The greatest evils in the world will not be carried out by men with guns, but by men in suits sitting behind desks. — C. S. Lewis
Today’s column takes a quick look at these people/issues:
- CASH Act of 2020
- Trump’s Roadblocks
- One More Thing
CASH ACT OF 2020:
The Associated Press reported that the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Monday to increase COVID-19 relief checks to $2,000, meeting President Donald Trump’s demand for bigger payments and sending the bill to the GOP-controlled Senate, where the outcome is highly uncertain.
The vote was 275-134 for the “Cash Act of 2020” with several Republicans joining in approval, except Montana’s only U.S. Representative, Republican Greg Gianforte. He selfishly voted NAY on the bill to increase the COVID-19 relief checks to $2,000.
Gianforte is quickly becoming the “Homer Simpson” of Montana politics – a total buffoon who does not seem to care about the middle and lower class. This is what we get to look forward to as he embarks on his latest purchase, the Montana Governorship, for the next four years.
For my friends in the Sixth District of Missouri, Republican Congressman, Sam Graves, voted NAY, also. Graves has held that seat since 2001. One wonders if he will ever accomplish anything. It’s OK that you elect Republicans, but maybe you should elect one who accomplishes something in 20 years.
The chance of the Cash Act passing the U.S. Senate is uncertain. It should at least get a vote so we know where they stand. President Donald Trump, a Republican, wants it. The Democrats control the U.S. House and they want it. I suggest Montanans contact U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R) and ask him to support it. Since he was just reelected, he may not be answering his phones, so leave a message.
If it does not get a vote or loses, it makes it even more important for the Democrats to sweep the two races in Georgia to give the Senate majority to the Democrats.
Reuters and several other reputable news organizations are reporting that President-Elect Joe Biden announced Monday:
“We’ve encountered roadblocks from the political leadership at the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Office of Management and Budget. Right now we just aren’t getting all of the information that we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas. It’s nothing short, in my view, of irresponsibility.”
I’ve read some conspiracies from the wackos on the right that say the reason why Trump’s team at the DoD is not helping Biden is that they believe he and/or his son, Hunter, are being controlled by China.
Trump and his people are sore losers. With about 23 days left in his Administration, look for the shit to get stranger.
A short story – back in November 2006, Jon Tester beat my boss, Conrad Burns, by 3,562 votes out of 406,000+ votes cast. Was I pissed? Yes. When Jon Tester’s brother called a few days later to talk transition and veterans issues, I could have been a sore loser, but I met with him for over an hour. A few weeks later I met with Tester’s incoming Deputy State Director. I told these people all that I knew about the job that I had for almost 12 years. I gave them my number. A few of my Republican friends were not too nice to me when they found out what I had done. I told them something like, “The voters spoke and it is over.” That’s probably one of the reasons I never worked for another Republican.
I don’t like to lose at anything, but when I do, I remember my father telling me when I was young to shake hands and congratulate the winner. He always said to be gracious in winning and losing.
Donald Trump, his team, and his supporters could use that advice.
ONE MORE THING:
Head’s up – There are 16 NFL games on Sunday. There will be seven early games and eight late games. There will be a final Sunday Night Football game on NBC (Washington vs. Philadelphia).
About 12 games have playoff implications.
The schedule has been changed some, so check HERE to see when your team plays.
I wonder how soon Gianforte will become bored with being governor of Montana. He is money driven kind of like Trump. I don’t think either had or have any interest in governing as that is a difficult job. I often wonder why Gianforte moved here to start with. His time in U.S. House was very boring to him as hardly showed up and offered no legislation of value. He bought both the house seat and governor office. What will he want to buy next? I doubt he wants to be a U.S. Senator as the is that is like a 6 years jail sentence for him. Montana government will run but it will be in the hands of agency heads Gianforte appointments which he certainly is taking his sweet time especially as he takes over in a few days. One has to wonder if he is having problems getting people to say yes or will just appointment a bunch of right wing wackos that just want to burn Helena down. It could be a long 4 years here in Montana as the Democrats seem to have no plan how to get back in power.
Dennis – I agree 100%. Thanks, JmB