Tuesday Commentary: VA Secretary, Secretary of State, & Snow

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. – Doug Larson

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • VA Secretary Nominee
  • Tester a “No” on Pompeo
  • Billings & Snow
  • The Western Word

VA Secretary:

President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Ronny Jackson, hit a snag yesterday. It was so much of a snag that the confirmation hearing has been delayed.

The Hill reported:

Two sources told CNN that Republicans and Democrats on the committee have been informed of allegations of improper conduct at more than one stage in the career of Jackson, who currently serves as White House physician.

Staffers are reviewing allegations of a “hostile work environment,” CBS News reported, including “excessive drinking on the job [and] improperly dispensing meds.”

“It’ll sink his nomination” if the claims are true, one source told CBS, which reported that VA Committee ranking Democrat Jon Tester (Mont.) had requested the hearing be delayed.

I was concerned about Jackson’s experience to lead the VA. Now it does not seem that Trump’s team did much of a background check on Jackson. That was not fair to veterans or for Jackson.

Secretary of State:

Last night the press office for U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) sent a press release announcing that Tester would oppose the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.

Tester said:

“America needs a Secretary of State who will put diplomacy first as global threats increase and our nation is entangled in conflicts across the world. Our nation’s top diplomat must be an honest broker, a tough negotiator, and a firm believer that war is a last resort. Mr. Pompeo has not convinced me that he is the right person for the job.”

It looks as though Pompeo has enough votes to secure the nomination.

Billings, Montana:

Congratulations are in order for Billings, Montana! Billings broke their seasonal snowfall record yesterday at 10:00 a.m. The new record is 103.6 inches, which surpasses the old record by a tenth of an inch.

But they were not through adding to the record. The Billings Gazette reported that the measuring station at Billings Logan International Airport recorded 2.6 inches by 1 p.m., bringing the yearly total to 106.1 inches.

Way to go Billings!

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