Steve Daines' Role in Shutting Down the Government Last Year
According to Standard and Poors, the sixteen-day Republican temper-tantrum cost the economy about $24 billion. Its human cost is harder to measure.
The shut-down was not, as some news outlets wanted us believe, the fault of both Republicans and Democrats.
It was solely the fault of Republican Party extremists like Steve Daines.
Its origin was a FreedomWorks campaign launched just after the re-election of President Obama in 2012. FreedomWorks is one of several far-right groups funded by the billionaire Koch brothers.
On their website, FreedomWorks has the following: "Harry Reid and his Democrats will have no incentive to compromise unless they know the Republicans are willing to take a hard stance -- even allowing the government to be shut down, if necessary."
On August 21st, a letter (written by a congressman from North Carolina who believes President Obama was born in Kenya) was sent to the Republican congressional leadership. It was signed by 80 of the most extreme House members including, of course, Steve Daines. The letter urged the leadership to work toward FreedomWorks' goal of a government shut-down.
The Billionaire Koch Brothers: Steve Daines' Heroes and Financial Backers
The Koch Brothers-inspired letter read, in part, "We should continue our efforts to repeal Obamacare in its entirety this year, next year, and until we are successful. We urge you [Boehner and Canter] to affirmatively de-fund the implementation and enforcement of ObamaCare in any relevant appropriation bill brought to the House floor in the 113th Congress including any continuing appropriations bill."
Daines, one of the radical 80 who signed the letter leading to the shut-down, looked at the polls showing his Tea Party sinking in popularity and voted in 2013 to reopen the government.
In a statement to the press after the vote, Daines said that, despite his reluctant vote to re-open the government, he would continue to fight to "repeal Obamacare."
Which he did. Now he's running for senate in the hope of becoming an even more powerful political force capable of doing even more damage to Americans who don't have it made financially.
Norma Duffy to Run for HD 72
We need to thank Norma Duffy of Dillon for again stepping forward to run for House District 72 (Beaverhead County). She ran unsuccessfully for this seat in 2012.
Amanda Curtis will run for the Montana senate seat currently held by John Walsh. Her main opponent is super-rich Republican Steve Daines.
Amanda, a Butte High School math teacher, entered the race quite late when Walsh withdrew his candidacy.
Her website, www.amandaformontana.com, isn't very well designed yet. But if you click on the site's "About" tab, you'll find plenty of information about Amanda, including her biography and positions on various issues.
Or you can find more about Amanda on the "Curtis for Senate" tab at the top of this page.
She needs more money to continue her campaign against Daines, who has virtually unlimited money, most of it from right-wing out-of-state corporate groups. There's a "Donate" tab on her site.