Posts Tagged ‘Kristi Noem’

Noems Fails to Land House Ag Cmte Seat

Posted: Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 6:48 am
By: Cory Allen Heidelberger
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Someone please unspin this for me: Kristi Noem, soon to be South Dakota’s lone Representative in the U.S. House, for all her supposed pull with the new Republican majority, fails to land a seat on the House Agriculture Committee.

The Agriculture Committee is the one committee for which Noem has more experience than I do to serve as a useful member. She relentlessly touted her lifelong farm background on the campaign trail. Right after the election, Noem herself said landing a seat on the agriculture committee was among her top priorities:

Once in Washington, Noem says she hopes to serve on the agriculture committee.

“But then we’ll go on from there.  Maybe commerce; energy will be extremely important. We’ll see what we can do and we’ll be on the one that’s best for South Dakota,” Noem said [Shawn Neisteadt, “Noem Reflects on Campaign, Looks Forward,”, 2010.11.03].

Noem repeated later in November that she wanted an Ag seat, plus Energy and Commerce. She also mentioned Natural Resources.

Noem got little of what she wanted. She landed the Natural Resources Committee, which is apparently “less competitive to get a seat on” (i.e., Noem got the crap assignment), and the Labor and Education Committee, for which she as a non-college graduate from a union-busting state is singularly unqualified. And all Noem’s spokesflunky Joshua Shields can whimper in response to a direct question about the failure to get the ag nod is “there are several good committees Kristi considered. She is pleased with her assignments.”

My only hope is that she will use her position on Ed/Labor to put her Tea-Bag cred to work and kill No Child Left Behind. Why, oh why, do I keep hoping against hope that Republicans will display philosophical consistency?

Noem’s assignments are one more sign that the GOP leadership sees her as more valuable as a trick pony for their fundraisers and press appearances than as a strong voice for South Dakota interests. Maybe they noticed that she never did get around to posting a coherent ag policy on her campaign website. Or maybe even the GOP leadership couldn’t ignore Noem’s clear conflict of interest over making a living off farm subsidies and subsidized crop insurance.

Either way, South Dakota has just lost its only voice on the House Agriculture Committee, which shapes legislation on all manner of ag issues as well as on the rural electric systems and rural development.

Noem Catches GOP Fever for Stimulus… by Ethanol Subsidies

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 at 9:18 am
By: Cory Allen Heidelberger
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All conservatives got with Kristi Noem was looks. Observers outside South Dakota are already seeing that, far from a true Tea Party crusader, Noem is just another pork-seeking farm-state politico. Take her comments on subsidies for ethanol:

Speaking on the Scott Hennen Show Noem says “Ethanol has been very good to South Dakota.” She said that this is not the time to repeal the subsidy “when you look at taking away that subsidy it is the wrong decision.”

She says that supporting the ethanol industry with subsidy promotes investment and continued hiring “In the long run it will get the economy back on track faster” [Kurtis Workman, “New South Dakota Congresswoman Say Ethanol Subsidy Good For Recovery,”, 2010.12.09]

Wait a minute: isn’t Noem the same lady who spent a lot of time this year blasting federal stimulus efforts?

Let’s tour the blogosphere. Rob Port at Say Anything:

How are ethanol subsidies any different than Obama’s economic stimulus spending? The fiscal conservative argument against the stimulus spending spree was that government cannot create jobs because government cannot spend anything without taking away from someone else.

Given that, if Obama’s stimulus spending hasn’t resulted in job growth (and we know it hasn’t) then how is spending on ethanol subsidies any different? [Rob Port, “South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem: Ethanol Subsidies Are Economic Stimulus,”, 2010.12.09]

Rand Simberg:

This is depressing. Kristi Noem hasn’t even taken office yet, and she’s already defending home-grown pork as “stimulus”… [Rand Simberg, “And So It Begins,” Transterrestrial Musings, 2010.12.11].

The Lonely Conservative from New York:

Kristi Noem is conservative only when it suits her…. I’m glad I didn’t waste my time blogging about this woman [“Just When I Was about to Praise Kristi Noem,” The Lonely Conservative, 2010.12.12].

Ah, but we shouldn’t be too hard on our Mrs. Noem. She’s just following the lead of John Boehner and the other big Washington Republicans who are engaged in the same hypocrisy on the pending $855 billion tax-rate and stimulus deal. Stimulus packages and deficit spending are bad, bad, bad when Democrats will get the credit and we need to rile up the voters. But when stimulus packages and deficit spending send money to our favored special interests, be they the ethanol industry or the richest 1% of Americans who pay for our campaign ads, then spending money we don’t have becomes our patriotic duty.

Noem’s First Post-Election Lie: “I Read All the Bill”

Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010 at 8:38 am
By: Cory Allen Heidelberger
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Congresswoman-Elect Kristi Noem transitions smoothly from lying to win the election to lying after the election. In a discussion about repealing or at least defunding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to take away numerous benefits from South Dakotans, Noem tells this whopper to Jon Walker:

Noem said she read the 2,700-page bill online during her campaign earlier this year.

“I read all the bill. It took me forever,” she said [Jon Walker, “Noem Expects House to Starve Health Reform Bill,” That Sioux Falls paper, 2010.11.07].

Bull. Noem couldn’t even focus long enough to read the seven-page Tony Dean Cheyenne River Valley Conservation Act before parroting Senator Thune’s opposition to the national grassland proposal.

Kristi Noem did not spend her summer reading every page of the health care bill. She hasn’t read anything more substantial than the talking points sent by her GOP puppeteers.

Post-Election Notes

Posted: Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 9:27 am
By: RadioActive Chief
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A bit delayed on here…but oh well, that’s life sometimes!

SD Headers:
(heh heh heh!)

Not a happy day for the Donkey Party in South Dakota when Cory looking for a bright spot notes the earthshaking event that Indy candidate Marking got more votes in Kristi’s home county than he did in Herseth-Sandlin’s. (Otherwise, his comments about Marking were pretty good, give credit where credit’s due!)

The turnout was good for a mid-termer…mostly 60-70% range or thereabouts, of course some lower and some higher…still, not too bad. I had occasion to look at the Missouri results for comparison…their turnout was in the 30-50% range mostly, and they also had some serious Congressional, and a Senatorial race. A good one for SD’s voters!

The one personal sour twinge was that the Chief would have liked to have seen dairyman Jim Gilkerson make it in District 4…have known him and his family for some time…he would have made a positive contribution in the legislature.

Nationally, the Donk’s consolation is our curse, that we still have to put up with Dingey Harry Reid, to go along with Barbara Boxhead…er…Boxer, and Patty “Lady in Tennis Shoes” Murray. I know–with the left coast being tilted so much it’s now filled up with the loose nuts, Nevada is getting the overflow!

Another MAJOR benefit of the national outcome is less free Botox(r) commercials (otherwise known as Pelosi “pressers”) from the Capitol. That’s a major blessing in and of itself, above and beyond the obvious improvement in the composition of the House.

Now the heavy lifting starts, to start to repair the damage inflicted by almost two years of Obamunism (as well as from the RINO progressives).

Essential Congressional Race

Posted: Monday, November 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm
By: RadioActive Chief
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From the Rapid City Journal…this boils it down to the basics: SHS essentially has the traditional progressive attitude that government action is the best way to deal with problems; while Kristi Noem has expressed a more Jeffersonian view that government often is a fearful master, that bears close watching at all times, and like kudzu vines, needs to be ruthlessly chopped back to keep it from taking over everything.

Split over stimulus defines candidates

WHICH DIRECTION?: Challenger Noem seeks to rein in government while Herseth Sandlin sees benefit of action.

THAT’s the real, boiled down averaged-out essence of the differences between them.

Chief’s call on this…tune in Tuesday night. I have a feeling that Noem will win…but it’s just that. (If you put $1 with it you can get a can of pop, and THAT’s for sure!)

Subsidy Queen Noem Thinks We All Get $3M from DC

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 7:12 am
By: Cory Allen Heidelberger
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In an interview with the Rapid City Journal a couple weeks ago, South Dakota’s GOP candidate for U.S. House Kristi Noem addressed the question of her family’s huge reliance on federal farm subsidies. Says Noem:

What our family has done is participate in the farm programs. And so the farm programs I think essentially almost every farmer in South Dakota has participated in those, and they haven’t been bailouts they have been programs that the United States has put forward for farmers to participate in.

It’s all about national security, so we don’t have to depend on other countries for food. Fear, everyone. Fear.

Noem says every farmer and rancher would prefer more risk management programs to direct payments, a position she’s taken in other discussions like the State Fair debate.

Noem concludes by claiming, “We’ve done what every other farmer and rancher has done by participating in those [programs].”

Actually, no, Kristi. You haven’t done what every other farmer and rancher has done. As the invaluable Environmental Working Group notes, the vast majority of farmers get little benefit from farm subsidy programs. 26% of South Dakota farmers get no subsidies. 10% of South Dakota farmers claim 61% of the subsidies sent to our state. The bottom 80% have collected an average of $1,334 per year since 1995. The top 10% have collected an average of $35,077 per year since 1995.

Your family, Kristi, has taken over three million dollars in subsidies over the last 15 years. That’s $200,000 per year. That’s more federal handouts than all but 17 other farm operations in the entire state have taken over the same period. Three million dollars is six times the amount I’ve earned in paychecks since 1995.

On farm subsidies, Kristi Noem again demonstrates her inability to square the anti-government, free-market principles she spouts for her Tea Party supporters with her family’s dependence on federal handouts for fiscal viability.

Kristi Noem Can’t Stop Lying, Repeats Wrong GOA Rating

Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 7:29 am
By: Cory Allen Heidelberger
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Kristi Noem lies about Stephanie Herseth Sandlin's rating from Gun Owners of AmericaSee that skinny image to the right? It’s a lengthy Facebook conversation from Kristi Noem’s page on the social networking site. Click on it to read the text.

The conversation began with an individual who asked why GOP candidate for U.S. House Kristi Noem had claimed to have the NRA endorsement when really the NRA has endorsed Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Now as we have discussed here, that statement isn’t technically accurate: the infamous Noem guns flyer never uses the exact words, “The NRA endorses Kristi Noem” (although her Teabagger backers from Texas do spread that lie) but it uses the NRA logo twice and commits marketing tricks of omission and false comparison to deliberately create the impression among casual readers that the NRA backs Noem. The verbal and visual trickery is sufficiently obvious that my conservative counterpart Mr. Sanborn recognizes it as “intentionally published to mislead.”

The Noem Guns flyer also incorrectly lists SHS’s rating from the Gun Owners of America as a D rather than a B-. Even if I generously excused this false statement as shoddy, wishful research, it remains false, and should be corrected by the Noem campaign.

Yet with the B.S. flag thrown quite visibly in the South Dakota online press, Noem keeps saying what she now knows is wrong. As documented by these Facebook screen captures from about 14:30 CDT Friday afternoon, October 22, 2010, Kristi Noem writes the following lie:

Just to clarify, our mailer highlighted my A-rating with the NRA and Congresswoman Herseth Sandlin’s D from GOA and her support for F-rated Nancy Pelosi. All those ratings are a matter of public record.

You can click on the skinny image above to see the full conversation as of Friday mid-afternoon; below is the Noem comment in question:

Close up from Facebook conversation of Kristi Noem lying about Stephanie Herseth Sandlin's Gun Owners of America rating.
My friend John Hess wonders why I spend so much time supporting Herseth Sandlin. John, it’s not so much that I want to be on the SHS bandwagon. She’s still too much of a Blue Dog for me. Give me a Weiland Wildcat in 2012, and I’m there.

But I have yet to catch Stephanie Herseth Sandlin lying to me or to the public. Stephanie and I have differing opinions, but we can agree on facts. Kristi Noem is lying to me and to all of my fellow South Dakotans. Kristi Noem’s disrespect for plain, simple truth disgusts and alarms me. We must not allow any person willing to commit such willful deception to become our lone voice in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Pelosi, NRA & Herseth-Sandlin

Posted: Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 12:58 am
By: RadioActive Chief
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Cory over at Madville Times, and on the KELO Blog is crowing about the NRA endorsing Stephanie’s re-election. It would be one thing if he thought that this was a positive thing, but the reality is somewhat less (or more, depending on viewpoint) than this.

I know it’s tough to make the leap, but really Cory, no one has given the NRA, or for that matter the GOP itself the right to confer an imprimatur of political orthodoxy for the conservative/libertarian movement. Therefore, exercising my own reformationist judgment, the NRA has proven itself unworthy of support and membership. With my membership up this fall, it will become a thing of the past, in favor of the Gun Owners of America, which is more consistent in it’s analysis of political ramifications, like the support that H-S has faithfully rendered for the Speakership Regime of SanFran Nan Pelosi. That, in and of itself is, IMHO, enough to render Herseth-Sandlin unsatisfactory as South Dakota’s sole Congressional member.

In spite of Cory’s crowing about the NRA endorsement (to attempt to give us a bad moment), and his moaning at other times about H-S making SOME votes that his progressive/liberal sensibility finds distasteful, note that in spite of such occasional discomfort, something, including presumably the prospect of continued support for Pelosi, leads Cory to continue to support H-S’s re-election, in spite of his expressed unhappiness.

For similar reasons, if one opposes the continuation of the Pelosi order of business in the House, then there is no reason to vote for H-S, no matter what occasional gestures she makes towards traditional South Dakota values.

So, Will You be Voting for Nancy Pelosi?

In light of all the recent news about Democrat candidates running as John Birchers, I felt is was finally time to call their bluff. We are in a very good position to take back the House, but there is some polling evidence that some of the red district blue dog frauds are still hanging in there. Keep in mind that there are 70 Dems in R rated districts. A handful of them are doing relatively well because they try to block out their party label, run against the liberal platform, attack their Republican opponent from the right, or tout endorsements from the NRA and Chamber of Commerce.

I think we need to start a campaign to call the offices of these clowns and demand that they go on record whether they would vote for Pelosi or Hoyer to be Speaker….We are sick of these frauds who trash Pelosi at home, but then vote for the liberal leadership, committee chairmen, and Democrat Rules Committee members who ensure passage of all the legislation that they claim to detest. However, if we can get them on record as declining to take a stand (that’s what most will do) we can help their opponents expose their fraudulent claims of being conservative.

From another source, this video shows H-S dodging this issue during an appearance. (H/T to South Dakota War College)

That above header hits the nail on the head. IMHO, that’s a key point to keep in mind when voting, whether early or on election day. Personally, I would no more vote for Pelosi than I would B.O., or for that matter, Herseth-Sandlin.

NRA Repeats: Vote for Herseth Sandlin

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 8:24 pm
By: Cory Allen Heidelberger
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Noem’s Misrepresentations “Unfortunate”

Repeat after me: The National Rifle Association wants you to vote for Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.

Conservative friends, if that really bothers you, feel free to declare the NRA an irrelevant bunch of Beltway elitists. Repeat that as often as you like. I know I will.

But Kristi isn’t saying the NRA is irrelevant. She’s stamping the NRA logo on her mailings like two big seals approval. Team Kristi is a whisper shy of a lie and they know it.

So does the NRA. From Roll Call:

“The one thing that is clear to our members in South Dakota is that we did endorse Stephanie Herseth Sandlin,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said. “It’s unfortunate that there are efforts to try to insinuate otherwise” [Anna Palmer, “Herseth Sandlin Takes Issue with Noem’s NRA Mailing,” Roll Call, 2010.10.14].

The NRA spokesman could have stopped with that first sentence. That second sentence suggests that the NRA’s endorsement of Herseth Sandlin is more than mere pro forma adherence to its “incumbent-friendly” endorsement policy. If the NRA really had its fingers crossed behind its back for Noem, it could have withheld any endorsement. And it could have withheld that second sentence, a pretty clear slap at Team Kristi’s marketing trickery.

The NRA is a single-issue organization that distracts us all with John Wayne fantasies (and Constitutional misreadings, and outright lies) from discussing real solutions to real problems. Their endorsement of Congresswoman Herseth Sandlin doesn’t make me like her any more.

But Kristi Noem’s counterfactual insinuation that the NRA actually prefers her makes me like Noem even less. Watch out, Kristi: the NRA may feel the same way.


Update 2010.10.15 08:50 CDT: Eager reader Jim Hock takes time to find, read, and list all of the concrete policy reasons the NRA considers SHS a stronger defender of the Second Amendment than Noem is.

Noem Backs Obama-Pelosi on Medicare Fraud

Posted: Monday, October 11, 2010 at 7:53 am
By: Cory Allen Heidelberger
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Kristi Noem has updated her issues page, piling some new blurbs about her support for social programs at the top of her GOP talking points. Among the substanceless, specifics-less suggestions, Noem opines that we must “work harder” to curb fraud and abuse in Medicare.

Isn’t that exactly what President Barack Obama is doing?

  1. President Obama is spending $9 million to educate old folks to prevent fight Medicare fraud. (Hey! Where’s South Dakota’s piece of that pie?)
  2. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will adopt new billing software that will catch fraud before the money leaves Uncle Sam’s cash box. The software, much like what credit card companies use to protect you from unusual activity on your Mastercard, could save over $20 billion a year. This anti-fraud measure was part of the Small Business Lending Act, sponsored by Democrat Barney Frank, voted for by Democrat Nancy Pelosi, and signed into law by Democrat and President Barack Obama. Remarkably Democrat Stephanie Herseth Sandlin voted against this bill, along with Senator Thune and most Republicans.
  3. President Obama’s AG Holder and HHS Sec. Sebelius announced the Medicare Fraud Strike Force’s biggest bust yet this summer when they announced charges against 94 tricky docs and other Medicare swindlers.
  4. CMS is proposing a rule to classify Medicare providers by risk, do background checks and fingerprinting on the high-risk group, and suspend payment to providers upon credible allegation of fraud. But that rule proposal comes from President Obama’s health care reform law, so surely Noem wants to repeal that anti-fraud effort.
  5. President Obama also signed the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act last July to fight fraud against all government agencies, including Medicare. Herseth Sandlin got with the program and voted with Pelosi on this one… as did everyone else in Congress.

“Work harder” to fight Medicare fraud, Mrs. Noem? Sounds like President Obama is already at least five policy steps ahead of you.
Bonus Health Care Refudiation: Perhaps Noem could work harder to stop scaring seniors. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s September 2010 Health Tracking Poll finds 30% of senior citizens still think the new law includes “a government panel to make decisions about end‐of‐life care for people on Medicare”—i.e., Sarah Palin’s death panels. Health care reform includes no death panels. Senator Charles Grassley said solast year.