Refuse Handouts

Live Free.

Deny a subsidy.

 

Refuse school lunch, WIC, food stamps, government-paid job training, crop subsidies, Medicaid, Healthy Montana Kids, Insure Montana, FEMA disaster relief funds, subsidized child care, rent assistance, utility assistance, other grants. Accept these only in catastrophes, and only for the shortest time possible.

 

Wise parents follow this maxim: Never do something for a child that he or she can and should do for himself or herself.

 

I can take this advice personally: never allow someone to do for me what I can and should do for myself.

 

Being dependent is not being free.

 

There is dignity in self-reliance, even at a low income level.

 

In modern society, it is fairly difficult to avoid all subsidies. Still, to the extent possible, avoid handouts. It used to be a matter of pride. In order to save our country, more people should avoid handouts and government programs. Until we do, we deserve all the trouble created by runaway spending and stupendous debt.

 

Democrat and Republican Legislators

One difference between Democrats and Republican legislators is  source of income and livelihood.

More Democrats have jobs in government or non-profits that are largely dependent on taxpayer funds. Or they retired from such positions.

Democrats: 63% jobs in government, public schools and colleges, non-profits. (House and Senate.)

Republicans: 6-10% jobs in government, public schools and colleges, non-profits.  (House only.)

 

These are not scientific findings, but they are close enough to shed important light on this phenomenon and its ramifications.

 

Republicans make, or made, their living in manufacturing, marketing, law, ranching, forest consulting, computer service, oil, construction, wholesaling, insurance, property development, retail.

 

Food Stamps Food Pyramid

The Food Stamps Pyramid

 

Fruit

Vegetables

ChipsCandyBarsCookies

SobeMonsterGatorAdeFrappucinno

PreparedFoodsSodiumFatCholesterolSugar

Receipt # Items Purchased
Receipt 1  SWEETHEART WHITE   1 @ 3.18      $3.18 FW  BANQ BEEF PIE      1 @  .69      $0.69 FW
BANQ BEEF PIE      1 @  .69      $0.69 FW
BANQ BEEF PIE      1 @  .69      $0.69 FW
BANQ BEEF PIE      1 @  .69      $0.69 FW
BANQ BEEF PIE      1 @  .69      $0.69 FW
BANQ BEEF PIE      1 @  .69      $0.69 FW
BANQ BEEF PIE      1 @  .69      $0.69 FW
BANQ BEEF PIE      1 @  .69      $0.69 FW
BANQ BEEF PIE      1 @  .69      $0.69 FW
BANQ BEEF PIE      1 @  .69      $0.69 FW
MONSTER            1 @ 1.99      $1.99 FW    Total: $12.07 Receipt 2   WF STRAWBERRY RE   1 @ 7.99      $7.99 FW
Total: $7.99 Receipt 3  NAB CHEESE NIPS    1 @ 2.29      $2.29 FW
GATORADE ALL STA   1 @ 3.85      $3.85 FW GATORADE ALL STA   1 @ 3.85      $3.85 FW   SWEETS RASPBERRY   1 @ 3.45      $3.45 FW BC GUSHER VARIET   1 @ 2.99      $2.99 FW  KELL NUTRIGRAIN  1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW Total: $18.93 Receipt 4 MOUNTAIN DEW       1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW CAPRI SUN MT CLR 1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW Total:$4.29  Receipt 5 WF GAL 1%          1 @ 3.37      $3.37 FW SILK PLAIN HALF    1 @ 4.39      $4.39 FW WF LARGE EGGS 18   1 @ 2.49      $2.49 FW Total: $10.25 Receipt 6 WF PEAS            1 @  .79      $0.79 FW WF CUT CORN        1 @  .79      $0.79 FW WF MIXED VEGS      1 @  .79      $0.79 FW BE COOL WHIP EX    1 @ 2.29      $2.29 FW WEST FAM CREAM C   1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW 8 OZ CELLO MUSH    1 @ 2.69      $2.69 FW AW CRM SODA 12P   1 @ 5.49      $5.49 FW WF MINI MARSHMAL   1 @ 1.99      $1.99 FW  WF BROWN SUGAR     1 @ 2.15      $2.15 FW WF PIZZA BLEND     1 @ 2.69      $2.69 FW NUCOA NOBURN MAR   1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW TREAS CAVE BLUE    1 @ 3.99      $3.99 FW FOLGERS CN GOURM  1 @ 10.99     $10.99 FW WF OLIVE OIL       1 @ 5.15      $5.15 FW WF WHOLE GREEN C 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW WF WHOLE GREEN C 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW JRD BACON ENDS/P   1 @ 5.69      $5.69 FW MEAT DEPT ITEM    1 @ 11.98     $11.98 FW WF WHEAT SPLIT T   1 @ 1.78      $1.78 FW MIXED BELL PEPPE   1 @ 5.29      $5.29 FW 2# CARROT          1 @ 1.89      $1.89 FW  ONIONS WHITE 029   0.82 lbs @   1lbs/.49      $0.40 FW FRESH EXP COLESL   1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW CELERY 029   1.53 lbs @  1lbs/1.99      $3.04 FW MR GOODBAR GIANT   1 @ 1.66      $1.66 FW  BANANAS 029   1.49 lbs @   1lbs/.79      $1.18 FW Total: $79.08 Receipt 7 WST FAM GERMAN B   1 @ 1.99      $1.99 FW JRD BACON ENDS/P   1 @ 5.69      $5.69 FW WEST FAM COTTO S   1 @ 1.99      $1.99 FW Total: $9.67 Receipt 8  SOBE ADRENALINE    1 @ 1.99      $1.99 FW OCEAN SPRAY O JU   1 @ 1.69      $1.69 FW FRAPPUCCINO 137    1 @ 2.49      $2.49 FW Total: $6.17 Receipt 9 WF WHITE BREAD     1 @ 1.41      $1.41 FW COKE DIET 12       1 @ 5.29      $5.29 FW FRIDGE PK DIET S   1 @ 5.49      $5.49 FW PILLS TST STRD S   1 @ 2.75      $2.75 FW KITKAT MINIS       1 @ 4.25      $4.25 FW GINGER SNAP        1 @ 1.99      $1.99 FW WEST FAM BEEF BO   1 @ 3.25      $3.25 FW Total: $24.43 Receipt 10 MOUNTAIN DEW       1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW FRAPPUCCINO 137    1 @ 2.49      $2.49 FW FRAPPUCCINO 137    1 @ 2.49      $2.49 FW CHERRY DR PEPPER   1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW WF FRUIT RINGS     1 @ 2.79      $2.79 FW WF KOOKIES CHOC    1 @ 2.99      $2.99 FW POST GOLDEN CRIS   1 @ 4.35      $4.35 FW Total: $18.69 Receipt 11 ORANGES 5.02 lbs @  3lbs/1.00 $1.67 FW
JRD BIG BUY PEPP   1 @ 2.59      $2.59 FW Total: $4.26 Receipt 12 TONYS 4 CHEESE   1 @ 2/4.00      $2.00 FW TONY PASTRY SUPR 1 @ 2/4.00      $2.00 FW DR PEPPER          1 @ 5.29      $5.29 FW PEPSI MTN DEW 12   1 @ 5.49      $5.49 FW NESTLE CRMY CARA   1 @ 4.25      $4.25 FW MG HOMO GALLONS    1 @ 4.62      $4.62 FW VIVA 1% GALL CHO   1 @ 4.60      $4.60 FW
RED BULL           1 @ 2.49      $2.49 FW
LOFTHOUSE ST PAT   1 @ 3.99      $3.99 FW
GINGER COOKIES     1 @ 3.99      $3.99 FW
OLD FASH DONUT     1 @ 3.99      $3.99 FW Total: $47.79 Receipt 13 TONYS PIZZA      1 @ 2/4.00      $2.00 FW TONYS PIZZA      1 @ 2/4.00      $2.00 FW TONY PASTRY SUPR 1 @ 2/4.00      $2.00 FW TONYS 4 CHEESE   1 @ 2/4.00      $2.00 FW TONYS GRL/CH BRE 1 @ 2/4.00      $2.00 FW WONDER 100% WHEA   1 @ 2.39      $2.39 FW PEEPS BUNNIES YE   1 @ 1.29      $1.29 FW WF MAC  CHEESE    6 @  .33      $1.98 FW BLUEBERRIES        1 @ 2.99      $2.99 FW Total: $18.65 Receipt 14 WF FRT SNK SHARK   1 @ 1.55      $1.55 FW WF APPLE CINN IN   1 @ 2.65      $2.65 FW KRUST ALMOND POP   1 @ 2.75      $2.75 FW WONDER BAGELS      1 @ 2.99      $2.99 FW CV STRING CHEESE   1 @ 4.85      $4.85 FW HOT POCKETS MINI   1 @ 2.79      $2.79 FW WF POPCORN MICRO   1 @ 1.65      $1.65 FW WF POPCORN MICRO   1 @ 1.65      $1.65 FW PLNTS TRIAL MX F   1 @ 2.75      $2.75 FW PLNTS TRIAL MX F   1 @ 2.75      $2.75 FW NV CHEWY VAN YOG   1 @ 2.66      $2.66 FW BANQ BONELESS BA   1 @ 6.55      $6.55 FW PIL CRESCNT DINN   1 @ 2.59      $2.59 FW  PIL CRESCNT DINN   1 @ 2.59      $2.59 FW  PIL CRESCNT DINN   1 @ 2.59      $2.59 FW HB BAGEL BITE CH   1 @ 2.59      $2.59 FW PIL CRESCNT DINN   1 @ 2.59      $2.59 FW LANGERS CRAN/POM   1 @ 4.15      $4.15 FW KRAFT MIRACLE WH   1 @ 3.45      $3.45 FW SOBE LIFEWATER   1 @ 5/5.00      $1.00 FW KR PHIL STRAWBY    1 @ 3.29      $3.29 FW KR SOFT PHIL CRE   1 @ 3.19      $3.19 FW GROUND BEEF XTRA   1 @ 3.36      $3.36 FW SEVEN UP 12 PK     1 @ 5.49      $5.49 FW WF LARGE EGGS    1 @ 2/3.00      $1.50 FW Total: $73.57 Receipt 15 NEW YORK BONELES  1 @ 13.62     $13.62 FW GNP FP LEG QUART   1 @ 4.49      $4.49 FW NO YOLK XBROAD N   1 @ 1.59      $1.59 FW NO YOLK XBROAD N   1 @ 1.59      $1.59 FW RADISH             1 @  .79      $0.79 FW Total: $22.08 Receipt 16 LAYS               1 @ 3.99      $3.99 FW WF DINNER ROLLS    1 @ 3.99      $3.99 FW WF ASSORTED SAND   1 @ 2.99      $2.99 FW GROCERY            2 @  .89      $1.78 FW PEARSON NUT ROLL 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW PEARSON NUT ROLL 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW MEAT DEPT ITEM    1 @ 12.26     $12.26 FW WF LARGE EGGS    1 @ 2/3.00      $1.50 FW WF LARGE EGGS    1 @ 2/3.00      $1.50 FW Total: $ 29.01 Receipt 17 DORITOS          1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW DORITOS          1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW WF NON DAIRY WHI   1 @ 1.45      $1.45 FW WF NON DAIRY WHI   1 @ 1.45      $1.45 FW WF APPLE CIDER P 1 @ 2/4.00      $2.00 FW WF APPLE CIDER P 1 @ 2/4.00      $2.00 FW MIXED BELL PEPPE   1 @ 5.29      $5.29 FW ONIONS YELLOW 0.34 lbs @   1lbs/.49      $0.17 FW    Total: $17.36 Receipt 18 GNP CUTUP          1 @ 7.29      $7.29 FW Total: $7.29 Receipt 19 HOST SGR DUNKIES 1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW HOST SGR DUNKIES 1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW ONIONS WHITE .70 lbs @   1lbs/.49      $0.34 FW  WF HAMBURGER BUN   1 @ 1.38      $1.38 FW Total: $6.72 Receipt 20 MILKY WAY BAR      1 @  .59      $0.59 FW SNICKERS BAR       1 @  .59      $0.59 FW WF CHOC PEANUT C   1 @ 1.99      $1.99 FW WF FANCY CREAM S   1 @  .59      $0.59 FW HOST SGR DUNKIES 1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW HOST CHOC DUNKIE 1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW FESHCHETTA FOUR  1 @ 2/9.50      $4.75 FW FRESCHETTA PIZZA 1 @ 2/9.50      $4.75 FW Total: $18.26 Receipt 21 MOUNTAIN DEW       1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW Total: $1.79 Receipt 22 RUFFLES          1 @ 2/6.00      $3.00 FW TOSTITOS           1 @ 3.99      $3.99 FW WF WHEAT BREAD     1 @ 1.41      $1.41 FW VLASIC WHOLE DIL   1 @ 2.71      $2.71 FW WF 20 OZ POP       1 @  .65      $0.65 FW    BANANAS 1.09 lbs @ 1lbs/.79      $0.86 FW BEEF CUBE STEAK    1 @ 1.75      $1.75 FW BEEF CUBE STEAK    1 @ 1.75      $1.75 FW Total: $16.12 Receipt 23 AVOCADO            1 @ 1.29      $1.29 FW MG SOUR CREAM 😯   1 @ 1.36      $1.36 FW Total: $2.65 Receipt 24 WF MILD CHILI CO   1 @  .99      $0.99 FW WF MILD CHILI CO   1 @  .99      $0.99 FW WF MILD CHILI CO   1 @  .99      $0.99 FW WF MILD CHILI CO   1 @  .99      $0.99 FW WF MILD CHILI CO   1 @  .99      $0.99 FW WF FROSTED MOONS 1 @  3/10.00 $3.34 FW
WF RAISIN BRAN B  @  3/10.00 3.34 FW
WF RAISIN BRAN B 3/10.00 $3.33 FW Total: $14.96 Receipt 25 W F 1% PLASTIC H   1 @ 1.92      $1.92 FW W F 1% PLASTIC H   1 @ 1.92      $1.92 FW Total: $3.84 Receipt 26 STAN FARM CRACK    1 @ 3.49      $3.49 FW WF HAMBURGER BUN   1 @ 1.38      $1.38 FW  BUGLES ORIGINAL    1 @ 2.99      $2.99 FW DORITOS          1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW  GROUND BEEF XTRA   1 @ 4.57      $4.57 FW EM BEEF/BEAN CHI   1 @ 3.99      $3.99 FW DOTS TROPICAL      3 @ 1.09      $3.27 FW PORK BLADE STEAK   1 @ 7.83      $7.83 FW 12PK COLE ZERO     1 @ 5.29      $5.29 FW CAPRI SUN FRUIT  1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW CAPRI SUN FRUIT  1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW PEARSON NUT ROLL 4 @ 2/1.00      $2.00 FW MG SOUR CREAM      1 @ 2.40      $2.40 FW DELI               1 @ 4.99      $4.99 FW Total: $49.70 Receipt 27 JD BISCUIT SANDW   1 @ 5.35      $5.35 FW  WF PIECES+STEMS  1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW WF PIECES+STEMS  1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW WF PIECES+STEMS  1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW WF PIECES+STEMS  1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW MEAT DEPT ITEM     1 @ 4.53      $4.53 FW LIL DEB HONEY BU   1 @  .75      $0.75 FW LIL DEB HONEY BU   1 @  .75      $0.75 FW JACKS LINKS BEEF   1 @ 1.39      $1.39 FW JACKS LINKS BEEF   1 @ 1.39      $1.39 FW WF IND WRP AMERI   1 @ 2.99      $2.99 FW LIL DEB SWISS RO   1 @ 1.59      $1.59 FW  WF COTTAGE CHEES   1 @ 2.37      $2.37 FW Total: $23.11 Receipt 28 MG CHOC QRT        1 @ 1.60      $1.60 FW AZ RASBERRY TEA    1 @  .99      $0.99 FW LIL DEB SWISS RO   1 @ 1.59      $1.59 FW  SOBE             1 @ 5/5.00      $1.00 FW Total: $5.18 Receipt 29 VIVA 2% GALLON     1 @ 4.26      $4.26 FW CARN FF FRENCH V   1 @ 4.09      $4.09 FW PEARSON NUT ROLL 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW PEARSON NUT ROLL 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW PEARSON NUT ROLL 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW PEARSON NUT ROLL 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW Total: $10.35 Receipt 30 WF CHILI SEASONI   4 @  .39      $1.56 FW Total: $1.56 Receipt 31 EGGLANDS BEST LA   1 @ 2.77      $2.77 FW SWEET TEXAS TOAS   1 @ 3.29      $3.29 FW Total: $6.06 Receipt 32 CHESTERS PUFF CO   1 @ 2.00      $2.00 FW DORITOS          1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW CHESTERS PUFF CO   1 @ 2.00      $2.00 FW SUN CHIPS        1 @ 2/6.00      $3.00 FW  BANQ BONELESS CH   1 @ 2.19      $2.19 FW BANQ BONELESS CH   1 @ 2.19      $2.19 FW BANQ BONELESS CH   1 @ 2.19      $2.19 FW BANQ BONELESS CH   1 @ 2.19      $2.19 FW FRP STIR FRY W/A   1 @ 2.25      $2.25 FW FRP STIR FRY W/A   1 @ 2.25      $2.25 FW FRP VEGETABLE ST   1 @ 1.43      $1.43 FW 2# SHRED CHED/JA   1 @ 6.99      $6.99 FW FRP VEGETABLE ST   1 @ 1.43      $1.43 FW SL LG PECAN COFF   1 @ 3.75      $3.75 FW LETTUCE HEAD 2.02 lbs @  1lbs/1.99 $4.02 FW FRESCHETTA CAN P 2 @ 2/9.50      $9.50 FW LAND OF FROST DE   1 @ 2.19      $2.19 FW LAND OF FROST DE   1 @ 2.19      $2.19 FW LAND OF FROST DE   1 @ 2.19      $2.19 FW WF LARGE EGGS    4 @ 2/3.00      $6.00 FW WF PANCAKE SYRP    1 @ 5.99      $5.99 FW WF PANCAKE SYRP    1 @ 2.75      $2.75 FW BLACK  BLUE SOB 1 @ 5/5.00      $1.00 FW Total: $72.19 Receipt 33 WF TEXAS TOAST     1 @ 2.25      $2.25 FW BANANAS 2.10 lbs @   1lbs/.79 $1.66 FW Total: $3.91 Receipt 34 SWEETS RASPBERRY   1 @ 3.45      $3.45 FW GNP FP B/S BREAS   1 @ 7.99      $7.99 FW PORK SIRLOIN CHO   1 @ 5.07      $5.07 FW Total: $16.51 Receipt 35 OREO DBL STUFF M   1 @ 4.39      $4.39 FW FRESCHETTA PIZZA 1 @ 2/9.50      $4.75 FW WF HAMBURGER BUN   1 @ 1.38      $1.38 FW AVOCADO            3 @ 1.29      $3.87 FW PEARSON NUT ROLL 2 @ 2/1.00      $1.00 FW PORK LINK SAUSAG   1 @ 3.55      $3.55 FW PORK LINK SAUSAG   1 @ 3.43      $3.43 FW Total: $22.37 Receipt 36 WF PIECES+STEMS  1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW WF PIECES+STEMS  1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW WF PIECES+STEMS  1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW W FAMILY 2% GALL   1 @ 3.67      $3.67 FW WF PIECES+STEMS  1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW WF SLICED OLIVES   1 @ 1.59      $1.59 FW WF SLICED OLIVES   1 @ 1.59      $1.59 FW  GROUND BEEF XTRA   1 @ 3.32      $3.32 FW MG SOUR CREAM      1 @ 2.40      $2.40 FW KR SHRED SHARP C   1 @ 4.59      $4.59 FW RESERS TORTILLA    1 @ 2.69      $2.69 FW Total: $21.85 Receipt 37 SHASTA LEMON TWI   1 @ 1.59      $1.59 FW  SHASTA COLA 6PK    1 @ 1.59      $1.59 FW Total: $3.18 Receipt 38 RUFFLES          1 @ 2/6.00      $3.00 FW RESERS FRENCH ON   1 @ 1.60      $1.60 FW Total: $8.17 Receipt 39  BANANAS 0.89 lbs @   1lbs/.79 $0.70 FW WF CLOVER HONEY    1 @ 3.99      $3.99 FW MG VIVA LF COTTA   1 @ 2.63      $2.63 FW KR LITE SOFT CRM   1 @ 3.29      $3.29 FW VIVA FF 1/2 GALL   1 @ 2.09      $2.09 FW Total: $12.70 Receipt 40 PECAN SANDIES      1 @ 2.79      $2.79 FW PRODUCE            1 @ 1.59      $1.59 FW HONEY NUT CHEERI   1 @ 3.85      $3.85 FW LIPTON ICED TEA    1 @ 2.99      $2.99 FW LIPTON ICED TEA    1 @ 2.99      $2.99 FW PEPSI DIET FREE    1 @ 5.49      $5.49 FW Total: $19.70 Receipt 41 WF OLIVE OIL       1 @ 5.15      $5.15 FW WF ASST CREME WA   1 @ 2.69      $2.69 FW WF BEEF POTATO B 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW WF BEEF POTATO B 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW WF BEEF POTATO B 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW WF BEEF POTATO B 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW WF BEEF POTATO B 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW WF BEEF POTATO B 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW TOMBSTONE SUPREM   1 @ 6.09      $6.09 FW PEP F TEXAS TOAS   1 @ 3.39      $3.39 FW WF BEEF BEAN BUR 1 @ 2/1.00      $0.50 FW WF BEEF BEAN BUR 5 @ 2/1.00      $2.50 FW Total: $23.32 Receipt 42 10# RUSSET POTAT   1 @ 4.29      $4.29 FW  BARQS ROOTBEER     1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW Total:6.08 Receipt 43 CLASSIC COKE 12    1 @ 5.29      $5.29 FW WF MILD CHILI CO   1 @  .99      $0.99 FW WF MILD CHILI CO   1 @  .99      $0.99 FW WF HOTDOG BUNS     1 @ 1.38      $1.38 FW GM REESES PB PUF   1 @ 4.55      $4.55 FW BARS JUMBO MEAT    1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW Total: $14.99 Receipt 44 MT TREASURE WATE   1 @  .69      $0.69 FW PEPSI              1 @ 1.59      $1.59 FW MOUNTAIN DEW       1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW FUN DIP LIKMAID    1 @  .79      $0.79 FW BC PIZZA MIX       1 @  .99      $0.99 FW  BC PIZZA MIX       1 @  .99      $0.99 FW BC PIZZA MIX       1 @  .99      $0.99 FW WF SHREDDED CHED   1 @ 2.69      $2.69 FW WF FANCY SHRD CH   1 @ 2.69      $2.69 FW BC PIZZA MIX       1 @  .99      $0.99 FW LIL DEB COSMIC B   1 @ 1.59      $1.59 FW PACE PICANTE SCE   1 @ 3.15      $3.15 FW GROUND BEEF XTRA   1 @ 4.74      $4.74 FW FRESH EXPRESS CA   1 @ 3.89      $3.89 FW WF SLICED OLIVES   6 @ 1.59      $9.54 FW TACO BELL REFRIE   1 @ 1.25      $1.25 FW TACO BELL REFRIE   1 @ 1.25      $1.25 FW WF TACO SEASONIN   2 @  .39      $0.78 FW VIVA CHOC 1/2 GA   1 @ 2.37      $2.37 FW Total: $42.76 Receipt 45 PEPSI MTN DEW 12   1 @ 5.49      $5.49 FW CARN CMATE TOFFE   1 @ 4.09      $4.09 FW RB FRECH BRD PIZ 4 @ 2/6.00     $12.00 FW PEARSON NUT ROLL 3 @ 2/1.00      $1.50 FW HRSHY ALMOND BAR   2 @  .79      $1.58 FW Total: $24.66 Receipt 46 WF SPINACH         1 @ 1.09      $1.09 FW CAMP CREAM OF MU   1 @ 2.59      $2.59 FW WF FRENCH SL GR    1 @  .59      $0.59 FW WF FRENCH SL GR    1 @  .59      $0.59 FW Total: $4.86 Receipt 47 TONY SAUSAGE PEP 1 @ 2/4.00      $2.00 FW TONY SAUSAGE PEP 1 @ 2/4.00      $2.00 FW W FAMILY 2% GALL   1 @ 3.67      $3.67 FW WF BUTTERMILK WA   1 @ 2.45      $2.45 FW PILLS TST STRD S   1 @ 2.75      $2.75 FW PILLS TST STRD S   1 @ 2.75      $2.75 FW LAYS               1 @ 3.99      $3.99 FW CAPRI SUN MT CLR 1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW CAPRI SUN MT CLR 1 @ 2/5.00      $2.50 FW Total: $24.61 Receipt 48 WF CHNK PINEAPPL   1 @ 1.19      $1.19 FW WF MEDIUM PTD OL   1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW WF CHNK PINEAPPL   1 @ 1.19      $1.19 FW WF 8 OZ MOZZAREL   1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW WF 8 OZ MOZZAREL   1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW WF 8 OZ MOZZAREL   1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW WF 8 OZ MOZZAREL   1 @ 1.79      $1.79 FW  HOR SLI CANADIAN   1 @ 2.85      $2.85 FW Total: $14.18 Receipt 49 WF FROSTED FLAKE 1 @  3/10.00 $3.34 FW  MOTHERS CIRCUS A   1 @ 2.69      $2.69 FW WF RAINBO MALLOW 1 @  3/10.00 $3.34 FW  W FAMILY 2% GALL   1 @ 3.67      $3.67 FW WF BROWN GRAVY     2 @  .39      $0.78 FW  WF PORK GRAVY MI   3 @  .39      $1.17 FW  WF FRST SHREDDED 1 @  3/10.00 $3.34 FW  TOP RAMEN BEEF N 1 @ 7/1.00      $0.15 FW WF GRAVY MUSHROO   1 @  .39      $0.39 FW BC RTSF RAINBOW    1 @ 2.35      $2.35 FW  BC LOADED BAKED    1 @ 2.39      $2.39 FW MICH AUTH CHEESE   1 @  .99      $0.99 FW MICH AUTH CHEESE   1 @  .99      $0.99 FW BC GLDN VANILLA    1 @ 2.35      $2.35 FW TOP RAMEN CHIX N 5 @ 7/1.00      $0.72 FW  WF MAC  CHEESE    1 @  .33      $0.33 FW  WF MAC  CHEESE    1 @  .33      $0.33 FW  WF MAC  CHEESE    1 @  .33      $0.33 FW  WF MAC  CHEESE    1 @  .33      $0.33 FW  MAXWELL HOUSE CO   1 @ 9.99      $9.99 FW  CPN MAXWELL HOUS   1 @ 2.00     ($2.00)FW  WF MAC  CHEESE    1 @  .33      $0.33 FW WF MAC  CHEESE    1 @  .33      $0.33 FW BANQUET SPAGHETT   3 @  .91      $2.73 FW MICH AUTH CHEESE   1 @  .99      $0.99 FW MICH AUTH CHEESE   1 @  .99      $0.99 FW ROLD GOLD CHED C   1 @ 2.89      $2.89 FW ELMONT CHIX CHIM 3 @  10/10.00        $3.00 FW TOP RAMEN BEEF N 1 @ 7/1.00      $0.14 FW NESTLE CRMY CARA   1 @ 4.25      $4.25 FW GROUND BEEF XTRA  1 @ 15.39     $15.39 FW  WF GRAN SUGAR      1 @ 6.85      $6.85 FW ED PIES          4 @ 5/5.00      $4.00 FW Total: $79.86 Receipt 50 WF PREM BERRY CH   1 @ 2.79      $2.79 FW SOBE JUICE DRINK 1 @ 5/5.00      $1.00 FW SOBE ORANGE CARR 1 @ 5/5.00      $1.00 FW POTATOES 5 # RED   1 @ 4.59      $4.59 FW Total: $9.38 Receipt 51 LIPTON ICED TEA    1 @ 2.99      $2.99 FW Subtotal about $1000

Highest-paid State Workers in Montana

Attached are the first four pages of wage information from the state. About 208 employees.

The state has over 12,000 employees. This number is exclusive of the Montana University System.

There are 14 people at Worker’s Compensation that make over $100,000 per year, plus benefits.

Benefits are:

$8,796  Health Insurance

About 7% of pay paid to the retirement system. $1,400- $14,000

About twelve paid holidays and twelve sick days. Long-term employees have about 24 vacation days per year. Total time off for long-term employees is thus about 25% of the 210 available work days.

Comp time for overtime.



 

 

Effective Legislators

Who is the best legislator?
How can legislator performance be rated?
Who is most effective?

Bills passed, with credit for difficulty level.
Style points: friendliness, courtesy, demeanor.
Responds to constituents quickly.
No wrongdoing.
Courage of principles.
Attendance and punctuality.
Extra hours worked.

Are these quantifiable?

I Stand by My Friend

I take personal umbrage at the invective hurled at my colleague, Kris Hansen, state representative from Havre. She has received threats and vitriol by phone. She has endured harsh verbal treatment, finger wagging, name calling and scorn, in Helena establishments.

Kris is a fine person, a reasonable person, a person of distinction and accomplishment, a person who has served in the U.S. military. She is a county attorney in Havre. She has endured unmerited rebukes with fortitude. She should not have to do this alone. And so I stand at her side. I am her friend and admirer. I voted for some of her bills.

We’ve played basketball together. She sets a fierce pick, always in good humor and spirit. She’s no weakling. But it is time for her allies to rally around her.

The recent telephone message she received was abominable. The anonymous caller is a coward. His words are like a spear thrown from the blackness of a fetid cave. I invite him into the open field.