In announcing his bid for the U.S. Senate Erik Iverson Dennis Rehberg offered this fascinating condemnation of Jon Tester and comparison between himself and a Republican hero:
He said the federal debt has almost doubled since Tester became a senator in 2007, that Tester voted for the 2009 economic-stimulus bill that "was a government solution that did not work," and was the deciding vote for the 2010 federal health-reform law that isn’t working, either.
Rehberg also compared the 2012 election to the 1980 campaign of Republican Ronald Reagan against President Jimmy Carter, when Reagan said he was running against the philosophy of "if it moves, tax it; if it still moves, regulate it, and when it finally quits moving, subsidize it."
No commentary, just some facts in response:
- The Bush tax cuts, which Rehberg voted for are responsible for 27% of the debt accumulated since 2001.
- The cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that Representative Rehberg voted for will end up costing at least $3.7 trillion dollars.
- Representative Rehberg received the most pork projects on any member of the House in 2010.
- The federal budget deficit was higher under Ronald Reagan every year than it was under Jimmy Carter.
Why is the United States facing a fiscal crisis? Not the programs Representative Rehberg wants to blame, not Jon Tester’s votes. The fiscal crisis is the direct result of eight years of reckless tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and wars that the President Bush and Representative Rehberg refused to pay for.
It’s certainly reasonable for Representative Rehberg to make a case that he will better represent Montana in Washington than Senator Tester at some level, but for the Representative to lecture anyone about fiscal responsibility is about as appropriate as him lecturing someone about responsible drinking.