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 valuable independent commentary about the plane & the governor, Food Stamps & limits, transfer of federal land, Montana veterans, and a twenty percent approval rating! There’s a lot more, so read on!

The Plane…

I often wonder if those serving in the Montana Legislature know they are embarrassing Montana with their “gotcha” politics. I’ve said before that when they get to Helena many must end up drinking out of the “stupid fountain” that must be somewhere down a dark hallway in the capitol.

The latest chapter comes from the Republicans on the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government. The Republican members of that subcommittee must have located that “stupid fountain” and took a swig. Lee Newspapers reported the subcommittee “stripped away the money to pay for operation of the airplane used by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock from the state budget.” For those who do not follow Montana politics that closely, Bullock is a Democrat and the Montana Legislature is controlled by Republicans.

Montana is a big state – 147,000 square miles. Our governor should have access to a plane. That is common sense. The leadership in the Montana House and Senate must better control the nutjobs who are embarrassing the state.

No Food for You:

Lee Newspapers reported that Republican state Senator Fred Thomas introduced a bill (SB 206) that “says work requirements for able-bodied, childless adults who get food stamps can be waived only in high-unemployment areas.”

The bill should be called “The Limit Bill.” It places limits on waivers from work requirements, it establishes limits on food and beverage items purchased by recipients of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits, and it establishes limits on expanding eligibility. The bill also requires photo identification.

The 21 page bill seems pretty cold-hearted.

Transfer of Federal Lands:

I have one word for the idea of transferring Federal land to the State of Montana: No.

According to several reports, there are a lot of people who showed up for a rally in the state capitol who agree with me.

I could write a few thousand words about it, but the word “No” sums it up best.

Montana Veterans:

Yesterday I wrote about the problems with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Montana. Today the Billings Gazette has an editorial about the VA which is titled, “Montana veterans deserve better than VA delivers.”  It’s worth a read.  Read it HERE.

I hope other Montana newspapers will voice their concerns about the poor performance of the VA in Montana.

Twenty Percent:

Now a little bit of good news about the boys and girls in Washington, D.C.

According to a new Gallup poll, congratulations are in order for the new Congress! Their approval rating has increased from 16% to 20%.

Before you schedule the parade, just one in five Americans approve of congressional job performance.

The approval rating will probably go down if the Department of Homeland Security is not funded.


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4 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Political Potpourri

  1. Would probably have a better shot at Letterman’s when he retires, since he’ll be spending more time here in the Treasure State!

  2. In reading another post in the Missoulian about the governors plane, it would appear to have been a smart decision based on his usage vs. the cost. It also mentioned that Democrats tried to kill the plane in the past when Stan Stephens was governor but backed down. If he can drive, charter a plane or fly commercial for less than $662,000 a year, I would agree.

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