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Socialist Hypocrisy in the Montana Legislature!

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:

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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.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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  • How many of the farm subsidy – tax expenditure sucking free marketeers taking the $733/mo cash benefit in lieu of insurance already have government insurance, i.e. tri-care, Medicare, etc?

  • How many of the farm subsidy – tax expenditure sucking free marketeers taking the $733/mo cash benefit in lieu of insurance already have government insurance, i.e. tri-care, Medicare, etc?

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