Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. – John Kenneth Galbraith
Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:
- Montana House – Debt & Taxes
- Trump & Coal
- Trump & Russia
- Trump & Russian Dressing
Montana House Race – Debt & Taxes:
Here in Montana, it looks as though we are going to have a battle between the two major candidates for Montana’s U.S. House seat about their debt and taxes.
It was first reported by the Associated Press that Montana filed three tax liens to collect about $15,000 in back taxes against Democrat Rob Quist. Then Lee Newspapers reported that Quist has a 16-year legacy of financial troubles.
On Monday the Montana Democrats pointed out that Republican Greg Gianforte’s company, RightNow Technologies, had 22 state tax warrants filed against them by the Marion County Court in Indiana for failing to pay taxes. The state tax liens against RightNow Technologies dated from 2012-2015 and amounted in $15,373 in owed taxes.
The back and forth kind of reminds me of the saying, “I know you are but what am I.”
It looks like both political parties should do a little more checking into their candidates past. Neither candidate is exciting the electorate.
Libertarian Mark Wicks is also running for the seat. You can visit his website HERE.
Trump & Coal:
It appears that coal is not dead, yet. The Associated Press reported that declaring “the start of a new era” in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs.
Trump said, “My administration is putting an end to the war on coal. We’re going to have clean coal — really clean coal.”
Trump also said “great” and “jobs” several times during his speech at the event.
U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) sent a press release titled, “Trump Heeds Daines Call: Ends War on Coal.” Daines also said:
“By reversing the coal leasing moratorium and rescinding the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan we can unleash American energy innovation and expand high-paying energy jobs,” Daines stated. “I have confidence that this is a first step in trashing President Obama’s war on coal and the good-paying jobs it supports. Coal Keeps the Lights On.”
I highly doubt that President Trump listens to Steve Daines.
I have no problem with clean coal being used for our energy needs. Its use should be based on demand, and not because someone does or does not like it. Although the President has given coal a reprieve, its future does not look too bright.
Trump & Russia:
Anyone who follows politics knew that if Hillary Clinton had been elected President we would be hearing about her email server, Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation, and much more. We would have watched Republicans hold hearing after hearing about her perceived transgressions.
We ended up with Trump and it’s been about 70 days since he took the oath. The biggest thing that is hounding Trump is Russia. It seems that the Russians had access to some of Trump’s people and that they may have had some sort of influence over the election – maybe from hacked emails.
Several news sources, including CNN, reported that Trump’s son-in-law and trusted adviser, Jared Kushner, offered to testify to senators about meetings with senior Kremlin officials.
That’s a good start. Others must come forward.
The drip, drip, drip of ties to Russia even got Trump to tweet, “Trump Russia story is a hoax.”
The Trump team needs to come clean or the Russia issue will not go away.
Trump & Russian Dressing:
The White House briefing is must-see television for political junkies. Tuesday’s briefing was short but it contained some fireworks when April Ryan, Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, said to White House Press Secretary, “Sean, you don’t seem so happy.”
Then she asked about the Trump administration revamping its image:
“How does this administration revamp its image two and a half months in?” Ryan said. “You’ve got Russia, you’ve got wiretapping, you’ve got other things going on.”
“No, we don’t have that,” Spicer shot back. “You’ve got Russia. If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection.”
Later in the discussion, when Spicer was answering her question, he told Ryan ““Stop shaking your head again.”
That was only Tuesday and Spicer has press briefings scheduled for every day this week.