It is claimed that one of the reasons for Donald Trump’s popularity is a severe aversion to the political games that have come to dominate our elections.

So, it is with dark amusement we watch U.S. Sen. Steve Daines gaming U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s bill to stop large-scale mining at the doorstep of Yellowstone Park, thus providing protection for the many businesses and livelihoods which rely on the relative pristine values found in this corner of Montana.

Daines claims to be preparing his own “balanced bill,” about which he would not discuss specifics of the different options contained therein. He did say that “Jon’s bill will go nowhere.” He is obviously counting on the current Senate polarity negating any bipartisan unity behind this locally united front.

It is consistent to knock another senator’s bill in order to undermine its, at this point, overwhelming public support, without revealing any better options promised in some proposed future bill.

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Who can forget nearly eight years of the promise to repeal and possibly replace the Affordable Care Act? Also, let’s not forget Senator Daines’ abject criticism of the ACA.

Tim Crawford

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