By William Perry Pendley
Twenty-nine years ago this month, a Montana man had a near fatal encounter with a grizzly bear. Although he survived by killing the bear in self-defense, his almost decade-long prosecution by the federal government reverberated through the years, making westerners fearful of responding as he did. Using sound science, a federal agency proposed restoring sanity to this deadly situation, but radical environmental groups sued...
“You didn’t build that.”
When President Obama said this, I found it breathtaking in its unexpected revelation of what the progressive movement is all about. It was probably the single most important statement he said during his entire presidency. Whether or not he meant to, the statement laid bare the basis of the conflict that is tearing this country apart.
So as economists, politicians, civic leaders and economic developers wring their hands in concern about the “eco-system” for entrepreneurs and what to do to encourage them, there comes a typical example of what the state does to destroy them. The Public Service Commission comes out with an announcement of a decision in which they denied a permit to a company that wants to haul garbage in Missoula. This follows the approval of one in Roundup a couple weeks prior.
Often one can hear the different industries in Montana claim to be the state’s largest. Agriculture is commonly considered Montana’s largest, but a recent analysis by 24/7 Wall St., concludes that its hospitals, nursing, and residential care facilities, which is true of only five states.
The study excluded real estate, the largest contributor to GDP, because housing is a universal need and fails to illuminate economic differences.
As in the other states with the same