There it is, a little after 10 on a Wednesday night.
It pretty much says it all – “only R’s will win that house seat.”
Why is it that only Republicans will win HD 85 out of Hamilton?
Why is it that we view this as a given, set-in-stone, fact of nature and right of man that this seat – and dozens other just like it – will only have Republicans in them?
If we’re going to start out with this self-defeating attitude right from the get-go then we’re going to keep losing.
Year after year we continually write-off the Bitterroot, the Hi-Line, central Montana, eastern Montana, and probably a few places I’m forgetting.
Hell, we don’t even bother learning about the different areas of the state anymore, so sure are we that they’re gone to us and will never come back so to hell with them.
It’s a terrible attitude and it’s put us in our terrible predicament – not having the legislature for decades.
We could change that and it starts with some positive thinking.
Instead of saying HD 85 will only have a Republican, why don’t we start asking things like:
- Why do voters there always choose Republicans?
- What are Republicans doing right there…at least in voters’ eyes?
- What is the tax situation there, the spending situation?
- How much money does that district get from the state or the feds or local taxpayers?
- Who’s held that seat going back 30 or 40 years and what did they think and do?
- What’s the demographic situation like down there, who has jobs and what are they?
- What do people care about in House District 85?
- What are people afraid of in that district, what do they dream about, what do they hope happens and what do they dread more than anything?
We can ask these questions about that district and we can do the same for every other district in the state, even the safe ones.
Personally I feel we need to adhere more to page three of the Montana Democratic Party’s Platform, the issue of taxation, and have more people realize “we believe in being fiscally responsible while promoting quality of life.”
There are some smart comments on that Cowturd post, so why aren’t we building messages upon this and getting those out to voters via our primary candidates?
Maybe it’s because the party brass are too tied at the hip with the DNC and national Democrats’ concerns to care much about getting our legislature back.
Each time I fill out a national Democratic survey – I’ve done about five now – they always have a box to check for taking back our state legislatures.
Personally, I don’t feel national views this as really important. Remember, Hillary is spending about $500,000 a day on TV ads right now.
Wouldn’t some of that money be better spent supporting local candidates that have a chance to strengthen Democratic hold of our legislatures?
Alas, this is not viewed as important.
I feel that will change. More people will realize we need competent control of the legislative branch of government, and with the right message – which will be developed – we’ll take back some of those hard-fought seats like HD 85.
How’s Your Portfolio Post-Brexit?
That damn Dow dropped 1,000 points in two days after that Brexit vote 12 days ago and European stocks dropped 25%. About $3 trillion in global equities was gone.
Or was it?
The Dow has regained the 1,000 points it lost.
Wow, how does that happen?
I think it happens the same way an obvious criminal gets the FBI to sign-off on her corruption – the game is rigged!
One big problem is interest rates, which were 18% in 1980 but are 0% today.
In fact, interest rates have never been so bad.
Hell, sometimes interest rates are negative and $11.7 trillion has been pushed into these negative-yield bonds.
That’s a ticking time bomb.
It’s clear that the unsustainable debt that countries around the world have racked-up to support their welfare-dependent systems is catching up to them.
These countries, and the central banks that cater to them, cannot pay the interest on the debt while still running their countries.
Global debt is now over $200 trillion and the US Treasury is on the hook for $36 trillion of that.
Despite this, people keep borrowing and local governments keep borrowing.
I’m sure you’re getting sick of me harping on interest rates and lending and debt, but I feel it’s a major issue.
We’ll solve that problem too, however. I’m not sure how, but God willing, we sure will.