Monday’s Quick Hits

Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke. – Will Rogers

Today I take a look at Trump’s Immigration Order, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the $25 boat sticker, and much more!

Trump’s Immigration Order:

It was another boring weekend to follow the Trump administration! I’m joking – this is the best reality show in which Donald Trump has appeared.

The Executive Order (EO) President Donald Trump signed called “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” caused protests at several major airports. It also caused a lot of confusion. Read the EO HERE.

The ban included Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia. CNN and other news outlets reported that Saturday night, a federal judge granted an emergency stay for citizens of the affected countries who had already arrived in the US and those who are in transit and hold valid visas, ruling they can legally enter the US.

In an interview Trump threw gas on the fire when it was reported:

The president detailed his intentions during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network on Friday, saying his administration is giving priority to Christians because they had suffered “more so” than others, “so we are going to help them.”

Trump made it look as though the United States was giving preference to Christians over Muslims and that is where he drove into the ditch.

Then there’s this – the Washington Post reported that the seven nations targeted for new visitation restrictions by President Trump on Friday all have something in common: They are places he does not appear to have any business interests.

Several elected officials issued statements about Trump’s immigration order.

U.S. Senator Steve Daines, a Republican, issued a somewhat generic statement:

“We are at war with Islamic extremists and anything less than 100 percent verification of these refugees’ backgrounds puts our national security at risk. We need to take the time to examine our existing programs to ensure terrorists aren’t entering our country. The safety of U.S. citizens must be our number one priority.”

U.S. Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat, issued a little tougher statement:

This Executive Order is having harmful consequences on children and brave allies who are helping us fight terrorism. We must take strong steps to protect our nation from those who want to harm us, but we cannot sacrifice our religious freedom and our American values.

U.S. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, both Republicans, issued a very strong statement and the last two sentences are very concerning:

This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country. That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.

Maybe Trump is making good on part of his campaign promises, but the execution of the promises needs some work and thought.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day:

President Donald Trump issued a statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day:

“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.

“Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest.‎ As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent.

“In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.”

It appears they forgot something….

CNN reported that the White House statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day didn’t mention Jews or anti-Semitism because “despite what the media reports, we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered,” administration spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN on Saturday.

Every new presidential administration makes errors, so I hope that Trump’s employees clean up their act quickly before they do more harm.

Get Your $25 Boat Sticker:

The Montana State Legislature and state government agencies are pretty good at finding ways to “stick it to the little guy” with fees and such to raise revenue. By enacting fees the legislators can tell their constituents that they did not vote for a tax increase with a straight face.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle (BDC) reported on one such fee that was being proposed:

Rep. Alan Redfield, R-Pray, presented House Bill 204 to the House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee on Thursday. The bill would require anyone who uses a boat at a state fishing access to purchase a $25 boat sticker. Proceeds would be split between fighting off aquatic invasive species, improving fishing access sites and managing noxious weeds at those sites.

The BDC reported that the state requires that motorboats, sailboats and personal watercraft be registered and charges people for those registrations. So it looks as though the $25 would be an additional fee.

It seems when they need money the first thing they look at is adding or increasing a fee. Here’s an idea: Why not cut some programs and use that money? Maybe eat hamburger instead of steak for a few days…

 

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2 thoughts on “Monday’s Quick Hits

  1. Colorado made $150 million in legal marijuana taxes in 2016. We could make that in Montana, thus negating the need for boat taxes.

    Sadly, we have too many old codgers in this state that are stuck in their ways to do something so common-sense as that.

    But hey, keep voting for these idiots. It’s your pocketbook.

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