Well, it really isn't quite as salacious as Fly Me, but maybe just reeks of an attitude problem in the Governor's McMansion by the Goose Pond.
At Salon Table Talk, some phrases are used so often they become acronyms. "IOKIYAR" seems to fit Mike Round's attitude toward special priveleges for the self-selected special few. If you haven't guessed already, the acronym "IOKIYAR" represents "It's OK If You Are A Republican."
So, what is this all about? Well, Reynold Nesiba is an Augustana College Prof who thinks taxpayers need to know just a bit more about Mayor Mikey's use of taxpayer owned resources such as a state plane for very personal uses. His request that candidates for the governor's office copied below:
Whereas, the trust placed in the Governor of South Dakota demands integrity and a bond of trust with the people of South Dakota, and;
Whereas, over the past three years public flight logs of state-owned aircraft and numerous media reports revealed abuse of South Dakota taxpayer-owned airplanes for personal and political gain, and;
Whereas, South Dakotans deserve accountable government from our elected leaders and our Governor being the Chief Executive among them;
I, (print name)___________________________, candidate for the office of Governor of the State of South Dakota in the year 2006, hereby pledge that in my administration, flights aboard state-owned aircraft shall be restricted to state business, in keeping with the honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct South Dakotans deserve from their Governor.
Produced some interesting press releases and stories in the Argus Leader and other papers and some interesting comments on "irony" at Mt. Blogmore.
The 24-hour-a-day-governor idea as a justification for unrepentant exploitation of the state airplane is interesting. I wonder if while Rounds is enjoying some mindless sports event if he responds well to citizen requests to discuss public issues or if he answers his cellphone call from Joe Blow pissed off by some inane state action or inaction. I wonder if he responds to cell calls when he is genuflecting at mass.
I also wonder a bit if John Thune, Tim Johnson, and Stephanie Herseth might not wonder now and then why they can't just jump into an Airforce jet and whistle back here to SD to enjoy a Labor Day Parade or a Fourth of July celebration or watch their grandchild, children, cousins, nieces, nephews or their favorite dog get an award or prize or engage in some kind of sporting contest.
I'm almost sure some of Nesiba's collegues may wonder why he raises such an issue, but I believe it is a legitimate concern and one we should all be concerned about whether or not we have Republican, Democratic, or Libertarians in power or whether or not we happen to be Republican, Democratic, or Libertarian.
But then, I don't think our elected officials should be allowed to even accept a cup of coffee from a constituent or special interest, so I may be a very small majority of about ...oh maybe one ..or two if I can persuade my wife it makes sense.
And I suppose you might want to see an address:
South Dakota Taxpayers for Accountability
2522 West 41st St.
Sioux Falls, SD, 57105-6120
Not sure if there is a website. Somebody can drop in a comment if there is.
[[[ Note: In comment 1, Reynold Nesiba left the LINK-- Our Airplane--South Dakota Taxpayers for Accountability ]]]
**Stay tuned even if Governors flying isn't your cup of coffee, tea, or me---Doug Wiken