New love is fun. It‘s easy to enjoy the excitement, the rush, the sense of opportunity.
I prefer old love, though.
New love is perishable. It‘s easily distracted and fades quickly. Old love is abiding. It’s stubborn, willing to ride out the inevitable storms and maelstroms of marriage.
Both in South Dakota and in Washington, I repeatedly hear the same thing – support free trade but hold bad actors accountable. As Americans, our innovation and ambition has allowed us to compete and succeed in a global market – but the playing field should be even. South Dakota has benefited greatly from market access, particularly for agricultural products.
For families throughout the country, the Fourth of July is a time to relax with loved ones, enjoy fireworks shows, and grill some good old-fashioned burgers. The holiday also serves as a reminder of those who’ve guaranteed our freedoms, the sacrifices our founders made to ensure our independence, and the progress we have seen as a nation ever since.
It’s Not Perfect – There was a circus in town this week, and it took up residence on the House floor. With 84 votes, the Senate passed a much-needed bipartisan humanitarian border bill that the President agreed to sign.
Our national debt is higher than ever at $22 trillion. I am a conservative for a few reasons, which include keeping the government small and taxes low. If those reasons are to ring true, then we must limit our spending and ensure our tax dollars are being spent wisely. Neglecting our values gave us the deficit we have today.
When I sat down with a group of farmers and ranchers a few weeks back in Parker, they all told me the same thing: forage stocks are running low because of our wet spring. South Dakotans are well-aware our planting season has been delayed because of continuous flooding and rain. This has gotten national attention.
There Needs to Be Common Ground - This week was a split ticket with some bipartisan wins and some bipartisan failures. The first vote of the week was on disaster funding.
Agriculture producers need relief. For months, South Dakota and our neighboring states faced record flooding and now we’re seeing continued wet conditions from rainfall. For those of us who didn’t grow up in Ag, rainstorms are equated with things like blankets, movies, and cancelled ball games. For South Dakota producers, more rain means delay.