There is always enough GOP nonsense to go around in South Dakota, but during the legislative session, we get a full dose of nonsense and GOP mythology often endorsed by right-wing Republican editorialists who never let logic nor commonsense stand in the way of their blather.
A current example are GOP defenses of Legislator Lust's on and off proposal to privatise SDSM&T first and now in the modified form of the secret plan, privatise all or any SD higher education institution. The Rapid City Journal editorial "Privatization worth Exploring" is a prime example of doing the GOP dung beetle work. Rolling out another ball of GOP crap. It is a job for editorialists holding Sissyphus as a hero. Roll it up the hill like a dung beetle and watch it washed away by a rain of common sense or shattered by the wind of reality. Like all the editorials supporting the Lust Lunacy, this one also uses the "Thinking out of the box" compliment. The word must have gone out on that one phrase.
The paper notes that, horror of horrors, Lust has had anonymous callers threaten not to vote for him as a result of his thinking out of the box. The terror and night sweats that Lust must suffer from in the light of threats not to vote for him. We should all have pity I guess.
The ultimate inanity in this editorial is reminiscent of conservatives support of Nixon's secret plan to end the Vietnam War. The editiorial concludes with "The least the public and affected parties can do is wait to see what plans Lust develops over the summer. Rejecting his ideas sight unseen is no way to conduct public business."
The least an editorial writer can do is ignore a secret unseen plan with no details and aimed like Don Quixote at an windmill issue with a nonsense plan of attack only supported by. Sancho Panza.
But wait, there is more. It seems the SD Republicans are convinced that they have made the state such an economic desert that South Dakota voters are so poor, mis-educated, and intellectually dishonest that they would sell their vote for a sandwich or piece of pie.
I am more concerned about legislators selling their vote on the basis of large contributions from individuals, corporations, and institutions all intent on distorting public policy for their mendacious interests.
If there are sandwiches, cups of coffee, pieces of cake, slices of pie, shots of booze that should be removed from public business, it is the treasure trove of good food dumped into the legislative halls during the legislative session.
And, it is the near apex of hypocrisy when legislators go looking at slashing funds for education and privatizing public institutions to save money when they themselves are part of the most obvious grotesque waste of money waster in the state-- The Bicameral legislature.
Pick your house or senate, one of them has been a worthless political organ equivalent to the human appendix since the 1965 "One Man - One Vote" court ruling.
The very first thing the SD Legislatures should consider before attacking other institutions is to convert South Dakota legislative system to a Unicameral. Otherwise all their humbug about government waste and unnecessary duplication, tax cutting, etc. is sheer hypocrisy --- whether they are Democratic or Republican legislators.
** Stay tuned and think about it --- Doug Wiken