The Wednesday Read: Pay Raise, Kavanaugh, & Midterms

Caring about what people think of you is useless. Most people don’t even know what they think of themselves. – Unknown

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • 69% Pay Raise?
  • Faith & Freedom Coalition
  • Midterms

69% Pay Raise:

The Associated Press (AP) reported that Montana lawmakers will consider giving themselves a 69 percent pay raise by changing the way their salaries are calculated when they meet in January.

I say “Hell no!”

Out of the 150 members of the legislature, I think there are less than 10% whom I would consider worthy of a raise.

House Minority Leader Jenny Eck, D-Helena was quoted in the story saying, “It is beyond ironic that we make less than a teenager working in a McDonald’s in Helena.”

The teenager working at McDonald’s probably does more of an honest day’s work and does not receive, as the AP reported, a $3,000 stipend for constituent services and information technology expenses or a secondary reimbursement of up to $4,000 depending on the size of a legislator’s district.

If $92.46 (per day) in basic pay is not enough for our Montana citizen legislator, then they should quit. There are plenty of outstanding people who could do a better job – and probably not embarrass Montana, as our current legislators seem to do every two years.

If the Montana legislators really feel they are worthy of a pay raise, then let the voters decide. Put it on the ballot and let “We the people” vote on it. I’m sure voters would appreciate giving them the feedback.

Faith & Freedom Coalition:

I received an “Emergency Call to Action” postcard from this organization the other day urging me to call U.S. Senator Jon Tester and tell him to vote “Yes” on Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

 

 

 

I don’t think I have that much power with Tester – or with U.S. Senator Steve Daines or with U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte.

I do believe that winning the presidency gives the President some latitude on his/her picks for their cabinet and for the courts. If the person the President nominates is qualified, and the person does not tank during the process, then they should get the benefit of the doubt – even if it turns your stomach.

If the opposite party is not happy with the nomination then they should try harder to win the election next time.

I remember when the U.S. Senate confirmed liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 96-3 back in 1993. She was qualified and she was President Bill Clinton’s choice. Many conservatives voted for her – like Conrad Burns and Orrin Hatch, and Strom Thurmond.

A “Yes” vote for Kavanaugh would help a few Democrat Senators who are up for reelection. Jon Tester, Claire McCaskill, Heidi Heitkamp are three who might benefit at the ballot box by voting for Kavanaugh – especially McCaskill.

Will they hold their noses and vote for him?

Midterms:

Gallup polling has a new article out about midterm elections. According to Gallup:

The president’s party almost always suffers a net loss of U.S. House seats in midterm elections. However, losses tend to be much steeper when the president is unpopular. In Gallup’s polling history, presidents with job approval ratings below 50% have seen their party lose 37 House seats, on average, in midterm elections. That compares with an average loss of 14 seats when presidents had approval ratings above 50%.

Gallup says that President Trump’s approval rating is around 40% and that the Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to take majority control of the House of Representatives.

Will the Democrats take control of the Senate, too? That will be tougher, but a tidal wave could sweep across the nation the night of November 6.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Judge Kavanaugh has perjured himself multiple times during these most recent hearings and in his previous confirmation hearings about documents he handled that were stolen from a Democratic Senator, his role in the pursuit of the Clinton penis, NSA wiretapping, and his role in authorizing torture in our name,

    How does a judge, who dodges the reporting guidelines, have $200,000 in debt for baseball season tickets ($6000 per year) and “home improvements” on three credit cards in 2016 suddenly have absolutely no debt in 2017? He had been maintaining balances over $50,000 on his credit cards for years prior to 2016.

    Both Montana Senators should vote against confirming Kavanaugh. But Daines has no dignity or integrity since he is just a squeeky toy for McConnell, the vagina meddlers and the party.

    McConnell and his drones completely abdicated their specific Constitutional duty in not holding hearings for Merrick Garland in a craven, partisan effort to deny a sitting President (Obama) his right to appoint who he wants during the entirety of his President (as you indicated above) but they chose to hide behind a non-existent “rule”. Even Kavanaugh spoke very, very highly of Garland in his hearings.

    Most especially, a judge who has trod both sides of the road regarding whether or not a President can be indicted and charged while in office (he favored it when he was birddogging Clinton) can not be allowed to possibly sit it judgement of the President who nominated him and will seek relief from the SCOTUS for his criminal behaviors before and during his Presidency. (sweet deal, huh?)

    Kavanaugh must not be confirmed.

    • Ooops Cleared out cache and cookies last night and forgot to re-enter my name.

    • I think they have the votes to confirm him. We’ll see if the opposition can pull a rabbit out of their hat to stop it. Thanks, JmB


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