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PHILADELPHIA - FEBRUARY 11: Blank Social Security checks are run through a printer at the U.S. Treasury printing facility February 11, 2005 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As U.S. President George W. Bush travels the country to stump for his plan to change the Social Security system, opposition continues from some members of Congress and senior citizen groups concerned that the proposal would erode guarantees to the federal retirement program. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - FEBRUARY 11: Blank Social Security checks are run through a printer at the U.S. Treasury printing facility February 11, 2005 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As U.S. President George W. Bush travels the country to stump for his plan to change the Social Security system, opposition continues from some members of Congress and senior citizen groups concerned that the proposal would erode guarantees to the federal retirement program. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
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Can Social Security Be Saved?

Fill in the blank. “Social Security will run out of money in the year _______?” This question has no easy answer due to our economy.

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WHITEFISH, MT - FEBRUARY 04: A general view of atmosphere during the Black Star Beer Barter 2012 on February 4, 2012 in Whitefish, Montana. (Photo by Craig Moore/Getty Images for Black Star Beer)
WHITEFISH, MT - FEBRUARY 04: A general view of atmosphere during the Black Star Beer Barter 2012 on February 4, 2012 in Whitefish, Montana. (Photo by Craig Moore/Getty Images for Black Star Beer)
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Tom’s Opinion: The Montana Legislature Dress Code

It’s unfortunate we have to resort to unnecessary regulations for our leaders to take pride in their appearance while doing the work of the people of Montana.

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TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26: An ice sculpture reading Middle Class is displayed as people gather to protest before the beginning of the Republican National Convention on August 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The convention starts the week of August 27th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26: An ice sculpture reading Middle Class is displayed as people gather to protest before the beginning of the Republican National Convention on August 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The convention starts the week of August 27th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Has Anyone Seen The Middle Class? They Seem To Be Missing

The census defines the median household income at $51,017 or a little over $24.00/hr. Individual median income in 2014 is $28,595 or about $27.00/hr.

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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading on September 23, 2011 in New York City. U.S. markets faced another volatile day amidst fears about economic growth in Europe. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading on September 23, 2011 in New York City. U.S. markets faced another volatile day amidst fears about economic growth in Europe. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
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Who Really Grows Economic Recovery?

Consumers spend more money buying Halloween candy ($2 billion) than was spent in the most recent election.

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POMPANO BEACH, FL - JUNE 03: Stephen Greene works a street corner hoping to land a job as a laborer or carpenter on June 3, 2011 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Employers in May added 54,000 jobs, the fewest in eight months, and the unemployment rate inched up to 9.1 percent. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - JUNE 03: Stephen Greene works a street corner hoping to land a job as a laborer or carpenter on June 3, 2011 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Employers in May added 54,000 jobs, the fewest in eight months, and the unemployment rate inched up to 9.1 percent. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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What Do The Unemployment Numbers Really Mean?

As of last Friday the reported unemployment rate is 5.8%. What does that really mean? Who’s counted and who’s not?

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FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 16: People loot the Ferguson Market and Liquor store on August 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Several businesses were looted as police held their position nearby. Violent outbreaks have taken place almost daily in Ferguson since the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 16: People loot the Ferguson Market and Liquor store on August 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Several businesses were looted as police held their position nearby. Violent outbreaks have taken place almost daily in Ferguson since the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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The Business of Ferguson, Missouri

The growing question is one similar to what Detroit has been facing recently. Why spend one more minute in this dying city?

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HOUSTON - MAY 25: Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling (L) comments outside the Bob Casey U.S. Courthouse with his attorney Daniel Petrocelli (R) after the end of his fraud and conspiracy trial May 25, 2006 in Houston. After 16 weeks of testimony and six days of deliberation, the jury found Skilling guilty on 19 of 28 counts. Lay was found guilty on all counts. (Photo by Dave Einsel/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - MAY 25: Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling (L) comments outside the Bob Casey U.S. Courthouse with his attorney Daniel Petrocelli (R) after the end of his fraud and conspiracy trial May 25, 2006 in Houston. After 16 weeks of testimony and six days of deliberation, the jury found Skilling guilty on 19 of 28 counts. Lay was found guilty on all counts. (Photo by Dave Einsel/Getty Images)
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Are Corporations’ People? If So, Who Are They?

Two recent Supreme Court decisions have given some people the idea that corporations are people. That’s sort of half true and half false.

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MISSION, TX - JULY 24:  Undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of immigrants, many of them minors, have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he will send 1,000 National Guard troops to help stem the flow.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
MISSION, TX - JULY 24: Undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of immigrants, many of them minors, have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he will send 1,000 National Guard troops to help stem the flow. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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America – The Land of the “FREE?”

Is America truly the “land of the free and the home of the brave?” If the numbers of people who want to come and live in the US is any indication — yes.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 13: Atmospheric physicist and Columbia University Earth Institute adjunct professor James Hansen testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony from proponents and opponents of the pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the United States for production and refinery. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 13: Atmospheric physicist and Columbia University Earth Institute adjunct professor James Hansen testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony from proponents and opponents of the pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the United States for production and refinery. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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What Does The Keystone Pipeline Mean To Montana?

The Keystone Pipeline being proposed will be the safest pipeline ever constructed in the US...

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WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 28: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation member, Byron Dorgan (D-ND), holds up a Government Accounting Office report during his opening statement on Capitol Hill February 28, 2006 in Washington, DC. The committe held a hearing about the United Arab Emirates-based company Dubai Ports World's take over of the managment of several terminals in the ports of New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami and New Orleans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 28: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation member, Byron Dorgan (D-ND), holds up a Government Accounting Office report during his opening statement on Capitol Hill February 28, 2006 in Washington, DC. The committe held a hearing about the United Arab Emirates-based company Dubai Ports World's take over of the managment of several terminals in the ports of New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami and New Orleans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Is It Time For A Government Accounting?

Whenever something happens in government the Senate and House waste no time is appointing committees or the famous “blue ribbon panels.”

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