Jim Elliott

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Montana Viewpoint: Private sector leads assault on privacy

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Remember the good old days when we worried that the government was going to invade our privacy? Remember many years ago your Social Security card said right on it, “Not to be used for purposes of identification?”

We were worried about an attack from the wrong quarter—at least for a while—because the real assault on privacy came from the private sector. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Viewpoint: A starved government helps only the rich

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Someone once wrote that the only people who are truly free are the very poor and the very rich; the poor because they have nothing and the wealthy because they have everything. From my perspective, considering the way things are going for the middle class, it won’t be too long before all of us are truly free. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Viewpoint: The heroes of our state

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The most memorable speech I ever heard was also the shortest. It was given in 1989 by former Gov. Ted Schwinden, and the occasion was the 100th anniversary of Montana’s statehood. I was lucky enough or canny enough to be standing behind the speakers on the Capitol steps, and I had come to listen, not to Schwinden, but to former U.S. Sen. Mike Mansfield, who was one of my political heroes. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Viewpoint: Gianforte’s self-serving stance on taxes

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You can tell a lot about what a nation values by looking at how it taxes different groups of people; are the rich favored over the middle class, for instance, or vice versa? You can also tell a lot about what group of people a candidate for office will represent by looking at his or her past stands on issues. Looking at U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte’s past actions on Montana tax legislation, it appears he is most concerned with representing a small, select group of taxpayers, including himself. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Viewpoint: Despite all, legislators deserve thanks

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The 65th Montana legislative session is over and 150 citizen legislators will be returning to the life they had before the session began last January—sort of. It is “sort of” because, whatever they do in real life, they will be constantly thinking of issues they considered in the legislative session, and, one hopes, also continuously acting in the best interests of the people they represent. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Viewpoint: Reflections on a futile filibuster

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The recent attempt by Senate Democrats to keep Neil Gorsuch off the Supreme Court puzzles me, largely because the results were predictable, and even Democratic senators should have been able to see that. First, the tactic the Democrats used, the filibuster, has never been successful in defeating a nominee for associate justice of the Supreme Court. (more…) Continue Reading →

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