Quote for the Day…
Life itself is a privilege, but to live life to the fullest —well, that is a choice. — Andy Andrews
In today’s column, I look at these people/issues:
- Tax Increases
- Dave’s Commentary
- In Your Letter
- MAGA Madness
The Cascade County (Great Falls) Commissioners unanimously approved their budget which includes tax increases.
The Electric reported that the tax increase equates to a homeowner in the city who pays the countywide mill levy with an assessed taxable value of $212,700 will see a county tax increase of $10.73 this year, or 2.9 percent, according to county budget officer Mary Embleton’s budget summary. A homeowner in the unincorporated areas of the county who pays countywide and rural mills with an assessed taxable value of $161,300 will see an increase of $10.60 annually, or 2.77 percent, according to the country figures.
The Cascade County commissioners are Joe Briggs, James Larson, and Don Ryan. Briggs and Larson are Republicans. Ryan is a Democrat.
In August the Commissioners voted to send a $2.46 million public safety levy to the November ballot. According to The Electric, that equates to about $18.90 for a house with a $100,000 taxable value and $37.80 on a house with a $200,000 taxable value, according to the county.
I remember when Republicans wanted constituents to keep more of their hard-earned money. Now they support tax increases because they cannot keep spending under control.
I think it was one of my favorite Presidents, Ronald Reagan, who said:
“Simple fairness dictates that government must not raise taxes on families struggling to pay their bills.”
Just a reminder that Briggs and Ryan are up for reelection this November.
Read the complete article from The Electric HERE.
I invite my readers to check out the commentary from Dave Lewis that appeared in the Daily Montanan recently. The title of the commentary is, “We have to look ahead, stop looking back at 2020.”
In case you wonder who Dave Lewis is, this is from The Daily Montanan:
Dave Lewis served two Republican and two Democrat Governors plus served 14 years as a Republican state Legislator. He observes Montana Politics from the north Helena Valley.
Click HERE to read Dave’s commentary.
IN YOUR LETTER:
In case you missed it, and most did because it’s not a big issue…
U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale have written a letter to President Joe Biden saying “don’t send any illegal immigrants to Montana” from the southern border:
“We write today in opposition to any plans by your administration to transport illegal migrants from the southern border to northern border states, like Montana.”
Yawn. Maybe Daines and Rosendale are confused about who is sending illegal migrants to other states. Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are the ones sending illegal migrants to other states. It’s a publicity stunt by the two governors.
The bottom line is that Biden does not need the approval of a couple of dunces from Montana to move these people.
Since Great Falls has been so accommodating for those less fortunate, like the homeless population, I vote for Great Falls to be the first destination!
You can check out the letter to the President HERE.
Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin opened some eyes with her recent opinion titled, “Trump’s frightening rally in Ohio shows the media still doesn’t get it.”
Rubin says that Donald Trump has gone full QAnon. She then adds this:
As he spoke during a rally for Ohio Republican candidates on Saturday, a soundtrack associated with the conspiracy theory played. That elicited one-armed salutes — another QAnon symbol — from many attendees.
Rubin then writes:
The display bore an uncanny resemblance to the infamous Nazi salute. The delusional incitement and zombie-like response should put to rest the notion that President Biden (or anyone) should be “reaching out” to these people. They are unreachable, and pretending otherwise misleads voters.
Like I have said a few times, many of the MAGA folks are batshit crazy. Rubin says that if this were a foreign country, the media would accurately describe the MAGA movement as a far-right cult. Yet in the United States, too many reporters cannot help themselves in normalizing the movement.
That’s the way it is in Montana. U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Governor Greg Gianforte, U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale, and others have embraced the MAGA way. The media in Montana should ask them tough questions about their beliefs in QAnon, the big lie, and events held by Trump where he tells lie after lie.
Our country is depending on the fourth estate.
The opinion from Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post may be for subscribers only. Click HERE to see if you can access it.