On Wednesday morning former Governor Brian Schweitzer had an op-ed published in most of Montana’s major newspapers. Considering the conservative firestorm on Twitter, it would seem that the former Governor still has a lot of clout in the state and can still manage to get under the skin of right-wing activists. They’re still bitter, I guess.
The op-ed was important. It called out the Koch brothers’ operation in Montana and mocked their hypocrisy.
First, their lack of logic:
The Koch brothers and some GOP allies here in Montana say that the federal government spends too much money. I agree. But they don’t want to start saving in the massive military budget, not the perks to Washington politicians, not to highway contractors or foreign governments or even subsidies to agriculture millionaires. The Koch brothers didn’t question health care provided to seniors, veterans or to Medicaid in other states representing two-thirds of the U.S. population.
Nope, the Koch brothers have decided that the No. 1 place to start saving money is right here in Montana with the health of our poorest people.
Second, their hypocritical operation:
the Koch brothers got some $12.5 million in government subsidies to pay 11 AFP staffers to intimidate and hoodwink the Montana Legislature into rejecting hundreds of millions of federal dollars annually for the health care of 70,000 Montana citizens, which would create thousands of Montana jobs, many at rural hospitals in areas represented by responsible Republican legislators.
I encourage you to read Schweitzer’s entire op-ed HERE.
Montanans are tired of out-of-state interests coming in to try to “hoodwink” us. We are a proud and independent people. Maybe once these right-wing organizations realize that, they’ll leave us the hell alone.
It’s worth noting that our friends at (Montana) Media Trackers are having a complete meltdown today… probably because they realize how dangerous it is to have their fellow Koch-funded operations called out.