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

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 »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Bruh…

I’m only a year older than Rep. Gutler, but I’ve got enough experience in politics and policy to know that this isn’t “bullying” by any stretch of the imagination. Words and votes have consequences, if Rep. Gutler thinks that people are being too mean to him, maybe he should have decided to pursue an alternative means of public service.

The Eiger
The Eiger

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

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

Is that what you assert?

bethebalance
bethebalance

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

The Eiger
The Eiger

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

yep.