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The shambles in South Dakota (MICHELLE MALKIN)
Townhall.com ^ | October 23rd, 2002 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 10/22/2002 9:30:39 PM PDT by Sabertooth

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October 23, 2002

The shambles in South Dakota

"You've got an economy that is in shambles," complains Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a South Dakota Democrat, whose party is now hounding President Bush for neglecting America's poor, the disenfranchised, the elderly and the unemployed.

Well, Tom Daschle certainly knows about economic shambles and neglect. Look at his home state.

Take the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which, along with several other reservations, is now being investigated by state and federal authorities because of criminal allegations of massive voter fraud tied to local Democrat Party operatives.

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation sits in Shannon County, located in the southwest corner of Tom Daschle's South Dakota. It is the second-poorest U.S. county in the nation, according to the Census Bureau. The unemployment rate hovers around 75 to 85 percent. More than 60 percent of the population lives below the federal poverty level; per capita income is just under $6,300. The reservation is a magnet for mooches because federal time limits on welfare benefits don't apply at Pine Ridge.

Here where cradle-to-grave socialism, the Democrats' fantasy state, is realized, more than half the reservation's adults battle addiction and disease. Alcoholism, diabetes and malnutrition are rampant. Life expectancy on the reservation is 48 years old for men and 52 for women. That's the shortest life expectancy for a community anywhere in the Western Hemisphere outside Haiti, according to The Wall Street Journal. The infant mortality rate is the nation's highest, at about three times the national average.

Former President Clinton waltzed through Pine Ridge on a lip-biting tour with Tom Daschle and then-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo in 1999. "You have suffered from neglect, and you know that doesn't work. You have also suffered from the tyranny of patronizing, inadequately funded government programs, and you know that doesn't work," Clinton thundered in a speech promising to create "new markets" for the poor and clean up the squalor in Tom Daschle's South Dakota.

But the Democrats' grand housing construction and revitalization scheme for Pine Ridge, which made for nice glossy brochures and promotional videos, fell short. Tribal leaders grumbled about being exploited for Democratic political gain. Three years later, Tom Daschle is Senate majority leader -- and the 5,000-square mile reservation, second-largest in the nation, still has no banks, motels or movie theaters.

Thirty-nine percent of the homes on the Pine Ridge reservation have no electricity. Many lack basic plumbing. Public housing units are so overcrowded and scarce that many homeless families often take to tents or cars for shelter. In fact, the plight of the Pine Ridge reservation is so infamous that churches in other states solicit donations of used wood-burning stoves to bring to the residents during harsh winters. Without basic insulation or central heating in their homes, many Indians on Pine Ridge use their ovens to heat their homes.

Tom Daschle has been in public office in South Dakota since 1978, when he won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served there until 1986, and then moved on to the U.S. Senate, where he has wielded power for three terms. By all accounts, Daschle owes his Senate seat to Native American voters who helped provide him with a razor-thin edge in his initial Senate bid. Now, he is leaning on those perpetually impoverished Native Americans across the state (dead or alive) to keep him in power and protect his protege, junior Sen. Tim Johnson, who is locked in a tight battle with GOP Rep. John Thune.

While his destitute constituents on Pine Ridge huddle around their ovens for heat and drink in despair, Tom Daschle says he can do better for America's economy. Have you seen what he has done for South Dakota lately?

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: daschle; senate
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1 posted on 10/22/2002 9:30:40 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
You can say THAT again!!
2 posted on 10/22/2002 9:31:20 PM PDT by timestax
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To: Victoria Delsoul; Pokey78; JohnHuang2; MeeknMing; rdb3; mhking; BOBTHENAILER; Marine Inspector; ...

    

Michelle
Malkin
Growl!




Post here to the thread if you'd like to be on the Michelle Malkin list.

3 posted on 10/22/2002 9:33:04 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
Excellent article!

Thanks for the ping!

4 posted on 10/22/2002 9:36:49 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Sabertooth
IT'S 14 DAYS 'TIL THE ELECTION

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TODAY TO HELP TAKE BACK THE SENATE?

YOU CAN HELP, TODAY. GO TO:

TakeBackCongress.org

A resource for conservatives who want a Republican majority in the Senate

5 posted on 10/22/2002 9:39:04 PM PDT by ffrancone
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To: Sabertooth
Without a doubt, conservative women are the SEXIEST women on the planet. Can I get an "amen," brothers??
6 posted on 10/22/2002 9:39:52 PM PDT by Gunder
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To: Sabertooth

7 posted on 10/22/2002 9:41:11 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Sabertooth
While his destitute constituents on Pine Ridge huddle around their ovens for heat and drink in despair, Tom Daschle says he can do better for America's economy. Have you seen what he has done for South Dakota lately?

This article is GREAT! Someone should send to the Thune Campaign!

8 posted on 10/22/2002 9:43:02 PM PDT by PhiKapMom
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To: Sabertooth
bump
9 posted on 10/22/2002 9:44:08 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Sabertooth
I don't know who I admire most, her or Ann. They are both the right women for the right time in our history.
10 posted on 10/22/2002 9:46:53 PM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: MissAmericanPie
Michelle Malkin vs. Ann Coulter. That would be a close fight. But fun to watch.
11 posted on 10/22/2002 9:48:28 PM PDT by Gunder
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To: Sabertooth
Damn, a real fire-breather with clarity, bevity and take no crap, upfront writing! I love this woman!
12 posted on 10/22/2002 9:51:45 PM PDT by txzman
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To: Sabertooth
Michelle never disappoints! Please add me to the ping list.
13 posted on 10/22/2002 9:55:27 PM PDT by pistola
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To: Gunder
I don't think there would be a fight, just a ton of truisms bursting from the tv screen and flooding American homes. Liberals might be found comatose from truth and logic overdose in front of their televisions nation wide. Emergency units would be overloaded, air traffic control going nuts over all the medi flights to the hospital, ambulance traffic jams....
14 posted on 10/22/2002 9:56:43 PM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: Sabertooth
Signing up for the ping, Sabertooth ...
15 posted on 10/22/2002 10:03:43 PM PDT by Pegita
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To: Pegita
You're both on, thanks.



16 posted on 10/22/2002 10:06:52 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
Oh, please, please PLEASE add me to her ping list!
17 posted on 10/22/2002 10:07:18 PM PDT by ImaGraftedBranch
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To: CheneyChick; vikingchick; Victoria Delsoul; WIMom; one_particular_harbour; kmiller1k; Snow Bunny; ..
((((((growl)))))



18 posted on 10/22/2002 10:07:47 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
and the 5,000-square mile reservation, second-largest in the nation, still has no banks, motels or movie theaters.

I've never met another Indian yet who was pining away for a bank, motel or movie theatre. In attempting to poke at Mr. Daschle, this author has proven that most people are still of the belief that the "savages" need to be civilized. If I said what I was feeling right now, I'd be banned.

19 posted on 10/22/2002 10:18:15 PM PDT by Demidog
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To: Demidog
I've never met another Indian yet who was pining away for a bank, motel or movie theatre.

So, they only want casinos? What's your point?

Are you saying they're happy with a life expectancy of 50?




20 posted on 10/22/2002 10:30:45 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
Are you saying they're happy with a life expectancy of 50?

I'm saying leave us alone. We're not political tools. If I had my druthers, I'd spend every day in the woods with my bow (thank God it's deer season and I can).

The "modern conveniences" that socialists such as this writer want to foist upon the Indians are merely a means to salve their conscience. Screw them. The best thing that anyone could do is to end all welfare and walk away. No handouts, no regulations, no sugar daddy government pulling the strings on the "self-government" Indian councils. Walk away and mind your own business.

21 posted on 10/22/2002 10:37:51 PM PDT by Demidog
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To: Demidog
The "modern conveniences" that socialists such as this writer want to foist upon the Indians are merely a means to salve their conscience.

Did you read the article?

"Here where cradle-to-grave socialism, the Democrats' fantasy state, is realized..."

"Former President Clinton waltzed through Pine Ridge on a lip-biting tour with Tom Daschle and then-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo in 1999. "You have suffered from neglect, and you know that doesn't work. You have also suffered from the tyranny of patronizing, inadequately funded government programs, and you know that doesn't work," Clinton thundered in a speech promising to create "new markets" for the poor and clean up the squalor in Tom Daschle's South Dakota...."

"But the Democrats' grand housing construction and revitalization scheme for Pine Ridge, which made for nice glossy brochures and promotional videos, fell short...."

"While his destitute constituents on Pine Ridge huddle around their ovens for heat and drink in despair, Tom Daschle says he can do better for America's economy. Have you seen what he has done for South Dakota lately?"

Sounds like the point she's making is exactly the opposite of the nanny-state socialism foisted on the Indians by the likes of Daschle, Clinton, and the Democrats. That what's bad for the Indians would be just as bad for America.




22 posted on 10/22/2002 10:46:37 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: Demidog
Some civilisations triumph, some societies triumph.

Some don't. Yours didn't. No one says its 'fair' or 'right' or 'just'...it's merely a fact. WHEN you accept a fact, and deal with it, you win.

Or, you can whine and remain a loser (speaking societally, not personally).

23 posted on 10/22/2002 10:47:49 PM PDT by SAJ
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To: Demidog
Nice job missing the entire point of the article. You never disappoint.
24 posted on 10/22/2002 10:54:38 PM PDT by Deb
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To: Sabertooth
We need more writers like MM who actually tell the truth, a rarity among journalists (!) Thanks for the ping, Saber. Her articles are never disappointing.
25 posted on 10/23/2002 12:04:02 AM PDT by janetgreen
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To: Sabertooth
Forgot to mention that Tiny Tom will have to change his diaper after reading this article...
26 posted on 10/23/2002 12:05:46 AM PDT by janetgreen
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To: Sabertooth
Sign me up, Sabertooth

Wow, a conservative Asian babe!

Is she a Freeper?

27 posted on 10/23/2002 12:18:02 AM PDT by wai-ming
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To: Sabertooth
Thanks for the Michelle ping. As part Cherokee, I was moved to write to Michelle and thank her for exposing the RATS abuse of Pine Ridge (and all Indians). And yes, I will be emailing her article to SD papers and Thune. I HATE DEMOCRATS!!
28 posted on 10/23/2002 12:19:39 AM PDT by Elkiejg
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To: Sabertooth
Amen! Great article!
29 posted on 10/23/2002 1:12:28 AM PDT by johnnybobs
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To: Elkiejg; Demidog
What's the difference between Pine Ridge Reservation and a Plantation??.....No indoor plumbing, no heat, misery galore.... The only difference is that the Indians are VOTING to keep themselves on the Democrat Plantation. Shame on them.
30 posted on 10/23/2002 1:25:43 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Ann Archy
The only difference is that the Indians are VOTING to keep themselves on the Democrat Plantation. Shame on them.

Agree totally!! I admit I'm only a percentage Cherokee and come from a highly educated family so it's difficult for me to understand why Indians and Blacks still believe the RATS are their friends.

31 posted on 10/23/2002 1:59:09 AM PDT by Elkiejg
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To: Sabertooth
Please put me on your M. M. growl list!!!!

What a scathing report on Puffy, to bad the alphabet news channels would pick up on her.

32 posted on 10/23/2002 2:49:35 AM PDT by exnavy
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To: Sabertooth
Just took time to email this article to SD newspapers, Thune, Johnson and Daschle. Hope they enjoy their reading!!
33 posted on 10/23/2002 2:54:04 AM PDT by Elkiejg
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To: Sabertooth
Please add me to your list, Sabertooth! Great article.
34 posted on 10/23/2002 2:56:51 AM PDT by Calico Cat
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To: Sabertooth
Michelle Malkin delivers the truth! Thank you for the ping.
35 posted on 10/23/2002 3:00:21 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Demidog
You Know, if I could I would spend every day in the woods with my bow. I'm scandanavian/irish, race has nothing to do with M.M.writing this piece, except that the dems are demagoging this issue, have been for decades.

And if you need to let off steam, feel free to freepmail me to let off some frustration, then you won't be banned.

I've seen some of your posts here and I may not always agree with you, you are a worthy person who adds to this site.

Michele isn't trying to "use" indians to make a point, she is trying to expose the dems for using indians to make a point. Big difference.

36 posted on 10/23/2002 3:00:34 AM PDT by exnavy
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To: exnavy
Waiting-for-Puff-Daschle's-response bump
37 posted on 10/23/2002 3:02:44 AM PDT by Unknown Freeper
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To: Sabertooth
Post here to the thread if you'd like to be on the Michelle Malkin list.

Oh,BOY would I like to be on her list!

38 posted on 10/23/2002 3:07:40 AM PDT by sneakypete
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To: Diogenesis
When it comes to sexy women,Bubbette! surely qualifies as the "anti-Michelle".
39 posted on 10/23/2002 3:08:59 AM PDT by sneakypete
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To: Demidog
I've never met another Indian yet who was pining away for a bank, motel or movie theatre.

While I am willing to bet many of them would really appreciate a movie to go to within 50 miles of where they live,I'd be willing to bet even more of them would like to have places to work and earn a living for their families. About the only way to bring commerce to the reservations is to bring tourism,and tourists won't come unless there are places to provide for their needs.

40 posted on 10/23/2002 3:15:19 AM PDT by sneakypete
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To: Sabertooth
Sabretooth,
please, please put me on the MM ping list
thanks
putupon
41 posted on 10/23/2002 3:24:27 AM PDT by putupon
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To: Sabertooth
Please add me to the MM ping list.

I think Marc Raciot should step aside and let Michelle take over!
42 posted on 10/23/2002 3:34:54 AM PDT by ncweaver
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To: sneakypete
About the worst thing you can do to people is put them on welfare and get them totally dependent on the government. Welfare should be ended immediately.
43 posted on 10/23/2002 5:51:31 AM PDT by FITZ
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To: wai-ming
Is she a Freeper?
Yep, so is her husband.



44 posted on 10/23/2002 6:12:37 AM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
Former President Clinton waltzed through Pine Ridge on a lip-biting tour with Tom Daschle....


Clinton Crying - Video @ Ron Brown Funeral
Laffing & So Forth Til He Sees Camera.....

45 posted on 10/23/2002 6:18:12 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: Sabertooth
Great post!

I've driven through parts of the reservation and talked to some of the locals. Its bad. All the men seemed to be recovering alcoholics and they were quick to tell me all about it.

46 posted on 10/23/2002 6:19:38 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Sabertooth




47 posted on 10/23/2002 6:20:28 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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Soul Mates: The Meltdown Continues
Tom Daschle calls Dick Gephardt
his "partner and soul mate" in the
afterglow of his mid-week meltdown.
This is too good...
Week of 9-23-2002
48 posted on 10/23/2002 6:21:21 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: Sabertooth
Let me try that again with some Steyn with it.....

Soul Mates: The Meltdown Continues
Tom Daschle calls Dick Gephardt
his "partner and soul mate" in the
afterglow of his mid-week meltdown.
This is too good...
Week of 9-23-2002

Mark Steyn: Those at the back cry 'Forward!'

Excerpt:

As I understand it, the British Labour Party is divided between those in favour of war with Iraq and those opposed to it. In the US Democratic Party, it's more complicated:.

Faction A is anti-war but trying hard not to have to say so between now and election day in November.

Faction B was pro-war when it was Bill Clinton in charge but anti-war now there's a Republican rallying the troops.

Faction C can go either way but huffily insists that to ask them to express an opinion would be to "politicise" the war.

Faction D can't quite figure which position alienates least of their supporters and so articulates a whole all-you-can-eat salad bar of conflicting positions and then, in a weird postmodern touch, ostentatiously agonises over the "inherent risks" in each of them.

Faction E thinks the priority right now should be to sit around holding inquiries into why the administration failed to act on what it knew about al-Qa'eda before they killed thousands of Americans. To act on what we know about Saddam before he kills thousands of Americans would be an unnecessary distraction from the important work of investigating why we didn't act last time round.

Taken as a whole, the 50 Democratic senators' current positions on Iraq forms the all-time record multiple-contortionist pretzel display. But a week ago they showed signs of finally remembering the First Rule of Holes: when you're in one, stop digging. Instead of talking about why they don't want to talk about Iraq, they correctly figured that the easiest thing would be to give Bush some qualified, perfunctory support and hastily change the subject to something more favourable, such as the allegedly collapsing economy.

But then Al Gore rose from the dead......

< snip >

Five weeks till election day and the Democratic Party's doing a dandy impression of one of those incompetent suicide bombers who accidentally self-detonates before he gets on the bus.

49 posted on 10/23/2002 6:29:18 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: Sabertooth
Thanks for the ping.
A big AMEN for Michelle Malkin. What a great writer!

Tom Dasshole is doing for the senate what he has done for the people in South Dakota, The jerk is an intellectual midget.
50 posted on 10/23/2002 6:39:46 AM PDT by chatham
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