Below is a copy of a campaign e-mail sent to supporters of Dennis McDonald, former State Democrat party Chairman, who is challenging Representative Dennis Rehberg for his Congressional seat. I have copied it in its entirety for discussion purposes. First, I would like to know what you think of the claims this candidate is making against Rehberg and the Republican Party. Is this the man that should replace Rehberg? And if so why?Frenchtown - Smurfit Stone
Dennis McDonald appears at Smurfit Stone for the final shift change before the closing of the plant.
We have some snowpack in the mountains, some moisture in the ground, and the days are getting longer. Montana's future is getting brighter. Nevertheless, Montanans face some strong headwinds, including an unemployment rate that is too high, many working fewer hours, and those who are underemployed. The closure of Smurfit Stone is an example. The affected Montana families and communities are hurting.
When Rehberg went to Washington, we were looking at a prosperous America, fully employed with a historic budget surplus. You may recall that the conversation was about paying off the national debt. Then, he voted for the Bush-Cheney economic policies 100% of the time, which doubled the national debt and put two wars on Uncle Sam's credit card. As if things weren’t bad enough, Rehberg voted to complete the deregulation of Wall Street, which brought us the most dangerous economic meltdown since the Great Depression.
Now Rehberg is voting to acquire luxury jets while talking about the need for economic prudence.
The economic quagmire we're in means 16 million Americans are out of work. Millions more are working only part-time or are underemployed. We've completed a decade where real wages have been flat while the cost of living has skyrocketed. Now we lose another 400 plus jobs at Smurfit Stone. This is unacceptable.
Rehberg's answer to this crisis has been NO. He offers NO solutions. He's become a full-time obstructionist. The Rehberg policies of NO can no longer be the answer. Worse yet, the same Representative who voted to rebuild the Iraqi infrastructure and rebuild Iraq's judicial system and schools, refuses to vote for the same commitment here. The hypocrisy is overwhelming.
To move us forward to a brighter future we need to implement the program I've outlined below. I call it a Square Deal for America
1. We need to elect a new Congressman - Someone who'll work every day for the best interests of ordinary Montanans.
2. We need to abandon the notion of trickledown economics. This philosophy has allowed Wall Street to prosper while Main Street suffers.
3. We need to invest in individuals not institutions. When you invest in the common person, you'll realize uncommon returns.
4. We need to invest in education. We all know the nation that best educates its citizens will be the nation that best competes in the world marketplace.
5. We need to invest in clean, green, renewable energy sources and lessen our dependence on foreign oil. Our dependence on foreign oil has led to the greatest outflow of wealth in the history of mankind, while enlarging our carbon footprint. This commitment will create 1.7 million green collar jobs nationwide.
6. We need to balance our budget. To do that, we need to make the Federal Reserve accountable and transparent. I am calling on an audit of the Federal Reserve expenditures.
7. Let's regulate the Wall Street bankers whose avarice and greed brought us this economic crisis. Rehberg has voted against this measure (the Rehberg politics of NO) and voted in favor of his Wall Street cronies. In doing so, he has once again voted against Montanans and against Main Street, USA.
8. We all need to work together to ensure that the Montana we love remains the Last Best Place.
To accomplish these goals we need a Congressman who will work every day to make sure political ideology no longer triumphs our sense of humanity.
While I am not making any statements here as to whether or not Rehberg should retain his seat I do wonder if a guy that campaigns with a list of nonsense like I see here is the guy to replace him. First, I wonder about a politician that would take a picture in front of the place of FrenchTowns misery for political gain. Second, I think people have been bitching about Smurf-fit Stones environmental policies for years so did that have anything to do with the closing? I understand that Republicans weren't exactly the fiscal conservatives they are now claiming to be the last 8 year but isn't McDonald a champion for Obama's policys, which haven't exactly been working. Is there any of the other candidates besides these two that anyone has anything positive to say about?
I would like to hear your opinions