The time is always right to do what is right. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today’s quick hits deal with:
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- Recess Ends/Health Care Looms
- Donald Trump Jr
- Conflicts of Interest
Department of Veterans Affairs:
Late last week CBS News reported that more than 500 officials have been fired from the Department of Veterans Affairs for misconduct since President Trump took office earlier this year.
I think that is a great start.
I hope they replace these people with staffers who are stronger advocates for the veteran.
We have to do better for our veterans. That is the bottom line.
Recess Ends/Health Care Looms:
Congress is back at work this week and the biggest issue is the Senate health care bill. Many folks are saying the Senate bill in its present form is dead.
Fox News reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is talking about bipartisan help to fix parts of ObamaCare if he cannot craft a major overhaul bill that will get support from at least 50 of his 52 senators.
Then there’s Montana’s junior Senator, Republican Steve Daines. He has yet to decide about supporting the Senate bill. He is looking more and more ridiculous for not coming out against it.
Donald Trump Jr:
The New York Times reported Sunday that President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it.
The more damaging information is what the Times reported next:
When he was first asked about the meeting on Saturday, Donald Trump Jr. said that it was primarily about adoptions and mentioned nothing about Mrs. Clinton.
But on Sunday, presented with The Times’s findings, he offered a new account.
Maybe Junior should have followed the advice from Mark Twain, “When in doubt tell the truth.”
Conflicts of Interest:
Former blogger Gregg Smith writes a monthly column for the Great Falls Tribune. This month he writes about conflicts of interest nationally and then zeroes in on a recent conflict of interest problem in the City of Great Falls regarding Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
All government officials must scrupulously avoid even the appearance of conflicts of interest. That is what is troubling about recent events.
Why push the issue? Recuse yourself!
Amen to that.
You can read Smith’s column HERE.