How about those other kids, Daines?

Reporter Perry Backus forgot to ask Sen. Steve Daines one question last week at the Trapper Creek Job Corps.

In a fawning article on Daines’ role in keeping the Job Corps center open that was published in the Missoulian, Backus quotes Daines’ great concern for kids:

“These students are literally being set on a different course in their lives, a course of being productive and contributing citizens to this country instead of going down the path of jails, drugs and the other stories that you heard here today.”

There’s no mention of Daines’ undying support of Trump, and the Trump administration that proposed closing or privatizing the Job Corps centers in the first place. You won’t read about Daines running for re-election and trying to get some good press by actually doing something productive in Montana.

I can just hear Daines’ phone call to Trump, “Geez, Donald, I’m up for re-election next year and you’re closing down two really popular programs in Montana. You’re killing me here. I’ve got your back, you cover mine.”

But the most important question the reporter didn’t ask Daines was about children as young as four months being separated from their families at the southern border. Or about these kids being warehoused without access to soap or a toothbrush, and living in filthy conditions and wearing soiled clothes, and sleeping on concrete floors with aluminum foil blankets. From HuffPost:

“Conditions in U.S. detention facilities, which include forcing children to sleep on cement floors, open toilets, constant light exposure, insufficient food and water, no bathing facilities, and extremely cold temperatures, are traumatizing for children,” wrote Colleen Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “No child should ever have to endure these conditions.”

And Daines certainly isn’t going to broach the subject. Try finding his position on this travesty anywhere: news feeds, social media or websites. Good luck.

Are there any enterprising reporters out there who are going to question him on this ongoing humanitarian crisis?

Or perhaps someone can ask Daines what he thinks about kids in cages at his next town hall meeting, on the twelfth of never.     

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Pete Talbot

'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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  • It’s moments like these unimaginably immoral times, I’m reminded of Edmund Burke’s 1770 quote, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

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