I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. – Thomas Jefferson
Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:
- Trump’s Tax Return
- Scott Sales & Cyclists
- John Parker – District Court Judge
Trump’s Tax Return:
For a little while Tuesday night, the political world was watching Rachel Maddow of MSNBC. About an hour and a half or so before her show, Maddow tweeted that she had President Trump’s tax returns. Then about an hour later she tweeted that she had the 2005 tax return – the 1040 form.
The excitement was building, but then the White House got involved.
The Associated Press reported that before Maddow went on the air, the White House confirmed the documents were real and stole the headline by saying that Trump’s income exceeded $150 million in 2005 and that he paid $38 million in income taxes that year.
Then Maddow went on the air and milked the news like she was getting ready to open Al Capone’s vault on live television. Someone posted on Twitter “Rachel Maddow announces she will release Donald Trump’s tax returns as a 10-episode Netflix series.”
Maddow received the two pages of the tax returns after they were sent to David Cay Johnston, founder of the website DCReports.org, from an unknown source. Clay gave them to Maddow.
Maddow received some criticism from the White House and from Fox News personality Sean Hannity for releasing the documents. Yawn.
This morning President Trump tweeted:
Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, “went to his mailbox” and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!
So we know a little about Trump’s income and taxes in 2005. We don’t know who sent the documents to David Clay Johnson, but with the problems with the healthcare bill and with the problems surrounding Trump’s claim he was wiretapped by former President Barack Obama, maybe the Trump team leaked them to take those two issues off the front page for awhile.
Stranger things have happened.
Scott Sales & Cyclists:
Just an observation from my bunker, but I don’t think Montana State Senate President Scott Sales (R) likes cyclists that much. Lee Newspapers reported this week that during the discussion of a bill to provide more safety to cyclists, Sales was quoted saying the following:
“They’re some of the most self-centered, rude people navigating on the highways and county roads I’ve seen. They won’t move over. You can honk at them. They think they own the highway.”
It was also reported that Sales wants to tax cyclists who are over 16 years old $25 per year for road maintenance. Ouch. Republicans taxing people they don’t like – imagine that!
I don’t think Sales would need to look far to find a bunch of “self-centered” and “rude” people. First, he should look in a mirror. Then if he looks closely, he will find that many “self-centered” and “rude” people are his fellow state legislators “navigating” the halls of Montana’s capitol.
John Parker – District Court Judge:
When I first read that Cascade County Attorney John Parker had been appointed Cascade County District Court Judge, my first thought was, “You can’t be serious.”
I’ve written a lot about Parker here at TWW – and it’s not been good. This pick was made by Governor Steve Bullock to fill the vacancy created when Dirk Sandefur was elected to the Montana Supreme Court.
I would not have selected Parker. Several years ago I said he should resign as County Attorney. Just about any attorney, in good standing, would have been a better selection.
It is my hope that someone runs against Parker when he has to run for a full term.
There’s some good news! The good news is that Cascade County will be getting a new County Attorney. People have to be smiling about that.