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Montana Politics

Budget-Busting Dennis Compares Himself to Reagan

In announcing his bid for the U.S. Senate Erik Iverson Dennis Rehberg offered this Bush_Rains_Williams-smfascinating 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:

Why is the United States facing a fiscal crisis? Not the programs Representative Rehberg FederalDeficitChart_BushTaxCutsWar_052511wants 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.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

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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