While promoting Obamacare, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi encouraged Americans to think of it as a kind of Christmas present. "We have to pass the (health care) bill so that you can find out what is in it," she told the National Association of Counties in March 2010, days before President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act.
Now we know that the surprise inside Obamacare includes an historic expansion of the IRS, arguably the most hated of federal agencies.
Most of Montana has received its fair share of rain during late May and even into early June. Drive around the state and the grass is green and ag folks are happy. Most Montana Farm Bureau members are looking forward to a good summer with sufficient grazing and haying.
"We have beautiful grass right now," says MFBF District 5 Director Mack Cole, a Forsyth rancher. "We got about six inches at our ranch and we now have water in the reservoirs. It has really changed the look of the country. My grandson is getting the haying equipment ready to go. I was traveling across the state recently and it was pretty green, although the Butte area was looking pretty dry."
We've seen a lot of hand-wringing over coal trains lately. But frankly, railroads are an essential part of Montana's growth, more now than probably since the first tracks were laid in the state more than 100 years ago. Whether coal trains, grain trains, lumber trains, or oil trains—it's all GOOD for Montana. It's a sign that more people are working, more wealth is being created, our economy is strengthening and our tax base is expanding.
The fact is, the increase in rail traffic our state is experiencing is related to the growth in a number of industries, not just coal—that's exciting news for Montana.
Part of the American heritage is the symbolic eagle, points out Dennis Blank, Editor of the Oil Patch Hotline, in a recent editorial. The eagle, he says "is a magnificent bird that represents freedom, determination and strength. It is also safeguarded by the Eagle Protection Act, a long-standing federal law that prohibits anyone from taking, shooting, poisoning, killing or trapping them. They are also protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act."
In a continued effort to counteract the culture of alarmism, the Independent Women's Forum drafted a coalition letter, signed by 23 prominent pro-freedom organizations, to call out a misinformed assault on chemicals, retailers, and consumers. The letter, sent to the nation's ten largest retailers, urges them to stand firm against the anti-science "Mind the Store" campaign's demands that stores rid shelves of thousands of common, safe consumer products.
Property and Environmental Research Center
Beginning in 2005 natural gas production in the United States has risen sharply. This has caused natural gas prices to fall, lowering energy costs and expanding natural gas consumption at the expense of coal. The new natural gas also fuels the turbines that serve as backup power for new wind and solar power installations.
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