SD media is now filled with images and video of Governor Daugaard and Sen. Thune flying over dead cattle country and nearly sobbing about the inability of the government to act now. It is all nearly heart-breaking even if not helpful. Rep. Noem is jumping into TV calling for federal aid to western South Dakota.
I don't see anything wrong with helping the cattlemen who lost many head of cattle and possibly a good share of their livlihood, but the GOP stooge actions are graphic indicators of the need for the very same "big government" they have spent years hammering as evil tools of liberals aiming to gain control of everything. County governments, local taxpayers, state governments, and state taxpayers are often not in a position to do anything significant in the face of catastrophe..weather or otherwise.
The federal government obviously covers the whole country and has a large enough "critical mass" to handle local and state catastrophes in most cases that don't somehow blanket the whole US. The difference in mass and scale is a fundamental difference between federal government and other governments. Obviously that mass and scale can also generate problems, but our GOP and TEA party retrograde obstructionists focus rather blindly on such problems and magnify them with the help of their rich sponsors into a huge pile of their steaming irrelevant deceptive mythology.
I do hope that others in South Dakota notice the incongruity of opponents of big government doing their very best to exploit those resources that they spend so much time and breath attacking mindlessly.
*** Stay tuned, there is always enough GOP hypocrisy for millions of pixels--- Doug Wiken