Representative Kristi Noem is hosting Speaker Boehner in her home state next week. Invitation only, not open to the public. Minnehaha Country Club. $500 individual/$1000 couples for a photo reception and breakfast. $250 individual/$500 couple for breakfast only.
We all know this is how it is done. Everybody does it. But an exclusive fundraising party when everything around us is falling, brick by brick, to the ground? Right now with the free fall of economy and Congress unable to do anything meaningful for ALL the people, this exclusive party somehow seems out of place and out of touch. Kind of like the birthday party in Chicago. The President leaves town and Congress goes on vacation when there is so much to be done and no jobs to be had for the ordinary citizen out of work or the ordinary citizen struggling to make ends meet.
As the rich in this state go to the pretty party and the rest of the state sit outside looking in, it sure seems that nothing changes and everything stays the same. If you are frivolously money rich, put your party dress or expensive suit and tie on and go have your picture taken with the pretend leaders. If you are an average South Dakotan, you will just go to work at your ordinary job and use those hard earned dollars for daily necessities and school clothes and supplies for your kids and not frivolous pictures to hang on your office wall or den and bragging rights that you got to rub shoulders with the beacon light of the rich and famous of the Republican party.
There is probably a time and place for this type of exclusive party. But do you throw your little party right after Congress almost brought this country to the brink of disaster? Right after they put together their little solution that did nothing to impact the deficit or create jobs and then patted themselves on the back for a job well done, turned the lights out and went on vacation while the S&P downgraded the bond rating of the country for the first time in history and the stock market threw up?
The timing of this little party by our representative host and House Speaker proves how out of touch they and the rest of Washington really is these days. Throw an exclusive party and eat cake while Rome burns. Noem and Boehner and yes, the President, need to get back to Washington and do something meaningful instead vacationing and throwing exclusive parties.