Monday’s Quick Hits

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. – Norman Vincent Peale

Today I take a look at Tester’s video & new COS, Friday PR Frenzy, Powder River Training Complex, Russian Hacking, and more!

The Tester Video:

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) sent a one minute video via Twitter Friday evening in which he wrote, “I am willing to work [sic] anyone who is willing to rid our government of the undue influence of special interests.”

It’s a nice video that could double as a nice campaign video…

Watch it HERE.

Tester names Murphy new COS:

Tester also announced last week that he had hired Aaron Murphy as his chief of staff. (GF Tribune)

This is a good hire by Tester. I’ve met Murphy a couple of times and he has the experience Tester needs to lead his team during this upcoming campaign cycle.

Congrats to Murphy.

Friday PR Frenzy:

The U.S. Senate was wrapping up work on Friday for the 114th Congress and that meant the press releases were flowing from the press offices of U.S. Senators all across the fruited plains.

A quick count showed that I received a combined 13 press releases on Friday from Montana’s U.S. Senators, Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Steve Daines.

So now we wait for the 115th Congress and the new administration!

Powder River Training Complex:

I have been in favor of the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) since I first heard about it in 2008.

The PRTC was approved in March 2015. The PRTC extended into southeastern Montana an air training area that would be used by B-1 and B-52 airplanes from Minot and Ellsworth Air Force Bases in North and South Dakota. It expanded to about 28,000 square miles from 8,300 square miles that is used for training. PRTC will save millions of tax dollars because crews will train closer to home.

By being against the PRTC, the Montana congressional delegation basically told the military and aerospace/defense companies that Montana’s skies are closed.

Today Lee Newspapers has a feature “fluff” piece up about the planes using the PRTC making eastern Montana pilots, ranchers “uneasy.” You can read it HERE.

I’m sure U.S. Air Force officials will do their best to work with those impacted by PRTC. The bottom line is that “Freedom is not Free.”

Russian Hacking:

The New York Times is reporting this today:

Last week, Central Intelligence Agency officials presented lawmakers with a stunning new judgment that upended the debate: Russia, they said, had intervened with the primary aim of helping make Donald J. Trump president.

If Clinton would have been elected, we’d have hearing after hearing regarding her “emails” and the Clinton Foundation. Now, we may have hearing after hearing about Trump being helped to win the Presidency by Russia.

Я буду воздержаться от суждений, пока больше информации не выходит.

(I’ll withhold judgment until more information comes out.)

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7 thoughts on “Monday’s Quick Hits

  1. Social Security was once designed to keep retired workers from homelessness and hunger. But, we now have a lost generation that isn’t paying into the Social Security system due to addiction and suicide. These adults no longer hold down a job or care for their children. Family-members who take responsibility are often retirees — the only ones with a secure home and income. They stretch what little they have to keep the children out of foster care – the children avoid becoming wards of the state thus saving taxpayers money. A properly funded safety net may mean these little ones won’t suffer the cruel fate of their parents.

    In a similar way but on a much broader scale, Medicare and Social Security underpin Montana’s economy. When workers lose their jobs and have to cut back spending to the bare minimum, local business suffer. Precarious businesses will likely fail if a guaranteed income does not arrive in retirees’ mail boxes each month and then flow into the economy. “What goes around comes around.” The whole community benefits from this social and economic contract. Lawmakers should not tear up the contract.

    • Greg – Nice catch – good for you. I’d also heard rumors but waited until it was official. -JmB

  2. The ranchers in my era were a lot more patriotic. What do they do in a thunder storm? Are they grazing on BLM land?

    • Richard – Thanks. I am not sure about BLM land, but I imagine there’s some they are using. -JmB

  3. At this point, there is an internal argument within the intelligence community about Russia and/or China, hacking into our computers. In all honestly, Russia and China have been hacking into our government and businesses for a long time, nothing new here. This is all speculation that they were trying to influence the election. And I am sure that both China and Russia would prefer Trump over Clinton any day. Until there are names and facts, this is just more media hogwash…

    And while on the election front, Jill Stein has proven our voting system is fine and that Trump gained some votes over Hillary or stayed about the same…so how does a rookie at the poker table with one chip and a folded hand get to challenge the pot without any chance of winning at the table? And she was only on the ballot in 42 of the 50 states…

    • Barry – Thanks. I do believe the whole hacking issue needs some checking into. We need to know how vulnerable we are. -JmB

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