Why yes, Downtown Vernon Brown, Senate candidate M. Michael Rounds does have a record... a record of failure. Eager reader Bill Dithmer points to another example of Rounds's failure to create any lasting agenda, his stalled South Dakota Certified Beef program:
When then-Gov. Mike Rounds persuaded the 2005 Legislature to create the program [see 2005 Senate Bill 220], he envisioned a time when people across the nation and around the world would choose to pay more for steaks that carry a South Dakota seal of approval. He said codes on package labels could let buyers visit an Internet site to track the meat’s origin, following it from a calf’s birth to a feedlot and then a processor.
But that hasn’t happened, largely because South Dakota hasn’t had a meatpacking plant operating at a large scale that would make processing economical, officials say. They hope the long-delayed Northern Beef Packers plant in Aberdeen will soon fill that void.
In the first eight years of the program, only 16,386 cattle — a tiny slice of a state herd that approaches 4 million head — have been enrolled by farmers and ranchers. Only 500 have made it all the way through the program to be sold as meat from the program, mostly just within South Dakota from cattle processed by small custom meat lockers [Chet Brokaw, "SD Certified Beef Falls Short of Goals," AP via Mitchell Daily Republic, 2013.07.22].
The South Dakota Certified Beef program doesn't even have a website left, let alone a list of proud producers profiting from Governor Rounds's "vision." Rounds keeps expressing faith in Northern Beef Packers to save his dream, but they can't even make payroll with extensive government support.
Of course, if you're a Republican interested in making sure that Congress doesn't actually do anything, well, I guess Mike Rounds is your perfect choice for Senate.