Wednesday’s Political Odds & Ends

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. – Peter Drucker

Welcome to Wednesday – also known as “Hump Day” or “Wine Wednesday” or whatever works to help you make it to the weekend! Today is also 4/20! More on that later.

Today is another one of those days in which there are several major political stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Political Odds & Ends” day!

Today’s topics include:

  • 406 Tax Relief
  • Initiative 182 & 4/20 day
  • New York Presidential Primary

406 Tax Relief:

I must admit that I did not pay too much attention to Greg Gianforte’s tax plan. Gianforte is a Republican candidate for Governor here in Montana.

His plan does have a catchy title, “406 Tax Relief.” In case you don’t know, Montana’s area code is 406. Now you see why it’s catchy. People actually get paid to come up with catchy names like that. It reminded me of former Presidential candidate Herman Cain and his 9-9-9 plan.

Here is the basic part of the 406 Tax Relief plan:

4- Eliminate the Business Equipment Tax in 4 Years
0- Zero Increase in Overall State Spending, Zero Sales Tax
6- Lower Income Taxes for All, Max Rate of 6%

You can read more about it HERE.

The Montana Democrats did not like it. They say it benefits millionaires. You can read their response HERE. The Montana AFL-CIO did not like it and in their response basically said Armageddon would happen if it passed.

This is just a really wild guess, but I imagine just about any tax plan that Gianforte would have put forth would not have been liked by the Democrats and the Montana AFL-CIO.

I will admit that I did like it when I received a rebate check during the Bush administration. So maybe Gianforte or current Governor, Democrat Steve Bullock, could send me a tax rebate check – I’d like that. I promise I would spend it on something in Montana.

Speaking of taxes, there was a new option on this year’s tax form 1040. You could check a box to withhold paying taxes until the American people have had a chance to elect the next President. Seems fair to me. See the cartoon HERE.

Initiative 182 & 4/20 Day:

Since today is 4/20 it’s the perfect day to write about marijuana!

The supporters have started gathering signatures for Initiative 182 (I-182) which would expand access to medical marijuana in Montana. (AP)

You can read the ballot language for I-182 HERE. They will need to gather 24,175 signatures.

I will be supporting I-182.

You can see the status of other Montana ballot measures by clicking HERE.

Have a great 4/20!

New York Presidential Primary:

Republican Donald Trump dominated his home state of New York, winning with about 60% of the vote. It was impressive because his two remaining opponents (John Kasich and Ted Cruz) did not do that well in their home states, although there were more candidates in the race at that time.

Kasich finished second in New York. Cruz was third. Trump took 89 of the 92 delegates in New York. Kasich took three delegates. (CNN)

It looks like the primary contests coming up next Tuesday (Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island) will be pretty good for Trump, too.

It’s looking more and more like Trump will be the Republican nominee for President.

On the other side, Democrat Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders 58% – 42%. She received about 139 delegates to Sanders’ 108. It’s not looking too good for Sanders. (CNN)

By the way, it’s been about three weeks since I contacted the Trump, Cruz, and Kasich campaigns for a bumper sticker. I have received nothing.


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2 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Political Odds & Ends

  1. Hillary beat Obama by 16 points too. Just sayin’.

    If you want to see how Giantfart’s tax plan will work out, just look at the billion dollar deficits facing WI, KS and LA. His plan is nothing but a different shade of lipstick on the Trickle Down pig.

    • Doug – Thanks. With the way the Republicans fight I doubt that even if Gianforte was elected they could pass his tax relief plan. -JmB

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