Welfare queen Montana state Senator John Brenden (R-Scobey), who in recent times has lined his pockets with half a million smackeroos from US taxpayers for doing nothing, tried Friday to burnish his tea party credentials by lecturing David Ewer, Schweitzer’s budget director, at a committee hearing. Brenden believes that even though the state has $300 million surplus, we should be cutting education and core social services for the neediest.
As Ewer got heated criticism from the GOP for trying to protect funding for essential services and education, Brenden cautioned him:
“I’m 69 years old,” Brenden said. “I think these times globally and in the United States and Montana are probably some of the scariest times that I’ve gone through. … I just think we really have to watch our P’s and Q’s when we watch our dollars. When the economy is bad, we tighten to tighten our belt,” he said. “I think by tightening our belt and watching our spending and being conservative with our dollars is not a hard thing to look at, it’s a realistic thing.”
Brenden is helping in the general effort by the GOP to have the State of Montana cease taking any federal money. In other words, now that Brenden has his own personal stash, why would Montana need federal funds?