Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle. – Bob Hope
Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.
Topics that I am providing commentary on today include Republicans & Healthcare, Montana & fuel taxes, special election by mail, Daylight Saving Time, One More Thing, and much more!
Republicans & Healthcare:
The jockeying over the Republicans’ healthcare bill has been like watching a soap opera.
The Hill reported that President Donald Trump on Thursday night gave an ultimatum to House conservatives, telling them he’ll leave ObamaCare in place unless they get on board with White House-backed legislation to repeal and replace the seven-year-old healthcare law. Trump wants a vote on Friday.
This has been another chapter of the Republicans forming the circular firing squad. They control the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and the White House and the first major piece of legislation in the new congress may die because they can’t come together. Trump is finding out that being President is different than being a CEO.
If the bill does not pass the House, I pity the Republican members who voted against Trump. He may attack them on Twitter and during his rallies.
If the bill does pass the House, it is dead on arrival in the senate.
MT Legislature – Fuel Tax Vote:
The Associated Press reported that the Montana House on Thursday endorsed a hike in the state’s fuel tax. The bill (HB 473) by Rep. Frank Garner, R-Kalispell, would raise the state’s tax on gas by 8 cents a gallon and on diesel by 7¼ cents a gallon. The bill faces one more vote in the House, and if it passes heads to the state senate.
You can see who voted to increase your taxes and who voted against increasing your taxes by clicking HERE.
I am against raising the fuel tax. Montana already pays 27.75 cents per gallon in state taxes and 18.4 cents per gallon in federal taxes for gasoline. Montana pays even more in taxes for diesel fuel.
MT Legislature – Mail Ballot:
It’s funny that in one place in the Montana capitol this week, legislators were trying to raise taxes on Montanans and in another part of the capitol, legislators wanted to waste about $750,000 because they did not want to hold the May 25 special election by mail.
Montana should conduct the May 25 special election by mail, period. It’s common sense.
Republicans who are against holding the special election by mail are looking pretty dumb and petty. Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton spoke at the hearing yesterday and ended up looking like he does not understand his job. 46 of 56 Montana counties support mail ballot for special election
The Associated Press has more about the hearing on mail ballots HERE.
MT Legislature – Daylight Saving Time:
The bill to do away with Daylight Saving Time in Montana is apparently dead. Reportedly the bill was introduced by State Senator Ryan Osmundson (R) because a few of his constituents did not like changing their clocks twice a year.
I suggest that Osmundson visit their homes and help them change their clocks. Let the rest of us enjoy summers with more daylight in the evenings.
One More Thing:
Hey look, in the mean time, I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not. You know. – President Donald J. Trump (recent Time Magazine interview)