The Wednesday Read: Gianforte, Licenses, & Protests

From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere. – Dr. Seuss

Today these items caught my attention:

  • Game Set Match?
  • Federal Driver’s License Rules
  • The Protest
  • TWW Presidential Debate Poll

Game Set Match?

I miss doing research on Westlaw and NexisLexis. I’m still good at it, but those tools help. The Feds should give all us retirees a free lifetime subscription to one of these programs for our faithful service.

The Montana Democrats must have used some research skills to come up with this little gem about Greg Gianforte from the June 2002 Great Falls Tribune’s “The Edge” column:

Back off Bubba
“If we had our due diligence, Montana wouldn’t be our state.” – Greg Gianforte, founder and CEO of RightNow Technologies, based in Bozeman.
Gianforte was complaining about Montana’s tax structure, which he said discourages recruitment of high-paid executives who face unusually high income and capital gains taxes here.
RightNow opened a branch office in Dallas to accommodate executives who refuse to move to Montana.

If this information is correct, Gianforte has a lot of explaining to do. In simpler terms, there’s a big hole in the USS Gianforte and it is sinking.

Federal Driver’s License Rules:

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that Homeland security officials have warned Montana Gov. Steve Bullock that the state may not get any more time to comply with federal driver’s license rules, meaning residents may eventually need a different form of identification to board commercial aircraft. The AP also reported that Bullock wrote Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson a letter Tuesday urging him to suspend implementation of the Real ID Act and accept Montana licenses as secure forms of identification.

I’m sure Johnson will get right on that.

I don’t need to worry about this because I have a passport, but that’s not the case with many Montanans.

I’ve written about this issue several times. A few years ago I jokingly said this:

I imagine in the not too distant future we’ll probably have a national identification card with a chip embedded in it. That way drones can more easily find us…

I also said our elected officials should quit acting like cowardly lions and support REAL ID because sometimes freedom is not free.

The Protest:

About 20 people gathered outside of Congressman Ryan Zinke’s Great Falls’ office Tuesday to protest his continued support of presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The Great Falls Tribune and local television stations KRTV and KFBB covered the protest, so the protestors can say it was a success.

I wonder how many of the 20 people were actually voting for Zinke in the first place. That would have been a nice question to ask the protesters.

TWW Presidential Debate Poll:

The results are in from The Western Word poll asking who won the second presidential debate. Thanks to all who participated!

Trump: 82%
Clinton: 16%
Tie: 2%

I do believe Trump did a lot better in this debate than he did in the first one. 

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