Americans elected Obama twice because Romney “was not good enough” for the Very Conservative Evangelicals. As a result, they let Obama continue to turn America into a welfare state like France. – Ed
“The fix was in,” has become the rallying cry of Montana’s extremists and, as such, it represents their efforts to engage and energize the small minority of Montanans who believe they share the same nihilistic views. As rhetoric and sound bites go, it is an interesting choice.
First, it implies that the forces arrayed against them were so powerful and nefarious that they should be lauded for their failed efforts to “hold the line” and excused for their preordained defeat at the hands of such an overpowering and malignant opposition.
Second, it conveniently characterizes those legislators who were responsible for the defeat of their extreme agenda as treacherous, self-serving, and even treasonous.
There is a certain amount of irony, and a generous portion of duplicity, in this attempt to explain the failure of the extremists’ cause. The phrase brings several questions to mind.
By what measure of personal responsibility did it become acceptable to blame others for failure? Perhaps the extremists should reexamine the story they are trying to sell in light of their supposed affection for this cornerstone of their idealism? [Read more…]
The 2015 Legislature is a couple of weeks behind us, and the Governor has finished making his vetoes. Several people have now asked me what I felt we actually accomplished in Helena this spring.
Despite what you may have heard in the media, or from the rhetoric of the special interests, I think the fact is that the 64th session accomplished more than most people realize. Oh, we had some heated high-profile debates, and some unique discussions about procedural rules that made interesting headlines; but many of those sensationalized stories had very little to do with the less exciting areas where most of us were actually spending the bulk of our time.
With over 500 different bills and resolutions passed, and thousands of line items in the two-year, 4½ billion dollar budget , it is hard to give a brief summary; but I have picked out a few of the highlights that I felt were the most significant. The list of accomplishments below is no more than my own compilation. Any other Legislator might very well choose to make a completely different list, but this gives you at least one Senator’s take. [Read more…]
Now that the Legislature has wrapped up, I will try to give a bit of a re-cap of the 64th session. First I would like to extend my deep appreciation for your gracious support while I was serving this session. I cannot tell you how many people sent cards, emails and thoughtful notes, and although we did not always agree, I always appreciated hearing from you.
Overall, I am very pleased with the 64th session. Our district definitely had more wins than losses. The biggest win was passing the HELP Act. I am frustrated that media continues to call this Medicaid expansion because its not. In fact, Montana’s plan is the most conservative plan any state has passed and may not be approved by the federal government. It was a collaborative effort spearheaded by Republicans. The HELP Act provides a means for folks caught between Medicaid and the Affordable Healthcare Act to obtain private insurance. It’s far from an entitlement program and I am grateful it passed.
Passage of the Trace Act, or dark money bill, was another win for our district. We witnessed first-hand during this session the full effects of dark money groups’ influence when Americans for Prosperity targeted our district. It was more apparent to me this session more than ever, that we need to reel in dark money groups if we are to maintain integrity in our election process. The bill won’t stop some of the dark money groups from participating but we will at least now know who they are and most importantly who’s funding them. [Read more…]
by Dr. Ed Berry
Yesterday, Jim White of Kalispell, Montana, and his friend, Dane Wigington, released a personal attack on my professional credibility.
Clearly, White and Wigington were not pleased with my article “Chemtrail Delusions vs Scientific Method” where I revealed their idiocy about chemtrails.
We climate scientists are used to personal attacks by leftwing wackos. Now, Jim White proves rightwing radical tea party wackos are as irrational as leftwing wackos.
White’s and Wigington’s mockery
White’s and Wigington’s ad hominem attack on me mocks America’s national defense. It mocks my past participation in America’s defense. It mocks true atmospheric science. It mocks your and my search for truth.
What their attack does not do is show my article about chemtrails is incorrect. No. They think their personal attack on me proves my article is wrong. They thereby reveal they are morons.
Wigington’s attack reveals nothing new about me. Everything he uses about me he stole from my website here and here. Wigington simply interjects and intertwines his own delusional beliefs about climate and America’s national defense with his extracts from my bio.
Wigington is not even clear about what parts of his page are his and what parts he stole from me. And, like all yellow-bellied, know-nothing radicals, Wigington is afraid to put his own name on his work. But for White’s email (below), no one would know who wrote this attack on me.
Why Jim White thinks Wigington is a climate expert.
by Dr. Ed Berry
Henry Olsen of the Ethics and Public Policy Center wrote an insightful article “The Four Faces of the Republican Party” in February 2014. His review of the national Republican Party helps us understand the Montana Republican Party.
According to Olsen, Republicans fall into “four rough camps,” with approximate composition shown in parentheses:
- Somewhat Conservative (40%)
- Moderate to Liberal (30%)
- Very Conservative but Secular (10%)
- Very Conservative Evangelical (20%)
While the group percentages vary slightly among the states, they have been very consistent over many presidential elections. Each group supports very different types of candidates. [Read more…]
by Dr. Ed Berry
The Blaze reported 75 US House Republicans (see below for their names) voted with 182 Democrats to pass the US Senate’s “clean” version of the DHS bill without the provision to defund Obama’s unconstitutional immigration plan.
The final vote was 257 to 167. The 167 were all Republicans. Montana’s Congressman Ryan Zinke was among them.
Now I get to make a point to Montana’s Tea-Party Republicans: I told you so.
I told you before November’s election that Ryan Zinke would be the best conservative Congressman Montana ever elected. But you would not support Ryan Zinke because he “was not good enough” for you. [Read more…]
by Dr. Ed Berry
Hey, all pioneers take arrows, so I am not going to fault Roger for making a good first try.
Here, I will show you exactly why TAB scores fail to define a true Republican. Then I will show you the real definition of a true Republican and who discovered it.
TAB scores have caused problems.
TAB score’s inaccurate definition of a true Republican has led some self-proclaimed, rightwing “freedom heroes” to call “RINOs” any Republicans they disagree with on any issue. This is, of course, irrational.
Self-appointed RINO hunters associate “RINO” or “Republican-In-Name-Only” with Republicans whose TAB score is less than 33 percent.
The truth is these self-proclaimed “freedom heroes” are further left than the Republicans they call RINOs … because they do not understand the proper definition of a true Republican.
Just what are TAB scores? Koopman explains: [Read more…]
Marita Noon shows a giant difference between Republicans and Democrats, proving those who believe the Moron Mantra are, well, morons. – Ed
by Marita Noon
Now that the dust has settled on the 2014 midterms, we can get a sense of how things will change in Washington under a Republican controlled Senate—and energy will be front and center.
Republicans and Democrats have very different views on energy development and policy. The past six years have seen taxpayer dollars poured into green-energy projects that have embarrassed the administration and promoted teppan-style renewables that chop-up and fry unsuspecting birds midflight and increase costs for consumers and business. Meanwhile, Republicans have touted the job creation and economic impact available through America’s abundant fossil-fuel resources.
Voters made their preference clear: Republicans won more seats, and with bigger majorities, than anyone predicted. [Read more…]
Look at the large red area where voters elected Republicans to US Congress. If Oath Keepers National Chaplain Pastor Chuck Baldwin and his followers had their way, the whole State of Montana would have been blue. [Read more…]