Sometimes, not saying anything is the best answer. You see, silence can never be misquoted. – Unknown
Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:
- Government Shutdown & Blame
- Dudik Announces
- The Pledge of Allegiance
Government Shutdown & Blame:
The Federal Government may partially shut down on Saturday if a deal is not reached by Friday. If it does happen, it won’t be as bad as it could be because some of the Federal Government agencies have already been funded for the next fiscal year. The Associated Press explains it HERE.
As for the blame, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll found that forty-three percent would blame President Donald Trump and the GOP, while 24 percent would hold congressional Democrats responsible. Thirty percent would blame both sides equally.
Trump did say in his meeting with Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, that:
“If we don’t get what we want, one way or the other…I will shut down the government. Absolutely,” he said. “I am proud to shut down the government for border security.”
By a double-digit margin, 54 percent to 29 percent, those surveyed in the poll say they oppose the shutdown that President Donald Trump threatened if Congress doesn’t agree to his demand for $5 billion in funding for a border wall.
Maybe with a partial government shutdown, we will find we don’t really need the people who are furloughed…
Montana State Representative Kimberly Dudik (D) of Missoula has announced her candidacy for Montana Attorney General (AG) in 2020.
The Associated Press reports that Dudik said Monday she’s running to help make communities safer, to protect children from abuse and to address the underlying causes of criminal behavior to help reduce recidivism. She also wants everyone to get free milk and cookies each day, plus every Montanan will get one get out of jail free card if she is elected. (Just kidding with that last sentence)
There are several likely candidates from the GOP side who may enter the race. A few of those who I think may run for AG are Chief Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion, plus other staffers working for term-limited Attorney General Tim Fox. Current Broadwater County Attorney Cory Swanson, a former staffer for Fox, may also be a strong choice for AG.
It’s a long way until 2020.
The Pledge of Allegiance:
We’ve all seen the crazy relative or friend post a message on Facebook that says something like, “Make reciting the Pledge of Allegiance mandatory in school. Repost if you agree.”
If it’s not that one, then it’s about “bringing back cursive writing” in school, although as far as I know cursive writing never left school.
Of course, there was a fake news story going around a few years ago saying that Barack Obama signed an executive order banning the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools.
The funny thing is that most states that I checked already require the pledge – many require it each day. In Montana, it is required although the school district shall inform all students and teachers of their right to not participate in recitation of the pledge. In Montana, it’s required each day in grades K-6 and weekly in grades 7-12. It is covered in MCA 20-7-133.
There’s a handy dandy guide (in DOCX format) that lists the state statutes regarding the Pledge of Allegiance for each state. It is a couple years old so some of it could have changed. For example, in Missouri, the requirement was weekly and changed to daily. (Title XI, Chapter 171, 171.021)
The guide can be accessed HERE.
So now when that crazy relative or friend posts some stupid stuff about the Pledge of Allegiance, you have the facts. You and I know that facts are stubborn things…