Don't you love it when politicians make noise to hear their own voice.<br />n<br />n<a href="" >Schweitzer cautiously optimistic about budget</a><br />n<br />n<blockquote><a href="">Gov. Brian Schweitzer</a> predicts that the Legislature will finish its work on time and leave Helena with a balanced budget, despite the flap created when House Republicans split the big budget bill, House Bill 2, into six separate spending bills.</blockquote><br />n<br />nExcuse me, the part about finishing on time and with a balanced budget are just noise. These things are required by the Montana Constitution so all parties involved have no choice but to finish on time and with a balanced budget. That's just noise designed to make things sound ominous by the Governor.<br />n<br />nNow The Governor's concern about the six separate bills coming to his desk in a staggered fashion <u>might</u> have some credence if the Governor didn't control the State Senate. Since he does all he has to do is have the Senate Majority leader schedule final votes on the six separate bills all at the same time so that they all come to his desk at the same time. Problem solved. <br />n<br />nThis whole story is just a bunch of noise. Part of the <a href="">political game</a> that is being played in Helena. Let's not get to up in arms about it.<br />n<br />n<strong>Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid. Mark Twain</strong><br />n <br />