When he running for office (and not busy threatening to install spy cameras in his yard signs), Representative James Knox said that his number one priority was “jobs.” Ironically, in the video below, he even mentioned the importance of being able to pay workers, something that seems to have become somewhat less of a priority in recent weeks.
Somehow, I don’t think Mr. Knox is going to have to worry about being a “business owner” much longer, but I wondered what bills he’s responsible for in the session, given his focus on[pullquote]We’re not talking about business in Montana; we ‘re talking about birthers and Birchers[/pullquote] employment. It’s an interesting list, but it sure doesn’t seem like it has to do with jobs. Knox proposed:
- eliminating requirements for the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
- taking away unemployment benefits for probationary workers.
- closing public meetings.
- interpreting the 14th Amendment like a member of the KKK.
- taking money from public schools (costing jobs) to promote home schooling.
Not a lot of “jobs” there. I don’t mean to pile on Representative Knox, as the commenters and the Billings Gazette and his former employees have done an adequate job pointing out his flaws, but Knox does represent something about the Montana GOP: they don’t give a damn about business or jobs.
After spending months bashing the business climate of Montana (evidence be damned!) and promising to focus on the economy and jobs, what have they done? The first month and more of the session have been devoted to inane gun bills, unconstitutional resolutions and grandstanding about President Obama. We’re not talking about business in Montana; we ‘re talking about birthers and Birchers, and nothing will do more to hurt this state’s economy than the national reputation these clowns are creating.