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Johnson: What To Make Of Occupiers

What to make of the “occupy” protests? Is it the fad of the moment; the “trust fund” demographic playing at protest against the consumer and corporate culture they quietly and passionately embrace? It can be hard to be credible as part of the 99% while sipping a double macchiato from Starbucks and resist the autumn breeze in your Patagonia fleece. On the other hand, it’s hard to warm to a Treasury Secretary in a Democratic administration who hasn’t always paid his taxes and seems intent on insulating Wall Street from real scrutiny and real reform. Beyond sullying parks from New York to Portland, we must credit the 99% with raising the issue of income disparity to the national conversation. But what to make of a “movement” with no goals and no leader?/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here. (AP file photo of Occupy Portland scene)

Question: Do you see in the Occupy movement shades of the '60s peace movement that helped bring the Vietnam War to an end?

Marc: A Contrast In Veto Styles

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (right), he of the bolo tie, has been swinging the decisive veto club with abandon over the last few days. As of a couple of days ago Schweitzer, a Democrat, had vetoed more than 50 bills approved by the Republican controlled Montana Legislature. Schweitzer has generated many headlines for vetoing, among others, legislation dealing with concealed weapons, medical marijuana, abortion, federal health care, mining with cyanide and employment taxation. Schweitzer, a clever and confident politician if ever there was one, seems to revel in casting the final vote and he has used ever occasion to bash the legislature. Across the Bitterroots in Idaho meanwhile, Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, with an overwhelmingly GOP legislature, drew headlines for his one and only veto of the just completed session/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here.

Question: Which bill passed by the Idaho Legislature deserved to be vetoed most?

TJR: Idaho’s 3 Political Parties

According to a new statewide survey of Idaho voters, the state now effectively has three political factions – very conservative, very socially conservative folks, very conservative and less socially doctrinaire voters and a shrinking group of Democrats. The three factions – think of them as almost three different political parties – has served to fracture the Idaho political landscape in a way that may make it even more difficult in the foreseeable future for so called moderates, and especially Democrats, to win major political office/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here.

Question: Is there only hope for Idaho liberals in the short term … or even longer term?

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