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Kerry Bentivolio Not Looking Good

First Congressman Kerry Bentivolio voted for speaker Boehner. Then he voted YES on the debt ceiling deal:

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll030.xml

Now he's distancing himself from Ron Paul: "I'm really a Ronald Reagan Republican — I'm not really a Ron Paul person."

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130106/POLITICS03/301060313

Thoughts?

EDIT: He has a response on his Facebook page now.

TL;DR ...The “No Budget, No Pay” Act temporarily suspends the debt ceiling on non-discretionary spending for four months, but not discretionary spending ... I voted 'yes' on the “No Budget, No Pay” Act because it forces the Senate to lead and follow their constitutional duty. It says that the Senate will not receive their salary if they continue to refuse to not produce a budget ... No Budget No Pay returns the conversation from the debt ceiling to the budget, where it belongs...



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michcrow's picture

Does Anyone know ?

Does anyone know anything about anyone running against him in his district? The local paper said there is someone called Trot thinking
about running against him. But I haven't heard anything about him either. Except that the local leadership likes him.

Two shorten the road.

Must be blinded with power & $$$$ once Bentivolio assumed the...

congressional "throne". What a posuer, a back stabbing sellout!!

He USED Ron Paul & the Liberty movement!!

Bentivolio must be given a term limit of...1.

Time after time the "working with them"

ideas are proven to be stupid and time after time those that promote it still push for more of it.

When will those people learn that you CAN'T work with these POS. It's take their seat or lose yours. They are the ones in power and any deal you make with them is putting THEM further ahead.

Patriot Cell #345,168
I don't respond to emails or pm's.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=qo8CmO...
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

If this is true I'm devastated

I have friends that work off his office and I helped support him....say it isn't so.

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Yet another example of how

Yet another example of how the two party kleptocracy has failed us.
Keep voting for them. Perhaps it will be different the next time.

"The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that." — Alan Greenspan

Uh-huh. I'm sure Nancy Cassis

would have been much better. I'll take a Reagan Republican any day over a Neocon Republican.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Just goes to show

They talk one way when they're candidates, and they act another way after they've been elected.

Reminds me of that political joke about Republicans in hell:

While walking down the street one day, a Republican head of state is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

"Welcome to Heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in." says the Republican.

"Well, I'd like to but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in Hell and one in Heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in Heaven," says the Republican head of state.

"I'm sorry but we have our rules." And with that, St. Peter escorts the Republican to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to Hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a club and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him, everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, hug him, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster and caviar. Also present is the Devil (a Republican, too), who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes.

They are having such a good time that, before he realizes it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a big hug and waves while the elevator rises. The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on Heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

"Now it's time to visit Heaven." So 24 hours pass with the Republican head of state joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

"Well then, you've spent a day in Hell and another in Heaven. Now choose your eternity."

He reflects for a minute, then the head of state answers: "Well, I would never have thought it, I mean Heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in Hell."

So Saint Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to Hell. Now the doors of the elevator open and he is in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags. The Devil comes over to the Republican and lays an arm on his neck.

"I don't understand," stammers the Republican head of state. Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and club and we ate lobster and caviar and danced and had a great time. Now all there is a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.

The Devil looks at him, smiles and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning. Today you voted for us!"

Ha ha ha. While I was looking for that, I found this one. It's a good one too:
http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/jokes/bljokebushhell...

He's the man.

Epic

Epic

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.
-Patrick Henry

C_T_CZ's picture

Not really a Ron Paul person...

Amazing...He certainly ran as a Liberty candidate, and I regret that I donated to his campaign.

And as he distances himself from Ron Paul, he equally distances himself from donations and support of the Liberty movement.

Sounds like we need to primary him out so we can get a real Ron Paul Republican in that district.

Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof

Politicians are a dime a dozen. They are throw-away

Time to throw away those who fail to uphold and defend the Constitution.

District by District.

Free includes debt-free!

I am not

A Kerry Bentivolio Republican. What a piece.

That debt ceiling raised buddy? More taxes and no cuts?

No guarantee that the 2 houses will have a finished product? Democrats asking for more taxes? Both sides LOVED the deal. It gave all of them cover. I wonder how many trillions will be added to our children's debt when the raise the debt ceiling. They all get their baseline increase in spending and a cost of living raise for congress. After all, groceries are expensive. Thanks alot!

Promptly ... f**k you .. not

Promptly ... f**k you .. not a dollar from me

All paper money eventually returns to its real intrinsic value, zero. - Voltaire

It's a new trend...

headed up by Rand Paul followers. To be ashamed of Ron. Ron is just not "reasonable". He's extreme and kooky.

After all, we really do need big govt. It just needs to be reformed. And Israel is our friend...*barf*

Neocon checklist:

1) take over the tea party *check*
2) take over the Ron Paul movement *check*

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~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

I've not seen a single Rand

I've not seen a single Rand Paul supporter say such things.

New Response On His Facebook

From his Facebook:

"I was sent to Washington to do everything possible to rein in spending, balance the budget, and lower the debt. The “No Budget, No Pay” Act temporarily suspends the debt ceiling on non-discretionary spending for four months, but not discretionary spending. It might seem to allow “business as usual” to continue. On the contrary, I supported this bill because it does precisely the opposite: it forces “business as usual” to stop.

Before 2009 the country very rarely experienced a crisis over raising the debt ceiling. That’s because before President Obama took office, Congress appropriated funds by passing budgets. Unbalanced as they were, the budgets included a component to raise the debt ceiling in order to fit the budget. The country knew where its money was being spent.

Over the past three years, however, Congress has been appropriating funds for government through an ongoing series of continuing resolutions that continued the budget originally passed by Nancy Pelosi. This was all done by cynical design in the Senate. These resolutions, however, did not include an increase in the debt ceiling, thus purposely causing a crisis every few month. So far, two things have happened every time we have tried to negotiate spending cuts—the debt ceiling gets raised under threat of default and the Republicans are blamed for threatening to disrupt the world financial system and hurt the economy.

According to the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, each chamber of Congress must pass a budget resolution. Once both houses pass the resolution, selected representatives and Senators negotiate a conference report to reconcile differences between the House and the Senate versions. The conference report, in order to become binding, must be approved by both the House and Senate. Therefore, the public may hold their members accountable for their vote on the budget.

In 2009, the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid realized that the 1974 law had no mechanism to force the Senate to pass a budget. Not passing a budget became politically convenient for the leaders in the Senate because it allowed them to hide from ordinary citizens the extraordinary amount of taxpayer money the federal government was spending. The House has dutifully passed budgets each year, but the Senate has flat-out refused to negotiate with conservatives that were sent to Washington to fix problems.

The Senate Majority Leader did this in order to shift the conversation away from the budget and the Senate’s irresponsibility, and place the focus onto the debt ceiling, blaming the conservatives for resisting “critical” ceiling hikes. The result has been to hide the fiscal insanity of the Senate leadership.

I voted 'yes' on the “No Budget, No Pay” Act because it forces the Senate to lead and follow their constitutional duty. It says that the Senate will not receive their salary if they continue to refuse to not produce a budget. Without a budget it is impossible to know where we can make dramatic cuts that are needed. Americans deserve to know where their money is going. The debt ceiling increase cannot be signed into law unless they accept the terms of the budget requirement. No Budget No Pay returns the conversation from the debt ceiling to the budget, where it belongs."

TL;DR

TL;DR

...The “No Budget, No Pay” Act temporarily suspends the debt ceiling on non-discretionary spending for four months, but not discretionary spending...

...I voted 'yes' on the “No Budget, No Pay” Act because it forces the Senate to lead and follow their constitutional duty. It says that the Senate will not receive their salary if they continue to refuse to not produce a budget...

...No Budget No Pay returns the conversation from the debt ceiling to the budget, where it belongs...

Why not force the senate to do their jobs ?

instead of rewarding bad behavior with a "favor".

Article 1: Section 6:

Article 1: Section 6: Paragraph 1:
"The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place."

"This constitution, shall be the Supreme Law of the Land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding." U.S. Constitution, Article VI, paragraph 2.

"All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution, are null and void." Chief Justice Marshall, Marbury v. Madison

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.
-Patrick Henry

AMENDMENT XXVII

AMENDMENT XXVII
Originally proposed Sept. 25, 1789. Ratified May 7, 1992.

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.

His Website is

His Website is http://bentivolio.house.gov/
but you can only comment if you live in his district. His facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/KerryBentivolio where it looks like people can and have commented on his voting record so far. I believe if a politician receives enough negative comments it has to influence them (maybe not change the way they vote, but maybe gives them a little trouble sleeping at night). Go get 'em!

Oh no

This isnt good folks. I get the strangest impression there will be many more liberty canidates to co me that may turn their back on the constitution.

His name is Edward Snowden

What is Capitalism?
http://youtu.be/yNF09pUPypw

My first reaction is to say..

FU CK ING LIAR !!

I asked him directly if he was a fake (neo-con) Tea party or the real one, started by Ron Paul. It was a one-on-one conversation, outside a liberty delegate meeting.

He'd better get his train back on the tracks freaking quick, and explain what he means by this.

I hate being pissed and disappointed at the same time - it's not a nice place to be.

I don't know what they're selling in Washington D.C.

...but it costs a lot of Federal Reserve Notes, and, it MUST be paid for in advance...

I am losing confidence that anything will change....we're being marginalized...and seemingly hopeful fiscal conservatives will soon separate from us as we are labeled "finge group Alex Jones subscribers"....

I hope C4L/Ron Paul/Liberty PAC can mount some sort of come back, so that the NEXT liberty candidate we get elected won't end up as a spineless conformist....these debt/war/posterity issues are black & white because we just leapfrogged the "line in the sand" on spending.

Dammit!!!

My guess is

that there are real threats being made.
An offer that cannot be refused!

You don't mess with the mob if you know what is good for your family!
Now, take the money, go along with the flow and enjoy!

There you have it in a nutshell!

It's called EVIL, and it's real, and it's everywhere!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

Then don't take the job

It's not for cowards. That's what this country is becoming. Too cowardly to do the right thing.

No! Not too cowardly!

Too Corrupt!

And when you already have a position and the offer that cannot be refused is made, YOU HAVE NO CHOICE!
YOU CANNOT GET OUT!

GET IT?

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

Another fake conservative

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

I Really Liked Kerry

Kerry was a teacher at my high school, and went to the same church I did growing up (though after I grew up and left town). I really liked him when I met him, and I told friends and family in the area to vote for him. I really want him to be a good congressman, but so far he's not impressing me.

The Boehner vote I can forgive as he might not want to be ostracized on day one in congress. I don't like it, but I could understand (especially since the numbers weren't there). The debt ceiling is different though. The worst part is he went to Facebook to explain his votes (just like my congressman Justin Amash), but he left THAT vote out. I'll give him some time to explain himself, but so far it's not looking good.