Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today. – Will Rogers
Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:
- Montana & REAL ID
- Chick-fil-A & Tim Fox
- Jon Tester & Robocalls
Montana & REAL ID:
Remember back when the 2007 Montana Legislature passed a law saying the state would not comply with regulations of the REAL ID Act?
Remember back in 2008 when Governor Brian Schweitzer aired a campaign ad showing him shooting clay pigeons, and he said taping a federal ID card to a clay pigeon gave him motivation.
Remember all the politicians, Tester, Daines, Zinke, Bullock, Fox, who were against REAL ID?
It was pure paranoia.
All along I said that “Freedom is not free” and if push comes to shove over REAL ID, the Feds will win.
The Associated Press reported this week that officials say Montana is now complying with federal driver’s license rules after years of resisting the REAL ID Act.
I wonder if the new REAL ID-compliant licenses will have a chip embedded in them so the government drones can easily track us…
Maybe I’ll just head back into my bunker while you think about it…
Chick-fil-A & Fox:
It’s campaign season and politicians will do whatever they can to get some publicity.
The Associated Press reported that Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, who is running for Governor, sent a letter on Monday inviting Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy to open more restaurants in Montana. Fox’s letter is in response to recent reports that San Antonio and Buffalo city leaders excluded the restaurant from opening locations in their airports because of its funding of anti-LGBTQ organizations.
While he’s at it, maybe Fox can write to Red Lobster for me. How about In-N-Out Burgers? Or maybe he can convince 7-11 to open a store in Montana so we can partake in Free Slurpee Day?
Do you have any suggestions on restaurants you would like to see Fox try to bring to Montana, or would you like to see him stick to his real job?
Jon Tester & Robocalls:
I got a giggle or two out of the email I received this week from the campaign of U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). It was about robocalls.
In his email, Tester says:
I’m pretty tired of these annoying spam calls, and I’m sure you are too. That’s why I’m doing something about it.
I’ve introduced the TRACED Act in the Senate to give the “Do Not Call” list some real teeth by empowering federal agencies do their jobs, stop these robocalls, and protect consumers.
The whole email from Tester smells of BS.
If Tester is referring to the TRACED Act (S. 151), then he did not introduce it. It was introduced by Senator John Thune in January. Tester co-sponsored it in March.
That is normal for Tester to take credit for things he did not do because the Montana press never checks on it.
It’s also funny because, like a lot of politicians, Tester has made his share of robocalls. In fact, back in 2005 candidate Tester made robocalls to raise money for his campaign. Here’s part of a 2005 article from Lee Newspapers about Tester’s robocalls:
If you think a law’s unconstitutional, ignore it. Defy it. Flout it. Take the law into your own hands.
These are the weird messages coming from two otherwise law-abiding Montanans, state Auditor John Morrison and state Senate President Jon Tester. They are the top Democrats trying to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns in 2006.
Both Morrison and Tester admitted to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle last week they are soliciting donations for their respective campaigns through prerecorded telephone messages, despite a 1991 state law specifically forbidding the practice.
“It’s a free speech issue,” Tester told the Chronicle.
With Tester saying his robocalling is a free speech issue, I am doubtful the TRACED Act (S. 151) or anything that would keep politicians from calling us will ever have enough teeth in it to stop the calls.
What we need in Montana are elected officials who have the guts to enforce the laws that are already on the books.