First, I would like to congratulate all of you in the Basket of Deplorables for utterly and completely confounding the left and the elite. They were just so certain that linking their swamp buddy to Trump in the Moore/Strange election would net them a win. Now, they don't know what to think. What? Voters that (gasp!) think for themselves? We can not have this! I would bet that POTUS is still giggling about it. What will their next move be?
Ok, more on the Foreigners and Felons First issue.
Do any of you find it more than a little bit amusing (insert eye roll here) that a body of people that is so offended that an outsider won the election that they would literally incite violence and riots and call for his supporters to commit suicide and their kids to be killed simply because of who they voted for --- wait for it ---- can not understand why more than 80% of the US voters do not want immigration laws shattered? (Yeah, they are waaaaay past breaking those laws. They are nothing more than shards by this time.) Political outsiders = bad for congress. Illegal alien outsiders = more worthy of living in the US than the current citizens. Hypocrites.
It is difficult to keep up with the web of deceit that they weave, but our own Mike Rounds has no use for his own state's residents either.
For convenience sake, here is another link to how the swamp (and our own Mike Rounds) is pushing to expand their stench: www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/02/eight-52-gop-senators-pushing-amnesty-outsourcing-bills/
If you have not sorted it out yet, the Chamber of Commerce that at one time started out with an idea that seemed good, has gone rogue. I used to wonder why their numbers are dwindling. I had a chamber president and the board of directors discuss this issue with me a couple of years ago. They just could not figure out why their numbers were steadily dropping. One, their mismanagement of funds was impressive. Especially for professional business people. Two, business people that are truly wanting to grow a strong local community and economy know that it has to be done from the inside, not the outside. Why would they continue to waste time and effort with a group that is so openly anti-community? So eager to cast local businesses and graduates aside that they would literally sanction and raise funds for human trafficking of refugees for financial gain? It is time to cut the losses and move on to a less destructive circle of influence.
One only needs to look at Sidney, Ne, for a quick example of what happens when a community trusts and relies on outside investors. I am certain you can find many other examples like Cabelas. An outside person comes in, takes advantage of cheap start up costs, makes their money, grows the community, people buy houses and relocate there, and then, BAM! , they sell and take their money and run. The now large company that has been absorbed by a behemoth company, possibly even foreign, moves. Leaving the community high and dry. They have no loyalty or pride in the community. They are just there to make money and run. Unsold houses set empty and devalued. People are now jobless. But what does the outsider care? So long as they made their money, your community means nothing to them.
Why are we courting and giving so much money to well-off outside investors?
Not once, but TWICE, the state has done this with the beef packing plant in Aberdeen. Now, the owner hails from San Francisco and the hiring firm is from Texas (not the patriotic part of Texas). They claimed they would bring jobs to Aberdeen. And they did. Just not for anyone that lives there. They got fists full of money and tax incentives to start a business. When the gravy train runs out, they will try to sell it off.
Did you know that there are job openings at the plant now? Did the local paper even advertise? No? Because they have to pay you more. Not really more, but they get labor cost incentives by hiring certain groups. You and your kids are not on that list. But you, your kids, and your neighbors have to pay full labor costs with no incentives if you start a business while these companies continue to churn employees to keep the tax credits and cheap labor money train rolling. (Demand to know how much of a kick back the economic development people get if they can find a way to make Aberdeen a direct resettlement sight for refugees. Be warned, you may need to hire an investigator for that information. There is a very good reason that the people pushing against this operate anonymously.)
Maybe, besides the new processing plant, you need to ask more questions about the other business making plans to come to Aberdeen that they won't yet talk about. It seems that it may be allotted a fair chunk of the already poorly managed water resources. Time to put the pressure on and probe like a really bad rectal exam. Just keep pushing until you find what you are looking for. The community has a right to know what is going on in their community. The REAL stakeholders of a community, are its residents.
If you like what California, Illinois, New York, DC, Minnesota, and many of the coastal areas that are governed by liberals are like -- mostly sanctuary cities with massive crime rates, then keep supporting this. If not, get busy and get the people out of office that are feeding it and start running for boards and reigning this nonsense in.
Now is the time to either stand up or take a knee. It turns out that taking a knee does not end well, so please stand up and fight.
Let's revisit our culture and our community values. Reopen those true community centers where we are not separating the generations into different buildings and clubs and depriving them of learning from each other. Come together as a community and find ways to support startups and careers of local college graduates. And do not forget those that do not go to college. The American dream should not come with the condition that you incur monster debts. Take a kid under your wing and mentor them to success. Don't put them in a position where they need to leave to become successful. Remember your local graduates first. It is about quality, not quantity. I would rather have a strong community than a large one that evolves into Chicago or Las Angeles. Bigger is not always better.
Support Made in America by Americans. Start rebuilding our rural communities with our kids and grandkids.
I have decided to forage about the state and begin listing local businesses and giving them a shout out on the site. Watch for a new section soon. Also, there is a place in Aberdeen on Main Street called Jan's Ceramics. She puts together South Dakota Made gift baskets. Stop in and see what she has.
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