Some mornings you wake up, bicker with your Amazon Echo on a weather update, and hustle out the door. Other times you roll out of bed, scan the day’s news, and find yourself crying out, “damn my toast is burnt again and holy crap my US Senator is a Communist Party operative.”
Well Montana, it is happening to you. We probably overlooked some early warning signs like Senator Daines’ six years in Hong Kong and mainland China moving American jobs overseas or his repetitive tax-payer funded trips to the Far East. While the picture is becoming increasingly clear for us Montanans, I suspect Senator Daines might still be clueless on how increasingly tied his actions are to supporting Communist China’s interests.
The Washington Post recently exposed Senator Daines’ cozy relationship with China in an opinion piece titled: How China got a U.S. senator to do its political bidding
Our Senator looks so happy to be doing China’s bidding!
I may not be a seasoned spy, but I did watch a few seasons of Homeland. The best intelligence assets have no idea they are even assets right? Well Senators Daines, I hope you read this because it’s time to wake up. Time to acknowledge some misplaced priorities and spineless ignorance.
Let’s get to those five signs:
1) Oppressing Tibet. Senator Daines recently helped China pull off one of its most common tactics designed to keep Tibet under its thumb. Our good Senator, who often refuses to meet with Montanans, gladly hosted a meeting with Chinese officials in DC to during a visit by Tibet’s exhiled leader.
2) Questionable beef deals. This fall Senator Daines orchestrated a $300 million beef arrangement with China for the Montana Stockgrowers. $300 million is a lot of dough. It may not be richest member of Congress Greg Gianforte money, but it’s enough for a two employee business from Whitefish to rebuild Puerto Rico’s energy infrastructure, right? Wait, no maybe not.
Regardless, it is a significant chunk of cash. That is why I originally tipped my hat to his efforts. But let’s step back a bit. It is a non-binding agreement with a country that does not have our best interests at heart. It is foreign investment into our pastures with significant strings attached that will cause Montana ranchers to lose control of their ranching practices. It benefits only a select few ranchers that are part of one trade association. It buys China undeserved good will and potentially even anti-American favors.
Is it actually a good deal for Montana once you start asksing questions? Probably not. And will China follow through after Senator Daines fulfills a couple more favors? Doubtful.
3) Tax reform. Experts estimate that Apple may save close to $50 billion in Senator Daines’ tax reform bill. Where does Apple manufacture most of its products? China. If they invest the cash in manufacturing, where do you think that will happen and who will benefit from more jobs? China.
4) Net Neutraility. Senator Daines supports allowing internet service providers to censor web traffic and control American’s access to websites. Again, this sounds a lot like China. It seems to me that the Chinese would love to start paying American internet service providers to prioritize Chinese companies and propaganda. Senator Daines seems to be fine with that being our new reality.
5) Who does he work for? It appears Senator Daines would rather go visit China than host a town hall in Montana. Do the math folks. He’s visited China infinitely more times this year than he has hosted town halls in Montana.
How do you say WTF in Mandarin?