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Rep. Charlie Dent, Bette Midler Stand in Solidarity with Rand Paul's Violent Neighbor

Celebrities and sitting legislators prefer physical violence to fiscal restraint.

Bette Midler Dennis Van Tine/LFI/Avalon.red/NewscomIf you don't want government spending to grow in perpetuity, it's OK to assault you. Or at least that's what Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Penn.) seemed to imply when he took umbrage at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for an ultimately futile attempt to hold up a nearly $400 billion increase in government spending.

In an hours-long floor speech last night, Paul excoriated both parties for their fiscal intemperance. "When Rand Paul pulls a stunt like this, it easy to understand why it's difficult to be Rand Paul's next-door neighbor," Dent then told Politico, referring to the neighbor who assaulted Paul and broke several of his ribs last year. "The whole delay and filibuster exercise on the budget agreement is utterly pointless."

Singer/actress Bette Milder was more blunt, tweeting this during Paul's mini-filibuster:

More frustrating than these tasteless jokes is the idea that underlies them: that an attempt to rein in federal spending, or even just to have an honest and open conversation about how broken the Congressional budgeting process has become, is just an annoying waste of everybody's time.

Dent, the chairman of the House's moderate Tuesday Group, is the epitome of the go-along-to-get-along kind of Republican who works hand in hand with Democrats to increase debt, bust budgets, and generally oversee an expansion of the government into more and more aspects of American life.

When the $800 billion bank bailout was before the House in 2008, Dent was happy to cast a vote in favor of it. At the beginning of 2017, when it looked like Republicans might have a real chance of ditching Obamacare, Dent's Tuesday Group worked overtime to ensure any "repeal" bill left most features of the law intact.

And yesterday, when Congress was considering a budget bill that would lavish $165 billion on our already bloated military, plus another $131 billion in other spending, Dent just wanted everyone to shut up and vote yes so he could go home for the evening.

The fact that Paul temporarily blocked the bill aggravated Dent far more than the actual bill itself shows Dent's priorities as a legislator. And those priorities are evidently shared by a majority of congressional Republicans, even if they chose to express their annoyance in a more tactful manner.

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  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Dent, the chairman of the House's moderate Tuesday Group,

    The moderate what group?

  • Anomalous||

    More like the See You Next Tuesday Group.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    In 'Feel-a-round'?

  • fdog50||

    Actually, more like Wimpy's "For which I gladly repay you on Tuesday" group.

  • 68W58||

    They are the moderate Republican group.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    Maybe it's the "can you loan me money for a hamburger, I'll gladly pay you back next Tuesday" group?

  • Bacon-Magic glib reasonoid||

    Rand Paul is not the hero that we want, he is the one we need.
    Fuck off Hihny in advance. Stick that in your file next to the different flavors of cat turds folder.

  • Bacon-Magic glib reasonoid||

    Baby otters have approved this message Ken.
    Love,
    Bacon

  • BambiB||

    "Bette Milder" has long seemed a synonym for a particularly malodorous strain of excrement.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    It's not too surprising that statists' first thought in any situation is of violence. After all, statism is a religion of violence.

  • some guy||

    Look, if you just do exactly what they say all the time without complaining then there wouldn't be any need for violence. You're the one choosing the path of pain.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    It would just all be a lot easier if these assholes had the guts to throw down and settle things once and for all.

  • MoreFreedom||

    Good way to put it. And it's unfortunately they like to use violence, when people do things that are merely offensive rather than harm someone, or worse if they become corrupted and use the violence for their own personal benefit. It's no wonder criminals and sadists are attracted to government work, and why governments are often the most dangerous things people have to deal with.

  • Elias Fakaname||

    What else do we do anymore? They shit on the law, even the constitution. They infringe on our freedom constantly, and increasingly. They are not open to reasonable discussion, they just take. At some point, violence is the logical response. And as far as I'm concerned, my constitutional rights are worth more than their collective lives.

  • Rhywun||

    Where's Rand Paul's neighbor when we need him?

    Where's George Costanza when we need him?

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    He moved to be next to Bette Midler.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    Wood not.

  • Elias Fakaname||

    I have no wood when Bette Midler's Name is mentioned either.

  • Sevo||

    Well, it's not ASSAULT-ASSAULT!

  • Citizen X - #6||

    More frustrating than these tasteless jokes is the idea that underlies them: that an attempt to rein in federal spending, or even just to have an honest and open conversation about how broken the Congressional budgeting process has become, is just an annoying waste of everybody's time.

    And furthermore, that the reasonable and proportionate response to being annoyed at someone else's opinion is to beat the shit out of them. It's troublesome assumptions all the way down.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    More frustrating than these tasteless jokes is the idea that underlies them: that an attempt to rein in federal spending, or even just to have an honest and open conversation about how broken the Congressional budgeting process has become, is just an annoying waste of everybody's time.

    The biggest joke here is that the entire thrust of the argument is, the money must be spent.

    What are we spending it on?

    I don't know, I don't care, but money must be spent, and it must be increased every year.

  • Rhywun||

    And literally any argument against this means you're a fringe extremist, and a racist homophobe alt-right bigot who hates children too.

  • Domestic Dissident||

    Looks like a major scandal is about to hit the Cato Institute, with at least three former employees apparently claiming that Ed Crane sexually harassed them.

    Suffice it to say I don't think Reason will be talking about this one very much.

  • Rhywun||

    I see Jezebel is on the case!

  • Domestic Dissident||

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown and her "husband" are in an ongoing pissing match with Justin Raimondo on Twitter over it as we speak. Great stuff.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Do you think he doesn't exist. Or do you think her husband is actually a woman or something?

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    He's part Thai, so like, is he even a man?

  • Zeb||

    I hear they all have tiny penises.

  • silent v||

    Especially the women

  • silver.||

    Somebody posted it in a comment yesterday.

    I'm disappointed, but mostly unsettled. If the "Aleppo gaffe" can inspire such outrage, serious accusations like those against Crane will be a major blow to the party. I also don't want attention drawn to the Vohra/Sharpe schism, but the unfortunate truth of politics is that it's a dirty game of mud-slinging, and all involved had better wear a raincoat.

    We will overcome.

  • Domestic Dissident||

    Hmmm, from the claims being made, he sounds like a straight-up breast man.

    But in all seriousness, even if the claims are true, I don't see it having a big impact on the Libertarian party, such as it is. Like Reason, Cato barely even deserves to be called libertarian anymore.

  • Tony||

    Geez. I feel like if you're old enough where this sort of behavior seems normal, you should be too old to have much of a libido.

  • some guy||

    Old habits die soft.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Did he call them 'sugar boobs'?

  • Aloysious||

    If Dent and Midler are happy spending is going up, then they will be happy to voluntarily increase their contributions to the IRS. It's only logical.

  • DajjaI||

    This tweet by Midler is not funny and it is terrorism and I CONDEMN IT.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    How disgusting. They should leave this kind of "humor" to internet comment sections.

  • Rebel Scum||

    tasteless jokes

    It's not just tasteless jokes, it's that persist with them even after an actual act of violence has been committed against Rand. Not to mention the attempted assassination of him and other Republican congresscritters, in which one was shot.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    When will the right learn that violence toward ideological opponents is never the answer?

  • Paloma||

    Those University of Chicago kids have every reason to fear Brannon starting some real violence.

  • Billy Bones||

    IDK, maybe someone should ask the Divine Miss M, where is Harvey Weinstein when we need him. As long as we are going on Twitter and suggesting someone commits assault against another person.

  • Paloma||

    Excellent point

  • JuanQPublic||

    But that's logic. It's not about logic, facts and reality anymore. It's about how feelings and reflexive responses are now the end-all, be-all of our inherent value as humans.

  • Elias Fakaname||

    I'm pretty sure that Bette is 100% safe from Harvey.

  • Tony||

    If you laughed then you don't get to whine about the joke being out of bounds. That's my rule.

    Also, it totally makes sense why his neighbor would beat the crap out of him. I can think of 99 of his colleagues who probably want to as well.

  • JuanQPublic||

    Also, it totally makes sense why his neighbor would beat the crap out of him.

    Whatever sounds good. Who cares about reality.

    NBC News:

    Federal prosecutors said Boucher "had enough" after he witnessed Paul stack brush into a pile on his own lawn, but near Boucher's property. Boucher then ran onto Paul's property and tackled him.
  • Tony||

    Ironic that Rand Paul choosing to live in a gated community (where living like a slob is presumably less tolerated) is what led to his assault.

  • JuanQPublic||

    Yes, physical assault is the natural outcome of creating piles of grass clippings and sticks.

  • Sevo||

    "Ironic that Rand Paul choosing to live in a gated community (where living like a slob is presumably less tolerated) is what led to his assault."

    Yeah, fuck-face, lefty "logic" claims that choosing to live someplace leads to being assaulted.
    Thank you for once again proving you are an ignoramus.

  • JuanQPublic||

    Even more ironic: "She wouldn't have been assaulted if she weren't dressed like that" follows the same logic as demonstrated in his comment.

  • Calidissident||

    WTF I love victim-blaming now?

  • JuanQPublic||

    You really have to stand in awe of the vacancy of principle. It's nothing short of amazing.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    How can one vacate, that which they don't have?

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    I think you're projecting here.

  • Tony||

    If one of my colleagues made me stay at work till 2 a.m. for the sole purpose of grandstanding, I'd probably want to punch him in the ribs.

  • JuanQPublic||

    Because being a US Senator is a lot like any other job.

    Lets just throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks.

  • Finrod||

    We all want to punch you in the ribs for being an asshat, Tony.

  • Leo Kovalensky||

    They didn't have to. They could have allowed for amendments to be voted on, you know. It likely would have taken less time than Rand delayed the vote. That was kind of the point he was trying to make.

  • Tony||

    But 99 of his colleagues didn't want to do that.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    If you listen to fools, the mob rules.

  • Tony||

    Okay well let's just crown Rand Paul emperor then.

  • Sevo||

    "Okay well let's just crown Rand Paul emperor then."

    Do you post here to prove how stupid a human can be, or is it just accidental?

  • dinkster||

    After years of watching tony post, not one shred of principle or critical thinking has rubbed off on him.

  • commentguy||

    You seem unfamiliar with representative democracy, where the mob really does rule.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Yeah, you would rather go home early and continue to bankrupt the country, right comrade?

    Tony, go drink your fucking Drano, and leave this life with nothing.

  • Elias Fakaname||

    Of course you would Tony, as you too are a useless piece of shit. Please kill yourself.

  • XM||

    "If you laughed then you don't get to whine about the joke being out of bounds. That's my rule."

    Decent people don't laugh at hurting other people, but that's a moot point anyways, because your rule is stupid.

    Next time a democrat throws a filibuster a save the DACA kids, Rand Paul or Alex Jones should just punch in the ribs. "That's ok, he made everyone stay late for work".

    I used to think you were just a hyper partisan lefty, but now you've become something so much more.

  • JuanQPublic||

    More frustrating than these tasteless jokes is the idea that underlies them: that an attempt to rein in federal spending, or even just to have an honest and open conversation about how broken the Congressional budgeting process has become, is just an annoying waste of everybody's time.

    "Honest and open" conversations aren't in vogue anymore. It's now about obsessing about abstract nonsense like "identity", and a delusionary embrace of how our immediate reactions to things should always be respected and cherished. Inconvenient facts and reality are passe.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Have any of them said exactly what Paul is doing that warrants attack? Is it the publicly dissing his own party?

  • Finrod||

    If someone tackled Bette Midler and broke her ribs, I'd point and laugh,

  • Leo Kovalensky||

    Take the wind right out of those stupid wings you're always yapping about...

  • Michael M 122||

    Violence has no place in politics. Pro-violence activists like Charlie Dent, Bette Midler, and Greg Gianforte should resign their positions.

  • JoeBlow123||

    Ehh, I like Rand Paul but these were jokes. Maybe not jokes you should say, but jokes.

    Who cares?

  • Eidde||

    They're not literally calling for assault, but they're showing contempt for fiscal prudence. That's bad enough.

  • Sevo||

    "Ehh, I like Rand Paul but these were jokes. Maybe not jokes you should say, but jokes."

    Goose/gander. Did you hear the one about the boss and the secretary?

  • Eidde||

    "Dent, the chairman of the House's moderate Tuesday Group, is the epitome of the go-along-to-get-along kind of Republican who works hand in hand with Democrats to increase debt, bust budgets, and generally oversee an expansion of the government into more and more aspects of American life."

    With moderates like that, who needs extremists?

  • working poor||

    I wonder if the people will ever get their act together and vote out the people who refuse to reduce spending?

  • MoreFreedom||

    It's noteworthy that Midler and Dent can smile while holding thoughts of violence against Paul. I don't think they realize what they're wishing for, and I wouldn't be surprised they get the karma they deserve.

  • Elias Fakaname||

    The snowflakes will turn on them first.

  • RockLibertyWarrior||

    Bette "the screeching has been" Midler still is alive? What?! The air hasn't been let out of this windbag?

  • ||

    Bette Milder is such a pig and that congressman Charlie Dent needs to be thrown out of office!

  • ||

    I would fuck dent up if he came in my yard

  • ||

    I would fuck dent up if he came in my yard

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