Billings Gazette: Daines’ Rookie Mistake

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Montana’s junior U.S. Senator, Steve Daines, was one of the 47 senators who signed an open letter to Iran informing them that any agreement about nuclear weapons made by President Barack Obama would have to approved by Congress.

The 47 senators were all Republicans, so that basically tells us it was a political move – a “gotcha” move because of their hatred for Obama. On March 10, I wrote about this subject and said sending the letter was not the right thing to do. I also added that it’s important when we (the United States) are in diplomatic negotiations with other countries that we present a united front.

In today’s Billings Gazette, the editorial board has decided that “Daines was wrong on Iran letter” and they were pretty blunt about the reasons why.

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Caught My Eye…

It’s Friday – are you ready for this?

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning! This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I write about the Great Falls Armed Forces Reserve Center, the Montana State Senate & federal gun laws, the Montana Legislature & Chickenpox & Right-to-Die, Franklin Graham, Justin Moed, plus we have #MeanTweets from President Obama! Buckle up…

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Tuesday’s Political Potpourri

Welcome to Tuesday – It’s time for Tuesday’s Political Potpourri!

When there are several political stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today I provide that valuable independent commentary you’ve come to love from The Western Word. Today’s subjects include:

– Cascade County Republican Central Committee & Steve Fitzpatrick
– Medicaid Expansion & the Montana Legislature
– Steve Daines & the letter to Iranian leaders
– Hillary’s e-mail issue & Lindsey Graham

There’s a lot more, so read on…

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The Netanyahu Speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be delivering a speech to a joint session of Congress today (Tuesday) at 9:00 a.m. Mountain time. I’ll be watching because I don’t have a life.

The speech is supposed to be about nuclear weapons and Iran, but it’s about more than just that.

Netanyahu was invited to give the speech by Speaker of the House John Boehner and then Boehner told the White House something like, “Hey, look who accepted my invitation.” There’s such a dislike for President Barack Obama by Boehner, this really isn’t all that absurd.

According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, “Nearly half of American voters — 48 percent — say that congressional Republicans should not have invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Tuesday without first notifying President Barack Obama. (Source)

As of this morning, The Hill is reporting that “at least 55 Democrats — eight senators and 47 House members — are vowing to skip the speech.”

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for dropping by The Western Word for “Thursday Numbers.” Get prepared – your free dose of knowledge awaits!

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm. Everyone and everything is fair game.

This week I write about federal employees, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Cascade County Detention Facility, the Montana VA, The Breakfast Club, the anti-bullying law vote, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jon Tester & Pinocchio, the Keystone Pipeline veto & Montana’s Congressional Delegation, gas prices, unemployment, and much more!

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Last week former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told some people at a private fundraising event for Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin that he did not believe that President Obama loves America.

It kind of reminds me of Mitt Romney speaking candidly at a private event about the 47% who will vote for Obama no matter what because the government takes care of them.

Some politicians have a hard time understanding that these “private” fundraisers may not be all that private.

I have always liked Giuliani, and I even thought he was a better Presidential candidate than Mitt Romney. Giuliani’s remarks about the President were way out of bounds. At age 70, Giuliani seems to be grasping for the limelight as his life fades over the horizon. It would have been better if he would have ridden quietly into the sunset, but instead he decided to throw some firebombs to get some attention – and attention he did get!

Personally, I don’t think we’ve ever had a President who did not love our country.

Giuliani also decided that Obama should be painted as a communist. He said Obama from a young age was influenced by communists.

If Obama supporters want to say these are racist remarks, Giuliani has that covered, too, because he says the President:

“…was brought up by a white mother, a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people,” Mr. Giuliani said in the interview. “This isn’t racism. This is socialism or possibly anti-colonialism.”


Next up we’ll have Giuliani and Donald Trump holding a press conference on Fox News saying they have uncovered evidence that Obama was born in Kenya.

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers” – where knowledge is power!

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm. Everyone and everything is fair game.

This week I write about Fifty Shades of Grey & Russell Wilson and Lolo Jones, Affordable Care Act, unemployment, Great Falls International Airport, protecting the disabled & elderly, Obama’s favorable rating, Google Street View images, hiding bottles of beer, Jeb Bush, drunk driving, our most important problems, fourth graders, and much more!

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