Monday Morning Politics

Wow – another week is upon us – welcome to The Western Word!  I actually mowed my yard for the first time on Saturday and it was covered in snow on Sunday.  For you folks who do not live in Montana, I know you are jealous…

If you are “new around these parts” Monday Morning Politics is where I put together several of the political stories from the past weekend, and I offer some commentary with them (often the commentary is dripping with sarcasm).

Today I write about a Buffett (or buffet) rule, Brian and David and Michael, a bounty, a Day in the Life, hearing and listening, wolf, the KKK, the Tea Party, Taxes, a new heart, Clemens, Romney, Rosen, and much more so read on…

Buffett Rule:

The Great Falls (Montana) Tribune published a story over the weekend about the upcoming “Buffett Rule” vote in Washington, and they asked each member of the Montana delegation their thoughts about it.

U.S. Senator Max Baucus supports it.  Representative Denny Rehberg is against it.  U.S. Senator Jon Tester issued a statement saying he believes that all-you-can-eat buffets for around $10 should be the law of the land…

Just kiddin’ on the Tester part – he supports it.

Brian and David:

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer will be appearing on the David Letterman Show April 25 to promote Montana.

I wonder if the Governor and Jag (the first dog) will be doing stupid pet tricks on the show…

Something you should know:  Governor Schweitzer’s middle name is “David” and Letterman’s first name is “David” and his middle name is “Michael” (which is my middle name).

If you put this all together it means nothing…

Tester’s Bounty:

The campaign for Senate candidate Denny Rehberg sent an e-mail late Friday afternoon (which the campaign team should know is the worst time to send something you want noticed) that contained a story about their opponent, Senator Jon Tester, which appeared in something called “The Washington Free Beacon” on Friday.

The article dealt with Tester being the number one recipient in lobbyist money, his former staff who are now lobbyists, and the failure to conduct yearly ethics audits (as promised).  You can read the article HERE.

By the way, I am free and able to conduct ethics audits for both Rehberg and Tester…that is if they really want a thorough review…

A Day in the Life:

Lee Newspapers (of Montana) passed the hat and found enough money to send one of their reporters to Washington, D.C., to write a story about Congressman (and senate candidate) Denny Rehberg.  That story was published Sunday and next Sunday a story will be published about Senator Jon Tester.

I wrote a feature story for a journalism class several years ago, “A Day in the Life of a First-Grader” which compared my son’s first grade to my first grade.  I received an “A.” 

This has nothing to do with the Lee Newspaper story, but I thought I’d tell you about it…

Hearing and Listening:

According to this story, “The U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee is holding a field hearing on health care for rural veterans in Billings on April 21.”  It starts at 10:30 a.m.  The hearing will be chaired by Senator Jon Tester, who is a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

That’s the same day that Congressman Denny Rehberg will hold a listening session in Choteau about the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act.  That meeting starts at 2:30 p.m.

Exciting choices are plentiful for Saturday…and they are both free and open to the public.

Wolf, Wolf:

For some reason, wolf management has come out as one of the top issues that the Governor candidates here in Montana are debating (so far).  The Bozeman (Montana) Daily Chronicle published some of the candidates’ thoughts about wolf management in Sunday’s paper.  You can read it HERE.

I wonder if they realize this is pretty boring stuff to about 90% of the voters…

KKK Letter:

The Great Falls (Montana) Tribune published a story about the KKK.  This time a letter was sent from the KKK to several Idaho lawmakers.  Reportedly the letters were sent from a guy in Great Falls, Montana.  You can read the whole story HERE.

It’s 2012 and this is the United States of America.  Come on people

Tea Party:

The Billings (Montana) Gazette published a story about the Tea Party three years later comparing past protests at the Yellowstone County Courthouse three years ago (with “several dozen” attendees) to the one on Sunday where “less than two dozen” folks showed up.

I think the Tea Party’s 15 minutes of fame is about up…but will the clock strike midnight before November 6, 2012…

Hilary Rosen:

The Great Falls (Montana) Tribune asks a daily question and Sunday the question was, “Should Democratic lobbyist Hilary Rosen have apologized for saying presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, “never worked a day in her life?”

There were 406 votes in the unscientific poll and 64% said “Yes” and 36% said, “No.”  The Tribune also posts a few comments and this one made me laugh:

“Yes.  I believe she should, because managing all those servants and nannies in the mansion must have been a lot of hard work.”

Unmitigated Disaster:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has a new heart, but he has the same negative opinion about the Obama Administration saying, “I can’t think of a time when I felt it was more important for us to defeat an incumbent president today with respect to Barack Obama.  I think he has been an unmitigated disaster to the country.”

It’s kind of amazing that with a new heart and a brighter future he decided to speak about Obama – I think there would be more important things for me to talk about if I were in his shoes…

Tax Returns:

In case you missed it, the deadline to file your taxes is April 17, 2012 (Tuesday).  Presidential candidate Mitt Romney asked for an extension Friday to file his 2011 tax return.

One would think the very wealthy Romney would have the power to get his taxes filed on time and understand that requesting an extension (although legal) raises several questions – and none of the questions are good ones.

Romney – Saturday Night Live:

There are stories floating around about Mitt Romney hosting Saturday Night Live (SNL).  It might be kind of funny to see Mitt Romney on SNL – but he’s so stiff that he might only be able to pull off a skit as a wall or a chair – maybe even a table or a tree…

I doubt Romney sings any songs from Broadway musicals…

Roger Clemens Re-Trial:

According to the Associated Press, jury selection in the new trial begins today.  The Federal Government has added three more lawyers (for five total because two are not smart enough) in hopes they can keep each other from messing up.  In case you forgot, our Government is trying to convict Clemens of lying to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

As I have written before, this is a total waste of government resources and we have more important things to spend our tax money on – our Justice Department should know this – they should drop this case NOW.

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