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
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?
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.