But one thing Montana’s seniors shouldn’t worry about is where I stand. I’m will never vote for any plan that undermines Medicare.
–Congressman Dennis Rehberg, Guest Opinion, July 7, 2011, Missoulian
Congressman Dennis Rehberg made it clear today not only that he lies, but that he thinks we’re too stupid to notice.
In spite of promising Montanans otherwise less than two weeks ago, Congressman Rehberg voted in favor of a controversial plan that forces massive reductions over the next several years to Medicare and Social Security, and raises the debt limit (the ninth time he’s voted to do so)–all without the possibility of ending tax giveaways for millionaires and closing loopholes that reward companies for shipping jobs overseas.
Rehberg even rejected a motion to protect veterans’ benefits from the massive cuts called for in the legislation. The bill also cuts Medicaid by 1/3. People think Medicaid is health care for the poor, but 70% of it goes to help seniors and people with disabilities. It cuts 320,000 kids out of the Head Start program, according to the National Economic Council, 7/19/2011.
As Pogie at Intelligent Discontent points out, watch for Rehberg to try to tell us that he didn’t cut Medicare, because the cuts don’t take effect in 2012. That’s ridiculous. So’s this:
Rehberg told us we could take his promise not to undermine Medicare “to the bank.” Turns out he wrote us a bad check.