Quote for the Day…
More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren’t so busy denying them. ― Harold J. Smith
CME is the once-a-week column that is posted every Friday morning. This is when I look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week.
Here are some of the things that “Caught My Eye” this week:
- Ryan Zinke
- Benefis Healthcare
- COVID Update
- Donald Trump + 2
- One More Thing
I enjoyed the responses to the articles about Ryan Zinke breaking ethics rules during his time as Interior Secretary.
Those on the left saw an opening. Those on the far right saw an opening. So, they both pounced.
I was not going to comment about Zinke until I saw some comments in Politico from a left-winger named Barrett Kaiser:
The report’s findings that Zinke violated ethics rules to pursue a personal project could come to haunt Zinke as he runs for Congress, said Barrett Kaiser, partner in Hilltop Public Solutions, a campaign management firm that generally backs Democrats. Even if Zinke pulls through the Republican primary in June, the report findings could fuel another wave of opposition ads just in time for the November general election, Kaiser said.
“That’s exactly what brought Conrad Burns down,” said Kaiser, who is based in Montana, said in an interview, speaking of public corruption scandals while referring to the Montana Republican senator who lost his bid for a fourth term after being linked to scandal-plagued lobbyist Jack Abramoff. “Montanas (sic) by and large are sick and tired of politicians abusing their offices. It’s one of the things that Montanans bristle about the most.”
Most of those two paragraphs (above) are wishful thinking. The Montana Democrats have failed miserably in the state and are now down to one statewide officeholder. They are desperate like they were when they and the local Montana media spread lies about Burns.
If we are pointing fingers and talking about abusing the office, the thing I remember most about Kaiser’s former boss, Max Baucus, was his screwing up the opening of Malmstrom’s runway (Source). He also recommended his staffer/girlfriend for the U.S. Attorney’s job (Source). I also remember Baucus getting several thousand dollars from Abramoff (Source).
Those are just a few of many issues that dirtied the insignificant career of Baucus.
But back to Zinke – I’ve said this before and I’ll repeat it: Zinke can’t be beaten by the current field of candidates for Congress. Yes, I am talking about the candidates from the Democratic Party and from the Republican Party.
Although I don’t live in that District, it will be nice to have an actual veteran representing Montana in Congress again.
The Great Falls Tribune reported this week that Benefis Health System announced this week that 37 of its 3,300 employees, or about 1%, concluded their employment due to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services vaccine mandate, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in January.
It was also reported that 4.4% of Benefis employees were granted medical or religious exemptions. Of those, 29% are medical deferrals and 71% are religious deferrals.
I don’t have any sympathy for the 37 employees who lost their jobs. It was probably for the best.
You can read the full report from the Tribune HERE.
Thanks to all those who wished me well after I tested positive for COVID on my birthday. To those who wished me death, nice try. It did not happen.
I am doing fine and did not miss writing a column.
You can read my initial entry about testing positive for COVID HERE. It is in the section titled, “Best Birthday Ever?”
DONALD TRUMP + 2:
The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that former President Donald Trump must answer questions under oath in New York state’s civil investigation into his business practices, a judge ruled Thursday. Judge Arthur Engoron ordered Trump and his two eldest children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., to comply with subpoenas issued in December by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
This is a good thing. Even former Presidents are not above the law.
You can read the AP article HERE.
ONE MORE THING:
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