While not answering any substantive questions about regulations or the right to form unions, likely Republican GOP candidate Greg Gianforte has received a great deal of press attention for his self-promoting “Regulation Roundup” tour across certain parts of the state. During these visits, Gianforte has encouraged participants to weigh in on the regulations that are hurting Montana’s economy. Last week, Gianforte ran into a hitch when, as MT Cowgirl reports, the owner of the Great Northern Brewery couldn’t come up with any regulations hurting their business.
Yesterday, one of Gianforte’s paid spokesmen took to Twitter to blame Governor Bullock for a decline in agriculture prices, bizarrely citing a Billings Gazette article that attributed the lower prices to global prices for grain and cattle, not any regulations in place.
— Ron Catlett (@RonCatlett) February 28, 2016
So it’s been a rocky start for the campaign. But surely, I thought, there’s no way a VERY SERIOUS businessman like Greg Gianforte would be engaging in this tour as some kind of stunt. Surely he’s gathered some incredibly useful ideas from the crowds of almost a half dozen who’ve gathered at these stops.
Not so much.
The Gianforte team has been, in their words, “curating” a list of suggestions for regulations that need revision in Montana at one of their campaign sites, and, after a brief look through, I have to wonder what was cut, as many of the suggestions are either illegal or idiotic, with some managing to be both. Here’s sampling of the excellent ideas Mr. Gianforte has collected:
[Note: I should mention that in the course of the hour I spent researching this “regulation roundup”, Mr. Gianforte’s site repeatedly crashed, along with his campaign web site. Maybe he should have hired an in-state firm after all]
David from Missoula offers this:
Radio Shack has all but folded because it failed to cheaply promote the robotics-in-education connection. Montana’s governor might actually be able to save Radio-Shack by building connections.
That’s right. The next governor of Montana should save RadioShack.
Kat from Superior thinks the best way to curb regulations is to keep Syrians out:
I would like to see a Governor who would stick up for our land use rights & limit the Federal government from land grabs. I would also like to see a Governor that would stand up for Montanans who peacefully protest in the name of our constitution. Last, I would like to object to accepting Syrians into our state.
Virgil from Billings demonstrates a keen understanding of the issues facing our schools and offers a creative spelling for the people who provide excellent reading materials for our students:
Public schools over -regulated- costs taxpayers and businesses money. Examples: I need a librian for 500 students – outdated concept that wastes space in schools. cannont share admin stuff between smaller schools. results in more expensive larger schools/less effective.
Ray from City really thinks we shouldn’t have to pay construction workers on state jobs very much:
I also question the need for prevailing wage laws which apply to public works contracts. They require lots of additional paperwork and unnecessarily increase the cost of public works projects.
Randall from Bridger not only doesn’t understand the difference between the state and federal government, but thinks exhausted drivers should be able to fight tyranny by driving their rigs for freedom:
D.O.T. regulations. Many. Mainly the 60 hour in 7 days AND 70 hours in 8 days and MUST take a consecutive 34 hours off before driving again. Also they made many little laws in regards to lunches ect. I think it started getting worse with Sept 2013 Congress passed a law postponing it, but dot ignored the congress. Dictator EPA overreach. Trying to take land BLM AND FORESTRY LOCKING PUBLIC LANDS GATES
Heidi from Havre wants to bring back our God-given right to contract measles:
Mandatory vaccinations for our children in public schools takes away parents’ rights and is wrong. The are mounds of evidence proving vaccines are ineffective and dangerous – and who is the government to decide such things?
I could go on, but my point is not to mock the suggestions of those attending the Gianforte events, but the absurdity of this campaign kickoff. Because Mr. Gianforte both lacks the knowledge to take a position on many issues and is plainly unwilling to express his opinion on issues ranging from discrimination to the right to organize, he’s using these stops to promote the tired Republican talking point that regulations are killing business, even though Montana ranks in the top ten nationally for business tax climate and first in entrepreneurial startups, hardly the measure of state with crippling regulations in place.
At some point, Mr. Gianforte’s going to have to stop pretending to listen to tiny crowds and start laying out his vision for the state. The reason that’s he not doing the latter now should be obvious to everyone.