This site published a series of posts on Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke’s brown-nose relationship with President-elect Donald Trump. We didn’t hear much about Trump from our junior Senator, Steve Daines, as Daines wasn’t up for election in 2016 and kept a low profile. But Daines is now following suit and has sent a letter to Trump asking for a few favors.
Judging from the misrepresentations, denial of facts and outright lies in Daines’ missive, it would appear the Senator and Trump are on the same page.
Let’s start with one of the opening lines in the letter: “A University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research study found the Clean Power Plan would lead to the biggest economic disaster in Montana in 30 years.”
First, no where does the study find that the Clean Power Plan would lead to a huge “economic disaster.”
Second, much of the conjecture in the study that Daines uses as a dire warning has been debunked by other economists.
Third, I would venture that the deregulation of the Montana Power Company less than 20 years ago (under Republican Governor Marc Racicot) did much more damage to Montana’s economy than the Clean Power Plan ever could.
Daines’ solution to the lagging coal economy is “incentivizing clean coal technology.” Brilliant. Let’s focus on unproven technologies instead of existing, renewable energy sources like solar and wind which, incidentally, offer some of the fastest growing employment opportunities.
On foreign policy, Daines asks Trump for more and better nukes while dismantling our nuclear agreement with Iran, “the world’s leading state sponsor of terror.” (Iran actually ranks 38th in the Global Terrorist Index.)
He echoes Trump’s immigration policies and added, “preclude sanctuary cities from receiving federal funding.” Under Daines’ guidance, refugees should suffer more than they already have.
He wants to deny 30 million people health insurance by urging the repeal of Obamacare. There are also a slew of anti-choice, anti-contraceptives and anti-transgender requests from Daines.
And finally, Daines goes after unions and the working class — suggesting a restriction for overtime pay and limiting the ability to negotiate contracts — by attacking recent National Labor Relations Board rulings.
It’s a pathetic, retrograde wish list that aligns quite well with Trump policies. Daines is showing us his true colors.