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Max Baucus: Connoisseur of Revolving Door Corruption

3:00 pm in Uncategorized by Bob Brigham

Max Baucus

Max Baucus

Baucus’ Finance Committee passed a bill in August extending 50 expiring deductions and credits for favored industries. At Obama’s insistence, the Baucus bill was cut and pasted word for word into the cliff legislation.
-Timothy P. Carney, The Washington Examiner, January 6, 2013

“Now to be honest, there were a couple in there I was not happy with. One that’s come out in the press, quite frankly, I’m not very happy with, and I don’t know how it got in there.”
-Senator Max Baucus, Great Falls Tribune, January 11, 2013

Major tax cuts were extended for giant corporations — while the average Montana was stuck with a $900/year in increased taxes — and the person responsible is claiming he doesn’t even know how his staff put it in there for his former staff?

This is why last night Bill Moyers referred to Max Baucus as, “a connoisseur of revolving door corruption.”

The Baucus revolving door cabal numbers in the dozens. In fact, his last revolving door scandal was less than a month ago. There was another Baucus revolving door scandal only six weeks ago. And another Baucus revolving door scandal only six months ago. Last year, Baucus had a revolving door scandal on tax policy. In the previous congress, there was his revolving door scandal on climate change. And of course, who could forget the obscene revolving door scandal during health care reform. And these are just some of the highlights from this term, which is only 2/3 of the way done. And Baucus is in his sixth, 6-year term in DC.

Montana voters rightfully retired Conrad Burns for his culture of corruption. Unfortunately, Montanans are still represented by the most corrupt member of the House of Lords.

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Brian Schweitzer v Max Baucus – 2014 Primary

4:20 pm in Uncategorized by Bob Brigham

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Looking back at the weekend’s Montana Democratic Party Convention, I can’t help but wonder if this year’s senate campaign between Jon Tester and Denny Rehberg is little more than practice for the 2014 primary against Max Baucus.

One of the top arguments against Denny Rehberg is all of his votes for the Patriot Act. If you’re a Democratic Party activist and volunteer to write a letter to the editor against Rehberg, it’s quite likely you’ll be asked to complain about his support for the Patriot Act. The same practice Democrats will get this year whacking Rehberg for his Patriot Act support will come in handy next cycle when it’s time to hold Max Baucus accountable for his support of the Patriot Act. It’s the same argument, all you have to do is switch the names.

Another big topic iss the REAL ID Act. Same thing, another example of Montanans hating something Rehberg did, campaigning on it all year and getting practice to hold Max Baucus accountable for being as wrong as Rehberg.

Iraq War? Ditto.

Cosiness with big money special interests? Baucus is even worse.

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