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Governor Daugaard did the right for South Dakota and the United States

December 7, 2012

budgetI have been no fan of Governor Daugaard since returning to South Dakota last year. In fact I believe the referred measures he pushed on the ballot this last election were horrible. However it is important to point out when a politician does the right thing. All fiscal conservatives, small government advocates, and liberty activists should be celebrating Gov. Daugaard’s rejection of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion!

It was during the South Dakota Governor’s Budget Address for FY2014  on Tuesday that Daugaard decided to take this stand. You can view the address recorded by SDPB on YouTube. In his address Daugarrd said: “There are far too many unanswered questions for me to recommend adding 48,000 adults to the 116,000 already on our rolls.” Daugaard is completely right with this statement. The figures given for the costs of Obamacare are likely to be very understated; making it the same as any other well-intended central government program. However the true cost of Obamacare is not measured in dollars….

The true cost of Obamacare is the expansion of federal control over states rights and individual liberty. As I’ve stated before the South Dakota Democratic Party wants South Dakota to be more reliant upon the federal government. This expansion of the welfare state has nothing to do with ‘helping the poor.’ It has to do with consolidating the control of liberty and the another remnant of the market to central planners in DC.

If statists (including those running the South Dakota Democratic Party) truly cared about poverty they would be taking local action that actually works. Wealth redistribution does nothing but keep the poor below the poverty line. History has shown that welfare programs do nothing but disincentivize people from trying to get out of poverty. Ironically these federal programs designed to help the poor do nothing but make the very same poor people reliant upon the government in perpetuity.

Add to that the government is very bad at providing services to poverty-stricken Americans. Data from the Senate Budget Committee shows that over $60,000 per year is spent on each household in poverty. That is almost three times the level of poverty! It would actually be more beneficial to cut out the middle-man and give the money directly to these unfortunate Americans in poverty.

Instead of making people more reliant upon the state, people should be working with local charities to assist those around them who are less fortunate. Instead of a Federal War on Poverty why don’t we start to actually fix the problem by starting local. If everyone works hard to make their communities better the country would be in a much better shape than it is now!

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