Daines, Gianforte and Zinke owe Montanans an apology

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As these three stooges stumble across the political landscape, the greatest outrage is their continued support of Donald J. Trump.

It’s an embarrassment.

The image above is of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz chest deep in the flood waters in the island’s capital city. I awoke this morning to Trump tweeting, from his New Jersey golf club, “Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan… ” and on Puerto Ricans in general, “They want everything to be done for them… ”

This followed on the heels of his trying to explain his government’s slow response time to Puerto Rico’s crisis: “This is an island sitting in the middle of an ocean. It’s a big ocean, it’s a very big ocean.”

His tweets before this episode have been insulting, bullying, racist and just plain ignorant — reminiscent of a prepubescent seventh grader — but this is really a new low.

That Daines, Gianforte and Zinke continue their blind approval of this unhinged president is unfathomable. Could it be that a bumbling Trump distracts from their own woes? Zinke disparages one-third of his staff and also has travel issues (the like of which sank Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price). Daines has his knotheaded health care votes. Gianforte’s efforts on behalf of Montanans seem to be focused on raising money for his next election. The latter two are refusing to meet with their constituents and all three are rejecting the science of a warming planet that leads to increased wildfire activity, instead blaming “radical environmentalists and activist judges.”

They not only support this president but advance his playbook of slashing government services while increasing the deficit and rewarding the richest Americans. From Reuters:

Taxpayers in the top 1 percent of incomes – above $730,000 – would receive about 50 percent of the total tax benefit from the tax overhaul, with their after-tax income forecast to increase an average of 8.5 percent, the (Tax Policy Center) said.

None of the Trump agenda items that Daines, Gianforte and Zinke are promoting — health care, tax reform, public lands, education, to name but a few — will benefit most Montanans, and they share too much hubris to ever admit the errors of their ways. Nary a peep on Trump’s Charlottesville, NFL, Rocket Man, etc. tweets — and now Trump is slighting a woman who has more compassion and humanity in her little finger than the entire Trump administration has shown, ever.

When their terms are up, which can’t be soon enough, here’s praying that these three clowns never hold public office again.

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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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Heartless trio that have no soul or empathy for those who suffer. I loath their self greed.

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Stay tuned before you panic. Don’t get your tax advice from Pelosi. “The objective of the president is that rich people don’t get tax cuts,” Mnuchin said. “As we go through this process, we will explain to the American public how this works.” The Tax Policy Center of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution released an analysis Friday that found the plan would deliver 50 percent of its total tax benefit to taxpayers in the top 1 percent, those with incomes above $730,000 a year. But White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told CNN’s “State of the Union” it was… Read more »

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I love how whenever someone criticizes Trump or his minions, Daines, ZInke or Gianforte, they never defend their behavior, they only deflect or attack the “opposition.” Kinda like Trump does on a daily basis.

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There are two sides to every story. You have to determine which is best for you.

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Tester and Heidi Heitkamp are the ones that needs to worry. More republicans are needed to push the agenda forward. Still cleaning the swamp. Seven Senate Republicans are expected to run in next year’s midterm elections: Wicker, Jeff Flake, Ariz., Dean Heller, Nev., Ted Cruz, Texas, Deb Fischer, Neb., Orrin Hatch, Utah, and John Barrasso, Wyo. Wicker, Heller and Flake, in particular, are seen as vulnerable to the coming war because of their ties to McConnell. Dems running in 2018 that vote against tax relief will be noted as I am sure they are well aware of. Obamacare replacement will… Read more »

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Rep. Greg Gianforte was named to serve on the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Subcommittee on Federal Lands and the Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans. How many committees would your first term candidate be appointed to? How would the voice of Montana be impacted?

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No problem, many thanks due. Colstrip Plants 1 and 2 no longer going to be shut down, Keystone pipeline back on track, but then thanks to Bullock for vetoing the elimination of Social Security Tax Bill Draft Number: LC0799.

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