The Wednesday Read: Pay Raise, Abuse of Power, & Thanksgiving

Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show. – Unknown

Today’s topics include:

  • MT Lawmakers Pay Raise
  • Abuse of Power
  • One More Thing

MT Lawmakers Pay Raise:

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that Republican Montana Senate President Scott Sales wants to raise lawmakers pay 69%.

If passed legislators would make$156 per day while in session. They already get $114 per day for expenses.

The AP reported:

The Montana Legislature should “take its lumps” and pass a long-overdue measure to raise future lawmakers’ pay without worrying about the potential fallout from constituents who may see the measure as self-serving, the Senate president said.

I think Scott Sales is full of crap.

The only way that we, the taxpayers, should give Montana legislators a pay raise would be to let Montanans vote on it. If they are doing a great job, Montanans would reward them.

I was also disappointed in the remarks from State Senator Ed Buttrey that was in the same AP story:

“If they want to talk about X percent of increase, yes it can shock people,” said Sen. Ed Buttrey, a Republican from Great Falls. “But when you tell them the true facts about what we are doing up here and what we are paid and the time we put in, they get it.”

Elected officials get to Helena and think they work harder and are more important than the average Montanan. I’ve said before that somewhere in the state capitol there must be a silly fountain that many legislators drink from and then they do crazy shit and act like clowns. Often they embarrass our state.

Legislators know what the pay is when they run for office. If they don’t like the pay and the perks, then they should not run for office, or better yet, just resign from office. We can survive without them.

Abuse of Power:

I think we owe White House counsel Donald F. McGahn, II, a big thank you for convincing Donald Trump that trying to prosecute James Comey and Hillary Clinton would be an abuse of power and that might lead to his impeachment.

The New York Times is reporting that President Trump told the White House counsel in the spring that he wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute two of his political adversaries: his 2016 challenger, Hillary Clinton, and the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

Trump has talked about prosecuting Clinton often. Although McGahn, the White House, and FBI won’t comment on what the New York Times is reporting, we all heard Trump say something similar during his campaign.

Trump does not understand that the Department of Justice does not work for him.

One More Thing:

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Please join me in praying for members of the military and their families who are separated this holiday season. We thank you and honor you for your sacrifice.

Safe travels!

 

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4 Comments

  1. Holiday Friday news dump

    Trump administration says climate change is real and its effects are “intensifying” https://t.co/m1ugOUeIvg— lori montgomery (@loriamontgomery) November 23, 2018

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    • Doug – Interesting. Thanks, -JmB

  2. Just in time for those Thanksgiving political arguments, a list of all 3,800 lies told by Trump during his time in office.

    “If Trump is a serial liar, why call this a list of “false claims,” not lies? You can read our detailed explanation here. The short answer is that we can’t be sure that each and every one was intentional. In some cases, he may have been confused or ignorant. What we know, objectively, is that he was not telling the truth.”

    http://projects.thestar.com/donald-trump-fact-check/index.html

    Nonetheless, enjoy your day tomorrow.

    • Doug- happy Thanksgiving to you! -JmB


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