The post-truth world of Daines and Trump

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This site published a series of posts on Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke’s brown-nose relationship with President-elect Donald Trump. We didn’t hear much about Trump from our junior Senator, Steve Daines, as Daines wasn’t up for election in 2016 and kept a low profile. But Daines is now following suit and has sent a letter to Trump asking for a few favors.

Judging from the misrepresentations, denial of facts and outright lies in Daines’ missive, it would appear the Senator and Trump are on the same page.

Let’s start with one of the opening lines in the letter: “A University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research study found the Clean Power Plan would lead to the biggest economic disaster in Montana in 30 years.”

First, no where does the study find that the Clean Power Plan would lead to a huge “economic disaster.”

Second, much of the conjecture in the study that Daines uses as a dire warning has been debunked by other economists.

Third, I would venture that the deregulation of the Montana Power Company less than 20 years ago (under Republican Governor Marc Racicot) did much more damage to Montana’s economy than the Clean Power Plan ever could.

Daines’ solution to the lagging coal economy is “incentivizing clean coal technology.” Brilliant. Let’s focus on unproven technologies instead of existing, renewable energy sources like solar and wind which, incidentally, offer some of the fastest growing employment opportunities.

On foreign policy, Daines asks Trump for more and better nukes while dismantling our nuclear agreement with Iran, “the world’s leading state sponsor of terror.” (Iran actually ranks 38th in the Global Terrorist Index.)

He echoes Trump’s immigration policies and added, “preclude sanctuary cities from receiving federal funding.” Under Daines’ guidance, refugees should suffer more than they already have.

He wants to deny 30 million people health insurance by urging the repeal of Obamacare. There are also a slew of anti-choice, anti-contraceptives and anti-transgender requests from Daines.

And finally, Daines goes after unions and the working class — suggesting a restriction for overtime pay and limiting the ability to negotiate contracts — by attacking recent National Labor Relations Board rulings.

It’s a pathetic, retrograde wish list that aligns quite well with Trump policies. Daines is showing us his true colors.

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Pete Talbot

'Papa’ Pete Talbot is first and foremost a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren. Like many Montanans, he has held numerous jobs over the years: film and video producer, a partner in a marketing and advertising firm, a builder and a property manager. He’s served on local and statewide Democratic Party boards. Pete has also been blogging at various sites for over a decade. Ping-pong and skiing are his favorite diversions. He enjoys bourbon.

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Pete, the sad reality is that there are NO real newspapers left in Montana to call BS on lil’ Stevey. The GF Spitoon recently fired lil’ richhard eeke, a guy who put the milk in milk toast! And now, we are treated daily to Cal thomass and a new alt-rightwinger by the name of Jonah Goldberg! Seriously, I don’t get it. This is freakin’ GREAT FALLS ferchrissakes! We were a friggin’ union town forever! And now, we are a christofascist town! Pete, I look daily for signs that will make me hopeful. I see a few out there that promise… Read more »

Thomas Kent
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Thomas Kent

(Iran actually ranks 38th in the Global Terrorist Index.) And the U.S. stands at #34.

Kevin D Curtis
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Kevin D Curtis

I’m not surprised Daines and the Republican Party, as a whole, are so dishonest and deceitful. Vice President Wallace in 1944 warned that Fascism would someday rise in America, he said – “With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.” And yes I am saying today’s Republican Party (Daines included), by all academic definitions, are in fact the American Fascists that Wallace warned of. This new “post-truth world”, the… Read more »

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Matthew Koehler
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Matthew Koehler

Did you see this from today Pete?

Daines, Tester, Zinke Introduce Legislation to Reverse Disastrous Court Ruling

Source: https://www.daines.senate.gov/news/press-releases/daines-tester-zinke-introduce-legislation-to-reverse-disastrous-court-ruling

In a few months when the GOP-controlled Congress and President Trump start a systematic effort of introducing, passing and signing bills to overturn important federal court decisions on a host of important issues (not just the environment and public lands, but issues impacting worker rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ equality, etc) we can thank Senator Jon Tester and the collaborators listed on this press release for helping the GOP and Trump unleash that genie from the bottle.

Buckle up folks.

Bob Williams
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Bob Williams

Finally, conversations.
So an ongoing personal concern for 2017 .
Has Senator Daines become more autocratic?
Less concerned for Montana people while more allied
with godless rich white Fascists getting off
on oppressing women, workers and immigrants,
because that’s cool with his personal religion
where ‘God walks with me. Talks with me. Tells me of His Love.’
That’s my concern. Not a query.

LK
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LK

Well, Bob, when the Trumpsters meet real Americans, things don’t always go as planned. You see, money can’t buy courage. Money can’t buy altruism. And money SURE as hell can’t buy the real American spirit! (see below) I’m hopeful, Bob. Oh HELL no. I’m damn confident that we’re gonna kick nazzzi arse. The only question I have is should we enjoy this as much as I plan to? Drumpf is an aberration. We’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming very soon. And we’ll be back to normal, only stronger than before for this wrong turn into fascism! Trust me on… Read more »

Publius II
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Publius II

t=rump may nominate CORPORATE Plutocrat Rex ‘polluter’ Tillerson to be Corporate Sec. of State and Daines would love that, this is the T=rump FREAK SHOW alright!

LK
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LK

Maybe it’s time to investigate Slinky the Barking Seal and his lil’ bald headed buddy who has his “own CIA”. Sumthin’ stinks real bad about Slinky and his lil’ buddy.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/russia-hacking-trump-election_us_584b658ae4b04c8e2bb01356

Eric Coobs
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Eric Coobs

Write this down – Jon Tester will spend the next two years becoming “Max Jr” and going along with the GOP trying to align himself more with everyday Montanans instead of the failed uber-left Dems.

You guys will grumble, and he knows that, but he also knows that no matter what he does the Montana Dems will support him.

Bob Williams
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Bob Williams

Eric,

You have yet no idea
of the clawback pushback
against this orchestrated blitzkriek coup

Eric Hoffer is still right on.
When tyrants take over power
they foul up big time
cause their only view
is the rear view mirror.
They got no vision. no plan

LK is right
this sucker rally
precedes a fall
cause people got guts
and will long recall
Donald’s fascist experiment
Ryan’s anti social experiment

Publius II
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Publius II

Tester needs to eat the same Wheaties that kept Schweitzer and Bullock in office in ‘Red’ montana….

Eric Coobs
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Eric Coobs

Nothing special kept them in office. Since I’ve been here (1981) if a Montana Governor runs for re-election the electorate gives it to them. I haven’t seen a sitting Gov here tossed out of office – even a bad one like Gov BS.

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Eric, where’s YOUR union guy? Slinky? The Barking Seal?? Never had a real job in his pathetic life Slinky?? Suckin’ off gummint tit his whole life??? I call it Seal meets the real deal! Slinky and Herr Drumpenfurherer are about to meet the REAL America! We’ll KEEP America great by kickin’ nazzzzi azzz! Drumpf is about to learn a lesson ’bout messin’ with REAL American workin’ folks! Go ahead. TAKE my social security. TAKE my Medicaire. And MAKE my day! I seriously can’t wait! I call it my take, take, MAKE policy! You boy won’t even make to inauguration before… Read more »

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LK

Jeebus, Eric. You just KNOW you’re skeee-roooed when even your tea baggin’ baggers think that Slinky the Barking Seal is a traitorous crappola de piece! Come ON, Eric. You should understand that this ain’t gonna be good for your ReePube party! And I theenk that’s why many inbreds are jumpin’ ship! They’re hopin’ to FIRE the Drumpster so that Pense can get in! Guess we’ll see. Guess we’ll see. It’s your only hope. But HEY, Slinky got his man! And NUTHIN’ makes lil’ Slinky happier than havin’ his way……..WITH A MAN! It’s how seals bond, kind’a like the old Spartans!… Read more »

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LK

Slinky in Bud training with his buds. I theenk he’s the guy on the right!

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_On6h0CRgS28/TQlB5VbsvOI/AAAAAAAAAGM/7HGivp-gFHI/s1600/GaysInTheMilitary.jpg

LK
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LK

There’s stupid, then there’s SERIOUS stupid!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRIgk_jtzuU

….and then there’s Slinky stupid!

LK
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LK

Jeebus. Get Slinky the Barking Seal on this right away! Have him call his old pals in team IQ 6. FIND the perp who dissed his queen and terminate his arse with extreme prejudice before his majesty sees this! No one can be allowed to diss the queen!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-queen-elizabeth-photoshop_us_584e4e1be4b0bd9c3dfd53f0

I theenk we’re gonna have too much fun with Slinky’s queen!

GOD SAVE OUR QUEER OLD DEAN!… er, I mean, god save our dear old queen! Too funny.

LK
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LK

This song goes out to Slinky the Barking Seal, his Queen, and all the cowardly little pissssant press people in Montana who are too damm scared to write a contrary word against the fascists. Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWF8iRCan7I

I play requests also.

LK
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LK

WHAT? Someone requested this one too? Well OK. Here goes!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQS8u_tZMI0

Ya know, it’s said that Hitler loved Charlie Chaplin’s mustache, and that’s why he decided to grow his little hitler mustache. I suggest that Herr Drumpenfuhrer adopt a wig just like the Queen’s! If he’s gonna act like a monarch, he may as well LOOK the part! (maybe Slinky could get one too)

LK
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LK

SEND IN THE CLOWNS! Oh wait, they’re already here! Drumpfuhrer and Slinky that is! I can’t wait until Slinky is implicated in all this. I’m quite sure that his lil’ bald headed buddy is right in the thick of things too. You just wait. I want’a see the big Seal in the BIG house before it’s over. What a traitorous POS!

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/its-happening-maddow-previews-explosive-newsweek-story-that-hints-at-turkeys-blackmail-of-trump/

LK
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LK

Wow. We have such wonderful reporting now that Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison have been fired. We have a regular Philatio Alger in little bald headed Fill Drek, a little wannabee inbred from outta state! But HEY, I never realized that lil’ dipstick daines worked in China for a proctologist and gambler! What a freakin’ maroon!

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/2016/12/12/daines-expects-keystone-resurface-trump/95361366/

Geez. Let the games begin!

LK
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LK

Well, THAT ought to make the lil’ Drumpsters Dipstick Daines and Slinky real happy! One of their biggest supporters is back on twitter! Ah yes, making Merica great again, and Montana so proud! But tell me, just WHY do these two bugnutz love Russia so much?? When did being a Putin Puta become so patriotic? When did the Navy Seals become a branch of the KGB? Sumthin’ real sleazy about these two traitors gettin’ in bed with Puty!

http://crooksandliars.com/2016/12/twitter-verifies-two-white-supremacist

LK
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LK

BINGO! It’s all here. Slinky, his lil’ bald headed buddy, Roger Stone, and the Russian connection! If there are any real reporters left out there, they will work to put Slinky in jail! If you don’t know who Roger Stone is, do your research. Remember the Florida prez count which was stopped by an angry mob? THAT is Roger Stone’s work, along with a lot more! Slinky and his bald headed lil’ buddy who claims to have his own CIA need to go to jail for treason! Now, will any reporter please connect the dots to Putin? Slinky had Puty… Read more »

Turner
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Turner

We shouldn’t have to ask a Democratic senator to act like a Democrat.

LK
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LK

UH oh. It’s danm hard bein’ a nazzzie now days. I’m proud of the folks up in Whitefish. There still is integrity in Montana folk. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/neo-nazi-richard-spencers-mom-faces-financial-ruin-as-montana-town-turns-against-her/ Now, if we could just get rid of Slinky the Barking Seal. Slinky used OUR frickin’ tax dollars to get all his military training. And now, what does he use it for. TREASON! To help his little buddy Putin cause a coup in this country! Yeah, THAT was money well spent by us! Slinky is right in there. At LEAST he could return all his wages that he earned in the military, and all… Read more »

Linda Gillison
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Linda Gillison

Thanks for this response, Pete! Do you remember the old novel, “Looking Backward”??? That’s how I felt when reading Daines’s letter: women’s rights, labor rights, environmental protections, nuclear disarmament–so many achievements which are now under siege! Where do/can we go from here?

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