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Daines, Gianforte and Zinke owe Montanans an apology

As these three stooges stumble across the political landscape, the greatest outrage is their continued support of Donald J. Trump.

It’s an embarrassment.

The image above is of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz chest deep in the flood waters in the island’s capital city. I awoke this morning to Trump tweeting, from his New Jersey golf club, “Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan… ” and on Puerto Ricans in general, “They want everything to be done for them… ”

This followed on the heels of his trying to explain his government’s slow response time to Puerto Rico’s crisis: “This is an island sitting in the middle of an ocean. It’s a big ocean, it’s a very big ocean.”

His tweets before this episode have been insulting, bullying, racist and just plain ignorant — reminiscent of a prepubescent seventh grader — but this is really a new low.

That Daines, Gianforte and Zinke continue their blind approval of this unhinged president is unfathomable. Could it be that a bumbling Trump distracts from their own woes? Zinke disparages one-third of his staff and also has travel issues (the like of which sank Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price). Daines has his knotheaded health care votes. Gianforte’s efforts on behalf of Montanans seem to be focused on raising money for his next election. The latter two are refusing to meet with their constituents and all three are rejecting the science of a warming planet that leads to increased wildfire activity, instead blaming “radical environmentalists and activist judges.”

They not only support this president but advance his playbook of slashing government services while increasing the deficit and rewarding the richest Americans. From Reuters:

Taxpayers in the top 1 percent of incomes – above $730,000 – would receive about 50 percent of the total tax benefit from the tax overhaul, with their after-tax income forecast to increase an average of 8.5 percent, the (Tax Policy Center) said.

None of the Trump agenda items that Daines, Gianforte and Zinke are promoting — health care, tax reform, public lands, education, to name but a few — will benefit most Montanans, and they share too much hubris to ever admit the errors of their ways. Nary a peep on Trump’s Charlottesville, NFL, Rocket Man, etc. tweets — and now Trump is slighting a woman who has more compassion and humanity in her little finger than the entire Trump administration has shown, ever.

When their terms are up, which can’t be soon enough, here’s praying that these three clowns never hold public office again.

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  • Stay tuned before you panic. Don’t get your tax advice from Pelosi.

    “The objective of the president is that rich people don’t get tax cuts,” Mnuchin said. “As we go through this process, we will explain to the American public how this works.”

    The Tax Policy Center of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution released an analysis Friday that found the plan would deliver 50 percent of its total tax benefit to taxpayers in the top 1 percent, those with incomes above $730,000 a year.
    But White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told CNN’s “State of the Union” it was too early for analysts to gauge that figure because the plan leaves out for now many crucial details, such as which income levels the new tax brackets would apply to.
    “In fact, I don’t think anybody can. And anybody who says they can is simply lying to you,” Mulvaney said. “It is impossible to sit down and say, this will be the impact on this wage earner or this family at this particular time.”

  • I love how whenever someone criticizes Trump or his minions, Daines, ZInke or Gianforte, they never defend their behavior, they only deflect or attack the “opposition.” Kinda like Trump does on a daily basis.

  • Tester and Heidi Heitkamp are the ones that needs to worry. More republicans are needed to push the agenda forward. Still cleaning the swamp. Seven Senate Republicans are expected to run in next year’s midterm elections: Wicker, Jeff Flake, Ariz., Dean Heller, Nev., Ted Cruz, Texas, Deb Fischer, Neb., Orrin Hatch, Utah, and John Barrasso, Wyo.
    Wicker, Heller and Flake, in particular, are seen as vulnerable to the coming war because of their ties to McConnell. Dems running in 2018 that vote against tax relief will be noted as I am sure they are well aware of. Obamacare replacement will be revisited early next year also.

  • Rep. Greg Gianforte was named to serve on the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Subcommittee on Federal Lands and the Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans. How many committees would your first term candidate be appointed to? How would the voice of Montana be impacted?

  • First, thanks Julie Hippler for your accurate observation. Second, well look who’s back. It’s Bill offering up pithy recaps from right-wing news outlets. Let’s parse them. As usual, links would be appreciated. Your first comment is a rant attributed to the AP but a search of the Associated Press reveals no such article (I did find a reference to it at Fox News, though). Even if the opinion piece was valid, charges of incompetence in the Puerto Rico administration have little to do with Trump’s demeaning tweets and callous response to this humanitarian crisis. In your second comment, the defense of the Trump’s tax plan comes from White House insider’s Mnuchin and Mulvaney. Now that’s some reliable info! All objective sources show 50 percent of the tax benefits going to the one percent (your comment says as much). Your third comment had me laughing: “Still cleaning the swamp.” Are you referring to Trump’s cabinet of millionaires taking chartered-plane vacations on the taxpayers’ dime? Finally, Gianforte is appointed to two committees and two subcommittees by the Republican-majority House. Stop the presses! Fortunately, with about the least seniority in Congress, he won’t be able to do too much damage. Anyway, all I’ve seen out of Rep. GG are emails asking for donations to his 2018 re-election bid.

    Thanks for checking in, Bill. Always a pleasure.

  • No problem, many thanks due. Colstrip Plants 1 and 2 no longer going to be shut down, Keystone pipeline back on track, but then thanks to Bullock for vetoing the elimination of Social Security Tax Bill Draft Number: LC0799.

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'Papa’ Pete Talbot is first and foremost a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren. Like many Montanans, he has held numerous jobs over the years: film and video producer, a partner in a marketing and advertising firm, a builder and a property manager. He’s served on local and statewide Democratic Party boards. Pete has also been blogging at various sites for over a decade. Ping-pong and skiing are his favorite diversions. He enjoys bourbon.

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