South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Larry Lee Jones, 63, Yankton, South Dakota, was sentenced to serve 180 days in the State Penitentiary for committing Medicaid fraud. The case was investigated and prosecuted by the South Dakota Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with assistance from the Division of Criminal Investigation, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, and the Department of Social Services.
Western Civilization burns while our Party of Power plays the fiat financial fiddle. Will we continue the shadow dance pretending we have a limited government or will we muster up the courage to tell our media enhance perpetually re-elected puppet master that he who pays the piper calls the tune? It is time for my generation to admit we have been ripped off for every cent ever extorted from us for Social Security, and the only way we can receive benefits is to have the government extort it from our children and give it to us.
Communities across South Dakota took a look at their needs for the past several years and with the help of state and federal grants and loans some of those needs have been taken care of. However, there is one question that probably hasn’t been asked. Is our community pretty? Is our town attractive, good looking to a visitor, be he or she a family member or someone who may be looking for a town just the size of where you live to start a new business?
We stand at a critical crossroads today in clarifying the role of government in our free country. President Obama was correct to say in Osawatomie, Kansas recently that “this is the defining issue of our time.” Ours is no longer, in our president’s take on things, the land of the free and the home of the brave. America now is the land of the envious and the home of the victim.
Recent national rankings released by three different organizations prove that South Dakota has one of the best business environments and among the strongest economic policies in the nation. For the seventh year in a row, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council named South Dakota as the No. 1 state in the nation for friendliness toward small businesses.
A column from South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard on the Fiscal Year 2013 state budget, in which he urges continued caution but increases in spending in some areas. Increases include a 2.3% ongoing increase in K-12 education, coupled with one-time investments that total more than $12 million. Gov. Daugaard also proposes Medicaid providers and state employees receive extra one-time funds that are the result of strong revenue growth.
Beginning January 1, 2012, five South Dakota communities will implement new municipal taxes or update their current city taxes. These towns include Bruce, Camp Crook, Frankfort, Oldham and Irene. The South Dakota Department of Revenue has Municipal Tax Information Bulletins available listing all municipal sales and use tax rates statewide as well as information on tribal sales, use and excise taxes.
And we wonder why so many young people are growing up to be mindless drones of Marxist propaganda? It’s not surprising when we realize how much overt (and how much subtle) indoctrination they receive from elitists in the public education system. Watch this interview with the author of “Indoctrination: How ‘Useful Idiots’ Are Using Our Schools to Subvert American Exceptionalism” to hear about some ongoing examples of how our children are being indoctrinated against our way of life.
Last year, a one-year cut in the payroll taxes that working Americans pay to finance Social Security was enacted in the name of so-called economic “stimulus.” But, like the rest of the economic stimuli that have come from Washington over the last three years, the only thing that has been stimulated is the growing hole of national debt into which we sink deeper and deeper. Now, unsurprisingly, our president and his Democratic colleagues want to continue, and possibly expand, this payroll tax holiday despite its obvious failure.
Massive defense cuts on the docket, thanks to the complete incompetence and malfeasance of the “supercommittee.” Meanwhile, communist China continues to be a growing threat to us and our allies, North Korea continues to pursue nukes, Iran continues to pursue nukes while they remain the #1 supporter of terrorism in the world, and terrorist groups worldwide still have us in their crosshairs.
No amount of spin, or rhetoric, or blame-gaming can change the mathematical facts on the ground: Our debt has spiraled out of control and we are rapidly reaching a point of no return. This Congress and this President have had more than enough time to act, but they have failed to do so. If their dismal approval ratings are any indication, there will be a price to pay for this inexcusable indolence come November 2012.
What’s wrong with this picture? Maybe some folks think it’s normal to be stoned, and think recreational drugs should be legal, but mature human beings tend to have a problem with something like this, especially when lives are on the line. Union workers at Tower Defense in Detroit drinking booze and smoking pot over lunch.
The Obama Administration’s Solyndra scandal that cost U.S. taxpayers $535 million is just the tip of the iceberg of the scandal enveloping Obama’s use of taxpayer dollars to help his top donors. Obama has nationalized the Chicago patronage system. The truth is that on a scale of one to 10, the Nixon scandals were about a three compared to Obama green payoff being a 10.
After visiting the website of Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength, the group demanding higher taxes on wealthy Americans like themselves, one may lament the defiant, don’t-tread-on-me spirit that once defined our national character. They believe that there is no problem that can’t be solved by giving more money to the federal government. Yet any millionaire could easily make better, more productive use of their money than the government ever will.
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard recently announced that the state is still having some financial problems, but they aren’t as bad as they were last year. The improvement came with the tax revenue in the past several months has been above the estimates. The downturn in the state’s tobacco revenue is part of why the general fund isn’t where state officials would like to see it.
Remember ClimateGate a couple of years ago? It was the scandal when a bunch of emails, computer code and documents from the “scientific” community were released to the public, and we obtained our first real proof that the scientific community was deliberately trying to pull the wool over our eyes about the hypothesis of anthropogenic global warming. Well, another set of emails has been made public, and they serve to further annihilate what credibility the “scientific” community had left when it decided to sacrifice integrity on the altar of a political agenda.
This is just rich–excuse the pun.You’ve probably heard of some of the wealthy Americans like Warren Buffett, Barack Obama and others who have their zeal on to spend other people’s money, claiming taxes aren’t high enough on America’s most successful citizens.Watch what happens when some of these hypocrites are given a chance to donate to the US Treasury of their own free will.
While a broad cross section of Americans continue to favor a balanced budget amendment (BBA), some believe the idea is too closely identified with the Republican Party, and is unlikely to pass anytime soon. But there may be another way to get spending under control. Unlike the BBA, the National Debt Relief Amendment (NRDA) does not have a “get of jail free card,” that the political class can use to sidestep anti-spending restraints.
Planned Parenthood’s website offers a self-endorsement and subtle tribute to racist and eugenicist Margaret Sanger who sought to rid the world of undesirable minorities. The time is long overdue for Planned Parenthood to be denounced as an agent of death and despair and its abortion activities declared illegal.
Now this is the kind of cuts we need to get America back on track fiscally! We’re currently $15 TRILLION in debt. We have an annual deficit of about $1.5 TRILLION, so do the math: in 10 years, unless the economy comes back strong, we’ll have accrued another $15 trillion in debt.This means that cuts of anything less than about $10 trillion over 10 years are a drop in the bucket, a complete waste of everyone’s time. And the “supercommittee” is wringing it’s hands over cutting $1.2 trillion over 10 years? What planet are they on???
Eric Stanley of the Alliance Defense Fund was on Wallbuilders Live yesterday, discussing the Pulpit Initiative. This effort started in 2007 by the Alliance Defense Fund to challenge the unconstitutional tax code provision fostered in 1954 by then Senator Lyndon Johnson to silence his nonprofit political enemies. This year, 539 pastors participated, and next year even more are expected to come on board.
On Nov. 16, the national debt surpassed $15 trillion for the first time in U.S. history to $15.026 trillion. And at its current trajectory, it will pass 100 percent of the $15.198 trillion Gross Domestic Product by the end of the year, if not early in 2012. Government borrowing becomes a drain on economic output.
Anti-tax increase advocates were alarmed on Nov. 2 when 40 House Republicans signed a letter indicating they were open to new revenues as part of a package expected from the so-called congressional Supercommittee. “To succeed, all options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues must be on the table,” the letter stated. So will the Supercommittee sell out the American economy and the American people with tax increases to feed the ravenous appetite of this out-of-control government?