Archive for December 26th, 2010

montana round-up, bear style.

view from newly opened potomac bar taken on sunset christmas eve by s.o. with her blackberry.

by problembear

we have a long way to go before we get out of this depression we are in. montana has taken a licking this year. the closing of smurfit stone and it’s loss of hundreds of well paid jobs was especially hurtful. macy’s building is still empty. notices of more furniture store closings in the news today. but, perhaps if certain politicians and boosters out there can be believed there are some signs of hope on the horizon.

i am thankful that tester’s logging bill died a sudden death in congress. little good was coming from that bill regarding protection of wild lands and much harm was possible toward management of public lands with the inclusion of it’s heinous logging mandates.

republicans won their legislature back but they will need to get past schweitzer to get much done. hopefully, this will ensure that not much gets done. same holds true for congress. not getting much done usually is better for most of us.

take health care reform for instance. a lot got done because democrats were in the majority but it was written by health insurance lobbyists so expect that in the long run what got done won’t be good at all for most of us.

we were able to at least pass a citizens initiative that drove the payday loan slime devils away from montana’s borders. that was true democracy. the people spoke and the powers that be had to listen….. a rare occurence these days.

mostly they don’t listen to us anymore.

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