Montana’s Congressional candidates debate tonight, and it’s likely Daines is worried. He’s definitely not going to want to talk about his unpopular plans to end Medicare and cut Social Security benefits. So, Daines’ major goal tonight will be to avoid discussing it.
This isn’t going to be easy. Daines is already on the record saying in the Billings Gazette that he would have voted for the so-called Ryan budget, the conservative budget blueprint that was endorsed by the GOP-TEA-Party controlled House.
This budget would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefit in favor of taxes for oil companies–and give tax breaks to corporations who outsource American jobs overseas. The Congressional Budget Office estimated it will increase health care costs by an extra $6,359 for every future Medicare beneficiary. That means all of us, if we’re lucky enough to live that long.
The non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities wrote:
“The measure […] stands out as one of the most ideologically extreme pieces of major budget legislation to come before Congress in years, if not decades. […] The legislation would inexorably subject Social Security and Medicare to deep reductions.”
So, Daines desperately needs to try to switch topics. But rather than coming up with anything of his own to talk about, Daines instead decided to plagiarized his own opponent’s campaign ads. In his new ad released today, Daines repeatedly calls himself a problem solver, something Kim Gillan said about herself in her first television ad 19 weeks ago.
If Daines has any success in tonight’s debate it will be because he’s using Gillan’s lines.
The debate will air live on MontanaPBS, TONIGHT, SEPTEMBER 25, from 7 – 8:30 PM. It will also be simulcast on Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio, streaming on-line at www.montanapublicmedia.org.
Steve Daines has finally come out with some of his beliefs, dragging his knuckles behind him.
Steve Daines told the Helena IR that he supports the GOP/TEA Party plan that the Wall St. Journal says, “ends Medicare as we know it.”
If this is Daines’ plan, the fewer people hear about his agenda, the better things will go for him. Perhaps this is why Daines came across as defensive about his reticence to discuss his views in the Helena IR:
“Maybe we’re doing Montanans a service by not being on the front page of the paper every day, and invading their radio and TV,” says Steve Daines.
There are more than 170,000 seniors in Montana who rely on Medicare for their health care, most of whom will vote.
Daines plan would raise premiums on our seniors by $6,4000 each. It would raise he age of eligibility from 65 to 67. It would also increase the cost that seniors pay out-of-pocket for their prescriptions, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Millionaire Congressman Dennis Rehberg’s well-paid fixer Erik Iverson (Rehberg even
gave him a $31,000 dollar raise with our tax dollars as a 29-year-old staffer, making him the highest paid congressional staffer in D.C.) went on Aaron Flint’s radio show this week, giving Montanans a chance to hear how much tougher it has become to spin Rehberg’s do-nothing “career.”
Here’s what Iverson had to say about Congressman Rehberg’s pathetic record in 2008:
“Time and again,” Rehberg has backed legislation that matters to Montanans, Iverson says. He’s sponsored bills to recognize Billings’ 125th anniversary, push for a water project in Fort Peck, and congratulate Carroll College’s football team for its 2007 league win. Most importantly, supporters say, Rehberg co-sponsored the CLEANUP (Clean, Learn, Abolish, Neutralize, and Undermine Production of Methamphetamines) Act to focus federal authorities on the meth problem. The bill is still in committee.
“That’s a major policy accomplishment,” Iverson says.
It is? Congressman Rehberg got his own bill into committee. He probably even thought of the name (Clean, Learn, Abolish, Neutralize, and Undermine Production of Methamphetamines Act) all by himself. However, though Rehberg wasn’t able to actually pass this tortured acronym (what does it even mean to sponsor a bill to “Learn” the production of Meth?? to “Neutralize” the production of Meth?), anyway he still forced his staff to list it among his accomplishments.
But in 2011, spinning for Congressman Rehberg is less about trying to dredge up something from Rehberg’s pathetic record to list as an accomplishment – it’s more about what you don’t bring up:
Ending Medicare as we know it – Congressman Rehberg tried and failed to take Medicare away from Montana seniors by gutting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Iverson said on the Flint show this week that the Affordable Care Act is a bad idea because it brought health care to Indian Communities and asbestos victims in Libby.
Putting lead back in candy – Iverson should have mentioned that Congressman Rehberg came up with a plan to contaminate the blood supply, make it easier for kids to smoke, and put lead back in candy. When he started taking heat, Congressman Rehberg voted against his own amendment.
If this is Rehberg’s idea of accomplishing something, we suggest that for the rest of his last term he go back to doing nothing.