The Wednesday Read

When you ask me what I’m doing today and I say “nothing,” it doesn’t mean I’m free. It means I’m doing nothing – Unknown

Today’s topics include:

  • Drunk Driving in Montana
  • Gianforte – MT Governor
  • The Tax Cut Debate
  • Trump & Bernie & Fox News
  • 2019 NFL Schedule

Drunk Driving in Montana:

You can relax all you drinkers who drive after downing a few too many at your local bar, the big DUI bill in the Montana Legislature is dead according to MTN News.

That means that Montana can keep the crown as the “state that leads the nation in the number of DUI deaths and DUI, in general, per capita” as Attorney General Tim Fox recently said in the MTN interview.

Maybe the state tourism department should adopt the slogan, “Visit Montana – We lead the nation in the number of DUI deaths”

The bottom line is that here in Montana we have a bunch of chickenshits serving in the Montana Legislature who are afraid to enact tough DUI laws.

I wonder who these legislators are afraid of.

Gianforte – MT Governor:

Just about everyone I talk with says that Republican U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte (MT-AL) will run for Montana Governor.

Gianforte recently told MTN News in Missoula that he was “seriously considering it.”

If Gianforte asked me (one of the great political commentators/operatives in Montana) about running for Governor, I’d tell him, “Stay in your lane, Bro.”

I’ve said many times that Montana deserves someone in the U.S. House of Representatives who will stay there for several terms (depending on the voters’ will) and build up seniority and not use the seat as a stepping stone to another office. People who do this have an ego too big for me to seriously consider voting for them. Both Democrats and Republicans do it.

The Tax Cut Debate:

The Hill reported that less than one in five registered voters say they paid less in taxes during the first year of President Trump’s landmark tax law, a Hill-HarrisX poll released Monday finds. Only 18 percent of respondents say they are paying less in federal taxes for 2018 compared to 2017 in the survey, which was taken ahead of the April 15 tax deadline. A majority said their 2018 tax bill was about the same or higher compared to 2017.

Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) reported in his official U.S. Senate newsletter that:

According to independent research from H&R Block, the people of Montana received an average 22% tax cut in 2018. This was the result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that I supported.

I don’t think I was close to the “Montana” average, Steve.

Trump & Bernie & Fox News:

It appears that President Donald Trump was a little jealous of U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders getting some love from Fox News this week.

Sanders was on Fox News for a Town Hall meeting. He did well.

I think all the Democrats who are running for President should appear on Fox News just as President Trump and any Republicans running for President should appear on stations like MSNBC and CNN. The Democratic Party should let Fox News host one of their debates, too. The Democrats should not be afraid to spread their message anywhere.

Trump sent a few Tweets about Sanders, but in one it appears he slipped up and said “and now we have @donnabrazile?” when referring to Fox News hiring Democratic strategist Donna Brazile:

So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on @FoxNews. Not surprisingly, @BretBaier and the “audience” was so smiley and nice. Very strange, and now we have @donnabrazile?

I guess Trump watches so much Fox News that he considers himself part of the Fox News family.

2019 NFL Schedule:

Are you ready for some football? The NFL will announce the official 2019 schedule today (Wednesday, April 17) at 6 p.m. Montana time on the NFL Network. (

Go Chiefs!



8 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read

  1. Question #1 How long do you think before eager citizen readers crash the website of the Dept of Justice? Question #2 How long will it take Justice to correct the problem? I’m not holding my breath that I’ll see anything tomorrow. How about you?

    • Carole – Good point. I think we’ll see the report, but it may be through the media. We’ll see. -JmB

  2. I have four children that have incoming ranging from the mid 20 thousand range with 2 children getting 20% less in refund then last year. One single in 60 thousand dollar range paying more and one in 75 thousand dollar range married no children paying $1400 more and one with 103,000 income no children paying $1442 more. By more I mean after federal withholding from their jobs. What appears to have happened is the rush to get this tax plan out the IRS did not get correct withholding chart out to later in first quarter causing people not to realize they needed to change their withholding. But what really burnt them up is 60 companies worth billions getting a refund and paying no taxes. One is done with Amazon as they paid zero. Two of my children are republicans and voted for Trump but doubt will in 2020. I don’t know why hide from the voters Daines would put press report out that is basically false,but then again he has his nose up Trumps behind so far will never see the truth. It is so sad the Montana Democrat Party gives phone town hall Daines another term.

  3. Gianforte: I can’t wait to see his interview with Ben Jacobs of the Guardian!

    Taxes: My Federal Tax bill was 15% lower in 2018 compared to 2017. Due to the simplified filing process, I did my taxes myself and saved the money I would have paid my accountant. She was bummed.

    Feel the Burn: At least he had the balls to tell Americans that they will pay for the Healthcare in higher taxes up front but you can leave your wallet at home when you go the doctors office! That is one heck of an improvement for healthcare!!!

    Football: I predict my Raiders will play your Chiefs twice this year!

    • Thanks for reminding people that Giantfart has not completed all the terms of his sentencing following his guilty plea for assaulting a journalist.

      He agreed to do a sit-down interview with Ben Jacobs and that hasn’t happened yet. Proving that Giantfart is a liar, a bully and a coward.

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