Quote for the Day…
If you can’t take the heat, don’t tickle the dragon. – Unknown
In today’s column, I take a quick look at these people/issues:
- Infrastructure Week
- Wyoming GOP
- The Western Word Poll
It was finally “infrastructure week” in Washington, D.C., with the Associated Press (AP) reporting that President Joe Biden signed the $1 trillion infrastructure deal into law Monday before a bipartisan, celebratory crowd on the White House lawn.
U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) was a key person in getting the bill across the finish line. Tester had the following to say in a press release provided to The Western Word:
“Today we delivered urgently-needed infrastructure investments to Montana that will support our small businesses, lower costs for working families, and grow our economy without raising taxes,” said Tester. “This bipartisan package will create good-paying jobs and maintain our economic advantage over China by investing in Montana’s roads, bridges, high-speed internet, water systems, and more. I worked closely with Republicans and Democrats to negotiate this bill because that’s what Montanans expect from their elected leaders—that we put our differences aside and work across the aisle on real, lasting solutions that will have a positive impact on our economy and on everyone in the Treasure State.”
Tester also said that he made sure that the legislation does not raise taxes.
You can read Tester’s complete press release HERE.
The AP story can be found HERE.
You can read what the law provides for Montana by clicking HERE.
You know, I am beginning to think the Wyoming Republicans are dumber than the Montana Republicans. OK, only slightly.
The Casper Star-Tribune reported that Wyoming Republican leaders voted this weekend to no longer recognize Rep. Liz Cheney as a member of their party. The resolution, which does not strip Cheney of any tangible power, passed the Wyoming GOP Central Committee by a vote of 31-29 during a Saturday meeting in Buffalo.
The Star-Tribune provided a quote from Cheney’s spokesperson:
“It’s laughable to suggest Liz is anything but a committed conservative Republican,” said Jeremy Adler, a Cheney spokesperson. “She is bound by her oath to the Constitution. Sadly, a portion of the Wyoming GOP leadership has abandoned that fundamental principle, and instead allowed themselves to be held hostage to the lies of a dangerous and irrational man.”
Cheney is a powerful Representative for Wyoming. I wish she was representing me.
I have the feeling that when all is said and done on election night next November, Liz Cheney will still be the Representative for Wyoming.
Read the full story from the Casper Star-Tribune HERE.
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse will go to the jury this week. For background, the Associated Press (AP) covers the charges facing Rittenhouse HERE.
This week’s poll question asks, “Will Kyle Rittenhouse be found guilty or not guilty?”
The results will be released later this week.
The staffs for Daines and Rosendale are no doubt right now busily drafting statements touting the awesome benefits of all that new infrastructure money for Montana, even though both voted Nay on the bill.
Interestingly enough, while doing quick research to make sure I had my facts straight on these guys’ votes on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, I found a site with Rosendale’s voting record on “National Key Votes”. It turns out he has voted Nay on almost every single bill or resolution put before him since he took office, even ones Daines supported. We could train a parrot with a one word vocabulary and send that to Washington to do the same job “Nope” Rosendale is doing, in the process saving the taxpayers his salary, bennies, and staff expenses. Parrots work for crackers.
Terry – lots of “No”votes on that list. Wow.
I can bet my ranch that when a new bridge or water treatment plant is dedicated somewhere in Eastern Montana like Plentywood or Ekalaka or in Western Montana like Dillion or Troy using money from bipartisan infrastructure bill Senator Daines will be there helping cut the ribbon even though he voted against it. To me that says much about his true character.
Dennis – you would probably win that bet!