by Travis Mateer
I did a double-take when I saw the following tweet from Jon Tester, a Democratic Senator in Montana who sponsored the Encore Act. Here’s the tweet:
While I don’t disagree that millionaires getting pandemic unemployment benefits is “wrong”, I’m wondering how Tester can square the circle of his previous support for struggling music mogul millionaires like Missoula’s NOT POOR Nick Checota.
Here’s Checota quoted on Tester’s website regarding the Encore Act (emphasis NOT mine):
“As our industry faces an indefinite shutdown, the largest expense for independent venues and promoters is the cost of refunding tickets for shows that will not be able to happen to the foreseeable future,” said Nick Checota, owner of Logjam Presents and The Wilma Theater, Top Hat Lounge, and the KettleHouse Amphitheater in Missoula. “Senator Tester’s ENCORES Act would provide local venues like mine the help we need to face this challenge. Independent venues support surrounding local businesses and help foster the careers of performing artists. These small businesses contribute to thriving communities, and this legislation will help our industry navigate the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure we are still here on the other side to continue that work.”
I’m sure Tester, if put on the spot to account for this seeming hypocrisy, would quibble about his Covid bailout being targeted to a specific industry, and not just general “unemployment” benefits that millionaires supposedly took advantage of.
Tester is good at parsing reality, like in 2018 when he defended his banking legislation because he claimed he was helping “community” banks. But are his constituents still willing to use cognitive suppression techniques in order to maintain the false impression that this meat-packing, 7-fingered Senator is a flat-topped man of the people?
Maybe Jon Tester is just another calculating politician who understands the familial provenance of important people like Nick Checota and his MULTI-millionaire daddy, a nice chap who once tried buying his own Senator seat in Wisconsin.
For some fascinating historical perspective on our local music mogul’s familial background, here is a link to a CSPAN debate from 1992 featuring Daddy Checota, Joe.
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