The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. – Ernest Hemingway
Today’s quick hits deal with:
- U.S. Attorneys
- The Final Three
- Montana VA Problems
- Kasich on Meet the Press
When Donald J. Trump was elected President back in November, just about anyone who received a presidential appointment from the Obama Administration should have known that their days were numbered.
Anyone who works for a politician should already understand that they work at the pleasure of that politician and if that politician loses reelection, retires, dies, or leaves office, their time is up, except in some unique circumstances.
So it was downright funny to watch the reaction of some U.S. Attorneys who received notice on Friday that they were being relieved of their duties. One U.S. Attorney would not resign, so he was fired. No big deal.
Here in Montana, U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter told the Great Falls Tribune, “I did not expect it and not this abruptly and, quite frankly, I find it terribly short-sighted on the part of this new administration and pretty unprofessional.”
Let’s take a timeout here to wipe a tear for Mr. Cotter and to think about who U.S. Senator Steve Daines will recommend to President Trump to lead the U.S. Attorneys in Montana.
Back in 1993, the new Clinton Administration asked for resignations of all 93 U.S. Attorneys from the previous administration. One of those U.S. Attorneys was Jeff Sessions, who is now the U.S. Attorney General.
Paybacks are fun.
The Final Three:
The three candidates for U.S. House in Montana are finalized. On Saturday, Montana’s Libertarian Party picked 46-year-old cattle rancher and writer Mark Wicks to be its candidate in the May 25 special election. (AP)
Wicks joins Democrat Rob Quist, age 69, and Republican Greg Gianforte, age 55.
With Wicks being the “youngster” of the bunch, if he was elected he could possibly stay in that seat long enough to give Montana some real clout in the House. He will get a close look from me because of that.
So now the field is finalized and there’s nothing left to say except, “Let’s get ready to rumble.”
Montana VA Problems
This song is getting old…
The Associated Press reported that Montana military veterans who were referred to health specialists in 2015 faced delays in getting appointments or receiving needed medical services nearly half the time, and those delays may have harmed four patients, according to a report released Friday.
The AP also reported that the inspectors found almost 26,000 delays out of 51,941 referrals ordered in 2015, according to the report.
Of course, U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines were outraged.
The “swamp” at the VA needs to be drained. Hiring from within does not change the culture in the VA. They need new blood in the agency. Tester and Daines should demand it.
Kasich on Meet the Press
Ohio Governor John Kasich was on Meet the Press Sunday and the topic turned to political parties and working together.
Look, I believe the political parties are disintegrating before our very eyes. I think more and more people across this country see no purpose for political parties.
Because — I’ll tell you something. You talk to people. There are more and more independents because of the squabbling. What’s at risk here to Democrats is you can’t turn your back on these people. And to Republicans, you need to invite Democrats in because we’re talking about lives.
All this consumption with who gains politically, you know, life is short. And if all you focus on in life is what’s in it for me, you’re a loser. You are a big time loser. And this country better be careful we’re not losing the soul of our country because we play politics and we forget people who are in need.
I’d like to see the Republicans and Democrats work together to make healthcare better for all. It does not look like we’ll see that happen.