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25 Things Montana Voters (and Media) Should Know About Dennis Rehberg

I’ll admit that typically when I write about Montana’s sole representative in the House it’s to criticize him for not really doing anything. This year, however, no doubt inspired by his desire to moveDenny Rehberg - Caricature up an office, Rehberg has been a dynamo of activity. Unfortunately, most of it has been bad for Montana and the nation.

Back home, he’s made such poor business decisions that his net worth somehow dropped by over 50%, he’s claimed to struggle with the burden of being cash poor,  he’s pursued a failed lawsuit against the City of Billings and its firefighters, and he’s managed to get Montana’s media to ignore many of his terrible decisions in Washington.

Honestly, guys, you need to do better. When Rehberg makes national news, you need to cover it.

While I’m sure I’ve missed more than a few Rehberg actions this year, these are simply 25 Things Montana Voters Should Know About Dennis Rehberg:

  1. He voted to gut Social Security and Medicare.
  2. He co-sponsored a massive federal land grab, one which endangers hunting and fishing rights as well as private property rights. His justification for the 100 mile corridor on Montana’s border with Canada? A 2006 meeting in Hamilton, MT.
  3. He announced that Pell Grants (which help poor and middle class students attend college) were becoming the “welfare of the 21st century.”
  4. He wrote language which would have decreased the safety of our nation’s drug supply, increased dangers in the blood supply, increased lead in children’s toys, and reduced the FDA’s ability to regulate tobacco consumption. The language was so bad that the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association and American Lung Association all attacked Rehberg’s bill.
  5. He voted against the payroll tax deduction for Montana workers, a measure that included his own amendment to speed the process for deciding the fate of the Keystone XL project.
  6. He wrote a secretive appropriations bill so lacking in transparency that even members of the committee were surprised by its content. It gutted national service programs, defunded vital reproductive health services, and aid for college students.
  7. He voted against FEMA disaster relief funds just as Montana farmers and communities were facing devastating flooding across the Eastern part of the state.
  8. He voted to undermine the Clean Water Act while the Yellowstone River was filling with oil from a ruptured pipeline.
  9. He wrote language to restrict federal spending on tobacco prevention.
  10. He’s claimed that public land belongs to him, restricting access to hunters.
  11. He worked against Senator Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Bill, not for any policy reasons, but to advance his own political agenda. Rehbergs still has not proposed his own legislation on the matter.
  12. He pushed a provision which will double the amount of coal particulate in the environment.
  13. He has refused to work on a bipartisan solution to the Post Office mess, despite having been a part of the Republican Congress which created a big part of the problem.
  14. He wrote language to cut Americorps, a cost effective program to improve communities and get more kids to college.
  15. He took credit for opposing a tax on contractors—a tax he helped create and voted for five years ago.
  16. Concerned about wasteful spending, he didn’t go after defense contractors who’ve made obscene profits in Iraq and Afghanistan, but hungry schoolchildren.
  17. He attacked a National Institutes of Health initiative designed to get drug treatments more quickly to those suffering from diseases.
  18. He took thousands from the tobacco industry before writing legislation restricting the FDA’s ability to control the product.
  19. He sponsored a bill which dramatically reduced a woman’s right to control her health and reproductive choice.
  20. He voted to allow government contractors to keep their political donations secret.
  21. He voted against helping the people of Libby who have suffered for decades from asbestos-related illnesses.
  22. He wrote an ill-conceived amendment which would have ended Medicare Advantage.
  23. He used parliamentary procedure to block extending unemployment benefits for Montana workers.
  24. He used such inflammatory rhetoric at the Montana Legislature, threatening Judge Donald Malloy, that he received national media attention.
  25. He changed his mind on the Patriot Act again and then again.
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About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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  • Sir, my taxes are to high the way it is because leaders with your mentality spend to darn much on people who are lazy, just to ‘buy’ their vote. You gotta cut programs, and that is what Dennis is doing. Maybe you should move to California where they have all the programs that you wish to have or keep. Hows it working for them? If it don’t work for them there, why will its suddenly work here?? Think sir, think! That is all I ask. Another thing, do some research before you post crap like you’ve just wasted your time writing. You profess to be a teacher, but your research/understanding is like a 5 year old. Perhaps you should spend some time studying the collapse of great empires of the past. Let me know if you need help because I would be more than happy to point you in the right direction on which books to study.

    • Which books to study?? From YOU??? Wow! Too funny! (BTW, Dumb Loser, the adv. is spelled “too”, NOT “to”! But then, you’re a moron so you’re forgiven.)

      But seriously, dude, when you’re done coloring them books, please do send them to Don. He might get a kick outta them!

      There you have it, folks. A true Dopey Reeburp supporter, which is kinda like an athletic supporter in that they are BOTH completely nuts!

    • HEY, great idea? DL, I’m sorry I called you a loser. Perhaps you’re not. SO, will you PUHLEEESE post just TEN books that you believe are required reading for commies like myself. Seriously, do it. I promise I won’t accuse you of reading coloring books again. Oh, and for the record, beFORE you start cutting programs for others, state plainly for the record just HOW much gubmint money you suckin’ in? Somehow I suspect that you NEVER needed a gubmint program for edUcayshun. You’re pretty much self-taught, right?

    • Listen DL I went to meet this man with 8 others from Montana, and he lied to us! Denny Rehberg is so full of Bs I am amazed he isn’t exploded yet! The reason your taxes are so high, is because of the GOP not the Dems! If this money that needs to be taxed…. is more fairly centered on those who can afford it! ( like it was in the 50’s and 60’s where companies paid 65% of the tax base) You would be happier cause you would be paying far less, and companies would stop setting on money and Innovation like they are now!

      The repugs are the ones who screwed you today, don’t vote Corporate tools like Denny in it will only get worse!

  • Don/Larry,

    Here are ELEVEN books I’d recommend you read:

    The Cox Report
    Year of the Rat
    The China Threat
    Red Alert
    Bowing to Beijing
    When China Rules the World
    China Safari
    Barack and Michelle- Portrait of an American Marriage
    The 3000 Year Leap
    The Naked Communist
    Rules for Radicals (yes, Alinsky you idiots)

    Don, if you manage to read them and you can still blindly act like an egotistical, arrogant “big-fish-in-a-widdoh-pond-I’m-so-much-smarter-than-you because I do debate and stuff” anticonservative biggot, then I won’t be surpised. But I can still hope.

    If you can count the number of coal fired power plants that communist China built in 2011 while you were desparately trying to cut our evil carbon emmissions, I’d be even more surprised. It’s corrupt, arrogant, hypocritical idiots like you who will destroy this country.

    • It’s funny. I actually included in my first response that I was certain your list would contain Skousen’s nonsense, but I decided it would be rude to presume.

      Of course, it’s actually called the Five Thousand Year Leap, you scholar.

      Thank you for keeping your discourse so elevated and productive. Maybe you’ll grow up some day and use your real name when you resort to sad little personal attacks.

      In the meantime, good luck making your next tinfoil hat.

    • DW you know who opened the doors of your little china Conspiratorial BS? Nixon Rethugs!

      Who has let them buy almost 90% of the oil refinerys in Texas? Perry, Bush,GOP?

      Who has been screwing with the world currency for the past ten years? China and your Republicans! Dont let the door hit you in the arse on the way out brother…. cuz you have been had!

  • I limit the amount of time I waste on your pathetic excuse for a site. I was bored today. I’ll let you focus on the 5% of my response that you can gloat over while missing the 800 pound gorrila in the room.

    The simple fact of the matter is I would love nothing more than to use my real name, but I work for the state and your vindictive, corrupt governor would make sure that my position was “reorganized” out of existence. I’ve seen it over 10 times already.

    So I’ll feed my family while you feed your ego.

    • You know, it seems like someone could report that kind of abuse by the governor. Afraid of the big, liberally biased media? How about a conservative site? There are more than a few in the state who’d love to report it–and you could even protect your identity.

      I always find it interesting how often people who imagine themselves as some kind of modern embodiment of the Founders don’t even have the courage of their convictions to use their names when they attack other people.

      It’s sad, really.

  • WHAT THE FAAAAAAAAA?????? DL, no Aynus Rant?? Well, I’m ASHAMED of you, dude! But I see that you conviently FAILED (are you a failure) to let us know just HOW much of that hated gubmint money you’re suckin’ up! (BTW, did you actually FORGET your OWN initials?? First DL, then DW! wtf, dude?)

    But DL, I see that you’re a gubmint employee. Hmmm. Guess that THAT makes you a little hypocrite too, right? I mean, I hate to bring it to your attention span, short as it is, but you’re a freakin’ COMMIE TOO!, just like me! You hate the hated gubmint, but LUVS you some hated gubmint money! Why don’t you just quit, DL, and become a producer inSTEAD of a sucker? Sheesh. What a loser.

    And for the record, DL/DW, just WHAT was your highest grade level achieved? Jr or Sr high? Or >?

  • People being free to think for themselves, to succeed, to fail, to grow and to learn is too dangerous to your stupid little movement.

  • So what exactly do you claim to believe anyway? What else is off limits?

    Is communism off limits?

    Is socialism off limits?

    Is Alinsky “off limits?”

    • Personal attacks from people unwilling to use their own names are off-limits. Discussion, debate, and disagreement are all fine, but if you can’t make arguments without personal attacks, I’ll just keep deleting your comments.

  • The site’s moderation policy is clear. You cannot hide behind a pseudonym and attack people personally. If you can’t make an argument without resorting to personal attacks, go somewhere else.

    Thanks.

  • MF Global “losing” 1+ billion dollars while Bill Clinton gets $50 K a month from them. That’s what I find offensive.

  • Dead Border Patrol agents is what offends me. Especially when the guns came from Holder and Obama wanted U.S. guns to go to Mexico so he could try to destroy our second amendment rights.

  • Andy Stern writing in the WSJ that we should be more like communist china. That the days of capitalism are over. That’s what offends me.

  • trillions in stimulus gone with nothing to show for it except friends of Obama getting grants and interest free loans. That’s what offends me.

    • You know what offends me? GOVERNMENT WORKERS! Like you, dude. Why don’t you get a REAL job and become a creator instead of a tax money sucker! Then, maybe folks would take you more seriously. But as it is now, you got no right to complain. You’re livin’ off others. Hell, you should be thankful! Yes, you’re welcome.

  • Eric Holder ruling that voter intimidation can only EXIST against people who are not white, (meaning that it is impossible for white people to be victims of civil rights abuses). That doesn’t offend me because I know it’s fashionable to hate white conservatives and deride them, but it’s still worth mention.

  • The 2009 SEIU beating of black tea partier Kenneth Gladney. You didn’t hear about that one? That’s because it is impossible for tea partiers to: a) be not racist, and b) not be racist self hating, uh, black/uncle Tom/wait a minute??

  • Harry Reid saying that he can’t comprehend how a hispanic / latino can vote republican. That’s what I find offensive.

    • Hispanic/Latino? Is there a DIFFERENCE, dude? Try your best now with whatever intelligence you can muster. What is the dif? And why are you offended?

  • For Pogie. A grammar lesson.

    Seven Bar Jokes
    Involving Grammar
    and Punctuation.

    BY Eric K. Auld
    – – – -1. A comma splice walks into a bar, it has a drink and then leaves.

    2. A dangling modifier walks into a bar. After finishing a drink, the bartender asks it to leave.

    3. A question mark walks into a bar?

    4. Two quotation marks “walk into” a bar.

    5. A gerund and an infinitive walk into a bar, drinking to drink.

    6. The bar was walked into by the passive voice.

    7. Three intransitive verbs walk into a bar. They sit. They drink. They leave.
    See all articles from this column

  • I put both because I’m typing fast and I wanted to watch you parse words and ignore the real issue with the statement. Like you always do.

    I could write 50 paragraphs worth of documentation and you’d focus on the mispelled word in paragraph 27, while ignoring what is actually being said.

    • I have to say that I really think you ought to look into your own blog, DW. I bet you’d fill a real niche. People are looking for an anonymous regurgitation of talking points from Fox News.

      Try wordpress.com. Seriously.

    • No, hey, seriously, dude, PUHLEEESE explain in detail the difference between a Hispanic and a Latino! I know you know cause you WROTE it! And just WHY they should vote for a teatard? You see, DW, you appear to be an intellectual lightweight. And you STILL have not shared your highest grade level achieved. What was it? That might lend you a bit of credibility, for you see, so far you appear to be nothing but a rightwing talking point! Sorry, but that does NOT indicate expertise in anything, nor does it indicate learning, intelligence, or critical thinking skills! Heck, you’re much like a dog that eats something rotten off the ground! It then vomits it right back up! Sound familiar? It should.

  • I am miighty glad not to be a part of this. I am only thinking about hack partisan politics, which I think is merely projection. Tester could fail you on each of your 25 points, and you would clean up after him. I want to understand partisan politics in a way that makes sense and does not denigrate people. There is perception management going on here big time, but there is also personal validation. You are essentially validating your own persona via Jon Tester. So he becomes you. When that happens denial sets in. We lie to ourselves far more effectively than to others.

    What you have done here then is to put yourself on a platform and say that I do not lie, I am honorable, I can be trusted, and my avatar is Jon Tester. Out of that, “i” am validated.

    I am trying to understand American politics. The Cowgirl site is mindless hackery. You I want to offer benefit of a smart man with good intentions. Be offended if you must, but please self-reflect,

    • As tiresome as your repeated arguments about the lack of difference between the two parties are, your amateur psychology is actually even more annoying.

      Thanks for the insight, though! 🙂

  • Add this one to your list. It’s called “Unrestricted Warfare.” It’s translated from Mandarin so it’s a bit of a tedious read, but since it’s not written by conservatives it should obviously be OK.

  • DW cluttering up the comments section with one inane Fox News talking point per post is very annoying. If this were my blog I wouldn’t allow anyone to do it, regardless of his political bent.

  • Turner/fellow progressives:

    No one has said a single word about any of the books I put on the “list of books” that needed to be listed in order to somehow meet some imaginary smartness threshhold.

    A couple of examples-

    When China Rules the World is written by Martin Jacques, not a Koch brother.

    China Safari is written by 2 French Journalists.

    The Cox Report is a bipartisan congressional report.

    The 2009 report is (surprise!) a report from the Democrat led congress. 2009
    REPORT TO CONGRESS
    of the
    U.S.-CHINA ECONOMIC AND
    SECURITY REVIEW COMMISSION
    ONE HUNDRED ELEVENTH CONGRESS
    FIRST SESSION

    Unrestricted Warfare is written by 2 Colonels in the People’s Liberation Army.

    It is not my fault that you know nothing about these topics. So what exactly is your point about Fox News?

    • No excuse needed! studies of polls have already shone light …that the ones in Montana aren’t worth the paper they are written on this early in the game! Can’t egg me on with your BS of Polls, but that is an old one! and the error margin makes it a dead heat!

      Plus it was only 400 hundred people and 25% hadn’t made a decision yet!

      I think they are beginning to smell doogie doo on Rehbergs shoes!

  • From the Soros Wikipedia spot:

    “Views on ChinaSoros has expressed concern about the growth of Chinese economic and political power. “China has risen very rapidly by looking out for its own interests … They have now got to accept responsibility for world order and the interests of other people as well.” Regarding the political gridlock in America, he said, “Today China has not only a more vigorous economy, but actually a better functioning government than the United States”.[85]

    I may think the people that run this site are annoying, but I don’t think they should be thrown in prison for criticizing their government.

    The 2010 Financial Times interview with George Soros is also telling. He is an evil man with a god complex, making him more dangerous than the Koch brothers could ever hope to be.

  • While I'm not the biggest fan of Rehberg, it's interesting to note that you operate like most
    Democratic operatives, long on accusations-short on documentation. Why don't you provide
    some documentation so that readers can do their own research? But, then again, that might
    defeat your real purpose. Progressive/Socialist/Totalitarian, " a rose by any other name…"

  • While I think you immediately became quite credible when you used "progressive/socialist/totalitarian," I'll help you just a bit. In the article itself you might note some text that is blue and underlined. Those are called hyperlinks. Clicking on each will take you to a page with more information. The web's pretty cool like that.

    You might also consider another argumentative strategy. Perhaps you could point out a place where one of them is factually inaccurate. Good luck with that.

  • Its such as you read my thoughts! You seem to understand so much about this, like you wrote the ebook in it or something. I think that you just could do with a few p.c. to pressure the message home a bit, however instead of that, that is excellent blog. A great read. I will definitely be back.

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