Representative Matt Gurtler Is Acting Like A Child

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” – 1st Corinthians 13:11

Representative Matt Gurtler is the latest in a series of post-Tea Party elected officials who demands to have his cake and eat it too. He’s thus far been the only Representative to vote against the Amended Budget (supplemental budget), and was the only vote against the Speaker’s pet initiative to provide firefighters with a supplemental cancer policy to cover cancers related to the line of work.

For this Representative Gurtler has “earned” the kudos of the part of the GOP base that anything short of voting “no” against everything is capitulating to corrupt RINO’s. But to earn something there is usually a cost. Time, labor, or something of value must be given in order for something to be earned.

What is usually given for such stands of “principle” is an understanding that a member’s district doesn’t get the spoils of the system they found corrupt. Right or wrong, that’s how this ugly system works. The expectation that a member can grandstand while others vote on budgets and bills they don’t find perfect but they do find more good than bad and face no consequences is silly. That’s not just a problem for Gurtler, but for every member who ends up looking morally inferior to Gurtler for accepting less than perfection in a budget or a bill.

Representative Gurtler finds parts or all of the budget troublesome. He still wants all of the upside of that budget he finds troublesome. He believes in getting the applause. He just doesn’t believe in taking the lumps that come with it.

One might say this is an entitlement mentality. Representative Gurtler apparently believes he should be able to get all the adulation for voting no, but that his constituents and his district remain entitled to receive all the perks of programs he won’t vote to fund. That’s a very, very childish view of politics.

Now having been informed that actions have consequences, Representative Gurtler has doubled down by claiming that he’s being bullied. See this as what it is: 1) A temper tantrum, and 2) An attempt to play the victim card to help insulate him from consequences that are certain to follow.

Both are acts of a child. Representative Gurtler put his name on the ballot and got himself elected. He can choose to represent his constituents however he sees fit, and run for reelection on his record – AND the associated consequences of his record. Hopefully, he’ll learn that lesson soon. It’s up to him which way he chooses to proceed, and either may work for him. But the thought that he can both vote against everything and his constituents still get everything they want is simply childish. It’s time to step up and be a man, Tiger.

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BigEdBSA
BigEdBSA
3 years ago

So our newly minted State Representative got taken to the woodshed by the powers that be and now we have Charlie to make sure we all understand the nature of Representative Gurtler’s sins in not succumbing to the orgy of lobbyist fueled out of control spending that is the expected norm in Atlanta. Charlie, perhaps you should come up with Irish Pat and spend a few days up here in the North Georgia Mountains to understand our principals and values. Before Matt we had Representative Stephen Allison and he too carried on the same principals of limited government and measured… Read more »

BigEdBSA
BigEdBSA
3 years ago
Reply to  Charlie

Charlie, the belt tightening that Matt advocates should be across the board, should involve all agencies of the state government but we understand that is not how things work. Just here in Rabun County we have three state parks, in the entire 8th district we have six…just the beginning of the low hanging fruit upon which the budget writers will, no doubt, make an example. It is not good governance but retribution, pure and simple, to target one house district out of 174 and wipe out funding to hopefully silence one sole voice of reason. You seem quite comfortable with… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance
3 years ago
Reply to  Charlie

It is possible, btw, to both stand up for limited government and acknowledge the realities of the budget. Sounds like the Rep. bit off his nose to spite his face.

rickday
rickday
3 years ago
Reply to  Charlie

Charlie, sometimes I just don’t understand you. You rail against establishment politics and then tell someone who stands up to politics on principle, “nyah, sucks to be you now!” I’ve seen it with 3 mavericks that were effectively destroyed by the GOP leadership within the past few years. And your reply is ‘too bad, so sad?’ The gist of your comment seems to be ‘the punishment for this should squarely fall on all citizens on his district. That is some straight up kristallnacht ‘get what you deserve for pissing off the psycho powerful State elite’ stuff you are advocating. And… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger
3 years ago
Reply to  BigEdBSA

Dang it. We are agreeing on things way too often here lately. Little Rep. Gutler needs to grow a set and defend his votes or stay home. I hear things 1,000 time worse than this on a daily bases. He will never make it in the big leagues.

rickday
rickday
3 years ago
Reply to  The Eiger

he needs to grow a bigger a-hole in order to play a role in politics.

Is that what you assert?

bethebalance
bethebalance
3 years ago

Ah…27 years old…when idealism still has probably not yet met reality….

The Eiger
The Eiger
3 years ago
Reply to  bethebalance

You can be young and dumb at 16, 27 or 40. It’s all relative. Some people just get a grasp on reality before others.

bethebalance
bethebalance
3 years ago
Reply to  The Eiger

yep.

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