If you see someone wearing camouflage, make sure to walk right into them so they know it’s working. – Unknown
Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:
- Montana Legislature
- Bullock & COVID-19
- Christopher Krebs
- One More Thing
MTN News reported that as leaders of the 2021 Montana Legislature are chosen this week, their first task may be one of their toughest: Figuring how to run a session in the midst of a burgeoning pandemic.
In my mind the answer is simple: Delay the session.
I’m sure they can find a way to remotely keep the government running at the current level for six months or until the pandemic subsides.
That would be the adult thing to do, but in recent years the Montana Legislature has not been known as a place where common sense reigns. Montana has several legislators who only get to be someone for 90 days every two years, so they would rather die than miss the chance to be treated as someone important. They may get that chance.
Unless they delay the session, look for the 2021 Montana Legislature to be a super spreader event like none other in Montana. That will be terrible for the people who have to work there.
Shame on the Republican leadership if they don’t delay the session.
BULLOCK & COVID-19:
The Great Falls Tribune reported that Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced a new round of directives Tuesday, which will limit crowd size and close bars, restaurants, and casinos at 10 p.m., in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Bullock should have been tougher. Time is running out.
Bullock might be Montana’s best chance to save lives and prevent more sickness because when he leaves in early January I do not expect incoming Governor Greg Gianforte, a Republican, to care much about limiting crowd size and/or wearing masks. I expect Gianforte to have a laissez-faire attitude toward COVID-19.
In the remaining days, I would urge Bullock to go big.
President Donald Trump continues to take his loss out on people. Tuesday he fired Christopher Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
The Associated Press reported it this way:
Since his loss, Trump has been ridding his administration of officials seen as insufficiently loyal and has been denouncing the conduct of an election that led to an embarrassing defeat to Democrat Joe Biden.
The AP also reported this little bit of information:
Hours before being dismissed, Krebs tweeted out a report citing 59 election security experts saying there is no credible evidence of computer fraud in the 2020 election outcome.
Trump wants people who will lie for him. Krebs was not that type of person. Krebs may be out of a job, but he will sleep better at night knowing he was truthful.
ONE MORE THING:
I have been known to use a ladder to clean my gutters…
The legislature is not going to delay that session. Gianforte was pretty much a rubber stamp for all far right initiiatives in Congress, and now the far right Montana legislators are salivating at the idea of him rubber stamping all the far right bills that Schweitzer and Bullock vetoed over the last 16 years.
Terry- I agree. Thanks, JmB