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Saturday, March 18, 2006
A Few Random Thoughts - XXXII
- Liberals claim that the US is destroying the world with pollution, but they won't let wind farms or fuel saving efforts in the own liberal back yards.
- Liberals have now killed more American fetuses than Joseph Stalin killed Russians.
- We need to get some liberals on Vice President Cheney's next hunting trip.
- The drive-by media claims that Operation Swarmer is "politically motivated," but they will never mention the bombing of aspirin factories, Operation Desert Fox, etc. during the Clinton Administration, which were truly politically motivated.
- We are still waiting on the liberals Contract with America (more abortions, more gay marriage, surrender to the terrorists).
February 21, 2006 at 12:55:26 America/Los_Angeles
Folks. there are fable-ists and there are factual-ists. Former Montana Governor Marc Racicot, a Republican, now happy and financially healthy as a lobbyist, prefers pretend. He probably falls to sleep each night watching re-runs of "Leave It To Beaver" and "Ozzie and Harriet."
Trusting on short memories, lack of intelligence and believing that if you say something often enough it will become true, pimps like Racicot are simply traitors. He betrayed his fellow Montanans, those who trusted him to act in the common good.
Cogitate :: Former RNC Head and Governor Marc Racicot Says 'I'd screw Montanans all over again'
Of course, he is also an ex-chair of the Republican National Committee. A bit of his background explains even more: at various times, he was a registered lobbyist for Bracewell & Patterson, personally representing:
* the American Forest and Paper Association
* Burlington Northern Santa Fe
* the National Energy Coordinating Council
* the Recording Industry Association of America
* Quintana Minerals.
Rarely have I seen a newspaper reporter call out a subject in print, labeling that individual a liar. Kudos to Dennison for re-setting the record straight.
Racicot's revisionist history on utility deregulation
By MIKE DENNISON
Helena Independent Record
If you read last weekend's interview with former Montana Gov. Marc Racicot, you can be forgiven for choking on your coffee when you read this statement on utility deregulation:
"If somebody said to me today, would you be deregulated or not deregulated after what you've seen occur, I'd still say we should be deregulated,'' Racicot told a newspaper editorial board.
That's right. The governor who supported and signed Montana's infamous 1997 utility deregulation bill and resisted attempts to undo the damage says if he had the chance to do it all over again, he would.
The former governor, now the head of a national insurance lobby, also opined that "there are a lot of myths surrounding deregulation and what happened'' and that doomsday scenarios are "not supported by the evidence.''
Sorry, but the only mythology on deregulation I heard that day came out of Racicot's mouth. And if it's evidence you want on the folly of utility deregulation, it's easily found.
Customers of NorthWestern Energy (formerly Montana Power Co., which hatched the deregulation law) now pay the highest electric rates in the region; higher than customers for any other major utility or co-op in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah or the Dakotas.
Before deregulation, we were in the middle of the pack, and among the lowest in the nation. Not any more.
Why? Because, in the wake of the deregulation law, Montana Power Co. sold its dams and power plants that produce low-priced electricity that was dedicated to its customers in Montana.
Now we have to buy that power at "market rates,'' which, surprise, have become much higher. NorthWestern owns no power generation in Montana and is entirely at the mercy of the marketplace when buying electricity for its 300,000-plus customers.
When asked if Montana wouldn't have lower rates under the old MPC with its own power plants, Racicot said "I don't think so.''
Really? Is it just a coincidence that every other major utility in the region did not sell off its power plants, and that every one of these utilities now has lower electric rates than here?
Speaking of coincidences, Racicot suggested that the financial demise of Montana Power had little or nothing to do with deregulation, and that this train wreck just happened to coincide with the unfolding of the deregulation law.
In fact, Montana Power's 1997 decision to sell its power plants sprang directly from a process required by the deregulation law.
Alarmed by the prospect of MPC customers being thrown onto the market for all of their power, Democratic state Rep. David Ewer (now Gov. Brian Schweitzer's budget director) tried not once, but twice, to convene a special session of Legislature to stop the sale.
Racicot and fellow Republicans, who controlled the Legislature at the time, did not support Ewer's petitions, which therefore failed. The sale went forward, and we're now buying back that power from the plants' new owner, PPL Montana, at market rates as opposed to cheaper cost-based, regulated rates.
Two years later, MPC decided to sell off the rest of its utility assets and convert to Touch America, its telecom subsidiary. You know what came next: Bankruptcy, the wiping out of hundreds of employees and retirees' life savings, another bankruptcy and higher utility rates.
Certainly part of this tragedy can be blamed on supremely stupid business decisions by the people who ran Montana Power. But a major catalyst perhaps the catalyst was the deregulation law.
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