GOP Congressman Worth as High as $56 Million Whines He’s ‘Cash Poor’
April 30, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—Republican lawmakers have no idea how the majority of Americans live. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT), worth about $56 million, recently whined to his constituents that he is struggling to make ends meet, because he’s “cash poor.” The median household income in Montana is just $41,587, placing it in the bottom 10 poorest states. Rehberg now joins freshman Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), as one of the most tone deaf lawmakers in Congress. Duffy recently complained to his constituents about his struggles surviving on his $174,000 salary and driving a “used minivan.”
Rehberg made his remarks during a town hall meeting in Missoula on Thursday.
Talking Points Memo reports on Rehberg’s callousness:
“I’m a small businessman. My wife is a small businessman. You know she hasn’t taken a salary in ten years? She has not, as a result of the business, because we are struggling like everyone else… with the economy,” Rehberg said.
“What’s your net worth?” an audience member interjected.
“I am land rich and cash poor; like ranchers, and farmers and small businesses throughout Montana,” Rehberg said. “I have the same struggle. I have no employees. And we have the same struggle because we have the ability to borrow the money but the problem is, in our particular case, if you don’t have the ability to pay back the loan, then you don’t — then what’s the reason to go to the bank and borrow the money?”
Rehberg is the 23rd richest member of Congress.
(Update: Rehberg recently went on a tirade against Pell Grants, comparing the federal program to help poor students pay for college to “welfare” and “food stamps,” according to the Huffington Post.
“So you can go to college on Pell Grants — maybe I should not be telling anybody this because it’s turning out to be the welfare of the 21st century,” said Rehberg in an interview with Blog Talk Radio. “You can go to school, collect your Pell Grants, get food stamps, low-income energy assistance, section 8 housing, and all of a sudden we find ourselves subsidizing people that don’t have to graduate from college. And there ought to be some kind of commitment and endgame.”
Here’s the kicker: Rehberg and his wife Janice have no problems with accepting corporate welfare in the form of farm subsidies. From 1995 through 2009, the Rehbergs accepted nearly $14,000 in farm subsidies. Republicans think “welfare” is bad only when the poor and the middle class benefit from it.