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House Raises Debt Ceiling with No Drama; Noem Resists Reality

Hard-core conservatives call Speaker Boehner's cooperation with Democrats in passing a no-drama, no-strings increase of the debt ceiling "complete capitulation." Rapid City blogger John Tsitrian calls it a pragmatic recognition of the best way to cut deficits:

...increase revenues, people. In this case that translates into keeping an economy thriving and growing so that businesses and individuals have continually growing incomes from which continually growing taxes can be received. How on earth is the business sector of our economy supposed to thrive when it constantly fears talks of budget stalemates, government shutdowns, and U.S. Treasury defaults as a backdrop for their day-to-day spending and investment decisions? These showdowns cost money, and money is just what the federal government needs in order whack away at its deficits [John Tsitrian, "Sez Reality: 'I Bite!' Sez Kristi Noem: 'Ouch!'" The Constant Commoner, 2014.02.15].

Tsitrian offers biting words for Rep. Kristi Noem, who once again voted for economic chaos over fiscal responsibility. Tsitrian's descriptors of Rep. Noem include...

  • cognitively disconnected
  • ridiculous
  • right-wing anarchist
  • stupid
  • immature
  • selling us out
  • failure

...and that's in just one blog post.

The Powers commentariat would label such language Noem Derangement Syndrome. I'd label it an honest assessment of Noem's job performance from a disappointed Republican businessman.


  1. mike from iowa 2014.02.16

    He overlooked dippy,dappy,dopey,double-disconnected dumb bell. They all start with a letter grade higher than her F for failure.

  2. Roger Cornelius 2014.02.16

    All Tristan's adjectives apply to Noem.

    This woman's logic is seriously skewered, does she not realize that by voting not to raise the debt ceiling her beloved farm bill is toast.

    All she "worked so hard" for in getting the farm bill to cover farmers and ranchers reimbursement for their loses from blizzard Atlas would be toast.

    Her actions do represent South Dakota's agricultural industry.

  3. Douglas Wiken 2014.02.16

    Thune apparently found all sides of the issue. He voted to end filibuster, but also voted against the compromise. Boehner is aware the GOP has fallen into irrelevance wilderness, but Thune is apparently just half aware.

  4. Joan Brown 2014.02.16

    I have never thought Thune was aware of anything. Actually he and Noem operate on about the same mentality level.

  5. John Tsitrian 2014.02.17

    Cory, re: your link--whoever it was that wrote last October 16 that Noem "is doing solid work" in D.C. has no concept of what is going on in this state. That very week a slug of us were passing the hat in order to raise enough money to re-open Mt. Rushmore in a desperate effort to save what was left of an Autumn tourist season that was KO'd by the government shutdown that Noem and her ilk were responsible for. "Solid work?" Good grief. More like "solid waste."

  6. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.02.17

    John, that's why I appreciate your commentary: you don't try to call black white or war peace. Saying you don't see Noem's work as solid is not a sign of derangement; quite the opposite: it shows a good grasp of reality.

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