for her in November? Binary math. The logic of the computer. Or, for those not so inclined...common sense. If last week's poll is any indication, Herseth-Sandlin's modest ascendancy shows that Democrats, however grudgingly, are already getting the message. While the congresswoman and her staff may argue that her anti-Democratic
campaign is winning the day in conservative South Dakota, the more cynical truth may well be that in the last weeks of the campaign disillusioned Democrats are finally accepting the relentless binary logic of the computer.
By Sam Hurst 13 September 2010 Full Article
Written by Eric Zimmer
A few weeks ago, a Rapid City soldier - a front-lines veteran of the War in Afghanistan - returned home to the Black Hills for some R and R. While he was here, a confrontation took place on the social networking site Facebook, when a sarcastic comment from one of the soldier's contemporaries led to a strident haranguing by the soldier and a few members of his families, biological and military. After viewing the exchange, Dakota Day printed a sanitized version of the dialog, and challenged readers to consider the soldier's comments, form their own opinions, and discuss the larger ramifications of the event. What (if anything) does the exchange say about the U.S. military, professional conduct therein, and the possibility of the U.S. completing a successful campaign of counterinsurgency in Afghanistan?, we asked.
By Eric Zimmer 11 August 2010 Full Article
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