Knudsen Taken to Task for Claiming Medicaid Expansion Eligible Montanans Don’t Work
The Missoula Independent’s Dan Brooks explains Austin Knudsen’s “Sickening Stance” on Medicaid expansion. It’s a must read.
More Disrespect for Working People
In Jon Tester’s first days in the Senate in 2007, he stopped by and said hi to the maintenance staff, appreciated their hard work, and even got his hands dirty.
In Ryan Zinke’s first days in the Congress, he called the maintenance staff “a larger problem.”
These workers don’t just hang pictures. They move desks, fix broken chairs, and make sure the building isn’t falling apart. They keep government office spaces running. This isn’t just about Zinke’s assault on hardworking federal employees (which is bad enough), it’s about disrespecting people whose jobs are “beneath” his and calling them “bureaucracy.”
Perhaps he should let the maintenance workers hang the pictures, and take an hour or two to hire a Montanan in his DC office – which is stacked with out-of-staters and questionable hires.
Conflicts of Interest
Two Helena city commissioners appear to have put their personal interests as lobbyists over the people of Helena. Matt Elsaesser voted against a resolution in support of Medicaid expansion citing the need to lobby right-wing lobbyists as part of his personal careers. Mayor Jim Smith, who is also a lobbyist when not serving on the city commission, laughably cited a supposed “political risk” to the city if Helena supported Medicaid expansion. Helena is not well served when its elected commissioners put their personal lobbying jobs and ridiculous amorphous theories over citizens.