Kristi Noem sets an economic example for Congress

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This year will bring new meaning to the adage “hindsight is 2020.”

The year unexpectedly became an experiment in emergency powers and unemployment insurance benefits. It remains to be seen how kindly history will look back on the pandemic-related lockdowns and prohibitions, but we’re already seeing the impact of using unemployment benefits to encourage dependency — and the effects of different leadership decisions on workers and the economy.

Though the media lavishes more positive, glowing praise on Gov. Andrew Cuomo than the New York body count warrants, it’s Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota who emerges as a battle-tested leader through this health crisis.