Montana Politics

Schweitzer Calls Out AFP, Drumbeat Against Out-of-State Interests Continues

On Wednesday morning former Governor Brian Schweitzer had an op-ed published in most of Montana’s major newspapers. Considering the conservative firestorm on Twitter, it would seem that the former Governor still has a lot of clout in the state and can still manage to get under the skin of right-wing activists. They’re still bitter, I guess.

The op-ed was important. It called out the Koch brothers’ operation in Montana and mocked their hypocrisy.

First, their lack of logic:

The Koch brothers and some GOP allies here in Montana say that the federal government spends too much money. I agree. But they don’t want to start saving in the massive military budget, not the perks to Washington politicians, not to highway contractors or foreign governments or even subsidies to agriculture millionaires. The Koch brothers didn’t question health care provided to seniors, veterans or to Medicaid in other states representing two-thirds of the U.S. population.

Nope, the Koch brothers have decided that the No. 1 place to start saving money is right here in Montana with the health of our poorest people.

Second, their hypocritical operation:

the Koch brothers got some $12.5 million in government subsidies to pay 11 AFP staffers to intimidate and hoodwink the Montana Legislature into rejecting hundreds of millions of federal dollars annually for the health care of 70,000 Montana citizens, which would create thousands of Montana jobs, many at rural hospitals in areas represented by responsible Republican legislators.

I encourage you to read Schweitzer’s entire op-ed HERE.

Montanans are tired of out-of-state interests coming in to try to “hoodwink” us. We are a proud and independent people. Maybe once these right-wing organizations realize that, they’ll leave us the hell alone.

It’s worth noting that our friends at (Montana) Media Trackers are having a complete meltdown today… probably because they realize how dangerous it is to have their fellow Koch-funded operations called out.

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.


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  • If Fart Twittich and freddy thomass can STOP kicking poor people to the curb for awhile, they MIGHT be able to introduce some worthwhile bills, like maybe making it a crime to publicly criticize their big Kockh benefactors! bwhahahaha! Geez, now that would fit right IN with their other bills! NEVER have I seen such slavish devotion to a Big Kockh! These teatardian Pubbies are embarrassing! I mean, since when did the Kockh collar replace the copper collar around the necks of these little fascist poodles? Sorry, boys, but it AIN’T gonna fly in Montana!

  • DAMN! She done RAPTURED herself early! And who says that christofundiwackemantislist nutjobs like Gayr Marsbutt shouldn’t be runnin’ the show?! I mean, what could POSSIBLY go wrong as long as you have a gun and Cracker Jaysus??
    I don’t care if it rains or freezes
    Long as I got my Cracker Jesus
    And a gun down in my bra!
    Not much brains but that don’t matter
    ‘Cause my brains I’m gonna scatter
    Reachin’ down to adust my ta tas!
    Sniff. Another good teatard gone! But hey, she DID win the Darwin award before she checked out!………or I mean as she was checking out!

      • And yes, since I’m headed to Perdition ANY way, how ’bout another version of plastic Jesus?! ( I really like this one.) And ladies, it’s prolly BETTER to put plastic Jaysus between your ta tas than a gun! At least plastic Jaysus won’t splatter your BRAINS all o’re the place! And fellas, let this be a lesson to you. NEVER, EVER put a concealed weapon in your JOCK strap! Or you just might end up like that kid from Conrad who shot his NUT off! OUCH! True story. ( check it out) HEY, I report, you decide! You wanna lose an oyster? A boob? Or you life?? Well then, you best find Cracker Jaysus FIRST! Jus’ sayin’.

        • And on a personal note to the ex-guv, my friend, Brian Schweitzer. DUDE!, glad to see you back! I knew you couldn’t stay away from the fray, amigo. Nor can I. We LUV to mix it up with the inbreds. It’s what we do. You’re Irish and I’m Bohunk. No free rides for the inbreds, amigo! My old fourth grade teacher, Sister Rose, would approve!
          And p.s., yes, the first round’s on me at the next Butte St. Paddy’s Day festivities! My wife’s from there, and she’s Irish as the day is long! I heard that you have a place down that way. Me, well, I’m blue collar unior hard scrabble. Great Falls is my home. Always will be. Look forward to buying you a pint AND a shot!

  • So with a locked in profit margin,
    what kind of tax structures have they built,
    to protect their very favorable gross profit margins?

    Bob Williams

    • Bob, perhaps you should direct your question to the likely Dem nominee, Hillary Clinton.

      Among recent secretaries of state, Hillary Clinton was one of the most aggressive global cheerleaders for American companies, pushing governments to sign deals and change policies to the advantage of corporate giants such as General Electric Co. , Exxon Mobil Corp. , Microsoft Corp. and Boeing Co.

      At the same time, those companies were among the many that gave to the Clinton family’s global foundation set up by her husband, former President Bill Clinton. At least 60 companies that lobbied the State Department during her tenure donated a total of more than $26 million to the Clinton Foundation, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of public and foundation disclosures.

      As Mrs. Clinton prepares to embark on a race for the presidency, she has a web of connections to big corporations unique in American politics—ties forged both as secretary of state and by her family’s charitable interests. Those relationships are emerging as an issue for Mrs. Clinton’s expected presidential campaign as income disparity and other populist themes gain early attention.

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