I often think I should write more.
We’ll do that today, putting up a longer mish-mash post. Maybe we’ll even put up two posts today.
I like to do this, especially when the other Montana sites have old content or content that’s boring.
This happens a lot.
So I’ll give you some of my thoughts and you can take them for what you will.
Bullock Pays $15 an Hour
Knocking on doors…calling people…maybe stuffing some envelopes – shit, I’d do that for $15 an hour!
Hell, I did it for dozens of hours for free in both 2014 and again this year while running my own campaigns.
While collecting signatures to legalize marijuana in Montana this year I ran into a few people that were collecting signatures for Marcy’s Law and the brain cancer initiative as well as trapping.
Most were getting $11 an hour and one I met was getting $14 an hour.
Wow – that beats the hell out of restaurant or retail work!
In that regard, maybe all this dark political money isn’t so bad. After all, we’re seeing some of it trickle-down to the downtrodden.
Not too shabby, not too shabby at all.
Now, if this was a Gianforte advertisement I’d email them right away and try to get that job.
I’d love to go out each night or during the day and knock on doors and hand out flyers and talk to voters.
Like I said, I’ve done it for free.
But I wouldn’t do it for Bullock.
I think you know why.
But gosh…$15 an hour – maybe $18!
Perhaps I should compromise my principles and take that money. After all, politicians do it all the time.
And why is it $15 an hour and not the $8.05 minimum wage nickel insult that Bullock gave us at the beginning of 2015?
I guess the campaign doesn’t feel a wage like that would draw enough workers, or the kind of workers they desire.
So they offer $15.
I find that interesting – while working for their own interests, politicians support higher wages. When they might benefit you, however, they don’t really give a shit.
Remember, businesses and businessmen and women give a lot more to election campaigns than minimum wage workers do.
Where the hell do you think the campaigns are getting the money to pay $15 an hour, after all?
Anyways, I just thought that employment ad was interesting and I thought I’d share it.
Even the prisons are having problems coming up with the $73,000 for a 12-week Hepatitis C drug treatment program.
Know how much that costs the prisoners?
Now, the only reason for this current spate of medical-cost-talk is because there’s an election in 45 days or so.
Most people think that our medical costs are too high, but not Monica Lindeen.
In a September 14 MT Public Radio article she said that the current premiums charged by two of our three health insurance companies “were too low and needed to be adjusted upward.”
- Blue Cross is increasing premium rates by 58%
- Montana Health Co-op is increasing them by 31%
- Pacific Source is increasing them by 27%
I’m sorry…but is that not high enough for you, Monica?
Gosh, my health insurance plan is set to go from $500 a month to $635 a month, and that's a plan with a $10,000 deductible.
Great deals for health insurance, huh?
I hope you can begin to understand why I’m not voting for this woman. I mean, honestly…you really think that what people are paying now is too much?
It’s clear to me that it’s time for Lindeen to go back to central Montana, thank you for your years of service, now goodbye.
As I told you yesterday, the average American is paying more than $9,000 a year in medical costs.
No, I don’t think that we need to be increasing what people are paying each month – we need to lower it.
Alas, the medical and insurance companies have a monumental problem with spiraling costs that they not only can’t control, but can’t even identify.
Currently the medical industry is doing such a shoddy job that they actually spend $1.26 for every $1 they take in.
I’m no MBA, but I feel with that kind of strategy you’ll eventually go out of business.
“The dollars that we earned in premiums weren’t even enough to cover the medical costs for this market,” the MT Blue Cross spokesman said.
Hey, here’s a crazy idea – let’s stop giving the Pentagon money.
We know that the Army can’t account for $6.5 trillion.
Let’s just cut their budget and give that money to the health insurance companies on behalf of the American taxpayer.
That way they can make up that budget shortfall.
We sure as shit know they aren’t going to do anything about their soaring costs.
We don’t even know what anything costs now anyways, and medical companies don’t want to release that information.
Use your head, folks – the problem is the medical community and their chums in the insurance industry.
Those are the goons, those are the ones that need to see pitchforks outside their house.
Or you could just call your congressman.
Oh, but that’s right – you have a TV and a six-pack of beer.
Just turn it on and crack ‘em open and forget about this stuff. I bet some football’s even on.
Tester’s Wells Fargo Charade (and their Corruption)
The post is called Jon Tester’s Grandstanding Omits Reality He’s a Willing Tool of the Banks.
This gets back to the “grilling” that the CEO of Wells Fargo got from the Senate committee that oversees these guys.
For the most part, it’s a bunch of bullshit. We know full-well that the members of that committee get tons of donations from big banks like Wells Fargo.
Hell, I wouldn't doubt that that CEO gave them money for their election efforts.
We know that Jon Tester has received $43,250 from Wells Fargo over the course of his career.
And then we get Pocahontas up there foaming at the mouth over this.
You and I both know that when the cameras stop rolling, Liz Warren shuts the hell up and puts out her hand and takes their money.
I’m ashamed that I used to have a bumper sticker on my car with her name on it.
Liz Warren mostly takes funds from Emily’s List, various universities, and lawyers.
And then there’s Tester. The guy’s got a net worth of $10 million so I know he could give a shit about poor people like me.
Those rich bankers though, my…he loves to cozy up to them.
Some of Tester’s largest donors over the course of his congressional career have been:
- Blackstone Group: $76,000
- Citigroup: $71,000
- JPMorgan Chase: $59,000
- First Interstate Bank: $48,000
- Visa: $47,000
- Goldman Sachs: $46,000
- Wells Fargo: $43,000
Yep, there’s that Wells Fargo donation…pretty far down the list.
Do you think he should return that $43,250 that he got from them?
And if he doesn’t…what does that say about the man?
I bet Jon was thankful he only had to ‘grill’ that CEO and not a person more important to his financial future.
Imagine if Jon had to ‘grill’ the head of Citigroup?
Do you think he’d recuse himself, seeing a conflict of interest with the $71,000 they gave him?
Well, that would take morals and ethics and honor.
I’m not sure Jon has those anymore…if he ever did.
Perhaps he was corrupted by Washington…perhaps he got that way in the Montana Senate.
Either way, it’s clear he’s corrupt today.
I’m ashamed I voted for him in 2006.
I won’t make that mistake 2 years from now.