Platitudes and opposing President Obama. That's what South Dakotans heard during last night’s GOP Senate debate because that's what Big Money donors want the politicians they pay for to say. But when you go to every town in this state that isn’t what you hear. Big Money wants platitudes and deadlock. Everyday citizens want solutions and honesty about what is really going on.
Health care reform is a perfect example. Last night, Governor Rounds doubled-down on his factually-incorrect assertion that the Affordable Care Act “steals” $700 billion from Obamacare. Never mind the fact that KELO-Land, the Argus Leader, Bloomberg, the National Committee to Preserve and Protect Social Security and Medicare and even a former Bush Administration official all say this argument is a lie and that the Affordable Care Act actually strengthens Medicare by eliminating overpayments to insurance companies and hospitals.
Adding insult to injury, the former Governor gripped the podium and told every South Dakotan watching how important Medicare is to senior citizens. I have a simple question for Governor Rounds: How can you look the camera, and the entire state in the eye, and say that when you are on the record supporting Paul Ryan’s budget that would force any South Dakotan 55 or younger into a voucher program instead of real Medicare?
Mike Rounds wants to be ordained our next U.S. Senator. I want to earn it by continuing to travel the entire state and look folks in the eye and telling them the choice is simple. Do you want your next Senator to be bought and paid for by Big Money or do you want someone who, while you may not always agree with, is 100% committed to listening to the citizens of South Dakota?
There are enough smooth talkers lobbying for Big Money in and around the halls of Congress; our state doesn’t need to pay for one more [Rick Weiland, press release, 2014.05.16].
Rounds is playing semantics and avoiding the fact that the alternatives his party offers are worse for health care than the Affordable Care Act. Woster be darned, Weiland is right to attack Rounds's manufacturing of false public perception now, during the Republican primary, and every day, in every conversation he has with South Dakotans.