The Montana GOP Hypocrite of the Week Award Goes to…

…a trifecta of  legislators: Representative Pat Ingraham, State Senator Greg Hinkle (both R-Thompson Falls) and Representative Gordon Hendrick (R-Superior).

Recently, as a writer to the Clark Fork Chronicle explained:

Republican state representatives Pat Ingraham and Gordon Hendrick and state senator Greg Hinkle met with Sanders County school administrators to talk about the school funding challenges facing the 2011 legislature. The meeting was arranged by Sanders County Treasurer Carol Turk who is running for re-election on the Republican ticket along with Ingraham and Hendrick. All three of the state officials expressed their concern about school funding issues. There “concern” would be a lot more credible if any of them had ever actually voted for state funding for education.

So each of these legislators count themselves as pro-education. If a bill came to the House or Senate that would improve educational opportunities for children, one assumes these pro-education legislators would propose to improve it, accept a few necessary small compromises and then enthusiastically support the proposal.

Yes, indeed, every Republican legislator is pro-education except when they are regularly anti-education.  The state’s education leaders give Ingraham and Hinkle a 0% education voting record, and Hendrick a 15% (all are F’s).

Ingraham, Hinkle and Hendrick are all incumbent legislators which means that they swore to uphold the Constitution.
Here are three “constitutional upholders” that are masters at hypocrisy when it comes to the constitutional rights of Montanans, which include a guarantee of a quality education for all.  Senator Greg Hinkle, Representative Pat Ingerham and Gordon Hendrick, step right up, you are the Montana Cowgirl Blog’s GOP Hypocrites of the Week for all your hard work at flouting intelligence out there in Western Montana.


18 Comments on "The Montana GOP Hypocrite of the Week Award Goes to…"

  1. Aheam…Thompson Falls (Sanders County) and Superior (Mineral County) are not considered in any way, shape or form to be part of “The Bitterroot.”

    Sure, one could make the claim that the Bitterroot Mountains might make it over to Superior (I’ve seen maps go both ways), but whenever anyone in these parts talks about “The Bitterroot” they are referring to the Bitterroot Valley and/or Ravalli County, not to Thompson Falls and Superior.

  2. oh! Thanks for the help. have updated the post to correct this.

  3. Gee – it looks to me like some of those MEA/MFT bills that were used to grade the legislators are not really about educating children at all. An example would be HB625 – a Right to Work bill. Of course a union would oppose that. But looking at HB15 – the bill to fund K-12 education, both Reps. voted for it.

    Or HR3 – the State’s rights bill – which MEA/MFT calls a secession bill. I fail to see how standing up for the 10th amendment affects funding for the student in the classroom.

    Looking at the types of bills MEA/MFT generally takes a position on and their stance on the bills, I’d be proud to earn an F from them.

    • Mike – Let’s suppose ninety percent of Americans think that handguns should remain legal if properly registered. Does that make every one of them pro-gun rights? No. You don’t get credit for being one vote of 91 on a bill that has to pass.

      On the other hand, bills like the ‘State’s Rights” bill tend to have the effect of making federal funding more difficult, or rejecting it. Can you imagine how that might affect education?

  4. You don’t see the connection? If we pay teachers less than dog groomers, how are we going to get the best people to teach or kids…

  5. I mean our kids. Typo

  6. What is Hendricks doing hanging out with the likes of Pat “Black Hawk Helicopter” Ingraham and Constitutionalist Greg Hinkle? Gordon hasn’t been part of that gang of people to my knowledge.

  7. What’s the black helicopter story? Don’t leave us hanging!

  8. Right now today I know several Montana ex patriots living in Wyoming and teaching in Wyoming, do you know why, because the starting wage of a Wyoming teacher is almost double to that of a Montana teacher, same job, same type of students yet the invisable line that was put there by a surveyor somehow means more pay to the south then to the north. Not only that but Wyoming has several schools that are better facility wise then some of the Montana schools. Yet even with low teacher pay in fact sometimes these starting teachers make a wage that qualifies them for food stamps but even with the crappy wage we Montana have one of the very best public school systems in the world. And Montana has some of the best and brightest children in the world and we have great teachers and great schools by and large. But we must get competeative with Wyoming and North Dakota and other states if we want to keep good quality teachers in our school systems. So I say this right now Montanas coal tax trust fund is 75% invested in out of state corporations, lets bring some of that money home and invest it in our children and our schools and our teachers. And lets develop our natural resources responsibly just like Wyoming and North Dakota have done cause in the end we have more natural resources then our all our neigbors combined

    • Farmboy, Wyoming has the oil money to pay their teachers that Montana doesn’t. I for one sincerely question Wyoming’s “responsible” development of natural resources. That’s your trade off, right there.

      • But I think we can agree that we must pay Montana teachers a better wage right a wage that is more in line with the Wyoming wage can we agree on that

        • I do agree, but where does the money come from. That’s actually the question.

          • Of course you know it comes from taxes paid by someone. Not really a question at all.

            • Actually, it is a question, because taxes have some basis, and that involves real money. I think you just forgot that because you wanted to bloviate online.

              • And yet you dance around the statement that taxes are paid by someone. You just like seeing your name on a blog post and using big words like “bloviate”. If you are incapable of understanding that all taxes are paid by someone, you should seek help – perhaps a 5th grader can educate you as you appear to not be smarter than a 5th grader.

  9. Mike, Wulfgar was POINTING OUT that taxes are paid by someone; in Wyoming, that someone is resource extraction companies. Farmboy proposed raising teacher salaries to match Wyoming. Wulfgar pointed out that those wages are paid by entities he’d rather not have in Montana, thus making the point you thought was original four hours later. Wulfgar then pointed out that we need to decide who it is who pays taxes – and you went from repeating points already made to talking nonsense.
    I provide this summary so you can stop fighting Wulfgar for literally no reason except an excuse to quote Mallard Filmore’s hackneyed ‘observations’, in hopes that if you actually analyze what the two of you are saying you’ll realize you aren’t really disagreeing.

  10. I realize I am a little late in responding to this blog post, but I wanted to let you know that while I cannot speak for the other two candidates Gordan Hendrick is one of the largest supporters of education that I have ever met. He has worked in the Superior Schools for the past 16 years as a volunteer. That’s right! During this time, he has not received a penny for his services. Gordan has been a long term sub, served as a mentor, chaperoned school trips, and was the sole developer of our school to work program. He has even been the speaker for our graduating classes three times. So while the MEA only gives him I 15% on supporting education, I would give him 100%. I have witnessed the time and effort he gives to our students. Gordan is an outstanding person who shows by his actions that he wants to make this world a better place for our youth.

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