Posted: August 18, 2011 at 7:40 am

What Rehberg Won’t Say

Congressman Dennis RehbergCongressman Rehberg plans to cut Medicare.TEA Party Congressman Dennis Rehberg won't say he won't cut Medicare.

TEA Party Congressman Dennis Rehberg sent out an email this week trying to give the impression that he didn’t intend to cut Medicare.  Problem is, he never says he isn’t planning major cuts:

 Unfortunately, some members of Congress and their special interest allies are willing to use half-truths to scare seniors.  They want you to think that someone is trying to take away the Medicare benefits that you spent a lifetime earning.  Fear mongering may be good theater, but it’s not good for the country and it’s not something I’m going to do.

The “it” he’s not going to do is “fear mongering.”   He doesn’t say he won’t cut Medicare, rather, he only says:

I want to set the record straight.  Any Medicare reform I support must first have the support of Montana’s seniors.

Which only means that when he votes again to cut it, he’ll trot out a couple of TEA partiers rounded up to say they agree with him.

You can read Rehberg’s entire email message below the fold. It includes a longish video, in which he immediately launches into a fear mongering campaign saying that Medicare is broken and in dire need of immediate changes.  This appears to be his attempt to lay the groundwork for the cuts he expects to vote for later in the campaign.  He says he won’t “undermine” Medicare, but specifically will not say that he doesn’t plan to propose or support major cuts.

Jon Tester meanwhile launched a petition to protect Medicare, saying that

the folks who want to cut the deficit by ending Medicare as we know it while protecting tax loopholes for oil companies and the super-rich are going to use this new committee as another path to their goal. And it’s up to everyone who supports Medicare to stop them.

Women live longer than men, so the majority of Medicare beneficiaries are women, as are two thirds of Medicaid recipients. Seventy percent of Medicaid dollars go to care for seniors and Americans with disabilities.

Here’s Rehberg’s email:

Dear             ,

Recently, there’s been a lot of concern about Medicare in Montana – especially among the seniors I’ve talked to.  Unfortunately, some members of Congress and their special interest allies are willing to use half-truths to scare seniors.  They want you to think that someone is trying to take away the Medicare benefits that you spent a lifetime earning.  Fear mongering may be good theater, but it’s not good for the country and it’s not something I’m going to do.

Montana’s seniors deserve a civil and respectful conversation, not scare tactics and divisiveness.  Washington hasn’t been straight with you and you need to know the truth.

I want to set the record straight.  Any Medicare reform I support must first have the support of Montana’s seniors.  This isn’t about politics, it’s about your life.  Please take a few minutes to watch this important message about Medicare.

When you’re done, I’d please share your thoughts and feel free to share this message to your family and friends using the “Tell a Friend” feature below.  We face great challenges in this country, but this is still America.  With a little teamwork and some common sense Made-in-Montana solutions, imagine what we can accomplish together.

If you can’t view this video, please click here to read this important message on my website.


6 comments

  1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

    HOLeeeee sh*t! Mr. Tea, Dopey Reeburp, the walking talking talking point, managed to hit them all! Every freakin’ Teawanker, rightwing talking point is IN there!

    “common sense”
    “Montana solution”
    “challenges”
    “special interests”
    “washington hasn’t been straight with you”
    “this is still Murca”
    “teamwork”

    And lastly, my all-time favorite, “can’t we all just be ‘civil’”?!! Oh, and Dopey through in “respectful” too to show that he’s serious!

    What a freakin’ DOUCEbag! Come on, Dopey. Lose the teatard talking points, moron. Look, Dopey, we KNOW what you’re gonna do. You’re gonna try to screw us over to benefit your corporate masters. And you REALLY want us to be “civil” in our response??? Yeah right! Nope, Dopey, we’re NOT going to be “civil”, dude, because now it’s PERSONAL!

    You see, Dopey, you little fascists have been stealing from the people for a long, loooong time in your transfer of wealth upward. And that was all fine and good ’cause you pretty much left our saftey nets in place. But NOW, you’re even going after that! So hell YES it’s personal! And the time for civility is LONG gone! You mess, you pay! You come after even our social security and medicaire, you’re gonna feel the FULL wrath of the people. So get used to it! IT! There’s an “it” for you, Dopey, that you BETTER pay attention to!

    Ain’t no hidin’ behind talking points any longer, Dopey. We see right through’em. You’re a corporate pimp and a sleazeball working like hell to make what’s STILL America into LATIN America. So, yeah, I’ll message with you. Send THIS message to your pals, Dopey, if you dare! This is MY made-in-montana solution and civility. Like it? Me too! And Dopey, imagine what we can accomplish WITHOUT you! I’m likin’ that thought!

  2. Buckminster

    Yup, sounds like more of He-Man Woman Haters Club that the Republican/Teabag party has become. Somebody please get the hook and tell Blinky his 15 minutes of fame are up.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

      Luv that Dopey. “washington hasn’t been straight with you”. Well, Reeburp, just WHERE THE HELL have YOU been, dufus? Are you really NOT part of washington??? You Teatards are really some messed up dudes. If you are NOT part of the washington problem, what ARE you, Dopey?? Sheesh.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

      Ya know, Bucky, after listening to these inbred Teatards like Dopey, I really, realy would like to see Schweitzer run for higher office some day. NO ONE speaks plainer that Schweitzer. In a few words, he cuts through ALL their bullsh*t and frames the debate the way is SHOULD be framed, to allow some TRVTH in there somewhere. And THAT is precisely why the Pubbies hate him, and precisely why we need him.

      It’s damn hard to combat all the nonsense that Reeburp and his teawanker pals put out. It’s topnotch propaganda! Hell, they’ve got Kockh funded think tanks and focus groups and wordsmiths pouring BILLIONS into finding just the right words and phrases to influence people. It’s harry and louise 24/7.

      But Schweitzer has a knack, a gift, a talent for slicing right through all their think tank crappola. He’s a veritable bullsh*t GINSU knife! He slices, he dices, and chops their bullsh*t up into tiny edible bites, and THEN, rams it back down their throats! OH they hate that! We NEED that now more than ever!

      They call him a “showman”, a guy on an “ego trip”, etc. But what they WON’T say is what they REALLY mean. And that is that they DON’T like being force fed to eat their own bullsh*t! That is an admission that they just won’t make.

      But we really DO need some plain speaking right now more than ever. What Dopey has said is pure nonsense, and he must be called on it.