Tuesday Thoughts: Special Session, USAF, & Election Day

Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant. – Colin Powell

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Montana Legislature Special Session
  • U.S. Air Force & the Mass Shooting
  • Election Day 2017

Montana Legislature Special Session:

Governor Steve Bullock (D-Mont.) has called the Montana Legislature into a special session next week to address a projected $227 million budget shortfall. (AP)

In other words, the circus is coming to Helena next week!

Not long after the announcement, the Montana Republican Party tweeted:

Like any good liberal @GovernorBullock spent all your money and now wants to increase your taxes #KeepYourPromise #NoNewTaxes #mtpol

The funny thing about the Montana Legislature is that it is controlled by the Republicans. For the Governor, a Democrat, to get anything passed, he must have help from the Republicans. Just like we see in Washington, D.C., the Republicans in Montana are lacking in leadership.

Personally, I don’t want to see my taxes increased. I’m thinking they should cut funding to the legislative branch by three-fourths, not pay for the insurance for legislators, or any interim committee meetings. They should shut down non-essential state government services two days per week and pay those employees for only 24 hours of work per week until the shortfall is made up.

U.S. Air Force & the Mass Shooting:

We hear a lot of people say we need to enforce the gun laws we have on the books instead of making new ones. That might be true in the latest mass shooting that happened in Texas.

Several news organizations, including the New York Times, reported that the Air Force admitted Monday that it had failed to enter Devin P. Kelley’s domestic violence court-martial into a federal database that could have blocked him from buying the rifle he used to kill 26 people in a church in the small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas.

The NY Times also reported that under federal law, the conviction of Kelly for domestic assault on his wife and toddler stepson — he had cracked the child’s skull — should have stopped him from legally purchasing the military-style rifle and three other guns he acquired in the last four years.

As a former member of the USAF, I am ashamed, embarrassed, and angry that someone failed to do their job.

Someone should be severely punished for this mistake. It makes me wonder how many other people are not in the database that had ties to the military. A complete review across all branches of the military going back several years is needed.

Election Day 2017:

Today is Election Day 2017 all across the fruited plains!

There are two races for Governor in New Jersey and Virginia and a few special elections.

There are local elections, like in Great Falls (MT), where we are voting on mayor and commissioners, a mill levy for economic development, and whether to allow property owners to maintain domestic chicken hens within the city limits.

Yep, the voters in Great Falls are voting about domestic chicken hens! Is this a great country or what?

Don’t forget to vote!

 

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One thought on “Tuesday Thoughts: Special Session, USAF, & Election Day

  1. The revenue shortfall can be quickly eliminated by legislators who avoid political posturing and give priority to educating our children and protecting those served by DPHHS programs. I are counting on legislators to do their part just as I am prepared to do mine. I support a temporary tax increase as proposed in the governor’s compromise. Moreover, I support a temporary tax that covers the entire shortfall. That way legislators can avoid returning for another Special Session in 2018.

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