Thursday, August 13, 2015

SDGOP blog bully embraces usury but cannabis prohibition not nanny-statism


Update, 14 August, 0850 MDT: here is more evidence that video lootery, payday and title loan sharks are parasites feeding off South Dakota's regressive tax structure.

In her column Democratic lawmaker, Representative Peggy Gibson reminds readers of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that South Dakotans owe the state over $127 million while taking an extremist Republican to task for lying to voters.

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In June, Colorado collected a total of $9 million in taxes and fees after Democrats backed the state's cannabis initiative.

South Dakota's Republican Party blowhole has been pouring putridity over efforts of groups trying to put cannabis rights reform in front of the state's voters.

Video lootery, payday loan sharks, domestic violence and homelessness are inextricably linked putting children at risk to more catastrophic consequences far more often than has happened in states that have legalized or lessened penalties for casual use of cannabis.

While admitting he has just recently availed himself the services of a pawn shop Pat Powers is stumbling drunk through a nanny state minefield decrying proposals that would mean more consumer protection from predatory pawn brokers and quickie loan joints while upholding that same state's mandate to deny drug therapies to patients with life-threatening medical conditions.

Now he's bashing fellow Republican, Steve Hickey for being part of a drive to end predatory lenders.

Yes, the initiative and referendum processes are blunt instruments but they're the people's weapons to resist the tyranny of one-party rule.

Divining the alternate universe where Randy Scott still cruises the Moody County back roads while a Hellbent Bill Janklow serially lurks at every intersection in South Dakota's ideological landscape is one of the most flagrant examples of putting the best possible face on the decriminalization of Citibank's prospectus that has ever been perpetrated by an entrenched Republican spin machine.

It's becoming increasingly apparent that this phenomenon is no accident: it has been manufactured to make the state a corporatist tax haven for an exclusive set of Republicans while $2.5 trillion languishes in South Dakota banks.

When democracy is outlawed only outlaws will have democracy.

Ohio will have a legalization initiative on her ballot.


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