Quote for the day…
People will quit on you. You gotta get up every day and make sure you never quit on yourself. – Unknown
Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:
- Trouble in Montana
- PPP Loans Forgiven
- NFL Roster Cuts
TROUBLE IN MONTANA:
Although the Governor is touting how much he is getting done since he was elected, there are a couple places that he has failed to lead: The Montana State Hospital and the Montana State Prison.
On Sunday, the Bozeman Chronicle editorial board asked:
When the Montana State Hospital at Warm Springs lost its federal accreditation — and therefore reimbursements for the care of Medicare and Medicaid eligible patients treated there — the most pressing question was: What’s going to be done to get that accreditation back?
The answer that’s emerged since: Maybe nothing.
The editorial board adds:
The state hospital is a source of mental health care of last resort for many Montanans. It lost its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services accreditation after federal officials found deficiencies in safety protocols had caused patient injuries and deaths.
I know that people who need mental healthcare in Montana are having trouble finding help. Fortunately, people with mental health problems do not face the stigma they once did. The Governor should make this a priority.
As for the Montana State Prison, the Daily Montanan recently reported that conditions at the Montana State Prison have long been deteriorating but have reached a boiling point in recent months, with employees asserting that treatment by management has created unsafe conditions for inmates and staff alike. They add that about one-third of the positions in the prison are currently vacate.
It appears that much better pay may alleviate the problem with hiring and retaining employees.
Although I would like to get a rebate from the state since they have a surplus, using some of it to shore up the State Hospital and State Prison makes good sense.
PPP LOANS FORGIVEN:
If you want to see hypocrisy at its best, just follow and participate in politics as I have for the past several decades. You’ll see plenty of it.
I’ve seen elected officials take credit for things they voted against, and talk about how much they support the military in Montana when they could not tell the difference between a bottle rocket and a minuteman missile.
Now we have elected officials slamming people who may receive student loan forgiveness ($10-$20k) when these elected officials had their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans forgiven.
In a show of chutzpah, the White House called out people who slammed the student loan forgiveness program by pointing out that Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene had $183,504 in PPP loans forgiven. Not to be outdone, Congressman Matt Gaetz had $482,321 in PPP loans forgiven. (Source)
Those two nutjobs are just a few of the elected officials who received PPP loans that were later forgiven.
NFL ROSTER CUTS:
The preseason games are finished, and now is the time to see who makes each team in the NFL.
This week (Tuesday, August 30) is when NFL teams must cut their players and only have 53 on the roster. This must be done by 4:00 pm Eastern time.
The NFL teams are allowed an additional 16 players on their practice squad. The practice squad is not a bad gig as players who have accrued two or fewer seasons in the NFL will make $11,500 per week. (Source) For the 17-week season, that is almost $200,000.
You can follow the roster cuts by clicking HERE.
The first NFL game is Thursday, September 8, with the Bills facing the Rams on NBC. The rest of the games are on Sunday and Monday. There is one Monday Night game in week one with the Broncos at the Seahawks. (Source)