Intelligent Discontent

One of These Paragraphs Is Not Like the Other; Bob Fanning Offers a “Realistic Plan”


I loved the Great Falls Tribune profile of gubernatorial candidates Bob Fanning in its entirety, but these two paragraphs were clearly the best:

"I am the only candidate who has a realistic, workable plan which will lead Montana to rapid economic progress and independence from the federal funds which have put Montana out of business."

Fanning said he wants to "shut down" the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, and Department of Justice law enforcement agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The terrifying thing is that Fanning isn’t out of step with the rest of Republican candidates, many of whom have been using rhetoric like “going to war” with the federal government during their campaign.

One other note from the piece. I think it’s very good for Fanning, given his views, that he cleared up one part of his personal life:

Fanning, who said he has not put an intoxicating substance into his body in decades…

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a sixteen year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate. In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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