I’m afraid of a world run by adults who were never spanked as children and won trophies just for participating. – Unknown
Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:
- Recreational Marijuana
- Hanna’s Act
- Closing the Border
- 3 Mexican Countries
Recreational Marijuana in Montana:
Twelve backward thinking members of the State House Taxation Committee decided last week for the rest of Montana that recreational marijuana should not be legalized.
Reminder – this is 2019, not 1919.
According to the Helena Independent Record (IR), the House Taxation Committee voted 12-6 Thursday to table House Bill 770 (Provide for the legalization of recreational marijuana), effectively killing the measure.
The IR also reported that the Montana Highway Patrol (Sgt. Kurt Sager and Lt. Jim Sanderson) came out against the bill saying it would be a “nightmare.” I think that statement is bullshit. I’m not sure I like government employees lobbying for or against issues. Maybe if Sager and Sanderson were out on patrol instead of lobbying, they would catch a few more drunk drivers – which is an actual real problem in Montana.
Nonetheless, the legalization of recreational marijuana is probably going to happen in Montana. Most people are fine with it. I am. Look for it on the 2020 ballot.
With the estimated revenue from taxes on it, even the Montana Highway Patrol will be able to hire a few more officers to do their actual assigned duties – which isn’t lobbying.
MTN News reported that a bill aimed at addressing the issue of missing and murdered Native Americans has been revived in the Montana Legislature. House Bill 21, known as “Hanna’s Act,” failed on a tied 5-5 vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday. But committee chair Sen. Keith Regier, a Republican from Kalispell, said the committee reconsidered the bill Friday and approved it 8-2, after adding an amendment. The bill will now go to the full Senate for consideration.
Last Tuesday I wrote about “Hanna’s Act” and the tie vote that killed it, saying, “It’s disappointing, embarrassing, and shameful that Hanna’s Act did not sail through the state Senate – all because of five idiots.”
I hope the new amendment does not kill the bill. The original bill passed the state House unanimously last month.
The bottom line is Hanna’s Act needs to be passed. If it does fail, the failure falls squarely on the Republicans.
Closing the Border:
President Donald Trump is threatening to close the U.S-Mexico border this week:
Mexico must use its very strong immigration laws to stop the many thousands of people trying to get into the USA. Our detention areas are maxed out & we will take no more illegals. Next step is to close the Border! This will also help us with stopping the Drug flow from Mexico!
If Trump does close the entire border he just might push some U.S. businesses over the edge which in turn could harm his reelection chances.
The Washington Post reported:
The White House doubled down Sunday on President Trump’s threat to close the U.S. border with Mexico, despite warnings that the move would inflict immediate economic damage on American consumers and businesses while doing little to stem a tide of migrants clamoring to enter the United States.
Sealing the border with Mexico, America’s third-largest trading partner, would disrupt supply chains for major U.S. automakers, trigger swift price increases for grocery shoppers and invite lawsuits against the federal government, according to trade specialists and business executives.
It seems many of Trump’s backers are supportive of him closing the border. We’ll see if he has the guts to do it even though it would hurt the United States.
3 Mexican Countries:
On Saturday the U.S. State Department announced that the United States was cutting off aid to the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
The on-screen graphic on the show Fox & Friends stated, “Trump Cuts U.S. Aid to 3 Mexican Countries.” (Yahoo)
I’ve always thought that Fox News hired people more for their looks than for their brains. Maybe I’m right…