When the federal government was shuttered two months ago, a few states pooled together some dough to help their national parks stay open. They paid money to the US Department of the Interior, for daily operations of these parks.
Now Congress is debating whether to pay those states back. There is a bill moving forward that would reimburse them.
And Steve Daines is supporting it, as reported this week in the Great Falls Tribune.
Understand the irony of this: he voted to shut down the government so as to (supposedly) save taxpayers some money, but he is now admitting that it was okay to simply take a loan out while the government was shut down, and pay it back once the government reopened.
It’s the classic case of somebody trying to be a Tea Partier, and then sheepishly attempting to crawl away from the Tea Party when nobody is looking.
Montana, by the way, correctly refused to spend money out of state coffers to keep Glacier and Yellowstone open. We had now way of knowing whether we’d ever see the money again, and Governor Bullock told Steve Daines and his gang of shutdown artists, very directly, that he was not going to ding state taxpayers for a mess that was of Daines’s own making.
This is the second time Daines has tried to have his cake and eat it. Recall that after voting to close down the government as a way to prevent Obamacare from going into law, Daines then voted, several weeks later when the state of Montana had lost jobs and economic growth, to reopen it. And he bragged about how he had “done the right thing.”
Steve Daines is a first rate jackass, and both John Bohlinger and John Walsh should not hesitate to inform the taxpayers about his reckless behavior and his shameful attempts to cover his tracks.