Montana Republican legislators apparently didn’t get the message that we don’t really care about the legislators’ pet causes and social issues this session. Campaigning on platforms of fiscal responsibility and smaller government, it didn’t take long for them to start drafting hundreds of bills about issues Montanans aren’t currently concerned about. The Republicans have obviously been derailed from their promises of fiscal reform in favor of an all-star Jeff Lazloffy style dream team of legislative proposals from repealing medical marijuana to further restricting abortions.
November’s election wasn’t a GOP mandate. It was a GIFT. People didn’t vote for the GOP, they voted against everything progressivism represents. Unfortunately, the legislators seem more concerned with their own puritan religious agendas. In a lengthy recession, it seems blatantly hypocritical for Republican legislators to be so hell-bent on repealing the medical marijuana law which has provided employment for thousands (there are currently 5000 or so caregivers in MT) of people in Montana as well as adding substantially to our state’s economy.
Republicans need to decide whether they actually do support smaller government or if they support it only when it suits their morals. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no fan of the murder of unborn babies, nor do I think medical marijuana dispensaries should be located next to schools, I just think that the Republicans better wake up before they are punished at the polls for ignoring their constituency. Many of us spent countless hours conducting voter ID surveys door to door throughout Montana. In our group, do you know how many of us encountered voters whose primary concern was medical marijuana or abortion? ZERO. Overwhelmingly, respondents declared that the economy and jobs were the concerns most pressing.
“We need to recognize why were elected as Republicans,” said Rep. Mike Milburn, House Speaker . “We need to all band together and head down that same road.”
Why then is Milburn proposing a repeal of the entire medical marijuana law? That is NOT why we elected Republicans in the 2010 elections. We elected them to create jobs and repair our struggling economy. Please tell me how eliminating 5000 caregiver jobs will be good for our economy? Does the law need some changes and clarifications? Certainly, I won’t disagree with that. Let’s listen to the Montana voters this time though, keep the focus on the economy.