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Thu Sep 13, 2018, 01:40 AM

Noem's Anti-Abortion Crusade Means Bigger Government

Kevin Woster’s article on Kristi Noem’s endorsement from South Dakota’s one-note anti-abortion fanatics points out a couple of amusing contradictions in her campaign.

First, Noem plans to expand state government by hiring an “unborn person advocate”:

Noem listed some objectives on the abortion issue if she is elected governor.

* Assign a staffer within the governor’s office to be an “unborn person advocate” who would “monitor, report and recommend legislative and policy changes….

I asked Noem campaign staffer Brittany Cummings to explain some of those points. She said the “unborn person advocate” would be an assignment within the governor’s office, and the advocate “may have other roles as well” [Kevin Woster, “Sutton’s Style Gentle, Noem’s Anything But,” SDPB: On the Other Hand, 2018.09.10].

Wait a minute: when Noem was campaigning against Marty Jackley, she committed to fight the growth of government. She pounded Jackley into the primary dirt by pledging not to create a bunch of new task forces and roundtables. But when she needs to excite her red-meat base, she’s more than happy to have us pay for a new executive branch dedicated to single-issue hollering.

I guess as long as Kristi Noem’s new hires don’t all meet as a task force, government isn’t really bigger. Let Kristi plant thousands of new FTE trees; just don’t call them a big government forest.

Read more: http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/09/11/noems-anti-abortion-crusade-means-bigger-government/

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