More image over substance: South Dakota State Senator Dan Lederman and the state GOP are all a-Twitter over Congresswoman Kristi Noem's attention to the flooding on the Missouri River. She toured the flood area, made a speech on the House floor...
In March, Rep. Kristi Noem voted in lock step with Republican leaders in Washington to eliminate the Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Program and to slash $800 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to state and local governments.
Recently, she joined Sens. Tim Johnson and John Thune and requested that President Obama declare a flood emergency in 28 South Dakota counties.
This is blatant hypocrisy. Noem voted to cut critical funding, yet she requested federal funds. You can't have it both ways.
I urge all South Dakotans who are losing their land, their livelihoods and their legacies to flooding to remind their friends and relatives to take a long, hard look at Noem's double talk.
Her hypocrisy places us all in peril. Remember it [Deb Knecht, letter to the editor, that Sioux Falls paper, 2011.05.24].
I don't hear the Republicans who built in the flood plain thanking Noem for that....
Update 08:30 CDT: Someone should remind Kristi that looky-loos aren't helping.