All good patriots in the Montana TEA Party should surely be up in arms today, as socialism has been exposed at the Montana Legislature. Through the efforts of the Lee Newspapers (kudos to Mike Dennison and the other reporters who fought to get this information released), Montanans were finally able to learn just how many defenders of liberty in the Republican caucus receive state health benefits.
Of course, the Legislature did not need to be compelled release the information. Senator Anders Blewett wrote a bill requiring the Legislators to disclose their health benefits, but it was blocked by House Republicans on a 54-38 vote.
As always, Representative Knox best represented the values of today’s Republican Party. He voted against the blast motion on SB 284 today, despite championing transparency about state spending two days earlier:
But let’s not end with Representative Knox today. Another well-known champion of liberty has apparently been seduced by the Marxist wiles of state bureaucracy and largesse. Even Representative Derek Skees has been transformed from a Galtian hero into a puppet of the state, gladly accepting benefits he knows to be socialistic.
Consider his arguments against socialism, just yesterday:
Skees also voted against the blast motion for transparency about his health benefits.
I wonder why. I expect the TEA Party rally against these two to begin shortly.