Executive Branch is on a spending spree

Rep. Steve Haugaard, District 10

This past week there were House Bills which would have clarified the requirement that the Legislature actually ‘appropriate’ money BEFORE it is spent by the executive branch. Those bills made it to the House floor for a vote but fell short of the required majority needed to pass. Given the government-sponsored spending spree that our state is on, it is not surprising that the Democrats support the spending on big government giveaways, but it should speak volumes about the true political perspective of those Republicans who voted against those bills. You can review the comments made on Feb. 16 on the House floor and the votes that were cast by going to www.sdlegislature.gov. Listen to the debate on House bills HB1335 and HB1336.  

Not only is there chaos in eastern Europe, but we have our own shift of governance here at home. It is not an overstatement to say that “When states surrender their policies to the federal government in exchange for handouts, they become complicit in the demise of our economy and our culture.” That is what is going on now in Pierre and all across South Dakota.  

When you see out-of-control spending, out-of-control inflation, out-of-control government regulation, then you are witnessing problems of a magnitude that requires true leadership. True leadership is what was attempted with the House bills this past week, but it was met with indifference.  

In generations past, there was a phrase used in classes which were teaching the students how to type. That phrase was “Now is the time for all good men (people) to come to the aid of their country.” We need our citizens to become involved in the process of governance and stay involved. When there is a ‘void’, there will be something that rushes in to fill that ‘void’. Presently, expanding government is rushing in to take over and with that comes expanding taxes and expansive government involvement.

Please review the House bills I mentioned above, and also the committee calendars and agendas to see which issues are of special interest to you. Please go to www.sdlegislature.gov to listen in on the meetings or to find out when and where you can be involved.


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