Tiberius Gracchus

Big Tent Blues

Even here in South Dakota the Republican Party continues to grapple with the continual argument to ‘evolve’ and expand the party’s platform to better attract voters. Ha! The Republican Party’s biggest errors have come from allowing the piggybacking of interests that are not within the confines of the principles that originally formed our party. To […]

Read the full article → November 3, 2013 by Tiberius Gracchus

Man the Watchtower

As a taxpaying citizen, I demand the formation of the “South Dakota Department of Inspector General.” When asked of the need for greater oversight a State Representative, at a Cracker Barrel gathering, responded with the dismissal of the possibility of any current or past abuses that may call for the need for such oversight. I […]

Read the full article → October 22, 2013 by Tiberius Gracchus

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Inside everyone’s mind there is an honored hall. Perhaps it has a marble floor with a fountain under a sky lit archway. Perhaps it’s a great wooden hall where the hearth fires never extinguish. The statues of your heroes stand proudly and captured words of wisdom adorn the walls. How many of us have developed […]

Read the full article → October 12, 2013 by Tiberius Gracchus

Off With Their Heads

The Governor’s Board of Economic Development should be replaced with a private entity, acting as a state economic development corporation, with a government contract and an end of year performance review by legislative committee. A group of appointed favorites of the current Governor, that has no performance review to determine a satisfactory use of tax […]

Read the full article → October 8, 2013 by Tiberius Gracchus

All the Governor’s Men

South Dakota has no legal protections against nepotism in government and that void of justice must be corrected. Neighboring states have nepotism laws regarding government hiring, as do the majority of states in the Union. The people of those states, with vigilant attitude, have made such protections a priority. Instead of placing blame at the […]

Read the full article → October 8, 2013 by Tiberius Gracchus

Property Tax Reform

Our property tax system is in desperate need of reform. No longer should we support an overly complex wealth redistribution bureaucracy with our tax dollars. We have a natural right to occupy land since God gave all mankind the earth. Our society respects that equal right amongst its citizenry and has been founded with the […]

Read the full article → October 30, 2012 by Tiberius Gracchus

Sunshine and Thunderstorms

There has been enough interest by some within the Pierre and Ft. Pierre communities to proposition and debate the possibility of establishing casino type gambling in Ft. Pierre through state legislation. I ask, is it a blessing or a punishment for the residents of Ft. Pierre? Our closest example of such a change is Deadwood. […]

Read the full article → October 29, 2012 by Tiberius Gracchus

Tyranny of the Masses

I am writing to draw your attention to the National Popular Vote movement. South Dakota Senate Bill 138 was written and tabled during the 2011 legislative session. It was the most recently dropped attempt for national election reform in South Dakota. SB138 stated that South Dakotans will no longer tie its electoral votes to its […]

Read the full article → October 29, 2012 by Tiberius Gracchus

Keystone XL and Eminent Domain

Tyranny, by way of the politically appetizing demand for ‘the public good’, has come to South Dakota to bludgeon the sanctity of our property rights. The slogan “for the public good” is often a rally cry for collectivism, which promotes the degradation of our individual rights. Ironically, our political leaders who are supposed to preserve […]

Read the full article → September 10, 2012 by Tiberius Gracchus