Steve Daines Wrote a Crappy, Unpopular Bill and Even the ‘Support’ is Bogus

It’s been a bad week for Senator Daines.  In an attempt to secure a win for his corporate overlords and circumvent his constituents Daines announced a new piece of legislation that would release nearly 500,000 acres of Wilderness Study Areas (WSA).  Daines claims that this legislation is necessary in order to rally support for a ban on mining just outside of Yellowstone National Park.  Unfortunately for Daines, people in the Yellowstone community really think Daines is full of it.

In a scathing editorial from the newspaper near Yellowstone, the Livingston Enterprise, the community called out Daines:

“Unfortunately, it seems Republican Steve Daines isn’t hearing vour voices in Park County, even though we’re shouting from mountaintops.

Mixing the WSA debate with the ongoing discussion about the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act is little more than crass politics.”

But don’t you worry, Senator Daines sent out a press release with lots of totally organic and genuine praise of his bill from totally real supporters.

In a press release Daines cites many (Republican) legislators who praise his bill and some interest groups.  Citizens for Balanced Use added their name to the list of supporters.  They included a letter of support to be downloaded.  The letter is signed by Kerry White.  But if you click on the properties tab of the document you see that the letter was last modified by a member of Daines’ staff.

To see this, follow these steps:

  1. download the document
  2. click file
  3. go to properties
  4. look at  last modified by

Screenshot below for when Daines eventually updates the document:

So it would seem that Daines couldn’t even get organic praise of his bill, he had to write it himself. 

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle ran a poll asking for people’s opinion on this bill.  As of writing, 69% of respondents said they did not support Daines bill.

Not only does the community hate Daines’ bill, the people he claims support it need to have their support ghost written for them.  Brutal.


18 Comments on "Steve Daines Wrote a Crappy, Unpopular Bill and Even the ‘Support’ is Bogus"

  1. From Crooks and Liars:

    This link shows just how much Daines stands to make from the Corker Kick Back.

  2. If you want to hear more garbled dainesiana ask him about his support for reversal of net neutrality and see what he says.

    • Yeah, I’m sure you have a better grasp of net neutrality than Steve Daines. What did he do for a living, again?

      • He sold an app. That job description does not require any knowledge of how the net works. Or for that matter, how the app works. It does require sales skills and knowledge of the features of the app.

        • Bettin’ Ol Marge has a better grasp? Claiming he’s garbled is a bit disingenuous and based solely on his differing POV. Nuff said.

      • Ah shucks. Daines sold cloud-based (like, on the internet) customer relationship management software that employs machine leaning software bought from a Dutch company I know a little bit about. So yes, he understands net neutrality issues. That’s why it is so weird that he defends his position on the grounds that European telecoms companies are not complying with ITU 4-G standards fast enough (according to him). No idea whether he owns Oracle stock (since Oracle bought Rightnow) but Oracle is on the anti-neutrality bandwagon in a big way. No surprise there, they haven’t innovated anything in decades. They just buy small innovators (like Rightnow) who won’t have a chance against companies like Oracle if the megaliths can buy and control access rights to the internet.

  3. Hey Dick…. er Richard.

    The fact that Daines was in IT has no bearing on his stance on NN.

    He voted the way he did for 2 simple reasons.

    More Control by ISPs and more money for ISPs.

  4. Heh Stevos email newsletter has a couple of buttons to click to approve or disapprove his Tax Scam. If you click the no buttons you get a page load error. What a crock of crap.

  5. Where were you guys when Jon Tester proposed releasing nearly 500,000 acres of Wilderness Study Area lands from 11 WSAs in his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act? Hypocrites!

    • # 1. That has nothing to do with Net Neutrality. Fail.

      # 2. How much longer do you want to study those fucking WSAs, one would think by now they have been pretty well studied they aren’t of a quality to qualify as WAs so move the fuck on, they are still very well protected.

      • #1. Fail on you, this post not about net neutrality.

        #2. What you know about quality of WSA? Maybe you should study and think. Forests would log WSA after law changes them. How that protect? I think quality of them excellent, been hiking in some. Maybe you go walk in WSA too? Good place for think and study.

  6. Far as I can see this post is about disingenuous dainesiana

    • What else is new, let me leave this here, from that commie rag the NY Times, RE: the GOP Tax plan.

      “And the 2016 financial disclosure statement filed by Senator Steve Daines, Republican of Montana, shows income from real estate holdings of $487,500 to $4,305,000. If Daines’ tax cut is computed using the same method that the center used for Johnson, it would be between $47,582 and $430,500.”

  7. If you want to lose your social security, and medicare, jusy vote for Daines and the republicans, AGAIN.

    • Food for thought:

      The Social Security check is now (or soon will be) referred to as a “Federal Benefit Payment?” I’ll be part of the one percent to forward this. I am forwarding it because it touches a nerve in me, and I hope it will in you. Please keep passing it on until everyone in our country has read it.

      The government is now referring to our Social Security checks as a “Federal Benefit Payment.” This isn’t a benefit. It is our money paid out of our earned income! Not only did we all contribute to Social Security but our employers did too. It totaled 15% of our income before taxes.

      If you averaged $30K per year over your working life, that’s close to $180,000 invested in Social Security.

      If you calculate the future value of your monthly investment in social security ($375/month, including both you and your employers contributions) at a meager 1% interest rate compounded monthly, after 40 years of working you’d have more than $1.3+ million dollars saved!

      This is your personal investment. Upon retirement, if you took out only 3% per year, you’d receive $39,318 per year, or $3,277 per month.

      That’s almost three times more than today’s average Social Security benefit of $1,230 per month, according to the Social Security Administration. (Google it – it’s a fact).

      And your retirement fund would last more than 33 years (until you’re 98 if you retire at age 65)! I can only imagine how much better most average-income people could live in retirement if our government had just invested our money in low-risk interest-earning accounts.

      Instead, the folks in Washington pulled off a bigger “Ponzi scheme” than Bernie Madoff ever did. They took our money and used it elsewhere. They forgot (oh yes, they knew) that it was OUR money they were taking. They didn’t have a referendum to ask us if we wanted to lend the money to them. And they didn’t pay interest on the debt they assumed. And recently they’ve told us that the money won’t support us for very much longer.

      But is it our fault they misused our investments? And now, to add insult to injury, they’re calling it a “benefit”, as if we never worked to earn every penny of it.

      Just because they borrowed the money doesn’t mean that our investments were a charity!

      Let’s take a stand. We have earned our right to Social Security and Medicare. Demand that our legislators bring some sense into our government.

      Find a way to keep Social Security and Medicare going for the sake of that 92% of our population who need it.

      Then call it what it is: Our Earned Retirement Income.

  8. Thank god lil’ Steven agreed that part of the deal is that we are forced to buy chicken from china!

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