Good first session on the Forum, all things considered,
don't you think Gordon?
I trust you felt comfortable enough?
My next questions for you are pretty simple really.
You indicated that there is much more to discuss.
And you seem to be eager to get to it, judging from the way
you've pretty summarily dismissed the questions our
readers posed you on our first go round.
So, besides cutting expenses, school vouchers,
lowering property taxes...oh and maybe seceding
from the Union (just kidding), what are your other issues?
And what has to happen in order for you to decide
whether you're running or not running for Governor?
Thanks again for the opportunity to discuss the issues, Bill. I like the format that allows me to make a statement before I refuse to answer questions!!
I have been working with other Legislators on a bill which will be presented in the next session that confronts the issue of States rights. The net effect of this bill would be that any firearm or ammunition manufactured and used within the State would be exempt from Federal regulations. I am interested to see how that principle might apply to things like drilling for oil, building oil refineries, etc. We not only need to hold the line on Federal encroachment into the rights reserved to the Sates, we need to be aggressive and reverse the trend we have seen over the last decade or more.
The rights of unborn children and the right of mothers to have complete and accurate information when considering the termination of a pregnancy are two issues that require leadership with conviction. During the last session I brought a bill which would have required the abortionist to offer the mother an opportunity for consultation one day prior to an abortion. This bill DID NOT require the mother to do anything, it did, however require the abortionist to afford her an opportunity if she chose to take it. Regardless of your position on abortion, it seems that we should all be able to agree that it is not good medical practice to deny a patient the opportunity to get good information prior to a surgery. This issue is not just going to "go away". We need to continue compassionate efforts to protect the rights of women and children.
As to running for Governor, at this moment I can say that I am watching and listening. I really don't have a personal need to be called Governor. I do have a concern that our next leader is someone who will take us in the right direction. We don't need an "Obama McCain or Bush" experience in South Dakota for the next four years. We need a back- to-basics, Republican core-values, fiscally responsible leader. Our next Governor must be someone who is willing to look the Obama administration in the eye and not blink. My experience with patriotic South Dakotans in the tea party movement convinces me that people are waiting, hoping and praying for that kind of leadership in this State.