Issues & Priorities

“Heads I win, tails you lose.”  That’s what first graders say. By second grade we figure it out, though, and learn to avoid that simplest of cons. Or do we?”

Rick is running so that we can take back our country and our government —so that every small business, every family farmer and rancher, and every working person in South Dakota gets a fair shake and an even playing field.

Rick is running so that we can stop the waste in government, so that we can stop the sweetheart deals and the government bailouts of businesses that are ‘too big to fail’.  It’s time for the everyday citizens to take back our country and that is what this campaign is about.

This campaign is not about raising 9 million dollars from out of state billionaires. It is about going to every single town in South Dakota and talking with as many voters as possible. It is about telling the billionaires and special interests that they can’t buy South Dakota.

The way big money took over, and now controls our United States Congress, is by pouring money into the campaign coffers of its favorite politicians.  Since the candidate with the most money wins over 90% of the time, it wasn’t long before big money had big, big influence in Congress.

Why does big money and special interests want to spend tens of millions of dollars to elect politicians of their choosing? It’s quite simple – because big money and special interests elect the politicians who will let them write the laws of their choosing. They have taken control of our government and write the laws to their benefit. They write the laws to benefit them at the expense of everyday Americans.

Big money has rigged our economy so that heads they win and tails we lose:

  • Crash the economy by blatant criminal and irresponsible behavior. Get bailed out.
  • Get caught defrauding American tax payers and have to pay billions of dollars in fines … not to worry those fines are tax deductible.
  • Donate a million dollars to a politician and get a billion dollar tax break. That is how they see it. That is how they have made it.

It is time to stand up and take our country back. We have done it before and we need to do it again.