The Wednesday Read

This is why the government will not tell us UFOs and Aliens are real; people would panic and buy up all the foil. – Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • CASH Act of 2020 Part II
  • Vaccine Rollout
  • Montana Marijuana
  • Montana Millionaire
  • One More Thing

CASH ACT OF 2020 PART II:

In my column yesterday I wrote, “The chance of the Cash Act passing the U.S. Senate is uncertain.”

It did not take U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell long to block a quick vote on the $2000 checks. McConnell wants to tie it to some other items like the repeal of the online liability protections known as Section 230 and the establishment of a commission to study voter fraud. (CNN)

President Donald Trump retweeted the story from The Washington Post about McConnell blocking the quick vote on the bill and added this:

Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP. $600 IS NOT ENOUGH! Also, get rid of Section 230 – Don’t let Big Tech steal our Country, and don’t let the Democrats steal the Presidential Election. Get tough! 

The good news is that the $600 stimulus checks should start flowing into people’s accounts later this week. As for the CASH Act of 2020, I have my doubts it even gets a vote in the Senate with McConnell.

All of a sudden several Republicans care about debt – which I predicted would happen if Biden was elected President.

VACCINE ROLLOUT:

The Associated Press is reporting that President-elect Joe Biden criticized the Trump administration Tuesday for the pace of distributing COVID-19 vaccines and predicted that “things will get worse before they get better” when it comes to the pandemic.

The AP also reported:

Earlier this month, Trump administration officials said they planned to have 20 million doses of the vaccine distributed by the end of the year. But according to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control, just over 11.4 million doses have been distributed and only 2.1 million people have received their first dose.
At the current pace, Biden said, “it’s gonna take years, not months, to vaccinate the American people.”

There are some reports that cases are trending downward in places like Montana. I think that has more to do with the holidays and lack of reporting and not that we are all of sudden doing things right. I look to see the cases spike in mid-January.

By mid-January, the Trump administration should have all healthcare workers vaccinated as well as nursing home workers and residents. Since the holidays are when school is out, teachers and other school employees should have been vaccinated over the holiday break.

Trump’s Operation Warp Speed is working about as fast as a dial-up internet connection.

MONTANA MARIJUANA:

Lee Newspapers is reporting that while much is not done yet before cannabis hits the shelves following Montana’s vote to approve recreational marijuana use, beginning Jan. 1 it is officially legal to possess, grow and purchase. They updated the article to let readers know that businesses cannot sell cannabis to the general public until January 2022, although Montana residents can possess cannabis beginning in January 2021.

The January 1 date will be helpful as the circus and clowns in the Montana Legislature meet in early January, and Montanans may need some sort of stimulant to get through the session since the Republicans will be running the whole show.

I imagine some Republicans will try to stop the will of the people, so look for some “Reefer Madness” cries when the Montana Legislature meets.

Lee Newspapers also added that dispensaries and providers can’t apply for a marijuana business license through the Department of Revenue until October, and won’t be able to sell cannabis commercially until January 2022. But starting Friday, residents can possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana or 8 grams of concentrates. They’ll be able to grow up to four marijuana plants at their homes and transport it freely within the state.

I hope my green thumb still works…

Read the whole report from Lee Newspapers HERE.

MONTANA MILLIONAIRE:

Once again I am sad to announce that I will not be the next Montana millionaire. I did not win the $1,000,000 prize in the Montana Lottery drawing.

I did not win the $250,000 prize, or any of the three $100,000 prizes, or any of the four $10,000 prizes, either. In fact, I did not win any of the “instant winner” prizes for Montana Millionaire, and I never have. Strange.

I did win a dollar this week in the Montana Cash game. I’ll let you know how that changes my life.

KTVH has the winning numbers listed HERE. The Montana Lottery website seems to be having some problems as I write this column, so don’t throw away your tickets until you check there.

ONE MORE THING:

In case you missed the news, the rock group KISS is having a concert on New Year’s Eve.

The “KISS 2020 Goodbye” concert will be available to stream and is set to take place at Atlantis in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Fans can live stream the concert starting at $39.99 with Deluxe and VIP Packages also available. (UPI)

Check out the website HERE.

## WEAR A MASK ##

4 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read

  1. Between that $1 lottery win and the princely $600 stimulus coming your way, your new vehicle wishes for 2021 are answered.

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