Dismantling America and Saving Menthol Cigarettes: That’s Montana’s Denny Rehberg

by jhwygirl

Montana’s own U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg proposed an amendment to the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill that could undercut U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulation of tobacco products. That amendment passed through the House Appropriations Committee last week by a vote of 29 to 20 earlier this week.

So I guess we can add this amendment to his list of accomplishments.

What does the amendment do? It halts funding for U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) rule-making activities or guidance programs unless they are based on actual harm…not the collective evidence of harm. In essence, it requires the harm to actually occur first before the FDA can act.

Said the FDA of the amendment:

“(The) FDA must sometimes act when there are credible risks, but before the weight of scientific evidence has been established. This amendment would require that consumers actually be harmed before FDA can take certain actions to protect the public health.”

U.S. News and World Report calls it “a gibberish agenda,” I call it dismantling America.

Now we want to promote children smoking? Or are we saving the rights of the tobacco industry? What is, exactly, Rehberg’s goal?

I knew Rehberg was intent on dismantling health care reform, what little we got – who’da thought he’d start campaigning on making America more unhealthy?

Here’s another thing: It’s 2011. I’d like to think by now the American Cancer Society could be focusing the main thrust of its funding towards subsidizing private investment in finding a cure for cancer…but instead they’re having to take 40 steps backwards to the 1970’s and ’80 to battle the tobacco lobbyists and Congressional lunatics like Denny Rehberg.

What is it about “hard science” and tobacco usage that Rehberg denies? He and the rest of the 29 people that voted for this amendment? Do we really need to educate them in the very real science that tobacco is bad for people? And worse for kids?

Under Rehberg’s “hard science” rule, kids would have to die before the FDA could kick in with regulations.

Think about that.

Why not send Denny a quick email and ask him why he wants more kids smoking tobacco. Ask him why he’s wasting time dismantling America.

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  1. petetalbot

    It should be noted that Rehberg has received many thousands of dollars from tobacco industry PACs. Look at the first two contributors in last quarter’s FEC filing — the Altria Group, formerly known as Phillip Morris. That’s five grand right there and just the tip of the iceberg.

  2. Ingemar Johansson

    Ground breaking scandal indeed.

    This’ll doom him.

    Smoke ’em if ya got ’em.

    • You can belittle this if you want – and I, for my part, could have written a more serious post on the matter.

      The fact is, Rehberg’s amendment has far reaching and regressive impacts. It defies normal standards of reasonableness – and national media is writing about this.

      So it isn’t me drumming up some face underwear catalogue scandal.

      In my world, a legislator that wants to ignore science and normal convention of thought is actually a pretty dangerous person.

      Rehberg – like a lot of the Tea Party – thinks they want to live with the laws of the 1890’s. Uncomplicated government. Self-sufficiency.

      That is until he has a fire in his sage brush coulee filled ranch. Then he needs the fire department. Who needed taxes and laws to exist.

      • Ingemar Johansson

        “Sage brush coulee ranch”, which according to you guys worth a couple billion.

        Denny’s just holding bureaucrats accountable, ya know the same ones who said, “just sue us”.

        I know, “accountability” is a bad word around here.

        • Steve W

          Denny isn’t a bureaucrat? You are kidding, right? or do you see yourself as the cowgirl of the MT right, Swede?

          Hey I thought up a bumper sticker for you that kind of sums it all up. You can use it if you like. it’s:.

          “Rehberg: Just doing it because… , well just because!”

          Pretty catchy, eh? Kind of sums it up, doesn’t it?

  3. Larry

    Writing Rehberg is not likely to accomplish much. Why not write to your local media and ask them why they are not covering the votes of our legislators.

  1. 1 An Open Letter to the Montana Media Re: Representative Rehberg | Intelligent Discontent

    […] relatively small issue. The Montana media has chosen to ignore the fact that Representative Rehberg not only pushed through, but wrote, an amendment that the Food and Drug Administration, American Cancer Society, American Association […]




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