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You Have to Be Kidding: A Message from Our Vice-Chair

You Have to Be Kidding

By Joe Lowe

Vice-Chairman, South Dakota Democratic Party

Vice Chair, South Dakota Democratic Party

Vice Chair, South Dakota Democratic Party

Every day I am astounded by the decisions and comments this President makes. Let’s face it: Donald Trump is a narcissist and serial liar.  He runs this country like he is running a reality TV show. Let’s look at some of the things he has done.

  • He says it is disrespectful and unpatriotic for NFL Players to kneel during the National Anthem. The President acts like he is the ultimate patriot. Being a patriot means serving your country when you are called upon. He was healthy enough to participate in football when he was in college, yet when the big troop push came in Vietnam he received a deferment for a bone spur in his foot. I lost my father and favorite uncle in acts of war, so I question his patriotism. He refuses to recognize that the player protest is about racial equality. For him this is more theatrics that plays to his base.
  • October 4th four Army Green Berets were ambushed and killed in Niger. After 12 days he finally comments on their death. He has not even had the decency to call the families of the troops that were lost. Then he changes the subject and says President Obama did not call the families of the fallen. This is totally untrue – President Obama wrote and called the families of those killed in action.
  • President Trump has been sued in federal court 134 times since inauguration day.
  • Trump said, “We cannot keep FEMA in Puerto Rico forever.”  Yet 80% of the island has no electricity, 40% of these people have no cell service, and 1/3 of these fellow Americans have no water. In Dorado, people have to drink water out of a hazardous waste site. According to the President things are going great. You have to be kidding.
  • He complains that the former President used too many Executive Orders, yet Trump has used 53 and has no major policy initiatives have been passed.
  • He pulled us out of the Paris Climate Accord. We lost face as a world leader.
  • The President decertified the Iranian deal and created a crisis of his own making. In addition, we just lost face with those allies who backed the agreement.
  • The Trump Campaign is subpoenaed over sexual assault allegations. The President says the allegations against him are fake news. Yet at least 17 women have accused him of assaulting or violating them.

So, you have to be kidding that our federal delegation still supports this deeply flawed President. It is like our Senators and Congresswoman are on the RMS Titanic and are in the Grand Ballroom eating a first-class meal and listing to music and ignoring the fact that they are going to hit an iceberg and sink with Captain Trump on the Bridge.

So, my fellow Democrats, we need to “Take America Back Again” and work hard to elect Tim Bjorkman, our Congressional candidate.  If we do not, America will lose its soul. America is worth fighting for.

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SDDP Statement on Bipartisan Healthcare Agreement →

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SDDP Statement on Bipartisan Healthcare Agreement 

The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson responding to today’s bipartisan healthcare agreement:

“This bipartisan agreement is good news for the 16,144 South Dakotans who rely on CSR payments for quality and affordable healthcare. It will help to fix the mess created by President Trump’s cruel refusal to continue crucial payments that make health care more affordable to Americans. We urge Rep. Kristi Noem and Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune to give this agreement their support.

“It is our sincere hope that this marks a new willingness on behalf of Republicans to work with Democrats to make timely, affordable healthcare a reality for all Americans and an end to their continuous efforts to sabotage health care markets for political gain. We urge them to build on this good step to abandon their proposed budget, which would gut Medicare and Medicaid and hurt American families and instead work with Democrats to create a budget that preserves Medicare and Medicaid and works for working families and not just the wealthy few.”

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SDDP Statement on the Republican Lack of Action on CHIP Funding →

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SDDP Statement on the Republican Lack of Action on CHIP Funding

The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement today from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to the continued lack of action from Rep. Kristi Noem, Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune, and other congressional Republicans to restore funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) after failing to reauthorize the program before last month’s deadline to do so:

“Kristi Noem, Mike Rounds, John Thune, and their fellow congressional Republicans have been so busy trying to take healthcare away from millions of Americans, sabotaging our cmissing personsountry’s healthcare system, and fighting over how big of tax cuts to give millionaires and billionaires that they continue to fail to perform the basic functions of governing our great country. I call on South Dakota’s congressional delegation to finally show some leadership and convince their fellow Republicans to work with Democrats to restore CHIP funding immediately. The healthcare of over 16,000 children and women in South Dakota is at stake, and their healthcare should be more important to our representatives than tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.”

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Trump’s Refusal to Make CSR Payments Hurts South Dakotans →

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Trump’s Refusal to Make CSR Payments Hurts South Dakotans 

Last night Donald Trump decided to no longer fund the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs), which will cause millions of Americans to face premiums that skyrocket by as much as 20 percent, create widespread uncertainty and chaos in America’s health care marketplace, and increase the deficit.

Trump and congressional Republicans bear the sole responsibility for the devastation they have inflicted on South Dakotans, 16,144 of whom rely on these CSR payments for quality and affordable health care.

“Republicans have tried time and again to strip away the Affordable Care Act, but South Dakotans and Americans all across the country made their voices heard loud and clear: they want Republicans to keep their hands off their healthcare. Last night healthcare is a rightDonald Trump turned his back on South Dakotans by ending the cost-sharing reduction subsidies that help make quality healthcare affordable for 16,144 South Dakotans,” said South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Sam Parkinson. “Make no mistake – Trump and his administration are gambling with the lives of millions of people and ushering in disarray in our healthcare system. It’s time for Rep. Kristi Noem and Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds to stand up to Trump’s recklessness and start working with Democrats to expand and protect healthcare around the country.”

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SDDP Response to Noem’s Vote Against Relief for Hurricane and Wildfire Victims →

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The SDDP Responds to Noem’s Vote Against Disaster Relief for Hurricane and Wildfire Victims

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Sam Parkinson issued the following statement in response to Rep. Kristi Noem voting against disaster relief for hurricane and wildfire victims this afternoon:

“Kristi Noem’s vote against helping Americans victimized by hurricanes and wildfires shows just how far out of touch she is with South Dakota values. When our neighbors across the street or across the country are in trouble, especially from natural disasters, South Dakotans do what they can to help out and get their neighbors back on their feet. Not only does her vote today violate South Dakota values, it – along with her vote against a hurricane relief bill last month – could jeopardize disaster relief for South Dakota in the future. The next time a tornado or blizzard hits South Dakota and we need help from the federal government to recover, let’s hope Rep. Noem’s colleagues do not follow her example from these votes and vote against aid for South Dakota families.”

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