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The Republican Party claims to value fiscal restraint. However, Flathead Republicans have appointed a new County Commissioner who not so long ago couldn’t manage his own budget. Republican Cal Scott declared bankruptcy after racking up hundreds of thousands in loans and credit card debt. The new Commissioner replaces a commissioner who died unexpectedly this spring.
Mr. Scott had touted his budget and financial planning experience as among the reasons he should be appointed to the post. In a letter to the Republican Central Committee tasked with nominating candidates, Mr. Scott touted his financial counseling and planning experience as among the reasons he should be chosen. It appears as though he has an interesting approach to planning his own finances and budget, relying heavily on credit card transactions, which have resulted in a bankruptcy declaration several years ago.
As one of his first acts as an interim commissioner, Mr. Scott voted with the other Republican commissioners to increase the Commissioners’ pay, the Flathead Beacon reported.
Mr. Scott was selected as interim commission by the remaining County Commissioners, who were aware of his past financial troubles, the Daily Inter Lakereported. Scott says the bankruptcy is irrelevant, but voters tend to want to have a sense of a candidate’s personal ability to tackle the job. How will she or he deal with millions of dollars of tax payer money? How well does she or he understand budgets and prioritizing? Basically, voters want to know if candidates can manage their own affairs. If they can’t, voters will wonder how they can manage the county’s.
Mr. Scott will fill the post until November, when he must face Democrat Gil Jordan in the general election.
In other words, he failed to stop himself from blocking Montana jobs.
Another Santorum grossout
Another weird detail involving Republicans and birth has come to light. This time, it isn’t birtherism. At issue is the fact that Rick Santorum’s wife Karen was actually delivered by a man that later became her live-in boyfriend.
Was he thinking “Hey, I bet this baby is going to turn out to be really hot one day”? The lovers weren’t married. Oh, and the guy, who is now 92, was an abortion doc. Santorum is running on hardline opposition to abortion and premarital sex for Americans, but I guess it’s different when it comes to his own wife’s past.
With gas prices rising and oil companies expected to report massive first quarter profits this week, incumbent Congressman Dennis Rehberg is finding himself in a tough spot defending his votes to maintain billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to oil companies [House Vote #153, 3/1/11]. Feeling the heat, even Speaker Boehner suggested Big Oil companies didn’t need these government handouts, stating oil companies are:
“gonna pay their fair share in taxes and they should,” Boehner told ABC News Monday night, adding that, “frankly, they’ve got some part of this to blame.”
When asked directly by a constituent in Columbus if he would consider ending subsidies for oil companies, Rehberg said only that “everything is on the table,” including “subsidies for the oil companies.” Does this mean he’s willing to reconsider his recent support of over $40 billion in handouts to Big Oil?
Although the House leadership admits that the richest oil companies in the nation don’t need billions in government subsidies, they have voted to continue these obscene handouts as recently as earlier this year.
Rep. Rehberg received $5,000 from Exxon in the first quarter of 2011. A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that 74 percent of voters support eliminating tax breaks to oil companies. [NBC/WSJ Poll, February 2011]