Texas Congressman on Shutdown: Veterans Could Have Afforded to “Make a Small Sacrifice”

farenthold2While Congress is filled with worthless politicians, few are as worthless as Texas Representative Blake Farenthold from Corpus Christi.  How this man was ever elected to office is baffling.  I’m not saying a Republican defeating a Democrat in Texas is shocking, but are you telling me there were no more qualified or slightly less disgusting Republicans in the entire district?

A great example of what I mean came in a recent interview he did where he not only proved his stupidity, but he put on full display his inability to grasp reality.

Farenthold was asked about the shutdown and how he seems to have lost the votes of some of his constituents, like the veterans who faced the possibility of not receiving their disability checks next month due to the government shutdown.

And his answer was nothing short of pathetic:

“I feel like my mandate when I was elected was to go reduce the size of government, lower taxes, and increase freedom, and freedom isn’t free, and sometimes you have to make a small sacrifice to move forward with what you’re after.”

Basically to those veterans who feared not getting their checks next month had the government shutdown continued—too bad.  They should have been prepared to make sacrifices so that the tea party could continue to push for an unobtainable goal.

Our veterans have made enough sacrifices and it’s disgusting for someone like this buffoon to insinuate that those who feared not getting their disability checks in November didn’t have a right to be upset.  That they should have been prepared to make “sacrifices” so Ted Cruz could set up his 2016 presidential campaign “defund Obamacare.”

Oh, but it gets better.  When he was asked about polls that showed Americans are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with government, he went on to blame…

Wait for it…

Benghazi and the NSA “scandals.”

He claimed that he hadn’t heard many Americans tell him they opposed the shutdown, and that it was clear to him the dissatisfaction comes from other issues in Washington besides the shutdown.

Even though most polls showed a spike in dissatisfaction in government following the government shutdown—it has no impact on numbers.

And of course he used the right-wing talking point that Democrats and President Obama wouldn’t budge on negotiations.  Again, why would they?  There was a deal in the House to keep the government open, but it was his party that refused to let that bill come up for a vote — even though it clearly would have passed.

Had John Boehner allowed that bill to be voted on, our government would have never been shut down.

So claiming that President Obama and Democrats should have negotiated with the Republicans that were taking our government hostage is completely asinine.

Rep. Farenthold should be ashamed of himself and anyone who voted for him should be embarrassed that they did so.  Luckily, polls are indicating he doesn’t appear to be headed for re-election.  And even with that good news, his last day in office still can’t come soon enough.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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