The Wednesday Read

Quote for the Day…

Be the reason someone smiles today; or the reason they drink. Whatever works. – Unknown

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

  • Debt Limit Increase
  • Brian Schweitzer Surfaces
  • The Western Word Poll


Members of the House on Tuesday pushed through a short-term increase to the nation’s debt limit, ensuring the federal government can continue fully paying its bills into December and temporarily averting an unprecedented default that would have decimated the economy. The $480 billion increase in the country’s borrowing ceiling cleared the Senate last week on a party-line vote. (AP)

U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale (R-MT/AL) voted “Nay” on the bill. (Source)

The debt limit has been raised or suspended 80 times since 1960. It was suspended three times during the Trump administration. (AP)

Here is some information from the Department of the Treasury:

The debt limit does not authorize new spending commitments. It simply allows the government to finance existing legal obligations that Congresses and presidents of both parties have made in the past.

I predict the upcoming holidays will not be that merry in Washington…


Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (D) wrote a column that appeared in the Montana Standard in which he takes a comical look at the Montana Republicans wanting to “investigate the integrity” of the 2020 Montana election.

Schweitzer begins his column with:

Congratulations to Montana Republicans! In the November 2020 elections you had the largest Republican victories in the history of Montana. Republicans won control of all 5 statewide offices for the first time, elected only the 3rd Republican US Senator in our history, and the largest Republican majority in the Montana legislature ever.

A little later Schweitzer says:

But, I am sure that most of Montana, including grassroots Republicans, must have been shocked when they found that 88% of their elected Republican Montana legislators have signed a letter to investigate the integrity of this historic Montana election of theirs. Do they know something that we don’t know about how they won such a historic landslide victory? Do they know of operatives who are crooked in the Secretary of State’s office or the County election offices? Are they accusing our good Republican neighbors, those who volunteer at local election offices, guilty of corruption?

I think Schweitzer kind of abandoned the Montana Democrats after he left office in 2013. Schweitzer was Montana Governor from 2005-2013. Schweitzer endorsed a few folks and appeared in a few campaign commercials over the years, but he never ran for another office.

I’m not sure *when he could run for governor again, but the Democrats need a showman like him.

*The Montana Constitution says, (1) The secretary of state or other authorized official shall not certify a candidate’s nomination or election to, or print or cause to be printed on any ballot the name of a candidate for, one of the following offices if, at the end of the current term of that office, the candidate will have served in that office or had he not resigned or been recalled would have served in that office: “8 or more years in any 16-year period as governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, attorney general, or superintendent of public instruction.” (Article 4, Section 8)

The best thing I remember about Schweitzer is Burns 51, Schweitzer 47. That was in 2000. I was happy to be part of that hard-fought victory for Conrad Burns.

Read the complete column from Schweitzer by clicking HERE.


Montana’s bipartisan redistricting commission has narrowed down the possibilities for congressional maps that would create two U.S. House seats in the state for the first time in 30 years. Commissioners selected nine maps on Tuesday to move forward as part of the once-a-decade process of redrawing the state’s congressional districts, which must be complete before the end of the year. (AP)

You can view each map by clicking HERE.

This week’s poll question asks, “Which congressional map do you prefer?”

Results will be released Thursday.


3 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read

  1. Hmm. Maybe this is something Gianshart and his merry morons in the Lege should think about. I mean, what sort of educated professional wants to move here with the loonies making the laws? Especially if they have kids in public schools! When the guv believes the earth is six thousand years old, you know there’s a problem. Oh, and guns on campus? That’s a real plus too! Right, Jesse?

    • I don’t believe the right wingers of our legislature want any educated professionals coming here (or even Montana’s own educated kids coming home), because those people have been to college and been exposed to IDEAS and BOOKS. Not to mention personally experiencing big cities and other cultures/races, and learning first hand those are not really the bogeymen the righties construct to scare the uneducated..

      We saw it in the last legislative session. No efforts at all to lure new 21st century type businesses here that would employ educated professionals. Only a few mostly corrupt-smelling efforts to expand and grease the wheels for the same old same old 19th century type extractive industries that don’t need many educated employees.

  2. I was fortunate enough to know Burns and Schweitzer both, and I thought highly of both of them. Although I campaigned for Schweitzer, we all liked Conrad too. Both were down to earth type guys. You could walk right up and talk to them. Very approachable. I can remember Brian and Conrad sharing beers together in one picture. I think we’ve lost that type of congeniality.

    And I know Tester too. He’s from that same mold. Rural, authentic, incorruptible. He’s unique in D.C. I don’t know how he does it. I couldn’t live there and put up with the crap you have to deal with on a daily basis. That’s why I’ll be interested to read his book. I want to get a real Montanan’s perspective on what it’s like. I’m about as provincial as it gets. I’ve never been east of Sidney, Mt. ‘Bout time I found out what it’s really like back there. (Not sure I really want to know though.)

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