EB-5 Still Casts Shadow Over South Dakota

Pierre1The EB-5 scandal which threatened (but failed–RINOs did a good job of executing a lockstep coverup) to derail the U.S. Senatorial hopes of RINO Mike Rounds continues to cast its shadow across South Dakota.

From the Black Hills Pioneer:

Another topic of debate during the 2015 session will be the conduct by the Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee (GOAC)…

…Both panels had a predominance of Republican members. Their overall position was the Legislature shouldn’t be investigating toward possible criminal prosecution. GOAC also didn’t require some key witnesses to answer committee questions in person.

Daugaard was willing to do so, but former Gov. Mike Rounds said he would answer questions in writing. The committee took the same approach with Daugaard.

Joop Bollen declined the committee’s invitation to testify, but answered written questions.

Bollen is the former state employee who led the expansion of EB-5 in South Dakota during the Rounds administration and was head of SDRC Inc.

Would average citizens be allowed to give testimony, especially in potentially criminal matters, in writing only, without appearing in person before the investigative body where their testimony could be cross-examined and where their body language could be evaluated regarding the credibility of their statements?  Somehow, I don’t think so.

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But being in the RINO “in crowd” reaps you special benefits in South Dakota, apparently. It seems being a RINO or RINO buddy affords considerations the average taxpaying Joe just doesn’t get.  Especially if one is a shiny RINO U.S. Senate candidate.

The whole EB-5 scandal reeked of corruption, and possibly much more.

From the Black Hills Pioneer article:

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Benda’s body was found Oct. 22, 2013, at a relative’s farm near Lake Andes. The official cause of death was a shotgun wound to the abdomen. The death was determined to have occurred Oct. 20, 2013. It was ruled a suicide.

How many suicides have you heard of involving shotgun wounds to the abdomen?  Though I don’t have a whole lot of experience with homicides, I’ve been a news-watching person for close to five decades and a trained former military police investigator, and I’ve never heard of a single person committing suicide by shooting themselves in the abdomen with a shotgun.  What an incredibly painful way to go!

But purely on the merits of the EB-5 “cash for visas” program, this Ted Kennedy brainchild simply isn’t something government officials–certainly not Republicans–should be involved in.

It seems the EB-5 program in South Dakota was so bad that even Governor Dennis Daugaard, himself no conservative, shut it down shortly after he took office.  Yet former governor Mike Rounds, like a crack addict, continued to defend it even through the 2014 campaign.

The only legitimate role government has in business is getting out of the way of business.

That means government keeping taxes reasonable and low–definitely not punitive or confiscatory.  That also means government imposing the minimum regulations necessary on business to ensure the honest and moral behavior of business with regard to its customers.

Government has no legitimate reason to provide special tax breaks for businesses, nor does it have a legitimate role in rewarding business investors, stroking businesses or investors, or providing special governmental legal and regulator considerations for certain businesses.

The Republican Party needs to return to a limited government, free market position that encourages business and the economy by leaving them the heck alone.

That’s the American way.

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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