Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts. – E. B. White
Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:
- Senate GOP Health Care Bill
- Judge Russell Fagg
- Missouri Breaks National Monument
- Greg Gianforte
Senate GOP Health Care Bill:
The Republicans in the U.S. Senate have delayed a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act until after the July 4 recess.
They did not have the votes to pass it.
Maybe it was because 13 men wrote the bill and they did it in secret. Maybe it’s because over 22 million people will lose their healthcare under their plan.
Now, yes now, would be a good time for the Republicans and Democrats to work together to craft a bill that will be good for all Americans – even it means repairing ObamaCare which has been in effect for seven years.
For those seven years, we have heard the Republicans say they were going to “repeal and replace ObamaCare.” The Republicans control the House. The Republicans control the Senate. The Republicans control the White House. What we have here is a lack of leadership.
It’s time to work together.
Judge Russell Fagg:
Montana State District Judge Russell Fagg has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run against U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in 2018, according to a story by the Associated Press.
He might have a little better name recognition than most, but as a judge, he’s probably pissed off about half of the people who appeared in his courtroom.
After the announcement, the Montana Democrats quickly sent a press release saying Fagg is running an “unethical” campaign. This means they are concerned about a Fagg campaign for U.S. Senate.
The Democrats cite many parts of the Montana Code Of Judicial Conduct in making their points. It’s an interesting angle from the Democrats. As the saying goes, they might as well run a complaint up the flagpole to see if anyone salutes it…
Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument:
The Great Falls Tribune reported that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday he’s unlikely to make any changes to the 375,000-acre Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana. President Bill Clinton created the monument in 2001 by executive order using the Antiquities Act.
I attended several meetings leading up to the designation in 2001. I’ve learned over the years that there are winners and losers in just about every national monument designation. Often, it depends on which side of the fence you sit and who is in the White House.
Zinke told the Tribune that “And in the case of the Missouri Breaks, I think it is settled,” Zinke said. “I’d rather not open a wound that’s been healed.”
I don’t know about it being “settled.” I think it was finally just accepted. It’s been over 16 years. I’m sure there are folks around the area who still believe former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is an a–hole…
It’s not going away…
Roll Call reported yesterday that the Stevens Institute of Technology Board of Trustees is initiating a review process to determine whether Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte’s name will be on a new academic building for which his family’s philanthropic foundation pledged $20 million. Gianforte is a 1983 graduate of the university in Hoboken, New Jersey, was sworn into Congress last week after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault for body-slamming a reporter on the eve of the special election for Montana’s at-large House seat.
Maybe the world of academia can’t be bought?
Also, The Guardian newspaper recently reported that Gianforte received over $116,000 in donations after assaulting their reporter.