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Which of the following is the most important issue facing the country today:


More jobs, less government

More jobs, less government

Guest Editorial

by Steve Daines

August 11, 2010

Creating private sector jobs in Montana is essential to stabilize the economy and help struggling/working families.  While out of control federal spending and accompanying high personal and corporate tax rates are a significant barrier, there are some examples of entrepreneurial job creation in Montana, but we need many more.

I work for RightNow Technologies, a software company located in Bozeman. It is a good example of how to create jobs and keep people working in Montana.  Founded and headquartered in Bozeman, this software company has 16 offices around the world with 900 employees. Nearly 500 of these jobs are in Bozeman, making RightNow the largest commercial employer in the Gallatin Valley.

And here is some more good news: last quarter RightNow hired 70 people. These are not temporary workers. These are not government jobs. These are not low paying jobs. RightNow’s average Bozeman wage is approximately $70,000 per year, plus good benefits.

RightNow did this because their business is growing, and they carefully manage spending and income. They did this because they provide employees an incentive to grow the business, and innovate and seek out new markets across the globe. Their international sales bring dollars into Montana’s economy and contribute to the reduction of our nation’s trade deficit.  It’s this type of management and responsibility that results in the creation of more good paying jobs in the private sector, a vibrant economy, and a stronger America.

RightNow hired 70 people last quarter not because of any stimulus spending, and in spite of Washington’s over reach into so many private sector arenas, including the auto, banking, and health care industries, to name a few. The government cannot spend, tax and regulate its way to economic prosperity. Our government leaders are out of touch with the realities of how jobs are created, innovation is promoted, and costs and spending are controlled.  When Congress imposes policies that create long term uncertainty like health care reform, it causes many potential employers to adopt a wait and see attitude on hiring. Instead of stimulating the economy, Congress is slowing it down.

If RightNow  managed its business the same way our current Washington D.C. leaders —  both Democrat and Republican — manage our government, they would be out of business—and not making a positive contribution to our economy and the well being of their employees and families.

Americans are fed up with the collision course we are on – an unprecedented passion to spend money we don’t have, which is adding to our already existing avalanche of debt and crushing our long term competiveness in a global economy.

The most recent White House forecast projects a $1.5 trillion deficit for 2010 and trillion-plus numbers for the next several years. This is three times greater than the deficit we had in 2008, which at that time was a record for our nation, a mere $455 billion. Our national debt is $13 trillion, and forecasted to grow to nearly $20 trillion by 2015.  Our unfunded liability (federal government financial obligations less anticipated tax revenues) is more than $50 trillion, and rapidly growing.

The American dream– where mom and dad work hard, pay off the mortgage and give the kids the ranch– is vanishing. Today’s reality is that our politicians have mortgaged our ranch and saddling our kids with a massive and crippling debt.

We must ensure and restore the American way with a system that provides incentives for hard work, for innovation, and for productivity. People must have incentives to take risk,  expand small business, and hire more workers. We must remove incentives that promote idleness and discourage risk taking.  To do this, we must cut back government spending and the overall size of government.  As with the family budget, and small and large businesses alike, the federal and state government must stop spending money they do not have.

We need more job creation stories in Montana.  We need leaders who understand what it takes to create employment opportunities in the private sector.  I think we could all use a good dose of more jobs and less government.

Steve Daines is a fifth generation Montanan, and Vice President and General Manager of Asia-Pacific for Bozeman-based RightNow Technologies, and was a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2008.

NEW OBAMA ENERGY TAX PROPOSAL – also bad for America!

Rumors abound in Washington that the Democrats are planning a “lame duck” session of Congress after the elections in November to pass some of the most unpopular parts of the Obama agenda, including card check, tax hikes, and even a national energy tax.  Though Democrats are expected to suffer large losses in the upcoming election, a new (presumably Republican) majority would not take office until January.  That would give Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi a short amount of time to ram through the proposals Obama wants but knows will hurt Democrats if they pass them before the election.
One of the most outrageous proposals to come out of the Obama administration is a new plan to change how foreign income is taxed for energy companies.  Currently any American company that does business overseas is required to pay taxes on foreign income, but they’re allowed to deduct the income taxes they pay to foreign governments.  The President’s new 2011 budget proposes to change that provision just for energy companies by no longer allowing the deduction.
The result would be disastrous.  Energy companies based in the United States would face income taxation from foreign countries and pay a second tax on that same income from our own government.  That would give a huge competitive advantage to foreign energy companies, especially the state-owned energy giants in China and Russia.  We would effectively be pricing ourselves out of competition in many overseas energy markets.  Jobs that should be going to Americans will be shipped overseas, and we’d be more dependent on foreign suppliers to meet our energy needs.
And why are they doing this?  Could it be yet another proposal to weaken our existing energy system in order to make expensive alternative energy sources more competitive?  That type of market manipulation will increase energy prices for everyone and kill American jobs.
The President’s proposal to change how foreign income is taxed for American companies will have a direct impact on Montana, where a large part of economy is directly involved in energy production.
Max Baucus and Jon Tester need to hear that Montanans do not want a lame duck session in Congress where a liberal majority can force-feed the American public policies they obviously don’t want.  We need you to take action.  Below is a list of both Senators field offices–please take a moment to call the nearest office to you and give your opinion on the new Obama proposal to change foreign income taxation for American energy companies.
Senator Tester
Billings – 252-0550
Bozeman – 586-4450
Butte – 723-3277
Great Falls – 452-9585
Helena – 449-5401
Kalispell – 257-3360
Missoula – 278-3003
Senator Baucus
Billings – 657-6790
Bozeman – 586-6104
Butte – 782-8700
Great Falls – 761-1574
Helena – 449-5480
Kalispell – 756-1150
Missoula – 329-2123

The ‘CLEAR’ act is bad for America!

The CLEAR Act passed the House over a week ago.   MT Congressman Denny Rehberg voted against it. 

This act is not good for America.  Tell your Senators to not only vote NO but Hell NO on it.  Time is short.
If I’m reading this correctly, we can partially block this executive order (prevent it’s stealth “ratification”) by stopping the CLEAR act (HR 3534), and by using techniques like coordination at the local and state level to block implementation.  ACTION:  Please call the capital switchboard (202-224-3121) and ask for your Senators , and tell them to vote NO on the CLEAR Act. 

Info on the CLEAR act:  HR 3534 in the House, called The Consolidated Land, Energy, And Aquatic Resources Act of 2010 otherwise known as the Clear Act.  See below from American Land Rights for details and talking points to call your Senators.
The Executive Order
Two versions of the article:  or
Rep. Nancy Pelosi and the House call it the CLEAR Act. We call it the
Clear Out Of Rural America Act (CORA). In the Senate it will be
Senator Harry Reid’s Energy bill that will contain the giant multi
Billion Dollar Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund.
And now Harry Reid brags that he is going to include a
Multi-Billion Dollar LWCF Land Grab in his Energy Bill and force the
Senate to pass it before the August recess.
From where we sit when someone calls a chicken a duck, and we see
that it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck, no
matter what the land grabbers say. The Clear Out Of Rural America Act
walks, looks and acts like CARA.
The Clear Out Of Rural America Act will destroy more private
property than any legislation in history. No inholder will be safe
anywhere near a National Park, National Forest, Wildlife Refuge,
National Trail, National Seashore, National Recreation Area, National
Scenic Area and many more.
So, please, contact your Senators today.  Contact information for MT Senators is below.
Senator Tester
Billings – 252-0550
Bozeman – 586-4450
Butte – 723-3277
Great Falls – 452-9585
Helena – 449-5401
Kalispell – 257-3360
Missoula – 278-3003
Senator Baucus
Billings – 657-6790
Bozeman – 586-6104
Butte – 782-8700
Great Falls – 761-1574
Helena – 449-5480
Kalispell – 756-1150
Missoula – 329-2123


I always thought that a “conspiracy theory” was just that.  A conspiracy.  What happens when you add facts to it?  It’s no longer a conspiracy right?  That’s what I always thought.  But I also forgot that the Billings Gazette and more importantly, City Lights columnist, Ed Kemmick, is always right.

Ed is who enlightened me on the fact that even though facts and proof have been provided it’s a conspiracy to think that the DOT and the UN are working on a global cell phone ban.

I say to that…..Have you ever taken a look at the DOT’s website lately?  There is discussion between the DOT and UN officials all over that website!

So, that takes me to the local city council’s idea to ban the cell phone (or any electronic device including external GPS and satellite radios) from vehicles.

Federal funds control most of local activities.  ie road projects, school projects, bike paths, conservation, etc.  Shiloh road for example…..what a mess.  Road to nowhere would be good term for it. Road expanded due to ARRA funds….deficit spending.  What a waste of our tax payer dollars.  Kemmick suggests that we bring up goofy issues when tying federal government and UN to local issues.  I wonder if he’s ever attended a city council meeting in Billings.  Every other phrase is “WE have to get those federal funds……….” 

The local tax structure should be what we run on so we control our local lives but in reality the bribe is on. …. And the handcuffs of the federal government come with the funds.   This of course has been historic but in the case where federal government is issuing IOU’s for funds, then the local boys and girls should be aware that they are taxing their children and their children’s children with any new projects.  Shame on them is what I say and shame on Kemmick for calling our ideas goofy.  I know Kemmick does not see the connection for whatever reason, but in all seriousness, he should do more research.  After all, he is a columnist for the Gazoo.

Ray Lahood has said he is proud of his work with the UN council on distracted driving.  WE are watching his movements closely.  He is adamant even without it being cooperation with UN that he is going to enforce cell phone bans nationwide.  This smells like seat belt law enforcement.  Fine people for not taking care of themselves?  Fine people for using a tool promoted to enhance your lives like the cell phone.  What is next?  Tell you how many days you are allowed to use your phone?  Tell you how high you can keep your heat on in your home?  How much more government do you want in your life.  Well, I do not want anymore. I want less and the TEA Party movement is  about just that. 

I do not expect you to understand any of this as we classify reporters like you as strongly liberal and progressive in mind set.  You seldom if ever research your topics in any grand detail as you have proven with this cell phone issue. 

Liberal columnists (or all liberals for that matter) are quick to classify anyone who does not agree with the dangerous progressive agenda being rammed down our throats as radicals or conspiracy theorists. 

I take exception to those comments calling any of us a crank in the eyes of the city council.  Our defense of throwing out the ban on cell phone usage has always been 1st and 4th amendment. 

Our other comments to city council were that they already have careless and reckless driving laws that can penalize persons convicted of causing accident through distracted driving. 

Billings plan appears to be a feel good plan as liberals have suggested and a funding plan for city coffers.  WE call that a tax. 

There certainly are bigger issues in this local economy and national economy……Budgets….Mainstream cannot afford the governments it has and the governments need to respond by lower budgets by whatever means necessary. 

Instead Billings votes in $200 million budget …OMG what are they thinking. 

Montana is looking at a $400 million deficit next year.  OMG who is going to pay that bill?

Obamacare taxes are looming.

Obamacare changes to tax structures for income are coming.

Death tax is going to increase from current 0% to 55% January 1, 2011.  And on and on….

How much can the average tax payer take? 

I say no more.  WE talk to many people locally every week and they are struggling to get by.  They are making decisions on what and where to cut.  Is the government?  NO.  Of course not!

I find at least one article on UN influence looming in this country and or a new executive order detailing international involvement in this country. 

One in the paper today was the international building codes adopted by Billings city council…..Another is the UN coastal waters enforcement agenda being pushed by Obama on Whitehouse site.  The Clear Act just passed by the House leads to dangerous controls of our protected waters by the UN. 

Now call me stupid or call me dumb but when a person starts adding up the increased numbers of rules and findings discussing UN here and there in our precious country it makes me nervous…. if nothing else it diminishes any idea of UN conspiracy theories, don’t you think?

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