Monday Morning Politics

I know you’re tired from all the fun you had this weekend – but it’s Monday and life goes on.  Besides, next weekend is only four days away…

One thing you won’t have to worry about is being in the know about the political stories from the weekend – I’ve got them right here!

Note: I am keeping Amanda Knox in my thoughts and prayers today.  I hope you will, too.

Today I take a look at the Max’s Supercommittee, Chris Christie, Rehberg’s spending bill, hunting camp names, Tester’s wiring, Keystone pipeline, Occupy Wall Street, Andy Rooney and much more!

A Big Bet:

The Associated Press did a story about Max Baucus and the supercommittee, writing, “U.S. Sen. Max Baucus is betting that voters are willing to take cuts to government services — perhaps even along with a tax hike. It’s a big bet.”

You can read the story HERE.

Baucus said, “Failure is not an option here.”

Personally, I am ticked at all those folks who got us into this mess.  Sadly, we may all have to pay more to get out of it – higher taxes, less services, etc.   Our country will be hurting for years to come.

Chris Christie:

There are rumors out there that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is now considering a run for President.

Here’s a helpful hint for the Governor:  DON’T DO IT

Chris Christie is too moderate for the far righties (aka – Tea Party) folks in the Republican Party to get the nomination. 

Rehberg’s Spending Bill:

Congressman Denny Rehberg, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, released his funding bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012.  In a press release, Rehberg says the bill has a “$4 billion, or 2.5 percent, reduction compared with last year’s spending level and $27.5 billion, or 15.2 percent, less than the President’s budget request.”  You can read his press release HERE.

The Montana Democrats do not like it.  They fired off an “Action Alert” e-mail saying, “Congressman Rehberg is at it again – he’s launched a witch hunt against Planned Parenthood.”

Lee Newspaper reporter Mike Dennison wrote about it in a story that was posted Friday.  You can read it HERE.

I won’t get into an abortion debate, but I will say that Planned Parenthood does provide vital services for low income people.  With the economy in such bad shape, more people may be using the services of health centers like Planned Parenthood.

Hunting Camp Names:

The name “Niggerhead” was painted on a rock outside a hunting camp that Presidential candidate and current Texas Governor Rick Perry’s family once leased.  It has been painted over.  Presidential candidate Herman Cain “accused Perry of insensitivity” when asked about it this weekend.

You can read the Associated Press story HERE.

Rick Perry was the flavor of the month for the GOP in September.  That may be fading.  Herman Cain is getting some momentum. 

Wired:

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle has a column on Sundays called “Political Notebook.” Once in a while they obtain a quote or report on a story that even the political experts here at The Western Word overlooked.

I guess Sen. Jon Tester visited the Chronicle editorial board on Friday and talked about the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) screwing up and giving him five fingers on his left hand instead of the two he really has.  Tester and the Board spoke about the nastiness this early in the election and the Chronicle provided this quote: “I want to stay on the issues,” Tester said, “But I’m not wired to get slapped in the face and stand by and take it.”

Since the finger issue is in the news, I have to say that Tester must be one tough cookie – I mean I get tears after a paper cut – and that’s just on one finger.  He cut off three.

Keystone Pipeline:

Montana’s two U.S. Senators, Max Baucus and Jon Tester, were mentioned on the MotherJones.com website in an article about the Keystone pipeline and the lobbying efforts that went on behind the scenes.

You can read the article, “Emails Reveal Close Ties Between TransCanada Lobbyist and State Dept.” HERE.

Occupy Wall Street:

Congratulations to the protestors for their stand against Wall Street and the big banks.   They seem to be picking up momentum and gaining attention.

According to THIS WEBSITE:

Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.

Minimum Wage:

Note to politicians – don’t get caught not knowing what the minimum wage is in your state.  In Montana, the minimum wage will go up from $7.35 to $7.65 per hour on January 1, 2012.

For those who think that’s a lot of money, $7.65 for 40 hours of work per week is $306 a week, $1224 per month, and $14,688 per year.  Of course that’s before taxes.

You should also know how much a gallon of gas, a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread costs, too.

Andy Rooney:

Last night on 60 Minutes we said so long to Andy Rooney.  A couple of his quotes in the interview (conducted by Morley Safer) caught my attention.

Rooney said this about his weekly commentary:

I sit down at my typewriter or I look at the newspaper, and there is so much going on in the world. I mean, “Who couldn’t write a column,” I think to myself. It’s– it’s just– there’s everything going on. And I– I– I would be embarrassed to say I couldn’t write a column.

Rooney said this after being asked if he was too political:

I suppose I am sometimes. It’s hard to conceal the fact I am more of a Democrat than I am a Republican. But I’m absolutely open-minded about it, I think. And– I would– I would– object to being called either.

You can read or watch the whole 60 Minutes piece on Andy Rooney HERE.

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