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How Dennis Rehberg Spends His Time and Your Money

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When he’s not authoring resolutions honoring the city of Billings, Representative Rehberg is hard at work, making symbolic gestures to appeal to his rabid base. Is he working on a solution to the health care crisis? Does he know one exists? Probably not. He does, however, know how to grandstand about the issue.

From the Representative’s Facebook page comes this insight:

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This leads me to ask a few questions.

  • Does our representative pledge not to vote against the bill until he has read it?
  • Has Representative Rehberg ever voted for a bill that he hasn’t read in its entirety?
  • Has he ever read an entire bill?

When not making politically charged but ultimately pointless pledges, Rehberg is spending his time on tired old conservative tropes. This week? The specter of the scourge of flag burning!

Montana Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg has sponsored a bill that would create a constitutional amendment prohibiting the physical desecration of the American flag. Similar legislation has been introduced at least seven times since 1990 after the Supreme Court ruled that burning the flag was a constitutionally protected form of free speech.

Representative Rehberg, 1994 wants its issue back.

How about doing some real work for the people of Montana? We’re going through a tough stretch in the United States—largely the result of Republican mismanagement of the economy and foreign policy—and we can’t afford to have our one representative spending his time on political stunts and grandstanding.

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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