Archive for September 15th, 2011

by jhwygirl

Montana’s GOP promised jobs. Been wondering where those jobs are from this past legislative session out of Helena? The constitutionally-mandated Environmental Quality Council (EQC) met today and received its first report on HB533, a bill that was going to increase coal leasing and create jobs.

This pro-coal jobs bill was sponsored by Reps. Tom Berry, Duane Ankney, Sterling Small, Alan Olsen, and Bill McChesney, who is the lone Democrat.

It also requires regular reporting on the jobs created.

How many jobs created by making it easier to get coal leases? Apparently zero, since there weren’t even any new coal leases brought forward since the thing was signed into law on May 6th.

Don’t know how you can get any more factual that that – a legislatively mandated jobs report on a bill that was supposed to create jobs.

Think about this, too: The coal industry was behind this bill pushing and prodding and, as we all know, they probably wrote 90% of the original as submitted if not the entire thing. Would’t you think they’d be hopping all over this bill once it was approved?

Maybe we should be requiring that kind of report for all legislation that proports to create jobs. Then we’d know who’s doing their job and who’s blowing smoke where the sun don’t shine.

“That’s the funny thing about ceasing to compromise in public. It can make it more likely that you actually get a compromise in private.” — Ezra Klein, Washington Post


Wonkblog’s Ezra Klein hit on something today that I have been harping about consistently over the years. And that is how a politician goes about compromising. Or maybe it is better said, how a politician goes about signaling his willingness to compromise, and how that compromise may be structured:

During the debt-ceiling negotiations, the Obama administration offered the Republicans two concessions that Democrats really didn’t like: A cut to Social Security, through a mechanism known as “chained-CPI,” and a lift in Medicare’s eligibility age. The administration was expected to make both concessions part of the debt-reduction package it plans to announce next week. Now, it looks as if neither item will appear in the final plan. And the reason why is best explained by comparing two New York special elections that went very, very differently for the Democrats.

Andy Hammond thought he was being smart by bringing up the Dem’s loss of Rep. Anthony Weiner’s seat in a special election on tuesday. Well, of course, there is an example of republicans similarly losing a seat recently in an upstate NY district that was heavily republican in a special election. Both incumbents were caught in sex scandals. Both were in districts that were heavily weighted in their favor. So why did both incumbent parties lose?
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