In an incredibly soft piece about the role of being Montana’s sole representative in the Gazette today, Jennifer McKee did offer one telling statistic about the job:
Rehberg acknowledged the difficulty of representing some 930,000 people all by himself – especially when the average Congress member represents something like 300,000 fewer people.
I think Rehberg might be overstating the case. By my calculations, he is representing far fewer Montanans, making the job quite manageable:
- The Center for Tax Justice says that the Rehberg/Bush fiscal policies have made things worse for 99% of Montanans. For all but the top 1% wealthiest Montanans, “for every $1.00 in tax cuts the federal government has given you over the past six years, you’re going to get a bill for $3.86.”
- According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Rehberg crusade to repeal the estate tax will impact less than the 60 families in Montana it did in 2004, while 33,000 workers would have benefited from a hike in the minimum wage.
- Rehberg prioritized the interests of major oil companies in his vote for the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Number of major oil and gas companies located in Montana: 0
See, it’s easy to represent a state as large as Montana. Just represent the interests of the top 1% of the population, and you are down to a much more manageable number.