Archive for April 30th, 2011

by Pete Talbot

(Jhwygirl beat me to the draw, as usual, but here’s my perspective on some of her Various & Sundry observations, plus some other stuff.  Also, I changed my original Denny Rehberg headline (a strike through wouldn’t cut it) because it lacked class.  And while I have no respect for the man, I still have some for the office.)

Disingenuous Denny

I had forgotten that Rep. Denny Rehberg was going to be the speaker at Missoula’s City Club luncheon on Thursday.  I didn’t miss much, though, according to the Missoulian.  The same old: lower taxes, cut programs, reduce regulation.  Then there was this gem:

He also claimed that family planning services were losing billions of dollars by duplication between Medicaid and Title X services.

Missoula Planned Parenthood volunteer coordinator Tannis Hargrove, who asked about the family planning spending, disputed Rehberg’s duplication claim. She said Title X services were not available to Montanans eligible for Medicaid, and that Medicaid eligibility was too strict to allow that kind of double-dipping.

Rehberg also said it was the fault of the federal government that the housing market collapsed, leading to the Great Recession.  It had nothing to do with the credit default swaps of JPMorgan, Lehman Brothers, AIG, Goldman-Sachs, etc.  Thank God those markets aren’t better regulated.

And you can blame those pesky regulations for your $4-a-gallon gas.  That’s what’s keeping the petroleum industry from modernizing its gasoline infrastructure, which is keeping consumer gas prices high, says Denny.  I guess it’s hard to invest in new infrastructure when your first quarter profits are only $10.7 billion.

The rest of the Rehberg story is here.  Read it and weep.  KECI also has a story but I’m boycotting NBC because of that stupid Celebrity Apprentice show, which leads me to …

Rob Trump, Donald Natelson?

I like things easy and Rob Natelson makes finding a topic to post so easy.  This time, he’s picking up where The Donald left off. Couched in some historical nonsense about the English monarchy, Rob’s worried that a U.S. President could hand our country over to some foreign power.  I’m pretty sure he’s targeting Obama and the President’s penchant for all things Kenyan.  I’m surprised he didn’t raise this issue about Reagan’s Mexican proclivities.  He should also be worried about Gov. Schwarzenegger selling California to Austria.  There are just too many examples to cite. Be afraid, be very afraid.

“Extremely far-right extremists”

That’s a quote from former Sanders County Republican Chairman Mike Hashisaki.  But it looks like it’s the extremists who are running things now that state party chairman Will Deschamps says the new Sanders County Republican Central Committee will be certified at the Montana GOP convention in June.  How far to the right is the new committee?  Well, Denny Rehberg is a socialist.  According to the Missoulian:

The convention then chose Katy French of Paradise chairwoman. Her husband Mark, who unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg for the Republican nomination to Congress in 2010 – charging that Rehberg had backed “irresponsible, unconstitutional and socialist issues” – was elected state committeeman.

It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times.

I guess the 62nd Montana Legislature could have been worse, but not much.  One of the major disappointments for me — the failure to pass a bonding bill that would have paid for a new UM College of Technology building, among other buildings around the state.  It would have pumped $29 million into the Missoula economy, and would be an investment in Montana’s future by educating and training Montanans.  There was plenty of other bad stuff, too, some of it yet to reach the governor’s desk.  The Associated Press has a round-up.

by jhwygirl

Please consider this an open thread.

I went to City Club Missoula’s luncheon on Wednesday to hear Representative Denny Rehberg whine about how he “hates cutting services on the backs of the poor” but that “now is not the time to raise taxes on oil and coal because they keep the lights on.”

I kinda need to blog about that – but do go read John S. Adams at MTLowdown. He has some video, too.

Supermontanareporter John S. Adams, in fact, hit the Washington Post with that post and video.

On that note – Representative Denny Rehberg blamed the bank collapse (and the fact that his high-end Billings subdivision ranch isn’t selling many lots these days) on the government. He must have missed this, ProPublica: The Magnetar Trade: How One Hedge Fund Helped Keep the Bubble Going.

Am I worried about Senator Jon Tester after Wednesday’s lunch? Absolutely not. Rehberg can’t answer a question and he rambles on in a circle while rarely getting to a point. Which is probably intentional, but it is in sharp contrast to our Carhartt-wearing short-on-fingers organic farming Senator.

Hell – I look forward to a whole bunch of debates. I recall a circuit of them in 2006. They were fun.

The Editor of the Button Valley Bugle says their good-bye to the 62nd Legislature with a piece titled “Good Riddance”.

Have to kind agree – cutting very-much needed services but offering a $2.8 million tax break to one coal mine is pretty sick for priorities.

For an opposing view, here’s the Montana Family Foundation with their opinion on the 62nd Legislature. My favorite quote? “Sorry! Republican’s had big majorities and the votes to do what they wanted. It’s a harsh reality.” Boy. They really hate Planned Parenthood and Governor Schweitzer.

That guy would be about as fun as a cowpie in the middle of a livingroom.

Pogie is winding down on the legislature with a sine die edition of tweets.

He must of missed this one from @jameegreer: Our long statewide nightmare is finally over. #MTLeg

My last (for now) on the session? James Conner of Flathead Memo? I’m waiting on you.

On to just a couple more bits…

The hell you say! The City of Whitefish recently banned strip malls and large-box retail on a stretch of highway 93. Crazy conservatives! Killing jobs!


One of my newest favorite blogs? Hamm On Wry. Make sure to put that on your reading list.

What say you?

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