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More Truthiness from Dave Lewis

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While Republicans cry about Governor Schweitzer bullying them, I think more Democrats need to learn the value of calling them out on their nonsense and lies.

Senator Dave Lewis, last week:

Lewis said he is considering capping state employees’ salaries at twice the average Montana family’s income, which he estimated is about $40,000 per family. So he would cap employees’ pay at $80,000
“When I retired 10 years ago, I never made over $55,000,” Lewis said. “Management salaries have doubled over 10 years. I think that’s way more than taxpayers can afford.”

Governor Schweitzer, yesterday:

When a reporter Monday asked Schweitzer about the proposal, the Democratic governor had ready a PowerPoint slide that showed Lewis’ “actual salaries” of $70,000 and $75,000 in 1992 and 1999, and that the latter salary adjusted for inflation would be nearly $109,000 in 2010.

Maybe Senator Lewis should stick to plans to urge withdrawal from the UN.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

5 Comments

  • You gotta also wonder about the average Montana family income … lots of ranchers and farmers have millions of dollars of income. Of course, they also have plenty of equity that has accumulated over the years. Or is Lewis going to exempt certain types of income?

    And where exactly did Lewis get his money, if it wasn't from his salary?

  • You are a fucking idiotic discontent. Intelligence is something quite different than a judgemental half-wit high school teacher with too much time on his hands. Shave some of those eyebrows and maybe you will be able to see more of the world.

    • Yes, Pogie ought to be less judgemental towards people who lie to their bosses (and Dave Lewis' bosses are the voters of his district). I get the feeling that sort of dishonesty towards your boss in a real job would make said job rather harder to maintain.

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