The Wednesday Read: Poll, Ryan for Ryan, Obamacare, & Bonuses

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. – Robert H. Schuller

Today these items caught my attention:

  • MSU-B Poll
  • Ryan for Ryan
  • Obamacare
  • Enlistment Bonuses

MSU-B Poll:

Montana State University Billings (MSU-B) released their poll yesterday. They surveyed 590 adult Montanans from Oct. 3-10. The survey has a 4% margin of error.

  • Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock leads Republican Greg Gianforte 44% – 32%.
  • Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke leads Democrat Denise Juneau 50% – 31%.
  • Republican Donald Trump leads Democrat Hillary Clinton 43% – 27%.

Both Democrats and Republicans will have a hard time spinning this. A Democrat leads big in one contest (Governor) and a Republican leads big in another (U.S. House).

The most interesting thing to me was the approval rating of Montana’s two U.S. Senators. Both were below 50%. Steve Daines has a 44% approval rating and Jon Tester has a 46% approval rating. When an approval rating is below 50% that tends to attract more opponents for your next election. Tester is up for reelection first.

You can read the MSU-B poll HERE.

Ryan for Ryan:

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin will join Congressman Ryan Zinke for a rally in Billings on Sunday, October 30.

The event will be held in Billings at the airport. The doors will open at 9:00 AM and the rally begins at 10:00 AM.

One interesting piece of information from the press release announcing the event stated, “A small donation will be required at the door for admission.”

This is just a guess, but I’d bet my idea of a “small donation” and Zinke’s idea of a “small donation” is different.


According to several media reports, like this one from NPR, the cost of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is expected to rise an average of 22 percent in 2017.

NPR also reported that federal subsidies will also rise, meaning that few people are likely to have to pay the full cost after the rate increases to get insurance coverage.

We can blame Democrats, Republicans, and the Obama Administration for this problem. If they would stop the politics and work together, they could fix Obamacare and/or replace the parts of it that are not working. Congress just can’t repeal it.

Since the Montana congressional delegation are able to work together to name a building maybe they could work together for something more important – like making Obamacare better for all.

Enlistment Bonuses:

When I served in the military I received a couple enlistment bonuses. I would be pissed if after serving my time I was asked to pay it back.

That’s what’s happening to several members of the California National Guard. Some reports say the problem is nationwide.

The Associated Press has the story HERE.

Many people serving in the military don’t make a lot of money – they live paycheck to paycheck.

Several members of Congress have come out against members having to pay back the bonus. Military members did their time; they should not have to repay the bonuses due to someone else’s mistake.


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  1. The Pentagon recently reported losing $6.5 trillion.

    If we require veterans to pay back these enlistment bonuses I feel we should have the Pentagon repay their lost money.

    If they can’t locate it we should begin garnishing the generals’ wages until that loss is made up.

    • Greg – Thanks. You’re right. A few minutes ago I read that the Pentagon has been ordered to stop trying to reclaim the bonuses. -JmB

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